Tea, tangerines and more… | 8-day Georgia tour
GEORGIA | 8 Days | November-December
Georgia is not just about wine. Not many travelers out there know that tea and tangerines growing in Georgia has been now for centuries. This option of an 8-day tour to Georgia is designed to show tourists just that. Traveling for tea is now one of the niche tourism trends around the globe. And we urge travelers to consider Georgia and see how organic home-made tea is grown and produced. Another highlight – tangerines. This beautiful and delicious fruit is ready to be picked-up from trees from November till the mid of December. So, this Georgia tour program is ideal for those wishing to enrich their pre-Christmas holidays.
What to expect
This 8-day tour to Georgia itinerary is focused around travel to the West of the country. The Georgian Black sea coast. Apart from fascinating nature and centuries-old history, travelers on this tour will learn and take part in tangerine harvest and tea-making process. Picking-up tangerines from the trees, grown on high hills of Black sea coastal mountain range, is quite an exciting experience. You will see and taste this fruit the way the nature designed it 🙂
And Georgian tea – is probably something that may become your lifetime preference for many years on. See how it is grown on local house yards. Harvest fresh tea leaves, proceed with drying, chopping and eventually tasting purely organic tea.
- All transfers and transportations according to the program
- Accommodation, including breakfasts
- Lunches and dinners*
- Tour guide to accompany travelers
- All attractions and experiences described in the program
- Batumi-Tbilisi train ticket
* – Lunches on Days 2, 3, 4 and 6; Dinner on Day 1.
Responsible travel and sustainable tourism
This Georgia tour option includes most of the meals along the journey. 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.
According to our responsible travel policy we preference small local farms, small private hotels, and putting their interest first when exploring opportunities of bringing tourists to the places. So by taking this tour you support sustainable development of the rural regions of Georgia.
Arrival in Tbilisi | city tour
Arrive in Tbilisi. Our driver will be meeting you in the airport to arrange for a hotel transfer. Check-in to the hotel after 2pm.
Afternoon have a brief tour of Tbilisi’s Old Town area. Tour starts at the Metekhi Church and King Vakhtang Gorgasali, Tbilisi founder, monument. On your way up the Narikala fortress you will hear the Tbilisi legend and its story. Strolling down the cozy old town streets, passing by the church and the mosque, amazingly beautiful mountain gorge with a waterfall – you will end up in the famous Sulphur Baths* district, called Abanotubani.
In the evening you’re cordially invited to traditional Georgian welcome dinner, accompanied by national dance and music show.
*Visit to the Sulphur Bath can be booked separately upon request
After breakfast check-out from your hotel in Tbilisi (at 9am) and depart towards the West of Georgia.
In about 40-minute drive arrive to Jvari monastery. Standing on the high hill the monastery’s square overlooks a magnificently picturesque conjunction of two major rivers in Georgia – Mtkvari (aka Kura) and Aragvi. As well as Georgian ancient capital city Mtskheta. Jvari monastery is very special to Georgians – it celebrates the entire history of Christianity in the country.
Continue your Georgia tour and drive through Rikoti mountain pass. Here you will have a stop in the village called Shrosha. Nested among high mountains this village is home to local clay potters. Visit one of the home workshops and see how the pottery is made. The visit will be followed by the lunch.
Afternoon arrive in Kutaisi, the second biggest city in Georgia. Have brief tour around old town. Check-in to the hotel. 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.
Keep on touring 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.
Your Georgia tour will continue with the drive towards the Black Sea coast. Arrive in Kobuleti for relaxing evening and overnight.
After early morning breakfast, at 8:00am, depart your hotel to visit the upper village in Kobuleti. Arrive in to a local tangerine farm. You will meet the farm owner, get instructions on how to pick tangerines, and enjoy this wonderful activity on the hill, overlooking the Black Sea. Hosts will be arranging for a delicious organic lunch in the farm.
Afternoon you may spend either continuing your farming experience, or just relaxing on this amazing place, doing nothing. Some people find the location ideal for meditation, by the way.
In the evening return to Kobuleti for 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. 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.
Take an evening train back to Tbilisi. Transfer to hotel. Overnight.
We suggest you use this day to absorb all of the impressions of the Georgia tour you just had, 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:
Check-out from the hotel till noon.
Our driver will take you back to Tbilisi airport.
Depending on preferences accommodation options may vary from luxury hotels to family run guesthouses. All options are based on Double or Twin room occupancy, breakfast included.
Single travelers are provided with separate rooms. Please kindly add this information when filling out the tour reservation form below.
Georgia private tour FAQ
What type of vehicles are used for this tour?
Vehicles used on Georgia private 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?
All accommodation options for this Georgia private tour have rooms with air-conditioning.
What are the meal options included in the tour?
This Georgia private tour program has the following meal options included:
- Breakfasts all days of the tour on accommodation premises
- Lunches included on Days 2, 3, 4 and 6
- Dinner is included on Day 1
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.
What time of the year is this tour available?
Due to seasonality of tangerines this tour is available from November through to the mid of December, each year.