Georgian Fairytale WD01

10 Days From £0 (1,070 USD)

Explore Georgia on this tour which gives travelers a great insight of the traditions, culture, nature and soul of the country and the people living here.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private Tour, Fully Flexible
Start Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
End Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Accommodation: Hotels & Guesthouses
Period: May - Sep
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travelers

About The Operator

Accreditations: GITOA and JATA Membership
Years In Business: 14

This tour gives a complete picture of traditions, culture, nature and soul of the country and the people living here. During this tour you will be charmed by the beautiful landscapes and pretty towns, ancient monuments of culture, you will meet the local people who live and keep different traditions, speak different dialects, but all of them treat guests with the Georgian hospitality. You will discover Georgian cuisine and have taste famous Georgian wines. You will visit amazing Georgian Mountains, the highest settled village in Europe – Ushguli, feel untouched and unspoiled nature, places where time is stopped and the life has kept innocent, natural colors.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
- Transportation (in case of group: by bus during the tour and by jeeps in Svaneti region)
- Guide
- Accommodation in double/twin room
- Meals described in the program, one bottle of water per person per day
- DVD with trip photos
- Free service for tour leader (in a group more than 9 people)

Excludes
- Museum entrance fees
- Meals except described
- Alcohol beverages except farewell dinner
- Jeeps to Kazbegi
- Flights, insurance

