Cultural tour 7 days II

1 Day. Arrival day

Meeting with the guide in Tbilisi International Airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Tbilisi.


2 Day. Tbilisi/Gori/ufliscixe/Borjomi/Bakuriani (200km)

Transfer from the Tbilisi International airport for early breakfast in restaurant. After breakfast start the tour. 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. Unlikely to other sodium bicarbonate types of water Borjomi doesn’t get cool underground and comes out being warm (38-41 °С). On its way water is enriched with 60 different minerals, contained in The Caucasian mountains solids. On the way to Bakuriani 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. Next stop will be in Gori – the home town of Stalin. Here tour participants will see the Stalini house, and drive to Uplistsikhe. Uplistsikhe is the rock-hewn city (I millennium BC). Here tour participants will see the residential places in caves, pagan temples, Christian church, pharmacy, and even the parts of the ancient theatre. Afterwards drive to Borjomi. Bakuriani. Early accommodation at hotel to give to tour participants the opportunity to rest, swim in the swimming pool or enjoy other in-hotel activities. Dinner and overnight at Bakuriani hotel.


3 Day. Bakuriani/Rabati/Vardzia/Bakuriani (300km)

After breakfast start the tour towards the historical part of Georgia – Samtskhe. This day we will visit the small town Akhaltsikhe and the just rebuilt 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. After exploring Rabati we will visit Vardzia. Vardzia is a rock-hewn complex of monasteries, residential part, wine cellars, throne room etc. It was constructed from X to XIII centuries. Here tour pasrticipants may enjoy the lunch on the river bank (Nor included in price, approx 10 USD). Afterward we will return back to Borjomi, will visit Borjomi park which is the cool and comfortable place to spend your evening in peace and nature. Drive back to Bakuriani, dinner and overnight at Bakuriani hotel.


Day 4. Bakuriani/Kutaisi/Prometheus caves/Tskaltubo(365km)

Tour participants will have the breakfast at hotel and afterwards will start the tour towards western Part of Georgia. This day we will visit Kutaisi – the former Capital city of historical Imereti Kingdom. Now it is the second biggest city in Georgia, Parliament of Georgia is located here. Places to visit here: Bagrati Cathedral – UNESCO heritage, was recently renovated and re-opened. Gelati academy – UNESCO heritage. (XIIcc) Synangogue in Kutaisi – active one. Lunch in Kutaisi (Not included in price). Next sight to visit is Prometheus stalactite cave. Here you can find the stoned waterfalls, cave pearls, stalagmites, stalactites is the shape of curtains etc. Accommodate in Tskaltubo for overnight. Dinner and Overnight


Day 5. Tskaltubo/Stepantsminda (350km)

After the breakfast visit Kutaisi market. Afterwards drive towards Stepantsminda . On the way to Stepantsminda visit Ananuri castle (XVI-XVIIcc) belonged to the strong and powerful Dukes of Aragvi gorge. Afterwards drive towards Gudauri ski resort. Dinner and overnight in Gudauri hotel. Next sightseeing is the Friendship memorial in the climb of the canyon – was dedicated to Russian-Georgian friendship. Stop at salted water spring on the way and travertine rocks. Stop at mineral salty waters spring on the way. Georgia is very rich with different sorts of mineral salty waters. One of these salty water spring is located very next to the military way. Tour participants will have an opportunity to taste this unique water straight from the spring. Accommodate in Stepantsminda. Dinner and Overnight.


Day 6. Stepantsminda/Tbilisi (190 km)

After the breakfast drive towards Georgian-Russian border. The way lies on the gorge between the Great Caucasus Mountains and has an unforgettable beauty. In Stepantsminda there is located Gergety trinity church on the top of the mountain 2100m above the sea level and has an amazing view on the glacier Kazbegi. (Drive to this church is possible only by 4x4 cars, optional 10 USD per pax). Drive back to Tbilisi. Visit Jvari monastery – located on the top of the mountain and has the view on old Capital city Mtskheta and two rivers` injunction. Accommodate in Tbilisi hotel. Agter some rest have a Tbilisi evening coach tour and dinner in Tbilisi restaurant with traditional folk dances and music. Overnight in Tbilisi


Day 7. Tbilisi/Kachreti (120km)

After the breakfast start a Tbilisi sightseeing tour. Visit Tbilisi market, Old Jewish quarter in old Tbilisi, visit Synagogue, flee market, Narikala fortress by cable carts. Afterwards drive towards Kakheti. Kakheti region is known as a cradle of the wine in the globe. On the way to Kakheti there is located the biggest market in Georgia called Lilo. Tour participants may have some time in this market. Drive towards Kakheti and Accommodate in Kacherti Ambassador. This is the 4* hotel where tour participants can enjoy the golf fields, Tennis courts, swimming pools, Gym, Billiard and of course tastiest Georgian food for dinner. Overnight here


Day 8. Kachreti/Sighnaghi/Departure (200 km)

After the breakfast drive towards Sighnaghi town. During this day tour participants will enjoy the wine tasting in a Sighnaghi local restaurant. Tour participants will explore Sighnaghi with it`s narrow streets and a view on Alazani velley and Greater Caucasus mountains. Lunch will take place in Sighnaghi-small romantic town. After the lunch drive to Bodbe monastery – the first class monastery in Georgia with beautiful garden and miraculous spring in it. Drive back to Tbilisi. Transfer to Tbilisi International airport. Departure home


Price bellow is given USD per PAX in a DBL room occupancy

25 Pax+1
610 USD
30 PAX+1
561 USD
35 PAX + 1
545 USD

Rates include:

• 2 x overnight in Hotel in Tbilisi
• 2 x overnight in Hotel in Bakuriani
• 1 x overnight in Tskaltubo resort
• 1 x Overnights in Kazbegi
• 1 x overnight in Kachreti
• Transportation as per program (AC bus)
• English speaking tour guide
• Museum entrance fees as per program
• Wine tasting program in 7 th day
• Fuel per program
• Tour leader free of cost
• HB meal plan

Rates exclude:

• Flights
• Travel insurance
• Alcohol beverages
• Lunches (except of last day)
• Jeeps in Kazbegi

SGL SUPPLEMENT - 135 USD


Hotels:
Tbilisi – Cruise or Dolabauri
Bakuriani – Villa Palace or Crystal
Tskaltubo – Hotel Promethe
Stepantsminda – Hotel Stepantsminda
Kachreti - Ambassadori

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