Fall for the fairy-tale Georgia!
Fall for the fairy-tale Georgia! See what Georgia has in store for you from the West to the East and from the North to the South. Discover the mysteries of the Caucasian nature and architecture. Dive into the water of the Black Sea. See the peaks of the Caucasus. Explore green valleys, feel freedom and every nook and cranny of Georgian cities. Enjoy exquisite wine, delicious food and long feasts. Go to colorful flea markets. Explore the history of monasteries, churches, fortresses and fortified walls. Listen to incredible legends that will get you directly to the world of magic, where there is nothing impossible .…
care of the English-speaking tour guide and owner of the Tamada Tour
Comfortable hotels *** in the city center
Georgian feast - supra
local color and culture
meals (breakfast and hearty dinners with wine)
tasting of local drinks and products
transfers by air-conditioned minibus from / to the airport, to / from the hotel and on the route
Transport to selected attractions by off-road vehicles
GEORGIA A FAIRY-TALE COUNTRY is our best-selling trip program to Georgia. It is the result of many years of experience in developing the perfect sightseeing route, convenient for all Participants. Everything is included in the price, including: comfortable *** hotels in the city center (TBILISI, KUTAISI, BATUMI, AKHALTSIKHE), breakfast in hotels and generous dinners in local restaurants EVERY DAY, the best pilots-enthusiasts-specialists from Georgia, daily wine with meals, numerous tastings and attractions, admission tickets, real everyday life, great Georgian culture and the most beautiful views, all in an INTIMATE group of max. 20 participants and a great atmosphere.
In the heart of Georgia we’ll see a city from dreams. The legend says that Tbilisi was founded by King Vakhtang I of Iberia who was captivated by hot springs and picturesque mountains in the valley. To see famous Tbilisi Sulphur baths (and most recognizable Orbeliani Sulphur bath) we’ll go to the oldest, 1,500-year-old district of the city. We’ll explore the gems of the Caucasus in impressively green parks, sightseeing Tbilisi monuments, and by a gondola lift we’ll go to Kartlis Deda. Other attractions include: Narikala fortress, Anchiskhati Basilica, Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral, Metekhi Orthodox church and Tsminda Sameba, shopping on Dry Bridge, a colorful flea market where tourists can buy souvenirs and antiques, we’ll admire exhibit of art pieces of Niko Pirosmani, and on illuminated Rustaveli Avenue, we’ll see an oriental building of opera, theater, philharmonic hall, Kashveti Church and a former governor’s palace. In the evening we’ll go to one of restaurants with wine, delicious food, music and live dance.
We’ll get across Georgian Military Road to reach the cherry on top – Stepantsminda earlier known also as Kazbegi located by the waters of Terek river and at the foot of Gergeti glacier. We take off-road car to reach Caucasian inactive volcano and the second highest mountain in Georgia – Mount Kazbek (5,033 m over the sea level). We’ll take an exciting escapade to Gergeti Trinity Church a holy monastery located on 2,170 m over the sea level erected in the 14th century (the bell tower was later built on) which was used as a safe place for national relics in time of threat and danger. Walking around this holy place for Georgians we can admire the breathtaking landscapes and snow-capped peak of monumental Mount Kazbek.
We’ll sit at the table to enjoy supra, a traditional Georgian feast with a great ritual. Georgians don’t need any reason to prepare a festive dinner and eating a meal a perfect occasion for long conversations which can be compared to oratorical art. We will celebrate over exquisite meals, wine and chacha and enjoy Tamada’s toasts. We will listen to laudation of God, peace and country. We will be taken aback by the fact that Georgians know almost 150 different toasts and each of them can be elaborated for couple of minutes which often happen to be the longest stories about life, art, culture, religion, history, politics, family concluded with moral or wishes.
The most popular Georgian seaside resort rich in over 2 thousand species of plants which flower in the nineteenth century Botanical Garden over the turquoise waters of the Black Sea. Walking across the seaside boulevard will get us to the Miracle Park, Statue of Love, Alphabetic Tower and… art sculpture of “Sea Slippers on Eggs”. We will take a look at the upside-down restaurant named The White Restaurant, luxurious hotels and office towers, carnivals, casinos, eclectic townhouses and unique facade of Batumi university. In the evening we will experience another face of this city of contrasts: Dancing Fountains which will be very a refreshing entertainment after the whole day of sightseeing.
We’ll go across the Mtkvari river to the southern Georgia only 12 km from the border with Turkey with Erusheti Mountain hides an impressive phenomenon of medieval constructions, namely an excavated from the slopes of the mountain stone city of Vardzia. The city seemed to be quite small, but there are 13 tiers for monastery, throne room, 3,000 chambers for 60,000 wealthy Georgians who found safety during times of Mongolian and Persian raid. We’ll get to many of 300 chambers available for sightseers through narrow and short tunnels. We’ll learn that this marvel of nature which was invisible for the enemy channeled to the safe height of 1,300 m over the sea level irretrievably collapsed and changed into a wort-seeing monument.
