Georgia small group tour 2020 – 2021

15 Days | All Inclusive 

Tour in National park in Georgia

Tour Price

US$ 2,280 / person

US$ 470 single supplement

We recognize the increased uncertainty that COVID-19 may be causing in your trip planning. To help you book with confidence, we are offering an exceptional cancellation policy: Until the situation has stabilized, we provide you with the option of a 100% refund on all new bookings, for cancellations made more than 14 days prior to a tour.

This offer applies to ALL of our small group tour deals in 2020 and 2021 booked and confirmed within this period.

Tour price includes:

  • All transfers on a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle according to the program
  • Accommodation (based on Double or Twin room sharing), with breakfast
  • Full board meals (lunches and dinners)
  • English-speaking guide to accompany the group
  • All entrance tickets on sites as per tour program
  • All activities mentioned in the tour program
  • Tbilisi – Batumi train ticket
  • Responsible traveler pack: Personalized reusable mineral water bottles (not plastic!); and tissues in the vehicle; and bamboo-made toothbrush

Georgia small group tour overview

15-day small group tour to Georgia – is the best option for those travelers wishing to visit Georgia. Look no further as you have already found a perfect Georgia tour program. The below itinerary is a well-balanced journey that will make you say “Wow!”. Because of the number of different places, locations and experiences one would have by joining this ALL Georgia small group tour.

Tour program

Arrive in Tbilisi. Our representative will meet you in the airport and arrange for an airport transfer. Check-in after 3pm. Orientation session with our travel agency’s manager: itinerary brief, hand-outs, other details.

Georgia tour Tbilisi

Depart Tbilisi early in the morning to start a 2-day tour of Kakheti – eastern region of Georgia, dubbed as a birthplace of Georgian wine. Journey to Kakheti follows a fascinating road through Gombori mountain pass (elevation of 1.639 m / 5,377 ft above sea level). Make a short photo/tea/coffee stop at the highest point of the road — picturesque views over the mountains range and green hills guaranteed. After passing through the Gombori mountain pass, your first destination this day will be the Ruispiri village. You will visit a small family run biodynamic organic wine cellar. Here you will learn all about traditional Georgian winemaking traditions, followed by wine tasting.

In about another 40-minute drive arrive to Gremi architectural complex. Remains of 16th century citadel, and once flourishing town, stand out in the middle of Alazani valley. Visit Gremi museum and its major highlight, the former King of Kakheti’s residence, and the Church of the Archangels. Continue tour by visiting one of the oldest professional wineries in the area, in the village of Eniseli. Learn all about traditional Georgian winemaking. Try local wines made of indigenous varieties like Saperavi, Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane. Lunch on winery premises.

Afternoon arrive at local guesthouse and winery, of course. Have a free relaxing evening in the middle of Alazani valley, enjoy the unity with nature. Overnight.

Kakheti

After amazing breakfast continue exploring the region by visiting the Zegaani monastery, nested in the forest – it is a true gem of the valley, real oasis. Keep on further with your Georgia tour program. A brief 50-minute drive will bring you to the town of Sighnaghi, also known as a “city of love” (mostly for the fact that one can register a marriage there 24/7). Previously a royal residence, this small Kakhetian town is surrounded by an ancient city walls with watchtowers.

A brief tour of Sighnaghi will be followed by delicious late-lunch in the private house in the nearby village of Nukriani. The family here is making their living by producing felt and wool footwear. Have one for yourself, embroidered with your name on it (or anything else written).

Drive back to Tbilisi. Check-in to the hotel. Overnight.

Georgia tour program

This day of your Georgia tour is dedicated to its major city – Tbilisi. For many centuries of its existence this was a place where people of all faiths, cultural and national backgrounds used to live together, making it a contemporary metropolis filled with history and atmosphere of the rich and great past. Begin at the Metekhi church and King Vakhtang monument where you will listen to the Tbilisi founding legend, continue by cable car to ancient Narikala fortress, walk down to the “Legvtakhevi” (fig) gorge and Tbilisi waterfall, passing by the church and mosque.

You will then enter the famous sulphur bath area of old town, and finish this tour in the cozy restaurants and cafes district called Shardeni. After lunch take a 5-hour long comfortable train journey to the very West of Georgia – Adjara region and its capital city, Batumi. Arrival late evening. Check-in to the hotel. Overnight.

