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Round Trip Georgia 7 Days

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All our travel offers can also be booked as a private journey to have advantages such as, flexible date choice and individual support of your personal guide. On our private journeys you travel alone or with a private group, e.g. with your family or friends, and have a guide and a driver exclusively at your group’s disposal.

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Touroperator Tamuna Kuprashvili

Tamuna, Maka and Teona make up our enthusiastic operator-team.
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duration: 7 days / 8 nights
tour guide: English-speaking
catering: Half board
difficulty: 2

Effortless, short hikes (up to 2 hours)

One-week round trip leads you to the most beautiful places in Georgia. Following the Silk Road and the old Military Road of Georgia the tour takes you to the cave-monasteries and the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Naturally, the charm of wine region Kakheti is a must. You have the opportunity to enjoy genuine Georgian wine, matured in pottery amphorae according to the age-old tradition of Georgian winemaking.

Highlights

  • UNESCO world cultural heritage
  • Georgian Military Road
  • Mount Prometheus
  • Visit to a family wine estate
  • Cave-city Wardzia 12th c.
  • Steppe-desert Gareja

Program

Arrival in Tbilisi

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

Overnight stay in Tbilisi

1City of warm springs

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

Tbilisi city tour: sightseeing through the streets of old Tbilisi visiting the medieval churches Metekhi (13th c.), Anchiskhati (6th c.) and Sioni (13th c.), the synagogue, mosque and the Narikala fortress 4th c. from where you look over the entire city. Via the oriental bath district and Freedom Square, a walk along the central Rustaveli Avenue where the most significant edifices of Tbilisi string together: National Museum, Parliament building, State Opera House, Cinema, Youth Palace.
In the late afternoon a visit at the National Museum with the Treasure Chamber of Georgia. The museum collection contains a large number of fascinating goldsmith’s art works of ancient Colchis and the sculpture of the famous “Golden Lion”, 3rd millennium. B.C.

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

2The 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)

3The Kasbegi Glacier and the Silk Road

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)

4The ancient cave-city Uplistsikhe and the Lesser Caucasus

Uplistsikhe, Borjomi, Vardzia

Today the journey leads us to the ancient cave-city Uplistsikhe. Bizarre rock ruins bear silent witness to the sometime grandeur and importance of this truly ancient trading base. The trip heads to south to the Lesser Caucasus. A short walk in the Borjomi Park, once the spa garden of the Russian Tsars and further on southwest along the Kura Valley to “Valodia’s Cottage” in Vardzia, located in delightfully quiet atmosphere at the river bank. After a short relaxed walk you can enjoy a delicious roast trout dinner, a specialty of the house.

Driving distance: approx. 190km, time: approx. 2-3 hrs.
Overnight stay in Vardzia (B/-/D)

5Cave-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. 250km, time: approx. 5-6 hrs.
Overnight stay in Tbilisi (B/-/D)

6Mysterious semi-desert Gareja

David Gareji, Udabno, Jimiti, Sighnaghi

The route heads southeast 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/L/-)

7Wine Region Kakheti

Telavi, Tsinandali, wine estate Shumi, Alaverdi, Gombori Mountains

The final day begins 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 with numerous vineyards to Telavi, the administrative centre of Kakheti. Near Telavi we visit the former princely residence Tsinandali with its famous wine cellar, first in Georgia to produce wine in the European way. Tsinandali was a beloved venue for Russian and Georgian intellectual elite of the 19th century. Degustation of the traditional Georgian Kvevri wines at the neighbouring wine estate Shumi. The Georgian Kvevri wine producing method counts more than 8.000 years and ranks among the oldest of the UNESCO world culture heritage. The next destination takes you to the mighty Alaverdi Cathedral (11th c.). The journey back to Tbilisi over the Gombori Mountains and a delicious farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant.

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

Departure

Transfer to the airport as expected early in the morning.

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
  • Stepantsminda, family-run hotel 1x
  • Ateni, family-run wine estatet 1x
  • Wardzia, family-run hotel 1x
  • Sighnaghi, hotel** 1x
  • All rooms - except in Ateni - with own shower/WC

Board:

  • Halfboard (breakfast & dinner)
  • 2x wine degustation on day 3 and 6
  • 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

Open questions

You can further information under the menu point Travel information and FAQs. Should there be any open questions left, please feel free to contact us by e-mail or phone. We will be happy to answer any further questions you have.

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.

Kintsvilis Monastery

The Kintvisi Monastery has a particularly stict dress regulations. Ladies have to wear a longer skirt and a headscarf, gentlemen - long trousers (below knee) and a shirt with sleeves covering the shoulders. 

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.

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.

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.

Stalin Museum

On the way through Gori you pass the Stalin Museum. A museum visit is not part of the travel programme, nevertheless, in case of interest and enough time we can arrange the museum tour for additional cost paid on site.

Single room in Ateni

The availability of single rooms in the wine estate Vacheishvili is limited.

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.

Arrival

You require a passport valid for at least six months after your departure.

Price list

participants price per person
6 970 €
5 1045 €
4 1155 €
3 1335 €
2 1695 €

all prices incl. a double room
surcharge for a single occupancy: 170 € per person