Average – 4 star double occupancy .
We explore Tbilisi and Mtskheta and then journey to the heart of the Caucasus Mountains where we and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Mt Kazbek and its eternal snows. We visit some of the most famous cave-towns and monasteries in Georgia known for ancient history, original architecture and fresco including Gelati Temple in Kutaisi and David Gareja Monastery. The trip to Kakheti is the perfect end to the holiday.
Georgia September 2017 Itinerary
Day 1 – Friday 1st, September
You will arrive in Tbilisi and be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. After freshening up, you will have dinner and then get a good night’s rest.
Day 2 – Saturday 2nd, September
After breakfast, you will have a full day city tour of Tbilisi, with visits to the Old Town, Metekhi Temple, 12th century. “Abanotubani” – the baths area, and Narikala, – The main fortress of Tbilisi. Walking through narrow streets, along which some carpet and souvenir shops are situated. You will continue the excursion in the old town, visiting the 11th century Sioni Cathedral, 6th century Anchiskhati Church. You will also visit the National Museum, Freedom Square and Rustaveli Avenue, the main street of Tbilisi along with other sites of the city. Upon your return to the hotel you will have time to freshen up before dinner.
*Tbilisi, capital of Georgia from the 5th century AD, has a long and fascinating history. Founded in the 4th century by King Vakhtang Gorgasali on the site of its warm mineral-water springs – it developed into the main city of the Caucasus. By the 12th century Tbilisi was one of the most important political, economic and cultural centres of the Middle East. It stood as a key stop on the famous Silk Road – right on the border between Europe and Asia (west and east). Tbilisi’s Old Town, the most ancient part of the city, is renowned for its wonderful mix of cultures. The mosque, the synagogue, the Armenian and Roman Catholic churches mingle harmoniously with the splendid Georgian churches and architecture. The wooden houses with open, carved balconies seem to welcome every visitor. The balmy sulphur baths have hosted poets, writers, musicians, kings down through the centuries.
Day 3 – Sunday 3rd, September
After an early breakfast, you will start the day by driving 20km to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia. Historians date the town back to the 2nd millennium B.C. and the town and its architectural monuments are listed as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. You will visit Jvari Monastery (6th c.) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.). Afterwards you will continue driving along the Georgian Military Highway, the historical road leading north into the Caucasian Mountains, stopping at the spectacular Ananuri fortress. Then you will drive along the sides of the dramatic Aragvi River Valley up to the Jvari Pass on the Greater Caucasus and then down into Kazbegi.
Surrounded by gigantic mountains Kazbegi is a picturesque settlement overlooked by the biggest of all – Mount Kazbek (5047m) – one of the six 5000 meter peaks of the Caucasus. Here you will walk up to the Sameba Church beautifully situated on a hilltop and providing splendid views of Mt. Kazbek. You will then stop for dinner and overnight in Gudauri.
Day 4 – Monday 4th, September
After breakfast, you will drive to Gori, a historical town. Today the town is mainly known for its huge Fortress and as a birthplace of J. Stalin. Then you will drive to Uplistsikhe cave town which dates back to the 7th century. BC. It contains a large central hall for pagan rituals, living rooms and a church of the 9th century. Afterwards you will journey to west to Kutaisi for dinner, overnighting in Kutaisi.
Day 5 – Tuesday 5th, September
After breakfast, you will visit Sataplia National Reserve known for its footprints of dinosaurs. Visiting also the stalactite caves. The afternoon will be spent exploring Kutaisi cathedrals and monastery’s, which are also UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. You will return to Tbilisi for dinner. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 6 – Wednesday 6th, September
After breakfast you will drive to Kakheti province situated in Gareji semi-desert southeast of Tbilisi. You can walk up to Udabno Monastery to explore unique murals and cave architecture of the 8-13th century. Then walk down to “Lavra” where the monks live.
You will visit Signaghi, a beautiful hill-town providing panoramic views of the Alazani Valley and the Eastern Caucasus Mountains. You will then have dinner and overnight in Telavi.
Day 7 – Thursday 7th, September
After an easy morning and breakfast, you will visit Tsinandali Park, do some sightseeing in Talavi, explore the Gremi architectural complex of the 16th century. Visit Alaverdi Cathedral (11th c), and Shuamta Monastery (5th – 16th cc). You will then have some free time to enjoy the local scenery before heading back to Tbilisi for dinner and your last night in Georgia.
Day 8 – Friday 8th, September
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Tbilisi Airport to catch your flights.
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure
- All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
- All hotels (double occupancy basis)
- All meals as per itinerary
- Transportation to locations as per itinerary
- English speaking guides
- International flights
- Single occupancy supplement ($300)
- Off itinerary options and activities
- Other expenses including travel and medical insurance and excess baggage
Georgia: 1 – 8th September 2017
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