New Year in Georgia

Itinerary

Day 1 - 29/12

Arrive

Day 2 - 30/12

Tbilisi - Gori - Uplistsikhe - Borjomi - Akhaltsikhe

Day 3 - 31/12

Akhaltsikhe - Vardzia - Tbilisi

Day 4 - 01/01

Tbilisi 

Day 5 - 02/01

Tbilisi - Alaverdi - Alvani - Sighnaghi

Day 6 - 03/01

Sighnaghi - Bodbe - Tbilisi

Day 7 - 04/01

Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Ananuri - Tbilisi

Day 8 - 05/01

Tbilisi - Departure

Day 1
Arrive - Tbilisi

Arrive in Tbilisi, meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
 

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 2
The region with its history since the 1st millennium BC till XX C

Departure for Gori – soviet city and the central part of Georgia, the hometown of J. Stalin, where you can visit the house-museum of Stalin and its armored car ...

Then we discover an abandoned rock-hewn town Uplistsikhe (about 1h30), dug into the rocks dates back to the 2nd century, is overlooking to the river Mtkvari.

Continue to Borjomi, remarkable with its natural mineral springs, visit Borjomi park, take taste to Borjomi sour water.

Arrive in Akhaltsikhe. 
 

Transfer: Private vehicle, around 4h, 250 km.
Walking hours: 2 h.
Overnight in Akhaltsikhe.

Day 3
Région des forteresses médiévales et soirée du Nouvel An

Plan A : Departure for Vardzia Cave Town, located in Javakheti region at the left bank of Mtkvari river. The monastery complex caved in a rock, is XII-XIII CC Georgian picturesque monument, high mountains and rock cliffs, special kind of architecture. We visit this site which still requires a good physical shape - the multi-storey caves are connected by narrow tunnels, carved into the rocks.

Plan B : Departure to Bakuriani – ski resort located at 1700 m above the sea level.  Enjoy our free time in the snow. Return back to Borjomi by a little train called “Kukushka”. Visit Green monastery with beautiful frescos in Borjomi.

Return back to Tbilisi.

Option : New Year Dinner at Georgian typical restaurant with special show program.
 

Transfer for the pan A: Private vehicle, around 4h10, 270 km.
Transfer for the pan B: Private vehicle, around 2h50, 190 km.
Walking hours: 2 h.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 4
New Year - Visit the capital of Georgia

It’s time to open New Year presents.

Discover the capital of Georgia – Tbilisi, explore its old district with cobbled streets and traditional houses with wooden balconies, at the bank of Mtkvari river. We visit the landmarks of the city: Metekhi church and its plateau which unfolds a superb view of the old city, Narikala Fortress - the ancient symbol of the city, the district of baths (Abanotubani) known for its Sulphur hot springs. 

Then visit Mtatsminda, enjoy with panoramic views over the city from Funicular. 

Free time to visit New Year markets and possibility to attend different kind of concerts and New Year performances.
 

Walking hours: around 3h.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 5
Special day “Bedoba” - discover wine region

Georgian people called "Bedoba" to the second day of the year (comes from the word "Bedi" which means "destiny" in English). According to the belief of Georgians if we pass this day happily the whole year will be full of happiness and joy. Thus the program of this day offers you many pleasant moments to guarantee your happiness throughout the year.

We depart to discover one of the most beautiful sites of Kakheti region, the East part of the country, appreciated for its wine traditions and richness of historical sites. The first step allows us to discover the 11th century Alaverdi Cathedral which is erected in the middle of Alazani Valley, surrounded by the natural circus created here by the Greater Caucasus.

We continue our trip to the local house with an old wine cellar, where the locals show us their traditional methods of winemaking, very different from European practice. Degustation of wine.

Then we visit local workshop of the carpets with a family museum in Alvani.

We continue to a little and charming town Sighnaghi.
 

Transfer: Private vehicle, around 3h45, 200 km.
Walking hours: 1 h.
Overnight in Sighnaghi.

Day 6
Discover the history of the religion

We continue our trip to the small and charming village Sighnaghi, stroll through its cobbled streets and along the wall, admire the splendid panorama of Alazani Valley and the Caucasus. Visit Ethnographic museum of Sighnaghi with the exhibition of famous Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani.

Short break at Bodbé monastery where St Nino stop of rest during spreading the Christianity in Georgia, this visit allows us to learn the history of the holy evangelizer, very important figure of Georgian religion.

Arrive in Tbilisi and visit the National Museum and its collections of “golden treasure” from the ancient period.
 

Transfer: Private vehicle, around 2h, 110 km.
Walking hours: 2 h.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

 

Day 7
Visit UNESCO Sights

Departure for Mtskheta – an old capital of Iberia kingdom, visit Jvari (Cross) monastery perched on a hill and overlooking the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral ("Life-giving column") dated back to the 11tcentury. Shopping of Georgian national handmade souvenirs. Possibility of buying national handcrafted souvenirs.

Departure to visit Ananuri Fortress offers picturesque views over the Zhinvali Reservoir.

Return back to Tbilisi.

Transfer: Private vehicle, around 2h40, 140 km.
Walking hours: 2 h.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
 

Day 8
Tbilisi - Departure

Transfer to the airport, departure.

New Year in Georgia

8 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...