Meidan Tbilisi

After breakfast embark on a great relaxing tour of this beautiful city. Visit famous Batumi boulevard, Europe square, Nuriegel lake, Piazza square, moving statue “Ali and Nino” (constantly-moving metal statue of a man (Ali) and woman (Nino) slowly passing through and around each another. It represents love, as well as the friendship between different nationalities).

Have a walk on Batumi pierce, and drive the longest cable car in the country up the mountain overlooking Batumi. It takes you 250 meters from sea level up to the Anuria Mountain, looking back over the city to the sea.

Visit Batumi botanical garden. Its location is what makes it unique, among other reasons. Miles of floral specimens from all over the world, with myriad paths, eventually leading down to the water of Mtsvane Kontskhi (Green Cape), where you can take a quick dip at the beach to cool down after all the walking. Dinner and overnight.

Batumi seaside boulevard

Tour to Machakhela Protected Areas

Todays tour will take us to one of the most hidden gems of Georgia – the Machakhela Protected Areas. The area was closed for any kind of public access during the communist period, due to its proximity to the state border with Turkey.

Visit the Machakhela Nature Reserve visitors’ center to learn about state- and private–sector-led activities towards sustainable development in the region. Drive up the mountains to see one of the oldest ethnographic museum collections in Georgia. Visit a local family producing cheese and honey. Lunch.

On our way back, we stop at the medieval Tskhimlari arch bridge over the mountain river. A great place to take a group photo, encapsulating everything this Georgia tour is about 🙂

Drive back to Batumi. Dinner and overnight.

Rope bridge in Machakhela Adjara Georgia

In the morning depart Batumi towards Guria region of the country. For more than a century this place was famous for its tea plantations. During Soviet times Georgian tea was one of the major products Guria was busy with. Local climate and soil quality made it possible to grow a very high quality tea. After the collapse of the Soviet empire tea production, along with many other economic spheres experienced a drastic fall, to complete abandonment of the fields.

In recent years local people started to bring back the tradition of tea making. And now you have a chance not just to see how tea is being grown, but to actually harvest tea leaves, and take part in the whole process of domestic real tea making in of the local tea farms. All of this will be of course supplemented with organic farm-to-table lunch, made of locally produced and grown products.

Drive to the nearby local guesthouse for overnight.

Tourists picking up tea in Georgia

Start this day by visiting one of the most secluded monasteries in Georgia. 15th century Shemokmedi Monastery in Guria region. This monastery acted as a seat of a bishopric and burial ground for the Gurieli princely family. Also functioned as a safe-house of Georgian church treasures.

Keep on the journey through Georgia by arriving in the Samegrelo region. The area is famous in the country for its distinguished nature, soft climate, unique cuisine, and indigenous vines. Visit a small family winery to try a very special limited production wine, and have another amazing lunch.

To make this day even more special we will drive to famous Martvili canyons after lunch. Martvili canyons used to be a bath place for Dadiani royal family. Now people visit it to enjoy the scenery, its waterfalls and take a boat trip in the river with deep green color.

Drive to Kutaisi for dinner and overnight.

Group of tourists in Martvili Canyon of Georgia

After breakfast, start this day with a visit to yet another magnificent site of Georgia – Sataplia nature reserve. It is a really picturesque place. And is also famous for the fact that the footprints of Herbivorous and Raptor dinosaurs of different epochs were found here. Easy-found trails and routes lead to the conservation building of dinosaur footprints, exhibition hall, unique karst caves, Colchic Forest and the wild bee habitat area. Not to mention amazing landscape views.

Continue Georgia tour by visiting one of the major religious sites of the country – Gelati Church and Motsameta monastery. Both being enormously important to the Georgia’s history, marking significant historical events, blended with legends and facts.

Return to Kutaisi for free evening and overnight.

Viewpoint level of Sataplia in Georgia

After yet another wonderful homemade-like breakfast continue your Georgia tour by driving South-West of the country, to the region called Samtskhe-Javakheti. After about 2 hour drive from Kutaisi you will arrive to the beautiful town called Borjomi. This small city is nestled between high mountains, and is a birthplace of numerous mineral water sources. Waters of Borjomi were the reason for XIXth century Russian Grand Duke Nicholas to commission the Royal residence here. Visit Borjomi Park and try waters at its source.

