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  • Tour Duration 12 days
  • Georgia
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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This program is for guests, who is interested in culture, traditions, folk, cuisine and history of our ancient country. Georgia contains immense cultural and historical heritage, over 150 museums and 12,000 historical landmarks, 3 of which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Georgian traditional cuisine is one of the richest in the entire world. Visiting a rural area is a great way to experience the true charm of a country.

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 many possibilities to discover completely new and unknown history of Georgia, kept in every street and corner of the capital already for 1500 years.
  • Discover the various tastes of wine. Archaeological discovery hints to Georgia being world’s oldest Wine Producer, the scientists believe that the site contains artefacts that could finally prove that Georgia is the oldest wine producing country in the world. Ancient Georgian traditional Qvevri winemaking method. Inscribed in 2013 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
  • Journey to the Svaneti region, the Land of Glaciers and Majestic Mountains… Impossibly beautiful, wild and mysterious, one of the most ancient historical provinces of Georgia.
  • Visit Ushguli – way up in the Caucasus Mountains at around 2,200 meters above sea level, this small village is Europe’s highest continuously inhabited settlement.
  • Visit the local families and introduce their life and traditions…Feast on delicious home-cooked food.
  • You may have already heard about Georgian hospitality. There is an old Georgian saying that “a guest is a gift from God.”

Locations you will visit

  • Tbilisi
  • Kutaisi
  • Mestia
  • Ushguli
  • Zugdidi
  • Batumi
  • Bakuriani
  • Vardzia
  • Kazbegi

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
  • Boating on River Mtkvari for 30-40 minutes
  • Entrance fees to all sight mentioned in the tour
  • Cable car ticket in Tbilisi (OW) and in Borjomi (RT)
  • Tram ticket to Mtatmsinda Park (RT)
  • Cheese, Matsoni, Wine and Vodka tasting in local family in Vardzia

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 – Gori – Uplitikhet – Tskaltubo (280 km)
Day 4: Kutaisi/Tskaltubo – Martvili – Mestia (260 km)
Day 5: Mestia – Ushguli – Mestia (100 km)
Day 6: Mestia – Zugdidi – Batumi (270 km)
Day 7: Batumi city tour (50 km)
Day 8: Batumi – Tskatubo – Bakuriani (250 km)
Day 9: Bakuriani – Vardzia – Bakuriani (250 km)
Day 10: Bakuriani – Ananuri – Gudauri (270 km)
Day 11: Gudauri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi (220 km)
Day 12: Tbilisi – Departure (15-20 km)

Day 1Arrival – Tbilisi (15 km)

Welcome to Georgia. Meet the local 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 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 – Gori – Uplitikhet – Tskaltubo (280 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day planning:

  • Drive to Mtskheta – the ancient capital of ancient Georgian Kingdome Iberia until fifth century, when the king David Gorgasali move the capital to Tbilisi. Today whole town is in the list of UNESCO world heritage. The city is the spiritual center of the country since Christianity established here at about 327 AD.
  • First visit Jvari monastery and survey the town from the top of the hill. Then drive to the town and visit Svetitkhoveli cathedral there.
  • Visit Uplistikhe – located in Eastern Georgia, Uplistsikhe (literally “Lord’s Fortress“) is an abandoned rock-hewn town, which once used to play the 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.
  • after surveying the territory move to Gori – the hometown of USSR Leader Joseph Stalin. Visit his birthplace in the museum of Stalin.
  • Lunch in Gori.
  • Continue driving to Kutaisi – the third biggest city and one of the most important cultural and political center country. Visit Gelati Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage) and Motsameta Monastery in Kutaisi.
  • Then drive to Tskaltubo and check-in the hotel there.

20:00 – dinner at the Hotel

Overnight in Tskaltubo.

Day 4Kutaisi/Tskaltubo – Martvili – Mestia (260 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day planning:

  • First, visit the Sataplia Reserve – the reserve is famous because there where found the footprints of ancient animals – dinosaurs. Picturesque viewpoint to the city and the mountains.
  • After, continue driving to Martvili and visit the Canyon. Take a photos of beautiful landscape
  • Lunch break at restaurant Diaroni in Zugidi;
  • Next stop at Enguri Dam – hydroelectric dam on the Enguri River in Georgia. Currently it is the world’s second highest concrete arch dam with a height of 271.5 meters.
  • Continue driving to Mestia – main city of Svaneti region;

20:00 – dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Mestia.

Day 5Mestia – Ushguli – Mestia (100 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day planning:

  • Take the way to Ushguli – Europe’s Highest permanent settlement Ushguli (2060-2200m) is located in Svaneti, Georgia 50km from Mestia at the foot of Shkhara summit (5193) – one of the highest in Georgia. The Ushguli villages contain old Svan towers and buildings that are part of the UNESCO Heritage site of Upper Svaneti.
  • Visit Lamaria church for great views of Shkhara for old frescoes (LA MARIA– if you spell like this – this church is named after Virgin Mary). Legend of Lamaria is connected with the murder in the late 19th century of a lord named Puta Dadeshkeliani who wanted to rule over the people of Ushguli. The people agreed to a meeting with him in front of the church. There the entire town helped pull a cord attached to the trigger of a rifle, thus dividing equally the responsibility for killing the man who sought to rule over people who had never had a ruler. At the end, eat traditional Svanetian meat pie – Kubdari.
  • Lunch in local café.
  • Return to the hotel in Mestia with full of emotions, insatiably breathe the fresh air and enjoy the views of mysterious mountains of Caucasus.

