Country Life & Georgian Hospitality

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  • Tour Duration 10 days
  • Georgia
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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This itinerary is designed for those who love being active in the outdoors, explore the unique nature, cultural heritage, history, who keen on living in village and eat bio foods. We offer to travel around the country to see the different agro-enterprise profiles. Tourists can take part in the process of actual works according to the season. Charming facades of the country are the backdrop of the agricultural tour.

Why you will love this trip:

  • Get to know the beauty of Tbilisi city. One of the oldest and mysterious capitals in the world. The city offers you a lot of possibilities to discover completely new and unknown history of Georgia, kept in every street and corner of the capital already for 1500 years.
  • Discover diverse, rich and unique culture of winemaking in Georgia. These three words exactly describe the Georgian wine specifics. While tasting local wine, of course don’t forget Georgian cuisine, which is considered as the mirror of the soul and character of Georgian people.
  • Georgian cuisine offers you a great range of choice in tastes according to the regions. Within this tour you will be witness of day to day live of the Georgian Family, which is located in the rural area of the country and have got farming business.
  • In this tour, it is included to visit the one and the only donkey farm in Caucasus region, that can be unique experience for you.

Locations you will visit

  • Tbilisi
  • Sighnaghi
  • Telavi
  • Gori
  • Akhaltsikhe
  • Borjomi
  • Vardzia

Included

  • TWIN/DBL room accommodation in 3-4* hotels
  • Accompanying English/French speaking guide
  • Full board
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, listed in the program
  • Transport and driver services
  • Wine degustation
  • Boating on River Mtkvari for 30-40 minutes
  • Honey tasting at Valodia’s cottage
  • Fruit Vodka tasting at Valodia’s cottage
  • Khachapuri Making master class
  • Excursion in Donkey Farm – Virlandia
  • Wine and Brandy degustation in winery - GRANELI

Not included

  • International air tickets
  • Alcohol and soft drinks, not part of menu
  • Surcharge for special requests on food, and meals
  • Transport service and guide service during free time
  • Insurances
  • Fees for video and photo shooting

Your Itinerary – in Brief:

Day 1: Arrival – Tbilisi (15 km)
Day 2: Tbilisi city tour (60 km)
Day 3: Tbilisi – Masterclasses in Vakirelebi – Sighnaghi (160 km)
Day 4: Sighnagi – Kvareli – Telavi – Tbilisi (180 km)
Day 5: Tbilisi – Mtkheta – Borjomi (180 km)
Day 6: Borjomi – Local Family agro potential introduction (90 km)
Day 7: Borjomi – Akhaltiskhe – Vardzia (130 km)
Day 8: Vardzia – volunteering in daily works at Valodia’s Place (0 km)
Day 9: Vardzia – Paravani Lake – Dmanisi – Tbilisi (270 km)
Day 10: Tbilisi – Departure (15 km)

Day 1Arrival – Tbilisi (15 km)

Welcome to Georgia. Meet the local partner representatives and transfer to the hotel for check in. Evening in free for your own.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 2Tbilisi city tour (60 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day planning:
Open-Air Ethnographic Museum which displaying the examples of folk architecture and craftwork from various regions of the country.
Old Tbilisi tour. Metekhi church and Sioni Church through the beautiful street of Sharden.
– The “Bridge of Peace” and the Rike Park, ride up to the Narikala Fortress by cable car. “Mother of Kartli”; walking down to “Bath District” and visit the Legvtakhevi Waterfall.
– Depending on weather conditions, walking to the restaurant through the tunnel of River. Lunch in the restaurant at river Mtkvari Bank.
– After lunch, ride up to Mtatsminda Park by Tram. The unique place on the top of the hill, which overlooks to the whole city.
20:00 – dinner at the Georgian restaurant.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 3Tbilisi – Masterclasses in Vakirelebi – Sighnaghi (160 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day planning:
Visit Kakheti Region – well known part of the country with its unique sorts of grape and wine.
– Visit the farm of Donkeys (the only farm in the Caucasus region) in the village Gamarjveba. 80 donkeys and more than 10 horses are in the farm. The milk and the cheese produced in the farm. The milk of donkey is used in creating of medicine. It is said that Cleopatra, Queen of Ancient Egypt, took baths in donkey milk to preserve her beauty and youth of her skin.
– Visit Vakirelebi Village, the local family visit. Rich vegetable gardens, diverse agriculture and local the village living style. After masterclasses of Khachapuri preparing, lunch will be served by the family. You will be able to taste the homemade wine and will be introduced the homemade wine making technology.
– Visit Sighnaghi, “The City of Love”. Walking in the streets of this beautiful city. The city is standing on the hill and overlooks to beautiful Valley of Alazani and Caucasus Mountains.
20:00 – dinner at the local restaurant or at the local family.
Overnight in Sighnaghi.