Georgian hospitality is omnipresent when exploring the country. We can be sure that the popular saying: “if a Georgian invites a guest to his house, it is his guest. If a guest stops himself in front of Georgian’s house it means he was sent by God and you cannot discuss with God” is not a legend or just a saying. As a gift from God, guests are welcomed with a genuine, natural joy and respect as if they were expected. That’s why they receive everything they need before they even say it. For Georgians as hosts there is nothing more important than welcome, feed, house and to express hospitality. Georgian hospitality will be the most memorable expression of human kindness and big heart.
We’ll join a feast in cozy family restaurants where we can know the authentic Georgia. Followed by the voice of Tamada we’ll make a few toasts with exquisite chacha and we’ll taste all gems of culinary Caucasus. We’ll eat khachapuri and khinkali, badrijani (fried eggplant stuffed with spiced walnut paste), Ajapsandali, soups kharcho and chikhirtma and a lot of more famous Georgians dishes. Food will be accompanied with splendid Kakheti wine or fresh cooled lemonade. For dessert local ripe fruit and delicious churchkhela (a candle-shaped candy with nuts and grapes). In order to always remember flavors of Georgia, we’ll participate in culinary classes to learn about preparing khachapuri and khinkali.
We will set out along the picturesque green, dotted with churches and ruins of castles and fortifications the Georgian Military Road to meet the prince of the Caucasus. At the most interesting view point of the beautiful Khevi valley, we'll face the Kazbegi - the most famous and the third highest mountain in Georgia (5033 m above sea level). Looking at the lone giant hidden in the clouds, we will understand why the locals call him Mkinvartsveri - Ice Peak. We will learn the secrets of the white pyramid of an extinct (or dormant) volcano, which was attained by the British expedition of Freshfield, Moore and Tucker only in 1868, but already in the ancient times it attracted daredevils, who considered the Caucasus to be the place where humanity and time originate. At the slopes of the rocky colossus we will hear an echo of legends about the mythical hero Amirani, Georgian Prometheus, whom God was to have chained to the wall of the five-thousander, as well as about the crib of Jesus and Abraham's tent, allegedly kept in Betlemi - a cave located on the north wall of the mountain, at an altitude of 4000 m above sea level.
We will discover places hard to believe they exist even when you see them for yourselves: incredible monumental architecture and endless landscapes which are lopsided, grey and sometimes even forgotten. We will see places which are very close to Europe but also very remote at the same time. We will take a walk across city streets that never sleep where most desirable fashion designers have their showrooms and where you can visit the best hairdressers and gyms even in the middle of the night and where you can visit small provinces in which people live in flats for multiple families or wooden cottages with no bathroom, running water, heating, not to mention TV or Internet. We will witness peculiar local customs, listen to stories filled with lament over previous socialist system. This is the best place for you to experience what a full of absurd and contrasts post-Soviet reality actually looks like.
Price does not include: flights, souvenirs, personal expenses, or extra charge for single room.
Accommodation in hotels *** located in city centers, comfortable and nicely furnished double bedrooms with own bathrooms. If you travel all by yourself, don’t worry – you’ll share a double room with a person of the same-sex which saves you extra charge for single room (up to EUR 180 per person depending on a trip and date).
Rates include 2 meals a day: hotel breakfasts and great dinners in restaurants serving local cuisine (for example Georgian, Armenian, Azerbaijan) as well as European. We’ll get familiar with the culture of the country by tasting other regional beverages and meals. One of the attraction is supra, the Georgian feast, accompanied by Tamada – the Georgian toastmaster. Each day will be an occasion to taste the best Georgian wines and chacha (grape vodka) and volunteers may learn to prepare traditional meals.
We take comfortable minibuses such as a Mercedes Sprinter from/to airport as well as for our tours. All vehicles have AC, Wi-Fi and radio. Safety is guarantee by professional and experienced drivers.
Tours and sightseeing takes place in cozy groups of 16 participants guided by English-speaking tour leader – a resident expert who is passionate about a given region and knows its culture, traditions, history and geography. We will reach the most interesting attractions, everyday life and culture, colorful bazaars and less known places which tourist hardly ever travel to.
DAY 1. DEPARTURE
Participants gather at the airport. Check-in. Flight to Georgia.
