WINE TOUR OF GEORGIA
KUTAISI - TBILISI - MTSKHETA-SIGNAGI - KVARELI--KUTAISI
Tour duration: 5 days/ 4 nights
Day 1: KUTAISI (TBILISI) - MTSKHETA- TBILISI
Meeting at the Kutaisi or Tbilisi airport, transfer to Tbilisi.
Trip to Mtskheta , a historic capital of Georgia, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The “Second Jerusalem” as they called it.
Visit to a family wine cellar near Mtskheta. Familiarisation with the traditional method of Georgian wine making. Wine and chacha tasting. Guests also will be given an opportunity to take part in Georgian bread baking and Georgian vodka “chacha’’ making.
Dinner at traditional Georgian restaurant “Salobie”
Visit to Jvari Monastery (Cross in Georgian) 6th century. It is situated at the top of mountain where, according to historical sources, Saint, similarl to the apostles Nino erected a cross.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century), where it is believed that Jesus Christ’s tunic is buried.
Visit to Samtavro Monastery for women (11th century). The blackberry bush since Saint Nina times still grows here. Sacred objects are stored in the Monastery: the miracle-working icon of Iveri Mother of God, icon of St.Nino, tombs of Saint King Mirian and Queen Nana. Stroll along narrow streets of the town.
Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.
Day 2: Tbilisi
Breakfast in hotel
Tbilisi city excursion.
Old city: Sameba Cathedral, Freedom Square, Sioni Cathedral(6-7th centuries) and Anchiskhati Basilica ( 6th century), Metekhi Temple – founded in 13th century ,building of Parliament , Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi Opera House, Kashveti church, Abanotubani (sulfur baths), the new Rike Park, the new Peace Bridge, Maydan and Chardin Street. Visit to Narikala Fortress.
Free time, opportunity to buy some souvenirs. Dinner at one of the Tbilisi’s restaurants. Return to the hotel. Overnight-Tbilisi.
Day 3: Tbilisi– Signagi – Bodbe -Tsinandali – Telavi
Breakfast in hotel.
Trip to historical region – Kakheti, which is famous for traditional winemaking.
Trip to the city of love- Signagi. Walk around the city. It’s surrounded by an 18th century wall. You can enjoy the unbelievable view on Alazani Valley and Caucasian Ridge.
Visit to a wine cellar in Signagi. Wine and chacha tasting.
Visit to Bodbe Monastery where St. Nino is buried. Her name is connected with the acceptance of Christianity in Georgia. Possibility to bathe in the holly spring of St. Nino (walk to spring will take 20 min).
Trip to Tsinandali – the residence of the Georgian princes in 19th century. Alexander Chavchavadze was the first who based production of wine on the European style in Georgia. Visit to the residence, park and wine museum. Wine tasting (1 glass ). You will be able to take part in bread and khachapuri baking, cheese and churchkhela making (master classes require additional payment).
Excursion to the winery Shumi. More than 300 varietals of grapes are cultivated here. Visit to museum of wine. Tasting of 3-4 sorts of wine (white, red dry and semisweet).
Trip to Telavi – an administrative center of the region. The city is famous for its historical monuments and art gallery.
Dinner at one of the Telavi’s restaurants. Overnight in guest-house in Telavi.
Day 4 : Тelavi- Аlaverdi - Gremi –Nekresi - Kvareli –Тbilisi
Breakfast in guest-house.
Trip to Alaverdi Cathedral (first quarter of 11th century) in Alazani Valley. Visit to historical part of the cellar (8th-10th centuries). The Turkish-Arab origin word "Alaverdi" means "blessed by God". Before Sameba Cathedral was built, Alaverdi Cathedral was the highest church construction of Georgia.
Visit to the architectural complex Gremi. Gremi was the capital of Kingdom of Kakheti in the 16th -17th centuries. The complex comprises the Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, a three-story castle, a bell tower and wine cellar (marani).
Visit to Nekresi Monastery. View the oldest chapel remaining on the territory of Georgia, built in the 4th century.
Trip to Kvareli. Visit to the winery Khareba, 7.5 km long wine cellar and wine museum. (Here, Shevardnadze invited heads of State, such as F. Castro and other known leaders). Tasting of 2 sorts of wine from the winery.
In the heart of ancient Kakheti- Velistsikhe village we will visit a family. Velistsikhe is 1500 years old. We will visit a private museum where u can see marani (wine storehouse) dated back to feudal era and a rich exposition of items of history and culture of Georgia. You will have an opportunity to taste wine from kvevri (a big clay vessel) and to take part in Georgian bread and khachapuri baking, meat grilling and churchkhela making (for an additional payment).
Return to Tbilisi. Dinner at one of the Tbilisi’s restaurants. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 5: Tbilisi or Kutaisi
Breakfast in hotel.
Transfer to Kutaisi or Tbilisi airport.
Tour Cost Includes:
• Transfer to/ from the airport;
• Transportation according to the program on fully equipped, air conditioned transport;
• English/Russian/Polish -speaking guide services according to the program;
• Overnight in 3* hotels or guest-houses( two persons in double room);
• HB Meal ( breakfast+ supper);
• Dinner at restaurant “Salobie”( 1st day);
• Gala-dinner at one of the restaurants in Batumi;
• Wine and Chacha tasting in Signagi;
• Wine tasting in Tsinandali;
• Wine tasting in Shumi;
• Wine tasting in Kvareli;
• Entrance tickets to museums;
• Insurance .
For an additional payment:
• Meal, except as mentioned ;
• Alcohol drinks ,except as mentioned.
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