Transcription

Open toalumni UBCand friendsGEORGIAJOURNEY ACROSS THE MYSTICAL CAUCASUS SEPTEMBER 25 – OCTOBER 5, 2020Discover one of Europe’s (or Asia’s?) best kept secrets. Georgia’s rich national story has remained hidden for centuries andis only now opening to the enterprising traveller. We’ve found it to be a country of breath-taking landscapes and fascinatingstreetscapes. The architecture, art, and religion, as well as its rich cuisine, reflect centuries of invasion and conquest by Greeks,Mongols, Ottomans, and Russians. Meet the country’s famously hospitable people as you explore one of the most beautifulcountries in the world!Explore Tbilisi with expertly guided strolls through eclectic districts. This is a “happening city” with so many varied influences;brutalist Soviet buildings, Orthodox churches, and Art Nouveau architecture are side by side. It feels European, medieval, andforeign all at once. Spend time in the atmospheric hill town of Signagi to taste wine in the birthplace of viticulture and learn toprepare the signature kachapouri. Drive along the spectacular Georgian Military Highway through granite cliffs to stay at thefoot of Mt. Kazbeg. At Mtskheta see the fine Orthodox churches dating from the 4th century and at Vardzia, extraordinaryexamples of cave architecture and frescoes in magnificent monasteries.Food is of paramount importance in this beguiling country. We’ll enjoy fabulous meals, fusing the flavours of Turkey, Iran, andthe Slavic regions into something uniquely Georgian, and sample the wines from the home of viticulture. Enjoy a traditionalsupra, hosted by the tamada (a sort of toastmaster), telling stories, leading songs, and inviting rounds of toasts.On this tour, we combine the must-see sites with scenic and more out-of-the-way places and delve enthusiastically into Georgia’srich wine and food culture and mesmerizing vocal polyphonic music. An optional extension to Yerevan, Armenia rounds out thisexceptional experience.Georgia on your mind? Join us for this wonderfully fulfilling experience!TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS BY:WORLDWIDEQUEST.COM/ALUMNIUBC TOLL-FREE 1-800-387-1483 / 416-633-5666 [email protected] 491 KING ST. E. TORONTO, ON M5A 1L9

SignagiWHY TRAVEL WITHTHE ALUMNI UBCTRAVEL CLUB? Explore Tbilisi’s eclectic neighbourhoods Shout your toasts at a traditional Georgian Table Taste wine at the cradle of viticulture Travel the super scenic road of the Caucasus Mountains l at the frescoes in ancient cave churchesSignagiBakuARMENIA AZERBAIJANTURKEYIRANSTUDY LEADERAnne Gorsuch is a cultural historian of the Soviet Union, and former Department Head, in theUBC History Department. A frequent traveler to Russia, she previously led our Trans-SiberianRailway Journey. Anne’s presentations on the history and culture of Georgia add extra depthto this tour.WORLDWIDEQUEST.COM/ALUMNIUBC TOLL-FREE 1-800-387-1483 / 416-633-5666 [email protected] 491 KING ST. E. TORONTO, ON M5A 1L9

DETAILED ITINERARYMtskhetaFriday, Sept. 25: Meet in TbilisiArrive in Tbilisi, where a local representative provides a transferto our hotel in the heart of this exciting city. Meet Anne, ourGeorgian host, and participants this evening and enjoy dinner ina chic wine restaurant.Overnight: Betsy’s Hotel, TbilisiMeals: DinnerSaturday, Sept. 26: TbilisiStart the day with a walking tour to get into the mélange ofstyles and periods in this exciting town. There are brutalistSoviet buildings next to Orthodox churches, ancient communalcourtyards, and elegantly dilapidated wooden balcony houses.There’s Art Nouveau architecture here too and lively bars,restaurants, and boutiques. Visit the new golden-domedTrinity Cathedral and the 13th century Metekhi Church of theVirgin. The city is famous for its sulfur baths; these are not onlygloriously warming; they are supposedly therapeutic. Admirethe architecture or sample for yourself! Enjoy a special dinnerthis evening accompanied by the celebrated notes of Georgia’smesmerizing vocal polyphony.Overnight: Betsy’s Hotel, TbilisiMeals: Breakfast, DinnerSunday, Sept. 27: TbilisiAnne’s presentation this morning extends our understandingof modern Georgia. Continue the day with visits to three of thecity’s fine museums. The Open-Air Ethnographic Museum is acollection of wooden homes, farmsteads, and churches from the18th and 19th centuries. The Amiranashvili Fine Arts Museumexhibits paintings by Georgian masters, fine 3rd century BCEgold work, medieval icons, and ancient cloisonné enamel pieces.The Shevardnadze Gallery is home to art pieces from Georgianmodernists of the early 20th century, many repressed duringSoviet times.Overnight: Betsy’s Hotel, TbilisiMeals: Breakfast, LunchMonday, Sept. 28: SignagiWe’re heading today into wine country. Visit the TibaaniVineyards to tour the estate and the cellars where wine is agedin huge ceramic vessels lined with beeswax. Enjoy a cookingclass preparing a special meal; perhaps the famous kachapouri(a savory cheese pie), an eggplant stew, or a roast sauced in areduction of pomegranate and red onion. Continue to Signagifor a two-night stay. This evening taste Georgian craft beersand snacks at brewery located on a lovely crest overlookingthe Alazani Valley.Overnight: Kabadoni Hotel, SignagiMeals: Breakfast, LunchTuesday, Sept. 29: SignagiAfter Anne’s presentation, head out to explore thisatmospheric hill town, admiring the richly carved balconiesand climbing up the lookout towers for views of the valley.Visit the Bodbe Nunnery, a working convent where we hopeto meet with some of the English-speaking nuns to learn moreabout their work. This evening enjoy the experience of theGeorgian Table – a traditional supra (feast) where thetamada (toastmaster) leads the toasts, tells stories, andsings up a storm!Overnight: Kabadoni Hotel, SignagiMeals: Breakfast, DinnerWORLDWIDEQUEST.COM/ALUMNIUBC TOLL-FREE 1-800-387-1483 / 416-633-5666 [email protected] 491 KING ST. E. TORONTO, ON M5A 1L9

