To the sun of Batumi through Mestia

11 days/10 nights

Guaranteed tour dates: 24.06.2018, 15.07.2018, 29.07.2018, 12.08.2018, 02.09.2018

Itinerary

Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Signaghi – Bodbe – Tsinandali – Kakhetian Farm – Borjomi – Martvili – Kutaisi – Zugdidi – Enguri – Mestia – Ushguli – Batumi – Mountain Adjara

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 sommelier in the wine cellar.
Further you will visit the ancient capital of Georgia – Mtskheta, fully included in the UNESCO heritage list, stroll through its ancient streets, visit ancient places of power and monasteries. Go up to the Jvari Monastery, which Lermontov admired in his Mtsyri, admire the fantastic view of the fusion of Aragva and the Kura, which opens with Jvari. At the end of the tour, you will be offered wine tasting in the wine cellar.

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 (for additional charge). 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 (for additional charge – $ 30 per person).
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 (for additional charge), 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-Martvili-Kutaisi
Breakfast. Excursion to the famous balneological resort Borjomi. Borjomi is a small town in the mountains. It does not have many sights built by human hands, but it has become a visiting card of Georgia thanks to amazing mineral water. Her healing properties were known in the ancient era. During the excavations at Borzhomi 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 near the natural springs a small town grew quickly. To rest in Borjomi, to improve their health and breathe the purest mountain air, the members of the imperial house also came. Especially for the august family in the town built a residence. The Martvill Canyon is our next stop. In the canyon, in the embrace of rocks, a waterfall descends with emerald clear water. Here we will go boating and take a dip in the hot sulfur springs. Further we go to Kutaisi, where we are waited by a small walk around the city. Overnight in Kutaisi.

Day 6. Zugdili – Enguri – Mestia
Breakfast. Our path lies in the capital of Megrelia, the city of Zugdidi. We will visit the patrimonial palace of the Megrel princes Dadiani, the rulers of Megrelia. We will go on the most beautiful road, along the Ingur gorge, directly to the mountains. Next, we will stop at the largest hydroelectric power station in Transcaucasia – Enguri. Having reached the mark of 1500 meters, we will find ourselves in Mestia, the main city of Svaneti. This is a unique place with stunning views and architecture. Previously, each self-respecting Svan family had its own tower. A whimsical structure, the secret of which was lost in the centuries. The towers served as protection during internecine confrontations, most often caused by the custom of blood feud. Travelers testified that in the towers of the family could live for years, until the danger passes. Overnight in Mestia.

Day 7. Ushguli – Batumi.
Breakfast. In the morning we will cross over to the off-road cars and climb even higher into the mountains. We are waiting for Ushguli, the highest mountainous permanent settlement in Europe, it is at an altitude of 2200 meters. People live here all year round, without going down to the valleys for the winter. It is thanks to Ushguli, the architectural ensemble, which is a valuable architectural and historical monument, Upper Svaneti was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The village is located on the southern slope of Shkhara, one of the highest mountains of the Caucasus (5068m, according to some data 5201m). We will visit the temple of Lamaria with its ancient frescoes and enjoy beautiful views. Then we will go to Batumi. Overnight in Batumi.

Day 8. Rest in Batumi
Free day. Rest in Batumi.

Day 9. Excursion Mountain Adjara.
Breakfast. At the very border with Turkey is the village of Sarpi. Rather, the border is located in the village, dividing it into two parts, Georgian and Turkish. Once these lands belonged to Georgia, then they were captured by Turkey, and only in the twentieth century was the modern state border established. 300 years of the Ottoman rule could not but leave their mark. But the Turks failed to completely erase the Christian past from the memory of people. Today on the way to Sarpi in a picturesque corner you can see a monument of one of the most revered in the eastern churches of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called, whose lot led him to the shores of the Black Sea to preach Christianity. During the reign of Rome, this place was called Apsaros. The five-meter long fortress wall, long in kilometer, protected the northern outpost of the empire from enemies. On the perimeter of the wall were located 22 towers. 18 of them we can see today. The city could be reached from four sides. Under the reliable protection of the walls, peaceful life flowed, no worse than the capital’s. Local residents enjoyed the art of actors and racing charioteers at the racetrack.
However, the Romans were only aliens in this region. Today, archeologists can say with certainty that the first settlements on the site of the Gonio-Apsarossa fortress arose at least fifteen hundred years before our era. Traditions connect Apsaros with the legendary Colchis, the country that is the progenitor of Georgia. According to the local people, it was here that the king of Colchis Eet buried his son Apsirt, who fell by the hand of his half-sister Medea.
Another legend claims that Gonio became the site of the repose of the apostle Matthew. Science has not yet confirmed, but has not refuted this story. From the fortress we go to the mountains. All higher along the turbulent Adzhariczkali river. The unique natural landscape has not been disturbed until now by the presence of man, except that small ancient villages, and stone bridges of the 12th century Tamara Tsarina, thrown through the rapid mountain streams. Next we will see a natural monument – Mahuntseti waterfall. 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. But it is unlikely that today there will be brave men ready to jump into the icy water. Visit to the Ajarian wine house, where they will tell us and taste the unique wine of this region – Chhaveri.

Day 10. Rest in Batumi
Free day. Rest in Batumi.

Day 11. Transfer to airport.
Breakfast. Transfer to airport.

Package price per person in DBL or TWN room:

• Hotel 3* – $650
• Hotel 4* – $975
• Hotel 5* – $1305

Package price per person in SNG room:

• Hotel 3* – $850
• Hotel 4* – $1495
• Hotel 5* – $2065

The price includes:

• Accommodation
• Breakfast
• Degustation wines in Tbilisi and Mountain Adjara
• All entrance tickets
• Transfers
• English-speaking guide
• Water in the bus
• 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
- Organization of additional food (average bill: $11 lunch, dinner $16)
- Additional excursion program

Additional day of stay per person in double room:

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