- Georgia – 13 Nights
Day 1: Arrival day. City tour
Meet & greet at Tbilisi international airport by the representative of “Happy Travel Georgia” & transfer to the hotel. After check-in, we start the sightseeing tour in Tbilisi. Start at Sameba Holy Trinity Cathedral, one of the largest Orthodox cathedrals in the world. Continue to Metekhi Church and monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. All reviews narikala fortress with cable car mother georgia great view and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden Str. area full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops, and breath in the living past. Continues to visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the clock tower of famous Theatre. Freedom Square and Rustaveli Avenue, after we go to Mtawminda Park to see Funicular by mtawminda railway. After the city tour, we go shopping in Tbilisi Mall, the largest mall in Georgia. After shopping takes you back to the Hotel. Overnight: Hotel in Tbilisi
Day 2: Tbilisi – Telavi – Tsinandali – Alaverdi – Napareuli – Telavi
After breakfast depart towards the Kakheti region (Eastern Georgia), the cradle of Georgian wine. The beautiful road lies through Gombori pass. Our first stop will be in Telavi, the administrative and historic center of the region. Have a short walk through charming streets of old Telavi and have a photo stop at the monument to Erekli II. Drive to Tsinandali, the residence of dukes of Georgia with the beautiful English garden, a museum, and the wine cellar that belonged to Prince Chavchavadze, the 19th-century public figure, and poet. Continue to Alaverdi Cathedral, the second tallest cathedral in Georgia and an outstanding example of medieval Georgian architecture of the 11th century. The final stop for today is a private winery «Twins Wine Cellar» in Napareuli village. The premises of the winery include vast vineyard, the museum of traditional Georgian winemaking in qvevri (large earthenware vessels), and facilities for various workshops. Try yourself at baking Georgian bread puri, cooking national dessert churchkhela (a traditional candle-shaped candy). An excellent round-up of the tour will be five different wines tasting produced at Twins Winery according to Georgian traditional technology of winemaking in qvevri. Return to Telavi for overnight.
Day 3: Telavi – Gremi – Kvareli – Bodbe – Sighnaghi
Continue exploring Kakheti region and Alazani valley. Check-out from the hotel and drive to Gremi architectural complex, 16th-century royal residence and the capital of Kakheti Kingdom. Gloomy and monumental, the Gremi castle is one of the most visited tourist points in Georgia. Next stop will be at unique wine cellar “Khareba” located in the tunnel carved out of the rock. Originally built for military purposes, today the tunnel is used to store Khareba’s finest wines. Wine tour and wine tasting. Drive to Sighnaghi, making the en-route stop at Bodbe convent, which according to the legend is a burial place of St. Nino, who converted Georgia to Christianity in the 4th century. According to Tsar Alexader III of Russia decree, since 1889 Bodbe complex functions as a nunnery. Continue to Sighnaghi, the city of love and the Royal Town, one of the crossroads of the Great Silk Road surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers. Overnight in Sighnaghi.
Day 4: Sighnaghi – David Gareji – Tbilisi
In the morning depart towards Tbilisi. On the way make a tour to semi-desert of Gareja. On the way stop at the local market to take some snacks. Arrive in David Gareja monastery and start walking up to explore Lavra cave monastery founded in the 6th century. The Lavra monastery is an inhabited complex of caves with a courtyard, church, and other buildings. Continue walking up to Udabno (takes around 1,5-2 hours) where you can have some rest and enjoy the view to Azerbaijan from Georgian side. Udabno is famous for its wall-paintings dating from the end of the 12th century. Thousand-year-old frescos at Udabno are depicting such scenes from the Bible like “The Last Supper” and “The Exaltation of the Cross”. After some rest, walk down another path. Drive to Tbilisi for overnight.
Day 5: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Ananuri – Kazbegi
After breakfast, drive to Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns and the cultural and religious center of Georgia. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC. Visit Jvari Church, a true architectural masterpiece of the early Medieval Period overlooking the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers from the top of the hill, and Svetitskhoveli, the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept. Continue to Ananuri architectural complex, a former residence of Argveti Dukes. Complex featuring churches and towers dating back to the 16-17th centuries is beautifully overlooking Jinvali reservoir. Continue driving on Georgian Military Highway passing through the highest point of it at 2379 m above sea level. Arrive at Kazbegi, a small town with the views of Mount Kazbek (or Mkinvari) 5033 m, the seventh highest peak in the Caucasus Mountains. Drive to Gergeti Holy Trinity Church located at an altitude of 2170 m on 4×4 type vehicle to enjoy breathtaking views of the Mount Kazbegi. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Kazbegi – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Borjomi
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Gori and visit Stalin Museum. The museum includes more than 60,000 artifacts, the tiny house where Stalin was born, and impressive bulletproof train Stalin used to travel to Yalta and Potsdam. Explore cave town Uplistsikhe dating back to Hellenistic Period and notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures and the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. Continue to Borjomi. Take a walk in National Park famous worldwide with its mineral water reserves. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Borjomi – Khertvisi – Vardzia – Akhaltsikhe
In the morning drive to Vardzia. En route, a short stop at Khertvisi Fortress (10-11th centuries). Arrive at Vardzia, which was erected in the 12-13th centuries during the rule of George III and his daughter Queen Tamara to protect southern boundaries of Georgia. Vardzia is not just a set of random rooms cut in rocks. It is a multi-storied complex with streets, tunnels, and stairs leading to monasteries, temples, fortresses, baths, libraries dwelling houses and so forth. Drive to Akhaltsikhe for overnight.
