short trip

short trip

one day trip to kakheti

Kakheti is a Georgia’s premier wine-producing area. 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.

 

Tbilisi – Sighnaghi – Bodbe – Tsinandali – Tbilisi

 

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. Enjoy the spectacular landscape and vineyards on you way to our first stop, – the Bodbe convent, which according to the legend is a burial place of St. Nino.  St. Nino was originally from Cappadocia and she traveled all the way to old capital Mtskheta to convert Kingdom of Kartli to Christianity in the 4th century. Bodbe complex functions as a nunnery and offers its visitors breathtaking views on Alazani valley.

After the Bodbe convent continue to Sighnaghi, the city surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers. Although the settlement is small, length of the wall is quite impressive. You can even climb the tower and scout the area like the defenders of the city once did. Aside from being a shelter for it’s inhabitants, Sighnaghi is also 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.

                                                                                                                      

After Tsinandali visit Telavi, the main city and administrative center of Kakheti. The city is located on hills of Tsiv-Gombori Range at 500–800 meters above the sea level. Have a short walk through charming streets of old Telavi and a photo stop at the monument of Heraclius II of Georgia.

Depart to Tbilisi by beautiful road through Gombori pass. You are more than welcome to ask for photo-stop.

Drop off at your hotel.

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

Mtskheta Tbilisi

Tour of Tbilisi and Mtskheta

 

If you are visiting Tbilisi, you should visit Mtskheta too. Located just 20 km north of Tbilisi, Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC. This tour gives excellent chance to explore modern and ancient capitals of Georgia, – cities of extraordinary importance to the Georgian nation.

 

Start your tour at Holy Trinity cathedral, the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the world and one of the largest religious buildings in the world by total area. Sameba 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 and monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. The district was one of the earliest inhabited areas on the city’s territory. The statue of a king overlooks the old city, which is full of beautiful old houses with colorful balconies. According to traditional accounts, Vakhtang Gorgasali erected a church and a fort, which served also as a king’s residence; hence comes the name Metekhi which dates back to the 12th century and literally means “the area around the palace”.

 

Time to see the Old City from the opposite side! Take cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy breathtaking panoramic view, – you will notice already familiar Metekhi church from a distance and balconies that are hanging over the cliffs, giving those who are faint of heart anxiety attack just by looking at them. Climb the walls of the fortress and watch your step! Imagine medieval soldiers running up and down of this staircase, – not the best job in the world. The fortress was established in the 4th century as Shuris-tsikhe, but the Mongols renamed it “Narin Qala” (i.e., “Little Fortress”). Don’t ask where the bigger fortress was, – not in Georgia for sure.

 

Catch your breath after a medieval workout and walk down to the district of Sulphur bathhouses passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. This mosque is an unique one, as Shia and Sunni Muslims pray together here. The baths became a draw of the city at the height of the Silk Road, as lots of travelers stopped here to rest and to relax. Today’s hub of thermal baths are based on the Persian tradition and it becomes obvious even by looking at the exterior.

 

Visit Sioni Cathedral, which bears the name of Mount Zion at Jerusalem. Proceed to Anchiskhati Basilica, the oldest surviving church in Tbilisi and the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre. Stroll through the Sharden area full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops, – perfect for short break and memento hunting.

 

After the break, head straight to Mtskheta. One of the oldest cities in the world, Mtskheta is also considered holiest place for christians second only to Jerusalem. The reason for this is Mantle of Christ, buried here, in Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. A masterpiece of the Early Middle Ages, Svetitskhoveli is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is currently the second largest church building in Georgia, after the Holy Trinity Cathedral. On your way back to the vehicle do buy some Churchkhelas, – traditional Georgian treat, prepared with hazelnuts or walnuts dipped in grape juice.

 

Visit Jvari Church, a true architectural masterpiece of the early Medieval Period overlooking Mtskheta and the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers from the top of the hill.

 

Return to Tbilisi. Drop off at your place. Eat your Churchkhelas in silence.

 

 

 

 

Price per person: 120$

 

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation in modern, air-conditioned car
  • Petrol costs
  • Qualified guiding service
  • A bottle of water per traveler per day
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

 

Price does not include:

  • Dinner in Tbilisi (Optional) +15 USD