DAY 1 Arrival in Tbilisi airport. Transfer to your hotel
DAY 2 Sightseeing tour of Tbilisi
After breakfast a full-day Tbilisi city tour, the capital of Georgia (5th c AD), visit Treasury of the Museum of Fine Arts, Triumphal Gate (5th-6thcc), Anchiskhati Church (in circa 522-534), Shardeni and Cotton streets, Sioni Cathedral (in circa 575-639), Synagogue (renewed 19th c), Souvenir shops, Metekhi Temple, 12th c., The Abanotubani, Narikala 4th c., The Holy Trinity Cathedral, Rustaveli Avenue,-where attractions such as the Tbilisi Opera and ballet Theatre, the Parliament, Kashueti Church (in circa 1904-10), Rustaveli Theatre, different art galleries and cafes will pay your attention and provide a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Finally, the live performance show-program of music, dance and song about Georgian legends and culture, with some food and wine thrown in. The performance is without speech, only with songs, dance and is easily understandable for everyone. Duration of the permanence is 1:30 Hours.
Overnight in Tbilisi (B.L.D)
DAY 3 Tbilisi-David Gareja-Sighnaghi-Bodbe-Telavi
Trip to Wine growing region of Kakheti, Georgia’s famous wine district, lies due east from Tbilisi in a land dotted with fine old churches and vineyard after vineyard. Trip to David Gareja Monastery (6th c.). The Monastery is situated in Gareja semi-desert, 75 km southeast from Tbilisi and was founded by one of the Syrian fathers David. Later on it grew and consisted of 19 monasteries. If the weather permits us, walk up to Udabno Monastery to explore some of the fine frescoed of the 8th -13th c.c. and cave architecture. Before arriving in Telavi, visit fortified town of Sighnaghi (790 m., 17th c.), one of the beautiful hill-towns in Georgia providing spectacular views of the Caucasus Mountains; Bodbe Monastery (9th c.), -the grave of St. Nino held here in the Bodbe Monastery (4th c.) and taste the water from the spring which is considered to be miraculous. Trip to Telavi, the heart of wine industry of Georgia.
Overnight in Telavi at a private house (B.L.D)
DAY 4 Telavi-Tsinandali-Alaverdi-Alvani-Telavi
In Telavi visit the palace of Heraclius II (in circa 1744-1798), the last King of Georgia. Excursion to Tsinandali, where we visit the House-Museum of Prince Alexander Chavchavadze, a godson of Russia Tsarina Catherine II and the Winery, where you can taste some of the sorts of Georgians wines. Also visit Tsinandali Park. Continue driving to Alaverdi Cathedral (11th c.). Excursion to Alvani “Carpet house” and “Marani” (wine cellar). Nearly all traditional household winemaking equipment and vessels are still preserved in the family’s ancient wine cellar. We can taste wines aged according to age-old practices, also local honey and homemade honey vodka. On the second floor of the house there is a studio, where sheep wool is processed, dyed by natural dyes and used in carpets, rigs and tapestry. Return to Telavi
Overnight in Telavi (B.L.D)
DAY 5 Telavi-Gremi-Ikalto-Velistsikhe-Tbilisi
After breakfast visit Gremi Castle (16th c.) and Ikalto Academy (4th-13th c.c.). On the way to Tbilisi we have optional visit to the oldest village Velistsikhe, the XVI century wine cellar “Numisi”. The building itself is a monument of ancient classical architecture. We introduce with a very interesting and arched wine cellar excellent storage, with limestone wine old presser, 33 different –sized clay pitchers and large penthouse that attracts the interest of thousand visitors of Georgia. Standing in the bar viewed the exhibition, where protected in various age pottery, glass, copper and timber vessels, as well as other things, are the unique examples of the Georgian wine-making and Ethnography of a centuries-old history and culture. The collection occupies a distinguished place in B.C. III-II c, a women jewelry, necklaces, rings, XVIII c. Wine copper kitchen utensils, old carpets and furniture, a very interesting old French grape presser machine, the old German wine allocator pump and many more interesting historical exhibits.
