Day 1: Arrival day – Tbilisi
Day 2: Tbilisi city Tour
Day 3: Tbilisi – Sighnaghi – Bodbe – Kvareli
Day 4: Kvareli – Gremi – Tsinandali – Tbilisi
Day 5: Tbilisi – Vardzia – Akhaltsikhe
Day 6: Akhaltsikhe – Borjomi – Kutaisi
Day 7: Kutaisi – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Gudauri
Day 8: Gudauri – Kazbegi – Ananuri – Tbilisi
Day 9: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Tbilisi
Day 10: Tbilisi – Departure day
Description of the Programme:
Day1) Tbilisi Arrival day
Arrival day. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Overnight in the capital.
Day 2) Tbilisi city tour (B)
After breakfast we will have an excursion around the capital. We will visit Sameba Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the Caucasus; also will visit the old district of Tbilisi, Metekhi Church, which is built on a rock, overlooking the Mtkvari River; we will rise to the Narikala Fortress (IVc); in the same area. Visit Abanotubani – the area of sulfur baths, built on natural hot sulfur springs in the 17-19 centuries. Walk through the evening sparkling lights of the old city. In the evening we will visit “Funicular”.
Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi
Day 3: Tbilisi – Sighnaghi – Bodbe – Kvareli (B)
After breakfast we will drive to Kakheti in the eastern part of Georgia, which is the cradle of Georgian wine. The grape track found by archaeologists in Georgia is the oldest in the world. We will visit Sighnagi “the city of love” and have a city tour, which stands on the ruined fortress (length of the walls 2,5 km), with towers and entrances of the XVIII. From these towers you will open a view of the Alazani Valley.
After we will visit Bodbe, the place of pilgrims, next to Signagi. Visit the monastery of St. Nino, (national Georgian shrine) on the mountain road, there is a miraculous spring at the bottom of the gorge. After that, we’ll visit Kvareli and the longest winery ‘Gvirabi’ in Kakheti region.
Overnight in Kvareli.
Day 4: Kvareli – Gremi – Tsinandali – Tbilisi (B)
After breakfast we will visit “Gvirabi” – a tunnel. This unique cave of wine is a tunnel where the temperature is 10-12 º C throughout the year. The length of this building is 7.7 km. Here we will have an opportunity to try the wine right in the cave. Afterwards we go to Gremi, the royal fortress and the church of the Archangels, where also a museum. It is an ancient city where the Great Silk Road passed. But the city lasted only 150 years. After lunch we will visit the house museum of Prince Alexander Chavchavadze, with a beautiful garden and a wine cellar. This is the place where Chavchavadze often invited his foreign guests. Here, Alexander produced wine in his winery (marani). In the evening we return to the capital.
Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.
Day 5: Tbilisi – Vardzia – Akhaltsikhe (B)
Today after breakfast drive to Vardzia, a city that is carved into a rock. Vardzia was founded in the XII-XIII centuries, during the reign of George III and his daughter Queen Tamar, to protect the southern borders of Georgia. This is a real multi-story complex with over 600 interconnected rooms, which are stretched along the mountain for 800 meters in length, in the depth of the mountain to 50 meters and at a height of eight floors. When enemy attacked, the monastery became a refuge for civilians and could accommodate up to 20,000 people. In the middle of the complex is the Assumption Church, which is decorated with fescues. After visit Akhaltsikhe. The name of the city is translated as “new fortress”.
Overnight in Akhaltsikhe.
Day 6: Akhaltsikhe – Borjomi – Kutaisi (B)
In the morning, after breakfast we will visit the castle of Rabati. It was built in the 12th century. Here we meet a mosque and a synagogue, an Armenian and Catholic Church. The territory of Rabati covers about seven hectares, where are samples of Georgian, Turkish and Russian architecture. After we will visit Borjomi, the famous resort town, where you can try the mineral spring water of Borjomi and take a stroll through the park and enjoy amazing views of the city. Afterwards we go to Kutaisi. In Kutaisi we will have a lunch and visit the Bagrati Temple and the Gelati Monastery (12th century UNESCO World Heritage Site). Kutaisi was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Colchis. Archaeological evidence suggests that the city functioned as the capital of the kingdom of Colchis at the beginning of the second millennium BC. From 978 to 1122 Kutaisi was the capital of the United Kingdom of Georgia, and from the 15th century until 1810 it was. After, a trip to Tskhaltubo. Visit Prometheus cave, which is one of Georgia’s natural wonders, providing visitors with spectacular examples of stalactite, stalagmite, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls, underground rivers and lakes. Overnight in Kutaisi.
Day 7: Kutaisi – Gori – Uflistsikhe – Gudauri (B; D)
After breakfast, we will drive to Uflistsikhe –to an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. Built on a high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages, 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. On the way we will visit the museum of Joseph Stalin in Gori. The city itself was founded by one of the greatest kings of Georgia, David the Builder (1089-1125). After drive to Gudauri.
Dinner and overnight in Gudauri.
Day 8: Gudauri – Kazbegi – Ananuri –– Tbilisi (B)
Today early in the morning we set off towards the mountains of the Caucasus, covered with eternal snows and ice. The road leads to Mount Kazbek (more than 5000m) which, once was an active volcano. We will visit Gergeti – the Church of the Holy Trinity (2170m). After Stepantsminda we will visit Ananuri castle … Then drive back to the capital.
Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi
Day 9: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Tbilisi (B)
After breakfast we will visit Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia – the kingdom of Iberia. This little city is on the UNESCO world heritage list. It was inhabited since 1000 BC. Mtskheta was the religious center of the country, where St. Nino converted the country into Christianity in the 337 CE. E. We will visit: Svetitskhoveli Cathedral – which was built in the 11th-century, the cathedral is an important part of Christian history, since it is the place where the Tunique of Jesus Christ’s was buried.
Lunch in Mtskheta
After we will visit the Monastery of Jvari – a monastery of the 6th century – it is the Church of the Holy Cross. The church stands on the spot where the sacred wooden cross was installed in the 4th century by St. Nino before she converted the city of Mtskheta (and the king of Iberia Mirian III) into Christianity. It was built on a hill overlooking the confluence of two rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi. After the excursion return to Tbilisi.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Departure day Check out, departure day and transfer to the airport.
|Price per person
|5||1675 – GEL|
|14||1165 – GEL|
|HB||+405 – GEL|
|FB||+ 760 – GEL|
|Single room supplement||+ 835 – GEL|
– Transportation according to the whole program.
– English speaking guide
– Overnights at the hotels BB
– Dinner at the hotel in Gudauri
– Museum entrances
– Wine degustation at the cellar “Gvirabi”.
– Bottle of water per person per day
– Airport transfers
– Air tickets
– Alcohol beverages except above mentioned
– Meals except above mentioned