Georgia Grand Tour8 Days | Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Kutaisi, Mestia, Ushguli, Zugdidi, Kutaisi, Gori, Uplistsikhe, Bodbe, Sighnaghi, Kvareli

Private Tour from US$ 895
  • TbilisiTbilisi
  • Itinerary MapItinerary Map
  • Metekhi churchMetekhi church
  • MtskhetaMtskheta
  • GoriGori
  • UplistsikheUplistsikhe
  • Svan TowersSvan Towers
  • MestiaMestia
  • Prometheus cavePrometheus cave
  • Bodbe Nunnery complexBodbe Nunnery complex
  • Bodbe Nunnery complexBodbe Nunnery complex
  • SighnaghiSighnaghi
  • Tbilisi
  • Itinerary Map
  • Metekhi church
  • Mtskheta
  • Gori
  • Uplistsikhe
  • Svan Towers
  • Mestia
  • Prometheus cave
  • Bodbe Nunnery complex
  • Bodbe Nunnery complex
  • Sighnaghi

Only 8 days and so many impressions to take! Travel across Georgia: old monuments, historical castles and churches, excellent food and wine, cozy hotels and so hospitable and romantic Georgians.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Tbilisi – arrival
 
Arrival at Tbilisi International Airport. Meet your guide and drive to Tbilisi. Check-in to the hotel at noon. After short rest, start a sightseeing tour in Tbilisi. Start at Metekhi church and the monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden area full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops, and breathe in the living past. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre.
After lunch, drive to Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns and the cultural and religious centre of Georgia. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC. Visit Svetitskhoveli, the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Tbilisi – Jvari – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Kutaisi
 
After breakfast at the hotel, depart Tbilisi and drive towards Gori. On the way, visit Jvari Monastery, a true architectural masterpiece of the early Medieval Period built on a hilltop. You will enjoy the views of the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Reach Gori and visit the Stalin Museum. The museum includes more than 60,000 artifacts, the tiny house where Stalin was born, and impressive bulletproof train Stalin used to travel to Yalta and Potsdam. Continue to Uplistsikhe and explore the cave town dating back to Hellenistic Period and notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures and the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. Drive to Kutaisi, the central city of Western Georgia once called "Aia". The road to Kutaisi will take you over Rikoti pass and through the longest tunnel of Georgia (1,722 m). The tunnel is also considered as a border between western and eastern parts of Georgia. Arrive in Kutaisi, overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Kutaisi – Martvili Canyon – Mestia
 
In the morning drive to Martvili Canyon. On the way to Martvili you will pass local villages with the eye-catching charming yards typical only to this area. Take a small boat trip inside the Canyon, see one of the nature's most wonderful creations – waterfall. After that enter the gorge's another side and stroll over the canyon's waters watching it changing its colors on every turn and stone. The best place for selfies.
In the afternoon, head to mysterious Svaneti region through Inguri gorge. The region is home to a special ethnic group of people – heroic and courageous Svans – distinguished by their culture, traditions and customs from the rest of Georgia. Svaneti is also known for its original architecture and is called “the Country of Thousand Towers”, which had played both economic and defensive functions. Mestia still has dozens of such medieval stone houses with the watchtowers and inhabited towers that were used to protect valleys and churches (10-14th centuries). Visit Svan original house “machubi” and tower “koshki”. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Mestia – Ushguli – Mestia
 
After breakfast, have a fascinating drive on 4x4 WD to Ushguli village, the highest standing settlement in Europe (2200 m). Spend time in Ushguli strolling through the old narrow streets. Visit Lamaria Church, complex with impressive wall frescos (12th century). Locals believe that Queen Tamara was buried right under this church. Enjoy picturesque view of the Mount Shkhara. Ushguli architectural complex is a valuable architectural and historical monument listed in the World heritage of UNESCO for its exclusiveness. Return to Mestia. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Mestia – Zugdidi – Kutaisi
 
