Visit three countries that have taken a big leap into the 21st century, where historical old towns and monasteries sit comfortably alongside towering skyscrapers. Visit one of Europe's largest open-air rock museums, warm your hands against a mountain that is forever on fire, walk through the gardens of a local Kakheti family and talk about provincial life over a hearty lunch. Uncover the centuries-old recipe for producing Georgian wine and learn how to make your own yoghurt. Reconnect with nature on hikes through wooded forests and past the mountainous Chaladi glacier. Indulge your inner history buff as you stand on the steps of the Blue Mosque, wander the ramparts of the Narikala Fortress, learn the secrets of Georgian cheese making and join the homely ruckus of a Turkish tavern. This all-encompassing trip takes you from eccentric Baku, to the lush green slopes of Georgia's Mestia valley and into the crowded spice markets of Istanbul.

Highlights

Azerbaijan's cosmopolitan capital of Baku is often referred to as the 'new Dubai'. Enjoy a guided walking tour around the city's World Heritage-listed Old Town.

Mud volcanoes, ancient mosques, lush forests and tall peaks – the Caucasus Mountains will take your breath away

Journey to the Svaneti region, the remote and alluring land of snow-capped mountains, medieval-style tower-houses and a fascinating local dialect.

Far from a mere sightseeing tour, this trip is active and hands-on. You'll try your hand at preparing delicious kubdari, hike to the Shkhara glacier and to Soganli Mountain in Turkey.

Visit the picturesque Uzungol, the Switzerland of Turkey.

With a strong historical focus, this trip is perfect for history buffs.