Day 8: Akhaltsikhe – Kutaisi
In the morning explore the Rabati fortress. The old stone Rabati fortress, the main sight of the Akhaltsikhe town, is standing on the small hill on the very shores of the Potskhovi river. Its name comes from Arabic meaning “fortified place”. Drive to Kutaisi, the second biggest city in Georgia, which according to the legend was the ultimate destination of the Jason and Argonauts searching for the Golden Fleece. Visit Bagrati Cathedral (11th century) – one of the best samples of late medieval architecture, and is towering over Kutaisi and visible from almost any point of the city. Next stop is Gelati Academy (12th century) built by King David the Builder. Gelati was the center of the spiritual and scientific life of the Middle Ages, the tomb of Georgian kings, and the cult place for pilgrims. It is under UNESCO protection as an object of cultural and historical legacy. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Kutaisi – Prometheus Cave – Mestia
In the morning drive to famous Prometheus cave with numerous stalactites and stalagmites. In the afternoon, head to mysterious Svaneti region through Inguri gorge. The region is home to a special ethnic group of people – heroic and courageous Svans – distinguished by their culture, traditions, and customs from the rest of Georgia. Svanetia is also known for its original architecture and is called “the Country of Thousand Towers”, which had played both economic and defensive functions. Mestia still has dozens of such medieval stone houses with the watchtowers and inhabited towers that were used to protect valleys and churches (10-14th centuries). Visit Svan original house “machubi” and tower “koshki”. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Mestia – Ushguli – Mestia
After breakfast at the hotel drive on a 4×4 type car to Ushguli village, the highest standing settlement in Europe (2200 m). Spend time in Ushguli strolling old narrow streets. Visit Lamaria Church complex with impressive wall frescos (12th century). Locals believe that Queen Tamara was buried right under this church. Enjoy picturesque view of the Mount Shkhara. Ushguli architectural complex is a valuable architectural and historical monument listed in the World heritage of UNESCO for its exclusiveness. Return to Mestia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Mestia – Zugdidi – Batumi
In the morning visit the Mestia Ethnographic museum located in a traditional Svaneti tower. The museum was established in 1936 and has one of the richest collections of artifacts in the region. At noon depart to Batumi (150 km). Stop on the way at Dadiani palace in Zugdidi and at Petra fortress with green gardens beautifully overlooking the Black Sea. Arrive in Batumi. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Adjara-Batumi
Hotel Breakfast. After breakfast, take a guided city tour to discover the city of Batumi. Visit the Italian inspired Colonnades of Batumi. First to visit botanical garden, next to pass with cable car over Batumi, piazza square, enjoy Batumis street, old Batumi, Batumi seaport, After, the elegant, white Greek-style colonnades were initially built as an entrance to the beach, but as the shore-line retreated, they now remain as decorative piece of architecture. Take a walk around the Europe Square, and see the famed monument of Medea with the Golden Fleece. Continue towards The Waderpark, which is situated and designed on the seafront boulevard of Batumi. Batumi Boulevard, a historic promenade stretched along the coast of the Black Sea. It is the perfect place to enjoy a walk, bike ride or just relax and see the popular attractions such as the statue of Ali and Nino, the Georgian Alphabet Tower. Overnight: At the hotel in Batumi.
Day 13: Mountainous Adjara.
Hotel Breakfast. After breakfast, our representative will pick you up and starts the tour. First to visit Gonio fortress, from the 1st century. The name is connected to the character in the Greek Myth of Argonauts (Apsaros is a brother of Medea). A theatre and hippodrome functioned here in I-III cc. AD. One of the twelve apostles of Christ St. Mathias is buried in Apsaros. Next, we go to Sarpi (Georgian Turkey Boarder) Waterfall of St. Andrew the First-called. Next, we move to Mountainous Adjara. We see Chorokhi and Adjaristskhali Valleys, Arch-stone Bridge of XIII c. in Makhuntseti and Makhuntseti Waterfall. (where we can enjoy rafting 3 km). Next stop is “Adjarian Wine House” which was built on the ruins of the historic winery of the 18th century in Adjara and it is situated in Keda district. You will have a little tour of the winery. Wine tasting of 5 best Georgian Wines is possible, based on your desire, among them is the pride of Keda region-“Porto Franco”-dry rose wine. Also, can make yourself Georgian traditional bread and enjoy lunch with organic food. Next, drive back to Batumi. Overnight: At the hotel in Batumi.
Day 14: End of the tour. Tbilisi.
Hotel Breakfast. After breakfast, our representative will pick you up and going to the biggest shopping center “East Point” where you can do last shopping and after transfer to airport regarding to flight departure time.
- 13 nights’ hotel accommodation at 3*/4*/5* (Tbilisi) Twin / Double Sharing room
- Daily Hotel Breakfast
- Roundtrip Airport Transfer
- Tbilisi sightseeing tour
- Tour all the day
- English speaking guide during the tours, tours by Mercedes Minivan.
- 3 star Hotel USD 749 min 2-4 PAX Golden Star Hotel or similar