Cultural Georgia (6 days / 5 nights)
DAY 01: ARRIVAL
Arrive in Tbilisi. Pick up from Tbilisi international airport. Hotel accommodation and overnight in Tbilisi.
DAY 02: TBILISI CITY TOUR - MTSKHETA
Breakfast at the hotel. A few unforgettable hours of familiarization with the capital. A charming town built in the 5th century along the twisting valley of Mtkvari River. All the places of interest are very close to each other. Get the easiest and most convenient way to visit major tourist attractions and offers a great introduction to must see places in Tbilisi downtown. Visit to explore brick-domed underground sulfur baths (17th century) - the district of naturally hot mineral waters.
Walk across the Bridge of Peace which is a stunning design as well as convenient crossing between the newly constructed Rike Park and the Old Town. It also provides superb views over the city. Visit Old Town Wall, Freedom square and much more. Afterwards head to Mtskheta - an ancient capital of Georgia, important religious center and city-museum which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Along the way we will stop to visit the Jvari Monastery (6th century). This well-known monastery is located on the top of the mountain, at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers.
Stop to visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) which is known as a place where Christ's robe was buried. Walk along the narrow streets of Mtskheta with souvenir shopping possibility. Proceed to Samtavro monastery 11th century monastery complex. In the evening drive back to Tbilisi. Hotel accommodation and overnight in Tbilisi.
DAY 03: TBILISI - BODBE - SIGHNAGHI - TSINANDALI - LOPOTA
Breakfast at the hotel. Start our drive to Kakheti region Georgia's premier wine-producing area and visit Monastery of Bodbe - final resting place of Saint Nino, "Enlightener of Georgians", who preached Christianity in Georgia with a vine cross in her hand. Afterwards head to Sighnaghi - a small beautiful city that opens to visitors the magnificent views of the Great Caucasus Range. This little town is a rare example of historic city which kept its style during the centuries with open traditional balconies, unique fortress with churches built in it and towers.
Afterwards drive to Tsinandali - a village noted for the surrounding estate and its historic winery that belonged to the 19th century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze. Enjoy an excursion in the family museum and a walk in the park beautifully laid out in an English style with fine views and exotic plants. Afterwards arrive in Lopota. Hotel accommodation and overnight at Lopota Lake resort.
DAY 04: LOPOTA - ALAVERDI - TELAVI - GOMBORI - TBILISI
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to visit one of the highest cathedrals in Georgia - Alaverdi Monastery, built in 11th century. Continue our way to Telavi and visit food market where stalls are loaded with fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, spices and drinks. Return back to Tbilisi through picturesque Gombori pass (1700m). Hotel accommodation and overnight in Tbilisi.
DAY 05: TBILISI - KAZBEGI - GERGETI TRINITY CHURCH - ANANURI - TBILISI
Breakfast at the hotel. Early in the morning start very scenic drive up through the High Caucasus Mountains along the Georgian Military Highway towards Kazbegi region. On the way, we will drive across the Cross Pass (2395m) and along the Tergi River, which brings us to Kazbegi - main town in this region. From Kazbegi a leisurely 4 hours walk through beautiful valleys and woodland that leads us to Gergeti Holy Trinity church (14th century), stunningly located on a hilltop (2170m) both overlooking the surrounding snowy peaks of the Greater Caucasus Mountains.
Here we will enjoy unique nature with beautiful panoramic views of Caucasus, including mount Kazbegi (5047m). Afterwards drive back to Tbilisi. En route visit Ananuri architectural complex (17th century) overlooking a reservoir on the Aragvi River. In the evening drive back to Tbilisi. Hotel accommodation and overnight.
DAY 06: DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Tbilisi International Airport for departure.