Welcome to Georgia Duration: 8 Days

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

After exploring Tbilisi and Mtskheta we journey to the heart of the Caucasus Mountains and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Mt Kazbek and its eternal snows. We visit Georgia’s one of the most famous cave-towns Uplistsikhe and the Monasteries of David Gareji known for original architecture and frescos. The trip to Kakheti is the perfect end to the holiday and offers visits to Signagi hill-town, elegant Alaverdi Cathedral and some of the best tasting and most historic Georgian wines.

Day 1: Arrival in Tbilisi.
Arrive in Tbilisi airport. Transfer to Hotel.

Day 2: Tbilisi.
Tbilisi, capital of Georgia from the 5th century AD, has a long and fascinating history. Founded in the 4th century by King Vakhtang Gorgasali on the site of its warm mineral-water springs – it developed into the main city of the Caucasus. By the 12th century Tbilisi was one of the most important political, economic and cultural centres of the Middle East. It stood as a key stop on the famous Silk Road - right on the border between Europe and Asia (west and east). Tbilisi’s Old Town, the most ancient part of the city, is renowned for its wonderful mix of cultures. The mosque, the synagogue, the Armenian and Roman Catholic churches mingle harmoniously with the splendid Georgian churches and architecture. The wooden houses with open, carved balconies seem to welcome every visitor. The balmy sulfur baths have hosted poets, writers, musicians, kings down through the centuries.

Looking down on the city are Mtatsminda (Holy Mountain) and the 4th century Narikala Fortress, excellent for views on the swirling river Mtkvari (Kura) and this city of so many ages and nationalities.

Full-day city tour of Tbilisi with visits to the Old Town, Metekhi Temple, 12th c. “Abanotubani” – the baths area, Narikala, - The main fortress of Tbilisi. Walking through narrow streets, along which some carpet and souvenir shops are situated. We will continue excursion in the old town. We visit the Sioni Cathedral 11th c. Anchiskhati Church 6th c. Visit the National Museum. Visit Freedom Square and Rustaveli Avenue, the main street of Tbilisi. We explore other sites of the city including David Agmashenebeli Avenue or the Funicular. Hotel. (B).

Day 3: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Kazbegi – Gudauri.
We start our trip by driving to Mtskheta. Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia is situated 20km from Tbilisi. Historians date the town back to the 2nd millennium B.C. Mtskheta was the capital of Georgian Kingdom of Iberia between 500BC - 500AD. Here Georgians accepted Christianity in the beginning of the 4th century.
The town and its architectural monuments are listed as the World's Cultural Heritage sites by UNESCO. Visit Jvari Monastery (6th c.) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.).

We continue driving along the Georgian Military Highway, the historical road leading north into the Caucasian Mountains. It passes the spectacular Ananuri fortress (16th – 17th cc), where we have excursion. Then we drive along the sides of the dramatic Aragvi River Valley up to the Jvari Pass (2395m) on the Greater Caucasus and then down into Kazbegi (1700m).

Surrounded by gigantic mountains Kazbegi is a picturesque settlement overlooked by the biggest of all - Mount Kazbek (5047m) - one of the six 5000 metre peaks of the Caucasus. According to the legend, Prometheus was chained on the Mount Kazbek. Walk up to the Sameba Church beautifully situated on the hill above the hill and providing splendid views of Mt. Kazbek. Overnight in Gudauri (2000m). (B. D).

Day 4: Gudauri – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Kutaisi.
Drive to Gori, a historical town. Today the town is mainly known for its huge Fortress and as a birthplace of J. Stalin. Drive to Uplistsikhe cave town dated to 7th c. BC. It contains a large central hall for pagan rituals, living rooms and a church of the 9th century. We journey to western part of Georgia to Kutaisi. Overnight in Kutaisi or in Tskaltubo resort. (B. D).

