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Round Trip Georgia 14 Days

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Touroperator Tamuna Kuprashvili

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duration: 14 days / 15 nights
tour guide: English-speaking
catering: Half board
difficulty: 2

Effortless, short hikes (up to 2 hours)

Experience nature and culture in the majestic Caucasus Mountains and at the Black Sea coast of Georgia. A two-week round trip leads to the vineyards of East Georgia blessed with abundant sunshine, the Gareja semi-desert, a coarse highland world of the Greater Caucasus and finally, via Batumi, a port city at the Black Sea, into the barren but impressive high plateaus of the Lesser Caucasus.

Highlights

  • Tbilisi, Old City, Rustaveli, National Museum
  • David Gareji, Udabno Desert, Jimiti, Sighnaghi
  • Kakheti wine region, Tsinandali, Telavi, Vardisubani, Alaverdi
  • Mtskheta, Jvari, Svetitskhoveli
  • Georgian Military Road, Ananuri
  • Greater Caucasus, Kasbegi, Gergeti Monastery
  • Cave-City Uplistsikhe at the Silk Road
  • Kutaisi, Gelati
  • Svaneti, Mestia, Ushguli
  • Batumi, Natura Tea Company, Black Sea
  • Akhaltsikhe, Lesser Caucasus, Rabat Fortress, cave-city Vardzia

Program

Arrival in Tbilisi

Reception at airport as expected shortly after midnight and transfer to hotel.

Overnight stay in Tbilisi

1Tbilisi City Tour

Tbilisi, old town, Metekhi, Narikala, Rustaveli, National Museum

Sightseeing tour in Tbilisi Old City starts in the morning (later upon request). Medieval churches Metekhi (13th c.), Anchiskhati (6th c.) and Sioni (13th c.), synagogue, mosque and Narikala Fortress (4th c.). After a stop at the oriental baths-district and Freedom Square, the tour goes further along central Rustaveli-Avenue. Subsequently, the schedule foresees a visit to the National Museum with the Treasure Chamber of Georgia. The museum collection contains i.a. fascinating goldsmith’s artworks of ancient Colchis. A delicious welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant concludes the first day.

Walking tour: 8-10km, approx. 5-6 hrs.
Overnight stay in Tbilisi (B/-/D)

2Mysterious semi-desert Gareja

David Gareji, Udabno, Jimiti, Sighnaghi

The route heads south-east into the Steppe Desert Gareja. The first visiting point of the day is the Lavra Monastery of David Gareji, followed by a small hike to the caves of the Udabno-Monastery with impressive frescos and spectacular view over the bizarre desert landscape at the border to Azerbaijan (a 45 min. climb, total time of the hike approx. 2-3 h.). The trip proceeds to Jimiti, a very old, typically Kakhetian village. Here you can enjoy a lunch and wine degustation at a local family’s house which gives you an excellent insight into the daily life and activities of their lives, such as bread baking and winemaking in the traditional way. A late-evening trip to the medieval town Sighnaghi offers a relaxing finale for the day.

Driving distance: approx. 220km, time: approx. 5 hrs.
Hike distance: approx. 2km, time: approx. 2-3 hrs.
Altitude difference: up approx. 150m, down approx. 150m

Overnight stay in Sighnaghi (B/D/-)

3Wine Region Kakheti

Sighnaghi, Shumi wine estate, tsinandali, Vardisubani, Alaverdi, Gombori Mountains

We start the day with a relaxed walking tour through the wriggling lanes of Sighnaghi with a breathtaking view over the vast Alazani Valley. The journey goes on along the Kakhetian Wine Route Another site of interest on the schedule is the former princely residence Tsinandali with its famous wine cellar and the Shumi wine estate where wine is prepared in traditional, as well as in the European way. A native winegrower will give you a guided tour through the production facility explaining the contrast between the two methods of winemaking. Afterwards we visit a Kvevri potter in Vardisubani. The Georgian Kvevri-wine producing method counts more than 8.000 years and ranks among the oldest of the UNESCO world culture heritage. Making a Kvevri is a very special form of pottery and there are only a few masters who carry on the traditional craft. During the walk in his small garden-museum you visualise how Kvevris are made and how Georgian peasants and winemakers mature their wine in the traditional Georgian way. Next, the journey takes us to the mighty Alaverdi Cathedral (11th c.) and across the Gombori-Mountains back to Tbilisi.

