Jacada Travel Launches Trips to Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

Jacada Travel has launched new journeys into the lesser-explored nations of the Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The latest expansion of Jacada’s global destinations into Central Asia offers journeys centered on history, culinary discovery and adventure.

Travelers may opt to try their hand at batik painting or sample wine in Georgia, where wine has been produced since 6000 BCE. Travelers will trace the origins of winemaking techniques that produce amber-colored wines in the Kakheti Wine Region. They can visit Kazbegi National Park for hikes to the isolated Gergeti Trinity Church. In the capital city of Tbilisi, they will have opportunities to visit artists in their studios.

To the south, Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, dates back further than Rome, while the remains of what’s thought to be the world’s oldest winery can be visited in the Vayots Dzor region. Hiking opportunities abound; treks and lakeside trails offer the chance to visit hidden monasteries and soak up views of Mount Ararat, the national symbol of Armenia.

Ruins of the Zvartnots Cathedral in Yerevan, Armenia
Ruins of the Zvartnots Cathedral in Yerevan, Armenia (Jacada Travel)

Then there is Azerbaijan with mountains and mud volcanoes on the doorstep of the capital Baku, on the Caspian coast. The UNESCO-listed Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, famed for its rock paintings, is just outside the city center. Travelers can also visit Yanar Dag, the “burning mountain” believed to have been lit by an eternal fire that’s been burning for the past 5,000 years.

Among the highlights of Jacada Travel’s new tailored offerings in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan:

  • Go off-roading to a wild dining location deep in the forests of Armenia’s Dilijan National Park, where a three-course meal will be prepared and served in the forest using local, seasonal ingredients
  • Settle in for a private polyphonic singing performance in Georgia. Sung at ceremonies and festivals, and protected by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage, these songs date back to the 8th century
  • Privately guided wild foraging and cooking experiences will reveal Georgian and Armenian cuisine’s heritage and long-preserved local traditions
  • Delve into the ancient art of winemaking in Georgia, one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. Learn the traditional qvevri aging technique and mark the travel calendar for late September and early October while lively rtveli harvest celebrations are in full swing
  • Explore Yerevan, the little-visited capital of Armenia. The easily walkable city center is dotted with parks, galleries and public artworks
  • Under the tutelage of local artisans, a carpet-weaving masterclass in the heart of Baku’s Old City brings an ancient art form to life. Each hand-woven carpet is a one-of-a-kind souvenir and memory to treasure back home

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