The Georgian Experience

At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Georgia is an amazing cluster of religions and cultures, exquisite landscapes and historical monuments, legends and ancient history, folklore and fabulous feasting traditions. During your visit to Georgia you will experience the country, its history, culture, nature, traditions and enjoy delicious Georgian cuisine and wine.
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Description

 

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



Day 2 Tbilisi
Start your adventure with a delicious breakfast at the hotel before a ‘guided city walk’ of Tbilisi. Visit Abanot-ubani, the historical place where legend has it that King Vakhtang Gorgasali’s pheasant fell, leading to the discovery of the hot springs and the founding of the new capital of Tbilisi 1500 years ago.
Continue exploring old Tbilisi and experience the ancient 4th century Fortress of Narikala perched on the mountain top with its breathtaking views of Tbilisi. See Tbilisifrom close up the Mother of Georgia statue holding her cup of wine to greet friends and the sword to warn her enemies. After a short coffee-break at the café-streets of Shardeni and Erekle with their fascinating atmosphere and souvenir shopping possibilities, we take a walk along the tree lined Rustaveli Avenue with its elegant buildings and exquisite architecture.
After a lunch break, we explore Old Tbilisi where traditional Georgian life still continues amongst historical old buildings and where centuries old Orthodox and Islam monuments are strangely located together. We visit the Sameba Cathedral, Mosque and Bridge of Peace.
*Dinner will take place 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- Ananuri-Kazbegi
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we travel to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of the 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. There are a number of very significant archaeological and religious monuments in and around the town. Visit the Jvari Monastery (6th c.)
Svetitskhoveli Cathedralbuilt on the rocky mountaintop overlooking the fertile valleys and Mtskheta town. Appreciate its architectural forms and decorative elements. We visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.) - a grandiose cathedral of cross-dome design, known as the burial site of Christ's Mantle and one of the major Orthodox Georgian temples. Both of these are UNESCO world heritage sites.
We then proceed to Kazbegi (1740m above sea level), driving on the south slopes of the main Caucasus Mountain range, along the Georgian Military Highway. This ancient route through the Caucasus has been much celebrated by everyone from poets to guidebook writers and is remarkable for the landscapes, fauna and flora, people and history, and many travelers to Georgia will regard this place as a highlight of their visit. On the way we visit Ananuri, a fortified ensemble that was built in the 16th century which once belonged to the Duke of Aragvi. This is located on the left bank of the Aragvi River and has a magnificent view of the Jinvali Reservoir. We arrive late afternoon in Kazbegi for dinner and overnight accommodation.


 



Day 4 Kazbegi and Tbilisi
The day kicks off with breakfast at the hotel before we spend the day in Kazbegi, a small town situated at the bottom of Mount Kazbegi. This mountain is Holy Trinity Church in kazbegiconsidered to be one of the highest points in all the Caucasus with an altitude of 5047 meters. This area has spectacular nature with towering mountains, deep gorges, passes, tranquil lakes and small rivers. We take a leisurely walk to Gergeti Sameba (Holy Trinity) church with its beautiful panoramic views of Caucasus, including mount Kazbegi (5047m.) For lunch we will stop at a local restaurant for traditional Georgian food. There will be ample opportunity to experience the local culture with stops at the road side trader stalls, as well as plenty of photo stops en-route. In the afternoon we return to Tbilisi for

overnight stay at the hotel.

 

 

 



Day 5 Tbilisi-Gori-Uplistsikhe-Tbilisi
After breakfast at the hotel we drive to Gori which is the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. In Gori we visit the house where Stalin was born, his personal railway carriage and the Stalin Museum. We spend the rest of the morning exploring the town, and after lunch at a local restaurant we visit Uplistsikhe cave town, which is one of the oldest cave settlements in the Caucasus. It was  founded in the late Bronze Age, (around 900 BC), but developed mainly from the 5th century uplistsikhe, georgia,welcome to georgiato the 1st centuries BC. The historical main caravan (Silk Route) road  from Asia to Europe used to run just 2km north of the city, which became a very important trade centre. Built on the high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari River, it  contains different structures and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran, as well as the co-existence of  pagan and Christian architecture. Uplistsikhe was also a special site for pagan rituals before Georgia became a Christian country. Thereafter we return to Tbilisi and  stay overnight.

 

 



Day 6 Tbilisi-Signagi-Tsinandali-Telavi
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before taking the drive through the beautiful landscape of vineyards and wine-producing villages of the Kakheti region. Arriving at Sighnaghi, you will understand why it is also referred to as the city of love and art. The winding cobblestone streets, architecture and 18th century walls retained Sighnaghi  the City of Lovethe charming atmosphere of a bygone era. You can taste excellent traditional Georgian wine and see hand-knitted carpets. We then proceed to Tsinandali, a village noted for the estate and its historic winery which once belonged to the 19th-century Georgian aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze. We visit the family museum and enjoy a walk in the traditional English style park with its beautiful views. We then return to Telavi to dine with a local farmer’s family and experience traditional Georgian culture and hospitality. We overnight in Telavi.

 

 

 

 



Day 7 Telavi-Gremi-Tbilisi
After we had breakfast at the hotel, we explore Telavi which is one of the oldest cities in Georgia. Telavi is located in the spectacular Alazani valley which is famous for its numerous monuments of historical and archaeological significance that are found in and around the outskirts of the city. After the city tour, we pay a visit to Alaverdi Cathedral (11th c.) which is Alaverdi Cathedralthe second tallest religious building in Georgia with a height of over 55 meters. This is an outstanding example of medieval Georgian architecture, located in the Alazani Valley. We then go explore Ikalto Monastery which was founded in the 6th century by the Syrian Father Zenon whose tomb is enclosed in the Church of Transfiguration. The famed academy was added in the 12th century by King David the Builder and served as the most important cultural and education centre during the Middle Ages. This is where the great national poet Shota Rustaveli studied, no doubt drawing inspiration for his work from the beautiful landscape of the Kakheti countryside. After lunch we visit Gremi City, a crag 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. In the evening we return to Tbilisi and stay overnight.

 

 

 



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  The price does not include
 

• Transportation according to the tour program;
• Accommodation in guest-houses in Kazbegi and in Telavi;
• 3 dinners according to the tour program;
• Museum entrance fees;
• Tour guide service;
• Excursions mentioned in the program;
• Wine tasting;

 

• Air tickets;
• Optional activities:
  *Dinner in the restaurant with folklore show program (price per     person – 14 USD);
 *Rafting on the Pshavi’s Aragvi (price per person – 25 USD);
 *Paragliding (price per person – 35 USD);
• Travel insurance.

 

 

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