Continue to the village of Chitakhevi, and visit a true gem of the area – St.George Church, dubbed as “Green Monastery” for its location inside a picturesque mountain forest.

Continue to Akhaltsikhe – the central town of Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia. The old city is home to the ever-popular Rabati Fortress, built in the 9th century, but later rebuilt by the Ottomans. One of the most important facts about Rabati is that it includes Georgian Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic and Catholic churches. The town takes pride in this symbol of ethnic and religious diversity.

Transfer to local gueshouse for overnight.

Gem of the Caucasus, 15-day Georgia small group tour

In the morning continue your journey by driving further South, to the place called Vardzia. A very extensive and complex cave town, Vardzia transports you to the 12th century, when Georgia was flourishing and powerful under the rule of Queen Tamar. Explore the remains of ancient caves.

Lunch on premises of small local farm. The place originally was organized as a family guesthouse. But it grew over the last few years to become one of the leading examples of sustainable development. Located on the bank of River Mtkvari, this farm/hotel has its own fish pond, rabbit and pig yards, chicken coop, as well as a rich kitchen-garden. And, most remarkably, solar-panel powered greenhouse. Needles to mention that the place has its own wine.

Drive back to Akhalstikhe for rest, dinner and overnight.

Part of Vardzia cave town in South Georgia

Depart Akhaltsikhe and in about 40 minutes arrive in the local village to spend this wonderful day engaging in farming activities. You will learn and taste local produce, take part in easy agricultural work (i.e. hoeing, irrigating lands, harvesting fruits and vegetables); contribute to your own lunch making process, whilst learning secrets of local cuisine. All of these surrounded by truly magnificent views over the mountains, ancient fortress, and of course the freshest clean air. Drive to Borjomi for overnight.

Geotrend - Georgian Ecotourism Association’s member

After breakfast and lazy morning depart Borjomi towards Tbilisi. Your first stop this day will be the small mountain lake called Bazaleti. Mountain surroundings make this place an ideal location for slow tourism. You will make a local entrepreneur who decided to open a small tavern in the village Mlashi. Literally translated into English as Salty. Tavern’s yard and gardens overlook Bazaleti lake and provide its guests with amazing local lunch.

Continue to Mtskheta. Visit the old town and its principal sight – Svetitskhoveli monastery. The name of the monastery means “living pillar”. It is believed that the place is a burial site of Jesus Christ’s mantle. Being the principal church in Georgia, the monastery is also one of the most revered places in Caucasus.

Arrive in Tbilisi. Check-in to the hotel. Overnight.

Svetitskhoveli cathedral in Mtskheta

We suggest you use this day to absorb all of the impressions of the last two weeks, stroll lightly through Georgia’s capital old town streets, do some memorabilia shopping, and simply enjoy this magic city. Among other suggestions would be to visit:

Guide in Tbilisi

Check-out from the hotel till noon.

Our driver will take you back to Tbilisi airport.

Arrivals terminal of Tbilisi international airport

Tour Calendar

Start Date End Date Tour Status
July 1 July 15 NOT AVAILABLE
July 15 July 29 NOT AVAILABLE
July 29 August 12 AVAILABLE
August 12 August 26 AVAILABLE
August 26 September 9 AVAILABLE
September 9 September 23 AVAILABLE
September 23 October 7 AVAILABLE
October 7 October 21 AVAILABLE
October 21 November 4 AVAILABLE
November 4 November 18 AVAILABLE
Start Date End Date Tour Status
April 7 April 21 AVAILABLE
May 5 May 19 AVAILABLE
June 2 June 16 AVAILABLE
July 7 July 21 AVAILABLE
August 4 August 18 AVAILABLE
August 18 September 1 AVAILABLE
September 1 September 15 AVAILABLE
September 15 September 29 AVAILABLE
October 6 October 20 AVAILABLE
November 3 November 17 AVAILABLE

Tour Map

Map of the Small group tour in Georgia

What to expect – in brief

Interested in history? Or heard about trending Georgian organic wine? Want to dive into wild nature? Or maybe you want to engage yourself in real farming activities? See how to, and make your own real tea? Ancient cave town? Boat ride through canyon river? Mountain forest experience? Or Christian architecture? Fancy farm-to-table organics? Georgia has it all. And even more: this very tour has it all. Just read the tour program below.

Note that this is a small group tour of up to 8 travelers at a time. This is also a guaranteed departure tour, so it will commence even if only 1 traveler has booked the tour. 