Day 5: Kutaisi – Sataplia National Reserve - Gelati – Tbilisi.
In the morning we visit Sataplia National Reserve known for footprints of dinosaurs. Visit also the caves with stalactites. Kutaisi, dated back to the Argonauts times (13th -12th cc. B.C), was the capital of old Colchida and later of Western Georgia. Visit Bagrati Cathedral (11th c,) and Gelati Monastery, founded in the 12th century by the most famous Georgian King David the IV, the Builder (1073 – 1125). Here he founded an academy and monastery, which became the foremost centre of education in Georgia. The unique murals of saints and Georgian monarchs are inside the main Virgin Cathedral. These sites are included in the World's Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. Return to Tbilisi. Hotel. (B).

Day 6: Tbilisi – David Gareji – Signagi - Telavi.
Trip to Kakheti province; We explore David Gareji Monastery. situated in Gareji semi-desert southeast of Tbilisi. Walk up to Udabno Monastery to explore unique frescos of the 8-13th c. and cave architecture. Walk down to “Lavra” where the monks live. We visit Signaghi, a beautiful hill-town providing panoramic views of the Alazani Valley and the Eastern Caucasus Mountains. Overnight in Telavi at the hotel. (B. D).

Day 7: Kakheti – Tbilisi
Kakheti, Georgia’s famous wine district, lies due east from Tbilisi is a land dotted with fine old churches and vineyard after vineyard. Near Telavi we visit Tsinandali Park. A Short sightseeing of Telavi. Excursion to Gremi architectural complex of the 16th c. Visit Alaverdi Cathedral (11th c), and Shuamta Monastery (5th – 16th cc). Optional: We offer visit to one of the wineries in or around Telavi to taste some of the best sorts of Georgian wines. Return Tbilisi. Hotel. (B).

Day 8: Departure.
Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

Included in the Tour Price:
Accommodation (in twin rooms):
- 4 nights in Tbilisi at the hotel of your choice. Please, see
the options below.
- 1 night in Gudauri at 4* Marco Polo Hotel.
- 1 night in Kutaisi or in Tskaltubo at 3* / 3*+ hotel.
- 1 night in Telavi at 3* hotel.

Meals:
- As specified in the itinerary:
B – breakfast; L – lunch; D – dinner.

Transportation:
- All land transfers. For 2 persons we use a comfortable car
- For 3 and more persons we use a comfortable minivan or
minibus. All transport is with air-conditioning.

Guiding:
- An English (German, French, Italian, Spanish) speaking guide.

Entrance fees:
- All entrance fees to the sites and museums except
entrance fee to Stalin Museum (approx. $7) and
except wine tasting fee at any winery.

INDIVIDUAL & SMALL GROUP PRICES:

Option 1: Price based on accommodation in Tbilisi at 3 star Hotel Tori or similar.


Price Per Person:
1 person: USD 3135
2 persons: USD 1910
3 persons: USD 1660
4 persons: USD 1475
5 persons: USD 1405
6 persons: USD 1320
Single room accommodation supplement: USD 760

Option 2: Price based on accommodation in Tbilisi at 4 star “Courtyard Marriott Hotel” or 4* “Holiday Inn”.

Price Per Person:
1 person: USD 3535
2 persons: USD 2140
3 persons: USD 1890
4 persons: USD 1705
5 persons: USD 1620
6 persons: USD 1545
Single room accommodation supplement: USD 945

Option 3: Price based on accommodation in Tbilisi at 5 star “Tbilisi Marriott Hotel”

Price Per Person:
1 person: USD 3750
2 persons: USD 2245
3 persons: USD 2000
4 persons: USD 1815
5 persons: USD 1730
6 persons: USD 1660
Single room accommodation supplement: USD 1035

Tour Price Does Not Include:
- Other services, meals or alcoholic drinks unless
specified in the itinerary.
- Tips and extras in the hotels.
- Luggage porteage in the hotels.
- Wine tasting at a winery.


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