From the Promethean legends to stories of the Golden Fleece, the Caucasus mountains are known for their turbulent histories, extraordinary cultural traditions and spectacular landscapes. For centuries the mountains have been an impenetrable barrier whose ancient tribes have survived despite the ravages of the vagabound hordes from the steppes (Huns, Mongals, Khazaras and Turkes) and the mighty Eurasian empires of the Byzantines, Arabs, Turks and Russians. On this unique journey learn more of a rich culture still intact whose history is steeped in ancient customs and traditions.
The journey involves a series of moderate walks (4 – 6 hours) along the southern crest of the Caucasus Georgia whose peoples have has been profoundly affected by the country’s adoption of Christianity in the 4th century. The walks will take in the various regions around Svaneti, Tusheti and the Kazbegi and link ancient Silk routes, monasteries in spectacular positions, and picturesque villages. There will also be visits to Tblisi which in the 12th century, was one of Asia’s most important political, economic and cultural centres and Batumi on eastern coast of the balmy Black Sea coast surrounded by high forested mountains and lush sub-tropical hills.
This journey is open the Alumni of Oxford and Cambridge Universities and their family and friends. Please note that Distant Horizons has sole responsibility for the operation of this tour. The participating University has no direct control over the operation of any tours.
Maximum Party Size: 16