Each year we develop new products to destinations which might prove interesting to our more seasoned travelers. For 2018, my choice and led by myself and Roslyn is this adventure to the CAUCASUS with dates of May 6 - 23.
This is not the first time for us to venture into this region. In recent years, we explored the “Stans” and will be heading off to Iran in a couple of months. Several years ago, we operated a very successful journey to Georgia and Armenia, a journey that highlighted the Christian heritage connected to this region. This will be the first time to combine all three countries (Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia) that make up the lower Caucasus, the lands that lie between and connect the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.
One might easily describe this as the crossroads between Asia and Europe, between the Middle East and the Russian plains to the north. The legendary Silk Road meanders across these lands as it makes its way from China to Istanbul and on to Venice. There is no doubt that these lands are steeped in history both ancient and modern.
Regarding modern time, it was just 25 years ago, in the 90s that this region won its independence from the Soviets. Since then each country has developed independently, preserving their unique heritage and restoring their historic relics. Today, while Azerbaijan is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with all its oil and gas reserves, all three nations are showing national pride and economic independence. The region will surprise us by its wonderful diversity and natural beauty, its rugged peaks and tranquil valleys, its modern developments and quaint historic city centres.
The tourist infrastructure has enjoyed great investments and I know that we will find our accommodations, restaurants and many other services to be of world class standards while the countryside retains its rustic charms. Much that was great about the region – friendly people, historic monuments, religious dedication, amazing architecture and magnificent landscapes are awaiting our arrival. I also think that we will be surprised and gratified with the cuisine of all three countries.
I do anticipate that our limited space on this journey will fill quickly. Act now to reserve your places and SAVE $200 per person with our EBB (you need to book prior to November 30th to enjoy these savings). Confirm your reservation online by booking on the website (www.craigtravel.com) or by contacting Joilyn by email [email protected] or by calling our toll free line 1-800-387-8890.