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Discover Georgian Wine Culture

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Duration

7 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Overview

Tour Code:TF014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Narikala Fortress & Old Tbilisi
  • UNESCO Heritage: Jvari Monastery & Svetitskhoveli Cathedral; Gelati monastery complex
  • Tsinandali Estate
  • Chateau Mukhrani
  • Kakheti Land of Wine
  • Vineria Kakheti
  • Alaverdi cathedral
  • Nekresi Church

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day
Day 1: Arrival Day

Meeting at Tbilisi International Airport.
Transfer to the hotel;
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 2: Mtskheta - Chateau Mukhrani - Tbilisi city tour
Day 2: Mtskheta - Chateau Mukhrani - Tbilisi city tour

Breakfast at the hotel;
10:00 start of the tour;

On this day we will drive to Mtskheta, former capital and one of oldest cities of Georgia.
First, experience Jvari Monastery, a Georgian Orthodox monastery of the 6th century. Next, you will drive to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral built in the 11th century, which was the main pilgrimage place on the Silk Road, the burial place of Christ's robe and the tomb place of Georgian Kings. The cathedral is listed in UNSECO World Heritage Site along with other historical monuments of Mtskheta;

Next we will drive to Chateau Mukhrani, where we will visit the castle and wine cellar. The castle was designed by French architects, Ivane Mukhranbatoni began construction of the castle that took 12 years to complete. The huge venue was a cultural centre for the Georgian elite. Underground cellars comprised 20 compartments. The main tunnel connected the winery and the castle. To complement the modern winery the chateau cellar was restored to its original historical design. Today the cellar stores 60,000 barrels of wine at a constant fifteen degrees Celsius. Here we will have wine degustation of 4 types of wine.

Next will drive to Tbilisi, capital city of Georgia, founded in 5th century. During our city tour we will visit old city, Metekhi church, Rike Park and then we will climb up by the cableway on the Narikala fortress, from there opens the most extraordinary view of the city. After you will visit the famous Tbilisi sulfur bathes and Legvtakhevi;

Transfer to the hotel in Tbilisi;
Overnight in Tbilisi

Day 3: Tbilisi- Vineria Kakheti- Sighnaghi – Kvareli
Day 3: Tbilisi- Vineria Kakheti- Sighnaghi – Kvareli

Breakfast at the hotel;
10:00 start of the tour;

On this day we will visit Kakheti region, east Georgia, which is the heart of Georgian viticulture.
Our first stop will be Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking factory in Sagarejo, producing and keeping wine and brandy. Current liquid capacity - 15 million liters, you will have the tour in wine factory and wine degustation.
Next we will visit Vinery Kakheti, wine cellar where we will come across with pitcher, and taste wine made with Georgian technology.
Next stop will be Sighnaghi. Town is located in the eastern part of region, which sits atop a bluff overlooking the Alazani Valley. Its charming cobblestone streets and alleys, restored original nouveau woodwork, and detailed facades give the town a romantic mystique. With the surreal views of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, Sighnaghi is one of the most beautiful towns in Georgia;

Transfer to the hotel in Kvareli;
Overnight in Kvareli.

Day 4: Kvareli- Nekresi Church– Alaverdi Monastery– Tbilisi
Day 4: Kvareli- Nekresi Church– Alaverdi Monastery– Tbilisi

Breakfast at the hotel;
10:00 start of the tour;

