SENIORS TRAVEL TO GEORGIA AND ARMENIADec 23rd, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel
So you’ve been to Georgia, huh? No, not that one, the one near Azerbaijan. Seniors can take in a Tran-Caucasus Odyssey with Road Scholar for 14 days in May or October in 2012. Doesn’t that sound like a true adventure! On this trip you can delve into the wildly diverse cultures and landscapes of the Caucasus, that mountainous strip of land between the Caspian and the Black Seas. I’ve always been fascinated with those two seas myself. Just imagine discovering the heritage behind the bold designs of Azerbaijan’s carpets, savor deep red wines from the region, visit local bakeries, artists’ studios and craft centers in Georgia. Then admire the sculpted stone khachkar crosses that dot the green hillsides of Armenia, the world’s first Christian country.
Armenia is located in the mountains in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. It is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the south. It is situated at the juncture of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Armenia is a unique country; it has over 50,00 hand-made crosses, sculptured of rocks, not one identical to any other one. Each stone cross has its own pattern; each one has its own story to tell that goes back to the most early ages. It is said that no nation in the world has employed such a powerful and long-lasting way to express its faith to God.
There’s lots more to learn about Armenia that has just over 3 million inhabitants with 1 million living in the capital city of Yerevan. It is situated on the Hrazdan River, and is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country. It has been the capital of Armenia since 1918 and the twelfth in the history of Armenia.
Georgia, situated at the dividing line of Asia and Europe, is an ancient country of rugged mountains and very determined people. With sublimely perched old churches, watchtowers and castles dotting its fantastic mountain scenery, Georgia has to be one of the most beautiful countries on earth.
This is a place where (except in the drabber, Soviet-built sectors of some towns) the human hand has much enhanced that of nature. Finally putting post-Soviet internal strife and economic stagnation behind it, Georgia is now developing its tourism potential and making the full range of its attractions safely and readily accessible to senior travelers. Appealing accommodation for all budgets is becoming available across the country and opportunities for exploring by foot, horse or vehicle are expanding fast. Georgia offers impressive Tbilisi, antique Kutaisi, inspiring Mtskheta. Nearby is The Great Silk Road, one of the most magnificent achievements of ancient civilization. Thousands of merchants and travelers passed along this famous route through dangerous deserts and vast steppes to reach China and buy silk – the main but not the only item of trade. The road also served as a means of exchanging cultures, religions and traditions between countries and contributed to the cultural and economic development of both East and West.
Tours Take Seniors to the Caucasus
Adventour, takes seniors to the Caucasus to explore the secrets of this hidden land… from Yerevan and Tbilisi to dramatic Caucasus Mountains and Silk Road sites frozen in time. This tour is said to be a cultural delight. Experience Caucasian hospitality at its best, visit wineries, sample Armenian cuisine and Georgian polyphonic singing. The Caucasus Silk Road Tour, for 12 days and 13 nights, takes seniors into Tbilisi, Georgia and on to Baku, Azerbaijan. Exotour, a Travel and Tour Operator in Georgia and Caucasus Region was established in Tbilisi in 1993, arranging special interest tours and individual travel programs: cultural, historical, architectural, adventure, outdoor, food and wine tours, trekking, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, bird watching, helicopter trips, off-road and winter ski tours. Levon Travel would like you to consider their tailored packages to both Armenia and Georgia. Here is a Travel Forum by Lonely Planet that may be of interest to you if you have to decide between the two. Should be a wonderful adventure for senior seekers of unique experiences. Enjoy! jeb