Tours In Georgia

Overview

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 itinerary:

TOUR PLAN

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

Three-Days Trip in Tusheti

Overview

Are you looking for traditions that have survived to this day? Are you attracted to extreme roads? Are you looking for the highest settlement in Georgia? If you want to see and feel all this, you should come along with us to Tusheti – the most beautiful region of Georgia!

Tusheti is distinguished by beautiful peaks. Unique monuments of cultural heritage, ancient settlements, samples of folk handicrafts and items of ancient culture are still preserved in Tusheti. Along with the surrounding historical and cultural landscapes, the traditions and customs of the population are also preserved.

During the tour, we will pass the beautiful Abano Pass. We look at the Alazani Valley from above. We will see the towers of Keselo, the beautiful village of Shenako, which tells itself that you should praise it! We will visit Diklo Fortress, the highest settlement in Georgia and many interesting places.

So do not waste your time and plan your Tushetian adventure with us!

TOUR PLAN

We leave Tbilisi in the direction of Omalo at 04:00 in the morning.
Picnic on Bath Pass, break.
Tusheti is included in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage. Tusheti is considered to be the center of Tusheti. Along with the surrounding historical and cultural landscapes, the traditions and customs of the population are preserved.
We stay in a hotel (one hour break).
Gaghma Tusheti – Shenako village; Small walking tour in the direction of Old Diklo; Return to Omalo. Tush dinner.
Tush cuisine is characterized by local dishes such as: Tush khinkali, which is made from taxed meat, Tush sheep cheese, also called gouda cheese, khachapuri made from Tush cheese, and a surprisingly diverse dairy products.
P.S In case of bad weather we do not move to Tusheti

Breakfast at the hotel; Excursion to Old Omalo Keselo Towers and Museum;
This unique part of Georgia preserves the remnants of ancient culture. Tush Towers – These flexible stone structures provided shelter for the Tusheti as well as a watchtower to escape Chechen and Dagestani attacks. The cast iron animal figures found in these towers date back to the IV-V centuries. The fact that culture and architecture in Tusheti was developed in ancient times is also evidenced by the bee-ski-style buildings.
Departure to the opposite Tusheti; Dartlo, Kvavlo, Farsma, Girevi. Lunch in Dartlo. Return to Omalo.

We will visit the villages of the beautiful Gometsri gorge, namely: the highest populated village in Europe Bochorna (2350 m) Dochu, Begela, Alisgori, Vedziskhevi, Jvarboseli,
Lunch in Omalo and departure to Tbilisi; Return to Tbilisi with unforgettable impressions.

Kazbegi, full day tour to Caucasus mountains

Overview

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.

TOUR PLAN

Georgia Tour

Overview

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

TOUR PLAN

08:00 AM: Meeting with the guide 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 4 hours hiking route in Kvabiskhevi Village. We will have seasonal activity in Organic-Farm Barbale: we will plant, harvest and prepare meal with locals. Accommodation in local Guesthouse.
Overnight in Atskuri village. Meals: picnic lunch and 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. Afterwards, we will move to our culinary Master-classes in another Province and will have “Imeretian Khachapuri” preparation with locals. Sleep in the Guesthouse.
Overnight in Sazano Village. Meals: breakfast, lunch and diner. Tour route: 310 km / 195 miles

Start exploring Racha Province, drive via Picturesque Shaori Reservior to Ambrolauri, visit 10th Century Nikortsminda Cathedral and Barakoni Church – one of the important monuments of medieval Georgian architecture. Journey will be concluded in Korenishi Village with the lunch including unique wines made from grapes grown in the mountains – named: “Usakhelauri” (means: unnamed) at Veranda. Sleep in Lentekhi Town (in winter time, when the Pass over Zagari will be closed, we will use road Zugdidi-Mestia to get to Svaneti Province and sleep en-route in Martvili Village).
Overnight in Lentekhi Town or Martvili Village. Meals: breakfast, lunch and diner. Tour route: 180 km / 110 miles

The next province we visit, was hidden from the world for centuries, because of its location. Svaneti region is surrounded with wild mountainous landscape, patriarchal villages and preserved traditions which re-date Christianity. The highest settlement is Ushguli, the village of Watchtowers. Walking tour in village, visit X century Lamaria church, which is famous with its amazing frescos. At the end of the day we’ll have family dinner, Svan people have a distinctive culinary traditions, we will’ve opportunity during tonight’s dinner to discover their traditions and culinary features. Accommodation in the Guesthouse.
Overnight in village Ushguli. Meals: breakfast, lunch and diner. Tour route: 120 km / 75 miles

Continue toward village Becho, on the way we will have a few photo stops in village Kala and village Mulakhi. Via town Mestia we’ll arrive to village Becho, from where will start short trekking tour to Shguda waterfalls, which one of the tall waterfall of Georgia. On the road you can enjoy beautiful views to Ushba summit and beautiful river gorge. At the evening dinner with Barbecue at local family.
Overnight in village Becho. Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch and diner. Tour route: 70 km / 45 miles. Hiking: 6 km medium category

From the cold mountain glaciers we will continue to warm Black Sea. En route visit the Enguri Dam, the largest in the Caucasus. We arrive in Anaklia – cozy resort of Samegrelo Province with Sandy Beaches and exceptional hospitality habits. We will have a chance to rest on the Sandy Beach, then our host will introduce Traditional Dairy Farming and rich culinary traditions the family. We will participate in “Georgian Supra” – a feast with traditional toast master “Tamada” – as usual head of the family.
Overnight in Anaklia. Meals: breakfast and diner. Tour route: 180 km / 110 miles

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 and lunch. Combined highway and road distance to Tbilisi: 360 km / 220 miles

Georgia – Classic Tour

Overview

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.
Tour itinerary:

TOUR PLAN

Transfer from Tbilisi airport to a hotel. This free eveningcan be used to make the first outing to the streets of the city, to experiment with original dishes of the famous Georgian cuisine and see the nightlife of the capital of Georgia. Undoubtedly, this experience will help you prepare for the next day’s events that will indeed be very exciting…

 

The capital of Georgia has long been a cultural and political center of the Caucasus. This city counts about 1,600 years since its foundation. Tbilisi’s walls have seen Khazars, Huns, Byzantines, Persians, Mongols, Arabs, Seljuks and Ottomans. Representatives of many nations, of various faiths and civilizations settled in this point of intersection of trade routes, leaving their mark in the image, manners and customs of Tbilisi. Thus was how the unique multicultural character of this city, based on the principles of tolerance and good neighborliness, was created. We will start to perceive this from the historical center.