Martijn MunnekeWednesday, Sept. 30: Mtskheta, KazbegiToday we’re moving into the Caucasus Mountains, travellingalong the spectacular Georgian Military Highway runningthrough rolling green hills and steep arid mountains dottedwith ancient stone defensive towers. Stop in the UNESCOWorld Heritage Site of Mtskheta; Georgia’s conversion toChristianity took place here in 337 CE and the Orthodoxchurches and monastery here are considered among thefinest in the country. Our drive continues through the granitecliffs of the stunning Dariali Gorge to our hotel at the footof Mt. Kazbeg. Admire the stunning views from ourhotel’s wide balcony.Overnight: Hotel Porta Caucasia, KazbegiMeals: Breakfast, LunchThursday, Oct. 1: Gori, BorjomiFollowing Anne’s presentation, we’ll visit the striking14thC Trinity Church, located high up in the mountains.Then we head back down the highway and westward toGori. The city is best known as the birthplace of Stalin andhome to the Stalin Museum. Continue to the resort town ofBorjomi, famous for its mineral water of volcanic extraction.Believed to have enormous health benefits, the water isbottled and used for bathing. We’ll try both!Overnight: Golden Tulip Borjomi Hotel, BorjomiMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerFriday, Oct. 2: Akhaltsikhe, VardziaThis area of southern Georgia is primarily agricultural andethnic Armenians make up over half the population. We’llsee this influence as we visit the small city of Akhaltsikhe,at the crossroads of the old Silk Road. The old town has fineexamples of medieval Christian, Jewish, and Islamic buildings,as well as traditional Georgian houses. Visit the atmosphericSapara Monastery with fine 13th century frescoes beforearriving in the lovely Vardzia Resort for a two-night stay.Enjoy the outdoor pools with sweeping views over the hills.Overnight: Vardzia Resort HotelMeals: Breakfast, LunchSaturday, Oct. 3: VardziaThe caves at Vardzia were used as a stronghold against theTurks in the 12th century. The original monastery consistedof over 3000 caves; the frescoes in the caves that remainrepresent the pinnacle of the golden age of Georgian painting.We’re invited to the home of a local schoolteacher for lunchwith traditional Meskhetian dishes, influenced by the flavoursof the Ottoman empire. Travel by jeep to the high slopes of thescenic Javakheti Plateau to visit a local dairy farm, samplingtheir delicious fresh cheeses.Overnight: Vardzia Resort HotelMeals: Breakfast, LunchSunday, Oct. 4: Phoka, TbilisiGather for a presentation this morning before returning toTbilisi. Visit with the nuns at the Phoka Nunnery of St. Ninoand sample many of the varieties of cheese, chocolates, andhoney products they produce. Arrive into Tbilisi this afternoonwith some free time before dinner at a city centre wine bar.Overnight: TbilisiMeals: Breakfast, DinnerMonday, Oct. 5: Depart TbilisiOur tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for yourinternational departure.Note: The itinerary and accommodation described in thistour brochure are subject to change due to due to logisticalarrangements and to take advantage of local events.WORLDWIDEQUEST.COM/ALUMNIUBC TOLL-FREE 1-800-387-1483 / 416-633-5666 [email protected] 491 KING ST. E. TORONTO, ON M5A 1L9

