Georgian Fairytale

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  • Tour Duration 8 days
  • Georgia
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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This program is for guests, who are 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.
  • Visit the local families and introduce their life and traditions…
  • You may have already heard about Georgian hospitality. There is an old Georgian saying that “a guest is a gift from God.”
  • Taste the fantastic dishes of Georgian Cuisine, which is different in every region of country (or maybe even in every town of country)

Locations you will visit

  • Tbilisi
  • Sighnaghi
  • 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
  • Boating on River Mtkvari for 30-40 minutes
  • Georgian Bread Baking in Local family in Sighnaghi
  • 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 Valodia’s Local Family

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 – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi (250 km)
Day 4: Tbilisi – Mtkheta – Gori – Bakuriani (200 km)
Day 5: Bakuriani – Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia – Bakuriani (240 km)
Day 6: Bakuriani – Borjomi – Ananuri – Gudauri (260 km)
Day 7: Gudauri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi (190 km)
Day 8: Tbilisi – Departure (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 – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi (250 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day planning:

  • Drive to Kakheti Region, which is the cradle of most famous wines of Georgia. Warm and dry climate makes the area perfect for wine making – there are approximately 530 unique grape varieties in Georgian that had been recorded. Many are planted in “vine libraries”, some are widely planted, and there are still many waiting to be discovered.
  • Visit Sighnaghi, which is also known as “City of Love”; survey the beautiful town. Visit the museum there, where you can find the original paintings of most famous Georgian Painter – Niko Pirosmani.
  • Lunch in local family in Sighanghi – mesmerizing views to mountains of Caucasus and the valley of Alazani.
  • Bread Baking master class in local family. Taste the homemade wine there.
  • Then, move to Bodbe and visit the Nunnery and survey the territory.
  • Return to Tbilisi.
  • On the way back, visit the winery – “Vineria Kakehti” and taste the several sort of wines there.
  • At the evening, at about 18:30 – Boating on River Mtkvari for 30-40 minutes.

20:00 – dinner in the Georgian restaurant

Overnight in Tbilisi

Day 4Tbilisi – Mtkheta – Gori – Bakuriani (200 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day planning

  • Drive approximately 30-40 minutes to Georgia’s ancient capital and religious center – the town of Mtskheta, which is over 3000 years old.
  • Visit Mtskheta’s top historical sights: Jvari church (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century), where the Robe of Christ is said to be buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lunch in Gori.
  • Continue driving to Bakuriani Resort – Located at 1,700 m in the Borjomi region of Georgia, Bakuriani is nestled in the shadows of the breathtaking Caucasus Mountains. Check in the hotel there and fill the lungs with fresh air.

20:00 – dinner at the hotel in Bakuriani

Overnight in Bakuriani

Day 5Bakuriani – Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia - Bakuriani (240 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day planning:

  • Today we will go to deeper: 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 also a real cultural city center.
  • Vardzia – the sight 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 in the Vallodia’s Place. Taste Cheese and Matsoni Chacha and wine degustation.
  • Return to Bakuriani.

20:00 – dinner at the hotel in Bakuriani.

Overnight in Bakuriani

Day 6Bakuriani – Borjomi – Ananuri - Gudauri (260 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day planning:

  • In the morning visit the central park of Borjomi and taste the mineral spring waters there;
  • Move 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.
  • Lunch in local restaurant on the way to Gudauri. Taste probably the best dumpling (khinkali) in the country.
  • Arrive to the hotel in Gudauri; check-in the hotel there and rest.

19:00 – dinner at the hotel in Gudauri

Overnight in Gudauri

Day 7Gudauri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi (190 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 8Tbilisi – Departure (20 km)

The adventure with full of emotions and positive feelings, ends up today. Transfer to the airport for departure. Farewell to Amazing Georgia

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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