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
08:00 AM: Meeting with the guide at your desired location and start the journey. We have to take a short drive to visit the town of Mtskheta, which was the capital of Georgia before establishment of Tbilisi. Mtskheta is approximately 2,500 years-old and included in the UNESCO Heritage List. Here you will see Jvari Church built in the end of VI century. From here the beautiful panorama of Mtskheta, which lies between the peaks and the confluence of two rivers opens before our eyes. We continue to Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park and enjoy spectacular 3 hours hiking route in Kvabiskhevi Village. We will have seasonal activity in Organic-Farm Barbale: hosts will introduce local life in the village and prepare meal with us. Accommodation in local Guesthouse.
Overnight in Atskuri village. Meals: diner. Tour route: 200 km / 125 miles
We drive to Vardzia Cave-City, en route photo stops at Rabati Castle and Khertvisi Fortress. Vardzia cave town, built in 12th Century – comprises hundreds of rooms carved into the rock, stretching for nearly one kilometer and reaching the height of 13 floors. Visit the masterpiece of Samtskhe-Javakheti Province: Zarzma Monastery. Drive to Picturesque Goderdzi Pass and Beshumi Village. Accommodation and diner in the hotel.
Overnight in Goderdzi Resort. Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch and diner. Tour route: 230 km / 150 miles
Drive to a farmer Shervashidze’s family in Vaio Village of Mountainous Adjara Province. Here we see a real Georgian wine cellar Marani and learn about ancient technology of wine-making in clay amphora “Kvevri” that are usually buried in the ground. From the cold mountain glaciers we will continue to warm Black Sea: One of the largest botanical gardens is located near Batumi – on the slopes of Green Cape Mountain and has 9 departments, more than 5000 species and varieties of amazing plants that occupy 113 hectares. The Botanical Garden offers a lovely view of the coastline. After some rest near the sea, we will drive to the next Province – Guria. Accommodation and diner in Ozurgeti.
Overnight in Ozurgeti Town. Meals: breakfast, lunch and diner. Tour route: 180 km / 115 miles
Visit village Bakhvi, where we explore rich traditions and culture of Tea growing in Guria Province. Program will start from tea plantations, where you will learn how to pick tea leaves yourself, same time you’ll visit family run small tea factory. Afterwards, we will move to our culinary Master-classes in another Province and will have “Imeretian Khachapuri” preparation with locals. We will be accommodated in the host’s Guesthouse in Sazano Village.
Overnight in Sazano Village. Meals: breakfast, lunch and diner. Tour route: 150 km / 95 miles
depart toward small mining town Chiataura, the city of cable cars and magnificent Katskhi Pillar, this is 40-meter high natural limestone monolith towers over the gorge of the Karshuna River. On top of the pillar is tiny church..( Only monks are allowed to climb up the steel ladder to get the top of the Pillar). We’ll have photo stop at Katshi Pillar and then will visit Mgvimevi monastery, which is built 8th century into the caves. Tour will be concluded after excursion in Chiatura and we’ll drive you to the desired location.
No accommodation included. Meals: breakfast. Tour route: 260 km / 160 miles