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONTO ARMENIAMonday, Oct. 5: AlaverdiAfter breakfast, set off overland for the border with Armenia.After border formalities, drive through the Lori region, a highplateau riven with deep gorges. Many of Armenia’s earliestmonasteries were built here along the Debed River. Visit theUNESCO World Heritage Site Haghbat and Sanahin Monasteries,both 10th century fortified monastic compounds, the highestflowering of Armenian religious architecture, blending elementsof Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the vernaculararchitecture of the Caucasus. Stay overnight in a resort hotelsurrounded by rugged mountains.Overnight: Avan Dzorget HotelMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerTuesday, Oct. 6: Lake Sevan, YerevanTravel on to Lake Sevan, one of the largest alpine lakes inthe world, in a stunning setting surrounded by mountains.Here we’ll see the intricately carved stone crosses, distinct toArmenia, dating from the 4th to 7th centuries. Visit the HagartsinMonasery set in a gorge above a mountain stream surrounded bya forest of mature oaks, and the Sevan Monastery, an importantpilgrimage centre of the Middle Ages. We arrive in Yerevan atthe end of the day for a three-night stay.Overnight: Tufenkian Historic Hotel, YerevanMeals: Breakfast, LunchWednesday, Oct. 7: YerevanBegin the day with a walking tour in the city centre exploringits many layers of its history; medieval shrines hidden behindimposing Soviet-style facades, the narrow lanes of the Old Town,the award-winning Opera and Ballet Theatre, and the vibrantpedestrian area of Northern Avenue. Visit the sober ArmenianGenocide Memorial and the underground museum on the site.Overnight: Tufenkian Historic Hotel, YerevanMeals: Breakfast, LunchSevan MonasteryGeghardMonasteryThursday, Oct. 8: Yerevan4,000 kilometres from Rome, and 2,400 kilometres fromAthens sits the colossal Hellenic Temple of Garni. How thisGreco-Roman architectural masterpiece ended up in Armeniais not clear, but it is surely a rare glimpse into pre-ChristianCaucasus. Continue to the 13th century Geghard Monasteryin a steep scenic canyon; the churches and tombs are cutinto the rock and illustrate the peak of Armenian medievalarchitecture. Return to Yerevan for an afternoon at leisureto continue exploring the old town.Overnight: Tufenkian Historic Hotel, YerevanMeals: Breakfast, LunchFriday, Oct. 9: Depart YerevanOur tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for yourinternational departure.Meals: BreakfastEXTENSION DETAILSExtension Cost (per person): US 2195Based on a minimum of 8 participants.Includes: Accommodation based on double occupancy in hotelsas listed or similar Breakfast daily 4 lunches and 1 dinner Bottled water Tea/coffee with meals Private vehicle for all transportation Experienced local guided for sightseeing All entrances fees to sites visited with the group Single group departure airport transferNot included: Gratuities Items of a personal nature Insurance Cisa for Armenia (E-Visa)Please note this is a locally hosted extension; the study leaderwill not accompany the extension.WORLDWIDEQUEST.COM/ALUMNIUBC TOLL-FREE 1-800-387-1483 / 416-633-5666 [email protected] 491 KING ST. E. TORONTO, ON M5A 1L9

Tbilisi old townTOUR DETAILSTour Cost (per person): US 5295Including all taxes and gratuities.Single Supplement: Approx. US 995We would be happy to try to match you with a suitable roommate. If we are unable to, the single supplement will apply.This will be collected at 90 days prior to departure.Group Size: 12 – 16 participantsWhat’s Included: Airport transfers at destination for passengers arrivingand departing as per the group itinerary Accommodations based on double occupancy in listedhotels or similar Meals as indicated in the itinerary All ground transportation in private vehicle Bottled water on vehicles during touring Excursions as listed with experienced English-speakinglocal guides Entrance fees to places visited with the group Special cultural features as noted in the itinerary Presentations by the study leader Taxes Gratuities for all group services (guides, hotel,restaurant, drivers) Fully escorted by our study leader and tour directorNot Included: Roundtrip international airfare from your home Airport and departure taxes Airport transfers if arriving or departing separatelyfrom group itinerary Meals and beverages not included in the itinerary Items of a personal nature, ie laundry, drinks, phonecalls, etc. Travel insurance Additional transport due to any emergency situationPayment Details:A non-refundable deposit of US 500 per person isrequired to reserve a place on this tour. A second nonrefundable deposit of US 1000 per person is requiredsix months prior to departure. Final payment is due 90days prior to departure.HOW TO BOOKPlease contactWorldwide Quest.1-800-387-1483WORLDWIDEQUEST.COM/ALUMNIUBC TOLL-FREE 1-800-387-1483 / 416-633-5666 [email protected] 491 KING ST. E. TORONTO, ON M5A 1L9

