- 3 overnight(s) in Tbilisi
- 2 overnight(s) in Kutaisi
- 1 overnight(s) in Sighnaghi
7 days guaranteed tour Exploration of Georgia is ready to run all seasons a year. Explore the cultural heritage of Georgia, follow the Great Silk Road and discover the country’s culture and traditions. Visit Tbilisi city, the capital of Georgia. Enjoy sightseeing in Imereti province, visit the cave sites of Uplistsikhe and Prometheus and taste famous Georgian wines in one of the oldest cellars in Kakheti. The group is “Guaranteed to Run” after two people book the tour.
SIGHTS TO VISIT
Tbilisi: Holy Trinity Cathdral; Georgian National Museum; Rustaveli Avenue, Metekhi church; Narikala fortress; Tbilisi Mosque Legvtakhevi waterfall in downtown; Sulfur bathhouse district; Tbilisi Maidan square; Sharden street and Erekle II streets Sioni cathedral, Anchiskhati basilica Kartli province: Gori town, museum and house of Joseph Stalin, Uplistsikhe caves; Imereti province: Kutaisi city, Bagrati Cathedral, Gelati Academy and Monastery, Motsameta monastery, Prometheus caves
Mtskheta city: Svetitskhoveli Cathedral of 12th c., Jvari monastery of 6th c.
Kakheti province: Bodbe Monastery of 9th c., Signagi town, Velistsikhe wine cellar, Telavi town
- DAY 1: TBILISI CITY TOUR
Morning pick up from the hotel. Enjoy the full day exploration of Tbilisi old district. Visit Holy Trinity Cathedral (Sameba). Sameba was constructed between 1995 and 2004 and presents a mixture of traditional styles of Georgian church architecture. Afterwards visit Golden treasury of Georgia in Georgian National Museum on Rustaveli Avenue. The museum houses various archaeological, numismatic, ethnographic and other collections, some of them dating back to 40 million years. Afterwards enjoy views from Metekhi plateau and visit Metekhi church of 13th c. overlooking Mtkvari river. Nearby the church stands the monument of King Vakhtang I Gorgasali (or Vakhtang the Wolf Head) who ruled eastern Georgia in 5th c. AD. He is credited with establishing the city of Tbilisi – the capital of Georgia.Continue to Narikala fortress by cable car and enjoy views of the city from the top. The fortress was first built in 4th c. AD and was known as Shuris Tsikhe (translates as Invidious Fortress) and was subsequently established in 7th c. and 12th c. The name “Narikala” was given to the fortress by Mongols meaning “Little fortress”.Stroll down to the old city and visit Tbilisi Mosque, the only surviving one dating back to 18th c. Continue to Legvtakhevi (Fig ravine), visit waterfall nearby and take a walk towards Sulfur bathhouse district. Bathhouse is one of the oldest districts in Tbilisi. Some of the baths here date back to 17th-19th cc. and are built on natural hot water springs.Take a walk on Maidan square, Sharden and Erekle II streets. Lots of cafes, bars and pubs, souvenir shops and art galleries are located here. Sioni cathedral, the former seat of patriarch, also stands here. The cathedral was first established in 6th-7th cc., but was destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout the centuries. The present cathedral dates back to 13th c.Continue to Anchiskhati basilica, which is the oldest church in Tbilisi dating from 6th c.Overnight in Tbilisi hotel
- DAY 2: TBILISI-GORI-UPLISTSIKHE-KUTAISI
After breakfast at the hotel start driving to Kartli region. Visit the museum and house of Joseph Stalin, located in Gori town, where Stalin was born. The museum was established in mid of 20th c. and presents items related to Soviet leader’s life.Continue to Uplistsikhe, an ancient town, located near Gori. Uplistskhe is a rock-cut town approximately covering 8 ha. And can be divided into 3 parts. The middle one is the largest and is connected to others with narrow passes and tunnels. The complex contains structures dating back to Early Iron Age.Arrive in Kutaisi and visit Bagrati Cathedral – a masterpiece of medieval Georgian church architecture. The cathedral was built in 11th c. and it’s named after the King Bagrat III, who was the first King of united Georgia. Renovated in 2012, it stands on a hill and dominates the city of Kutaisi.Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi guesthouse