Abanotubani is a district of sulfur baths. They are built on thermal springs, to which Tbilisi owes its existence. You will learn about the history of the city, hear the legend of the pheasant and King Vakhtang Gorgasali, then climb to the Narikala Citadel. A view from the walls of the ancient fortress offers a splendid panorama of the gorge of the River Mtkvari and picturesque spurs of the Trialeti range, among which Tbilisi is stretched. Then we move to the other side and visit Metekhi – the beautiful church of the XIII century built on a cliff. Here you can take great photos of the Old Town and hear the story of the patron saints of Tbilisi who became martyrs under the walls of this church.

Having crossed the bridge , we will find ourselves on a street named after French traveler Jean Chardin. You will pass by picturesque narrow streets and see the Sioni Cathedral, which was built by one of the greatest kings of Georgia, David the Builder in the beginning of the XII century. From here alleys of the Old Town lead us to Anchiskhati Basilica – the oldest buildingin Tbilisi, which dates back to the VI century and where one of the most esteemed Georgian sacred relic was kept. You will have an opportunity to examine this miraculous icon in precious setting a little later, when viewing the treasures of the Golden Fund and other exhibits of the Museum of Art of Georgia.

Next 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 because of the abundance of ancient monuments – which are included in the UNESCO Heritage List – the town is sometimes called Georgian Jerusalem. Here you will see one of the masterpieces of world architecture – Jvari Church built in the end of VI century. The church harmoniously blends into the landscape and still amazes visitors with its perfect architectural forms. From here the beautiful panorama of Mtskheta, which lies between the peaks and the confluence of two rivers opens before our eyes.

Descending from Djvari you will walk through the picturesque streets of old Mtskheta, past shops with souvenirs and local crafts. Our goal lies ahead – majestic cathedral of XI century – Svetitskhoveli. It is the spiritual symbol of Georgia, under which the tunic of Jesus Christ was buried – a piece of clothing, in which the Saviour was clothed at the time of the crucifixion. Here you will hear the legend of Saint Sidonia and the Holy and Life-Giving Pillar, see graves of kings and ancient frescoes, here you will be able to touch the sacred relics of Georgia. This completes the tour of this day. It is time to return to Tbilisi.

 

Georgia is considered the birthplace of wine, and today we are going to most wine-growing region of the country! Kakheti and famous vineyards of the Alazani fertile valley are waiting for us. The first destination of this trip will be the city of love – Signagi. But first, we visit the Episcopal complex of Bodbe. It has a women monastery, original chapel and richly-decorated painted church which dates back to the IX century. Near the altarthere is the tomb of St. Nino, to whom we owe that Christianity became the state religion of Georgia in 327.

In Signagi you often find yourself reminding your own self that you are in Georgia, and not somewhere in Southern Italy. Though, special Georgian flavor of this ancient town will come to help you out of your confusion. It is surrounded by a fortress wall with towers which offers a magnificent view of the Alazani valley and mountains of the Greater Caucasus. While a local museum has exhibition of original paintings of the great Georgian primitivist Niko Pirosmani.

A tripahead is akin to a visit to the wine shop – names of villages will remind you of the famous wine brands of Georgia. Among them hides a wealth of sights to see. One of them can be visit in the district of Gurdjaani. Here, in a wooded valley, stands an interesting monument of the VIII century- church of All Saints with two turrets-domes on the vault. They say that one can not find such unusual basilica nowhere else in the world.

Next stop will be in place where members of the Russian imperial family Romanovs holidayed. The Tsinandali estate is well known for its beauty. Prince Alexander Chavchavadze was a poet and a prominent figure in Georgia. In his home you can find an art gallery and a bar, where you can try Tsinandali – the first Georgian wine produced in accordance with the European technology. The manor is surrounded by a lush garden, where the story of the tragic love of Nino Chavchavadze and the great Russian poet Alexander Griboyedov began.

Alaverdi Cathedral is visible from afar. Built in the early XI century, it majestically shimmers in the middle of the Alazani Valley against the backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains. It is one of four Great Catedrals of the country and the highest of the ancient churches of Georgia. Sense of wonder will not leave you until the monastery of Ikalto where the orthodox Academy functioned in the XII and XVII centuries and where remained the largest in Georgia winepress is still preserved. Experiences of this day will be crowned by seeing the beauty of the convent of Shuamta hidden in the forest and beautiful mountain scenery at sunset on the way to Tbilisi via Gombori pass.

Want to meet one of the most powerful figures of the XX century? A life path of Josef Stalin and his personal belongings will appear before you in a museum in Gori. There are rooms dedicated to childhood, youth and political career of Josef Dzhugashvili. And near the museum there stands a house where revolutionary Koba was born. There you will also see a parked carriage in which Stalin travelled to Tehran and Yalta Conference. All this is overlooked from the mountain top by the Gori fortress walls – one of the largest fortifications in Georgia.

After Gori you are transported to 3000 years back. In the valley of the Mtkvari, on the left bank of the main river of Georgia, stands Uplistsikhe – one of the first cities in the country. It is a city carved in the rock cave history of which starts at the beginning of the Iron Age. Uplistsikhe was a religious center and capital of pagan Georgia. Later it became the scene of fierce fighting between the old beliefs and coming Chrisitanity. This unique city had experienced several ups and downs before people finally abandoned it in the XIX century. Remains of architectural and religious structures built over three millennia are still preserved in Uplistsikhe.

Now we have to cross the Likhi Range to get in western Georgia. You will appreciate the beauty of this mountanous serpentine road, passing through Rikoti pass. By the way, this region is known for its ceramics. Along the way, you can purchase a variety of vessels from handmade ceramic items with traditional Georgian ornaments. They will look great in the living room as a decoration or on the kitchen shelf.

