Venerable Cultures, Cherished Food and Wine Traditions, Towering Terrain

Explore The South Caucasus

The soaring Caucasus Mountains separate Europe from Asia, and the South Caucasus countries are on that borderline.  Inhabitants of Azerbaijan burned crude oil in their lamps before anyone knew what it was.  Beautiful, rocky Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion.  And Georgia, acclaimed for its fabulous food and drink, claims to be the first area to cultivate the wine grape.

Why Travel with MIR to the South Caucasus
  • 30 years of South Caucasus travel experience
  • National Geographic Traveler honored MIR’s Eastern Turkey & Georgia: Legacy of Empire, as a “Tour of a Lifetime”
  • Travel programs such Harvard, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the American Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to the South Caucasus
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
Signature Why end mights

We regularly garner compliments from our travelers for the inspired opportunities we provide to help them get to know the local people, distinctive art, architecture and accomplishments of the age-old region of the South Caucasus.  Below is just a sampling of the South Caucasus experiences MIR has designed to take our clients far from the familiar.

  • Visit a potter’s home
    Visit a potter’s home outside of Kutaisi and learn about Georgia’s signature pottery style....
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    Visit a potter’s home

    South Caucasus

    Kutaisi, Georgia

    Visit a potter’s home outside of Kutaisi and learn about Georgia’s signature pottery style.

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  • Dazzle your eyes with the vivid colors and bold designs of Azeri carpets
    Admire the vivid colors and bold designs of Azeri, Caucasian and Persian carpets at the Museum of Azerbaijani Carpets and Applied Folk Art....
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    Dazzle your eyes with the vivid colors and bold designs of Azeri carpets

    South Caucasus

    Baku, Azerbaijan

    Admire the vivid colors and bold designs of Azeri, Caucasian and Persian carpets at the Museum of Azerbaijani Carpets and Applied Folk Art.

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  • Savor an authentic “Georgian Table” meal
    Savor an authentic "Georgian Table," featuring an abundance of local specialties and an official Georgian toastmaster....
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    Savor an authentic “Georgian Table” meal

    South Caucasus

    Various locations, Georgia

    Savor an authentic "Georgian Table," featuring an abundance of local specialties and an official Georgian toastmaster.

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  • Why end might the soaring voices of a small ensemble in a classic setting
    Why end might traditional Armenian songs sung a cappella during a private concert at 1st century Garni Temple....
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    Why end might the soaring voices of a small ensemble in a classic setting

    South Caucasus

    Garni, Armenia

    Why end might traditional Armenian songs sung a cappella during a private concert at 1st century Garni Temple.

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Ways to Travel to the South Caucasus with MIR

Thirty years ago we fell in love with the South Caucasus countries. Their people have welcomed us again and again and shared their secrets and suggestions with us, so that we can share them with you.

 Take a look at your options, from small group escorted tours to independent, custom and private travel:

Small Group Tours
A Taste of Georgia:  Wine, Cuisine & Culture

A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture

An Epicurean Adventure Across Georgia’s Wine Country

Travels to: Georgia, South Caucasus

12 Days / Departures in October 2017

Small Group land tour from $4,995

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A Taste of Georgia:  Wine, Cuisine & Culture

A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture

An Epicurean Adventure Across Georgia’s Wine Country

Travels to: Georgia, South Caucasus

12 Days / Departures in October 2018

Small Group land tour from $5,095

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Treasures of the South Caucasus

Treasures of the South Caucasus

Classic Survey of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia

Travels to: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, South Caucasus

15 Days / Departures in April, September 2018

Small Group land tour from $7,395

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Village Traditions of the South Caucasus

Village Traditions of the South Caucasus

Local Life & Landscapes of Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan

Travels to: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, South Caucasus

21 Days / Departures in July 2018

Small Group land tour from $7,995

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Rail Journeys by Private Train
Caspian Odyssey by Private Train: Eastbound

Caspian Odyssey by Private Train: Eastbound

South Caucasus to Central Asia Aboard the Golden Eagle

Travels to: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, South Caucasus, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

16 Days / Departures in October, September 2017

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $21,495

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Custom and private travel is our specialty. We’ve been designing unforgettable custom itineraries through the mountains and valleys of the South Caucasus for 30 years; a majority of our guests travel on custom itineraries.

For ideas, peruse one of our Regional Travel Planners, a roundup of the must-sees from our savvy staff.

Read more about how to design your own trip or view our suggested itineraries. Also, consider this: You can customize one of our small group tours to match your preferred dates of travel.

Design Your Own Custom Trip

Traveling privately on a custom program means flexibility:

  • You set the dates, the focus and the level of accommodations.
  • You are met on arrival and seen off at the end of your trip.
  • Your in-country transportation is pre-arranged hassle-free.
  • Your own expert local guides ensure that you get the most out of your visit.
  • And the best part? You travel at your own pace on an itinerary exclusive to you.

Check out just a handful of our South Caucasus signature experiences below and then get in touch with a MIR Private Journey Specialist to craft an itinerary that suits your travel goals, budget and style. Or get started planning now.

Suggested Itineraries for Private Travel

Whether you’re looking for a compact trip with all the highlights or something a little roomier with some of the extras, MIR offers itineraries that are available on a private departure basis with your choice of dates. They can also serve as inspiration for your own custom itinerary.

Our itinerary, your dates – great for solo travelers, couples or small groups.

Essential Georgia & Armenia

Essential Georgia & Armenia

An Overland Expedition from Yerevan to the Black Sea Coast

Travels to: Armenia, Georgia, South Caucasus

Departures in April, May, June, July, August, September, October 2018

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Essential Georgia

Essential Georgia

From Wine Country to High Country

Travels to: Georgia, South Caucasus

Departures in April, May, June, July, August, September, October 2018

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Essential Caucasus

Essential Caucasus

Highlights of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan

Travels to: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, South Caucasus

Departures in April, May, June, July, August, September, October 2018

This itinerary available as a private journey

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