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Origins of Humans & Wine: Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia

Tour Dates: October 2023 in the planning stages (16 days)

Tour Leader(s): Ian Tattersall ,

NOTE: This tour is in the planning stages for an October 2023 departure.  For more information, or to receive advance notice when the tour is open for reservations, 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 winemaking 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 City, Shirvan Shah Palace complex, and 98-foot-tall Maiden Tower, plus the ancient petroglyphs of Gobustan, in Azerbaijan; Georgia’s Mtskheta; and Armenia’s 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 Mukhrani 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
    • 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 (14 nights):

$TBA

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

For advance information when the tour is completed, or for 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).

Khor Vira -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


For more information about the 2023 departure in the planning stages, contact AIA Tours at 800-748-6262 or email aia@studytours.org.

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NOTE: This tour is in the planning stages for an October 2023 departure.  For more information, or to receive advance notice when the tour is open for reservations, please contact us at 800-748-6262 or email aia@studytours.org.

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