But we have left the winding road behind us and are now in Kutaisi – parliamentary capital and second largest city of Georgia. Here, first of all, we should go and take photos of Bagrati Church. This majestic cathedral listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site became a new word in the history of the Caucasus architecture at the turn of X-XI centuries. Another World Heritage Site is Gelati Monastery Complex with the grave of the greatest Georgian King David the Builder and the best mosaics in the Caucasus. The XII century academy named by contemporaries as “the second Athens“ functioned in the Gelati Monastery and Neoplatonist monks, along with theology, taught a number of secular sciences there.

Another time travel will take us from the Middle Ages to 70 million years ago. Plateau of dinosaurs in Sataplia reserve has fossilized footprints of different ancient reptiles, including Tyrannosaurus Rex. There are numerous such prints and they are clearly visible. All this is surrounded by relic forest. Try not to be frightened, rubber dinosaurs standing among the trees look just as alive! The path takes us past rocks, dripping with honey from bees living here, and will lead us to the descent of the karst cave. Cold and damp cave is full of beautifully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites, among which you will find a huge stone heart. Once out on the surface, only one thing is left to do – to take a photo of Kutaisi from the observation deck on top of an extinct volcano.

This day will be spent traveling on the legendary land of Colchis. A highway leads to the Black Sea – the hospitable sea of ancient Greeks. Following its coastline, you will pass several resorts until you reach the main/most important of them. The port city of Batumi is the capital of the Ajara autonomous District and increasingly developing tourist destination. But before we get to know this gem of the eastern Black Sea, we dive into the realm of green Batumi Botanical Gardens.

One of the largest botanical gardens is located on the slopes of Green Cape Mountain and has 9 departments: subtropics of South Caucasus, the Mediterranean, Himalayan forest, thickets of Australia and New Zealand, vegetation of East Asia, as well as of North and South America, including Mexico. There are more than 5000 species and varieties of amazing plants that occupy 113 hectares. The Botanical Garden offers a lovely view of the coastline.

Again we return to antiquity. In the mouth of the River Chorokhi, a few kilometers from the Turkish border, near the village of Gonio stands the fortress Apsaros. Once it was the easternmost outpost of the Roman Empire, and later belonged to the Byzantine Empire. Afterwards it became Genoese trading post until the Ottoman empire took over this fortification. Apsaros was known for its theatre and racecourse. Inside the walls there are remains of Roman baths with ceramic pipes. A modest tomb with a simple iron cross may attract a particular interest – according to one of the versions, apostle – evangelist Matthew is buried here.

Now it is time to explore Batumi. A free evening provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy the charm of the resort town and stock up on some souvenirs. Once settled in a hotel you can walk up to the charming seaside park with a singing fountain. On the boulevard stretched along for 8 kilometers you will find plenty of entertainment as well as a wide choice of restaurants and bungalows. Do not let the distance scare you – everywhere along the beach you can rent comfortable bikes.

Of course, one cannot leave Batumi without taking a dip in the sea. So, we allocate the first half of the day to a swim in the warm waves of the Black Sea. Comfortable beach chairs are waiting for you on a pebble beach. While after a sea bath travel to another resort – this time spa resort – awaits us. We will leave Adjarian subtropics and return to continental forests of central regions of Georgia, heading to a small but well-known town of Borjomi. It is famous primarily for its mineral water of volcanic origin.

Borjomi water source comprises a composition of 60 substances and is known for its healing properties. Borjomi is drank by those suffering from gastrointestinal and renal diseases, as well as problems with metabolism and biliary tract diseases, for treatment of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory and nervous system external use of the mineral water is prescribed. Georgians were aware of the wonderful properties of Borjomi 2000 years ago, having erected stone bathrooms near sources remnants of which have survived to the present day.

Mineral water tasting will be arranged in the Borjomi Park, which is part of the largest nature reserve in Europe. There is a gazebo with a source that comes up from the 8km depth. Nearby you can be photographed against a giant vine. After that you will walk in the park with attractions and history museum located in the former residence of Russian emperors. Lovely view of the Borjomi Gorge from the height of a mountain plateau will be a great end of the day.

Today you go to South Georgia – the region of Meskheti, which for centuries has been the scene of continuous wars with Turkish invaders. Nature here is very different from anything you have seen in Georgia so far. Our path runs along the rocky gorges, past battlefields and monuments, passes through the edge of the capital of the region – the city of Akhaltsikhe – and leads to the Saphara monastery. The place for the monastery was chosen so that enemies could not find the shrine. It helped, XIV century-frescoes have been preserved in a very good condition. The churches themselves date back to the X and XIII century. Facades of the large church are decorated with various ornaments and carvings. A religious school operates and several dozen novices permanently reside in this beautiful place.

Khertvisi Fortress, which will become our next stop, was even attacked by soldiers of Alexander the Great. A city with the same name was built here in the IV century BC and is mentioned by chroniclers among the first cities in Georgia. Survived fortifications are significant monuments of the Middle Ages and played an important role in regional geopolitics of the time. This multi-layered architectural complex will be a beautiful addition to your photo album.

A deep rocky canyon leads further. Its walls contain many caves, clearly visible from the windows of our vehicle. These are silent witnesses of centuries of brutal wars: secret passages, hiding places and vaults. You will go past the impregnable Tmogvi fortress that hangs over the left bank of the River Mtkvari as a huge rock. Further, under the edge of the Javakheti plateau you will catch a glimpse of the natural amphitheater of Vaniskvabi cave complex. But this whole series of beautiful views fade into the background as the final point of the trip comes into sight.

Vardzia – an outstanding monument of the Georgian architecture of the XII -XIII centuries – is one of the visiting cards of Georgia. This is a cave monastery complex that originally was a fortress guarding the southern border of Georgia. Its facade stretches nearly 1 kilometer along the steep slope of the Erusheti Mountain. A strong earthquake of 1283 exposed 600 premises: churches, chapels, residential cells, storerooms, baths, refectory, treasuries, libraries. Secret passages linking premises, remnants of plumbing and irrigation system are still preserved. Premises of the complex go to 50 meters deep into the rock and rise to a height of 13 stories.

Examining wonders of Vardzia, you will walk on ancient steps and dive into deep tunnels, marvel at the scale of the project and efforts of constructors of the complex, admire stone carvings and panoramic view of the Mtkvari gorge… You will hear the legend of Queen Tamara the time of reign of whom was the golden age of Georgia and you will see one of her three images in the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin. You will learn about the tragedy of local monks who managed to save the unique frescoes. You will learn about the great Basiani Battle outcome of which determined the fate of Georgia and the entire region for the long time to come. You will leave Vardzia with a sense of admiration for our ancestors and of belonging to the great deeds of the past. A long road back to Tbilisi will contribute to comprehension of the experience of this day.

