5-Day Georgia: From the Mountain to the Valley
DESCRIPTION: This private tour is designed to discover as many sights as possible in East Georgia. Starting with a sightseeing tour in Tbilisi, you will get acquainted with the traditions and history of Georgian nation. Find out more about wines in cradle of winemaking – Kakheti, enjoy picturesque sceneries up in the northern mountains and explore one of the oldest cave towns in the Caucasus.
Places to visit: Tbilisi, Sighnaghi, Bodbe, Telavi, Tsinandali, Jvari Monastery, Ananuri, Kazbegi, Gori, Uplistsikhe
Included0.5 ml water per person each dayAccommodation in double/twin room with breakfastComplimentary glass of wine in TsinandaliEnglish speaking guideEntrance feesPick up and drop off from/at the hotelTransportation by a comfortable vehicle
Not Included0.5 ml water per person4x4 drive to UshguliAccommodation in double/twin roomAccommodation in double/twin rooms with breakfast;Bread and Churchkhela masterclass in Khareba wineryBread and Churchkhela masterclass in Khareba winery;Cable car ticketCable car to TatevChacha and wine tasting in Khareba wineryChacha and wine tasting in Khareba winery;I class train ticket from Batumi to TbilisiLunch in Shumi winery and dinner in Kutaisilunch in Shumi winery and dinner in Kutaisi;Lunch, dinnerMasterclasses in NapareuliTipsTransportation by comfortable vehicleTravel InsuranceWine tasting at Areni wineryWine tasting in AmbrolauriWine tasting in Ambrolauri;Wine tasting in Khareba wineryWine tasting in SalkhinoWine tasting in Salkhino;Wine tasting in the Khareba winery
DAY 1: TBILISI
Start the sightseeing tour of Tbilisi with Holy Trinity Cathedral. The highest church in Georgia whose golden dome can be seen from almost every point of Tbilisi. Continue to the old part of the city and visit the main gems of this historical part of the country:
- Metekhi church - overlooking Mtkvari River from Metekhi cliff. Metekhi dates back to the 13th century, but even before that, there was a smaller church here, built approximately in the 5-6th century.
- Narikala fortress - constructed for defense purposes in the 4th century. Reach the fortress by ropeway. Enjoy stunning views of Tbilisi and walk down to the Meidan Square. Visit Abanotubani – famous for its historic Sulfur Baths.
- Walk through Legvtakhevi canyon to see the beautiful waterfall located in the center of Old Tbilisi.
- Sioni cathedral dates back to the VI century - one of the most important monuments of Georgia, where a symbol of Georgian Christianity, the real cross of St. Nino, is preserved.
From here on, we will continue to walk until the Freedom Square. On the way, we will see the Bridge of Peace, Anchiskhati Basilica and the famous clock tower of Rezo Gabriadze theatre.
DAY 2: TBILISI – SIGHNAGHI – BODBE – TSINANDALI – TELAVI – TBILISI
In the morning, drive to the Kakheti region – famous for its ancient winemaking traditions. First, visit the city of love, Sighnaghi. Located on a lofty hilltop overlooking the Alazani Valley. Most of the defensive wall of the city, with 23 towers, still stands.
Continue to Bodbe monastery - built in the IX century and remodeled in the XVII. Nowadays, it is functioning as a nunnery but has decent facilities for tourists.
Drive to Tsinandali. Visit the XIX century house-museum of famous public figure and poet Alexander Chavchavadze. Walk around the beautiful English Garden surrounding the house. Here you can find a wine cellar where the unique collection of Georgian and European wines are preserved. You will be served with one glass of Tsinandali white wine as a complimentary.
Drive to Telavi, the largest town in Kakheti. Walk around the town.
Drive back to Tbilisi. Drop off at your hotel.
DAY 3: TBILISI – MTSKHETA – ANANURI – KAZBEGI
In the morning, depart to Kazbegi. On the way, visit Jvari monastery – one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Georgia. It was built in the VI century on a hill overlooking the stunning confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers.
Next, visit Ananuri fortress. The beautiful complex includes two churches with richly decorated facades, several towers and defense walls. All these buildings, with a view of Zhinvali reservoir, creates the most picturesque panorama.
Continue driving along the Georgian Military highway to Kazbegi. Make short stops at Gudauri Viewpoint, also called the Friendship Monument and Jvari overpass travertine natural monument.
Reach Stepantsminda and hike or drive to Gergeti Holy Trinity Church. Enjoy stunning views of Mount Kazbek (5033 m).
Overnight at the hotel in Kazbegi.
DAY 4: KAZBEGI – GORI – UPLISTSIKHE – TBILISI
In the morning, drive to Gori – the city known as Stalin's birthplace. Photo stop at Gori Fortress and visit Stalin’s house-museum. You will see the house where Stalin was born and spent his childhood, pavilion for defense, Stalin’s personal armour-plated train carriage and a museum.
Final sight for today is Uplistsikhe cave town, situated 15 km away from the town Gori, on the left bank of the river Mtkvari. It dates back to the I-II millennium B.C. In the Hellenistic and the late Antique periods, Uplistsikhe had a very important role in politics, religion and culture - it was an important trade center on the road from Asia to Europe. Complex includes the Theatre - a temple from the 1st or 2nd centuries AD, pre-Christian Temple of Makvliani, the big hall known as the Hall of Queen Tamar, Uplistsuli Church, the triple-church basilica on the top of the hill and a long tunnel going down to the Mtkvari River.
Drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 5: DEPARTURE
Check out from the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Departure from Tbilisi.