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Short Trip Kakheti 2 Days | Gareji

As a private trip?
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.

travel date participants
January to December 2 - 12 enquiry »

Route

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Touroperator Tamuna Kuprashvili

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duration: 2 days / 1 night
tour guide: English-speaking
catering: Half board
difficulty: 2

Effortless, short hikes (up to 2 hours)

The two-day short trip takes you to sunny Kakheti, into the very heart of the Georgian wine culture. Visit the most famous churches of East Georgia, the princely residence Tsinandali and the cave-monastery in David Gareji Steppe Desert.

Highlights

  • Lavra Monastery & Udabno Monastery of David Gareji
  • Bodbe Monastery & Sighnaghi
  • Princely residence Tsinandali with its Wine Cellar
  • Kvevri workshop in Vardisubani
  • Alaverdi Cathedral
  • Gombori Mountains

Program

1Monastery in a desert

David Gareji, Udabno, Jimiti, Bodbe Monastery

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. En route we visit the Bodbe Nunnery, burial place of Saint Nino.

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 (-/D/-)

2Life & wine in Kakheti

Sighnaghi, Tsinandali, Vardisubani, Alaverdi

We start the day with a relaxed walking tour through the wriggling lanes of Sighnaghi with a breathtaking view over the vast Alazani Valley. Upon request you can also visit the Sighnaghi museum with a number of valuable paintings by the most famous Georgian artist Pirosmani. Our journey leads us along the Kakhetian Wine Route to the former princely residence Tsinandali with its famous wine cellar, as well as the nearby wine estate Shumi, where wine is prepared in the Georgian, as well as in the European way. A native winegrower will give us a guided tour through the production facility explaining the contrast between the two methods of winemaking. After wine degustation at Shumi 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. 200km, time: approx. 4 hrs.
Overnight stay in Tbilisi (B/-/D)

Services

Transfer:

  • According to the programme, in a comfortable minibus

Guide:

  • English-speaking GEORGIA INSIGHT guide

Accommodation:

  • Sighnaghi, guesthouse 1x
  • Room with own shower/WC

Board:

  • Late dinner at a local family's place on day 1
  • Breakfast on day 2
  • One bottle of water a day

Entrances:

  • According to the programme

Info

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.

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.

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.

Travel component

The travel offer is meant as a component possible to be done separately or to be integrated in a longer itinerary with other travel components to your choice. Therefore, the standard version of the travel offer does not include the accommodation in Tbilisi. 

Price list

participants price per person
6 180 €
5 200 €
4 230 €
3 275 €
2 370 €

all prices incl. a double room
surcharge for a single occupancy: 20 € per person