This is a classic Georgia tour itinerary, that proved to be one of the most popular among our guests and travelers. 7 days of relaxing travel around our country’s major tourist attractions – its capital city Tbilisi, the winemaking region Kakheti, and gorgeous Caucasus Mountains sceneries on your way to Kazbegi.
Classic Georgia tour program includes one free day in Tbilisi for our guests to explore this amazing city on their own agenda. Our consultants will be happy to provide guidance on where to go and what to see in Tbilisi based on your interests and specific requests.
As a company that adheres to responsible travel idea, we run this tour on eco-friendly vehicles, strive to make it as much plastic-free as possible, and provide our guests with free ecological bamboo-made toothbrushes. So you can literally forget your toothbrush at home 🙂
By purchasing this tour you contribute to sustainable development of a number of Georgian rural communities and villages. Local communities supported in this tour: Kakhetian villages Nukriani, Ruispiri and Shilda.
Day 1: Tbilisi – arrival
Our representative will meet you in the airport and transfer to the hotel in Tbilisi. After a short rest and lunch, we will start the brief sightseeing tour of Georgian capital city – Tbilisi.
Our guide will meet you in your hotel’s lobby at 2pm 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. 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.
After passing through the picturesque 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 30 minutes’ drive from there you will get to the majestic Gremi architectural complex – former residence of Kakhetian kings, and an ancient busy town, now housing the remains of Gremi fortress and still functioning main Church.
Continue through the valley to visit yet another private winery that experiments with local vine types by processing them in a so-called European winemaking technique. Small tour of the private wine factory will be followed by delicious Georgian lunch. After lunch visit one of the oldest monastery complexes in the region – Nekresi. Being an ancient monument to Georgian religious traditions, this monastery is also unique with its location. It is nested on a slope of Caucasus mountains range and overlooking the entire Alazani Valley.
Drive to hotel for relaxing evening, dinner and overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
In the morning continue your tour of Kakheti by driving to Zegaani area. The place is a true oasis in the middle of the valley – you will suddenly discover yourself in the thick forest with an ancient Zegaani church crowning the place. Drive 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. Have a tour of this fairytale-like town. Continue your journey by visiting a local family in the village Nukriani – learn how to make traditional Georgian dish “Khachapuri”. Lunch. Return from Kakheti to Tbilisi (about 2-hour drive). Drop off at your hotel. Free evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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 overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast in the hotel start driving back towards Tbilisi with the stops in Uplistsikhe and Mtskheta on the way. From Gudauri in about 2-hour drive the group will arrive to the cave town Uplistsikhe – the magnificent remains of an ancient pagan settlement where all the houses used to be carved inside the rocks. Continue your Georgia tour by visiting a local family’s private wine cellar for house wine tasting and homemade lunch. After lunch arrive to Mtskheta, old capital town of ancient Georgia and one of the most important historical cities of the country. Visit the old town and its principal sight – Svetitskhoveli monastery. The name of the monastery means “living pillar” and it is widely believed that the place is a burial site of Jesus Christ’s mantle. Being one of the principal churches in Georgia, the monastery is also one of the most revered places in Caucasus. Drive back to Tbilisi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
This day of the tour is for you to spend on your own agenda. Please kindly note that no guide and transport will be provided for this day. This is a great opportunity to do some memorabilia shopping. Our other suggestions for the day would be:
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time until transfer to the airport
|City / Town||Option A – COMFORT||Option B – ECONOM||Number of nights|
|Tbilisi||Tiflis Palace hotel, Mercure Hotel, IOTA hotel, or similar||Grand Mimino hotel, Kopala hotel, or similar||4|
|Kakheti||OISHE boutique hotel, Porta Caucasia hotel||Local guesthouse||1|
|Kazbegi||Akhasheni wine resort, Kvareli Eden, Royal Batoni||Local guesthouse||1|