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Treasures of Armenia

Published in Armenia

Armenia is an ancient and beautiful country, modernizing and blossoming after years of Soviet rule. Incredible landscapes, a rich history and modern amenities combine to make Armenia an unforgettable travel experience. Bustling, lively cities give way to rolling hills, flowing rivers, and tall mountains and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From the mountain meadows of Tsakhkadzor to the historic churches of Echmiadzin and the urban pulse of Yerevan, Armenia offers something for everyone!

The fascinating Armenia journey begins in the nation’s capital Yerevan, which is surrounded on three sides by awe-inspiring Mount Ararat which slopes down to the Hrazdan river, giving the city a variety of elevations and neighborhoods and even a cable car to get to the top!

In Yerevan we offer a walking tour between museums and art galleries spaced around the spectacular Victory Park. Then explore the old Vernisaj bustling bazar stocked with carpets and crafts. The Cascade Stairway Complex is a must-see destination, there you can taste the most delicious apricots, berries or pomegranates. Armenian cuisine is one of the oldest in the South Caucasus. Our hand-picked local guides will take you to traditional authentic restaurants to enjoy Armenian Kufta, or Dolma along with Lavash, the pliable flatbread cooked on the walls of a wood-fired clay oven.

We continue the tour with the Holy Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the first Christian cathedral in the world. Then on to explore the many majestic architectural treasures in Armenia. Visit Zvatrnos Cathedral, Khor Virap, Geghard Monastery and Garni. For that special lifetime experiences, you can capture the most picturesque views of Yerevan and Mount Ararat at the monastery of Khor Virap.

Armenians are very warm and hospitable, near Garni you will be invited by a local family to see the preparation of the local bread Lavash, you can help them cook Armenian style mouthwatering kebab with lamb and vegetables. Throughout the trip you will also have a chance to sample creamy homemade Armenian yogurt and cheeses. They are delicious.

Continuing along the old Silk Road we will travel to the charming city of Dilijan and stop by at the breathtaking Lake Sevan for a local fish lunch whilst taking in the spectacular views of Lake Sevan, the largest and one of the most beautiful lakes in Caucasus. Depending on the light the colors change from azure to turquoise to navy blue. Many locals call this lake “Armenian Sea.”

Then on to Dilijan which is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage ancient monasteries Haghartsin and Goshavank dating from the 11- 13th century. Dilijan is “Armenia’s Switzerland” we will take you to the workshop of a local artists. There you will see their talents but also get a chance to make you own wooden jewelry, pencil box or porcelain ornaments.

Finally, we offer you the chance to go hiking on the foothills of Mount Ararat, a magnificent natural landmark of Armenia. It is also the symbol of the motherland for all the Armenians. Your local guide knows the best location for you to see the beauty of Yerevan and entire region. It is an excellent place to taste Armenian famous soup Khash. For your farewell dinner, the special folklore group will perform for you and you may join them to dance. 

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Travel to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Published in Baltic Republics

What’s next in the global travel market for the passionate traveler? The foodie? The culture maven? It’s here in the Baltics!

Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia fill the northeast corner of Europe. Visit wild beaches, ancient forests and bogs, a sauna in the woods, a winemaker at the northernmost vineyard of the world, medieval castles, Soviet remnants and views over the Baltic Sea. Top it off with some of the best food anywhere! The surprisingly diverse landscapes provide the perfect medium for sustainable and luxury tourism. Discover the tumultuous history, and seafaring traditions of these gems of the Baltic. Explore the Medieval in Talinn, Art Nouveau in Riga and the Baroque in Vilnius. Gorgeous in summer and perfect in spring and fall, this part of the world takes on a fairy-tale like quality for winter visitors. 

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Treasures of The Caucasus

Published in Caucasus Travel

Nestled against the Caucasus Mountains, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are emerging as go-to destinations. Fabulous cuisine, rugged mountain peaks and lush valleys, narrow medieval streets and glass skyscrapers inspire travelers in this enchanting mix of cultures and traditions. Explore this pillar of early civilization; a bridge between Europe and Asia, on your journey to a region spanning continents, culture and history – travel to the Caucasus!

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Discover the Hidden Riches of the Caucasus

Published in Caucasus Travel

The Caucasus countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan hold unique enchantments for travelers to discover. Thousands of years of history beckon from this bridge between Europe and Asia, nestled between Russia, Turkey and the Black and Caspian Seas. Relatively untraveled, visitors will find adventure like it used to be with fabulous food, warm hospitality and amazing cultural diversity. Hike up to lone monasteries in Armenia, take a moonlight swim in the Black Sea, taste unforgettable Georgian wine and dance under the minarets of Azerbaijan. It's a land of forgotten wilderness, ancient cities, and traditions from the beginnings of Christianity and Islam, Circassia and the Ottoman Empire. Experience the most incredible adventure in your life in the Caucasus!

