Georgia in just one week - covering Georgia’s ancient and vibrant capital city of Tblisi which spreads out on both banks of the Mtkvari River and is surrounded on three sides by mountains - up to Kakheti, the cradle of wine, from the Greater to the Lesser Caucasus along the silk road - this 8 days tour covers it all.
Day 1: Arrival at airport
Day 2: Tbilisi – The city that loves you!
Breakfast at hotel. Georgia’s ancient and vibrant capital city spreads out on both banks of the Mtkvari River and is surrounded on three sides by mountains. The name “Tbilisi” derives from the Georgian word “tbili”, meaning warm. First we visit the Metekhi Church and take the cable car up to the Narikala Fortress. From above you can enjoy a wonderful view of the old town with its many imposing buildings. From Narikala Fortress, continue on foot in the direction of the sulfur baths, Sioni Cathedral and the city's oldest church: Antchiskhati Basilica. The city mesmerizes with its diversity. Enjoy the day strolling through the town of Tbilisi, mixture of the old and something new! Welcome dinner at Georgian Traditional restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Tbilisi.
Day 3: Kakheti – The cradle of wine
Breakfast at hotel. Today you get to introduce to the biggest region of Georgia – Kakheti. In the village of Vardisubani we will visit a local who will introduce us with the history of “Qvevri”-making. The “Qvevri” is an egg-shaped earthenware vessel used for making, ageing and storing the wine. In 2013, UNESCO added the traditional Georgian method of making wine in "qvevris” as Qvevri Wine to its list of worlds intangible cultural heritage. Wine and cuisine plays an important part in life of every Georgian. It is impossible to visit Kakheti and not to try a local wine Georgian wine made with traditional method. Lunch at a winery Mosmieri and master classes in Georgian sweets – “Churchkhela” and Georgian dumplings “Khinkali” making. Continue to Sighnaghi (City of Love) and stroll to the beautiful small town. As typical of Georgia, Sighnaghi is endowed with significant historic and cultural heritage sites. Its charming cobblestone streets and alleys restored original nouveau woodwork, and detailed facades give the town a romantic mystique. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight at a hotel in Tbilisi.
Day 4: Up to the mountains
First visit Jvari Church from the 6th century. Afterwards drive along the Georgian Military Road to Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). Stepantsminda is a small town with views of Mount Kazbegi (or Mkinvartsweri) – at 5033m, the seventh highest peak in the Caucasus Mountains. From the center of the town hike (drive up by 4X4 cars is also possible) to the Church of the Holy Trinity Gergeti, which is located at an altitude of 2170 m. With a little luck you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Mt. "Kazbeg". Drive to the ski resort of Georgia – Gudauri. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Gudauri.
Day 5: From the Greater to the Lesser Caucasus Breakfast at hotel.
Drive to visit Ananuri architectural complex, a former residence of Aragvian Dukes. The complex features churches and towers dating back to the 16-17th centuries, beautifully overlooking Jinvali Reservoir. Drive to Borjomi and visit the Borjomi Mineral Water Park. Drive up by cable car in the park and enjoy a beautiful view. Continue to Georgia’s second ski resort – Bakuriani. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Bakuriani.
Day 6: Bakuriani – Vardzia – Bakuriani Breakfast at hotel. Visit of Vardzia, an impressive cave town that was founded in the XII century. During its heyday it housed around 20,000 people. Drive back to Bakuriani. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bakuriani.
Day 7: Along the Silk road!
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Uplistsikhe cave town, located 7 km south-east of Gori on the left bank of the Mtkvari River. The site still amazes visitors by its size, extraordinary position, refined forms and the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The history of Uplistsikhe goes back to the 2nd to 1st millennium B.C. back. In ancient times the city was one of the most important centers of Georgia and in the Middle Ages it stood on an important trade route that linked Byzantium with India and China. Before reaching Tbilisi we’ll visit the country's former capital city - Mtskheta, the religious center of Georgia, located at the confluence of the Kura and Aragvi Rivers. Visit the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, which is said to be home to Christ's tunic. Arrive in Tbilisi. Overnight at a hotel in Tbilisi.
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