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Brilliant Georgia

8 day(s)
from January to December
Tour countries:
Type of tour:
Historical, General

Day 1: Lagodekhi - Kvareli - Alaverdi - Telavi (200 km)

-  Depart from Azerbaijan to Georgia. Meeting on the border between Balakan and Lagodekhi at 10:00 am and change of transport
- Transfer to the town of Qvareli and a short visit to "Kindzmarauli" wine production factory, where one of the most famous Georgian  wines is produced
- Nekresi Monastery complex the 4th.c  church which is one of the oldest in Georgia,  the wine-cellar, the refectory, the bishop's palace and the 16th century tower;
- Tsinandali museum Prince Al. Chavchavadze`s  residence  with unique  old wine collection and beautiful English park located in the village well-known for its vine species (wine tasting)
- Alaverdi monastery is a Georgian Orthodox monastery located 25 km from Akhmeta, in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia. Parts of the monastery date back to 6th century. The present day cathedral dates to the 11th century.
- Town of Telavi administrative and cultural centre of the region. Town sits on a hilltop above the Alazani valley with the Caucasus Mountains in the background. Sightseeing in the Royal castle, the pantheon and the Persian-style Palace of King Erekle II (18th c.);
- Dinner in on of the local restaurants in Telavi
- Strolling across evening Telavi
- Overnight in Telavi

Day 2: Sighnaghi - Bodbe - David Gareja - Tbilisi (300 km)

- Breakfast at the Hotel
- Sighnaghi (18th.c) fortified town offering a walk in narrow streets surrounded by the defensive walls with 23 towers. This is the place where Georgian King used to gather the army before the battle. A Visit to local traditional bazaar to see carpets and souvenirs. The town and its environs are also known for their landscapes and historical monuments. Sighnaghi has recently undergone a fundamental reconstruction program and has become an important center of Georgia's tourist industry.
- The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe is a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe located 2 km from the town of Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia. Originally built in the 9th century, it has been significantly remodeled, especially in the 17th century.
- David Gareja cave monastery (65 km) complex of 6th century is one of the most attractive sites in Georgia. This place is unique for its wild nature, mural masterpiece and rock-cut monasteries, wonderful painted caves  in semi desert. The complex includes hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refectories and living quarters hollowed out of the rock face.
- Dinner in Sagaredjo Restourant
- Walking in evening Tbilisi
- Overnight in Tbilisi

Day 3: Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Kutaisi (300 km)

- Breakfast at the Hotel;
- Mtskheta (30 km) - ancient capital of Georgia. On the top of the hill, with amazing view conjunction of two rivers. Located here is the
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) that is the biggest Christian temple in Georgia - was erected in the in the same place where the first Christian church in Georgia stood in the 4th c. A sacred place where the robe of Christ is kept; Jvari - cross-shaped  monastery (6th century). Both  Monasteries  are UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Kutaisi, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Colchis. It was here that Jason stole the Golden Fleece from King Aeetes and fell in love with the king's daughter Medea. Kutaisi has always been an important town throughout the ages and for many years was the capital of Georgia, when Tbilisi was occupied by the Arabs. The period between the reigns of King Bagrat and Queen Tamar (roughly 900 - 1200) was the golden age for Kutaisi and most of the significant buildings date from this time.
- Bagrati cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin was built by King Bagrat III in Kutaisi, in 1003 AD. It is a marvelous example of domed-church architecture with impressive examples of stone carving. Situated on the top of the hill, it was an ancient citadel, a royal palace and one of the most important castles from 6th to 17th c. Nowadays it's distinguished for its elegant proportions, grand size, facade composition, ornaments and relief carvings and included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, being city's one of the main tourist attractions.
- Dinner in Kutaisi Restaurant
- Walking in evening Kutaisi
- Overnight in Kutaisi

Day 4: Kutaisi - Gelati - Tskaltubo - Batumi (250 km)
- Breakfast at the Hotel
- Visit to monastery complex at Gelati, which consists of a variety of churches and the Academy building. It was founded in 1106 by King David the Builder in gratitude to God for his victories over the Turks. The King wanted it to serve as a centre of Christendom, so as well as scholars many religious artists studied here. Many of the treasures which were made here have been lost over the centuries, however the buildings and frescos in them are extremely well preserved, and the setting of the monastery on a hillside with views over to the distant Caucasus peaks is attractive
- Monastery of Motsameta, spectacularly set on a cliff-edge
- Discovered in Imereti region in 1984, Prometheus Cave is one of Georgia’s natural wonders providing visitors with breathtaking examples of stalactites, stalagmites, curtains, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls, underground rivers, and lakes. Khvamli Mountain is visible from Prometheus Cave and is the place where legend says that Prometheus was chained. The 1060 meter walking route through the cave was upgraded in the summer of 2012 and visitors can also enjoy a 280 meter boat tour on an underground river.
- Dinner in Batumi
- Walking in evening Batumi
- Overnight in Batumi

