The Beauty of Georgia

The Beauty of 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

Breakfast at the hotel. Start 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, within a few minutes' walk. Start our excursion from Metekhi (13th century) plateau, before taking the cable car to Narikala Fortress which dominates the skyline of the Old Town.

Proceed to explore brick-domed underground sulfur baths (17th century) - the district of naturally hot mineral waters and discover the hidden waterfall. Afterwards proceed to cafe street Shardeni, Sioni Cathedral and the most ancient church in Tbilisi Anchiskhati (6th century). 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.

Hotel accommodation. Overnight in Tbilisi.


DAY 03: TBILISI - GORI - UPLISTSIKHE - MTSKHETA - TBILISI

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed along the Silk Road and arrive in Gori - the birthplace of the Soviet leader Stalin. Photo-stop at the museum of Stalin and proceed to the cave town Uplistsikhe (1st millennium BC) - one of the first cities in Georgia carved into the rock. The caves were the site of pagan rituals, before Georgia became a Christian country. After inspecting the cave city, head to Mtskheta - an ancient capital of Georgia, important religious center and city-museum which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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. 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. Next drive back to Tbilisi.

Hotel accommodation and overnight in Tbilisi.


DAY 04: 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 (2 395m.) and along the Tergi River that 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.

You can also hire the 4x4 vehicle to reach Gergeti Trinity Church. 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 05: TBILISI - BODBE - SIGHNAGHI - TSINANDALI - TELAVI - GOMBORI PASS - TBILISI

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. Proceed towards 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 06: DEPARTURE

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Tbilisi International Airport for departure.