In the morning, it is time to remember that you have been traveling around Georgia for a week now admiring peaks of the Caucasus Mountains, but had never climbed above the clouds. Today we will correct this unfortunate mistake! You will enjoy the Greater Caucasus and a trip to mountainous Georgia. Our path will run north along the Georgian Military Highway, to the border with Russia. Throughout the route you will be surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery – so do not forget to charge battery of your camera.

You will make your first interesting images on the bank of the Zhinvali reservoir. A vast expanse of water is spread among the forest-covered mountains at the confluence of two rivers – Black and White Aragvi. Eight kilometers from the dam there stands Ananuri castle. The waters of Aragvi rise to the very walls of this magnificent monument of the XVII century. The fortress walls are fortified by two large and several small towers, which offer magnificent views. Inside the fortifications there are two outbuildings and the dome churches, the main church of which is decorated with rich carvings on the facade in the form of a cross and grapes.

Soon the road becomes steeper and starts winding upwards. When ascending to the Cross Pass, we will pass famous ski resort of Gudauri. Forest zone is behind us, and we are surrounded by alpine meadows, with flocks of sheep roaming around. Next the winding serpentine leads to the highest point of the pass. Put some warmer clothes on – over the precipice, at an altitude of 2379 meters, an observation deck is erected which is very convenient for taking pictures of Aragvi Gorge and beautiful panorama of the Greater Caucasus. Meanwhile, you will see clouds float and mountain eagles fly right below.

Just a few kilometers away you can taste sour water with high iron content. This mineral spring flows from the mountain top, and over the centuries has formed a thick layer of richly-colored lime on it. From afar it seems as though the hillside is painted in bright orange colour. From this point begins the descent from the pass to the famous Dariali gorge which, even in antiquity, was called the Gates of the Caucasus. Remember these places – we just crossed the geographical boundary between Asia and Europe, moving from the South to the North Caucasus.

In the hollow of Kobi a highway connects to the river Terek, violent temper of which has repeatedly been described by classics and sung by poets. We will go along the shore and 20 minutes later arrive to Stephantsminda settlement, which was called Kazbegi in the years of 1921-2007. Here they prepare the most delicious khinkali – so do not miss your chance! Moreover, that mountain air stimulates appetite very much and a tasty lunch is a great way to rest before climbing the steep serpentine of the Gergeti Mountain.

One of the symbols of Georgia, church of the Holy Trinity built in the XIV century, with its austere charm and wild beauty of this place have a striking effect on one’s imagination. You will be definitely prompted to think what a titanic work must have done by residents of these places to build a masterpiece of medieval architecture at the height of 2170 meters. However, all thoughts is superseded by a magnificent view of the Dariali Gorge from Gergeti Church. Far below lies Stephantsminda, while on the opposite side of the gorge there is a steep rock wall of height of more than 4 kilometers. There are no enough words to describe the landscape – it must be seen! But the strongest impression you get when you look back.

Gergeti Trinity Church is built against the background of the eternal glaciers of Kazbek – the very same mountains from Greek mythology, where the gods chained Prometheus for stealing fire for people. Its peak whitens at the altitude of 5034 meters, and snow never melts there. Georgian name of Kazbek is Mkinvartsveri, which means icy peak. This mountain is surrounded with lots of ancient stories and legends. A variation of the legend of Prometheus is in the folklore of all peoples living in the shadow of Mount Kazbek – Georgians, the Ingush, Chechens and Ossetians.

Try to leave a little space in a memory card of your camera – our journey is not over yet. Descending from Gergeti, you go to the picturesque mountain village of Sno and see the old houses of Georgian mountaineers. Local landmark – a beautiful little fortress with a typical mountainous tower is perfect for group photo in the memory of the journey to the peaks of the Caucasus. Now the program of the day is concluded and we can return to Tbilisi.

Did you know that the Georgian alphabet is one of the 14 original alphabets created by the humanity? The legend tells of origination of the Georgian writing in the III century BC, scientists argue about different theories of a later period. Some of the most ancient Georgian inscriptions are found on the walls of the Bolnisi Sioni Church. This church itself is the oldest basilica in the country and with it the history of the Georgian church architecture began.

Bolnisi Sioni Church was built in 478-493 years, immediately after gaining autocephaly by the Georgian Orthodox Church. When arriving to the church you will find that in that early days architects did not seek to decorate facades. Emphasis was on the interior. Thus, exterior of the church is decorated with only lining of green tuff. While inside of the church produces monumental impression of strength and greatness thanks to its simple forms and harmonious proportions.

Another leap into the past awaits us ahead in the town of Dmanisi. Discoveries that were made here caused a sensation in the world of anthropology. During an excavation, scientists found five well-preserved remains of primitive people. Analysis showed that age of Homo Georgicus is 1.77 million years – that is, it is the most ancient man who lived on the territory of Europe. Learning more about our distant ancestors is possible in the museum, which operates in Dmanisi archaeological zone.

Among the other attractions of this place are remains of the city that emerged in the VI century – remains of walls and towers, VII century basilica and well preserved baths. Around the deserted Dmanisi settlement lie beautiful mountains and canyons, and atmosphere of antiquity flows in the air. Having finished the tour, we can return to Tbilisi. The last evening in the capital of Georgia can be dedicated to a farewell supper or to a visit to the sulfur baths, where a bathhouse attendant – so-called Mekise and a nice massage await you.

Unfortunately, today you leave Georgia. It is time to pack up all the souvenirs and say goodbye. We will take you to the airport confident of a future meeting. After all this tour has not exhausted all that Georgians are ready to offer. And you will surely return to get to know the country that lies among the Caucasian mountains, as well as its people, better.