In the morning visit Mestia Ethnographic Museum. The museum was established in 1936 and has one of the richest collections of artifacts in the region. At noon depart to Kutaisi (240 km).
On our way back to Kutaisi we offer an optional visit to one of the following places:
  • A lunch at ethno- village “Sisatura” close to Zugdidi, in the village Chkhoria. Here you will see old Megrelian house “Oda” with fascinating relics (old utensils, newspapers from last century and authentic Megrelian clothing that have been kept from ancestors). The whole place is dedicated to ethnography and is essentially a living museum. Having a lunch here is a unique experience, enabling you to enjoy traditional Megrelian meals like Gebzhalia (cheese in mint sauce), Ghomi (a hot porridge made with corn flour) and Sulguni (type of cheese) in an authentic Megrelian place. To be booked in advance.
  • Alternatively, we can stop at Dadiani palace in Zugdidi. The 17th-century palace was built by Levan Dadiani, a local prince, and served as a residence of Megrelian princess and princesses. Nowadays, Dadiani Palace is a historical and architectural museum complex that includes a palace for Ekaterine Chavchavadze-Dadiani, a residence of her son Niko Dadiani, a church, and beautiful botanical garden.
Arrive in Kutaisi. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Kutaisi – Prometheus cave – Tbilisi
 
In the morning, drive to the Prometheus cave with numerous stalactites and stalagmites. Continue to Bagrati Cathedral (11th century), one of the best samples of late medieval architecture and is towering over Kutaisi and visible from almost any point of the city. Next stop is the Gelati Academy (12th century) built by King David the Builder. Gelati was the center of spiritual and scientific life of the Middle Ages, the tomb of Georgian kings, and a cult place for pilgrims. It is under UNESCO protection as an object of cultural and historical legacy. In the afternoon head to Tbilisi (250 km, 5 h). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Tbilisi – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Kvareli – Tbilisi
 
After breakfast depart towards the Kakheti region of Georgia, the cradle of Georgian winemaking. Our first stop will be at Bodbe convent. As the legend says, it is a burial place of St. Nino, who converted Georgia to Christianity in the 4th century. Since 1889 Bodbe complex functions as a nunnery as per the decree of Tsar Alexader III of Russia. Continue driving to Sighnaghi, the city of love and the Royal Town. Historically, one of the crossroads of the Great Silk Road is surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers. Next stop will be at a unique wine cellar Khareba located in the tunnel carved out of the rock. Originally built for military purposes, today the tunnel is used to store Khareba’s finest wines. Wine tour and wine tasting. Return to Tbilisi.
Day 8: Tbilisi – departure
 
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tbilisi International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
  • All transfers (1-2 pax by sedan, 3-4 pax by Mercedes Vito or similar, 5-10 pax by Mercedes Sprinter passenger van);
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program with English speaking guide;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Wine tasting in Kakheti region;
  • Separate 4x4 car drive from Mestia to Ushguli village;
  • Mineral water (0,5l per person per day).
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Tips are not included, but would be appreciated;
  • Personal travel insurance.

Prices, per person

 
 
Economy
Comfort
Luxe
1 person
US$ 2,495
US$ 2,740
US$ 3,095
2 persons
US$ 1,335
US$ 1,475
US$ 1,715
3 persons
US$ 1,085
US$ 1,195
US$ 1,445
4 persons
US$ 895
US$ 1,030
US$ 1,255
Single supplement
US$ 195
US$ 280
US$ 360
Prices are in US$ per person, discounted prices for larger groups are available on request.

Accommodation

Kutaisi - 2 nights
Economy:
Solomon Kutaisi / Magnolia / Memoire / Terrace Kutaisi / Family Hotel 1887
Comfort:
Best Western Kutaisi / Grand Opera / Newport
Luxe:
Best Western Kutaisi / Grand Opera / Newport
Mestia - 2 nights
Economy:
Mestia Inn / Old House Mestia / Chubu / Old Seti / Villa Mestia
Comfort:
Lahili / Chalet Mestia / Sunset Terrace
Luxe:
Gistola Mestia / Posta

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