Exploring the Caucasus: Georgia & Armenia

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MAY 10-26, 2022 $3,595
Yerevan, Dilijan (Lake Sevan), Tbilisi, Stepantsminda (Kazbegi), Borjomi, Tbilisi
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Exploring the Caucasus: Georgia & Armenia

MAY 10-26, 2022
Yerevan, Dilijan (Lake Sevan), Tbilisi, Stepantsminda (Kazbegi), Borjomi, Tbilisi

The Caucasus lend a stunning backdrop to this singular 17-day small group journey. Encounter Armenia’s early Christian heritage and Georgia’s traditional culture, contemporary cities and breathtaking scenery, and welcoming local people. With four nights in modern Yerevan, experience the Armenian capital. Visit the Greco-Roman Garni Temple. Travel to the scenic Ararat plain and see Armenian UNESCO sites: Geghard Monastery, Zvartnots Cathedral, and Haghpat. Overnight in Dilijan, the “Armenian Switzerland.” Spending three nights in culturally rich Tbilisi, tour its old town and the Georgian National Museum. Savor a tasting at a winery in Georgia’s renowned wine country. Explore ancient Mtskheta en route to Stepantsminda at Mount Kazbek’s foot. Enjoy lunch in a local family’s home and see the Sno Valley. A stay in Borjomi includes visits to two UNESCO sites. Returning to Tbilisi, stop at a 7th-century cave town. Discover Azerbaijani gems Sheki and Baku with an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour extension.

Cost: $3,595
Odysseys Unlimited
Activity Level: Moderate Activity
COVID-19 Information:

Health and Safety Protocols

  • Odysseys Unlimited will waive the $200 per person penalty associated with tour deposits.
  • Each guest’s $500 deposit will be fully refundable up until the final payment due date: 95 days prior to tour departure.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Robert Gurval
Department of Classics
Robert Gurval is an Emeritus Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Classics. His area of research and teaching concerns ancient Rome and the legacy of its empire in popular culture and cinema. Gurval's publications focus on politics, literature and culture in the age of Rome's first emperor, Caesar Augustus. He earned his B.A. in Classics at Brown University and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at UCLA since 1990 where he has served as Chair of the Department of Classics and of the faculty committees on the Honors College, General Education Governance, and Undergraduate Honors, Awards and Prizes. He is the recipient of the Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome, the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award known as the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching and the American Philological Association's Excellence in Teaching Award for university professors. He has regularly led the UCLA Summer Travel Study Abroad Program in Rome on its ancient history and monuments. Newly retired, Gurval is intending to spend more time teaching Classics in China and Japan. He received a three-year grant from the UCLA Asia Institute to hold workshops in Hong Kong and Los Angeles on comparative approaches to the study of religion in the ancient worlds from the Near East to China. He has taught seminars on Augustus: First Emperor of Rome, Ancient Biography, and Cleopatra at universities in Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing. Since 2005, Gurval has participated as a faculty lecturer on thirteen UCLA Alumni Travel tours.

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STEP 1
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STEP 2
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STEP 3
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Attn: Special Interest Groups
One Newton Place
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