A Journey Through The Seasons

Overview

Winter, spring, summer and autumn in 10 days. It is only in Georgia that you can emerse yourself in all seasons during just one trip. Such a wealth of climatic zones comes from a complex relief of a small country. More than two thirds of the territory is occupied by mountains, height of many of which exceeds 5 kilometers. If we move from west to east, subtropical climate of the Black Sea coastline will be replaced by continental Mediterranean climate. And traveling up along roads into in mountainous regions will reveal harsh beauty of wooded cliffs and emerald alpine fields. During this tour Exotour will give you a chance to try ripe fruits in the valleys and to immediately see blossoming trees of the same fruits in the gorges, to mould snowballs among glaciers, and the same day to have a swim in warm Black Sea…

TOUR PLAN

Fresh experiences on the very first day! Shortly after arriving in Tbilisi and having settled in our hotel a walk through winding streets of the historic part of the capital of Georgia await you. You will see beautifully illuminated old town and feel the charm of the tourist center near the Chardin street. A wonderful panorama of night Tbilisi opens up from the observation deck on the Mtatsminda Mountain where an extensive park with a huge ferris wheel, attractions, cafés and an excellent restaurant are situated.

The capital of Georgia has long been a cultural and political center of the Caucasus. This city counts about 1,600 years since its foundation. Tbilisi’s walls have seen Khazars, Huns, Byzantines, Persians, Mongols, Arabs, Seljuks and Ottomans. Representatives of many nations, of various faiths and civilizations settled in this point of intersection of trade routes, leaving their mark in the image, manners and customs of Tbilisi. Thus was how the unique multicultural character of this city, based on the principles of tolerance and good neighborliness, was created. We will start to perceive this from the historical center.

Abanotubani is a district of sulfur baths. They are built on thermal springs, to which Tbilisi owes its existence. You will learn about the history of the city, hear the legend of the pheasant and King Vakhtang Gorgasali, then climb to the Narikala Citadel. A view from the walls of the ancient fortress offers a splendid panorama of the gorge of the River Mtkvari and picturesque spurs of the Trialeti range, among which Tbilisi is stretched. Then we move to the other side and visit Metekhi – the beautiful church of the XIII century built on a cliff. Here you can take great photos of the Old Town and hear the story of the patron saints of Tbilisi who became martyrs under the walls of this church.

Having crossed the bridge , we will find ourselves on a street named after French traveler Jean Chardin. You will pass by picturesque narrow streets and see the Sioni Cathedral, which was built by one of the greatest kings of Georgia, David the Builder in the beginning of the XII century. From here alleys of the Old Town lead us to Anchiskhati Basilica – the oldest buildingin Tbilisi, which dates back to the VI century and where one of the most esteemed Georgian sacred relic was kept. You will have an opportunity to examine this miraculous icon in precious setting a little later, when viewing the treasures of the Golden Fund and other exhibits of the Museum of Art of Georgia.

Next 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 because of the abundance of ancient monuments – which are included in the UNESCO Heritage List – the town is sometimes called Georgian Jerusalem. Here you will see one of the masterpieces of world architecture – Jvari Church built in the end of VI century. The church harmoniously blends into the landscape and still amazes visitors with its perfect architectural forms. From here the beautiful panorama of Mtskheta, which lies between the peaks and the confluence of two rivers opens before our eyes.

Descending from Djvari you will walk through the picturesque streets of old Mtskheta, past shops with souvenirs and local crafts. Our goal lies ahead – majestic cathedral of XI century – Svetitskhoveli. It is the spiritual symbol of Georgia, under which the tunic of Jesus Christ was buried – a piece of clothing, in which the Saviour was clothed at the time of the crucifixion. Here you will hear the legend of Saint Sidonia and the Holy and Life-Giving Pillar, see graves of kings and ancient frescoes, here you will be able to touch the sacred relics of Georgia. This completes the tour of this day. It is time to return to Tbilisi.

 

Today you will simultaneously visit two countries. We will travel to the cave city – David Gareja Monastery – a huge complex that lies in semi-desert on both sides of the border between Georgia and Azerbaijan. You will see the Lavra, founded in the VI century by hermit David. You will visit cells carved into the rock by generations of his followers. You will be able to hear an impressive story of the life of St. David and Garedja monks.

After leaving the desert you will find yourself among mountains covered with dense forest that hides the convent of Bodbe. The vaults of the medieval church preserved magnificent paintings on biblical themes perfectly. Near the altar rests Equal to the Apostles Nino of Cappadocia, who preached Christianity in Georgia in the early IV century. The territory of the monastery offers spectacular views of the land of the best Georgian wines – Alazani Valley with peaks of the Greater Caucasus towering behind it.

The same view, but from a different angle is waiting for us in the town of Signagi which is surrounded with a wall with 28 watch towers. Here, it is convenient to buy souvenirs, especially garments with traditional Georgian embroidery and handmade jewelry. At the local history museum you can acquaint yourself with the specifics of the Kakheti region, which for quite a long period of time was a separate kingdom. Romantically disposed guests will not be disaponted either. There is an acting registy, where citizens of any country will be able to register a marriage and receive help to mark this event with the real Georgian celebration.

Next stop will be a fashionable salon of the XIX century, which still remains one of the cultural centers of Georgia. This is Tsinandali – House-Museum of Prince Alexander Chavchavadze, who combined outstanding qualities of an officer, poet and public figurein one person. The manor house is surrounded by a beautiful park with a bamboo love labyrinth. It served as a summer residence for the Russian imperial dynasty of the Romanov. The estate features art salon and a wine cellar with a bar. This is a convenient opportunity to taste different varieties of Georgian wines, including the famous Tsinandali before an overnight stay in Telavi

Today we take a closer look at Kakheti – the most fertile corner of Georgia, where they make the best wine and grape harvest is transformed into a national holiday. Wealth of this land can be seen and tried at the main market of Telavi, where there is a large selection of national Georgian sweets made from fruit juices, as well as a variety of spices. Having haggled to your heart’s content at the market, you can start sightseeing.

Shuamta Monastery that is tucked in the thick mountain forest will be remembered for the silence and solitude of the place. Alaverdi Cathedral impresses one with its grandeur, rising high into the sky amidst the Alazani valley. The road passes the town of Kvareli situated along the foot of the Caucasus Mountains. Along the way we will make ​​two stops.

