Example Itinerary

Classic Georgia

Duration
6 days / 5 nights
Price Per Person
Interests
Heritage
Destinations
Georgia

Georgia is a small republic in the southern Caucasus that has been welcoming visitors since its re-emergence from behind the Iron Curtain in the early 1990s. This  6-day classic journey will give you a taste of what this hidden gem destination has to offer. Start in the capital of Tbilisi, where a mixture of new and old greets you with its charming Old Town architecture juxtaposed with an effortlessly cool scene of restaurants, bars, and art galleries. Get a lesson in Georgia’s religious roots at Mtskheta where awe-inducing churches and monasteries inspire visitors and pilgrims alike. Then, take to the scenic mountain road north to the snow-capped peaks of the Greater Caucasus where you can witness some of the country’s magnificent natural beauty. Finally, get acquainted with the country’s celebrated wine culture as you explore vineyards, estates, and meet traditional winemakers. And of course, all throughout the trip, you will be treated to homemade traditional food and experience the finest Georgian hospitality from gregarious and genial locals who treat every guest as a gift. 

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Highlights

  • Amazing Churches: As one of the earliest adopters of Christianity, Georgia is dotted with countless beautiful churches and monasteries found everywhere from urban centers, to dramatic riversides and far-flung mountaintops. On this journey you will see some of the country’s most famous churches, including the iconic Gergeti Trinity Church. 
  • Wine Culture: Georgia’s ancient wine culture is intrinsic to its national identity, and the country is one of the oldest winemakers in the world. Travel to the distinguished wine region where you will witness the traditional way of winemaking using the qvevri method and also try a selection of signature wines.   
  • Impressive Peaks: The glacial peaks of the Greater Caucasus, the intersection of Asia and Europe, is a sight to behold. Dominating the skyline of the regions, these mountains beckon travelers who seek mesmerizing landscapes, isolation, adventure, and a sense of the unknown. Not to mention the surrounding mountain villages which offer their own charm, cuisine, and culture. 
  • Living Traditions: From hand-making national dishes such as Khinkali and brewing wine in an a Kvevri to soaking in a sulfur bath and making handicrafts out of felt, the ancient traditions of Georgia are alive and intrinsic to everyday life - and you’ll get to experience it all. 

Day-by-Day

Day 1

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Tbilisi »

Arrive in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital and the heart of the Caucasus. You will be met off the plane and whisked by luxury vehicle to a VIP lounge where you can unwind and enjoy refreshments while expedited immigration and security processes take place. After, meet your guide and driver for a private transfer by luxury sedan to your hotel. Enjoy your evening at leisure and rest up for your day tomorrow.

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Day 2

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Tbilisi »

Today will be spent exploring the East-meets-West city of Tbilisi, with stops at iconic sights and landmarks as well as hidden gems. Conquered and reconquered for centuries, Tbilisi’s long history is evident in its buildings.   Begin from the 13th-century Metekhi church where you can take in views over the Old Town before wandering the charming cobblestone streets, past colorful homes with iconic wooded balconies, restored and repurposed Soviet-era buildings, hidden cafes and bohemian boutiques, a smattering of churches, and a hodgepodge of old and modern architecture. Take a cable car up a steep hill to Narikala Fortress, an ancient Persian citadel that dominates the Old Town skyline. From here you can gaze down over the city and Mtkvari River. A meandering scenic trail will take you past the Mother Georgia statue to the historic area lined with centuries-old domed brick sulfur bathhouses. Finish the day at the History Museum where you can see the Archaeological Treasury with its famous ‘Golden Fund’, an exhibition of more than 600 ancient Georgian gold and silver items and jewelry found during excavations. Alternatively, visit the popular flea market to experience the funky side of Tbilisi. An eclectic mix of unique items is on offer at this scavenger’s wonderland, from Soviet memorabilia to household items to artwork. 

Tbilisi

Day 3

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Stepantsminda »

This morning, head to Mtskheta just half an hour north from central Tbilisi at the confluence of two rivers. Nowadays a small provincial capital, Mtskheta was the ancient capital of Georgia and a significant economical and political center. Due to its historical significance and collection of several cultural monuments, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. As the birthplace of Christianity in Georgia, Mtskheta still serves as its religious center and a must-see for those interested in the country’s religious foundation. The two most important sites are Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral where it is believed the Robe of Christ is buried. Afterwards, continue to Mukhrani village to the estate of Ivane Mukhranbatoni, a Georgian nobleman who was a modernizer of the winemaking industry, leading the frontier of sparkling wine production in Georgia. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant on the estate, as well as taste a selection of the estate’s wines, followed by a special wine painting master class. Finally, make your way to the Great Caucasus Mountains along the famous Georgian Military Highway. Enroute, stop to admire the Ananuri complex which overlooks the Zhinvali reservoir. After the scenic drive, arrive in Stepantsminda and check in to your hotel for the evening.

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Day 4

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Tbilisi »

The first stop today is the iconic Gergeti Trinity Church, arguably Georgia’s most picturesque and popular attraction. Located atop a steep hill against a grand backdrop of the snow-covered Caucasus, the juxtaposition of the modest church makes a striking and unforgettable image. You may choose to hike the two hour pilgrimage route and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way or take the road. Continue to Dariali Gorge which measures almost 3,300 feet deep and admire its dramatic beauty. Return to Stepantsminda for lunch at a local farmhouse where you will learn to prepare traditional Georgian dumplings, Khinkali, with the hostess. A favorite national dish, Khinkali originated in the mountains and consisted of minced lamb, flavored with salt and spices although nowadays a large variety of fillings can be found, depending on the region. After, visit a small gallery where a local artist will introduce the traditional handicraft of felting, which you can try for yourself.  You will also be treated to a selection of different homemade jams and herbal tea, all made with local ingredients. Around mid-afternoon, make your way back to Tbilisi and enjoy the rest of your evening at leisure. If you wish, opt to visit the famous sulfur bathhouses, a local favorite pastime where you can enjoy a hot soak with a relaxing massage or traditional kisi exfoliation scrub.

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Tbilisi

Day 5

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Tbilisi »

Today you will take a day-trip to the Kakheti region and experience Georgia’s wine culture. Kakheti is famous for being a winemaking area, and every guest is well-treated to the country’s signature hospitality. First visit the small town of Sighnaghi, known for its quaint 18th-century architecture of small pastel-colored homes with wooden balconies, meandering narrow cobblestone streets, and the surrounding views of vineyards and mountains in the distance from its hilltop perch. At Tsinandali town, visit the Chavchavadze estate, formerly owned by a local prince in the 19th-century. The estate features a beautiful landscaped garden, historical winery, and memorial house. It was here at Tsinandali winery that Georgian wine was first bottled. Finally, get a first-hand look at the ancient tradition of Georgian wine making at a private wine cellar. You will be treated to a tasting of unique Georgian bio-wines produced in Kvevri, large earthenware vessels used for fermentation, storage, and ageing of wines. These large amphorae are either buried below ground or set into the floors of wine cellars. Return to Tbilisi via Gombori Pass, a spectacular road that takes you past small idyllic villages, sceneries of Alazani valley and Caucasus Mountains, sheep flocks, meadows, and forests. 

Day 6

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Departure

Enjoy your final morning in Tbilisi, whether with a leisurely breakfast, strolling around the leafy streets, or shopping for last-minute souvenirs at trendy boutiques. When ready, a private transfer will take you to Tbilisi International Airport. You will be taken to a departures lounge where an agent will take care of check-in procedures before being escorted through security and passport control. Finally you may relax in an air-side VIP departures lounge and enjoy snacks, drinks, and business services until your flight. 

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