Tania Illingworth (née Tolstoy) is leading this one-off tour to Georgia next May. Explore the spectacular highland country of Georgia, the world’s oldest Christian nation, accompanied by the Curator of Georgian Artefacts from the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. Dr. Yaroslava Bilinkina will introduce us to the ancient culture and history of Georgia whilst seeing its many World Heritage monuments at a time of year when the climate is warm and wild flowers are in bloom.
Situated between the subtropical Black Sea coast, the Caspian Sea and the snowy peaks of the Caucasus, the state of Georgia sits at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Georgia’s rich heritage has been hugely influenced by both Byzantine and Persian cultures. With Russia (and Chechnya, Ingushetia, Kabardino – Balkar, North Osetia - Alania) to the North, Turkey to the West, Armenia and Iran to the South and Azerbaijan to the East, Georgia remains a fiercely independent nation after years of oppression by the Russian Tsars and the Soviet Union. Georgia’s mix of natural beauty and medieval history has made this small country one of Eastern Europe’s most fascinating destinations.