This adventurous tour of Kakheti will be ended by an unforgettable evening with traditional feast. Have a look at how to make Georgian wine by local peasants, how delicious Churchxela (walnut roll) so characteristic of Kakheti is made, how appetite Kakhetian bread (Shoti) is baked…witness it and take part in it. All inspiring under emotionally performance folk songs which are greeting cards of Georgia. Add to this friendliness and easy-going hospitality and you’ll never forget Kakhetians’ supra. Return Tbilisi
Overnight in Tbilisi (B.L.D)
DAY 6 Tbilisi-Mtskheta-Ananuri-Gudauri-Trip to Mountain region of Khevi
We start our trip by driving to Mtskheta (2nd millennium B.C.), the ancient capital of Georgia. The town and its architectural monuments are included in the World’s Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. Jvari Monastery (6th c), Svetitskhoveli (11th c), Souvenir Shops. Continue driving along the Georgian Military Highway, the historical road leading north into the Caucasian Mountains and then to Russia. It passes the spectacular Ananuri Fortress (16th-17th cc), where we have excursion. Then we drive the sides of the dramatic Aragvi River and by crossing the Jvari Pass (2395m) on the Greater Caucasus. Before arrival in Kazbegi (1700m) we will pass ski resort Gudauri
Overnight in Kazbegi (B.L.D)DAY 7 Explore Kazbegi Region: Gergeti trinity, Mt. Kazbegi, Dariali Gorge, Sno valley
Surrounded by gigantic mountains Kazbegi is a picturesque settlement overlooked by the biggest of all-Mount Kazbegi (5047 m) –one of the six 5000 meter peaks of the Caucasus. According to the legend, Prometheus was chained on the mount Kazbegi. Walk up to the Sameba Church beautifully situated on the hill and providing splendid views of Mt. Kazbegi Glassier summit. We explore the area and have a detour to the Dariali Canyon and the beautiful Sno Valley, rich of natural mineral water springs and old towers.
Overnight in Kazbegi at a private house or Gudauri (it depends on the season) (B.L.D)
DAY 8 Kazbegi –Uphlistsikhe-Gori
Driving to Gori, a historical town. Today Gori is mainly known for its huge Fortress, a medieval citadel (13th c) and as a birthplace of J. Stalin; Visit the Museum of Stalin, who still commands the area. Drive to Uphlistsikhe an ancient rock-hewn town, its history begins in the I-II Millennium B.C. It used to be an important religious, political and cultural center in the Hellenistic and the late Antique periods (IV c. B.C.-IV c. A.D.).
Overnight stay in Gori (B.L.D)
DAY 9 Gori-Borjomi-Vardzia-Akhaltsikhe
Trip to picturesque Borjomi valley, rich of diverse nature and mineral waters. Visit of King Romanov’s Palace (later, summer residence of Joseph Stalin). Have a stop to taste Borjomi mineral water. Lunch at outdoor restaurant or picnic. Continue driving to Vardzia, a rock-hewn complex (12th-13th cc), founded during the reign of Giorgi III and Queen Tamar. This wonderful place had a significant role in political, cultural, educational and spiritual life of the country. Afterwards drive to Akhaltsikhe. Visit Rabati, old town with its multicultural architecture, is well worthwhile. The Rabati also has a Synagogue, an Armenian and a Catholic Churches.
Overnight in Akhaltsikhe (B.L.D)
DAY 10 Akhaltsikhe-Sataphlia-Kutaisi
After breakfast trip to Kutaisi (west part of Georgia), second largest city of Georgia founded about 40 centuries ago, former capital of the west Georgian Kingdom Colchis, to which is related the myth of Golden Fleece and Argonauts. Visiting Bagrati Temple (11th c), and Gelati Monastery, founded by the most famous Georgian king David the IV, the builder (1073-1125). The unique murals of saints and Georgian monarchs are inside the main Virgin Cathedral. These sites are included in the World’s Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.
Trip to Sataphlia Grotto, where the footprints of dinosaurs are found, the Grotto of Prometheus. The cave is rich stalactites, stalagmites and mineral rock curtains. The long of walking route for tourists is 1060 m. and the route by boats on underground lake of 280 m. To the north of Sataphlia cave, there is a flowering meadow on the cliff with a number of bee colonies. This was the reason for naming this area Sataphlia-“The place of Honey”
Overnight in Kutaisi hotel. (B.L.D)
DAY 11 Free time
19:00 Leaving Party at the National Restaurant with the Georgian folk songs and dances, which are greeting cards of Georgia. Add to this friendliness and easy-going hospitality and you’ll understand why a visit to Georgia is always a pleasure. Be prepared…and remember the best response to a toast is the word “Gaumarjos!” which translated as “to our Victory!”