Day 5: Batumi - Borjomi - Vardzia - Bakuriani (350 km)

- Breakfast at the Hotel
- Town of Borjomi famous throughout the former Soviet Union for its salty-sour, love-it-or-hate-it carbonated mineral water. Borjomi is an attractive resort town clinging to the hills either side of the Mtkvari River, 850m above sea level.
- Lunch in Borjomi restaurant
- Fortress of Khertvisi, one of the oldest fortifications in Georgia. Fortress is situated on the high rocky hill in the narrow canyon at the confluence of the rivers. According to a legend, Alexander the Great visited the site during his Eastern Campaign in the 4th BC.
- Vardzia rock-cut town complex founded 12th-13th centuries at the Golden Age period during the reign of Queen Tamar. There is a well fortified monastery with 600 apartments, 28 wine-houses, 15 churches, library, medicines storeroom and other constructions. This was an important political, cultural, educational and spiritual center of the country.
- Dinner in Akhaltsikhe
- Overnight in Bakuriani

Day 6: Bakuriani - Gori - Uplistsikhe - Kazbegi (300 km)

- Breakfast at the Hotel
- Gori - the heart of Kartli region. Photo stop at Stalin's house and statue
- Lunch in Gori
- Uplistsikhe ancient cave town - museum (1st millennium BC). Uplistsikhe in translation from Georgian means Fortress of God
- Ananuri Fortress -  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- Kazbegi (160km from Tbilisi ) - a small town nestled among Great Caucasus Mountains (5047m). According to the legend Prometheus was chained on the mount Kazbek
- Gergeti Trinity Church 14th.c. beautifully situated on the hill with  excellent views: you have a chance to see Mt. Kazbegi (5033m) - one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus

- Kazbegi (160km from Tbilisi ) - a small town nestled among Great Caucasus Mountains (5047m). According to the legend Prometheus was chained on the mount Kazbek.
- Overnight in Kazbegi

Day 7: Kazbegi - Tbilisi (180 km)

- Breakfast at the Hotel
- Back to Tbilisi
- Lunch in Mtskheta local restaurant
- Metekhi - The district was one of the earliest inhabited areas on the city's territory. According to traditional accounts, King Vakhtang I Gorgasali erected here 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". Listen to polyphony Church chore
- The Asian-type coloring baths built on the hot sulfur springs - a favorite place of Tbilisi citizens and foreign guests (A. Pushkin, A. Duma, A. Tolstoy)
- Fortress Narikhala the 4th - 20th cc main citadel of the city overlooking Tbilisi and the Kura River
- Ethnography museum focusing on traditions and cultural diversity among different regions of Georgia;
- Walking  tour in Rustaveli avenue
- Farewell dinner in traditional Georgian restaurant with food and wine tasting
- Strolling in evening Tbilisi
- Overnight in Tbilisi

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to airport. Departure home

Tour schedule

110:00Depart from Azerbaijan to Georgia. Meeting on the border and change of transport
1Transfer to the town of Qvareli and a short visit to "Kindzmarauli" wine production factory
1Transfer to Telavi. Sightseeing program and stay overnight
2Transfer to town of Sighnaghi known for its landscapes and historical monuments, important center of Georgia's tourist industry.
2Transfer to David Gareja cave monastery
2Arrival to Tbilisi and stay overnight
3Transfer to Mtskheta (30 km) - ancient capital of Georgia
3Further trip to Kutaisi, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Colchis
4Transfer to Batumi, dinner and stay overnight
5Visit to Borjomi - an attractive resort town clinging to the hills of Mtkvari River
5Overnight in Bakuriani
6Visit to Gori - the heart of Kartli region. Photo stop at Stalin's house and statue
6Full day sight seeing then pm transfer to Kazbegi. Overnight
7Start the way back to Tbilisi. Lunch in Mtskheta local restaurant
7Full day sightseeing in Tbilisi. Overnight

Package includes:

 - 3* hotel accommodation (double/twin occupancy for groups)
 - Breakfasts in the hotel
 - Private vehicle accompanied by an experienced English speaking local guide who will look after you exclusively
 - Local driver for your vehicle, exclusively for your tour
 - Sightseeing program including all entrance fees
 - Private guided transfers to and from airport
 - Welcome and farewell dinners with 0,5 L Georgian wine
 - Visa support

Not included into the package:

 - Fees for taking photos in historical sites
 - Any meals apart from welcome & farewell dinners
 - Other personal expenses

N of pax

Tour cost for group (USD, $)

Cost per pax (USD, $) Special notes
2 2600 1300 4 seater sedan or 4WD vehicle to be provided
4 4600 1150 7 seater van to be provided
10 10500 1050 15 seater van to be provided to allow luggage
20 19,000 950  
26 23,400 900  
  Single supplement $250