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Origins of Humans & Wine: Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia

Tour Dates: October 9-24, 2022 - In the planning stages (16 days)

Tour Leader(s): Ian Tattersall ,

NOTE: This tour is in the planning stages for an October 2022 departure. To be added to the list and notified when reservations are open for this departure, please contact us at 800-748-6262 or email aia@studytours.org

Join us for an exciting trip back in time to explore early humankind and the ‘cradle of wine’ in the southern Caucasus. Learn about ancient wine-making techniques and sample the bounty of the region’s vineyards. Explore medieval towns and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including prehistoric through early Christian complexes. Enjoy Georgia’s famed hospitality, wherein a ‘visitor is considered a gift from God.’ This is a region of extraordinary contrasts, deep history, and cultural diversity.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Travel and learn with AIA lecturer and host Ian Tattersall, who is both a paleoanthropologist and an oenophile; plus a professional tour manager and local guides
  • Visit impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Baku’s Old Town, Shirvan Shah Palace complex, and 98-foot-tall Maiden Tower, plus the ancient petroglyphs of Gobustan, in Azerbaijan; Georgia’s Mtskheta; and Armenia’s Haghbat monastery, Echmiadzin, and Zvartnots Cathedral
  • Learn about and sample wines at five different wineries: Azerbaijan’s ASPI Winery in the Savalan Valley; Georgia’s Tibaani Vineyards, cellar of French vigneron Vincent Jullien, and Chateau Mere winery; and Armenia’s Areni Winery near the ancient Areni-1 cave complex
  • Explore a variety of fascinating prehistoric through early Christian sites, including:
  • Dmanisi, a medieval town under which were found five 1.8-million-year-old Homo erectus skulls
  • The cave complex of Areni-1, where a 6,000-year-old winery was discovered
  • Several of Georgia’s oldest churches, including Bolnisi’s Sioni Church, Tbilisi’s 6th-century Anchiskhati Basilica, and Mtshketa’s 11th-century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
  • Impressive monasteries, including 6th-century Jvari, with one of the country’s earliest (and one of its finest) churches; and Haghbat, a fortified 10th-century literary, artistic, and education center as well as a monastic compound
  • Enjoy a large feast, known as a supra, by experiencing a Georgian Table covered with plates of delicacies balanced on top of each other plus countless toasts

Tour Prices per person:

$TBA (12-14 participants) double occupancy
$TBA (8-11 participants) double occupancy
$TBA Single Supplement

A single supplement will be charged when requested or required.
With fewer than 8 participants, a small-group surcharge may be added.

Khor Vira -Monastery, Armenia - AIA Tours: Travel to the Caucasus region with Archaeological Institute of America

Haghbat Monastery, Armenia - AIA Tours: Travel to the Caucasus region with Archaeological Institute of America

Cascade Complex, Yerevan, Armenia - AIA Tours: Travel to the Caucausus region with Archaeological Institute of America

National Museum of Azerbaijani Carpets - AIA Tours: Travel to the Caucasus region with Archaeological Institute of America

Zvartnot Cathedral, Armenia - AIA Tours: Travel to the Caucasus region with Archaeological Institute of America

Petroglyphs in Gobustan, Azerbaijan - AIA Tours: Travel to the Caucasus region with Archaeological Institute of America

Gobustan Nature Reserve, Azerbaijan - AIA Tours: Travel to the Caucasus region with Archaeological Institute of America

Baku, Azerbaijan - AIA Tours: Travel to the Caucasus region with Archaeological Institute of America

Maiden Tower at the Shirvan Shah Palace, Azerbaijan - AIA Tours: Travel to the Caucasus region with Archaeological Institute of America

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Mkskheta - AIA Tours: Travel to the Caucasus region with Archaeological Institute of America

Dmanisi, Georgia - AIA Tours: Travel to the Caucasus region with Archaeological Institute of America

Fortress of Narikala and Church of St. Nicholas in Tbilisi, Georgia - AIA Tours: Travel to the Caucasus region with Archaeological Institute of America

Bolnisi's Sioni Church, Georgia - AIA Tours: Travel to the Caucasus region with Archaeological Institute of America

Itinerary


Sunday, October 9, 2021 – Depart home on flights to Baku, AZERBAIJAN
Monday, October 10 – Arrive Baku | Transfer to hotel
Tuesday, October 11 – Baku walking tour: Old Town, Shirvan Shah Palace, Maiden Tower, Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Museum of Azerbaijani Carpets, Martyrs’ Lane | Welcome dinner
Wednesday, October 12 – Gobustan | ASPI Winery | Sheki
Thursday, October 13 – Sheki walking tour | Alaverdi Monastery and Cathedral, GEORGIA | Tsinandali
Friday, October 14 – Signagi | Tibaani Vineyards | Niko Pirosmani House-Museum | Lost Ridge Brewery | Tsinandali
Saturday, October 15 – Tsinandali: Alexander Chavchavadze Museum | Vincent Jullien’s wine cellar | Tbilisi
Sunday, October 16 – Tbilisi walking tour: Anchiskhati Basilica, sulfur baths, Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, Sololaki District, Gallery 27
Monday, October 17 – Bolnisi | Dmanisi | Tbilisi
Tuesday, October 18 – Mtskheta | Svetitskhoveli Cathedral | Jvari Monastery | Dzalisi | Chateau Mere winery | Tbilisi
Wednesday, October 19 – Shulaveri Gora | Tbilisi | Georgian Table
Thursday, October 20 – Haghbat Monastery, ARMENIA | Yerevan
Friday, October 21 – Yerevan: Erebuni, History Museum of Armenia, Republic Square, Mother Armenia, Genocide Memorial
Saturday, October 22 – Areni-1 Cave | Areni Winery | Khor Virap monastery | Yerevan
Sunday, October 23 – Echmiadzin: Hripsimeh Church, Zvartnots Cathedral | Armenian Wind Instrument Studio | Farewell dinner
Monday, October 24 – Fly home

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NOTE: This tour is in the planning stages for an October 2022 departure. To be added to the list and notified when reservations are open for this departure, please contact us at 800-748-6262 or email aia@studytours.org.


For reservations or questions, please email us at aia@studytours.org (and include your full name) or call us toll-free at (800) 748-6262 (toll: 603-756-2884). To reserve your space using the online form, click here.

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