The first stop will be at the ruins of the town of Gremi destroyed by Shah Abbas of Iran in the early XVII century. A citadel with the original church of the Archangels and a high royal castle still remain there. And the next stop is the monastery complex of Nekresi. It consists of buildings of different ages, located high on a hillside. On the territory of the Monastery, you will see an interesting building which, at first glance, does not resemnble a church. It was built in the IV century and is the oldest Christian church in Georgia. While the maze of ruins even more ancient – that of a Zoroastrian temple are visible from the heights of the monastery walls, at the foot of the mountain.

The first thing to do in Kvareli will be to visit the memorial house of great Georgian writer, poet and public figure Ilia Chavchavadze. Residential house, family tower, wine cellar, bakery, water mill will offer you a glance at traditional Georgian lifestyle on a rich estate. A little later you will learn about the difference between Georgian and European art of winemaking. It will be explained at the largest wine storage in the country, which is housed in an 8-kilometer tunnel that once was a bomb shelter. Here you can taste fine wines from different parts of Georgia, and later enjoy views of Kvareli Lake before leaving for Tbilisi.

A long road to western Georgia will not be boring. You will see witness how nature varies from region to region. First already familiar landscape of eastern Georgia will be dramatically replaced by serpentine roads of the Rikoti pass. Along this segment of the winding road there are real masterpieces of folk art. The locals are famous for their pottery, and you can see the entire exhibition of diverse handmade pottery, which will make excellent souvenirs.

Immediately after the pass you will be met by subtropical climate of Colchis lowland. Kutaisi is the second largest city in Georgia. The historical part of the city attracts with its interesting architecture and unique charm. While Bagrat Church that towers over the city impresses with its facades of the XI century. You will become even more impressed with the historical and architectural Gelati Complex. Here, a famous academy existed in the the monastery in the XII century and its founder – King David the Builder, the greatest monarch in the history of Georgia is buried there.

Next stop is Georgian Jurassic Park. It lies among relict forest which grows luxuriantly in the crater of an extinct volcano. This is Sataplia National Park. A tourist trail passes along rocks that preserved dinosaur footprints. Among the trees one can see models of ancient reptiles. The pavilion of the museum displays finds that are millions of years old, and – a cafe. The most fascinating part of the program is a deep dive into the long cave with beautifully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites.

Get ready to experience the adrenaline rush! Today we are going to embark on a winding road to get to the most hard-to-reach place of the Caucasus! Mountainous, mysterious, patriarhal Svaneti will appear before your eyes as it was many centuries ago. A land of thousand towers – a veritable goldmine of architectural treasures, ancient relics and mind-blowing landscapes – is waiting for you!

Enguri Hes – the largest water-power plant in the Caucasus. The dam is 270 meters. It is surrounded by high mountains and forested gorges. The view is difficult to describe, it must be seen. Mestia – the old capital fo Svaneti and young ski resort in the subalpine zone. During a walk through the city ou will take a first look at the famous defence towers of the Svan. They have been standing around the area for several centuries now, forming a unique landscape of Svaneti villages.

A visit to the Museum of History and Ethnography of Svaneti will help you understand this land and its people better , and dinner is not complete without a delicious local speciality – meat pie Kubdari!

Upper Svaneti is a naturally – formed Museum of alpine meadows, wild glaciers, towering mountains and monuments of the middle-ages. Thus it was the entre region and not its separate monuments that were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Fortified village of Ushguli has been keeping the essence of Svaneti for a thousand year. It is the highest mountain settlement in Europe, upon arrival to where you will be immersed in the archaic world of ancient homes, old towers and strict, centuries-old customs.

A local museum will reveal secrets of the patriarchal life of the Svan, while the church of Lamaria of the XII century will enrich your experience with abundance of legends associated with this church. This day will certainly be the most memorable adventure of our tour.

From the Middle Ages to the antiquity! From cold mountain glaciers to warm Black Sea! We are descending from Alpine Svaneti directly into subtropics of Adjara. Favorable climate and an incredible wealth of nature overwhelms you in the Batumi Botanical Gardens. The 113 acres of the green cape houses more than 5000 species of plants from all continents. You will walk through nine floristic sections accompanied by our guide-botanist, surrounded by the kingdom of luxuriant vegetation and with a magnificent view of the sea!

Adjara has just started to show us its charms. We will continue our tour towards the south and in the village of Gonio, near the Turkish border. We will stop at the easternmost outpost of the Roman Empire. The Apsaro Fortress had a theater and a racecourse, garrisons of Romans, Byzantines, Genoese and Ottoman were once deployed here. Just outside the city walls there are remains of Roman baths and the tomb of the Apostle Matthew, who came here in the wake of two more of Christs disciples – Andrew the First – called and Simon the Zealot.

Batumi – Adjarian capital and the beautiful seaside resort. Free evening before going to the night rest in this city will be devoted to rest on the beach listening to the sound of gentle waves of the sea and surrounded by cozy bungalows. The Batumi Boulevard offers you numerous cafes, discos, bike rental, Ferris wheel, singing fountains and souvenir shops.

And here comes the mountains again! But this time, these belong to the Lesser Caucasus Mountains. After the coastline jungles it is mountainous Adjara that awaits us. The road runs past the settlement of Khulo, past Keda that is famous for its waterfalls, until we climb to the alpine meadows of the mountain again resort Beshumi with its never-frozing Green Lake. The last effort – Goderdzi pass or the four seasons resort. You shoud be watching carefully – this will be the most dramatic contrast of nature for the time of the entire travel. Subtropics of Adjara and alpine zone of the pass are very quickly replaced by the lunar landscape of South Georgia with deep gorges and heaps of rocks!

Steep slope of Erusheti Mountain keeps one of the most important monuments of Georgia, the country most prominent centre on the world tourist map. Vardzia Cave Complex – the outstanding monument of the Georgian architecture of the XII-XIII centuries that started as a fortress and grown as the monastery town. Hundreds of rooms carved into the rock stretching for nearly one kilometre and reaching the height of 13 storeys. Secret passages, remains of plumbing and irrigation systems are preserved. Vardzia will astonish you with the scale of the project, historical facts and legend about Queen Tamar

Some more traveling and another climate zone! Before you lies Central Georgia with continental climate and deciduous-coniferous forests of the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. Europes largest nature reserve stretches in the mountains across 700 square kilometers. Cool climate and charm of local nature have long been particularly appreciated by residents of Georgia. Beauty of Borjomi Gorge captivated monarchs of the Russian Empire and supreme rulers of the Soviet Union. It is now open to you! Small walking in protected forest ensures pleasant tiredness and sound sleep upon arrival to the resort of Bakuriani.