All-Inclusive Tour Deal

This is an all-inclusive tour package, meaning that everything is included into the tour price: all accommodation, full-board meals, all transfers and transportations, attractions visits, guided excursions, etc. Please refer for the Price includes box for more information.

Accommodation Description

Standard accommodation is provided in comfortable Boutique-type hotels, or local family run guest-houses; based on Double or Twin room occupancy, breakfast included.

Single travelers requesting a separate room are subject to additional Single supplement charge. Please kindly add this information in comments section of the tour booking form.

 

Hotel front view        Hotel room view

USD 2,280 / per person

Single supplement USD 470

Tour price includes:

  • All transfers on a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle according to the program
  • Accommodation (based on Double or Twin room sharing), with breakfast
  • Full board meals (lunches and dinners)
  • English-speaking guide to accompany the group
  • All entrance tickets on sites as per tour program
  • All activities mentioned in the tour program
  • Tbilisi – Batumi train ticket
  • Responsible traveler pack: Personalized mineral water bottles (not plastic!); and tissues in the vehicle
  • Responsible traveler pack: Eco-friendly bamboo-made toothbrush

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    Responsible Travel and Give Back

    We run this tour according to our responsible travel policy: on eco-friendly vehicles, strive to make it as plastic-free as possible, and provide all our guests with free ecological bamboo toothbrushes. So you can literally forget your toothbrush at home 🙂 By purchasing this tour, you contribute to the sustainable development of a number of Georgian rural communities and villages.

    And last, but not least: from every purchase of this Georgia tour we donate one tree on your behalf, planted in the Ajameti Protected Areas of Georgia. You will get an official e-certificate acknowledging your participation in rehabilitation process of Georgian Oak.

    Current tour impact

    TRANSPORT: We strive to minimize negative impact vehicles make when visiting local nature sites, and rural communities, especially in most remote areas. The longest non-stop distance of this particular holiday is covered on train. Other journeys are made on either low emission hybrid-powered engines, or on vehicles with low emission modern exhaust systems. Choice of the vehicle depends on final number of travelers.

    SUPPLIERS: We only work with local suppliers in Georgia. When choosing accommodation for our tours we pay extra attention to the way they treat local environment, use water, save energy, and what is their recycle practice. As most of them are family run guesthouses or small private hotels they do their best according to their abilities and available options. When choosing places for our travelers to eat we select only local farms that provide their own produce, or small private cafes that also use locally grown vegetables, fruits, spices and products of their communities’ farms. In big cities like Tbilisi or Batumi we favor restaurants that prefer local markets for their kitchens.

    WASTE: We run “No single-use plastic” initiative on all of our Georgia tours. And this particular journey is no exception. We offer our guests to contribute to reduction of pollution caused by single-use plastic, when in Georgia, by exchanging their own plastic toothbrushes onto our own – bamboo-made ones. And, we provide every one of our travelers with personalized reusable water bottle.

    FRIENDS & NEIGHBOURS: As a wine producing country Georgia is a home to numerous wine entrepreneurs of different scale. We’ve hand-picked three small private wineries for this holiday that in our opinion will not only show you all the diversity of locally grown vines, but also in return will provide them with a chance to grow further and continue producing best examples of local wine.

    Once flourishing tea-making industry in Georgia was almost completely destroyed after the collapse of the Soviet Union. And it is only because of people like our friend Lika Megreladze Georgian tea is now again on the rise. Although on the local market only, we believe that by taking international travelers to her small tea plantation, in the far West of the country, we are able to help her, and other local tea enthusiasts, promote this amazing organic drink to the World.

    Sustainability of farming activities is also a great deal in modern Georgia. That is why one day local farm trip is also included into this holiday. We have chosen this particular farm in Atskuri village because Gaga Mumladze, farm owner, shares our ideas of responsible travel. And it is his farm we would like to benefit allowing him to grow and help his own village develop.

    A FAIR DEAL: Our local guides and drivers who work on this holiday receive a wage that is higher of an average standard guide and driver fee in Georgia. First of all, this is an extensive two-week tour; and secondly, we believe in fair compensation and expect best professional service from our local partners in return. In addition to this our guides and drivers undergo free trainings in the principles of responsible travel, so they are empowered and can communicate this to our travelers.

    USD 2,280 / per person

    Single supplement USD 470