Around Georgia in 8 days

Day 1. Airport/Tbilisi 2.09

Transfer from Tbilisi international airport and overnight


Day 2. Kutaisi 3.09/19.09 (B/-/D)

After the breakfast start the day. This day we will visit and accommodate in Kutaisi. Kutaisi is the oldest city in Georgia and for now it`s the second main city in Georgia. In ancient times was called as AIA. On the way to Kutaisi tour participants will explore several sites on the way: Jvari monastery (V-VIcc) located on the top of the mountain, and from here tour participants may enjoy the beautiful view of two rivers` injunction and the view on the old capital city of Georgia – Mtskheta. For late lunch we will visit the famous Georgia restaurant SALOBIE in Mtskheta to taste the Georgian food. (not included in the price). Afterwards we will pass small town Gori, where Stalini was born and will visit Uplistsikhe cave town (I millenium). Here tour participants will see the residential places in caves, pagan temples, Christian church, pharmacy, and even the parts of the ancient theatre. Drive to Kutaisi, Dinner and overnight in Tskalutobo hotel.


Day 3. Kutaisi/Mestia 4.09/20.09 (B/L/-)

After the breakfast start the day and first place to visit is Zugdidi town. Here we will visit Prince Dadiani Palace. We will visit the garden of the palace and will continue the way. Afterwards drive towards Greater Caucasus Mountains (NWpart). On the way to Mestia we will stop for amazing view from Enguri water reservoir. From here the way lies on the Gorge of Caucasus Mountains. For lunch we can stop in a local person`s small restaurant on the way next to waterfall to taste Kubdari (Svanetian pie). (included in the price). Waterfalls dark forest and glaciers will follow us till Mestia. Mestia is the municipality center of Svaneti. Here we will accommodate in a local guesthouse and in the evening will visit Tower museum and a historical museum (if opened). From the tower museum tour participants may enjoy the night and lighted Svenatian towers. Overnight in Mestia (Dinner not included)


Day 4. Mestia/Ushguli/Mestia 5.09 (B/L/-)

After the breakfast change the transportation and 4X4 mini buses will take tour participants to Ushguli. - Ushguli is the highest settled place in Europe. (2200m). It is located at the foot of Shkhara, one of the highest Caucasian summits. About 70 families (about 200 people) live in the area, enough to support a small school. The area is snow-covered for 6 months of the year, and often the road to Mestia is impassable. Typical Svanetian protective towers are found throughout the village. The Ushguli Chapel located on a hilltop near the village dates back to the 12th century. Walk along the old streets of medieval period villages. Enjoy the view of Glaciers. Here we will visit Lamaria church XII cc – the great example of mix pagan and Christian religions. Will walk up to to the hill were is located Queen Tamar`s tower. This day we will visit local family and will taste natural Svanetian food, Chvishtari, (corn flower and cheese), Sulguni cheese, boiled in milk.. Afterwards drive back to Mestia. Overnight in Mestia.


Day 5. Mestia/Kutaisi 6.09 (B/-/D)

After the breakfast drive back to Kutaisi. ON the way to Kutaisi visit village Kulashi. Here was the biggest community of Hews and till now are kept Synagogue, School and Cemetery. Afterwards visit Prometheus speleological caves. Here is 1,5 km long cave, with 13 huge halls, stoned waterfalls, cave pearls, Stalactites, stalagmites etc. At the end of the day accommodate in the hotel Tskaltubo spa resort, have a dinner and overnight.


Day 6. Kutaisi/Borjomi/Akhaltsikhe 7.09 (B/L/-)

After the breakfast drive to another part of Georgia. This day tour participants will visit the small town Borjomi and ski resort Bakuriani. Caucasian mountains are famous for their magnificent beauty all over the world, and Borjomi is located in the green mountains of Lesser Caucasus covered by the deep forest. But not only the location makes Borjomi unique but the unique mineral water as well. Pushed out by the natural carbonic gas it comes on the earth’s surface from depth of 8-10 kilometers. In Borjomi we will visit Borjomi park to taste this unique water straight from the spring. Afterwards visit Vardzia cave town. Vardzia is a rock-hewn complex of monasteries, residential part, wine cellars, throne room etc. It was constructed from X to XIII centuries. Have a lunch in the river bank and drive to Akhltsikhe.Visit the small town Akhaltsikhe and the castle in Akhaltsikhe called as Rabati. It is renovated in a old style. Architectural style here has been influenced by Asian style as this castle had been the residence castle of Ottomans for three hundred years. Now here are located the Mosque, Catholic and Orthodox churches, museum of treasure, shopping places, restaurant and former Haramkhana. Accommodate in Akhaltsikhe hotel 4* Lomsia. Overnight here.


Day 7. Alkhaltsikhe/Ananuri/Kazbegi/Gudauri 8.09 (B/L/D)

This day we will visit small town Stepantsminda in the Greater Caucasus Mountains. During the day we will visit Ananuri castle (XVI_XVIIcc) which is located on the bank of Jinvali water reservoir and has unforgettable view. From this point we will start to drive up towards Caucasus mountain, this way is called as Military road of Georgia, as historically this was the only way from Russia to Georgia. We will pass the Gudauri ski resort – famous among the adventurous type of people who loves active ski and skating sport. Our final stop is in a small town Stepantsminda.In the center of Stepantsminda Delica cars will wait to take tour participants in the Gegety trinity church which is located at the top of the mountain 2100 m alt. Have a lunch at a local person`s home, (included in the price) and drive back to Gudauri. Dinner and Overnight in Gudauri Hotel 4*


Day 8. Tbilisi/Kazbegi/Tbilisi 9.09/25.09 (B/L/-)

After the breakfast start driving to Tbilisi. Visit Tbilisi market, old part of Tbilisi and continue the way towards Sighnaghi. Sighnaghi is the small cozy town in Kakheti region. It`s known as a town of love and wine. Here our tour participants will enjoy the lunch in Etnographic museum and will taste the famous Kakhetian wine (Included in the price). Afterwards drive back to Tbilisi. Have a evening sightseeing tour. Visit Narikala fortress, sulphur bathes area, have a free time in old city full of traditional, Asian and European cafes and restaurants. Transfer to the airport for departure.


PRICE is given per PAX in a DBL room occupancy. WITH HOTELS

25 PAX
1 691 USD
30 PAX
1 680 USD
35 PAX
1 645 USD

Rates include:

• 1 x overnight in Boutique hotel in Tbilisi
• 1 x overnight in Hotel 4* in Akhaltsikhe
• 2 x overnights in Mestia Hotel Svaneti
• 2 x overnights in Tskaltubo spa resort 4*
• 1 x overnight in Gudauri 4*
• Transportation as per program (AC bus)
• English speaking tour guide
• Museum entrance fees as per program
• Fuel per program
• Tour leader free of cost
• Jeeps in Kazbegi
• Jeeps in Ushguli
• HB Meal Plan (as mentioned above in the tour)
• Day 7 Full board
• Coffee breaks with cakes, coffee, milk, sugar

Rates exclude:

• Flights
• Travel insurance
• Alcohol beverages


PRICE WITHOUT HOTELS

25 PAX
1 311 USD
30 PAX
1 296 USD
35 PAX
1 280 USD

Rates include:

• Entrance fees per program
• AC Bus transportation
• Fuel
• Guide
• Guide/driver third meal
• Jeeps in Ushguli and Kazbegi
• 5 x Lunches
• Tour leader land service (except of hotels)
• Coffee breaks


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