MtskhetaWHAT TO EXPECTJoining InstructionsThis tour begins with our briefing and welcome dinner at 6PM on September 25th.Please ensure that you arrive in Tbilisi by 4PM to join the group. All travellers arrivingon the start date of the tour will be met on arrival and transferred to the group hotel.This transfer is included in the cost of the tour. When you book the designated pretrip accommodation with Worldwide Quest, your transfer from the airport to ourgroup hotel on arrival is included. If you are making your own pre-trip arrangements,this transfer can be provided at additional cost. The tour concludes with a singlecomplimentary transfer from the hotel to the Tbilisi airport on October 5th. Pleasecontact us to verify timing of this transfer prior to making any flight arrangements.Level of Activity: ActivePlease note that this trip requires a good level of fitness. Walks of up to 60 - 90minutes over uneven terrain are required when we visit some sites. You will bestenjoy this trip if you have unimpaired mobility and can cope with everyday walkingand stair climbing without difficulty. Your spirit of adventure will be rewarded by amagnificent experience.AccommodationWe are staying in a mix of four star and heritage accommodation. All rooms haveprivate, western-style bathrooms. WiFi is available at all hotels. Betsy’s Hotel in Tbilisiis a beautifully decorated boutique hotel with great views of the city. The KabadoniHotel has spectacular views over the valley of vineyards. The Porta Caucasia is aterrific location with stunning views of Mount Kazbegi. The Golden Tulip is set in anelegant 1892 building with a blend of Georgian and Persian architecture. The VardziaHotel is set on the hillside across from the cave town.Kabadoni Hotel, SignagiHotel Porta Caucasia, KazbegiTransportationWe are travelling by private air-conditioned coach.WeatherWe expect comfortable touring weather for this tour. Temperatures range from highsof 25 C to overnight lows of 12 C.Travel DocumentsYou will require a passport for your trip to Georgia. Please make sure that it is validfor six months after the date of your return home. Canadian passport holders do notrequire a visa for Georgia. A visa is required for travel to Armenia and can be obtainedonline prior to departure. Before booking, please refer to the Canadian governmentwebsite to obtain travel advice for the destination(s) you are visiting: www.travel.gc.caWORLDWIDEQUEST.COM/ALUMNIUBC TOLL-FREE 1-800-387-1483 / 416-633-5666 [email protected] 491 KING ST. E. TORONTO, ON M5A 1L9

ADDITIONAL INFOTerms and ConditionsFor additional information about our terms and conditions, please refer to your booking form, the current brochure or our website.All participants booking with Worldwide Quest are covered by the terms of the Ontario Travel Industry Act (Worldwide QuestInternational, Ontario - License # 2667946).Cancellation PolicyAll payments are non-refundable, however you may transfer your initial deposit for any land tour to another tour 90 days or moreprior to your scheduled departure date. Initial deposits for cruises are non-refundable and non-transferable. Your second paymentand your final payment are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you cancel within 90 days prior to trip departure, all associatedtrip costs are non-refundable. The tour price is quoted as a package. No partial refunds or credits will be given for services notused. In the event of a cancellation, you must notify Worldwide Quest immediately and in writing.Travel InsuranceWe urge you to ensure that you have adequate cancellation and medical insurance in place, should an unexpected event causeyou to cancel or interrupt your trip or should the tour not be operable per our terms and conditions. We will offer you Manulifeinsurance coverage. Medical insurance including emergency medical evacuation coverage is mandatory on all our tours.TRAVEL WITH ALUMNI UBCIt’s your travel experience.Indulge your curiosity as we take you to unique placesyou’ve always dreamed about.UBC experts and knowledgeable local hosts providecontext. That allows you to develop a deep connectionto the people you meet and the cultures, cuisines andlandscapes you’re exploring. Best value in educational travelMeaningful local experiencesThoughtful itinerariesSee our complete list of tours at:WorldwideQuest.com/alumniUBCTICO#: 2667946The University of British Columbia Alumni Association will not be responsible for the financing, the arranging, or the conducting of these tours. Theyassume no liability or responsibility for damages or financial loss to person howsoever arising from the negligence, omission or otherwise of travel servicesarranged through Worldwide Quest International. Refer to the General Terms and Conditions established by Worldwide Quest International with respectto participating in this tour.WORLDWIDEQUEST.COM/ALUMNIUBC TOLL-FREE 1-800-387-1483 / 416-633-5666 [email protected] 491 KING ST. E. TORONTO, ON M5A 1L9