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Price Per Person

USD 820
Country: Georgia
Duration: 5 Day(s) - 4 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1: Tbilisi

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel to start the city tour of Tbilisi with visits to the Old Town: Metekhi Temple (12th c.), the Abanotubani bath houses, these balmy sulphur baths have hosted poets, writers, musicians, kings down through the centuries; Narikala - The main fortress of Tbilisi (4th c. – if available we’ll take a cable car ride to the fort), excellent for views on the swirling river Mtkvari (Kura) and this city of so many ages and nationalities. Walking through some narrow streets, along which some carpet and souvenir shops are situated. We visit Sioni Cathedral (11th c.) and Anchiskhati church (6th c.); Visit Georgian State Museum and Rustaveli Avenue - the main street of Tbilisi.

Overnight at a 3* hotel in Tbilisi.

Meals included: none.

Day 2: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Gudauri

We start a trip by driving to Mtskheta - the ancient capital of Georgia is situated 20km from Tbilisi. Scientists date the town back to the 2nd millennium B.C. Here Georgians accepted Christianity in the beginning of 4th century. The town and its architectural monuments are included in the World's Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. Visit Jvari Monastery (6th c.) & Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.) Drive to the town of Gori – the heart of Kartli province and the birthplace of Georgia’s infamous son – J. Stalin. We visit the museum of Stalin and continue to Uplistsikhe Cave Town – the Great Silk Road destination. This is an old and interesting complex with dwelling quarters, wine-cellars, bakeries, a three-nave basilica church hewn out in rock and even an antic theatre. Afterwards drive up the famous Georgian Military Highway (leading to the Georgian-Russian border). On the way we have a photo stop at Ananuri architectural complex (17th century), the two churches and the fortress overlooking Zhinvali water reservoir. Arrive at Gudauri.

Dinner and overnight at 2*+ hotel in Gudauri.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner.

Day 3: Gudauri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi

A stunning drive from Gudauri along the Tergi River will bring us to Kazbegi – the main town in the region. From Kazbegi a leisurely 1.5 hour walk up through beautiful valleys and woodland leads to Gergeti Trinity Church located at 2170m. Weather permitting you may catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mt Kazbegi (5047m). We walk back to the town and return to Tbilisi. Arrive in Tbilisi.

Overnight at a 3* hotel in Tbilisi.

Meals included: breakfast.

Day 4: Tbilisi – Davit Gareja – Sighnaghi

Today we explore David Gareja cave complex (6th century) located in a stark, semi-desert landscape. After seeing Lavra Monastery we walk up for about 50 minutes to Udabno Monastery to enjoy its wonderful painted caves and dramatic views across to Azerbaijan (round trip takes approx. 2.5hrs). Transfer to a fortified tiny town of love - Sighnaghi. In the evening we’ll enjoy a leisure walk and the views across to the Valley of Alazani.

Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at a 3* hotel in Sighnaghi.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner.

Day 5: Sighnaghi – Tsinandali – Gombori Pass – Tbilisi (no overnight in Tbilisi)

In the morning we start exploring Kakheti region well known for its wine producing. We enjoy superb views of Great Caucasus Mountains and valleys of Kakheti, acknowledge traditions and culture of the country and region, taste wines and delicious food.

First we visit a local’s winery where we learn more about Georgian home-made wine making and see “Qvevri” – clay jars buried in the ground used by Georgians for wine storage even nowadays. We taste Georgian home-made wine and continue to the estate of 19th century poet Alexander Chavchavadze to see his beautiful garden and the house-museum used by 19th century Georgian elite for high society meetings out of the capital. After the tour of the museum we enjoy a glass of wine and continue to Ikalto Monastery. Later transfer to Tbilisi over Gombori Pass. Arrive in Tbilisi and end of the tour.

Meals included: breakfast.

Minimum passengers per tour is 2 persons. The price is per person based on twin room sharing. For more information about the prices and availabilities, please contact us.

Service includes: Accommodation at double/twin occupancy (single at supplement), English speaking guide, excursion fees, transportation, meals as mentioned, 1 bottle (0.5 liters) of mineral water per person per day.

 

Service excludes: Insurance, flights, visa fees (if required), beverages, and portage.

 

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