Driving distance: approx. 180km, time: approx. 4 hrs.
Overnight stay in Tbilisi (B/-/D)

4The old capital Mtskheta & the Georgian Military Road

Mtskheta, Jvari, Svetitskhoveli, Ananuri, Stepantsminda, Darial Gorge

Journey north to Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia at the crosspoint of the Military- and the Silk Roads. Visiting the Jvari Monastery (7th c.) looking over the old capital and the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.), the heart and soul of Georgia in the centre of Mtskheta. Dinner at the Mirziashvili’s, a family of musicians, members of the Ensemble Ananuri. The journey proceeds along the Military road into the Greater Caucasus. The age-old caravan trail connected the North with the Orient as described by the Greek geographer Strabo in his reports of (1st c. B.C.). Due to its strategic significance gained in the 19th century, the Russian Tsarist Empire classified the caravan linking road as “the gate to the Orient”. A number of fortifications emerged along the route serving the purpose of defense against hostile attacks. After visiting the richly ornamented Ananuri Fortress Complex (17th c.), picturesquely embedded in the Zhinvali Reservoir landscape, the journey continues via the Cross Pass at the altitude of 2.395m to Stepantsminda (former Kasbegi) at the foot of the Kasbegi Glacier. In the late afternoon a short trip to the Russian border over the wild Darial Gorge, the millennia-old battleground for aggressors, baptized with the name “Gate to the North”.

Driving distance: approx. 200km, time: approx. 5 hrs.
Overnight stay in Stepantsminda (B/-/D)

5Mount Prometheus & the wine estate Ateni

Kazbegi, Gergeti, wine estate Vacheishvili

After breakfast a hike (approx. 3-4 h.) to the pilgrimage church Tsminda Sameba (Gergeti Trinity Church, 14th c., 2.170m), standing in proud solitary splendour in front of a spectacular panorama of the Kasbegi Summit (5.047m), the highest mount in the eastern Greater Caucasus. As the legend says, Zeus chained Prometheus on the top of the mount as a punishment for bringing fire to the mankind. The journey back leads along the Military Road first and then onwards along a branch of the ancient Silk Road to the idyllic family-run wine estate of Nika Vacheishvili in Ateni, who grows the rare endemic vine Atenuri resulting in fine wines. Dinner, wine degustation and the beauty and peace of the countryside round off the day.

Driving distance: approx. 230km, time: approx. 5 hrs.
Hike distance: approx. 5km, time: approx. 2-3 hrs.
Altitude difference: up approx. 500m, down approx. 500m

Overnight stay in Ateni (B/-/D)

6The ancient Silk Road

Atenis Sioni, Uplistsikhe, Likhi Mountains

After breakfast a short walk in the historically highly interesting Ateni region and visit to the Ateni Sioni Church (7th-10th c), a cross-cupola church with medieval depictions on the life of Mary (12th c.). In the afternoon journey to the ancient cave-city Uplistsikhe situated on the broad valley of the river Mtkvari (Kura), where bizarre rock ruins are silent witnesses to the sometime grandeur and importance of the ancient trading base.  The journey leads us to the west through typical small villages, each of them stands for a certain craft of trade: hammocks, wickerwork, Nazukis (sweat bread with raisins), as well as village Shrosha, known for its ceramics. Halfway to reaching Kutaisi we cross the Likhi Mountains, a mighty massif connecting the Greater Caucasus in the North with the Lesser Caucasus in the South thus creating a climate divide between east and west Georgia.

Driving distance: approx. 190km, time: approx. 4 hrs.
Overnight stay in Kutaisi (B/-/D)

7Kutaisi, capital of ancient Colchis

Kutaisi, Gelati

Today we start with a short walking tour in the Kutaisi old town and local farmers’ market. Kutaisi is one the oldest cities of Georgia. It was the old capital of Colchis and an important politico-cultural center. When in Kutaisi visiting the Gelati Monastery (UNESCO world heritage) is a must. King David IV the Builder founded one of the first academies of philosophy worldwide on this location in the 12th century. The afternoon is free to be arranged individually, you can relax at the riverbank or in a Café.

