At Exeter International we have been creating memories and crafting our trademark extraordinary journeys to Central Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, and Central Asia for over 25 years. Our specialty is to distill the best of the best in iconic places that are on so many people’s travel must-do list.
Our group tours are special. These are not your every-day tour programs just ticking off the highlights. You and our Director of the Caucasus, Jody Ricottone, take a deep dive into the destination, discovering its history, its cuisine and, most rewarding, its people.
Most people will know the three nations as former Soviet Blocs – but they are so much more. After the fall of the Soviet Union, each newly independent country chose a different path which has created three very distinct countries today. From Azerbaijan’s leaps into the modern age though vast oil wealth, to Georgia’s staunch desire to separate itself from Russia and its Soviet past, to Armenia’s struggle to match its wealthier neighbors in the modern age – each country offers a unique atmosphere.
Sitting at the cross-roads of East and West along the Caucasus Mountains, Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan pivotal location have made them the target for growing empires. As each empire came and went from the region, they made a mark creating a unique culture, food, and history. Today the region is an amalgamation of ancient and new, Roman temples and modern skyscrapers, traditional cuisine and New York trained chefs, modern businesses built on traditional craftsmanship.
Along your journey, some of your most memorable moments will be the people you meet. Three outstanding local guides will introduce you to their countries. In Georgia, you will meet local vintners who are helping to revive the traditional Georgian wine making process, and the Georgian wine-making name.
A lot goes into our travel program design and we have chosen the best these three distinct countries have to offer. Please join Jody and discover one of Europe’s hidden gems.