Take our group tour of Georgia and discover 'The Cradle of Wine making'.


Georgia - The Cradle of Wine making

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 9 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Tbilisi

Arrive in Tbilisi and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure with no guided activities. Overnight Hotel Kopala or similar. No meals included.

Day 2 – Tbilisi Sightseeing

Enjoy a guided walking tour around old Tbilisi, taking in the fascinating history of this long-overlooked region. You spend the day discovering sites such as the Narikala citadel, Metekhi Temple and Sioni Cathedral. After lunch we visit Sarajishvili Brandy Factory and have the opportunity to try some high-quality Georgian brandy. After the brandy tasting, visit Rustaveli Avenue and Freedom Square before enjoying traditional Georgian food at a local restaurant. During the meal we will also try some local wines. Overnight Hotel Kopala or similar. (BLD)

Day 3 - Tbilisi – Signaghi – Kvareli

After breakfast drive east towards Kakheti. Visit the picturesque town of Sighnaghi and take a stroll through this beautiful town admiring the fabulous views towards the High Caucasus range. Enjoy tasting wine at a local cellar producing artisanal natural wines according to ancient Georgian traditions. After lunch we travel to Kvareli where we visit another winery for some further tasting. Overnight at Hotel Chateau Kvareli or similar (BLD)

Day 4 – Kakheti Province

After breakfast we visit Nekresi Monastery, founded in the 4th Century. This will be followed by a winery visit before lunch. Return to Kvareli for lunch and visit Winery Khareba, tasting some excellent wines and an opportunity to participate in traditional Georgian bread making and also the churchkhela making process (a traditional candle shaped candy). Later there will be some time at leisure. Overnight at Hotel Chateau Kvareli or similar (BLD)

Day 5 – Kvareli – Telavi – Tsinandali – Kvareli

This morning, visit Ikalto Monastery and Academy founded in the 11th Century, where viticulture was taught. Continue to spectacular Alaverdi Cathedral 11th Century located in the shadow of the Greater Caucasus range. Enjoy some wine tasting at Telavi wine cellar and visit Tsinandali Residence and its lovely grounds dating from the 19th century. Lunch will be served at the Tsinandali. After lunch, travel back to Kvareli where there will be some time at leisure. Later, continue to a local farmer’s house to taste home-made wines and enjoy dinner with delicious home-made food. Overnight at Hotel Chateau Kvareli or similar (BLD)

Day 6 - Kvareli - David Gareji Monastery – Tbilisi

Continue to the impressive partially rock-hewn David Gareji Monastery, situated in the Gareji semi-desert, 75km southeast from Tbilisi. The monasteries were founded in the 6th century. Visit Lavra and Peristsvaleba monasteries and then walk up to Udabno Monastery (subject to local permission) to explore some of the fine frescos of the 8-13th centuries and cave architecture After the visit, return to Tbilisi and the evening is at leisure to sample one of the many restaurants showcasing Georgian and regional cuisine. Overnight at Hotel Kopala or similar (BL)

Day 7 – Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Chateau Mukhrani – Tbilisi

Drive to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia. Mtskheta is packed full of historical monuments and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and the 6th century Jvari Monastery. Continue to Chateau Mukhrani, known for the famous residence and winery of Prince Mukran Bagrationi, where we have the opportunity to taste Georgian wine. Return to Tbilisi where you evening is at leisure. Overnight at Hotel Kopala or similar (BL)

Day 8 – Tbilisi

After breakfast take the funicular for panoramic views of the city, followed by a visit to the National Museum which will give excellent context to the experiences from the tour. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax, go shopping or enjoy Georgian wine at a nice café. There will be a farewell dinner this evening at an excellent local restaurant and there will be local wines available to enjoy. Overnight at Hotel Kopala or similar (BD)

Day 9 – Tbilisi Departure

You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight (B)

If you wish to spend more time in Georgia please contact us for tailormade extension options.


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