Day 4Sighnagi – Kvareli – Telavi – Tbilisi (180 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day planning:
– Visit Bodbe Nunnery.
– Driving to Kvareli and visit the wine factory – GRANELI. Introducing the wine making technology and degustation of several type of Georgian wine and brandy.
– Driving to Alaverdi Monastery – one of the most beautiful and historical places in the country.
– Visit honey producer (mid-June to mid-August).
– Lunch at the restaurant of Telavi.
– Drive to Tsinandali and visit the house museum of Alexandre Chavchavadze.
– Return to Tbilisi city from Gombori Pass (depending on weather conditions).
20:00 – dinner at the Georgian restaurant.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 5Tbilisi – Mtkheta – Borjomi (180 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day planning:
– Visit Jvari monastery in Mtskheta – one of the holiest place in the country. Monastery overlooks to the city and the confluence of two rivers: Mtvari and Aragvi. Then, continue driving to Gori – the hometown of Joseph Stalin. Visit the museum of Stalin. Lunch in Gori. Continue driving to Borjomi – the town is well known in CIS countries with its curative mineral waters and balneological climate. The town was one of the most popular destination for foreigners. Walking in the Central Park of Borjomi and taste mineral spring waters.
20:00 – dinner at the hotel in Borjomi.
Overnight in Borjomi

Day 6Borjomi – Local Family agro potential introduction (90 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day planning:
– Visit the local family in Atskuri – BARBALE (the name of fertility in Georgian mythology). In Barbale you will find ecologically clean, organic potatoes, corn, beans, different vegetables, pumpkins and more. There several workshops organized at the farm. Hundreds of volunteers from different countries from all around the world helped farms to produce organic products.
– Lunch in of BARBALE.
– Return to Borjomi with full of emotions and new knowledge.
19:00 – dinner at the Barbale’s Local Family.
Overnight in Borjomi.

Day 7Borjomi – Akhaltiskhe – Vardzia (130 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day planning:
– Visit Rabati Fortress in Akhaltsikhet – main city of Samtkhe-Javakheti region. Upon arrival to Vardzia, first stop at Valodia’s Cottage for lunch break.
– After lunch visit the Vardzia Caved monastery. The unique monument of Georgian architecture, rock-hewn town of Vardzia, is situated in Aspindza, formerly the Samtskhe Province of Georgia, approximately in 100 km to the south from Borjomi city (at about 1 300m altitude). The monastery was built during the “Golden Age” of Georgia in XII-XIIIcc.
– Return to Valodia’s cottage and degustation of local wine and fruit vodka.
Honey degustation, Cheese and Matsoni tasting. Baking the Georgian Kada.
20:00 – dinner at the Valodia’s Place.
Overnight in Vardzia.

Day 8Vardzia – volunteering in daily works at Valodia’s Place (0 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day planning:
Fishing.
Helping in vegetable garden harvest. Get to know rural life. Taste bio products.
– Lunch in Valodia’s Place.
Baking of Meskhetian Khachapuri.
20:00 – dinner at the Valodia’s Place.
Overnight in Vardzia

Day 9Vardzia – Paravani Lake – Dmanisi – Tbilisi (270 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day planning:
– Return trip to Tbilisi city from lower Kartli – spectacular views on the way.
– Stop at Paravani Lake.
– Stop in Dmanisi, home of Europe’s oldest human head discovered (The hominin site is the earliest of its kind outside of Africa, dating back to 1.81 ml years) is located in southern Georgia, Kvemo Kartli region. Visit the museum to observe archeological excavations of bronze age settlement and see the 1.8 million year-old fossilized remains of the first discovered human couple in Europe whose names sound truly Georgian: Zezva and Mzia.
– Picnic in the nature.
– Visit the old city (VI-XV centuries): churches, tunnels, wine cellars, extraordinary streets. View to Mashavera river canyon from the top of fortress.
– Driving to Tbilisi city and check-in the hotel for rest.
20:00 – dinner with folk program at the Georgian Restaurant with Georgian wine.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 10Tbilisi – Departure (15 km)

The adventure in picturesque country comes to the end today.
Transfer to the Tbilisi airport.
Departure.

Georgia known until 1995 as the Republic of Georgia, is a country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The capital and largest city is Tbilisi. Georgia covers a territory of 69,700 square kilometres (26,911 sq mi), and its 2017 population is about 3.718 million. Georgia is a unitary parliamentary republic, with the government elected through a representative democracy. Like most native Caucasian peoples, the Georgians do not fit into any of the main ethnic categories of Europe or Asia. The Georgian language, the most pervasive of the Kartvelian languages, is not Indo-European, Turkic, or Semitic. The present day Georgian or Kartvelian nation is thought to have resulted from the fusion of aboriginal, autochthonous inhabitants with immigrants who moved into South Caucasus from the direction of Anatolia in remote antiquity. Ethnic Georgians form about 86.8 percent of Georgia's current population of 3,713,804 (2014 census). Other ethnic groups include Abkhazians, Armenians, Assyrians, Azerbaijanis, Greeks, Jews, Kists, Ossetians, Russians, Ukrainians, Yezidis and others. The Georgian Jews are one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. Once Georgia was also home to significant ethnic German communities, but most Germans were deported during World War II. The most widespread language group is the Kartvelian family, which includes Georgian, Svan, Mingrelian and Laz. The official languages of Georgia are Georgian, with Abkhaz having official status within the autonomous region of Abkhazia. Georgian is the primary language of 87.7 % of the population, followed by 6.2 % speaking Azerbaijani, 3.9 % Armenian, 1.2 % Russian, and 1 % other languages. In the 2010, the United States federal government began the Teach and Learn English with Georgia program of promoting English literacy in elementary school. The goal was to import English speakers from across the world to ensure that all children in Georgia spoke English in four years and replace Russian as a second language.
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