Explore the mysteries of majestic Great Caucasus in Georgia!
Visit Georgia to explore the mysteries of majestic Great Caucasus! Come and see the highest peaks in Georgia: Kazbek, Ushba and Shkhara. Feel the thrill on the picturesque route – Georgian Military Road. Get a peek at secluded villages once considered as the highest located settlements in Europe and take off-road cars. Be ready for the exquisite local cuisine and enjoy the best wine in Kakheti – the cradle of wine. Discover the Georgian strength hidden in rock fortresses. Take a look at great churches and monasteries and make sure you know what is hidden in the Cave of Prometheus.
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)
shopping at local bazaars
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
you will see places inaccessible to ordinary tourists
For those who have mountains in their hearts but also value comfort of traveling and a slow pace. We follow the trail of the highest peaks of Georgia, but from an appropriate perspective, available to everyone! Everything is included in the price, including: comfortable *** hotels in the city center (TBILISI, KUTAISI, MESTIA, BATUMI, AKHALTSIKHE, TELAVI), breakfast in hotels and generous dinners at 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.
From Mestia, the heart and capital city of Svaneti, we’ll take jeeps to reach the spectacular Ushguli. Ushguli a community of villages used to be one of the highest continuously inhabited settlements in Europe. After a great avalanche in 1987 four villages: Zhibani, Chvibiani, Chazhashi and Murkmeli enlisted in UNESCO can be visited mainly in summers as winter snows shut them off for six months. At the height of 2,200 m over the sea level we’ll visit folkloric museum and Tower of Love, we’ll see ikons of saints in a local chapel and pieces of work of Fridon Nizharadze and listen to touching folk music. We’ll meet people, the descendants of builders of Svaneti defensive towers who reside in houses unchanged for generations and have a spectacular view on Shkhara - the highest peak in Georgia (5,193 m above the sea level).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Caucasus Mountains stretching across Georgia, Azerbaijan and Russia will captivate us with their strength of wilderness. We’ll walk through green hallows and azure ponds surrounded by rocks. We’ll take crushed stone paths in precipitous gorges, where rustling crystal creeks and waterfalls can be heard. We’ll walk on steep hillsides surrounded by grown beeches, firs and spruces. These hillsides will frighten us with danger but reward us with spectacular view. We’ll discover unreachable snow-capped highest peaks of Greater and Lesser Caucasus: Shkhara and Kazbegi among others. Caucasus Mountains will make us feel that we are a small part of big and indomitable nature.
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: 20 km)
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 the 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 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 inactive volcano Mount Kazbek (5,033 m over the sea level). On the way to the destination point 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 on the go. 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 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-MESTIA (distance: 279 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 known as “a second Athos” or “a new Jerusalem 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 astonishing Cave of Prometheus We’ll go to Mestia – the charming heart of Svaneti – famous for medieval defensive towers enlisted in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Dinner in restaurant. Free time. Accommodation in Mestia.
DAY 6. MESTIA-USHGULI-MESTIA (distance: 94 km)
Breakfast. We’ll take jeeps to reach the spectacular Ushguli – a community of villages used to be one of the highest continuously inhabited settlements in Europe (2,200 m above the sea level) overlooking the highest peak in Georgia: Shkhara (5, 193 m above the sea level) and we’ll visit folkloric museum and Tower of Love. Return to Mestia. Dinner in restaurant. Free time. Accommodation.
DAY 7. MESTIA-ZUGDIDI-BATUMI (distance: 264 km)
After breakfast, we’ll drive to the Black Sea and visit a palace-museum in Zugdidi in which one of Bonaparte’s masks is stored. Attractions also include the charming Botanical Garden (19th cent.) in Batumi, a walk across the seaside boulevard where you can see harbor and the impressive Alphabet Tower – an impressive sculpture depicting 33 letters of Georgian alphabet. Free time. Dinner in Batumi. Accommodation.
DAY 8. BATUMI-SARPI-GONIO-BATUMI (distance: 20 km)
Breakfast. 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 the Roman fortress from the 2nd cent. B.C. (fortress of Gonio – formerly Apsaros) where according to the legend Saint Matthias is buried. Dinner in Batumi. Evening concert accompanied by dancing fountains. Accommodation.
DAY 9. BATUMI-BORJOMI-AKHALTSIKHE (distance: 326 km)
Breakfast. We head to Akhaltsikhe, which used to be headquarters for Russian army at 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 10. AKHALTSIKHE-VARDZIA-TBILISI (distance: 327 km)
Breakfast. Attractions include: the medieval architectural phenomenon: the town of Vardzia (12th – 13th cent.), Khertvisi fortress (2nd – 12th cent.) and a medieval slave market. A small coffee break and return to Tbilisi. Dinner in restaurant. Accommodation in hotel in Tbilisi.
DAY 11. TBILISI-SIGHNAGHI-TBILISI (distance: 220 km)
Breakfast. We go to Kakheti, the cradle of winemaking, where 70% of domestic wine production is made. Another attraction is spectacular Sighnaghi (18th cent.), known as Georgian Carcassonne, a perfect observation point which is situated atop a high mountain and surrounded by a fortified wall and numerous bastilles. Then, we’ll go to Bodbe Monastery (9th – 17th cent.), a nunnery town, where a tomb of Saint Nino from Cappadocia (who introduced Christianity in Georgia) can be visited. We also go to a branch of Georgia National Museum, which presents the exhibition of the works of primitivist artist Niko Pirosmani and a collection of sculptures which date back to 5,000 years ago! Wine tasting in a traditional winery. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner. Accommodation in hotel.
DAY 12. DEPARTURE
Preparation for return. Dry provisions for breakfast. transfer to airport. Departure.
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