Driving distance: approx. 50km, time: approx. 1 h.
Overnight stay in Kutaisi (B/-/D)

8Fabulous Svaneti

Mestia, National Museum

Journey to the North into the mountainous landscape of the Great Caucasus up to Mestia, the centre of the mountain region Svaneti. You also visit the Mestia National Museum with its collection of important icons and gold treasures from Early Middle Ages, which were brought from towns to the Svaneti during the impending danger of attacks in the past and thanks to the remoteness of the Svaneti highlands had been spared from robbery and destruction.

Driving distance: approx. 260km, time: approx. 4 hrs.
Overnight stay in Mestia (B/-/D)

9Ushguli, the highest village of Europe

Machubi, Ushguli, Lamaria Church

Today we visit one of the typical Svanetian tower-houses “Machubi”, where a family, together with all their winter- and livestock, used to reside in medieval times. Immediately adjacent to the tower-house you find its own defense tower, which used to provide protection to an entire extended family for centuries. Afterwards, trip upstream the Enguri River to Ushguli, the highest permanently inhabited settlement in Europe (2.200m). The picturesque ensemble of fortified towers is an impressive illustration of the medieval Svanetian architecture and belongs to the UNESCO world culture heritage since 2006. A walk through the village and visiting the church Lamaria (2.400 m) finishes the day.   

Driving distance: approx. 100km, time: approx. 4 hrs.
Overnight stay in Mestia (B/-/D)

10Tea paradise on the Black Sea coast

Zugdidi, Dadiani Palace, Natura Tea

Journey to Zugdidi, the historical capital of the region Mengrelia, once the seat of the powerful Dadiani princes.  The Dadiani royal line was considered to be the mightiest royal family in west Georgia in the 13th century already. We visit the Dadiani palace (19th c.) and continue the journey along the Black Sea coast. The climate in the region is mild and moist, the highlands of the Caucasus Mountains in the North stretch right up to the coast region providing the ideal conditions for tea cultivation, first introduced in Georgia in 1833. Georgia has been the most important tea supplier for the Russian Tsars and later for the entire Russian Empire since the 1870s. We visit the Natura Tea Company, a young organic tea company in the village Gurianta. After a guided tour through the production facility and tea degustation we continue our journey along the Black Sea coast to Batumi.

Driving distance: approx. 290km, time: approx. 6 hrs.
Overnight stay in Batumi (B/-/D)

11Port City Batumi

Batumi, Black Sea

A day off in Batumi. The city Batumi is a colourful mixture of traditional, Art Nouveau and the modern architecture. Along with tourist attractions such as the legendary Primovsky Coast promenade you can also enjoy the multicultural life of a typical coast town. Upon request and for additional cost you can visit the nearby Gonio with its ancient Roman Fortress or optionally the Batumi Botanical Garden with its spectacular view over the Black Sea bay.

Driving distance: approx. 30km, time: approx. 1 h.
Overnight stay in Batumi (B/-/-)

12Ajarian Mountains

Khulo cableway, Dandalo & Purtio bridges, Skurdidi, Goderdzi Pass

Journey across the beautiful Ajaristskali Valley with short breaks in the nature i.a. at the stone bridges Dandalo and Purtio, both from the 12th. c. We also visit e two-kilomtre long cableway in khulo. The cableway leads (without pillars) to the next mountain village and is used daily by the locals as the main means of transport. In the village Skurdidi we visit a beekeeper and a basket-weaving workshop of a local peasant. Upon request you are welcome to try your hand at basket-weaving. Afterwards, our leisurely journey leads us along an unpaved adventurous road (partially in a very poor state) up to the Goderdzi Pass at 2.025m. The pass divides the vegetation-rich, subtropical Ajara region from the climatically much drier Javakheti region.   

Driving distance: approx. 110km, time: approx. 4 hrs.
Overnight stay in Goderdzi Pass (B/-/D)

13Across the Lesser Caucasus

“Green Lake”, Rabat Fortress incl. Museum

In the morning a short walk (approx. 3 hrs.) to the “Green Lake”.  At noon we continue our journey across the Goderdzi Pass to Akhaltsikhe. En route we visit the recently rebuilt Rabat Fortress and the Rabat Museum. Among its very well preserved exhibits this local branch of the National Museum houses some of the most important findings from the region Samtskhe-Javakheti, one of the oldest settlement area of Georgia. The journey continues to Vardzia.

