Georgia Roundtrip 665 , 8 Days

Georgia is a distant, mysterious and romantic country full of legends. This is the land where Yazon found the Golden Fleece, where Prometei was nailed to the Kazbek rocks having stolen the fire from the gods and where the childless tribe of the Amazon has lived near Terek River. On the tour we visit the capital Tbilisi. In the narrow streets of the old town you will find a unique mixture of different cultures: churches built next to mosques, east-orthodox priests walking next to Armenian Jews and more. Further on we continue via the old capital Mtskheta on the old cut in the mountain road to the town of Gudauri, situated in the foot of the high peaks of Caucasus. We visit the cultural center of Georgia – Kutaisi. We stop to visit the unique cave city Uplistsikhe carved in the rocks in the early Christianity.
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Tour Highlights:
♦ The charming capital Tbilisi that has preserved its small-town tranquility
♦ the numerous churches situated in picturesque spots throughout the country
♦ the awe-inspiring mountain views of the Caucasus Mountains 
 


Trip plan:

Day 1. Departure from home country

Day 2. Arrival. Tbilisi Sightseeing
Early in the morning arrive to Tbilisi airport and transfer to the hotel. Tbilisi sightseeing program – visit the Old Town. The city offers a great variety of sights, most of them very ancient. All the places of interest in the Old Town are very close to each other, within a few minutes’ walk. We start our visit to Old Tbilisi from Metekhi Church (13th c.). Afterwards we enjoy the panoramic views of the whole town from the ancient Narikala Fortress (4th c.). Then we visit Sulphur Baths. Dinner in Georgian restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
(B/-/D)

Day 3. Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Kutaisi 
Today we visit the ancient capital and religious center of Georgia – Mtskheta and see its historical places: Jvari Monastery (6th c.) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Continue to Kutaisi and visit to Gelati Monastery (12th c.) - UNESCO World Heritage Sight. Visit the splendid Bagrati Cathedral (11th c.) that has been recently renovated. Overnight and dinner in Kutaisi in a guesthouse with shared facilities.
(B/-/D)

Day 4. Kutaisi – Gori – Gudauri 
From Kutaisi we drive along the Great Silk Road to the town of Gori. We visit Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC) – one of the main points on the great east-west trade route. Once a flourishing city, Uplistsikhe now offers a walk among the ancient streets, rock-carved theatre, royal halls and pharmacy, while the remains of granaries and large clay wine vessels give us some clue as to the daily life of the inhabitants. Then drive up the famous Georgian Military Highway in the Great Caucasus Mountains. On the way visit Ananuri architectural complex (17th c.). The two churches and the fortress overlooks the Zhinvali reservoir. The drive is very scenic through high Caucasus Mountains. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Gudauri (2200m, ski resort).
(B/-/D)

Day 5. Gudauri – Stepantsminda – Gudauri 
A stunning drive from Gudauri along the Tergi River to Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) – the main town in the region. We walk up for about 3 hours through beautiful valleys and forests to the Gergeti Trinity church (14th c.) located at 2170 m. If the weather permits it, we will also have a chance to enjoy the view of one of the highest glaciers of the Caucasus – Mt. Kazbegi (5047m). In the evening return to Gudauri.
(B/-/D)

Day 6. Gudauri – Sighnaghi – Tsinandali  – Telavi
We travel to Kakheti – the famous wine-growing region. We visit fortified town of Sighnaghi (18th c.) with stunning views of the surrounding Caucasus Mountains. Next on the list is Bodbe monastery (4th c.). Continue to the farmer’s house and wine-cellar. We get acquainted with the Georgian way of wine-making, quite different from the European one and drink typical Georgian wine. On the way to Telavi we visit local Duke's estate from 19th c. in Tsinandali. Dinner and overnight in Telavi in a guesthouse with private facilities. 
(B/-/D)

Day 7. Telavi – Tbilisi 
In the morning we will have an opportunity to visit a typical farmer's market in Telavi. Then we’ll drive to visit Alaverdi cathedral (11th c.) and Gremi fortress (16th c.). Then we drive to Kvareli, where we will have lunch at local family with home made dishes and shashlik. Drive to Tbilisi, the evening is free. Overnight at a hotel.
(B/L/-)

Day 8. Departure 
Transfer to the airport and departure.


Practical information
Most days include anywhere from 3 to 6 hours of riding in the bus. On day 5 there is a 3-hour hike. The walk is not demanding and most people can handle it, but for those who would rather ride a car up, this is possible to arrange on spot (against an additional payment).

Rcommended travel period of the year: May - September


Price Includes:
7-night accommodation (incl. early check in) in a double room at 3*** hotels in Tbilisi and Gudauri and guesthouses in Kutaisi and Telavi
meals as above (B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner)
1 bottle of water per person/per day
transport and entrance fees (museums are closed on Mondays and public holidays) as per program
transfer from/to the airport
local English speaking guide

Not Included:
Flight tickets to/from Tbilisi
drinks and meals not mentioned
insurance
tips
personal expenses

Additional Services:
Single room supplement: 125 EUR
Surcharge for 2 persons travelling together: 185 EUR per person


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Georgia Roundtrip (Rated 4.94 / 5 Based on 251 Reviews.)
Price
665 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Status
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Most of you, who are used to walking/cycling during a long weekend, will be in condition to cope with a tour of this level. You should be in a good health condition. We have successive days of longer and more difficult walking and days of lighter walking/cycling. Some parts of the day routes are done at a higher altitude. The paths are in good condition. We walk/cycle for 5/7h a day.

Group Size
Min. 4 persons
Reservation System Code
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