GEORGIAN HOSPITALITY, NATURE & WINE

This tour is a great opportunity to see the best places of Georgia, to meet its hospitable inhabitants and learn about its history and traditions. We have developed a route for you that includes the most interesting places: beautiful Tbilisi, panoramic views of the Kazbek mountain, the romantic Batumi promenades, the ancient cities in the rocks, breathtaking canyons and old wineries.
Tour-Code: GEO01
Culture trip
People, nature & history
14 Days/ 13 Nights
Including the days of arrival and departure
Number of participants
Small groups: 4-14
Accommodation
Features
Stepansminda, mountain village Djuta, Borjomi, Svaneti, Batumi & Dawit Gareja monastery!
Meals
All breakfasts, 1 x dinner
Transfer
From & to the airport, all excursions
Guide
English speaking guide during the whole trip
The marketing term boutique hotel describes personally managed, individual, small and not infrequently luxurious hotels, as they have been more and more common in Europe and Asia since the beginning of the century.
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INCLUDED SERVICES
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MAP
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AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
Day of Arrival
Your driver will meet you at the airport in Tbilisi and escort you to the hotel.
In the evening we are going to enjoy the welcome dinner with our guide and try traditional Georgian cuisine.

Overnight in Tbilisi
1st highlight: Tbilisi
A legend states that the Georgian King Vakhtang I. discovered the "healing water" of the springs in 485 BC. Fascinated by this phenomenon and the power of this, he took it as a symbol and founded today's Tbilisi. We visit the fortress "Nariqala" ("impregnable castle"). The ruin holds traces of diverse construction arts of many different cultures.

2nd highlight: Abanotubani district
Oriental elements and an exotic flair can be found here. Thermal baths and hammams are a reminder of the city's origins. A visit to the baths is planned on request.

3rd highlight: Kartlis Deda
This impressive 20 m high monument is also called the "Mother of Georgia" because it symbolizes the Georgian national character: In her left hand she holds a bowl filled with wine, which stands for the extraordinary hospitality of the locals. In her right hand she holds a sword for all those who come to this embattled land as enmies. We learn about the stories and legends of the city, walk over the elegant Peace Bridge, take the cable car and visit the beautiful Metekhi St. Virgin Church.

Overnight in Tbilisi
1st highlight: Jvari Cross Monastery
After breakfast we start with a visit to the cross monastery "Jvari". This beautiful building is visible in the idyllic hills and is considered the oldest cross-domed church in the country. As such, it was the model for numerous religious buildings in Georgia. The view of the fantastic surroundings is just as delightful as the walk through the interior of the pretty building.

2nd highlight: Ananuri Fortress
This exciting building complex is located above the beautiful Shinwali reservoir and, with its moving history, is one of the most beautiful attractions in the region. However, the visit is worthwhile not only because of the historical fortress, but also because of the beautiful landscape. In the middle of hills and forests, the lake is a unique sight.

3rd highlight: Pasanauri village
Here the two rivers Aragvi (the white and the black) converge. We take a break and enjoy a relaxed lunch.

4th highlight: "Trinity Church"
The journey continues through the picturesque resort of Gudauri towards the village of Stepantsminda. We drive up the mountain in jeeps to this mysterious domed church, of which there is no evidence of its construction. The church is said to have been built in the 14th century and has remained virtually unchanged since then. Not only interesting decorations on an old stone masonry, but also a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscapes await us.

Overnight in Stepantsminda
Highlight: The Sno Valley (Djuta)
On the 4th day we drive through the Sno Valley to reach Djuta. Once there, we walk to a campsite high up on a mountain to have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and the rushing torrent.
In the afternoon it goes back to Tbilisi, where you can stroll through the evening streets of the city.

Overnight in Tbilisi

1st highlight: Mtskheta
On the way to Borjomi, we visit the former capital of Georgia, which is also known as the second Jerusalem. In this place there is one of the most important shrines of Christians - the robe of Jesus Christ. It is also one of the oldest cities in the whole country (3000 years).

2nd highlight: Free time
You will get to enjoy a bit of free time in Borjomi. If you need any recommendations you can ask your tour guide.

Overnight in Borjomi
1st highlight: the cave city of Vardsia
With over 700 rooms, terraces and a cave monastery, the impressive ensemble of the cave city of Vardsia offers a fantastic opportunity to learn more about traditional Georgian architecture. This beautiful place was created at the time of King Giorgi III, about 800 years ago.

2nd highlight: the old city of Akhaltsikhe
Afterwards we drive on and reach the old city Akhaltsikhe. Unlike in Vardsia, we can marvel at completely different architecture types: modern and medieval architecture. During the tour we get to know the structure of the castle and explore the huge complex, which also includes a mosque and many small shops in the lower part of the building.

Overnight in Borjomi

1st highlight: the Martvili canyon
This canyon is one of the most picturesque gorges in Georgia with its splendor of plants, turquoise blue water and many waterfalls. We take a short walk and then explore the enchanted gorge from the river.
Option:
If the weather is suited for this kind of activity, we can take a boat trip to marvel at the various formations and enjoy the cool air.

