Georgia at glance | 8-day Georgia small group tour | 2020
Georgia | 8 Days
GEOTREND offers a guaranteed small group tour in Georgia with fixed departure dates. This is an 8-day tour around Georgia’s major highlights: Tbilisi, ancient capital town of Mtskheta, the wine region Kakheti, magnificent Gergeti Trinity Church in Stepnatsminda (Kazbegi), Ananuri fortress, Gudauri mountain resort town, and many other sightseeing places on the way. This group tour is almost all-inclusive travel package with accommodation in a boutique-type hotel on B&B basis, entire transfers, all entrance and service costs covered, as well as English-speaking guide services and welcome dinner included (see the “Price includes” note below for full info).
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What to expect – in brief
This Georgia scheduled group tour is running regularly starting from March 24, 2020. Each tour’s first day is Tuesday, and the last day is also Tuesday, so you can arrive and depart from Tbilisi with the same flight. You may refer to the “Tour calendar” below and choose the dates that suits your travel plans the most.
Our 8-day small group tour is also a great opportunity for not just leave with unforgettable memories of the wonderful Georgia itself, but to make new friends from all around the world, who will also be joining your group on this tour. Maximum number of travelers in each group is 8 persons, so it will not be too crowded, but still will have a sense of a small team, united by common interest in discovering new places, traveling together.
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.
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.
|Start Date||End Date||Tour Status|
|March 24||March 31||5 places left|
|April 7||April 14||8 places left|
|April 21||April 28||AVAILABLE|
|May 5||May 12||AVAILABLE|
|May 19||May 26||AVAILABLE|
|June 9||June 16||AVAILABLE|
|June 30||July 7||AVAILABLE|
|July 14||July 21||AVAILABLE|
|July 28||August 4||AVAILABLE|
|August 4||August 11||AVAILABLE|
|August 18||August 25||AVAILABLE|
|September 1||September 8||AVAILABLE|
|September 15||September 22||AVAILABLE|
|September 22||September 29||AVAILABLE|
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.
Our guide will meet you in your hotel’s lobby at 9:30 am to have a Tbilisi city tour with you. Georgian capital city for many centuries of its existence was a place where people of all faiths, cultural and national backgrounds used to live together, making Tbilisi a contemporary metropolis filled with history and atmosphere of the rich and great past.
Your Georgia tour will commence this day with the tour of old Tbilisi: at the Metekhi church and King Vakhtang monument 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.
Tbilisi flea market experience will be followed by stroll through the renovated pedestrian alley and part of the “New Tiflis” major renovation project of Georgian capital. And to make this day special – traditional Georgian welcome dinner will be attended. Transfer to hotel after dinner.
After breakfast at your hotel embark for a 2-day trip to Eastern region of Georgia – Kakheti. The heart of Alazani valley famous for its ancient winemaking traditions. Numerous vineyards as well as both big and small wine producing facilities are biggest landmarks of the region. In about two hours of journey following beautiful rural road and picturesque mountain Gombori Pass you will arrive in Telavi – historical and administrative center of the region.
This small town is the best place for visiting local farmer market. Next stop will be the Alaverdi monastery, the 6th century Orthodox monastery that is still in service. Continue to one of the highlights of the day – private winery in Napareuli village. A vineyard, winery, and wine cellar located in arguably the most beautiful place in the region – the footsteps of Greater Caucasus mountain range.
This family-run winery produces four types of traditional Georgian wine on 11 hectares of their own vineyards: Saperavi, Kisi, Mtsvane and Rkatsiteli. You will have a detailed wine tour, followed by delicious lunch and wine tasting. Your next destination this day will be the “Hyde park on Alazani” – picturesque garden inside the Chavchavadze house-museum in the village of Tsinandali. Museum tour and delicious wine tasting will add up to the whole atmosphere.
Return to Telavi for overnight.
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.
Tour to Georgia would not be complete without a journey to Kazbegi, a small town close to the border with Russia. The tour itinerary for this day will start with the Jvari monastery, architectural gem of the Caucasus, located on top of the hill overlooking major Georgian highlights – its old capital town Mtskheta; famous two rivers merging point where Mtkvari river meets river Aragvi; and transport highway entering Tbilisi.
Another site worth making a stop on the way is Ananuri fortress – established in XVI century as a residence for local Dukes of Aragvi the complex is still a place that impresses all those passing by with its nobility and greatness. Other attractions en route include exciting view of two small mountain rivers making one, and flowing side by side without mixing their colors for quite a distance; also a picturesque mountain landscape viewpoint followed by the “Cross” pass.
Arrive in Kazbegi, change a vehicle for 4-wheel-drive cars to get to Gergeti Holy Trinity church, nestled on top of one of the highest hills at 2170 meters above sea level.
Drive to local hotel for dinner and overnight.
First site to visit this day is called Uplistsikhe (2 hours drive from Kazbegi) – centuries old “cave town” that still houses up to 150 big and small caves (out of 700 that used to comprise this ancient settlement), remains of old pagan altars, wine cellars and up to date operating Church.
Next stop is Mtskheta town, Georgia’s ancient capital city, and its major site – Svetitskhoveli Church.
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:
- Sulphur Baths;
- Tbilisi Ethnographical museum;
- “Rachis Ubani” restaurant for lunch;
- Turtle lake (via cable car)
- Opera and Ballet theater;
- “Kartuli Sakhli” restaurant for dinner.
Check-out from the hotel till noon.
Our driver will take you back to Tbilisi airport.
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.
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
- Welcome dinner on Day 2
- English-speaking guide to accompany the group
- All entrance tickets on sites as per tour program
- All activities mentioned in the tour program
- Responsible traveler pack: Personalized mineral water bottles (not plastic!); and tissues in the vehicle
- Responsible traveler pack: Eco-friendly bamboo-made toothbrush