Long weekend in Georgia - culture and wine

 

ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrive - Tbilisi

Day 2

Tbilisi - Bodbe - Sighaghi - Tsinandali - Telavi - Tbilisi

Day 3

Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Ananuri - Tbilisi

Day 4

Tbilisi

Day 5

Tbilisi - Departure

Day 1
Arrival - Tbilisi

Arrive in Tbilisi, meeting and transfer to the hotel, according to the flight schedule.

Transfer: Private vehicle, around 00h30, 20 km.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 2
Explore the East part of the country – Kahketi region

Departure to Kakheti region - the East part of the country, famous for its Qvevri wine and the richness of historical monuments.

The first stop is at Bodbe monastery where St Nino stop during conversing Georgians to the Christian faith, the holy evangelizer is very important figure of Georgian religion.

We continue our trip to Sighnaghi, sightseeing, walk through the cobbled streets, enjoy the splendid panorama over the Alazany Valley and the Caucasus from the historical wall around the town.

Visit the local wine cellar, where we can learn about 8000-years old unbroken wine tradition in Georgia and winemaking with Qvevri method, meeting with local winemaker and taste their wine.

The next stop is Tsinandali Estate – family palace and historic winery with beautiful garden which once belonged to the 19th-century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze, who was the first winemaker who bottled wine in 1814.

Short break of Telavi - the the capital and historical city of Kakheti.

The road to Tbilisi.

Transfer: Private vehicle, around 5h, 275 km.
Walking hours: 2 h.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 3
Discover Mtskheta with its UNESCO Sights and the Ananuri Fortress

Departure to Mtskheta located not far from Tbilisi. Mtskheta was an old capital of Iberia kingdom from the 3rd C BCE to 5th C CE, visit Jvari (Cross) monastery located on the top of a mountain with a great view of the meeting between the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral ("Life-giving column") with glorious architecture which dates back to the 11tcentury. Free time for strolling around the old town, here we meet many handcrafts, typical souvenirs, local products, etc. 

Continue the road to the north, visit Ananuri Fortress which was a seat of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi, a feudal dynasty which ruled the area from the 13th century. We can enjoy picturesque views over the Jinvali Reservoir.

Return back to the capital.

Transfer: Private vehicle, around 2h30, 140 km.
Walking hours: 2 h.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

 

Day 4
Admire the vibrant city Tbilisi

Waking city tour of one of the vibrant capitals Tbilisi, explore the old town located at the bank of Mtkvari river, the old district of the city is very authentic with its traditional houses with wooden balconies and narrow streets. Visit the landmarks of the city: Metekhi church and its plateau which unfolds a superb view of the old city, Narikala Fortress with the cable car - the ancient symbol of the city, Abanotubani (bath district) famous for the Sulphur hot springs. 

Visit the National Museum of Tbilisi with very impressive and rich collections of “golden treasure” from the antic period. 

Continue our tour by car to the new part of the city, visit the modern architecture of the city. 

Transfer: Private vehicle, around 1h, 20 km.
Walking hours: around 3h.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 5
Tbilisi - Departure

Transfer to Tbilisi International airport and departure.

Transfer: Private vehicle, around 00h30, 20 km.

Long weekend in Georgia - culture and wine

5 Days

Mariam Papunashvili

Head of the receptive department

Maryam is graduated from the Faculty of Tourism Management at Ilia Tchavchavadze State University and after she did he...

Ana Gvalia

Travel Advisor

While studying in France Ana traveled extensively around Europe and realized that travel-related discoveries pleased her a lot. Graduate...