Group tour – Colorful Georgia
PROGRAM STARTS EVERY-THURSDAY AND SUNDAY
We offer you the following optional excursions (price upon request, depends on amount of pax in the group):
1. Amazing cave city Vardzia and magnificent Rabati castle
2. Dashbashi canyon -one of the most impressive natural monuments of Georgia, green and beautiful all year round
One of the highlights of the day is a visit to Narikala – the capital’s ancient fortress, where the stunning views over the city will open out before you. You’ll be whisked to the top in a cable car and after your visit will wander down by foot through the narrow and historic streets of the Old Town, among them the newly renovated Shardeni street – the street which never sleeps, and one of Tbilisi’s nighttime hot spots.
Optional: Lunch at the wine cellar, where you’ll have degustation of Georgian wine and vodka Chacha – price 25 USD PP
After you’ll departure to city Mtskheta – the old, legendary capital of Georgia, just 20km from the city center. The historic capital of Eastern Georgia (Kartli) and set at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi Rivers, Mtskheta has remained at the spiritual heart of Georgia since Christianity was established. you’ll visit Jvari Monastery (Monastery of the Cross), previously a pagan temple and latterly turned into Christian church. Perched on a windblown, rocky promontory, take some time to enjoy the exceptional scenery and take some photos of this amazing UNESCO world heritage listed structure. The Svetitskhoveli cathedral remains at the center of the Orthodox church. Legend has it that a seamless robe of Christ’s is buried somewhere within the temple and you’ll find fragments of paintings dating back to the 11th century, including one depicting a hand which stories tell is the hand of the cathedrals architect which king Giorgi amputated to stop him making another cathedral as beautiful as Svetitskhoveli.
After tour drive back to Tbilisi. Free time.
Then drive to Tsinandali, a noble estate and palace of the famous Chavchavadze family. This palace used to be an intellectual hub of Georgia and the estate itself is built in a European style, surrounded by English gardens. Then you will visit winery Shumi, where you’ll have excursion and wine degustation.
Highlight of today’s tour will be Signagi, the so-called “city of love”. Packed full of 19th century architecture Signagi resembles an Italian city with its Mediterranean-style colorful, small houses and narrow old streets. With views over the Alazani valley to the Caucasus on the horizon the town is a very pleasant place to while away during afternoon. After excursion drive back to Tbilisi
After you’ll drive up to mountain resort Bakuriani, which is situated on the northern slope of the Trialeti Range, at an elevation of 1,700 meters (5576 feet) above sea level in the sub-tropical zone. The snow blanket remains for 4-5 months but in the summer the aroma of the coniferous trees and other climatic factors create ideal conditions for rest and recreation.
Free time for relax. In the evening drive back to Tbilisi.
Later on we will visit the pride of many Georgians – the ski resort Gudauri, located at an altitude of 2195m. With kilometers of ski runs, the cheapest ski passes in Europe and sun drenched south facing slopes the resort offers fabulous terrain for beginners and advanced skiers alike. In summer hiking, horse riding, birdwatching and climbing are some of the many activities on offer.
Optional: Delicious lunch at the local restaurant with famous mountain Khinkali (lunch price is 12 USD PP)
Optional: Finally, we will go up the mountain to enjoy the breath-taking views from the Gergety Trinity Church – built in medieval time the church is located on the slope of Mount Kazbek with the Caucus Mountains rising in the background. The only cross-cupola church in Khevi, photos of the church and detached bell-tower have become symbols of Georgia, inspiring travelers to from across the world to visit Georgia. (Price is 5 USD PP) Drive back to Tbilisi. Free time.
We are looking forward to arrange another vacation for you in the future.
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Payment can be also made in Euro according to currency exchange rate as of the date of booking.