Green Georgia small group tour
2023 – 2024
GEORGIA | 12 Days
Green Georgia small group tour’s 12-day program is a result of our ongoing efforts to make all our travel options eco-friendly. It is based on a responsible travel concept. And combines the unique Georgian culture, rich history and natural beauty with support for local communities’ sustainable development. Family-run guesthouses and small hotels, private vineyards and farms, local artisans and inhabitants of remote protected areas — these are the small enterprises and individuals that will benefit from your travel.
- Day 1 (Friday): Tbilisi arrival
- Day 2 (Saturday): Tbilisi city tour
- Day 3 (Sunday): Batumi city tour
- Day 4 (Monday): Machakhela Protected Area
- Day 5 (Tuesday): Tea tour in Ozurgeti
- Day 6 (Wednesday): Shemokmedi and Martvili
- Day 7 (Thursday): Sataplia and Kutaisi
- Day 8 (Friday): Borjomi and Akhaltsikhe
- Day 9 (Saturday): Vardzia tour
- Day 10 (Sunday): Georgian Farm tour
- Day 11 (Monday): Bazaleti and Mtskheta
- Day 12 (Tuesday): Departure from Tbilisi
Arrival in Tbilisi
Our representative will meet you at Tbilisi International Airport and arrange for hotel transfer. Check-in to the Hotel after 3pm. Free evening: relaxing time after a flight.
First 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Departure from Tbilisi
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time until departure to the airport. End of the tour.
Standard accommodation is provided in comfortable small private hotels, or local family-run guesthouses 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.
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|October 6||October 17||Booking closed|
|October 20||October 31||12 places left|
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What to expect
The tour itinerary comprises travels to different parts of Georgia. You will have a chance to see all of its versatile natural charms, as well as learn about local culture, traditions, and of course the cuisine. A wine-producing valley, nature reserves and protected areas, mountain rivers and canyons, deep green forests, ancient cave towns, a medieval bridge and real dinosaur footprints — this is all just a small peek into what awaits you on this Georgia tour.
This is an all-inclusive tour package. And if what you’re looking for is farm-to-table organic food with minimal carbon footprint and zero food miles, you’ve come to the right place. Most of the lunch and dinner locations in the rural areas that we have selected for this Georgia tour are exactly like this. And hosts are equally down-to-earth. They’re very much looking forward to share what they have with travelers.
Small group escorted tour
This is a small group tour of up to 12 travelers only. This way our guests can save on their travel budget, as some of the costs are shared. And the limited size of a group will still provide you with the feeling of intimate and cozy travel experience. We run this tour in eco-friendly vehicles and strive to make it as plastic-free as possible
Green Georgia small group tour FAQ
What type of vehicles are used for this tour?
Vehicles used on Green Georgia small group tour vary depending on a final number of travelers on each particular journey. Please refer to the information below to see the vehicles examples:
- Up to 2 travelers – standard sedan type car is reserved (i.e. Toyota Camry, Toyota Prius, Mercedes Benz C/E class, or similar)
- Up to 5 passengers – mini van type car is reserved (i.e. Mercedes Benz Vito, or similar)
- Up to 8 passengers – van type car is reserved (i.e. Mercedes Benz Sprinter, or similar)
All our vehicles are air-conditioned, equipped with mineral water and tissues, and either hybrid powered or use modern eco friendly exhaust system.
Does accommodation have an air-conditioned rooms?
Most of our accommodation options for this tour have rooms with air-conditioning installed. Some of the remote guesthouses may not have air-conditioning but their location provides natural conditions for cool fresh air.
What are the meal options included in the tour?
Green Georgia small group tour is an all-inclusive travel package, which includes full-board meals. Meal options are organic, mostly farm-to-table locally produced food. All meals are pre-ordered and vary depending on location, region visited, and time of the year. Vegetarian options are also available. Our travelers have a chance to indicate their meal preferences at a later stage of the tour booking process.
Does this tour involves a significant amount of walking?
The tour program involves some walking. Consider bringing comfortable footwear for this journey.
In what case am I required to pay Single supplement?
If you’re a solo traveler who want to stay in a Single room during the trip, you would be required to pay Single supplement for this tour.
What if I want to share the room with other solo traveler?
We always do our best to meet your travel requirements. If on the dates chosen there will also be a single traveler who would want to share the room, we will definitely be offering you this option.
What if I'm the only person who booked the tour? Will it still be on?
Our small group tours are all of guaranteed departure. Even if there is only one traveler who have signed up on it – the tour will still be commenced as planned.
The Green Georgia small group tour is excellent!
It has a nice mix of the usual spots in Georgia such as Tbilisi and Batumi along with several off the beaten path spots such as the Machakhela Protected Areas. My partner called Geotrend manager on the phone several times and asked extensive questions prior to committing to this tour… Continue reading
By Katie Leigh on TripAdvisor
I would highly recommend this tour.
I was looking for a tour that picked me up at the airport, took me around the country, and dropped me back at the airport. This does that. The countryside is beautiful. If you are looking for an English tour I’d recommend… Continue reading
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Tour price includes:
- All transfers and transportation throughout the tour
- Accommodation in family run guesthouses and small local hotels (on Double or Twin room sharing basis), breakfast included
- Full board meals (lunches and dinners)
- English speaking guide to accompany the group (on Days 2 through to 11)
- All entrance tickets on sites and tour attractions as per program
- Wine tastings as per program
- All activities mentioned in the program (like, for instance, boat ride in Martvili canyon)
- Batumi-Tbilisi train ticket (2nd class)
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.