Blessed – this is how Georgians – with awe, bred for thousands of years – call wine. Culture of wine-growing and winemaking are fundamental basis of identity of this people. No wonder! After all, it was proved that Georgia is indeed the birthplace of wine! It was here that the first wine-growing attempts were made and the process of its fermentation was mastered. Genes of Georgian vines can be traced in DNA of different grape varieties worldwide. It is the Georgian word Gvino that is at the root of all words that denote this noble drink. But even in Georgia, there are places that stand out with its wine tradition. We will go to Kakheti – the main wine producing centre of the country!
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Distance: 350 kilometers
Stay: Tbilisi, Signagi, Telavi
Tour price includes:
– Pick up & drop off at the desired location in Tbilisi
– All activities and sightseeing according itinerary
– Accommodation at rustic guesthouses (6 nights, with private facilities)
– Meals: Breakfast (6), Lunch (7), Diner (6)
– Entrance fees and tickets
– Professional Guide
There is no other country in the world where people drink so much high-quality wine, – traveler Jean Chardin wrote about Georgia. Long before the French traveler such authorities of antiquity, as Strabo, Herodotus and Plutarch, successfully treated themselves to Georgian wine of Saperavi varieties. The origin of the word wine is thought to derive from Georgian Gvino. A Georgian food is rightly counted among the best cuisines in the world, with abundance of original flavors and unusual combinations. This tour is for food-lovers! By coming with us you get to know a country rife with sunlight, saturated with bouquets of freshly-baked Lavash bread and fermenting wines. Sit back and enjoy, we are embarking on a voyage across wine seas and culinary shores!
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Distance: 1 600 kilometers
Stay: Tbilisi, Telavi, Tskaltubo, Batumi
Legend has it that God gave Georgians a land that he prepared for himself upon the creation of the world. While science found that ancient ancestors of Europeans lived on this land. It was from here that first people went to populate continents, starting an endless series of human migration on the planet. It was to this land that mythical wealth of Georgia attracted travelers since ancient times. Greek Argonauts sailed to the shores of the mysterious Colchis to get the Golden Fleece. Great conquerors of antiquity led their armies to capture mysterious Iberia. for centuries poets and storytellers of different peoples praised the beauty of this country set amongst magnificent mountains of the Caucasus. And now you have a chance to share the unique culture that Georgia has accumulated over millennia of stormy years. Exotour will show you the great story of the small state in which there are more than 200 museums and about 12 000 monuments from different eras, including those listed as the UNESCO world Heritage sites. Preservation of this heritage has always been associated with a sense of national identity of the Georgian people. Georgians will appreciate your attention to their traditions and they will repay you for this with their phenomenal hospitality. Lets start our journey!
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights;
Length: 2400 km;
Overnight stay: Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, Borjomi.
On the way to Kazbegi we stop in Mtskheta – the old capital of Georgia: visit historical and architectural complex of Jvari, The church of the VI century blends into the surrounding landscape and has an unforgettable view of Mtskheta. Monuments of the town of Mtskheta – ancient capital of Georgia – are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Among those is Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, where you touch the walls that date back to the XI century and see Life-giving pillar under which rests the tunic of Jesus Christ. Samtavro convent which is from the same period as Svetitskhoveli also houses numerous relics.
Continue to Ananuri castle belonged to the house of the Eristavi of Aragvi – a violent local ruler. The characteristic architectural design of the late medieval period includes a fortress, two churches, an old watch tower, prison and civic buildings. Located on the famous Georgian Military Highway it stood as a guardian to the Northern boarders of Georgia. A picturesque view of reservoir spread bellow opens from the base of the Ananuri Fortress.
The next stop is Jvari Pass – a place where the land ends and the sky begins, clouds float and springs flow. At the end of the path we come to The gates of the Caucasus – beautiful Dariali gorge. On its bottom lies the settlement of Stephantsminda. Just nearby proudly erect stands one of the symbols of Georgia – Trinity Church at the top of Gergeti adorning the Dariali gorge against the backdrop of huge Mount Kazbek. Return to Tbilisi.
There is hardly a person who saw this mountainous region of Georgia and had not fallen in love with majestic, unique beauty of the land of towers…Foreigners who come to Svaneti once want to return there again and again, while its inhabitants are always ready to welcome guests with genuine hospitality of mountainous people. Svaneti is a special corner of Georgia, with a special spirit, special history and customs… Lets start the journey to the clouds! It starts from airports of Kutaisi, Batumi or Tbilisi. Note, that if it is Tbilisi that you fly to, you will have to add another day to your schedule.
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights;
Length: 550 km;
Overnight stay: Mestia.