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Tbilisi/Telavi (200 KM) - After breakfast drive to east Georgia. Today we make Wine tasting Tour in Kakheti region. We’ll visit Tsinandali Wine cellar and Al. Chavchavadze house museum (entrance fee: from USD 3 to USD 12, with 6 sorts of wine tasting). Sightseeing tour of Telavi. It’s the main city and administrative center of Kakheti. First archaeological findings from Telavi date back to Bronze Age. Excursion to the residence of the King Erekle the II. (entrance fee: USD 1, 70) Shuamta Monasteries (5th -17th c.c.). Shuamta - a complex made up of three churches of different periods. The churches at this complex are built in different centuries; Ikalto Monastery founded in the 5th century, the largest centre of culture and education at that time. Alaverdi Monastery, date back to the 6th century. The present day surviving cathedral is part of an 11th century Georgian Orthodox monastery. Visit Gremi, the 16th century architectural monument – the royal citadel and the Church of the Archangels – in Kakheti. Drive to Telavi local reastaurant and wine cellar, where we can taste 3 different sorts of wine and take part in Churchkhela making, Khinkali making and Mtsvadi making. Dinner at the same restaurant and overnight in Telavi.
Day 02. Telavi/Sighnaghi/Mtskheta/Tbilisi (250 KM) - After breakfast visit Bodbe monastery. On June 1, Orthodox Church of Georgia marks the day of St. Nino’s entrance from Cappadocia. Her tomb is still shown at the Bodbe Monastery in Kakheti region. St. Nino has become one of the most venerated saints of the Georgian Orthodox Church and her attribute, a Grapevine cross, is a symbol of Georgian Christianity. Afterwards drive to Sighnaghi, Love town. Sighnaghi town-museum is one of the smallest ones in Georgia. Sighnaghi is famous of wine and traditional carpets. Drive to Mtskheta (UNESCO Heritage Site), an ancient capital of the Georgian Kingdom from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. Jvari Monastery (6th c.); Svetitskhoveli Cathedral built in the 11th century. Drive to Tbilisi. Sightseeing tour of evening Tbilisi. Metekhi Church (13th c.); Old Tbilisi; Sulfur Baths; Narikala Fortress (4th c.); Sioni (13th c.) and Anchiskhati Churches (6th c.); Trinity Cathedral (the 2nd ML). Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 03. Tbilisi/Gori/Bakuriani (230 KM) - After breakfast drive to Gori. The city was founded by one of the greatest kings of Georgia, David the Builder (1089–1125). On the way visit Samtavisi, an 11th century Georgian Orthodox cathedral. The first monastery on this place was founded by the Assyrian missionary Isidore in 572 and later rebuilt in the 10th century. Visit The Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori (entrance fee: USD 6). Afterwards visit Uplistsikhe (entrance fee: USD 1, 70),
Day 04. Bakuriani/ Vardzia/Borjomi/ Kutaisi (300 KM) - After breakfast drive to Vardzia (entrance fee: USD 1, 70). On the way visit Khertvisi Castle (9th-10th c.c.); Vardzia, a rock-hewn complex on the left bank of the river Mtkvari was founded in the 12th -13th c.c., during the reign of Giorgi III and Queen Tamar. Initially planned as a town-fortress, the complex became a well fortified monastery, which had a significant role in political, cultural, educational and spiritual life of the country. In the middle of the complex there is a Church of Assumption, richly decorated with mural painting. Afterwards drive to Borjomi. Have free time to take a walk in Borjomi Park (entrance fee: USD 0, 90). Taste natural mineral water “Borjomi”. Drive to Kutaisi. Kutaisi is the second largest city of Georgia in its west part 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. UNESCO heritage). Overnight in Kutaisi.
Day 05. Kutaisi/Zugdidi/Mestia (250 KM) - After breakfast visit Gelati Monastery (12th c. UNESCO heritage). Visit smaller monastery of Motsameta, spectacularly sited on a cliff-edge. Afterwards drive to Sugdidi. Visit Dadiani Palace there (entrance fee: USD 1, 70) . The representatives of Dadiani Dynasty were acquainted with world history, culture latest technical achievements. They were tightly involved in the social events. The Palace keeps 41 000 museum objects. Most of them are unique and invaluable examples of Georgian and foreign art. Drive to the direction of Svaneti. En route we visit Enguri Dam with the height of 271 meters (the highest dam of this type in the world). The Dam makes a water-storage reservoir in the picturesque gorges of Samegrelo and Svaneti mountains. It's time to get ready for the most exciting part of the trip - a journey to Svaneti, the region of the highest mountains and glaciers and the most abiding ancient traditions. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse in Mestia.
Day 06. Mestia/Ushguli/Mestia (90 KM) - After breakfast drive to Ushguli. Visit Laghami Saint George's church (7th-12th c.c.) and Svan dwelling complex. Visits to: The church of St. George in Nakipari (1130 AD) and Ethnographic Museums in Ushguli. Ushguli is considered to be the highest populated place in Europe (2200 m above sea level). (NOTE: please note that in Svaneti region you may need approximately USD 6 for each sight, this is stated not by government, but by the local people who are taking care of each sightseeing place). Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse in Mestia.
Day 07. Mestia/Batumi (280 KM) - After breakfast visit Latali and Lenjeri single-nave basilicas of the 8th-9th-14th c.c., built by stones without ornamentation, with the interior richly decorated with murals. Afterwards drive to Batumi the most beautiful city of Georgia. Have a free time in Batumi to take a walk across the beach in a famous Batumi boulevard. Overnight in Batumi.
Day 08. Batumi/Tbilisi (400 Km) - After breakfast Batumi sightseeing. Visit Gonio Fortress (entrance fee: USD 4, 50), Petra castle and Batumi botanical garden (entrance fee: USD 1, 70). In the evening drive to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 09. Tbilisi/Gudauri - In the morning drive to Gudauri. On the way visit Ananuri Castle and Jinvali water reservoir. Dinner and overnight in Gudauri.
Day 10. Gudauri/Kazbegi/Tbilisi (200 KM) - After breakfast drive to Kazbegi. A stunning drive from Gudauri along the Tergi River will bring us to Kazbegi – the main town in the region. From Kazbegi a leisurely 1.5 hour walk up through beautiful valleys and woodland leads us to Gergeti Trinity Church located at 2170m. Weather permitting you may catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mt Kazbegi (5047m). We walk back to the town and before returning to Gudauri drive to dramatic Dariali Gorge. (NOTE: to drive to Dariali Gorge or Trinity Church we need 4X4 cars, and in case of the group travel, when group is travelling by bus, we can rent 4X4 cars on the spot and price is USD 15 per person to drive both sights). From Gudauri we drive to Tbilisi. En route visit village and see how locals make different hand made things (thick felt, embroidery, iconographic painting). Drive back to Tbilisi. Farewell dinner at the national restaurant with Georgian music. Transfer to the airport. Departure home.