Our first destination of the day is Nekresi an ancient monastic complex located on the top of a mountain in the Alazani Valley in Kakheti. The monastery complex of Nekresi unites several monuments of Georgian architecture, among which there are three churches. The small basilica of the second half of IV century is one of the first churches in Georgia. The complex is inscribed on the list of the Immovable Cultural Monuments of National Significance of Georgia.
Next we will visit Nelkarisi Winery, Cellar is built on the place of an ancient city NELKARISI (1st Century A.D). It was the home for Mithraic culture where winemaking was a very important component of life. The proof are the Qvevris of that time which can still be found on this territory. After wine degustation we will drive to be Alaverdi Monastery, which was built in the 11th century by Kakhetian King Kvirike on the remains of a monastery established by Joseph, one of the thirteen Assyrian Fathers in 6th century. In 2007, Alaverdi Monastery was listed as a Tentative Heritage site by UNESCO. Here we will have degustation of monastery wine, Monastery Wine” is a millennium brand of Alaverdi Monastery Cellar made by the Alaverdi Monastery congregate in the XIth century cellar. The wine is produced by endemic variety of Kakhetian vine in unique clay vessel – Qvevri. Alaverdi Royal Monastery is historically known by its qvevris and cellar.

Transfer to Tbilisi hotel;
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 5: Tbilisi - Gori - Uflistsikhe - Kutaisi
Day 5: Tbilisi - Gori - Uflistsikhe - Kutaisi

Breakfast at the hotel;
10:00 start of the tour;

On this day we will drive to the western part of Georgia. Our first stop will be Uflistsikhe , literally ‘Fortress of God’, is an ancient rock-hewn town which played a significant role in Georgian history over a period of approximately 3,000 years. Archaeological excavations have revealed extraordinary artifacts dating from the late Bronze Age all the way up to the late middle Ages. Uflistsikhe was an important religious, political and cultural centre in the Hellenistic and the late Antique periods.
Next will stop in Terjola and visit winery Khareba winery, located in Imereti region, winery is equipped with modern machinery including stainless steal tanks. Here, is produced premium still and sparkling wines.8000 years old winemaking method and innovative achievements of the 21st century are combined in the Terjola cellar. This is a place where more than 40 kinds of wines are produced using more than 20 different indigious grape varieties.
After wine degustation in Terjola winery we will drive towards Kutaisi, which represents one of the oldest cities in Europe. Kutaisi and its surrounding areas are distinguished by the beautiful nature and abundance of cultural monuments. In Kutaisi we will visit Gelati monastery, the monastery was founded by the king of Georgia David IV the Builder in 12th century. The Ensemble includes a different period (mainly XII-XIII cc) Buildings. It is included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Next we will visit Bagrati Cathedral, which has special place with it’s architectural and artistic dignity in the history of Georgian architecture. Historically, it is a symbol of united Georgia.

Transfer to the hotel in Kutaisi;
Overnight in Kutaisi.

Day 6: Kutaisi – Martvili Canyon – Tbilisi
Day 6: Kutaisi – Martvili Canyon – Tbilisi

Breakfast at the hotel;
10:00 start of the tour;

Today we will drive to Samegrelo Region, our destination of the day is Martvili Canyon Natural Monument is located in Martvili municipality, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region. The Canyon is a natural wonder, which was formed by the waters of the Abasha River. Canyon is 2.4 km long, and the height of the walls reaches 40 m in some places.
In the past place used to be a bath place for Georgian Nobles, Dadiani family. Now it represents one of the most popular touristic site, where you enjoy the scenery, waterfalls and take a boat trip in the river with deep green color. While visiting the canyon you can choose to take a walking or boat trip to explore the Dadianis’ Path, mountain river gorge, limestone natural bridges, overview platforms, waterfalls, 19th century water mill, fossil shells of nautiluses and sea urchins.

Transfer to the hotel in Tbilisi;
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 7: Departure Day
Day 7: Departure Day

Breakfast at the hotel;
According to the flight details transfer to the Airport.

Included/Excluded

  • Round-Way Airport Transfers
  • 4 Overnights in Tbilisi at the hotel with BB (DBL Room)
  • 1 Overnights in Tsinandali at the hotel with BB (DBL Room)
  • 1 Overnights in Kutaisi at the hotel with BB (DBL Room)
  • 1 Overnights in Ambrolauri at the hotel with BB (DBL Room)
  • Breakfast
  • Transportation according to the tour program
  • English speaking guide service during tour program
  • Wine degustation
  • Entry tickets
  • Air tickets
  • insurance
  • Lunches
  • Dinners

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