This tour will immerse you in the festive atmosphere and in celebrations of the end of the year. In 8 days of travel, you will discover the ancient traditions, history and exceptional nature of the country. You will have the choice to spend the New Year's Eve in a famous ski resort surrounded by snowy landscapes or to have the New Year's dinner in a restaurant in Tbilisi with a special festive program. You will also have the chance to visit the must-sees of several Georgian regions, participate in gastronomic and craft workshops with the local inhabitants and taste the variety of Georgian wines.
Day 1 - 29/12
Day 2 - 30/12
Tbilisi - Gori - Uplistsikhe - Borjomi - Akhaltsikhe
Day 3 - 31/12
Akhaltsikhe - Vardzia - Tbilisi
Day 4 - 01/01
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
Arrive in Tbilisi, meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to the airport, departure.