- DAY 3: KUTAISI TOUR
After breakfast explore Kutaisi city and its surroundings. Visit Gelati Academy and Monastery of 12th c. built during the reign of David the Builder, one of the most prominent kings of Georgia. Gelati was a cultural and intellectual center for a long time and preserved lots of murals and manuscripts from 12th-17th cc.Drive to Motsameta monastery (“the monastery of martyrs”) constructed on the execution place of Georgian martyrs, who refused to accept Islam. The monastery dates back to 10th c. and was rebuilt in 19th c.Visit Prometheus caves with astonishing stalactites and stalagmites. A 1.2 km long underground track has 16 caves in total but only 6 of them are accessible for the visitors. The tour is accompanied with light show and classic music.Get back to Kutaisi and visit the farmer’s bazaar, where locals sell fresh fruit and vegetables and famous Imeretian cheese. Take an evening walk in Kutaisi city center.Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi guesthouse.
- DAY 4: KUTAISI-MTSKHETA-TBILISI
After breakfast drive to Mtskheta, one of the oldest Georgian cities, which served as the capital of Eastern Georgia up to 5th c. BC, when the court was moved to Tbilisi. Archaeologists discovered remains of the city dating back to 1000 year BC.Mtskheta is a popular tourist destination as it contains two of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Georgia – Svetitskhoveli Cathedral of 12th c. and Jvari monastery of 6th c. Both of the sights represent a true masterpiece of different styles of Georgian church architecture.Arrive back to Tbilisi and overnight at the hotel.
- DAY 5: TBILISI-SIGHNAGHI
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Kakheti – a region known for its wine-making traditions. Visit Bodbe Nunnery of 9th c. – a functioning nunnery and a place where St. Nino (Georgian female evangelist) relics are shrine.Arrive in Signagi–a small town, surrounded with 18th c. defensive structures. Take a walk in Signagi.Ovenight at Signagi hotel.
- DAY 6: SIGHNAGHI- VELISTSIKHE – TSINANDALI – SHUMI – TELAVI – TBILISI
After breakfast continue the exploration of Kakheti province. Drive to Velistsikhe village, which contains one of the oldest wine cellars in Kakheti dating back to 16th c. During the excursion in the museum you’ll find antique exhibits connected to the wine making process in Traditional Georgian vessel of Qvevri. After excursion enjoy wine-tasting in Velistskhe wine cellar. Next drive to Tsinandali, where you’ll visit the house-museum of Kakheti nobleman Alexandre Chavchavadze. You’ll have excursion at the residence, English-French garden and wine cellar located in the museum with a glass of famous Tsinandali wine.Continue to Shumi winery located just few minutes from Tsinandali museum. Visit the wine museum “Vazioni” located in the winery and taste the local wines with light snacks.Drive to Telavi – the administrative center of Kakheti and former capital of Kakhetian Kingdom. Take a walk in the town.Drive back to Tbilisi and overnight at the hotel. *You can book farewell dinner with Georgian folk show for additional cost. Those taking extension start their tour the next morning after breakfast.
- DAY 7: TBILISI
Have breakfast at the hotel. Check out until 12:00 pm. End of service.
The rates include
- Pick up/drop off from/to Airport – Tbilisi Hotel
- 1x local jeep in Kazbegi
- English speaking Guide
- 6 overnights in DBL room on BB basis (Bed & breakfast) according the program
- Entrance fees per program
- 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day
The rates Exclude
- Visa fees if applicable
- Travel insurance
- Air tickets
- Beverages unless mentioned in the itinerary