This short, one week tour will take you to the most iconic parts of eastern Georgia. Take a full advantage of local hospitality, wines, treats and great views you will encounter on the way.
The sightseeing tour of Tbilisi starts at Holy Trinity cathedral, one of the largest orthodox cathedrals in the world. Sameba (Holy Trinity cathedral) is a synthesis of traditional styles dominating the Georgian church architecture at various stages in history and has some Byzantine undertones. Continue to Metekhi church of Assumption, standing in one of the earliest inhabited areas on the city’s territory. Discover the history of this fascinating building, visit the monument of Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of the city. After the short break on the fortress walls, walk down to the district of Sulphur bathhouses and have a short walk in the streets of old city. Visit the only mosque in Tbilisi, visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Puppet Theatre.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Drive to Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns and the cultural and religious centre of Georgia. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC.
Visit Jvari Church, a true architectural masterpiece of the early Medieval Period overlooking the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers from the top of the hill, and Svetitskhoveli, the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is kept.
Continue to Ananuri complex, that is overlooking Jinvali reservoir. Ananuri was a castle and seat of the Eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi, a feudal dynasty which ruled the area from the 13th century. The castle was the scene of numerous battles.
We will then drive over the Cross pass and make a short stop at Soviet time “People’s Friendship” mountain view point overlooking a deep gorge of Caucasus mountain range.
Overnight in Kazbegi.
We will hike up to reach Gergeti Holy Trinity Church, located on altitude of 2170 m, and enjoy breathtaking views of Mt Kazbegi. Grab the lunchboxes from the hotel and have a picnic there.
Drive to Uplistsikhe, an ancient cave town built on a high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari River. Uplistsikhe contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran, as well as the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture.
After Uplistsikhe we will take you to Museum of Stalin in Gori, dedicated to the life of Joseph Stalin.
Kakheti is a premier wine-producing area in Georgia. In a country that boasts with several millennia of wine-making traditions, everyone agrees that the very best wines come from the fertile easternmost part of Georgia.
But wine is not all that Kakheti has to offer – the rich history, ancient churches and fortresses, picturesque views are few among many reasons why Kakheti is a must-see for every traveler.
After breakfast depart towards the Kakheti region of Georgia, the cradle of Georgian winemaking.
Our first stop will be in Bodbe convent, which according to the legend is a burial place of St. Nino, who converted Georgia to Christianity in the 4th century. Bodbe complex functions as a nunnery and offers its visitors breathtaking views on Alazani valley.
Continue to Sighnaghi, the city surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers. Sighnaghi is known as city of love, as it is one of favorite places for couples to get married. Stop at small ethnographic museum for wine degustation. Try 4 different sorts of wine and local Chacha, a strong spirit distilled from grapes.
Drive to Tsinandali, the residence of dukes of Georgia with beautiful English garden, a museum, and the wine cellar which belonged to prince Chavchavadze, 19th century public figure and poet.
Overnight in Telavi.
Drive to Winery Khareba, which is located in a tunnel, originally built for military purposes. Taste several kinds of wine and compare European technologies of wine-making to a local one.
After wine-tasting drive to Davitgareja monastery. Explore Lavra and Udabno monasteries. Udabno is famous for its wall-paintings dating from the end of the 12th century. Thousand-year-old frescos at Udabno are depicting scenes from the Bible. After some rest, walk down another path. Drive back to Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
You will have free time to explore around Old town deeper before your flight. We strongly recommend you to visit Dry Bridge market, an open air market where you can find lots of antiques and handmade items. Take a walk in narrow streets of Sololaki, – here you will see buildings so old, that they are literally falling apart.
Our driver and guide will take you for farewell dinner to a local restaurant. After dinner we will transfer you to the airport. Departure