20:00 – dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Mestia.

Day 6Mestia – Zugdidi – Batumi (270 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day planning:

  • Today we will drive to Seaside Resort – Batumi. On the way to Batumi, first stop in Zugdidi – the main city of Samegrelo-Upper Svaneti region. Visit the Dadian’s Palace. The Palace is Historical and Architectural Museum and was established in 1921 and contains 41000 items. The museum complex includes: palaces of the Samegrelo queen Ekaterine Chavchavadze-Dadiani and Prince Niko Dadiani, court church, and the botanic garden.
  • Lunch in Zugdidi;
  • Continue driving to Batumi. At the evening and firstly, visit the Botanical Garden of Batumi – one of the widest varieties of flora in the world, Batumi Botanical Garden was established in 1912 by the prominent botanist and geographer Andrey Krasnov. The garden is 111 hectares and contains flora from nine phyto-geographic areas. Walking in the territory of garden. Then, check-in the hotel in Batumi.

20:00 – dinner at restaurant Grill Town.

Overnight in Batumi.

Day 7Batumi city tour (50 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day planning:

  • Batumi, a Black Sea resort and port city, is the capital of the autonomous republic of Adjara.
  • Visit the waterfall of Makhuntseti and the bridge of King Tamar.
  • Batumi Boulevard – a seaside promenade with a park and beach. The 130m-high Alphabetic Tower, adorned with Georgian script, has a seaside observation deck. The old town district is lined with renovated 19th-century buildings; Era Square, Piazza, Statue of Ali and Nino, ride up to the viewpoint on the hill by the longest cable car in Georgia (more than 2 km and 15 minutes ride).
  • After lunch, at restaurant H&B,
  • Free evening for your own. Walking in the boulevard and sunbath.

20:00 – dinner at restaurant Bern

Overnight in Batumi.

Day 8Batumi – Tskatubo – Bakuriani (250 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day planning:

  • Drive to Eastern Georgia – first stop in Tskaltubo for visiting the “Cave of Prometheus” , also known as Kumistavi Cave and Tsqaltubo Cave is a karst cave. The total length of the cave is about 11 km, of which 1060 m are open to visitors. Visitors are amazed with breathtaking views of stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls, underground rivers and lakes of the cave.
  • Lunch at restaurant Stalatida near Tskaltubo.
  • Continue driving to Borjomi – a resort town in central Georgia. It is well known with its curative waters, and balneological climate.
  • Visit the central park of Borjomi and taste the spring waters.
  • Continue driving to Bakuriani – the ski resort, which is located in 1700 m. sea level and surrounded by coniferous forests. Check-in the hotel there.

20:00 – dinner at the hotel

Overnight in Bakuriani

Day 9Bakuriani – Vardzia – Bakuriani (250 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day planning:

  • Today, take a way to Akhaltsikhe – the main city of Samtkhe-Javakheti region.  The main sight of the Akhaltsikhe town is “Rabat Castle”, standing on the small hill on the very shores of the Potskhovi river. Its name comes from Arabic meaning, “fortified place”. In 2012 there was held a large reconstruction after which Rabati fortress in Akhaltsikhe turned into a town within the town. It has become not only a historical monument, but a real cultural city Centre.
  • Drive to Vardzia – the sight which is in tentative list of UNESCO world Heritage now. This underground monastery was built in the 12th Century, under the reign of King Tamar, the first woman that was ever crowned as a king (not a queen!) in Georgian history.
  • Lunch at the Vallodia’s Place – the local family with its agriculture. Taste Cheese and Matsoni After Chacha and wine tasting, return to the hotel in Bakuriani.

20:00 – dinner at the hotel in Bakuriani.

Overnight in Bakuriani

Day 10Bakuriani – Ananuri – Gudauri (270 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day planning:

  • Check out from the hotel at about 10:30;
  • First stop in winery and wine tasting and lunch there (Iago’s Winery or Chateau Mukhrani).
  • Then drive to Mtkheta-Mtianeti Region. First stop in Ananuri – the beautiful complex is now in tentative list of UNESCO World heritage. It faces to huge reservoir – Jinvali Dam.
  • Arrive to Gudaur and check-in the hotel there

19:00 – dinner at the hotel in Gudauri

Overnight in Gudauri

Day 11Gudauri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi (220 km)

Breakfast at the hotel

Day planning:

  • In the morning, on the way to Kazbegi, stop at monument of friendship between Georgian and Russian people.
  • Arrive to Kabzegi and drive up to the hill to the monastery of Gergeti Trinity – the beautiful monastery standing on the top of the mountains and has a mesmerizing views to Caucasus Mountains and to the city. If weather permits, you may catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mt Kazbegi.
  • Visit Dariali Gorge – Georgia-Russia border point.
  • After, lunch in local family in Kazbegi.
  • Return to Tbilisi; check in the hotel for refreshment;

20:00 – dinner at the restaurant with folk program

Overnight in Tbilisi

Day 12Tbilisi – Departure (15-20 km)

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today; Filled of positive emotions and feelings, which will stay with you forever, farewell to one of the most interesting journey of your life with the hope to return…

Transfer to the 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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