Mysterious Georgia

9 days/8 nights

Guaranteed tour dates: 23.09.2017 and 16.10.2017

Itinerary

Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Signaghi – Bodbe – Tsinandali – Kakhetian Farm – Borjomi – Rabat – Vardzia – Goder – Mahuntzeti – Batumi

Day 1. Meeting at the airport in Tbilisi.
Meeting at the airport. Transfer to hotel.

Day 2. King size Tbilisi city tour and Mtskheta – the ancient capital of Georgia.
Breakfast. Autor excursion around Tbilisi. You will visit all the important sights of the capital of Georgia: Complex sulfur baths, Sioni Cathedral, Tbilisi synagogue, Metekhi, ascend by cable car to the fortress Narikala, walk along Tbilisi courtyards and see how simple Tbilisi residents live, visit Fig gorge Valley and admire the Tbilisi waterfall in Botanical Garden. After dinner in the traditional Georgian restaurant (for additional charge), you go up the mountain Mtatsminda Tbilisi and see a bird’s eye. At the end of the tour you will find a wine tasting by our sommelier in the wine cellar of the 17th century.

Mtskheta is the main city of the Kartvelian kingdom, the heart of Georgia. Kartli gave the name to the whole country (in Georgian, Georgia is called Sakartvelo), becoming the center of the unification of Georgian lands. You can not fully understand Georgia, if you do not visit Mtskheta. Having lost the status of the state capital, the city retained the status of a spiritual capital. In Mtskheta is the main Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, several ancient monasteries. In one of them, according to legend, lived an enlightener of Georgia, St. Nina of Cappadocia. And another was described in the famous poem by M. Yu. Lermontov “Mtsyri”. The town is woven from antiquities of the early Middle Ages, here every building is a cultural monument, not without reason Mtskheta is under the protection of UNESCO.
We suggest you come here with us. We will help you find your way, our guide, a wonderful connoisseur of the city and its surroundings, will tell you amazing stories related to these edges. You will visit the ancient monasteries and temples mysterious Mtskheta, where touch the living history of Georgia. After a rest you will find a dinner with folklore program (for additional charge) – you will enjoy Georgian dances and songs. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 3. Wine tour to Kakheti. Alazani Valley.
Breakfast. The city of love of Sighnaghi, the Bodbe monastery with beautiful views of the Alazani Valley, lunch in a Kakhetian family with kebab and a master class in Georgian cuisine with degustation of house wine and chacha. The estate of Princes Chavchavadze – Tsinandali. Kindzmarauli – wine degustation and tour of the wine factory of the same name. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner (for additional charge). Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 4. Free day in Tbilisi or optional trip to Kazbegi.
Breakfast. You will pass almost all the famous military-Georgian road from Tbilisi to the border with Russia. Throughout the trip you will admire from the window magnificent views with stops for photo sessions in the most picturesque places. You will visit Ananuri fortress, where in the Middle Ages took refuge Tbilisi residents during the raids of the Persians, admire the Zhinvali reservoir ispete water from mineral springs, see the ski resort of Gudauri and climb by jeep to the foot of Mount Kazbegi, which offers fabulous views of its summit and visit Gergeti – one of the most high-mountain churches in the world. On the way you will lunch at the Highland family, where you will get acquainted with the life of mountain peoples of Georgia and learn to sculpt khinkali led by hostess. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner (for additional charge) . Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 5. Borjomi National Park and the medieval fortress of Rabat.
Breakfast. Excursion to the famous balneological resort Borjomi. Borjomi is a small town in the mountains. There are not many attractions built by human hands, but he became a hallmark of Georgia due to the amazing mineral water. Her medicinal properties were known in the ancient times. At the excavations at the Borjomi springs, stone baths were found. However, later these places were abandoned and reopened already during the reign of the Russian Emperor. The unique power of water and natural beauty attracted the aristocracy. In the gorge, not far from natural sources, a small town grew quickly. To rest in Borjomi, to improve health and breathe clean mountain air, came and members of the imperial house. Especially for the august family in the town built a residence. Then we will go to Akhaltsikhe.

The city of Akhaltsikhe was of great strategic importance, like Vardzia. The new fortress, which was huge at the time, was supposed to protect the southern lands and the whole country from the invasion by the Turks, which constantly infringed upon the Georgian lands. For several centuries, it was possible to deter the enemies. But in 1578 the Ottoman troops still occupied Akhaltsikhe and remained here for a long time. Today the Akhaltsikhe fortress of Rabat keeps a trace of the presence of both cultures. This is one of the most beautiful medieval fortifications, located on seven acres. You will see the Turkish baths and the tomb of the Pasha-governor. The mosque is next to the synagogue and Christian churches of Armenians and Georgians. Recently rebuilt Rabat became a kind of symbol of the new Georgia, a country where representatives of many religions and nationalities live, and in which everyone who came with peace welcomes. Dinner (for additional charge). Overnight in Rabat.

Day 6. Cave mountain Vardzia. The Goderdzi Pass, the Mahuntseti Waterfall, and Batumi.
Breakfast. Start the journey to Vardzia. Not far from Borjomi in the Kura Valley is one of the most ancient Georgian monasteries of Vardzia. This monastery complex, temples, residential and farm buildings are carved in a rock. Vardzia – a whole cave city, hidden from prying eyes in the thickness of soft tuff. Once the monastery-fortress served as a frontier stronghold. In its walls, up to 50 thousand soldiers were quartered. In 1283 a powerful earthquake happened in these places, causing irreparable damage to the complex. Part of the rock collapsed into the Kura. Underground city lost its strategic importance, however, and to this day remained a unique architectural monument. Today Vardzia is an active monastery. Further we will go with you to the beautiful mountain pass of Goderdzi. Next we will see a natural monument – the waterfall of Mahuntseti. The Mahuntseti streams fall from a height of 20 meters, leaving in the air the smallest water dust, shimmering in the rays of the sun. The waterfall rushes into the natural bowl, in which it was customary to take medicinal baths back in ancient times. Arrival in Batumi.

Day 7. Breakfast. Rest in Batumi.
Day 8. Breakfast. Rest in Batumi.
Day 9. Breakfast. Transfer to airport of Batumi. Flight.

Package price per person in DBL or TWN room:

• Guesthouse or family hotels – $380
• Hotel 3* – $555
• Hotel 4* – $780
• Hotel 5* – $1055

Package price per person in SNG room:

• Guesthouse or family hotels – $490
• Hotel 3* – $670
• Hotel 4* – $1035
• Hotel 5* – $1495

The price includes:

• Accommodation
• Breakfast
• All entrance tickets
• Lunch anf degustation in Kakheti
• Transfers
• English-speaking guide
• Medical Insurance
• Sim card of local operator with 4G internet;
• Good mood!

Children on an occasional seat of 6-12 years – 50% discount. Children on an occasional seat under 6 years – FREE. Children on the main place under 12 years – 50% discount.
The price doesn’t include:

- Flight
- Early check-in / late check-out to and from the hotel
- Lunches and dinners (average bill: $11 lunch, dinner $16)
- Additional excursion program
- Sim cards of local mobile operators (on request issued upon arrival to Tbilisi airport)

Additional day of stay per person in double room:

a guesthouse or a family hotel – $8
Hotel 3 * – $30
Hotel 4 * – $70
Hotel 5 * – $100
Note: You can buy extra services or packages on our web site.

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