Cultural Tours

Cultural Tours

Explore Georgia

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.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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

Go West

They say you have not truly seen Georgia if you have not traveled to the western part. This trip will take to places filled with lush forests, fascinating mountains and historical sites. Explore the second largest city of Georgia, – Batumi, one of the oldest settlements and its surroundings with our experienced guide, get to know to local cuisine and unique perks that seaside can offer.

 

Day 1

Depart from hotel after breakfast.

Drive to Mtskheta, which is a part of cultural heritage of UNESCO. Mtskheta was once a capital of the Kingdom of Kartli and it is considered a second Jerusalem, as a holy relic, – Christ’s mantle is kept here, in the Cathedral of Svetitskhoveli. Visit the Jvari monastery, one of the oldest surviving churches in Georgia, with stunning overview on the city. Afterwards travel to Kutaisi, the legislative capital of Georgia, and its 3rd most populous city.

Overnight in Kutaisi.

 

Day 2

Kutaisi was the capital of Georgian Kingdom until 11th century, and from 15th century, became the capital of the Imeretian Kingdom. In 2012 Parliament was moved to Kutaisi. The trip will take you to explore the city, The Cathedral of the Dormition, or the Kutaisi Cathedral, more commonly known as Bagrati Cathedral and  medieval monastic complex of Gelati, UNESCO heritages. We will also visit Prometheus cave near the city.

Overnight in Kutaisi.

 

 

Day 3

Drive to Batumi, passing by subtropical landscapes. On your way to Batumi, visit Botanical Garden and Gonio Fortress. Have a short city tour.

Overnight in Batumi.

 

 

Day 4

Departure after breakfast. You will head to Green Lake, located on the opposite side of the Goderdzi pass. This extraordinary lake is surrounded by majestic mountains. Water of the lake is clean and quite cold, as it comes from underground springs, the water is drinkable, but don’t risk it during rainy season. On the way to lake you will visit Makhunceti Waterfall and Arch Bridge of Queen Tamar, dating back to 12th century and enjoy the picturesque views of green mountains. Walking distance is approx. 8 km, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and apply sunscreen.

Overnight in Batumi.

 

Day 5

Return to Tbilisi. On your way visit Gori and Museum of Stalin.

Overnight in Tbilisi and/or departure.

 

 

Tbilisi

Apart from being the capital city of Georgia, Tbilisi is a historical town with narrow streets, cozy cafes and rich cultural heritage.

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.

Optional dinner at desired restaurant/cafe.

Price per person: 55 USD

What’s included

Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation in modern, air-conditioned car
Petrol costs
Qualified guiding service
Wine tasting
Museum tickets
A bottle of water per traveler per day

Price does not include:

Dinner in Tbilisi (Optional) +15 USD

Batumi Tour #2

Situated in the south-west of Georgia on the Black Sea coast, town Batumi and its surroundings is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The ever-changing colors of the sea wash against a subtropical coastline of palm trees and tea plantations backed by forested hills. The natural beauty of this region is matched by the fascinating history of a region that spent three centuries under Turkish rule and is still home to a population of Georgian Muslims and yet has maintained its Georgian language and culture throughout.

Batumi is the largest city in the region and Georgia’s main port. Its graceful white architecture and subtropical vegetation make it unique among Georgian cities and a magnet for foreign visitors and Georgians alike.

Visit Gonio fortress

First of all we will take our way to Gonio fortress (1st AD) which was well-known first as a Roman-Byzantine settlement . But later it used to change its rulers from the Turkish to the Georgians. Its history is closely bound with the myth about the Argonauts.

Visit Botanical Gardens

Then we head to the Botanical Gardens. The latter was founded in 1912 and nowadays displays approximately 5000 species of plants distributed in 9 geographical zones.

walking tour in the city centre

At the end of the excursion we will take a walk in the along  central boulevard of the city.