For the past twenty years, Stewart has crafted personalized, off-the-beaten track itineraries through the Middle East and North Africa, with a more recent emphasis on the Caucasus. She can recreate a journey along the Silk Road for Islamic architecture buffs, tell you the best way to see Georgia’s remote mountain regions of Kazbegi and Svaneti, and even guide you through a cultural trip through Iran, including visits to the cities of Esfahan and Shiraz. And she keeps close tabs on her region of expertise via multiple visits per year to countries like Ethiopia, as well as Uzbekistan and Albania.
Stewart personally leads several tours herself, and curates about 60 trips a year to Georgia alone. One recent itinerary began with a cultural and culinary immersion in the capital city of Tbilisi (with stops at Metechi Church, the Sulfur bathhouses, the Museum of Georgina Fine Arts, and local’s favorite cafes, bars, restaurants, and galleries) before visiting the wine region of Kakheti, which borders the Caucasus mountains, hiking through the meadows and forests of the Becho valley, and a visit to the 9th-century mountain town of Mestia. Stewart has even made the seemingly impossible happen for clients who have special interests, like the time she arranged for a private tour of the presidential office in Tbilisi.
"I have been travelling with Amelia for nearly 20 years. Whether it’s camel trekking with the Bedouin in Sinai, walking through the Simien mountains in Ethiopia, navigating Libya, white water rafting in the wilds of Albania, or exploring the history and people of Uzbekistan, she is everything that a travel guide should be. She has an intimate knowledge of the history and customs of the countries she visits and cares deeply about the people and their cultures and traditions. Amelia uses the best local guides, many of whom have become friends. They are all extremely knowledgeable and have huge respect for her. She exudes a quiet confidence which ensures that her team on the ground happily accept her authority — not always easy in patriarchal societies. Thanks to Amelia, I have spent a night in troglodyte caves, attended local weddings, marvelled at the extraordinary Igor Savitsky Museum in Nukus, Uzbekistan, danced in family restaurants, lunched and dined in private homes, and generally met extraordinary people." - Damian Greenish