Enjoy spending 8 days in the magic & beauty of Georgia, which has plenty of surprises in store that can really defy your expectations. Traveling through medieval towns, charming countryside, unique mountains and tasty food. Don’t miss the chance.
Day 1: Arrival in Tbilisi
Arrival in Tbilisi. Pick up from Tbilisi International Airport. Transfer to the Hotel. Accommodation and overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.
Day 2: Tbilisi city tour
After breakfast at the hotel start a few unforgettable hours of familiarization with the capital. A charming town built in the 5th century along the twisting valley of Mtkvari River. All the places of interest are very close to each other, within a few minutes’ walk. Start our excursion from Metekhi (13th century) plateau, before reaching Narikala Fortress which dominates the skyline of the Old Town. Continue to explore brick-domed underground sulphur baths (17th century) – the district of naturally hot mineral waters, cafe street Shardeni, Sioni Cathedral and the most ancient Basilica in Tbilisi Anchiskhati (6th century). Walk across the Bridge of Peace which is a stunning design as well as convenient crossing between the newly constructed Rike Park and the Old Town. It also provides superb views over the city. Hotel accommodation and overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.
Day 3: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Kazbegi (Stepantsminda) – Gergeti – Gudauri (190 km.)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Mtskheta – an ancient capital of Georgia, important religious center and city-museum which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Along the way we will stop to visit Jvari Monastery (6th century). This well-known monastery is located on the top of the mountain, at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. Then head to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) which is known as a place where Christ’s robe was buried. Walk along the narrow streets of Mtskheta with souvenir shopping possibility. Later start our very scenic drive up through the High Caucasus Mountains along the Georgian Military Highway towards Kazbegi. On the way we will drive across the Cross Pass (2 395m.) and along the Tergi River that brings us to Kazbegi – main town in this region. From the center of Kazbegi start 4x4 drive through beautiful valleys and woodland that leads us to Gergeti Holy Trinity church (14th century), stunningly located on a hilltop (2170 m.) both overlooking the surrounding snowy peaks of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Here we will enjoy unique nature with beautiful panoramic views of Caucasus, including mount Kazbegi (5047m.).
Transfer back to Gudauri. Overnight at the hotel in Gudauri.
Day 4: Gudauri – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Kutaisi (350 km.)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to visit Ananuri architectural complex (17th century) built by the Dukes of Aragvi, famous for its significant and impressive location as it offers some awesome views over the surrounding mountains and reservoir on the Aragvi River. Then proceed to Gori – A little town situated along the famous Silk Road is also famous as the birthplace of the Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin. Photo stop at the museum of Stalin and after head to the cave town Uplistsikhe (1st millennium BC) one of the first cities in Georgia carved into the rock. The caves were the site of pagan rituals, before Georgia became a Christian country. Proceed to Kutaisi. Overnight at the hotel in Kutaisi.
Day 5: Kutaisi – Gelati – Kutaisi – Batumi (190 km.)
After breakfast in the morning drive to Gelati Monastery Complex and Academy (12th century) , once a major center of enlightenment in Georgia, founded by King David the Builder in 1106 that represents the flourishing medieval architecture in Georgia. The complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then explore Kutaisi – Land of legendary Golden Fleece. Elegant, tree lined streets with 19th century houses, along with several attractive parks, make Kutaisi a very beautiful place to stroll around and take in the many sights. Visit Kutaisi city center and the local market. Afterwards proceed to Batumi. Overnight at the hotel in Batumi.
Day 6: Batumi – Gonio – Makhuntseti – Adjarian wine house (optional) – Batumi (120 km.)
Breakfast at the hotel.Drive to visit the fortress belonging to the Antique and Middle - Age era. Situated 12 km south of the city of Batumi, on the left bank of river Chorokhi, the fortress of Gonio-Apsaros I had a unique strategic importance: it defended entrances to the Chorokhi and Ajaristskali gorges which connected internal regions of south-west Georgia with the Black sea coast. Thanks to this location the fortress of Gonio was turned into one of the backbone citadels of first Rome and later Byzantine Empires in the area of Black sea. Then drive to visit Adjarian highland and explore the village of Makhuntseti that is located on the banks of the River Acharistskali. Near the bridge you can discover a very steep medieval arch bridge which has the name of the Queen Tamar. From here you can have a look at the beautiful waterfalls. Optional
Afterwards visit Adjarian wine house – In one of the historical and picturesque regions of Georgia, in Adjara mountains, in the midst of unique nature, discover a multifunctional winery surrounded by vineyards.With the background of the beautiful landscapes, you will learn Georgian ancient traditions, taste delicious wine made with traditional technologies, which are distinguished by its taste and aroma, In the evening, drive back to Batumi. Hotel accommodation and overnight stay in Batumi.
Day 7: Transfer back to Tbilisi (375km)
After breakfast, drive back to Tbilisi.Time for leisure in Tbilisi. Hotel accommodation and overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.
Day 8: Departure
Transfer to Tbilisi International Airport and departure.
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