2nd highlight: The Prometheus Cave
This is considered Georgia's largest cave system and is a real eye-catcher with the brightly illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. We take a tour through the 15 halls of the stalactite cave and are accompanied by calm, classical music.
Option:
If the weather is suited for this kind of activity, there will be a 10-minute boat ride to the exit of the cave at the end.

Overnight in Tskaltubo

1st highlight: Mestia
The city is the historical, cultural and religious center of Svaneti. The quaint town lies at 1,500 m above sea level and stretches about 6 km along the Mestiakhalda valley. The place is surrounded by mysterious coniferous forests, romantic alpine meadows and snow-covered ridges which arise gigantically into the sky.

2nd highlight: The Svaneti Towers of Mestia
The oldest of the Svaneti Towers is estimated to be around 1,400 years old, while the newest is around 400 years old. They once served to protect the residents and were therefore an integral part of the everyday life at that time.

Overnight in Mestia

Highlight: cable car to Hatsvali and walk
If the weather is suited for this kind of activity, we take the cable car to the top of the mountain and enjoy a romantic panoramic view around Mestia from there. The walk afterwards is suitable for both, active tourists and families with children. A considerable part of the way runs on easy paths, while only a small part of the road is stony and partly crossed by streams.

Additional option: hikes
On request, we can also do one of two hikes: Either we walk to the Chaladi Glacier (approx. 3 h), or to an idyllic mountain lake nearby (approx. 4 h).

Additional option: regional movie "Dede" (daily)
The film will be broadcasted in Georgian with English subtitles.

Overnight in Mestia

Drive to Batumi:

1st highlight: Batumi's Botanical Garden
This garden is one of the most famous attractions in Batumi. Here we can admire a variety of exotic plants and enjoy the clean, subtropical air. The area is huge and divided into 21 thematic zones, in which there are plants from different parts of the world.

2nd highlight: swimming and free time in Batumi
The rest of the day you have the opportunity to relax on one of Batumi's beautiful beaches or to see the city on your own.

Overnight in Batumi


Free time in Batumi - all day
Today you can organize your time on your own. You can get recommendations from our local guide.

Overnight in Batumi

1st highlight: return to Tbilisi
In the afternoon of the 12th day, we return to Tbilisi. On the way there we will stop at a market where we will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs made out of clay.

2nd highlight: the cave city of Uplistsikhe
This mystical place is in huge contrast to Mtskheta and is deeply rooted in paganism. The cave city was already permanently populated during the 16th century and is therefore one of the oldest settlements in the world.

Overnight in Tbilisi

1st highlight: The East Georgian steppe
On the way to the Gareja monastery we cross one of the most bizarre and beautiful landscapes in Georgia - the "savannah". The grass and lichens shimmer in all the colors of the rainbow. On the way we also discover another rock monastery, which is decorated with murals from the Byzantine period.

2nd highlight: The Dawit Gareja monastery
This is located in the east of the country and is considered to be one of the oldest Christian Orthodox monasteries in Georgia. Its historical rooms are cave-like bays in the soft sandstone wall of the mountain. They were built in the 6th century and are a typical building from this period.

Overnight in Tbilisi

Transfer to the airport
At the agreed time, the driver will wait for you in the hotel lobby and bring you to the airport.

See you on a new journey!
13 nights in 4 * star & boutique hotels
13 x breakfast
Farewell dinner
Transfers from & to the airport and all excursions
English speaking guide during the whole tour
All entrance tickets

Flight to Tbilisi and return flight
Not mentioned meals and drinks
Self-organized excursions
Insurance
Tips
Note for people with reduced mobility: This product is generally not suitable for people with reduced mobility. When making your booking, please ask whether it still meets your individual needs.
There are many stairs in the cave towns and some monasteries.
The best time for this tour is April - October.
DATES & PRICES
We will be glad to prepare this tour on other dates upon your request!

Guaranteed discounts:
- 8% for groups of 10 people or more
- 10% for children up to 12 years
YOUR FREE TIME IN TBILISI
PUPPET THEATER
ABANOTUBANI
THE DEZERTER BAZAAR
To the lovers of unusual buildings we recommend to walk to the puppet theater "Rezo Gabriadzezu". The building impresses with its architecture and colorful mosaic. Next to it there is an Anchiskhati basilica church located that was built in the 6th century.
Abanotubani is a bathing area in the historic center of Tbilisi. The sulfur baths were built in the Persian style during the 17th - 19th century. Most of them are located in the underground. Abanotubani has separate as well as common rooms. The entry costs about 2 €. Here you can enjoy a steam bath, a pool with sulfur water and a break room.
Bazaars are an integral part of Georgian culture. The largest bazaar in Tbilisi is located on "Station Square". Here you can buy cheap, tasty fruits, vegetables, cheese, spices and sweets. And of cource we advise you not to forget to trade. Trade is an integral part of the life of Georgians.