Unforgettable Week in Georgia WD02

7 Days From £0 (763 USD)

Discover Georgia; charming culture, Georgian cuisine, famous wines, beautiful landscapes, pretty towns, ancient monuments and warm Georgian hospitality.

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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

On this cultural tour you will discover Georgian cuisine and have taste famous Georgian wines. You will have a magical week in Georgia during this tour. During this cultural tour you will be charmed by the beautiful landscapes and pretty towns, ancient monuments of culture, you will meet the local Georgian people who live and keep different traditions, speak different dialects, but all of them treat guests with the Georgian hospitality. Cultural tour gives a complete picture of traditions, culture, nature and soul of the country and the people living in Georgia.

Description

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

Includes
-Transportation
-Guide
-Meals described in the program
-One bottle of water per person per day
-Free service for tour leader (in a group more than 9 people)

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

Prices per person, based on 2 people traveling - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Tbilisi/Gori/Uplistsikhe/Kutaisi (300 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 drive to Kutaisi. Visit Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati monastery. Afterwards visit Kutaisi Synagogue and Jewish quarter and drive to the hotel. 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). Visit Gelati Monastery (12th c. UNESCO heritage). Visit smaller monastery of Motsameta, spectacularly sited on a cliff-edge. Overnight in Kutaisi.
Day 02. Kutaisi/Vardzia/Akhaltsikhe/Synagogue/Bakuriani (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. After visiting the famous cave town drive to Akhaltsikhe to visit the local synagogue. Afterwards drive to famous Georgian ski resort Bakuriani. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Bakuriani.
Day 03. Bakuriani/Borjomi/Gudauri (350 KM) - After breakfast drive to Borjomi. Have a stop to taste the Borjomi natural mineral water. Have free time to take a walk in Borjomi Park (entrance fee: USD 0, 90). Taste natural mineral water “Borjomi”. Drive to another Georgian ski resort Gudauri. On the way visit Uplistsikhe (entrance fee: USD 1, 70),
Day 04. 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. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 05. Mtskheta/Tbilisi tour (100 KM) - After breakfast drive to Mtskheta. We visit the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta (3000 years old) and see its historical places: Jvari church (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Drive back to Tbilisi. Tbilisi is the capital and the largest city of Georgia. The city covers an area of 372 km² (144 square miles) and has 1,093,000 inhabitants. Founded in the 5th century AD by Vakhtang Gorgasali, the Georgian King of Kartli (Iberia) and made into a capital in the 6th century, Tbilisi is a significant industrial, social, and cultural center. Metechi Church of Holy Virgin - built in 5th c and rebuilt in 13th c. Royal palace was situated here before moving to Narikala Castle. Metechi is a central-domed church. Sameba - Holy Trinity Cathedral, called as “Millennium Building”. Sameba is the greatest Orthodox Cathedral in Georgia and Caucasus. It represents the synthesis of cross–domed and central-domed churches. It is 100 meters in height. Open Air Ethnographic Museum (entrance fee: USD 1, 70). Place, where are built all kinds of Georgian national old country-houses and castles. Mtatsminda - Holy Mountain; Father David’s church– It is named after St. Father David Garejian, who was one of those Assyrian Fathers, who came to Georgia in 6th century to strengthen Christianity. The church was built in 6th century. Nowadays a pantheon of famous Georgian writers and public figures is also situated here. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 06. 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 07. Telavi/Sighnaghi/ Tbilisi (200 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 Tbilisi. Free time in Tbilisi. Farewell dinner at the national Georgian restaurant with folk program. Transfer to the airport.