We suggest waking up early. One should not miss the sunrise in the mountains. Bright light and morning mist around the mountains covered with pine trees ensure colorful pictures for lovers of beautiful scenery. Having seen this view, breathe pure mountain air and tasted healing jam made from pine cones or pollen, you will understand why the ski resort of Bakuriani is not empty in the summer.

20 minutes-drive away, at the bottom of the gorge of the river Mtkvari, spa resort of Borjomi stretches. This name is known worldwide for its mineral water from local sources. 130 years of laboratory test and consistent level of enrichment with 60 different minerals, specific taste and unique medicinal properties – the nature has been presenting us with this gift for 2000 years. Mineral water-tasting straight from the source, in its most natural form, will be a good conclusion of the tour before the transfer to the airport!

8 day Tour 2

Overview

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: 8 days / 9 nights
Distance: 350 kilometers
Stay: Tbilisi, Signagi, Telavi
Tour itinerary:

TOUR PLAN

Arrival to Tbilisi international airport; meeting in the hall of the airport and transfer to Hotel,

Start Tbi­lisi city tour, driv­er guide will come to take you for tour -​ Key highlights of an­cient history, modern file and tourist attractions: start fr­om Metekhi temple, Cable car trip to Nar­ikala Fortress, ​ Me­idan square; Mosque , Famous narrow stre­ets of Tbilisi – ​ Chardin Street, Erekle II street, sculptu­re of Tamada;​ ancie­nt architecture and Sulfur bathes sights­eeing, The Bridge of Peace, Gabriadze Pu­ppet Theatre; ​ Legv­takhevi​ waterfall; Botanical garden, Fu­nicular trip to Mtat­sminda amusement par­k​ ​ ​ Transfer back to the hotel

Breakfast at the hotel;

10:00 am- Tour to​ Mtskheta – known as a town museum for its historical buildin­gs and UNESCO Herita­ge monuments ; During the tour guests wi­ll visit: Jvari Mona­stery,​ enjoy with the view from the top where two rivers jo­in;​ Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, walking around the wonderful streets of ancient city,​ along the sto­res of souvenirs, ha­ndmade gifts, coffee shops and fresh jui­ces stores. Going to Uplistikhe, on the way visiting Stalin Museum ​ Overnight tbilisi hotel

Breakfast at hotel;

10:00 AM – tour to Kazbegi, on the way visiting Ananuri fort­ess and Zhinvali wat­er reservoir, Kazbegi is a Gem of Caucas­us ,​ It is one of the must see destinat­ions in Georgia, mos­tly due to amazing hiking routes and stu­nning nature, plus most important thing you should do in Kaz­begi is to visit Ger­geti Trinity Church. Built in 13th​ cent­ury, this church is located on 1,800 met­ers above sea level (5,905 feet) and its amazing to have a look from the top. Ov­ernight

breakfast at hotel 10:00 am – ​ Check out from the hotel;​ transfer to Bakuria­ni – famous mountain​ ​ resort in Georgi­a; On the way visiting Borjomi – Kharagauli national​ park with natural springs of mineral waters.​ En­joying by walking​ ​ there and in the evening​ check into the hotel in borjomi or in bakuriani. Overnight;

Breakfast at hotel;​ ​ visiting martvili Canyon, okatse Canyon or prometeus cave, overnight in borjomi hotel or bakuriani

Breakfast at hotel- check out and transfer to tbilisi, if u wish make shopping day.

Breakfast at hotel​ – Check out and transfer from hotel to the airport

8 day Tour

Overview

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: 8 days / 9 nights
Distance: 350 kilometers
Stay: Tbilisi, Signagi, Telavi
Tour itinerary:

TOUR PLAN

Arrival, meeting at the Airport, transfer to the Hotel. Free time. A night at a Hotel in Tbilisi.

Breakfast in hotel.  Tbilisi tour: Old city, Sameba Cathedral, Funicular, Freedom Square,  Sioni Cathedral(6-7th  centuries) and Anchiskhati Basilica ( 6th  century), Metekhi Temple – founded in 13th century, building of Parliament , Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi Opera House, Kashveti church, Abanotubani (sulfur baths), the new Rike Park,  the new Peace  Bridge, Maydan and Chardin Street. Visit to  Narikala Fortress. Restaurant Georgian National cuisine, dance and music. Make mckheta city tour. Overnight-Tbilisi

Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to the East of Georgia Kakheti (the  land of wine), on our way stop and taste homemade cheese and Kakhetian bread “Shoti”. Arrive city of love Sighnagi, It’s surrounded by an 18th century wall. You can enjoy the unbelievable view on Alazani Valley and Caucasian Ridge. Visit Saint Nino (Bodbe) Monastery. Drive to back Tbilisi, visit “East Point” biggest Mall in Georgia.  Overnight-Tbilisi

Breakfast in hotel. Travel north across the Georgian Military Highway up North towards the border with Russia. First stop will be at Ananuri fortress. Complex featuring churches and towers dating back to the  16th century. Is beautifully overlooking Jinvali reservoir. Then drive over the Cross pass and make a short stop at Soviet time “People’s Friendship” mountain view point overlooking a deep gorge of Caucasus Mountain range.  Arrive at Kazbegi . Drive to Gergeti Holy Trinity Church by jeeps located on altitude of 2170 m. See Mount Kazbegi 5047m. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight tbilisi Hotel

Breakfast in hotel. Travel in batumi city. On the way visit prometeus cave. Kutaisi city, martvili Canyon or okatse Canyon, overnight batumi hotel.

Breakfast in hotel. Make batumi city tour, then drive to gonio castle, georgia Turkey border, makhuntseti waterfall, Queen tamarian Bridge. Overnight

Breakfast in hotel. Go back to tbilisi city. On the way visit gori city, Stalin Museum and upliscikhe cave. Overnight in tbilisi hotel.

Breakfast in hotel. Check out from Hotel . Airport transfer.