DAY 2. TBILISI (distance: 20km)
Arrival in Tbilisi where we’ll be welcomed by Tamada Tour guide, transfer from the airport to hotel. Rest. Breakfast. Sightseeing of the beautiful capital city of Georgia: Tsminda Sameba (20th cent.), fortress of Narikala (6th – 8th cent.), Anchiskhati Basilica of St. Mary (5th – 6th cent.), Metekhi church(13th cent.), Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral (11th -12th cent.), and the Tbilisi sulfur baths including the world famous Orbeliani Baths (19th cent.). Taking a gondola lift to see the monument of the Mother of a Georgian (20th cent.). Sightseeing of Tbilisi old town and monuments on Rustaveli Avenue: The Freedom Monument, the house of the former Parliament, theater, opera erected in oriental style, philharmonic hall, the Kashveti church (19th cent.), and old-time Palace of Caucasus Viceroy. Free time and dinner in restaurant with live music and dancing. Accommodation in hotel.
DAY 3. TBILISI – ANANURI – GUDAURI – STEPANTSMINDA – TBILISI (distance: 306 km)
Breakfast. We go through the Georgian Military Road to Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) to see an unactive volcano Mount Kazbek (5,033 m over the sea level). On the way to our destination we’ll admire a magnificent fortress of Ananuri (16th – 17th cent.) which is located on the large water reservoir Zhinvali and by off-road cars we’ll to go to the world famous Gergeti Trinity Church (2170 m above the sea level), from which the snow-capped peak of the Kazbek can be spotted. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner. Accommodation in hotel.
DAY 4. TBILISI-MTSKHETA-GORI-UPLISTSIKHE-KUTAISI (distance: 230 km)
Breakfast. We head to Mtskheta – the former capital of the Kingdom of Iberia, where we can admire monuments enlisted in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. We go up to the Jvari monastery (6th -7th cent.) with a breathtaking view on the city and two main rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi. The next place is the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th cent.) famous for religious artifacts and impressive frescoes. Free time. Another destination is nunnery Samtavro (4th cent.) in which Georgian rulers who converted to Christianity in 337 on behalf of the whole country are buried. The plan is to visit a rocky city of Uplistsikhe (5th cent.) a former home for rulers and a center of pre-Christian cult. We’ll go to Gori a city famous for being a birthplace of Joseph Stalin. We go further through the Surami Pass in order to get to one of the oldest urban complexes in the world – Kutaisi (17th -15th cent. B.C.) to recognizable for legends about Jason and Prometheus. Dinner. Free time. Volunteers can take a walk to the city center to see theater and opera house and a fountain with reproduced sculptures which were found in Georgia 5,000 years ago. Accommodation in hotel.
DAY 5. KUTAISI-GELATI-THE CAVE OF PROMETHEUS-BATUMI (distance: 179 km)
Breakfast. Sightseeing a present-day headquarters of the Georgian Parliament (since 2012) and the Bagrati Cathedral (6th cent., reconstructed in the 20th cent.), the Gelati Monastery (12th – 13th cent.) with its three churches and Gelati Academy in which studied prolific Georgian and Greek philosophers. Moreover, the king David IV of Georgia (known as David the Builder) was buried in that place. The last attraction is the Cave of Prometheus. We’ll go to Batumi – a seaside city located on the Black Sea coast. We’ll go to the charming Botanical Garden (19th cent.). Dinner in restaurant. Free time. Evening concert with dancing fountains. Accommodation in hotel.
DAY 6. BATUMI-SARPI-GONIO (distance: 20 km)
After breakfast free time for sun baths and swimming, walk across the seaside boulevard where you can see harbor and the impressive Alphabetic Tower – an impressive sculpture depicting Georgian alphabet. Coffee break, free time. We go off to Sarpi, the westernmost point of Georgia located near the border with Turkey overlooking the mosque with minaret. On the way back, we can admire Gonio-Apsaros (2nd cent. B.C.), the Roman fortress, where as the legend has it Saint Matthias is buried. Dinner in Batumi. Accommodation in hotel.
DAY 7. BATUMI-BORJOMI-AKHALTSIKHE (distance: 326 km)
Breakfast. We head to Akhaltsikhe, which used to be headquarters for Russian army in tsarist times. Another attraction is the SPA resort town of Borjomi. Then, we take a walk across Borjomi Central Park (20th cent.) to taste this exquisite, sanative water directly from the spring. Dinner in restaurant. Accommodation in Akhaltsikhe.
DAY 8. AKHALTSIKHE-VARDZIA-TBILISI (distance: 327 km)
Breakfast. The first destination is the medieval architectural phenomenon: the town of Vardzia (12th – 13th cent.) – a cave monastery excavated in mountains at the height of 1,300 m above the sea level. We’ll go sightseeing Khertvisi fortress (2nd – 12th cent.) which was said to be destroyed by Alexander the Great and a medieval slave market. A small coffee break and return to Tbilisi. Dinner in restaurant. Accommodation in hotel in Tbilisi.
DAY 9. DEPARTURE
Preparation for departure. Dry provisions for breakfast. Transfer to airport.
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