Whole Georgia, 8 days
Day 1. Tbilisi Tour
Meeting at the airport transfer to Tbilisi hotel. After rest we will have the Tbilisi city tour. We will visit the Old Tbilisi Sulfur Baths, Georgian Orthodox and Armenian Gregorian churches, Jewish synagogue, also, Turkish mosque side by side, reflecting city’s acceptance and tolerance of different religions. We can also see a recent monument - Tbilisi Sameba Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the Caucasus; Metekhi Church, which is erected on the cliff, overlooking the Mtkvari River; Narikala fortress, established in the fourth century. Walk downtown and discover Shardeni Street with its fashionable cozy cafes and art galleries. Walking we will come across the Anchiskhati church, the oldest church in Tbilisi keeping the miraculous icon of Jesus Christ. Finally, the tour takes you to Rustaveli Avenue, where attractions, such as the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Parliament, Rustaveli Theatre, different art galleries and cafes, will draw your attention and provide a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 2. Tbilisi-Gudauri- Kazbegi-Gudauri
After breakfast wi will drive to Kazbegi. A stunning drive from Gudauri along the Tergi River will bring us to Kazbegi – the main town in the region. On the way, we visit Ananuri Castle and Jinvali water reservoir of amazing beauty. In route stop and see different local hand made things (thick felt, embroidery, iconographic painting). From Kazbegi we drive by 4x4 cars to Gergeti Trinity Church located at 2170m. Weather permitting you may catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mt Kazbegi (5047m). We drive back to Gudauri. Overnight in Gudauri.
Day 3. Gudauri-Mtskheta- Gori-Uflistsikhe- Borjomi
After breakfast drive to Mtskheta (UNESCO Heritage), an ancient capital of the Georgian Kingdom. Tour includes following sights: Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, a life-giving pillar - Cathedral of 11th century - magnificent, both inside and outside, the Cathedral is an important piece of Christian history, as it is a place, where Christ’s robe was buried. Jvari Church – 6th century monastery - Jvari, or the Holy Cross Church, stands where a sacred wooden cross was erected in the 4th century by St Nino before she converted Mtskheta to Christianity. Drive to Gori – a city established by King David the Builder (XII century). Visit Joseph Stalin Museum - Soviet Union Leader, who was born in Georgia. Following sight is “Uplistsikhe” cave town (2nd millennium BC). The title means “Lord’s Fortress” and the main sense of it derives from long time history of King's and Lord's Residence in this place. The cave town contains of diverse structures and distinctive rock-cut combinations united in one great complex. Drive to Borjomi. Overnight in Borjomi.
Day 4. Borjomi- Vardzia-Borjomi
After breakfast drive to Vardzia. Vardzia, a rock-hewn complex on the left bank of the river Mtkvari, was founded in the 12th -13th c.c., during the reign of Giorgi III and Queen Tamar. Initially planned as a town-fortress, the complex became a well-fortified monastery, which had a significant role in political, cultural, educational and spiritual life of the country. In the middle of the complex there is a Church of Assumption, richly decorated with mural painting. Drive back to Borjomi. Overnight in Borjomi.
Day 5. Borjomi- Kutaisi City Tour
After breakfast drive to Kutaisi. we’ll have Kutaisi tour. We will visit Bagrati Temple and Gelati Monastery (12th c. UNESCO heritage). Kutaisi was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis. Archeological evidence indicates that the city functioned as the capital of the kingdom of Colchis as early as the second millennium BC. From the end of 2012 Kutaisi became the Parliament City of Georgia. The new building of Parliament.
Spanish architecture Alberto Domingo Kabo. Overnight in Kutaisi.
Day 6. Kutaisi -Sataflia –Tbilisi
After breakfast we will visit the Sataflia Natural Reserve. Drive to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 7. Tbilisi- Telavi -Tsinandali- Sighnaghi –Tbilisi
After breakfast drive to Tsinandali and visit house museum of Prince Aleksandre Chavchavadze, with beautiful garden and wine cellar, where we will taste 3 sorts of wine. Alexander Chavchavadze inherited this village, lying in the Alazany River valley, from his father, Prince Garsevan. He refurbished the estate, constructed a new Italianate palace and built a decorative garden in 1835. It was the place where Chavchavadze frequently entertained foreign guests with music, wit, and – most especially – the fine vintages made at his estate winery (marani). Familiar with European ways, Chavchavadze built Georgia’s oldest and largest winery where he combined European and centuries-long Georgian winemaking traditions. The highly regarded dry white Tsinandali is still produced there. The next spot is Gremi Monastery the 16th century architectural monument – the royal citadel and the Church of the Archangels – in Kakheti. Finally drive to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi
Day 8. Shopping, Faiwell evening at the traditional restaurant of Tbilisi and transfer to airport.