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

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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
 
Arrive Tbilisi International Airport. Meet your guide and drive to Tbilisi. Check-in to the hotel at noon.
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 the tour 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 cc); Anchiskhati Basilica and bell tower (6th -18th cc); Rustaveli Avenue and Freedom Square. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Kutaisi
 
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 standing on a high hill overlooking the confluence of two majestic rivers Aragvi and Mtkvari. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (XI century). Continue to Kutaisi, the second biggest city in Georgia, which according to the legend was the ultimate destination of the Jason and Argonauts searching for the Golden Fleece. Visit Bagrati Cathedral (XI c.), Gelati Academy (XII c.) built by King David the Builder. Overnight in Kutaisi.
Day 3: Kutaisi – Mestia
 
In the morning, drive 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. Svanetia is also known for its original architecture and is called “the Country of Thousand Towers”, which had layed both economic and defensive function. Mestia still has dozens of such medieval stone houses with the watchtowers and inhabited towers which were used to protect valleys and churches (the 10 th – 14 th centuries). Visit Mestia Ethnographical Museum, Svan original house “machubi” and tower “koshki”. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: dinner
Day 4: Mestia – Ushguli – Mestia
 
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Ushguli village, the highest standing settlement in Europe (2,200 m). Spend time in Ushguli strolling old narrow streets. Visit Lamaria Church complex with impressive wall frescos (XII). Locals believe that it was under this church that Queen Tamara was buried. Enjoy picturesque view of Mt. Shkhara. Ushguli architectural complex is a valuable architectural and historical monument listed in the World heritage of UNESCO for its exclusiveness. There are about 70 families living in Ushguli (around 200 people). Return to Mestia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Meals: dinner
Day 5: Mestia – Zugdidi – Kutaisi
 
Drive back to Kutaisi after breakfast. On the way, stop at Dadiani’s (Princes of West Georgia) Palace in Zugdidi. Continue driving to Kutaisi. Overnight in Kutaisi.
Day 6: Kutaisi – Gori – Uplistsikhe –Tbilisi
 
In the morning, depart Kutaisi and drive to the city of Gori. Explore Joseph Stalin museum featuring original house where he was born, and his private armored train carriage. 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. Arrive in Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Tbilisi – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Kvareli – Gremi – Tbilisi
 
In the morning, depart Tbilisi and drive to Kakheti region. Kakheti is located in eastern Georgia and is known as the cradle of Georgian Wine. Here, in Alazani Valley some unique grape varieties, such as Kindzmarauli, Manavi, Saperavi are cultivated. Visit Bodbe Nunnery (19th century), burial site of St. Nino who brought Christianity to Georgia in 4th century. Continue road to royal Sighnaghi, a small town located on a hilltop providing beautiful views of Alazani river valley and the Caucasus Mountain Range. Have a tour and wine tasting in wine cellar “Khareba”. Initially constructed as a military tunnel, it is now one of the biggest wine storages in Georgia with its total length of 7.7 km. Visit architectural complex Gremi that once was the capital of Kakheti Kingdom. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Tbilisi – departure
 
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tbilisi International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.

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

3

Kutaisi

Bagrati, Empire, Aeetes Palace

Discovery, Argo Palace

2

Mestia

Old Seti, Chubu

Old Seti, Chubu

2

 

  • Transportation as per program by comfortable vehicle (sedan, minivan, minibus), 4 x 4 wheel drive to Ushguli village;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing in 3* hotels, breakfasts included;
  • English speaking tour leader to accompany the travellers;
  • Sightseeing tour program;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Two dinners in Mestia;
  • Wine tasting in Kakheti region;
  • Mineral water (0.5 l per person a day).
  • Full-board;
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • Visa support letter and visa to Georgia.

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