Cradle of Wine

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  • Tour Duration 10 days
  • Georgia
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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Georgia – Cradle of wine counts 8000 years already in wine making. Georgia’s special ancient method egg-shaped clay jars called qvevri – was declared by UNESCO as the world’s cultural heritage. Cuisine traditions of Georgia is another big theme, delicious and many varieties of meals, you will find totally different tastes in each region – Kartli, Kakheti, Imereti, Samegrelo, Javakheti, Racha.

This itinerary is designed for gourmand people, who loves wine and thoughtful to taste different and unique cuisine. This tour program includes bio wine degustation, local food tasting, visiting vineyards and wine factories, cooking workshops, learn winemaking traditions, and with all these, enjoy the beautiful nature, ancient history, culture and arts. Each region has its own unique cuisine and wines, hence whole tour consists of totally different sorts of wine and food! Be prepared for the surprising daily feelings!

Locations you will visit

  • Tbilisi
  • Telavi
  • Sighnaghi
  • Gori
  • Kutaisi
  • Vardzia
  • Martvili

Included

  • TWIN/DBL room accommodation in 3-4* hotels
  • Full board
  • All excursions mentioned in the program
  • Accompanying English-speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, listed in the program
  • Transport (sedan) and driver services
  • Wine degustation, cooking workshops
  • Culinary masterclasses

Not included

  • International air tickets
  • Alcohol and soft drinks, not part of menu included
  • 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 in Tbilisi Airport and transfer to the Hotel (30 km)
Day 2: Kakheti – wine region (140 km)
Day 3: Telavi – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi (180 km)
Day 4: Tbilisi – Ancient capital Mtskheta – Borjomi (170 km)
Day 5: Javakheti region – Borjomi (260 km)
Day 6: Borjomi – Kutaisi (170 km)
Day 7: Racha Region, High Caucasus (170 km)
Day 8: Kutaisi – Martvili – Gori – Tbilisi (290 km)
Day 9: Tbilisi city tour – farewell dinner in Georgian restaurant with folklore (80 km)
Day 10: Transfer to the Airport for departure (30 km)

Day 1Arrival in Tbilisi Airport and transfer to the Hotel (30 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 2Kakheti – wine region (140 km)

Breakfast at the hotel
– Visit main city – Telavi, visit museum of wine Qvevri and the studio where you can see the masterpiece of wine – Qvevri making. Georgia is the oldest wine region in the world, wine production already counts 8000 years. In 2013, UNESCO added the ancient traditional Georgian winemaking method using the Qvevri (clay pot) to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.
– After introducing winemaking traditions, visit local wine cellar of Jakeli and taste of Kakhetian dishes with degustation of 3 sorts of local wines,
– Enjoyable lunch in local wine cellar of Jakeli
– Drive to visit Castle of king Erekle II,
– Visit to Twins Old Cellar and check in the hotel there.
– After refreshment, we will have wine tour and learn the steps of making Georgian traditional wine. Take part in to making Mtsvadi (Georgian BBQ) and local dish – Khashlama
20:00 – dinner in wine celler: Georgian feast – Supra, with traditionally family made wine in Qvevri, accompanied with folk songs and toastmaster Tamada
Georgian traditional feast can’t start without Tamada, it’s almost forbidden not to listen to the boss of feast, he is considered to be the most honorable member of a traditional Georgian supra. The ideal Tamada should be well educated, intelligent, sharp-witted, polite, honorable, sociable, have a good sense of humor, have a musical ability, be a lover of poetry, be romantic, deeply nostalgic, eloquent, and last but not least, a good drinker.
Overnight in Twins cellar hotel

Day 3Telavi – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi (180 km)

