Essential Georgia

Essential Georgia

Georgia, hugging the shore of the Black Sea in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains, has a long history of bountiful table traditions. Savor the regional varietals in Georgian wine country, Kakheti, admire the soaring peaks along the Georgian Military Highway, and wander the charming streets and markets of the capital, Tbilisi.Read More


Eastern Turkey & Georgia: Legacy of Empire

Eastern Turkey & Georgia: Legacy of Empire

The rugged sunburnt Anatolian Plateau of Eastern Turkey and the steep-sided green valleys of Georgia are brilliantly paired on this unusual back-road exploration. Begin among the folded hills of out-of-the-way Anatolia, rich with the traces of early civilizations, and continue along the balmy Black Sea Coast to the unfamiliar little country of Georgia, where guests are welcomed at tables laden with some of the finest food and wine on earth. Read More


Essential Georgia & Armenia

Essential Georgia & Armenia

The warm, green countries of Georgia and Armenia are full of fruitful valleys and saw-toothed mountains.  Walk through river-cut canyons, explore magnificent cave towns, enter medieval fortress towers of stacked stone and visit the mountain homes of the Svan people.Read More


Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Westbound

Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Westbound

This exciting five-country rail adventure begins in Iran's dynamic capital, Tehran. Board the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train, the first European private train to be permitted in Iran, and head to Mashad and Kerman, with a stop at Mahan's UNESCO-listed Prince Garden. Next is Shiraz, the gateway to one of the most important sites of the ancient world, Persepolis. Visit glorious Isfahan and Zanjan before crossing into eastern Turkey to admire the Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia. Read More


Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Eastbound

Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Eastbound

Gliding through Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey before entering Iran (the first European private train to be permitted here), this five-country adventure begins in sophisticated Budapest and investigates the Dracula legend in Transylvanian Brasov, wanders the Bulgarian fortress town of Veliko Tarnovo, and explores modern Istanbul, ruler of the Bosphorus. Read More


Essential Kazakhstan

Essential Kazakhstan

From Astana, Kazakhstan’s purpose-built capital on the northern steppe, down to Almaty, the country’s business center in the south, survey a hand-picked selection of highlights – natural, like gorgeous variegated Charyn Canyon, or man-made, like the ghost town of Otrar, founded in the 1st century AD.Read More


Essential Kyrgyzstan

Essential Kyrgyzstan

On this journey through the Kyrgyz outback, spend a night with a village family, visit with an eagle hunter and admire dramatic sandstone formations. Visit high-altitude Lake Issyk-Kul and spend the night at a guesthouse in the traditional village of Chon-Kemin, getting to know the locals before returning to the capital for a performance of the Epic of Manas.Read More


Essential Tajikistan

Essential Tajikistan

Secluded Tajikistan is wreathed in spectacular mountains and colored with the influence of Persia, the Islamic world and Russia. From the country’s capital, Dushanbe, to storied Khujand in the fertile Fergana Valley, discover Tajikistan’s hospitable people, famed archaeological sites and enduring culture. Explore the ruins of the ancient city of Penjikent and share a meal with a family.Read More


Essential Turkmenistan

Essential Turkmenistan

Modern monuments dot Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat, yet tribal culture remains strong in the villages. Crisscross this rarely visited country, connecting with tribal people in the mountains, admiring sweeping landscapes and UNESCO-listed ruins populated by wild camels, and enjoying the cool breezes of the Caspian seashore. Camp at the “Door to Hell,” the burning Darvaza gas crater.Read More


Essential Albania

Essential Albania

Country cousin of Greece and Italy, little-known Albania has 225 miles of coastline, Greek and Roman ruins and vestiges of Ottoman heritage. Beginning in the capital, Tirana, travel overland up and down the Adriatic coast and through the mountains of the south, finding medieval fortresses, beautiful beaches, Byzantine churches, mosques and monasteries. Read More