Tour duration: 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS Destination countries: Georgia Arrival: Kutaisi International Airport
Departure: Kutaisi International Airport
Day 1 | Arrival to Kutaisi
Welcome to Georgia!
Arrival to Kutaisi International Airport. Meet and transfer to Kutaisi hotel.
After accommodation, we are taking you for the sightseeing tour around Kutaisi, which includes the visits to the following sites:
Sataplia Karst Cave - is famous for fine speleothems and the nearby dinosaur footprints. Gelaty monastery is of special importance for its architecture, its mosaics, its wall paintings, and its enamel and metal work. It was not simply a monastery: it was a center of science and education, and the Academy established there was one of the most important centers of culture in ancient Georgia. Motsameta church - this little monastery has very beautiful views over the gorge of the river Tskhastsitela. To make your dearest wish come true, simply crawl three times under the tomb of two martyrs. Locals say that it never fails!
Welcome dinner with folk show program.
Overnight in Kutaisi hotel.
Day 2 | Kutaisi – Borjomi – Mtskheta – Tbilisi
Heritage of Georgian Jerusalem.
Departure to Borjomi. The resort gained its special reputation owing to mineral sources, of almost legendary status. The water is rich with elements necessary for the organism and is the best treatment, or means of avoiding, numerous illnesses. Tasting water from mineral springs. Tasting water from mineral springs.
Next visit is Mtskheta city, where you will visit Jvari (VI c.) and Svetitskhoveli (XI c.) monasteries
Jvari Monastery is a Georgian Orthodox monastery of the 6th century, it is situated on a cliff above Mtskheta. The name is translated as the Monastery of the Cross. It is the culmination of a number of artistic and architectural aspirations in early Christian Georgian. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is one of the most sacred places in Georgia and, along with Jvari Monastery, the clear highlight of a trip to Mtskheta. It was founded in 1010, built on the site of Georgia's first church, and contains the graves of the ancient Georgian kings, including Sidonia, who was said to have been buried holding Christ's robe.
Arrival to Tbilisi, accommodation at the hotel. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 3 | Tbilisi
Breakfast at the hotel.
Sightseeing tour around Tbilisi includes the visits to the following sites: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Metechi church with panoramic views over the old part of the city, Sioni cathedral, Anchiskhati Church, Narikala fortress, Old streets of the city, Sulphur Baths in Abanotubani, Meidan Square, Chardin Road, Freedom Square, House of Melik Azarianc (Passage), Bridge of Peace, Rustaveli Avenue, Shota Rustaveli Theatre, Vorontsov Palace, Pantheon on Mtatsminda Mount, Turtle Lake and more other sites of the city...
In the evening dinner in one of the best restaurants of the capital with folk show program.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 4 | Tbilisi – Sighnaghi – Tsinandali – Tbilisi
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure to Georgia’s famous wine region, Kakheti.
Departure to Sighnaghi. Sightseeing tour around the city, we are going to visit: Bodbe monastery - is an orthodox monastic complex, originally built in the 9th century, it has been significantly remodeled, especially in the 17th century. After Sighnaghi vsit to Gurjaani Wine house produces its own vintage wine (Kvevri), which is decorated with appropriate etiquette and production history. Visit to a private winery in the village of Velistsikhe. Enjoy lunch with homemade dishes, wine tasting and learn how “churchkhela” (Georgian sweets) is made. After lunch visit to Tsinandali House-Museum - the historical home of Alexandre Chavchavadze and his family, is one of Georgia’s most important cultural sites. As a museum and cultural center, it can offer an extraordinary experience for the general public, tourists, educators, students, and researchers. Tsinandali's immense winery - the great wine-making tradition of eastern Georgia will be a theme in many of the features envisioned in this space. Wine degustation.
Back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 5 | Tbilisi – Ananuri – Stepantsminda – Tbilisi
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure to Stepantsminda. On the way to Kazbegi Ananuri Architectural Complex and Jinvali Water Reservoir via Georgian Military Highway - only an hour non-stop drive from Tbilisi is needed to dive into harmony of this beauty. We make a stop to see Ananuri Architectural Complex - fortified ensemble, dating from the XVII century, is located on the left bank of river Aragvi, in a magnificent setting at the very shore of Jinvali Water Reservoir. This architectural complex has witnessed several serious battles throughout its history.
Arrival to Stepantsminda. During the tour you will visit: Gergeti Trinity Church is located near settlement Stapantsminda, on the Gergeti Mountain (2200m a.s.l.), one of the highest and most beautiful peaks of Caucasus and is the only cross-cupola church in Khevi province. You can enjoy the breathtaking views to the mount Kazbek. It is the third highest mountain in Georgia and the seventh highest peak in the Caucasus Mountains. The summit lies directly to the west of settlement Stepantsminda and is the most prominent geographic feature of the area. Mt. Kazbek is the highest peak of Eastern Georgia.
Back to Tbilisi hotel for overnight.
Day 6 | Tbilisi – Batumi
Departure from Tbilisi to Batumi by train. Transfer from Batumi railway station to Batumi hotel.
Sightseeing tour around Batumi: Seaside Park (Boulevard). Square of Europe, 6 may park & Nuriegel lake. Aquarium & dolphinarium, Modern Batumi: new buildings, Ardagani lake, Aquapark, Holy mother virgin's nativity cathedral, Batumi sea port. Rope way. Miracle park: Alphabetic tower: Sculpture of love "ali & nino"; Alhogol-fountain tower, Streets of old Batumi, The mosque, Piazza square and other interesting sites of the city...
Visiting Batumi Botanical Garden: one of the largest gardens in Europe located 9 km. north of Batumi at the place called "Mtsvane Kontskhi ("Green Cape") on the Black Sea shore. The garden consists of nine floristic sections, those of Caucasian humid subtropics. East Asia, New Zealand, South America, the Himalayas, Mexico, Australia and of the Mediterranean.
Overnight in Batumi hotel.
Day 7 | Mountainous Adjara
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Gonio fortress, which history is closely connected with the myth of Jason and the Argonauts. Departure to mountains, the tour includes visits to: Chorokhi and Adjaristskhali Valleys. Arch-stone Bridge of XIII c. in Makhuntseti, Makhuntseti Waterfall, "Wine House" in Keda.
Keda district is considered to be the historical center of winemaking. It is famous for its beautiful nature, historical places and unique varieties of Georgian grapes. The wines "Kedis Tsolikauri" and "Chkhaveri" ("Porto Franco") are produced here. Wine degustation.
Farewell dinner at the local traditional restaurant.
Back to Batumi for overnight.
Day 8 | Departure
Check out from the hotel. Transfer to the airport.
Early breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Kutaisi International Airport (transfer).
Have a nice flight & see You soon in Georgia!