Say WOW from the morning and taste Georgian Vodka – Chacha this drink is made by grapes what is left after making the wine, one shot of chacha will fill you with energy for whole day.
Breakfast at the hotel
– Next stop is Kvareli Region, visit wine cellar – Khareba, the cellar/tunnel is 7,7 kilometers long. The best wines of the Kakheti region have been stored and aged here for decades. Degustation of 4 sorts of wine and brandy there.
– Our tour continues to the direction of Tsinandali – house museum of poet Aleksander Chavchavadze who was from aristocratic family. He built palace and decorate gardens. Tour of the museum with wine tasting.
– Continue to the direction of Signaghi, visit local family to have enjoyable lunch with local dishes and biodynamic wines and chacha, cooking workshop to make Georgian Khinkali, also take part to make Georgian sweets Churchkhela and Georgian bread.
– Then have a city tour of Sighnaghi – Medieval city in the southern part of Georgia, settled since the paleolithic period. The city is also called the “City of Love” – many couples visiting the town and getting married there. The town was developed on ancient ruins, in the 18th century by King Erekle II. The town has wonderful views of the Alazani valley and the Caucasus Mountains. The main section of the 18th-century wall runs along the town.
– Afterwards visit Bodbe Monastery; it is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, due to its association with St. Nino, woman who preached Christianity in Georgia in 4th C. She is buried in the territory of Monastery.
– Further, return to Tbilisi for overnight,
On the way have stop to taste Kakhetian bread (we call it “Dedas Puri”), goat cheese and “Mtsvadi” – BBQ.
Overnight in Tbilisi

Day 4Tbilisi – Ancient capital Mtskheta – Borjomi (170 km)

Feel and smell of ancient culture along the landscapes of this region will be with you all the day,
Breakfast at the hotel
– First stop is in Mtskheta – ancient capital and spiritual center of Georgia, it was capital of the early Georgian Kingdom – Iberia, from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. Mtkheta is the city, where Christianity was proclaimed the state religion in 337.
– Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral – the present structure was completed in 11th C. although the site itself dates back to the early fourth century.
– After drive to visit Jvari Monastery (6th c.) situated on the top of a hill and opening fascinating view of the city. Whole city is in the list of UNESCO world heritage.
– Delicious lunch in Guramishvili’s Celler, taste different sorts of Kartli wines;
– Continue the trip to Borjomi, have a walk in Central Park of Borjomi, taste mineral water that come from 10km depth under the ground.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Borjomi

Day 5Javakheti region – Borjomi (260 km)

Breakfast at the hotel
– Drive to visit complex of Vardzia – rock hewn monastery built during the golden age of Georgia in XII-XIIIcc.
– After surveying the territory, stop in Valodia’s Cottage, this gentleman produces most of the vegetables in his yard.
– Lunch in the local family of Valodia
– Tour continues to Akhaltsikhe and visit Rabati Castle. Originally established in the 9th century as the Lomisa Castle, after Turko-Mongol invasions the castle was ruined and later totally rebuilt by Ottomans and they added Mosque in the castle. The fortress and its adjacent buildings were extensively rebuilt and renovated in 2011-2012 in order to attract more tourists to the area.
Dinner in Giorgi Natenadze’s wine cellar – knowledge of today’s host will give full information and learning of local winemaking and we will be able to degustate Meskhetian famous wine sorts.
Overnight in Borjomi.

Day 6Borjomi – Kutaisi (170 km)

Today drive to Imereti through the Rikoti Pass which divides country in two geographical area – west and east park. Visiting second main city of Georgia – Kutaisi.
Breakfast at the hotel;
Rikoti pass, taste fried trout, with local homemade wine, continue to Tskaltubo resort and visit “Prometheus Cave” – the cave was discovered in 1984 by local speleologist – Jumber Jishkariani. It is the biggest cave in Georgia – more then 15 km (but just 1.5 km is developed as tourist attraction). Visitors are amazed with breathtaking views of stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls, underground rivers and lakes of the cave.
– Lunch in Tskaltubo
– Visit Gelati Academy and Monastery complex. Gelati was founded in 1106 by King David the Builder of Georgia and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Overall, the Monastery was not just used for religious purposes – there were academy of science as well.
– Then visit Bagrati Cathedral was built in the early years of the 11th century, during the reign of King Bagrat III.
At the end of the tour have dinner – visit local exotic restaurant with bungalow styles compartments join delicious Imeretian supra. Highlight of dinner: wine – Tsitska-tsolikauri and dish – Imeretian Kachapuri.
Overnight in Kutaisi

