Arrival to Tbilisi. Welcome at the Tbilisi International Airport. Transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at a Hotel.
On the first day of this amazing tour we will head towards the Eastern Georgia, and visit Kakheti region – a Georgian winery cradle. We will see David Gareji gorge with cave, dating back to the 6th century AD, founded by David Gareji, one of the thirteen prolific monks of Assyria. The entire cave presents a remarkable monument, categorized by its unique architecture, prehistoric archaeological importance, enriched paleontological features and important bio-geographical aspects. Following the cave, we will drive to Sighnaghi “City of Love”. We will take an interesting excursion there, and will discover a city that stands on the ruins of former fortress with a total length of the walls for about 2.5 km. The fortress is a unique monument with towers and entrance architecture dating to the XVIII century, very well preserved. Visitors can observe an amazing landscapes of Alazani Valley from the towers of fortress. Overnight at a Hotel in Sighnaghi.
On the third day of our tour, we are going to start with an excursion to Gremi Monastery, visiting 16th century royal citadel and Archangels Church in Kakheti. Following the citadel, we will visit Alaverdi monastery (6th century), founded by Joseph (Amba) Alaverdeli, one of the thirteen prolific monks of Assyria. The cathedral is the second highest by altitude religious monument in Georgia. Trip to Tsinandali and visit of Prince Aleksandre Chavchavadze house museum, with its fascinating gardens and winery cellar. Being well familiar with European wine production techniques, Chavcavadze built Georgia’s oldest and largest winery in Tsinandali. The winery is encompassing European and traditional Georgian winemaking practice. Please be informed that Georgian winery traditions in Qvevri are preserved by UNESCO. Finally, at the end of the day, we will visit Telavi, an administrative and cultural center of the region, dating back to Bronze Age. Return back to Tbilisi and overnight at a hotel.
On the fourth day of our journey, we will head towards Mtskheta, UNESCO world heritage architectural monument, and the former capital of Georgia. We will also visit “Jvari Church” built in the 6th century, and situated on top of the hill overlooking the uniting of the two rivers. Our next destination would be “Svetitskhoveli Cathedral” completely built in 11th century. According to legends, a holy mantle of Jesus Christ was buried here. This factor makes the Cathedral the most significant religious center of Georgia. Following visit to Mtskheta, we will visit Uplistsikhe, “The Lord’s Fortress” an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. Afterwards, our tour will lead us to Akhaltsikhe – a small town in the South-Western part of Georgia. There, we will see the Rabath Castle, built in 9th century, and will tour around it. Overnight at the Hotel in Akhaltsikhe.
On the fifth day of our journey we will visit Vardzia, a town, built in 12-13 centuries at Queen Tamara’s and Gorge III, Georgian king epoch. The place has had a significant role in political, cultural, and educational life of Georgia. Heading to Borjomi from Vardzia. Leisure time upon arrival to Borjomi, and walking tour around the famous “Borjomi” mineral water park. Travelers will have an opportunity to try the celebrated water directly from its natural springs. We will head directly towards Kutaisi from Borjomi, a former capital of Kingdom of Colchis. Archeologists discovered that the city foundation is dating back to the beginning of the second millennium BC. Overnight at the Hotel in Kutaisi.
A planned tour around Kutaisi city on the sixth day. During the tour, we will visit Bagrati Temple and Gelati Monastery (12th c. UNESCO heritage). We will also observe the new Parliament building of Kutaisi (Kutaisi became Parliament City in 2012). The architecture of the building is designed by eminent Spanish architecture Alberto Domingo Kabo. Afterwards, drive to Svaneti region, the highest mountainous region of Geographical Georgia. On the way to Svaneti, we will visit Enguri Dam with the height of 271 meters (world’s highest dam of particular type). Arrival to Mestia – the central administrative town of Svaneti region. Overnight at a Hotel in Mestia.
Breakfast at the Hotel, then drive to Ushguli (UNESCO Architectural Heritage) on Jeeps. Visit the Laghami Saint George’s church (7th- 12th c.c.), the church of St. George in Nakipari (1130 AD) and Ethnographic Museum in Ushguli. Ushguli is considered to be the highest populated place in Europe (2200 meters above the sea level). Return to Mestia with overnight at the Hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel and follow-up drive to Zugdidi. Visit of Dadiani Palace in Zugdidi. The Palace has 41,000 historical museum objects, particularly, the mask of Napoleon Bonaparte. Following the visit of Palace, we will head to Batumi, an amazing seaport on the coast of Black Sea, major touristic sea destination of Georgia. Overnight at the Hotel in Batumi.
On the last day of our journey we plan to discover Batumi from inside, making a thorough tour around the city, during which we will visit the steel Statue of Love – figures of Ali and Nino, continuously changing their standing position every 10 minutes merging into each other. The famous Medea Statue of Batumi, which resembles the myth about Colchis and Golden Fleece, and finally, the Statue of Apollo (Greek mythology hero). At the end of our tour, we are going to take a walk across the beach and enjoy the amazing Batumi Boulevard, leading to Piazza Square. Overnight at the Hotel in Batumi.
Drop off at the Batumi Airport for departure.