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  • Undertake a cultural adventure journeying from Tbilisi to Batumi via Bolnisi, Mtskheta, Kutaisi and Mestia

  • Highlights will include the fascinating Ananuri Fortress Complex, the medieval Gelati Monastery, and Nokalakevi archaeological site

  • Visit Ushguli, one of the highest continually inhabited settlements in Europe


 

Please note that the below description represents a guide to what we hope to offer. Full details, including the cost and itinerary, will be released later in 2024. If you would like to receive further details of this tour when they are available, we invite you to register your interest here.

 

Georgia is a country of rich historical treasures and diverse landscapes, which we will explore on this brand new tour as we undertake a cultural adventure journeying from Tbilisi to Batumi via Bolnisi, Mtskheta, Kutaisi and Mestia. 

 

Highlights will include the fascinating Ananuri Fortress Complex, a classic example of Georgian architecture located at the crossroads of trade routes; the medieval Gelati Monastery, one of Georgia’s first monasteries and typifying the ‘Georgian Golden Age’; and Nokalakevi archaeological site, occupied during the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras. We will also pay a visit to Ushguli, one of the highest continually inhabited settlements in Europe, and the Roman fortress of Apsarus. 

 

Our understanding of Georgian history and culture will be enriched by dedicated lectures from our Tour Director, as well as visits to a plethora of museums displaying important artefacts, from the Georgian National Museum to the Bolnisi Museum, which elucidates the country’s ancient history. 

 

We also hope to include an opportunity to hear some traditional Georgian polyphony, part of the country’s rich folk culture. It is also renowned for its winemaking, a tradition dating back over 8000 years, and we hope to sample some Georgian wines at the Tsinandali Estate. 
 
This tour will be led by Ian Colvin, PhD, an expert in the late Roman and Byzantine history of the Caucasus regions. Ian has long experience in leading tours to Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and the southern Balkans. He trained as a historian and Byzantinist at Oxford in the 1990s, specialising in late Antiquity and the Roman Eastern Frontier. He moved to the University of Cambridge in the 2000s to become a researcher with the Cambridge School Classics Project. In 2001 Ian established an archaeological excavation at Nokalakevi in Georgia in collaboration with the Georgian National Museum, which continues training students and investigating sites in Western Georgia to this day. Among his current scholarly projects is the Rustaveli Foundation-funded History of Egrisi.

Days
15
Cost
£TBC
Tour Code
GEOR-25


Included: Full details, including the cost and itinerary, will be released later in 2024. Please contact the ACE office or fill in the register interest form to receive further details when available.


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