Pioneers Paradise

Georgia is one of the oldest cultures in the world and through this amazing adventure tour you will discover the ancient culture, rich history, fabulous Georgian cuisine and breathtaking nature unlike any other in the world. Georgia is a country where the past is evident in all spheres of life, and the rich culture is proudly celebrated by the citizens of this mountainous country.
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Description
 

Day 1 Arrival in Tbilisi
Arrival at Tbilisi International Airport where you will be met by friendly staff from our travel agency and transferred to your hotel for a good night’s rest.



Day 2 Tbilisi
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before starting a guided sightseeing and walking tour of Tbilisi, the charming city built in the 5th century by King Vakhtang Gorgasali along the twisting valley of the Mtkvari River. We start the tour of the Old Town at the 13th century Metekhi Church, and then continue to the Synagogue, Syoni Cathedral and Anchiskhati Basilica. Afterwards we continue exploring old Tbilisi with its ancient buildings and the 4th century Fortress of Narikhala perched on the mountain top with its breathtaking views of Tbilisi. See from close up the Mother of Georgia statue holding her cup of wine to greet friends and the sword to warn her enemies. Tbilisi-Georgia
From Narikhala we walk to the 17th century brick-domed Sulphur Baths which has been part of Georgian life for centuries. After lunch we visit the stunning treasury of the Georgian National Museum, before taking a stroll along Rustaveli Avenue with its exquisite architecture and elegant buildings. We then visit the "dry bridge market" – where you not only find arts and crafts, but collectibles and antiques of every kind. A shoppers feast.
*Dinner can be arranged at a restaurant where you can experience the unique Georgian cuisine, followed by a fascinating traditional Georgian folklore dance show. (*optional). Overnight stay in Tbilisi.



Day 3 Tbilisi-Mtskheta-Gori-Uplistsikhe-Tbilisi
After breakfast we travel to Mtskheta, the 3000 year old capital of the ancient Kingdom of Iberia (Georgia) and an important religious centre with its spectacular mountains and valleys. It is situated at the convergence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi Rivers. The impressive Jvari church (6th century) overlooks Mtskheta and the valley, and houses the large wooden cross that was erected on the site of an old pagan temple to commemorate St Nino, the female evangelist who converted Georgia to Christianity in theUplistsike Georgia 4th century. We then visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) where the Robe of Christ is buried. The cathedral has a fascinating history, and is the second largest religious building in Georgia. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. After lunch we drive further to one of the Uplistsikhe, site of the oldest cave settlements in the Caucasus and one of the main points along the Silk Road dating back to the Bronze Age. It contains various structures dating back to the Early Iron Age. On the way we also visit Gori, the heart of the Kartli region and also the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. We visit the house where Stalin was born, his personal railway carriage and the Stalin Museum.



Day 4 Tbilisi-Ananuri-Kazbegi
Day 4 begins with breakfast at the hotel and afterwards be will begin our journey along the very scenic route through the High Caucasus Mountains along the Georgian Military Highway, which is the major route linking Georgia with Russia. En route we'll visit Ananuri, a 17th century castle and seat of the Dukes of Aragvi, overlooking the Zhinvali reservoir and Aragvi river. We arrive later in Kazbegi – (also known as Stepantsminda named after Saint Stephan) the main town in the region. From here wecaucasian mountainstours plan to take a walk for about 2 hours up through beautiful valleys and forests to the 14th century Gergeti Trinity church located on top of the mountain (2170m) and one of the country's most iconic images. Weather permitting, we may also be able to catch a glimpse of one the highest glaciers in the Caucasus - Mount Kazbegi (5047m). Overnight stay will be in Kazbegi.



Day 5 Kazbegi-Dariali Gorge-Gveleti Waterfalls - (Optional Rafting on Aragvi River)-Tbilisi
After a good breakfast in Kazbegi we travel to the Dariali Gorge, the impressive canyon of steep walls that is actually the geographic barrier of the border with Russia. We visit the village of Gveleti and take a relaxed hike along scenic fields towards the majestic waterfalls which the town is known for. Afterwards we drive to Pshavi Aragvi. rafting tours in  georgiaFor the fun-loving and daring, river rafting starts above the village on the Magaroskari river and covers a distance of 4km – remember it is optional! It starts near the chapel Kopala and ends in the village of Tvalivi. The route consists of 15 sections and the duration of this is about 1 hour 30 minutes. All participants will undergo training by a qualified instructor (20-30 min) who will accompany participants. After this exciting event everyone can enjoy a picnic in the beautiful countryside. Late afternoon we will return to Tbilisi to overnight at the hotel.



Day 6 Tbilisi-Davit Gareja-Sighnaghi
After breakfast we drive to the Davit Gareja Monastery, which is a remarkable rock-hewn monastery complex located on the semi-desert slopes of Mount Gareja, some 105 km southeast of Tbilisi. The first monastery was founded by Davit, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, who came to Georgia to strengthen the Christian faith in the 6th century. Over time a total of 19 rocky monasteries were established. The best known is Larva Monastery that, according to a legend, shelters a part of the spiritual treasure from Jerusalem. The complex includes hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refectories and living quarters hollowed out of the rock face. The healthy 35 minutes climb uphill to limestone caves is well worth it, as when reaching the peak the breathtaking views are unsurpassed. The view seems endless, towards the south are thegremi plains of Azerbaijan and down below is a huge canyon in which the main area of Davit Gareja is located. We then proceed to the town of Sighnaghi which is a rare example of a historic city which has kept its style during the centuries with open traditional balconies, a unique fortress with churches and towers built into it and beautiful narrow streets to walk along. Sighnaghi, also known as "the city of love", overlooks the Alazani valley and offers visitors magnificent views of the Great Caucasus Range. Overnight stay will be in Sighnaghi.



Day 7 Sighnaghi-Tsinandali-Gremi-Kvareli-Tbilisi

After breakfast we drive to Tsinandali, a village noted for the estate and its historic winery which once belonged to the 19th-century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze. An excursion to the family museum and a walk in the park beautifully laid out in an English style with fine views will leave unforgettable memories with all visitors. We then travel to Gremi City located on a mountain overlooking peaceful meadows and see several romantic ruins as well as the Royal Tower of Gremi Citadel and the Church of the Archangels. This was part of the Silk Trade Route and the city was destroyed by the army of Shah Abbas in XVIc. Afterwards we visit wine a factory, taste the best of Georgian wines and learn about traditional and modern winemaking methods. We will also visit a unique old wine-cellar in a farmer's house where peopleimage008 still keep wine the same way as their ancestors did centuries ago. Here visitors will be given the chance to participate in the baking process of traditional "SHOTI" bread in a clay oven. The fresh bread will be served for lunch alongside other dishes and you can taste the Georgian delicacy "MTSVADI" - meat barbequed on the embers of vine branches. In the evening we will return to Tbilisi for a well deserved rest.



Day 8 Departure from Tbilisi
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast on your last morning in Tbilisi before transfer from the hotel to the airport.


 

The price includes  Price doesn't include 
 

• Airport transfers;
• Transportation according to the tour program by private bus;
• Hotel accommodation:
5 overnights in Hotel "Kopala Rike" in Tbilisi (http://kopala.ge/);
1 overnight in Hotel "Rooms" in Kazbegi (http://roomshotel.ge/);
1 overnight in Hotel "Kabadoni" in Sighnaghi (http://kabadoni.ge/);
• English speaking tour guide;
• Entrance fees;
• Wine tasting;
• Full board;
• Rafting;
• Visit Sulphur baths with massage;
• FOC (Tour leader free of charge).

 

• Flight tickets;
• Insurance.

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