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From the sunny plains of the Caspian Sea to the subtropical Black Sea coast, an historic adventure awaits following one of the traditional Silk Road trading routes. It's where the snow-covered peaks of the Caucasus mountains touch the vast blue skies of the Transcaucasian steppes and where eastern and western traditions mingle to create a unique culture. All enjoyed from the comforts of the Trans-Caucasus private train.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, via Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. Transfer to Hotel Sapphire (or similar) for 1 night. (D)
Explore the historical centre of Baku, with its gorgeous mosques, the Unesco-listed Maiden Tower and the Palace of the Shirvanshahs. The city is a wonderful mix of art nouveau buildings and futuristic architecture. In the afternoon, join an excursion to the Absheron peninsula to see a Zoroastrian fire temple and Yanar Dag, a natural fire on a hillside that burns continuously due to a seepage of natural gas. This evening, board the Trans-Caucasus private train and set off westward by starlight through the Azerbaijani steppes. (B, L, D)
Spend this morning in the historic town of Sheki. See the city's many caravanserai, trading posts that served as stops along the historic Silk Road. Visit Khan's Palace, with its brilliant decorative carvings, stained glass and frescoes. Travel south to Ganja and the nearby city of Goygol, a 19th-century German settlement of restored villas. Here the desert changes to rich green hills and the Georgian border awaits. (B, L, D)
Sturdy churches, colorful wooden houses on the banks of the Kura river, classical villas - this is Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, a city finally finding it's place in the world. Disembark and travel into the Caucasus mountains, view the Ananuri castle complex and finish in the hill town of Kazbegi, visiting the Gergeti Trinity church. Overnight at Hotel Porta Caucaisa (or similar). (B, L, D)
Return to Tbilisi via the Jvari monastery, high above the Aragvi river. Free time to enjoy the Georgian capital. One option is the cable car to the top of Mount Mtatsminda for panoramic views across the city. Overnight at The Biltmore Hotel (or similar). (B, L, D)
Take the train from Tbilisi to the town of Gori, birthplace of Joseph Stalin. Visit the Stalin museum then continue to Kakheti, Georgia's wine region, where grapes have been cultivated for more than 7,000 years. Enjoy wine tasting before moving on to the spa town of Borjomi. Overnight on board the train. (B, L, D)
From the small town of Akhaltsikhe, visit Vardzia, a 12th-century cave monastery. Reminiscient of a honeycomb, there are more than 3,000 cave dwellings for up to 50,000 people built into the rockface. The brilliance of the frescoes of legendary Queen Tamar in the cave cathedral has not lost its intensity. In the afternoon, continue through the Georgian countryside to the historic town of Kutaisi. Overnight on board the train. (B, L, D)
The final stop of the journey is Batumi, Georgia's second largest city, set on the spectacular Black Sea coast with a backdrop of green mountains. Throughout history, travellers have left their mark on Batumi with its historic centre of Orthodox churches, synagogues, and mosques. Take a city tour and stay overnight at the Radisson Hotel (or similar). (B, L, D)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. (B)
B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals
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TBB2019: 8 Nights
On the shores of the Caspian Sea lies the exotic and mysterious capital of Azerbaijan, Baku.
The semi-tropical Black Sea port and resort city of Batumi lies on the western edge of...
Kazbegi is a small town located on the Thergi river and is named after the largest...
Bordered by dramatic hills and mountains, Tbilisi was built on the banks of the Mtkvari...