11 days 10 nights
Real taste of Georgia is new tour with duration 11 days starting and ending in Kutaisi. It perfectly fits flight from/to Vilnius, but can fit any other flight to/from Kutaisi. The tour includes main attractions and some places off beaten trek.
Tour is designed for small groups, from 2 to 10 persons. It is very intense and includes Svaneti, Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Vardzia. It includes also many services, what is reflected on price of the tour, so travellers can just relax and enjoy Georgia.
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Meeting with guide in the airport Kutaisi. Transfer to the restaurant for a good lunch, where our journey in Georgia begins. After good lunch visit Prometheus caves. Relax in Tskaltubo, where tourists will have chance to relax in Spa centre after exhausting morning flight. Dinner at hotel in Tskaltubo. Relax.
After breakfast, when it is still morning chill, walking tour in Kutaisi. We will explore history and architecture of one of the oldest cities in Europe, maybe homeland of king Aeetes known from myth about Argonauts. We will also visit Bagrati cathedral - notable example of medieval Georgian architecture. For lunch we will drive east from Kutaisi, to Rikoti pass and stop for lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch we will continue travel to Tbilisi. Our next destination will be town Gori, birthplace of Stalin, but our point of interest is outside Gori - cave town Uplistsikhe, dated by VI century BC - one of the oldest monuments in Georgia.
We will approach ancient capital of Georgia - Mtsketa in the evening. We will visit Jvari monastery on the hilltop and Svetitskhoveli cathedral - both listed in UNESCO world heritage list.
Dinner in Tbilisi and check in hotel.
Driving distance ~250 km.
After breakfast we start Tbilisi city tour which will cover the most important highlights. Metekhi plateau, Narikala fortress, Bath district, Meidan
Kala district, Betlemi district, Baratashvili avenue. Afternoon free time to explore city.
After breakfast check out from hotel and travel to south Georgia - Javakheti plateau. After almost 2 hours drive we will visit Paravani lake, on altitude 2000m above the sea level. Enjoy Javakheti landscapes, visit Sagamo lake and stop for lunch brake. Continue travel to Akhalkalaki, where we can see local bazar. Most population here are ethnic Armenians. Here we can try Armenian lavash bread. Continue travel to Vardzia. Visit Khertvisi fortress. Highlight of the day will be Vardzia monastery complex. Stop in hotel near Vardzia and have dinner including local trout fish.
Driving distance 250 km
After breakfast we will have short drive to village Saro - really off beaten truck. We will enjoy fantastic views, visit megalith fortress and middle ages style house. Continue travel to Akhaltsikhe, where we will visit Sapara monastery, notable because its fine frescoes and Rabati fortress. Finally we will arrive to village Atskuri to check in guesthouse, have nice dinner and relax.
Driving distance 90 km
Today we will travel back to west Georgia. After long drive we will enjoy Gelati monastery near Kutaisi, included in UNESCO world heritage list, next in our list are natural monuments - Okatse canyon, Kinchkha and Lomina waterfalls and stay overnight nearby in chateau, where we will enjoy good dinner and wine.
Driving distance 240 km
Today we will travel to mountains, region Svaneti, called green pearl of Caucasus. On the way we will visit Balda canyon in Samegrelo region, have a lunch stop in Zugdidi, where we will try local cuisine. Next our stop will be at Enguri water reservoir, where we will see the biggest dam in Georgia and finally we will arrive to Mestia - main town in Svaneti. Here we will check in hotel enjoy dinner and have a walk around.
Driving distance ~270 km.
Today we will travel to village Lakhushdi, near Mestia, Latali community. Village is very authentic. Only here tourists will see real lifestyle in Svaneti decades or even centuries ago. First we will have short hike to church Tangili. Here tourists will enjoy fantastic views and unique frescoes of Svaneti region. Next we will visit local family, where warm hostess will make cooking class for us. Who are not interested in cooking can enjoy wandering in the village. Afterwards lunch in family, traditional local dishes.
After lunch return to Mestia, visit local museum and free time.
Driving distance 20 km
Travel to village Ushguli - the highest permanently inhabitant village in Europe. (two more villages in Georgia also pretend to be the highest ones). Ushguli is another place listed in UNESCO world heritage site. But unlike Lakhushdi it is more touristic. On the way we will enjoy picturesque landscapes, visit small lake on Ugviri pass, View Tetnuldi mountain from Tsvirmi village. From Ushguli we will see Shkhara mountain, the highest point in Georgia. Free time to walk and explore the village. Return to Mestia.
Driving distance 90 km.
Our tour is near to end. After breakfast drive back to Kutaisi. This time we will explore area south from Kutaisi. First of all Vani archaeological sight and museum. After learning about bronze age in Georgia, we will enjoy hot sulphur springs in wild nature. This day we will finish in village Obcha, tasting local wines and enjoying great farewell dinner in Imeretian style. Check in hotel in Kutaisi.
Driving distance 250 km
After breakfast transfer to the airport. Good bye to Georgia!