The Caucasus by Luxury Rail

  • Golden Eagle

  • 9-day Escorted Tour

    Luxury

    The Tour

    This fall, join our captivating 9-day rail adventure from Yerevan to Baku, experiencing the remarkable and culturally diverse countries of the Caucasus.

    Discover the western shores of the Caspian Sea as we weave our way through Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Home to fascinating modern culture, as well as some of the world’s most ancient and timeless architecture, this journey promises to be a unique adventure.

    Only a few cabins remain on this breathtakingly beautiful journey, so book your place now to avoid disappointment. Travel in comfort and luxury aboard the fully en-suite Golden Eagle luxury train.

    Note: Map shows entire Caspian Odyssey journey, whose opening Yerevan-Baku section comprises this tour.

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    The Itinerary

    Day 1 & 2: Yerevan
    Arrive Yerevan, where you are met and transferred to the Marriott for a one-night stay. Tour the capital city, which has a rich history, having been occupied as early as 6,000 BC. Board the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express and depart for Georgia. Highlights of Yerevan include the ancient Geghard Monastery, which contains a number of churches and tombs, many of them cut into the rock. The complex of medieval architecture is set into a landscape of great natural beauty, surrounded by towering cliffs at the head of the Azat Valley.

    We’ll also visit the 1st Century pagan temple of Garni, built to worship the Sun God Mitra. We’ll explore the remains of an ancient fortress, palace and baths there. Back in Yerevan city we’ll visit the Cascade giant stairway and inside it the Casfejian Museum of Modern Art.

    In the evening of Day 2, we board our Golden Eagle private train and start our rail adventure to Baku.

    Day 3: Lake Sevan & Dilijan, Armenia

    Our train takes a scenic route today around the stunning Lake Sevan and we make a short stop to walk to the beach for a photo opportunity. Along with Lake Van and Lake Urmia, Sevan was considered one of the three great lakes of the historical Armenian Kingdom, collectively referred to as the Seas of Armenia; it is the only one within the boundaries of today’s Republic of Armenia.

    We’ll continue to Dilijan to visit the nearby Monastery of Haghpat, built between the 10th and 14th centuries. Its beautiful location in the gorges of two small mountain rivers make an atmospheric backdrop for St. Astvatsatsin Church, its most important building.

    We’ll have an Armenian cognac reception at Avan Dzoraget Hotel on the Debed River, nestled among the forest-covered hills and rocky slopes of the Caucasus Mountains.

    Days 4-5: Tbilisi & Telavi, Georgia
    Heading into Georgia, we visit Tbilisi. Hemmed in by the Surami Range, the city extends for 17 miles along the banks of the River Kura. The old part of the city still retains much of its original layout, a spider’s web of narrow winding streets and alleyways. Historical sites include 13th century Metekhi church and the 5th century Sioni Cathedral. We’ll also visit the recently built Holy Trinity Cathedral, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world and take a walking tour of the old town and Rustaveli Avenue. We also visit the beautiful wine region in Telavi, located a few hours from Tbilisi.

    Day 6: Gori, Uplistsikhe Cave City & Mtskheta

    Gori is one of the oldest cities in Georgia, founded in the 7th century AD. Joseph Stalin, the Soviet leader, was born here in 1879. Visit the Stalin Museum, which includes his private railway carriage. We then go to Uplistsikhe for a barbecue lunch on the banks of the Mtkvari River with traditional music. This famous cave city dates from the 6th century BC. Carved into rocky plateau we find huge echoing halls, meandering corridor-streets, chambers for pagan worship and even the remains of Georgia’s oldest theatre. Late afternoon we visit the city of Mtskheta, Georgia’a Old Capital. Due to its historical significance and numerous ancient monuments, Mtskheta became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

    Days 7 & 8: Baku, Azerbaijan
    Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, lies on the western shore of the Caspian Sea and derives its international importance from its huge oil industry. The core of present-day Baku is the Old Town, or fortress, of Icheri-Shekher. Most of the walls, strengthened after the Russian conquest in 1806, survive, as does the 90-foot tower of Kyz-Kalasy. Around the walls of the fortress, the busy streets and imposing buildings of modern Baku rise up the slopes of hills surrounding the bay. Other notable historic buildings are the Law Court (Divan-Khan), the Dzhuma-Mechet Minaret, and the mausoleum of the astronomer Seida Bakuvi. We stay two nights at the five-star Four Seasons Bakue (or similar).

    Day 9: Baku, Azerbaijan: Transfer to Baku Airport to begin your journey home.

    2018 Dates:

    September 21-29

    The Prices

     2018 Double Single Deposit amount
    Silver Class $12,995 $17,595 $1,500
    Gold Class $15,995 $22,295 $2,500
    Imperial Suite on request on request

    Please note: prices are per person.

    Other

    All prices are per person.

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    The Highlights

    • Travel aboard the luxurious, fully en-suite Golden Eagle luxury train
    • Tour Yerevan, Armenia, an ancient city which has been occupied since 6,000 BC
    • Explore Tbilisi’s old town, which still retains much of its original layout, a spider’s web of narrow winding streets and alleyways
    • See the ruins of Tbilisi’s ancient fortress, Narikala, and its 13th-century Metekhi castle and cathedral
    • Visit the beautiful wine area in Telavi, located a few hours from Tbilisi
    • Tour Gori, one of Georgia’s oldest cities, and birthplace of Joseph Stalin
    • Serenaded by traditional music, savor a barbeque lunch on the banks of the Mtkvari River in Uplistsikhe, the famous cave city dating from the 6th century BC
    • See Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, which lies on the western shore of the Caspian Sea
    Mt. Ararat, reputed resting place of Noah's Ark, towers over Yerevan, Armenia. Yerevan is the jumping-off point for the Caspian Odyssey tour.
    Mt. Ararat, reputed resting place of Noah's Ark, towers over Yerevan, Armenia. Yerevan is the jumping-off point for the Caspian Odyssey tour.
    UNESCO World Heritage site in Mtskheta, Georgia.
    UNESCO World Heritage site in Mtskheta, Georgia.
    Coffee, tea and incredible Russian chocloates are available on the Golden Eagle 24/7. Photo by Owen Hardy
    Coffee, tea and incredible Russian chocloates are available on the Golden Eagle 24/7. Photo by Owen Hardy