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Luxurious Georgia Discovery

Luxurious Georgia Discovery

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive in Tbilisi airport, where you are provided "fast track" assistance through Customs and Passport Control and introduced to your tour leader. Transfer to the five star hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 2: Tbilisi city tour

After morning breakfast, we start our excursion in Tbilisi with Ethnographical Museum, which is a first open air Museum in Caucasus. We will have an opportunity to see 70 houses and thrift buildings, learn about the architecture and traditions characteristic for the various regions of Georgia.  At Ethnographical Museum there is a possibility to visit traditional Georgian smithy. Afterwards we proceed our excursion to Mtatsminda Church with its poets and artist’s cemetery, overlooking the city centre and a walk on Rustaveli Avenue with a visit to National Museum of Fine Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Museum houses the best-known samples of Georgian artwork. The permanent exhibitions display artworks from medieval times up to twentieth century.

The Museum is distinguished for its Georgian goldsmith pieces dated back to the VIII-XIX Centuries.  There are also stored the works of famous Georgian artists Niko Pirosmanishvili (146 items), Lado Gudiashvili, Elene Akvlediani, David Kakabadze and others.

 

 

 

After visiting the fine arts museum we will go down to the old city and visit famous Sioni Cathedral (6th century), Anchiskhati Church (6th century).

After having a light lunch we will take a walk through narrow old streets to Metekhi palace, Narikala fortress and Abanotubani.

In the second half of the day we drive to JSC Sarajishvili Wine Brandy & Alcohol Factory to taste famous Sarajishvili brandies.

 

 

In 1884 David Sarajishvili set up his first wine brandy production in Georgia using the classic technology, which was the first throughout the Russian Empire. The Tbilisi factory produced the first brandy in 1887.

After the degustation and excursion in the factory we will have a traditional Georgian Dinner.

 

 

 

         

 

B,L,D. Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 3: Mtskheta & Kakheti Region

Early in the morning we depart towards ancient capital of Georgia, Mtskheta. Historians date this historic town back to the 2nd millennium B.C. Mtskheta subsequently became the capital of Georgian Kingdom of Iberia between 500BC - 500AD. Here Georgians adopted Christianity in the beginning of 4th century and Mtskheta still remains the Headquarters of Georgian Orthodox Church. In Mtskheta We will visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.) and Jvari Monastery (5th c.), which are among the finest architectural monuments in Georgia. Mtskheta is listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After excursion in Mtskheta we will head to Natakhtari airdrome, from where we will fly to Kakheti region on a comfortable helicopter (MI8).

 

 

 

 

In Kakheti we will visit gracious Alaverdi Cathedral (11th c) and Gremi Church (16th c) (both are  submitted on the Tentative List for  inscription on the World Heritage List by UNESCO). After excursions at Alaverdi & Gremi we will depart to Tsinandali to visit Tsinandali museum, and Shumi wine museum. Tsinandali is one of the most remarkable country estates in Kakheti region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Initially built during the 19th Century, the house, winery and gardens tell the story of a fascinating family: The Chavchavadzes. Their story charms Georgians and foreigners. We will have lunch accompanied by traditional Georgian music with traditional Kakhetian food.

At the end of the day, we will fly back to Natakhtari airdrome and drive to Mtskheta to have a traditional Georgian dinner. After the dinner, at the end of the day we return to Tbilisi.  

B,L,D. Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 4: Kutaisi

On the 4th day of our trip we once again head towards Natakhtari airdrome, from where we will take a flight to Imereti region, Kutaisi.

The city of Kutaisi dates back to the Argonauts’ time (13th -12th centuries B.C). Formerly capital of old Colchida, Kutaisi then ruled all of Western Georgia. The nearby Gelati Monastery was founded in the 12th century by Georgia’s most famous king, David the Builder (1073 – 1125 AD). Its walls are covered in splendid floor-to-ceiling murals of Georgia’s saints and monarchs. Gelati and Bagrati are listed as World Cultural Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

 

 

 

 

 

After visiting Gelati and Bagrati cathedrals and having lunch in Kutaisi at the restaurant, we will head to Sataplia  Nature Reserve where dozens of dinosaur footprints, dating from 120 million years ago, can be found.

 

 

 

 

       

In Sataplia we will also visit three big underground cave chambers, which are extending for 330m. The temperature there is constant 14C. The stalagmites and stalactites are eerily impressive. At the end of the day we will fly back to Natakhtari airdrome and drive to Tbilisi to have a dinner at the restaurant.

B,L,D. Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 5: Vanilla Moments – Ushguli & Batumi

Early in the morning, following the breakfast, we will drive to Natakhtari airdrome to take a flight to mountainous region of Georgia, Svaneti. The mythological western province of Georgia, land of the ‘Golden Fleece’ (where locals still sift for gold through sheepskins) lies high up in the Greater Caucasus.

The village Ushguli is believed to be the highest permanently inhabited place in Europe. It lies below Mt. Shkhara (5068m) the highest peak in Georgia and the second highest in Caucasus. Its more than 20 ancient stone towers and the ongoing resilience of its population have led it to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 

 

After an excursion and picnic lunch in Ushguli, we fly to Adjara region, town Batumi, to complete the perfect day watching sunset on the Black Sea beach following a luxurious dinner in the restaurant, with the view of the famous dancing fountains.

 

 

 

Overnight at the hotel in Batumi.

 

Day 6: Excursion in Batumi Botanical Garden & Gonio fortress (optional) & Departure

In the morning we shall have optional free time to take a swim in the Black Sea or excursion to Batumi Botanical Garden and Gonio fortress.

Batumi Botanical Garden, situated on the north of Batumi, along the Black Sea coast, is unique among the gardens of the world. At present, Batumi Botanical Garden occupies 114 ha.

From Batumi Botanical Garden continue journey down toward the Turkish border, where the ancient town of Gonio is situated. Built in the II century BC the town played a vital role as a crossroads between the west and the Caucasus. Archeological excavations still take place in Gonio – and have already unearthed a wealth of gold and other artifacts.

 

 

In the second half of the day, fly back to Natakhtari airdrome and drive to Tbilisi.

End of the tour.

 

Price includes:

 

  • Flights from Natakhtari to Kakheti region and back (App. 1h.), from Natakhtari to Kutaisi and back (App. 3h.), from Natakhtari to Svaneti and Batumi (App. 2.5h.), from Batumi to Natakhtari airdrome (App. 1.5h.).
  • Transfers to Natakhtari Airdrome and back.
  • In Kakheti, Kutaisi & Batumi comfortable mini buses to drive us in the area.
  • Breakfasts lunches and dinners as specified in itinerary.
  • Service of English & Russian Speaking guide.
  • Accommodation at the hotel in Tbilisi – Days 1,2,3,4
  • Accommodation at the hotel in Batumi – Day 5

 

 Price does not include:

 

  • Other services, meals or alcoholic drinks unless specified in the itinerary.
  • Any insurance.
  • Personal clothing and equipment.

 

 

 

Important note:

Due to bad weather conditions the flight may be impossible, therefore the tour postponed.