Driving distance: approx. 100km, time: approx. 4 hrs.
Overnight stay
in Vardzia (B/-/D)

14Cave-city Vardzia

Vardzia, Armenian villages, Tbilisi

After breakfast we sightsee Vardzia, a cave-city of the 12th c. near the border to Turkey. The almost 500 m high rock wall towers the riverbank. Network of numerous hand-carved caves extends throughout multiple floors interconnected via stairways, terraces and galleries. At its time the cave complex contained streets, tunnels, residential premises and cupolas, libraries and baths. The absolute highlight of the site is the medieval fresco art of the cave-churches, i. a. you can view one of the rarest pictorial representations of Queen Tamar depicted by her contemporaries. The tour proceeds across the high plains of the Lesser Caucasus passing by a number of volcanic lakes and Armenian villages.

Driving distance: approx. 200km, time: approx. 5-6 hrs.
Overnight stay in Tbilisi (B/-/D)

Departure

Transfer to the airport as expected in the early morning of the following day.

Services

Transfer:

  • All transfers according to the programme, in a comfortable minibus
  • Airport transfer 2x

    Airport transfer is included in the price only if the arrival is on the preceding- and the departure on the following day of the tour-programme. Otherwise we charge additional 20 € per transfer. 

Travel guide:

  • Continuous, English-speaking GEORGIA INSIGHT guide.

Accommodation:

  • Tbilisi, hotel*** 4x
  • Sighnaghi, hotel**1x
  • Stepantsminda, family-run hotel 1x
  • Ateni, family-run wine estate 1x
  • Kutaisi, family-run hotel 2x
  • Mestia, family-run hotel  2x
  • Batumi, hotel*** 2x
  • Akhaltsikhe, family-run hotel  1x
  • Wardzia, family-run hotel  1x
  • All rooms - except in Ateni - with own shower/WC

Board:

  • Breakfast and dinner
    except for on day free in Batumi - day 11 
  • Early dinner on day 2
  • Wine degustation Weindegustation on day 3
  • Tee degustation - Natural Tea Company - day 10
  • One bottle of water a day

Entrances:

  • According to the programme

Not included:

  • Flight
  • Travel insurance 
  • Alcoholic beverages except for the degustations according to the programme 
  • Tips

Info

Clothing

Ankle boots with a profiled sole are absolutely enough for hiking. Some monasteries have strict dressing regulations. Ladies have to wear a longer skirt and a headscarf, gentlemen - long trousers (below knee) and a shirt with sleeves (over shoulders). We would recommend you to pack some clothes in classic style for restaurants, Georgians in general, go out very well dressed.

Weather

The temperature in the lowlands from June to august can rise up to 40-45 degrees, sunscreen with high protection factor is strongly recommended. In the mountain regions on the other side, the temperature may get to approx. 20-25 degrees, in the evening it often cools down to 15-20 degrees.

Accommodation

The accommodation in Tbilisi is provided in 3-star hotels, in the countryside - in family-run hotels/guesthouses, in remote regions - private home guesthouses. We chose all the accommodations very carefully. Nevertheless, please note that the standards here should not always be compared with those in west Europe.

Size of scheduled travel groups

We organise our guided tours in smaller groups (4-10 people on average). You will find the minimum and the maximum number of participants for each travel offer in their respective descriptions on our website. Should there be only one place left to reach the maximum number of participants and should we receive a booking request for two people (a couple, friends), the size of the group can be increased by one more participant.

Important general notes

Tourism in Georgia is relatively young and should not be compared with the standards in other European countries. Loud conversations at neighbouring tables, smoking at windows and/or doors that can not be closed tight are sometimes unavoidable and should not cloud your mood. We chose all the restaurants and accommodations thoroughly and do our best to deliver the best possible quality. We ask for your understanding in case we have to carry out short-term changes in the travel programme necessary due to bad weather conditions.

Long driving distance

Some day-routes require a relatively longer driving distance. Nevertheless, they are carefully planned to be diverse and exciting. You are welcome to have photo stops and/or a picnic en route.

Price list

participants price per person
6 1635 €
5 1755 €
4 1955 €
3 2290 €
2 2915 €

all prices incl. a double room
surcharge for a single occupancy: 315 € per person