5 day Tour

Overview

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 itinerary:

TOUR PLAN

tour to Kazbegi, on the way visiting Ananuri fort­ess and Zhinvali wat­er reservoir, Kazbegi is a Gem of Caucas­us ,​ It is one of the must see destinat­ions in Georgia, mos­tly due to amazing hiking routes and stu­nning nature, plus most important thing you should do in Kaz­begi is to visit Ger­geti Trinity Church. Built in 13th​ cent­ury, this church is located on 1,800 met­ers above sea level (5,905 feet) and its amazing to have a look from the top. Ov­ernight

After breakfast, visit gveleti waterfall, juta Mountain (u can rent horses) overnight in kazbegi city.

After breakfast transfer from kazbegi to the lopota resort. Overnight to lopota resort,

Lopota resort.

After breakfast make kakheti tour, visit aleqsandre chavchavadze museum(there’s so beautiful nature), signagi city (city of love) transfer to the airport

11 Day All Georgia Tour: Highlands And Sea

Overview

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: 11 days / 12 nights
Distance: 350 kilometers
Stay: Tbilisi, Signagi, Telavi
Tour itinerary:

TOUR PLAN

Meeting at Tbilisi or Kutaisi airport and transfer to a hotel in Tbilisi; Check in after 15:00.
Overnight in Tbilisi. 

10:00 – tour starts from Sameba cathedral and Metekhi Church before continuing to the Abanotubani district famous with Sulphur baths. We will take the cable car to visit Narikala Fortress, explore Shardeni Street with its many souvenir and gift shops. No tour of Tbilisi would be complete without visiting Sioni Cathedral and Anchiskhati basilica. From Freedom square we stroll along Rustaveli Avenue, the main street in Tbilisi. Continue to Jvari Church built in the end of VI century. From here we will enjoy beautiful panorama of Mtskheta, which lies between the peaks and the confluence of two rivers. Drive to Mzkheta old city, visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and return to Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Tour route: 100 km / 60 miles

09:00 – Driving towards the Caucasus Mountains, we will make a stop on the bank of the Zhinvali reservoir and visit Ananuri castle. Continuing upwards to the alpine ski resort at Gudauri, we will follow the old Georgian Military road through Cross Pass to arrive in Stephantsminda, here we will enjoy view from Gergeti church. After exotic lunch in a local family, return to Tbilisi hotel.
Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast, lunch. Tour route: 350 km / 220 miles

09:00 – Drive to fortified city of Signagi which is surrounded with a wall with 28 watch towers, visit convent of Bodbe, the territory of the monastery offers spectacular views of the land of the best Georgian wines – Alazani Valley with peaks of the Greater Caucasus towering behind it. After Bodbe we continue to the tunnel winery at Khareba to taste Kakhetian wines made according local traditions in Kvevri. Visit Gremi fortress and continue to Telavi, visit the old town, check in at hotel.
Overnight in Kakheti province. Meal: breakfast. Tour route: 200 km / 125 miles

09:00 – we will start with Telavi food market and continue to Alaverdi Cathedral. Built in the early XI century, it is one of four Great Cathedrals of the country and the highest of the ancient churches of Georgia. Next stop is in the Tsinandali estate – well known for its beauty. Prince Alexander Chavchavadze was a poet and a prominent figure in Georgia. In his home you can find an art gallery and a bar, where you can try Tsinandali – the first Georgian wine produced in accordance with the European technology. Continue visiting Ikalto Academy and Shuamta monastery complex; drive to Tbilisi hotel via beautiful Gombori pass.
Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Tour route: 200 km / 125 miles

09:00 – Check out from Tbilisi hotel and drive to Georgia’s second large city Kutaisi; first we will visit Uplistsikhe cave town and Stalin’s birth place and Museum in Gori. After arrival in Kutaisi visit Bagrati Temple, church complex of Gelati and Motsameta monastery. Check in to Kutaisi hotel.
Overnight in Kutaisi. Meal: breakfast, diner. Tour route: 240 km / 150 miles

09:00 – Excursion in Kutaisi old Town and depart to Okatse Canyons – natural monument in Village Gordi, which is deep and narrow ravine, in the vicinity of the river Okatse. 2 hour trekking along the canyon through historical forest, where several waterfalls could be found, 780 m length hanging trail with several footsteps finishes with panoramic view. Continue to Svaneti region, highway changes into a serpentine mountain road and the first stop will be Enguri dam, one of the largest dams in the world. Arrival in Mestia – the old capital of Svaneti province famous with its defense towers, they are preserved for several centuries forming an unique landscape of Svaneti villages. Accommodation and diner in Mestia hotel;
Overnight in Svaneti province. Meal: breakfast, diner. Trekking 2 hours. Tour route: 230 km / 145 miles

09:00 – Drive to Ushguli village situated 2200 m. above the sea level, it is the highest mountain settlement in Europe, with the world of ancient homes, old towers and centuries-old customs. Upper Svaneti is a naturally – formed Museum of alpine meadows, wild glaciers, towering mountains and monuments of the middle-ages. Fortified village of Ushguli has been keeping the essence of Svaneti for a thousand year. A local museum will reveal secrets of the patriarchal life of the Svan, while the church of Lamaria of the XII century will enrich your experience with abundance of legends associated with this church. Back to Mestia and diner at the hotel;
Overnight in Svaneti province. Meal: breakfast, diner. Tour route: 100 km / 60 miles

09:00 – By cable car visit Hatsvali Mountain with fascinating 360 panorama of Ushba and Tetnuldi Mountains. Continue the road to Batumi. Arrival and check in to Batumi hotel. Walk along the seaside to visit unique moving statue of Ali and Nino, Georgian Alphabetic Tower, fountain of Chacha, Piazza Square and Europe Square. Free evening in Batumi Boulevard, offering numerous cafes, discos, bike rental, boat ride, singing fountains and souvenir shops.
Overnight in Batumi province. Meal: breakfast. Tour route: 300 km / 190 miles

Free time for leisure at the sea, at 12:00 check out from a hotel, drive towards the Gonio village, at the easternmost outpost of the Roman Empire, visit Apsaros Fortress and drive to Batumi botanical garden. The 113 acres of the green cape and with more than 5000 species of plants from all continents. Trekking through nine floristic sections around 2 hours. Drive to Kutaisi or Tbilisi, according the return flight; accommodation;
Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Trekking 2 hours. Tour route: 400 km / 250 miles

Check out from hotel and transfer to airport for departure.