Wedged between the Caspian and Black Seas, the less visited countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan showcase a wealth of cultural and historical treasures. Discover these special gems on this unique journey.

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 The city of Tbilisi, Georgia   Old town architecture, Tbilisi, Georgia  Modern architecture, Tbilisi, Georgia   Sioni Cathedral near modern bridge, Tbilisi, Georgia  Interior detail, Sioni Cathedral, Tbilisi, Georgia  Gate at Signagi, Georgia  Khor Virap Monastery against the Arat Mountains, Armenia  Hayarvank Monastery along Lake Sevan, Armenia  Garni Temple, amid the mountains of Armenia  Garni Temple, detail, Armenia
  Geghard Monastery, Armenia  Geghard Monastery, Armenia   Old and modern architecture, Baku, Azerbaijan  Main gate of Baku, Azerbaijan  Traditional cuisine, Georgia  Traditional gata bread, Armenia  Dipping pita into khash  Merkado Market, Tbilisi, Georgia

Exploring Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia

17 days from $7,995

Wedged between the Caspian and Black Seas, the less visited countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan showcase a wealth of cultural and historical treasures. Discover these special gems on this unique journey.

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

May 19 - Jun 4, 2021 Departure
Veronica Kalas

Veronica Kalas

Veronica Kalas is an art historian and archaeologist with particular expertise in the ancient and medieval architecture of eastern Turkey and the Caucasus. Veronica earned her Ph.D. in art history and archeology from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and her B.A. in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on the rock-carved architecture of Byzantine Cappadocia, a volcanic area located in central Turkey. She also has worked on the documentation and restoration of the medieval monuments at Ani, the fabled city of 1001 churches and once the capital of the medieval Armenian Bagratid kingdom. She has consulted on the rock carved sites of medieval Georgia, and has traveled throughout the region. Having published widely about these subjects and other field projects, Veronica maintains a great interest in cross cultural and interdisciplinary approaches to the visual and material culture of the pre-modern world. Of particular importance to her are the many-sided discussions surrounding the protection and preservation of cultural heritage sites. Her work has been supported by the American Research Institute in Turkey, the Program in Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, and Dumbarton Oaks Research Libraries and Collections in Washington, D.C. She has taught courses on classical Greek and Roman art, early Christian and Byzantine architecture, and surveys of ancient through medieval art at a variety of universities and colleges in the US and abroad. Veronica has enjoyed filming for the History Channel, lecturing to the public, and leading archeological study tours.

Sep 1 - 17, 2021 Departure
Hugh Neighbour

Hugh Neighbour

Hugh Neighbour brings many years of experience as a diplomat for the U.S. and an officer in the U.S. Navy, mostly working overseas.  Specialized in political and economic affairs, he was posted in Latin America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.  Hugh was awarded the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award as well as a number of Department of State awards for distinguished service. 

Since retiring from the U.S. State Department in 2010, Hugh has worked as a consultant in both Washington and overseas, served as an official observer for several elections overseas, and lectured aboard high-end cruise ships. Several times a year, Hugh directs a course in advanced foreign area studies to select groups in the Washington region.  Hugh will offer a fresh, up-to-date perspective on the history, culture, and current affairs of the fascinating peoples and places you will visit.

Sep 15 - Oct 1, 2021 Departure
Bob Smolik

Bob Smolik

Bob Smolik is a veteran diplomat and scholar.  He worked around the world at U.S. Embassies, looking behind the scenes at how local politics, economics, and societies work -- or don’t.  His expertise as Diplomat in Residence at the University of Michigan is in economics and trade, as well as in UN human rights and NATO security issues. As an economic diplomat he worked to open foreign markets to U.S. trade and investment on a fair and equal basis.   As political advisor to U.S. military commanders in Africa and Europe, he worked on conflict mediation.   He serves as ambassador of American society and culture, helping Washington to understand the political and economic dynamics of other nations. As an international lecturer on anti-corruption and good governance, he worked in over 30 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Bob holds graduate degrees from Berkeley and Harvard, an undergraduate degree from Cornell, and he is fluent in five Romance languages. He engages audiences with passion and expertise, offering a look behind the scenes at how foreign cultures view the world.