Tour to Kavkazus
The Kavkazus, more often called Transkavkazia by tourists, is an interesting region with a rich history.
It is located at the point where Eastern Europe meets Asia, washed by the Black and Caspian Seas.
Transkavkazia for the long history of its existence fell under the influence of the Roman, Mongolian, Ottoman, Russian and other powerful empires.
Together with the conquest, they brought their cultural customs, trade features and new crafts to the region, forming national traditions that we may observe now.
Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are countries located in the territory of modern Transkavcazia and known throughout the world for their hospitality, delicious and special Kavkazian cuisine and extraordinary wines.
Georgia will meet you with Mount Kazbek and the Gergeti Trinity Church. The bright mosaic of the walls of the Russia–Georgia Friendship Monument on the way to Tbilisi is visible for travelers far from the arrival at the Cross Pass.
The Ananuri Fortress is 70 km away from the capital on the same road as Zhinvali Lake.
Tbilisi is beautiful with its narrow streets, with its Rike Park and the Mother of Georgia Monument. It is worth visiting the legendary Borjomi and Prometheus Cave in Kutaisi, sailing on an underground river.
In addition, take a walk along the Batumi quay, breathing in the fragrant air of the Black Sea, and admire the amazing “Ali and Nino” a moving statue of love.
In 2018, Georgia met 8.6 million foreign visitors, breaking its record for the previous year.
The main attraction of Armenia is Mount Ararat. It considered to be the holy land where Noah landed his Ark. You can admire the Big and Small Ararat from the observation deck in Yerevan.
The XIII-century bridge with sculptures of cats leads you to the ancient Sanahin Monastery, which withstood earthquakes and delights guests with the cathedral and the richest library. The Matenadaran is the largest repository of ancient manuscripts in the world, with more than one hundred thousand documents in its archive. On the edge of the gorge, you can see the mountain river Vorotan and the medieval monastery Tatevsky.
In the city of Vagharshapat, so-called Armenian Vatican, do not forget to visit the Echmiadzin Cathedral -
the oldest Christian temple in Armenia built in the IV century, immediately after the acceptation of Christianity by the nation.
Since Armenia is the first country for Christianity as a state religion, the Echmiadzin Cathedral can be considered as the first church of the entire Christian world. The most important relic, the Holy Lance is conserved in the Treasury Museum at the territory of the complex. The relic is known to the world as the Spear of Destiny or the Holy Spear. It is the lance that pierced Jesus as he was hung on the cross and ended his torture.
According to the legend, legionnaire accepted the name Longinus, converting it to Christianity. For the preaching the Christian doctrine, he was glorified as a saint.
His spear became the greatest treasure of Christianity. It is believed that those who hold these weapons in their hands would decide the fate of the world.
The number of tourists visiting Armenia in 2018 increased by 10 percent compared with 2017 and amounted to 1.2 million people.
The sights of Azerbaijan include the flame towers of Baku, the old quarter of Icheri-Khesher (Inner city) capital city, the Palace of Shirvanshahs, the capital cities of the ancient khanates of Shamakhy and Quba, the Djuma mosque with a preserved XV century minaret and the museum of Azerbaijani carpet.
Here you can see religious monuments of antiquity, real gems of Azerbaijani architecture, including the Maiden Tower (XII century) and the Palace of Shirvanshahs (XV century), listed in Historical Monuments of UNESCO World Heritage 2001.
Azerbaijan amazes the tourist’s imagination with its ancient and unique architecture, religious buildings and natural sights along the coast of the Caspian Sea.
In Azerbaijan, the development of the tourism industry is seen as an alternative to the dependence of the economy on oil revenues.
Measures for the rapid development of this sphere are included in the state programs for the transformation of the economy.
The number of tourists in this country for 2018 has increased by 7% and exceeded the number of 2.6 million people from 195 countries.
Crime in the countries of the Kavkazus is at a low level and nothing threatens the safety of tourists and it is ensured at the state level.
In Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan legal protection centers have been established to provide comprehensive support to tourists in case of the violation of their rights and legitimate interests. Police patrol the city 24-hour-a-day. The National Tourism Administration has created “hotlines” in 2013, which can be called any time free of charge. After crossing the border, the list of these emergency numbers are given to each guest. You can additionally get information about sights, hotels, catering services, festivals and other events.
Qualified operators will be happy to answer your questions in Russian, French, and English.
Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan provide guests with a high level of security that you can safely have a walk on the streets past midnight.
Each year tourism to South Kavkazus gains more popularity and thanks to the monuments of global architecture, the beauty of mountains, protected areas, wildlife parks and unique cultural heritage.
Turkey is a home to picturesque natural landscapes, these are ancient cities and ancient fortresses, these are gentle sea and velvet sands, these are healing springs and salt caves, these are romantic cruises and bright nightlife.
Essential advantage of vacation in Turkey is an abundance of sights: natural, architectural, historical and cultural.
Turkey resorts are washed by four seas: the Mediterranean, Black, Marmara and Aegean. All these regions are famous for clean beaches, hot climates and luxury hotels.
The swimming season here is open from March to November. Leisure beach day can be easily combined with an active and extreme tourism, and diving.
The most visited tourist destination is the Turkish Mediterranean Coast, Antalya and Kemer regions. Besides the golden strip of beaches, there is a whole galaxy of unique sights that amaze the imagination - from the ruins of ancient cities to the “alien landscapes” of Cappadocia (a picturesque mountainous area comparable in beauty to the Grand Canyon in the USA) and Pammukale (a unique thermal resort with white terraces created by nature itself).
Especially, you can see the ruins of the legendary Troy and the ancient city of Ephesus. The temple of Artemis in Ephesus is in the list of the “Seven Wonders of the World”.
Istanbul is a beautiful city located at the center point Europe meets Asia. Its history goes back more than twenty-seven centuries.
There are many monuments of antiquity. The largest of them is the Hagia Sophia, which has one of the most iconic museums in the world.
Amazing scale and beauty of the mosque (Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque, Bayezid Mosque); magnificent palaces (Dolmabahche Palace, Topkapi, Beilerbeyi Palace); the richest collections of artifacts in museums;
The Eastern tale of the large colorful bazaars and excellent shopping opportunities allows Istanbul, the largest city of Turkey, to win the hearts of tourists.
The annual tourist flow to Turkey is very large. Following the results of 2018, about 40 million tourists from different countries visited this country. Turkey ranks as the 6th in the world among popular tourist destinations.