Overnight in Tbilisi (B/L/D)
DAY 12 Tbilisi
Depart from the Hotel and transfer to Tbilisi Airport. End of the tour
Getting there and away Direct flights to Tbilisi are available from London, Paris, Munich, Frankfurt, Vienna, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Prague, Tel-Aviv, Moscow, Kiev, Athens, etc. these flights are operated by Georgian Airways, British Airways, Lufthansa, Austrian Airways, Turkish Airlines and other air companies. If you are traveling by land and you can enter Georgia from Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia. We are ready to recommend you the best options for you travel to Georgia.
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:
- Accommodation based on twin share (in twin rooms):
• -12 nights standard Hotel 3* star approx. (-4 nights in Tbilisi at a 3 star centrally located hotel; -2 nights in Telavi; -2 nights in Kazbegi; -1 night in Gori; -1 night in Akhaltsikhe; -1 night in Kutaisi)
-As specified in the itinerary: B-breakfast; L-lunch; D-dinner.
-All land transfers by car. For 2 persons we use a comfortable car (sedan or jeep type car). –For 3 and more persons we use a comfortable minibus. All transport is with air-conditioning.
-An English (German, French, Italian, Russian) speaking guide for cultural and off-road tours.
• Tour program & Entrance fees:
- Sightseeing tour programs in each city with entrance tickets to the sites, museums.
• Concert Tickets:
- 1:30 Hours show program performed by Folk Theatre with some food and wine.
-Airport transfer for two ways are included in the tour package, doesn’t matter which country and what time are you arriving from or departing to. Driver with Travel Point board will meet you
-Visa support if required
-Alcohol beverage during 1:30 hours show –program, Farewell dinner and Wine Caller Museum with traditional feast
-1 lt. of water per person, per day
Georgian Souvenir Gift
• International flights
• Single room supplement
• Travel insurance & Personal expenses
VERY IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION
on this holiday we focus on cultural, historical and highlights. Some days we cover long distance transportation in order to reach maximum amount of sites to be seen over the period. During our trip we have optional easy walking. When walking in Davig Gareja some sections of the path are steep and rough.Accommodation:
We offer various accommodations during this holiday: Some nights will be spent at small hotels and guesthouses. Some of these guesthouses have shared bathrooms (Tusheti, etc)Meals:
FB is included outside Tbilisi. Dinner is served at the hotels and guesthouses. If anyone has a special dietary need, we recommend you to contact us in advance.Transport:
We use a comfortable car or a minibus depending on the group size. All transports are air-conditioned.Guiding:
All our guides are experienced and friendly and they have excellent knowledge of the sites you visit during your holiday. We provide English, German, France, Russian and Italian speaking guides. Weather:
the best season for this holiday is from mid-May till November. The average daytime temperature in May, Sep and Oct, is about +20 C to +25 C and in summer time +28C to +35C. Some days are spent in the mountainous areas where the weather is variable. The temperature changes from +20C /afternoon/ to below +5C/+10C at night.
Health matters: Everyone should be able to participate in this holiday, without any limitation of age and physical shape. We recommend that each person will carry a small personal first aid kit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in good health before you join the holiday.Visa:
No visas are required for the citizens of the USA, Canada, Japan, Israel, Switzerland and the Countries of the European Union to Travel to Georgia for up to 90 days. A valid passport is needed. Citizens of other countries can obtain their visa at Georgian Embassies or Consulates in their Countries or upon arrival in Tbilisi airport. But please, note that there can be some limitations and we strongly recommend you to contact us for further information.Insurance:
It is essential that everyone has a medical and personal insurance throughout the period of participating in our tours. The policy should include hospitalization, repatriation, medical expenses and loss of baggage. You always have to carry a copy of your insurance policy with youRecommended Currency for Exchange:
USD or EUR Up-to-date information on exchange rates can be obtained here:
http://currency.boom.ge/?lng=en Where to Exchange:
Most major towns-your guide will advise you on arrival. Automatic teller Machine:
Only in Major townsCredit Card Acceptance:
Only in major towns. Travelers Cheques:
Travelers’ cheques are difficult to change.Luggage:
Please bear in mind that you should carry your own luggage, so please don’t overload yourself. Take one suitcase on wheels and day pack. In total 20 kg per person.Clothing:
Please take with you rain coat and light jacket, weather is changeable in Caucasus. Please also bear in mind that in some parts of these countries you should avoid wearing shorts and vest tops, better long trousers and shirts. Also we advise you to wear comfortable sport shoes, especially for visiting mountainous regions. As for equipment, don’t forget to take swimsuit, sunglass and sunhat. Before departure we recommend you to contact.
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