The Caucasus region is a mountainous area nestled between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, including the countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Not unlike the Balkans, it is a cultural crossroads connecting Europe and Asia and a plethora of historical influences (Persian, Ottoman, Russian…), religions (Islam, Eastern Orthodox Christian, and Armenian Apostolic), at least a dozen languages, and distinctive local traditions.
Magnificent natural beauty, genuinely hospitable people, picturesque rural countryside, and vibrant capitals make this part of the world an exciting, offbeat discovery. Still unheard of by many Western travelers, the Caucasus countries are hidden treasures for the well-traveled looking for new destinations more off the beaten track and without the tourist crowds. Oh, and did we mention that the Caucasus is the world’s oldest winemaking region, dating back at least 8,000 years.