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1001 Arabian Nights Morocco

Published in Morocco

Pack your bags and hold on to your magic carpet for a 1001 Arabian Nights Adventure to Morocco’s Imperial Cities & The Deep South of the country. Prepare yourself for 12 days of incredible culture, breathtaking vistas and fabulous cuisine. Visit Imperial Rabat, UNESCO Fes, the Roman ruins of Volubilis along with ancient ksars and kasbahs. Silk Road Treasure Tours guarantees an exotic interlude to modern life with a trip to Morocco. Imagine a journey where you can wander through Andalusian gardens, majestic palaces, covered markets, and palmeries on your own private, curated tour. Enjoy stays at charming boutique riads and hotels, Camel trek through the Sahara Desert and overnight in a luxury desert camp. Morocco is the perfect destination for couples, families, and friends looking to enhance their global experiences. There's no better place to start than this northeast corner of Africa. Create a memorable travel experience with Silk Road Treasure Tours!  A friendly destination with warm, hospitable people, Morocco should be on everyone’s bucket list. Just an hour from Spain and 7 ½ hours from New York City, Morocco guarantees has everything  for intrepid and luxury travelers alike. A former colony of France, Portugal and Spain, Morocco remains a hidden jewel with exotic cuisine and majestic landscapes of mountains, rivers, valleys, desert and farmland. Moroccan cuisine is the culinary star of North Africa a diverse and delicious blend of Imperial and trade influences. Being at the crossroads of many civilizations, the architecture of Morocco is also a mélange of Arab, Berber, Moorish, French, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean African, Iberian, and Jewish influences. Travel to Morocco with Silk Road Treasure tours and enjoy all that Morocco has to offer on your own private, concierge tour.

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Cradle of Wine-Georgia

Published in Georgia

This 8-day Georgia journey uncovers 8,000 years of wine-making traditions in an extraordinary cultural heritage destination located along the coast of the alluring Black Sea. Nestled between Russia and Turkey in the Caucasus, Georgia is home to five wine regions, including Kakheti (the largest) and Kartli, which are becoming renowned in the Western world. Guests will taste the wines of local wineries and monasteries, enjoy meals at the homes of local families, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and take in the beautiful landscape and sights of Tbilisi, Sighnaghi, Telavi, Mtskheta, Gori, Kutaisi, and Batumi.

Georgian Wine Highlights:

  • Explore the Kakheti wine region, enjoying superb views of the snow-capped Great Caucasus Mountains and verdant valleys of Kakheti whilst sipping the wines from Pheasant’s Tears (www.pheasantstears.com), a small winery started by the American artist, John H. Wurdeman, in the fortified 18thcentury town of Singhnaghi;
  • Visit the traditional cellars of local farmers’ in the nearby village of Velistsikhe to learn about family wine production;
  • Enjoy a tasting at the modern Schuchmann Wines, owned by Burkhard Schuchmann, a German industrial manager who was seduced by Georgia’s promising vineyards;
  • Visit a local master of Georgian clay jars known as ‘Qvevri’ which are used for storing wine underground – a traditional method which dates back 8,000 years;
  • Tour the wine cellar of the Alaverdi Cathedral, which has been operated by wine-making monks as early as the 6th century.

The journey begins in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. During a walking tour of the old city, guests will discover the religious and secular architecture that line its narrow streets: churches, synagogues, mosques abound as well as famous 19th century houses with wooden multi-colored balconies. Relaxation awaits when they visit the sulfur baths which made an unforgettable impression on the likes of Pushkin, Lermontov, and Dumas.

The next day, guests will explore the Kakheti wine region, enjoying superb views of the snow-capped Great Caucasus Mountains and verdant valleys of Kakheti as they sip the wines from Pheasant’s Tears, a small winery started by the American artist, John H. Wurdeman, in the fortified 18th century town of Singhnaghi. Afterwards, they will visit the traditional cellars of local farmers’ in the nearby village of Velistsikhe to learn about family wine production, and will end the day with a tasting at the modern Schuchmann Wines, owned by Burkhard Schuchmann, a German industrial manager who was seduced by Georgia’s promising vineyards.

The following day guests will visit a local master of Georgian clay jars known as ‘Qvevri’ which are used for storing wine underground – a traditional method which dates back 8,000 years. Afterwards, they will visit the wine cellar of the Alaverdi Cathedral. The cellar, which was operated by monks who were making wines there as early as the 6th century, was destroyed frequently by Muslim invaders, and rendered inactive during Soviet times when the monastery was deserted. Today, however, the cellar is just as lively as it was during the better moments of its history. For lunch, guests will enjoy a homemade lunch prepared at the home of a local family. This will be followed by a tour and wine tasting at a winery in Kvareli.

On day five, guests will visit the 6th century Jvari Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site over looking Mtskheta, the ancient capital and religious center of Georgia. Continuing on to the cave town of Uplistsikhe, guests will taste the homemade wines of the Kartli region and afterwards will leave for an overnight in Kutaisi, the town of the legendary Golden Fleece from the myth Jason and the Argonauts, and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Gelati Monastery and Academy.

Guests will finally make their way to the Black Sea coast, where they will visit the Gonio fortress, which is also connected with the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, and have free time to explore Batumi. En route to Tbilisi for their last overnight before departure, guests will stop at a winery to learn more about West Georgian wines and visit the Stalin Museum in addition to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mtskheta: the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.

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