Day 7Racha Region, High Caucasus (170 km)

Fascinating day to high Caucasus. You have feelings that you can touch the sky, catch the clouds and dance with the mountain rivers, it is the only mountain region where produces the unique wines in Georgia, also it is famous with its cuisine;

Breakfast at the hotel.

  • The first landmark when you enter in Lower Racha is beautiful lake – Shaori. It’s the bigest lake of the region.
  • Continue to Nikortsminda Cathedral (built in 1010-1014) is symbol of the “golden age” of Georgian architecture, with its unique facade decorations. Nikortsminda is just minutes’ drive from Shaori lake.
  • Continue to the next destination which require more effort to reach – Udabno (Chelishi) Ruins and Shareula River source – is a pleasant walk from Nikortsminda (just few kilometers 2-3) in wonderful nature.
  • Picnic in the nature.
  • After drive to the Khvanchkara and Samedlo villages. The micro zone of “Khvanchkara” – a strictly controlled, premium quality naturally semi-sweet red It is made from Alexandrouli and Mujuretuli grapes

On dinner, we will taste a local masterpiece – Lobio (beans, made in Georgian way) and degustation of the local wine “Khvanchkara”.

Drive back to Kutaisi for overnight

Day 8Kutaisi – Martvili – Gori – Tbilisi (290 km)

Many people think that Samegrelo cuisine is the most delicious in Georgia – the region in western part of Georgia is full of spectacular sights as well.

Breakfast at the hotel

  • First, visit Martvili Canyon and enjoy the scenery, its waterfalls and take a boat trip in the river with deep green color.
  • Lunch and wine tasting in local family;
  • Move to Gori – the hometown of USSR Leader Joseph Stalin. For the older locals, Stalin is very important and mysterious person and even today worship him. Visit his birthplace in the museum of Stalin.
  • Then visit Uplistikhe – located in Eastern Georgia, Uplistsikhe (literally “Lord’s Fortress “) is an abandoned rock-hewn town, which used to play an important role in Georgian history. The place was founded in the late Bronze Age, around 1000 BC, and continued to be inhabited until 13th century AD.

Then continue driving to Chateau Mukhrani and dinner with wine tasting in royal winery.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 9Tbilisi city tour – farewell dinner in Georgian restaurant with folklore (80 km)

Today’s steps in the capital will show us values of ancient city, old and modern architecture, narrow streets, bars and restaurants, museums, squares, and of course people, all these becomes very special for anyone who visits the capital of country.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day planning:

  • First stop is Holy Trinity Cathedral – constructed between 1995 – 2004, it is the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church and third tallest eastern orthodox church in the world.
  • Old Tbilisi 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, free time in the city

At the evening farewell dinner in one of the finest Georgian restaurants in Tbilisi with folklore show

Overnight in Tbilisi

Day 10Transfer to the Airport for departure (30 km)

The adventure in spectacular country comes to the end today.

Transfer to the Tbilisi airport.

Departure.

 

By the legend when god was redistributing lands to different nations, Georgians were late and when they arrived there was not any free land left for them. God ask them, – why you are late? Georgians answered that they had Georgian feast(supra) and because of that they were late. God smiled and told them, – I will give you the land which I kept for myself and God handed over his land to Georgians. Some people believe in legends some not, but be sure that you will find in Georgia the natural and cultural sites which will amaze you, and taste different kinds of delicious food with wine – producing already more then 8 000 years.

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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