Georgia Wine and Cheese Tour (Ge-3)9 Days | Tbilisi, Sighnaghi, Telavi, Gori, Aspindza, Kutaisi, Batumi

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An amazing 9-day Georgia wine tour is an unforgettable journey, where along with the visits to the glorious capital Tbilisi you will have a week of trip to Georgian cities and villages. Each settlement is famous for its old-time landmarks, unforgettable landscapes and original local traditions. But the main zest of the tour is legendary Georgian wines and cheeses tasting. 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Tbilisi
 
Arrive in Tbilisi. You will be met by driver and transferred to the hotel.
Day 2: Tbilisi
 
Meet your guide to start sightseeing in the capital of Georgia. Visit the National Museum of Fine Arts. The Museum houses the best-known samples of Georgian artwork. The permanent exhibitions display artworks from medieval times up to 20th century. We continue our tour with visiting Metekhi church, cross cupola church, part of the Royal residential complex; Sulfur baths, favourite place of Tbilisi citizens and foreign guests; Sioni Cathedral (7th -19th centuries); Anchiskhati Basilica and bell tower (6th -18th centuries); Rustaveli Avenue and Freedom Square.Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Tbilisi – Sighnaghi – Velistsikhe – Telavi
 
In the morning, depart Tbilisi and drive along the “Wine Route”, through the beautiful landscape of vineyards and wine-producing villages. Explore Kakheti region of Georgia which is synonymous with wine. First site to visit is Sighnaghi Royal town, one of Silk Road sites surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers. Continue to Velistsikhe with a small, local family owned wine cellar. Continue to centuries old Marani, special house for wine storage. In this cellar, wine is made in accordance with Georgian traditions in huge wine pitchers buried under the ground.
Drive to Napareuli village to visit the TWINS winery. Enjoy wine tasting and master classes in traditional Georgian bread, and churchkhella making. In the evening, visit Alaverdi cathedral of 11th century. At a local guesthouse, enjoy cheese of Tusheti region. Overnight at the hotel in Telavi.
Day 4: Telavi – Tbilisi
 
After breakfast, visit Nadkora, cemetery of wine pitchers from pre-Christian period. Drive to visit Tsinandali Museum and Residence of the 18th century Kakhetian duke, A. Chavchavadze. Poet as well as a duke, he turned the residence into a centre for Georgian intellectual life. The lovely grounds boast a beautiful English-style park filled with roses and exotic plants. It also houses one of the oldest wine cellars in Georgia with wine dating back to 1814. Wine tasting at Schuchmanns’ Chateau wine cellar. In the afternoon, return to Tbilisi. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Akhaltsikhe
 
In the morning, depart Tbilisi and drive to Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns, the cultural and religious center of Georgia. Today, it is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a living museum, with many architectural and historical monuments. Visit Jvari (temple of the “Holy Cross "), built in the 6th century. Stand on a high hill overlooking the confluence of two majestic rivers Aragvi and Mtkvari. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (9th century). Continue to Uplistsikhe (“Fortress of God”), rock-hewn town dating back to Hellensitic period. Uplistsikhe is located on the left bank of Mtkvari River and is notable for unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures and the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. In the evening, arrive in Samtskhe-Javakheti region, the town of Akhaltsikhe. Enjoy tasting of local Meskh cheese. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 6: Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia – Kutaisi
 
After breakfast, drive to visit Vardzia cave town. En route, short stop to visit Tsunda Basilica. Ancient terraces for vineyards are still seen around the church. Continue to Kutaisi. In the evening, enjoy a short walking tour in Kutaisi Old town. Enjoy Imereti cheese tasting at a local guesthouse. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Kutaisi – Zugdidi – Batumi
 
After breakfast, visit Gelati academy complex (UNESCO site) and drive to Samegrelo Region, known for its cheese "Suluguni". At a local family, see how cheese is produced and enjoy cheese tasting. Lunch en route to Batumi. In the evening, have a short walking tour in Old town. Dinner with traditional Ajara dishes made mostly of cheese. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Batumi – Sachkhere – Tbilisi
 
After breakfast, drive to Tbilisi via Sachkhere. En route, visit Mgvimevi Monastery complex which comprises two nave basilica, hall church cut into the rock and bell tower. In village Koreti, visit traditional wine cellars of Sharvedzeebi families. Enjoy wine tasting of local homemade wine. Arrive in Tbilisi. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Departure
 
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tbilisi International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
* - Wine tasting will take place at leading wineries as well as at small winery and family cellars.
* - All cheese tasting will take place at guesthouses or local families, where homemade typical cheese of region (made by different families and accordingly having different taste,) will be offered. In Samegrelo, the process of cheese making will be observed at a local family.

Accommodation:

City

OPTION 1
Comfort

OPTION 2
Economy

Number of nights

Tbilisi

Tiflis Palace, Ambasadori, Mercure Tbilisi

Kopala B/C, Kopala Rikhe, New Kopala, Mirabelle

4

Telavi

Schuchmann, Chateau, Chateau Mere

Old Telavi, Rcheuli Marani, Alazani Valley

1

Aspindza

Titiko guesthouse

Titiko guesthouse

1

Kutaisi

Bagrati, Empire, Aeetes Palace

Bagrati, Empire, Aeetes Palace

1

Batumi

Sheraton Batumi, Radisson Blu, World Palace

Era Palace, Hotel Galogre

1

 

  • All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by van type car; 8-13 pax by 20 seat bus, 14 pax and more by 45 seat coach;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • English speaking tour leader to accompany the travellers;
  • Sightseeing tour program;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Full board (except dinner on Day 4 and Day 8);
  • Wine tasting and cheese tasting as per program;
  • Mineral water (0.5 l per person a day).
  • Dinner on Day 4 and Day 8;
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • Visa support letter and visa to Georgia.

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