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The Georgia Adventure Tour

13 days / 12 Nights

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About The Georgia Adventure Tour

The itinerary below allows you to visit not only many of the must-see tourist sites in Georgia but also some of the country’s most beautiful outlying areas. You will get a feeling for the true outdoor majesty of the Caucasus Mountains, with all their historic significance. The itinerary is also well-suited for anyone interested in wine. Part of the tour will be spent in Kakheti, Georgia’s prime wine-growing region and you will spend three nights of the tour at a wine hotel in that area.

About Georgia

Georgia is one of the most ancient countries in the world and is located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, in the central and western parts of the South Caucasus Mountains. It is one of the most culturally fascinating and scenically beautiful countries in Europe but it is also one that is unknown to most tourists. Of course, it is slightly off the beaten track, around a 5-hour flight from London. But a traveler to Georgia will be rewarded with a huge number of ancient monasteries and museums, terrific mountain scenery, friendly people, and very fine local wine and cuisine.

In Soviet times, Georgia was the main supplier of wine to the rest of Russia. As you will see by looking at our other Caucasian itineraries, a trip to Georgia can be combined with tours of neighboring Azerbaijan and Armenia. Turkey is also nearby and shares a small border with Georgia. Since all of our tours are private and tailor-made, we can help you decide on the travel choice that best fits your own needs and interests. But if your time is limited, we would suggest that you concentrate on Georgia.

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Georgia Adventure Tour Itinerary

Georgia Adventure Tour: Day 1
Arrival in Tbilisi
Arrival in Tbilisi
Old Tbilisi Georgia Adventure Tour American travel agency

Located at the historical crossroads of ancient European and Asian trade routes, the Georgian capital is steeped in the cultural traditions and influences of the Silk Road. Home to some 1.5 million people, the country’s largest city provides the perfect starting point for this extraordinary adventure. When you arrive, our private driver will meet you and take you directly to your hotel for a three-night stay.

  • Overnight at the Hotel Zeg
Georgia Adventure Tour: Day 2
Historical Tbilisi Tour
Historical Tbilisi Tour
hilltop Georgia Adventure Tour

Today will be devoted to a walking tour of the historical old town center of Tbilisi. You will stroll down narrow, cobblestone streets past colorful houses with distinctive balconies. Tbilisi also has ancient domed sulfur baths, which you can sample if you plan ahead. There will also be time for a cable car ride up to the ancient Narikala Fortress, from where you are granted a fabulous panoramic view of the city below.

The day will also include a visit to the historical museum, where you can learn why Georgia was known as the Land of the Golden Fleece. Towards the end of the day, it will be time for one of Tbilisi’s famous traditions, a show at the Gabriadze Puppet Theater.

After all these activities, you will be glad to sit down to a delicious dinner at one of the many restaurant choices available.

  • Overnight at the Hotel Zeg
    • Breakfast
Georgia Adventure Tour: Day 3
Tbilisi - Culinary Adventures
Tbilisi - Culinary Adventures
tbilisi soviet architecture

Day 3 of your tour will be devoted to exploring the Tbilisi food scene and diving into the food culture of Georgia as you explore the markets and back streets of Tbilisi. Begin the tour at a bakery, where you will sample puri, traditional Georgian bread, before exploring the Deserter’s Bazaar, the city’s oldest market, named after the soldiers who sold their equipment here at the beginning of the 19th century. Around lunchtime, you’ll meet your local Georgian hosts and join them in their home, where you will cook and consume a delicious meal together.

The meal will be washed down with some exceptionally fine Georgian wine, the perfect way to experience firsthand local culture and cuisine. After lunch, set out to discover some of the city’s finest examples of Art Nouveau and Soviet architecture. These present two fascinating and opposing styles, and a tour including both should make for an interesting afternoon.

  • Overnight at the Hotel Zeg
    • Breakfast, Lunch
Georgia Adventure Tour: Day 4
Tbilisi – Tsnori – Sighnaghi – Telavi
Tbilisi – Tsnori – Sighnaghi – Telavi
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After breakfast, we will set out from Tbilisi to Tsnori, where in 2016 the Cafe of Knowledge was established. This is a social project designed to bring together people of all ages to discuss and explore some of Georgia’s many fascinating aspects. You can have the opportunity to meet some of the locals and learn about their lives. Lunch will be at a local family restaurant. After lunch, your next stop will be the fortified town of Sighnaghi, with its wonderfully preserved 18th-century architecture and spectacular views of the Caucasus Mountains. Sighnaghi is located in the easternmost part of Georgia, near Azerbaijan, and is in the prime wine-growing area of the country. The last stop of the day will be the historical city of Telavi, where you will be spending the night. You will be staying at either the Elizbar 1918 Hotel or the Arge Wine Cellar Hotel, each of which is a very nice boutique hotel and winery outside of Telavi.

  • Overnight at the Elizbar 1918 Hotel or Arge Wine Hotel near Telavi
Georgia Adventure Tour: Day 5
Telavi – Tusheti National Park
Telavi – Tusheti National Park
Tushethi Georgia Adventure Tour

This morning, you head deep into the heart of the Caucasus Mountains and through what many would term the most spectacular scenery in the entire country. This area is the Tusheti region, and the locals are in charge of managing it as a protected landscape. Here you will get a chance to enjoy local hospitality and sample some typical home-made food, including the famous local cheese. The Tushetian people live very much off the grid, with your guesthouse being run off solar panels. Your Tusheti visit affords a good opportunity for some easy hiking through beautiful countryside. You and your guide will decide what sort of hiking is best for you. You will be spending the night at the Samzeo Hotel, which is far and away the nicest place in the area.

  • Overnight at the Samzeo Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia Adventure Tour: Day 6
Tusheti National Park
Tusheti National Park
Georgia Tusheti Shenako Georgia Adventure Tours

Set off into a stunning landscape of tall peaks, deep gorges, and high waterfalls, today you follow rivers, cross wooden bridges, and pass through forests to reach the small but striking village of Shenako. Shenako is a place with a lot of historical and geographical appeal, but few outsiders go there. It has several typical Tusheti towers and is also home to a 13th-century Russian church. The road finally leads up to Diklo, the last Georgian village before the Russian border. This is an atmospheric setting for a night in the backcountry. You can walk up to the moss-covered ruins of an old fortress with stunning views across the surrounding countryside.

  • Overnight at the Diklo Guesthouse
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia Adventure Tour: Day 7
Tusheti National Park
Tusheti National Park
Шарой сверху Georgia Adventure Tour

Today you head up to the nearby village of Ghele, from where the trail continues up into the mountains to provide some unforgettable views of the Tushetian villages below. You will be able to do some walking (or hiking) on nearby trails and take in the scenery. The drive back to Omalo takes you through the village of Bochorna, which is considered to be the highest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe, at an altitude of 7,694 feet.

  • Overnight at the Samzeo Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia Adventure Tour: Day 8
Tusheti National Park - Telavi
Tusheti National Park - Telavi
Telavi Old city

Departing the Tusheti region this morning, you head back towards Telavi, with a stop-off en route to visit a local ceramic studio. As with many of the social enterprise projects that the Georgians are keen to promote and encourage, this one teaches locals how to work with ceramics, helping to preserve a tradition that has flourished here for generations.

  • Overnight at the Elizbar 1918 Hotel or Arge Wine Hotel near Telavi
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia Adventure Tour: Day 9
Exploring the Wine Region
Exploring the Wine Region
Georgia Adventure Tour

A full day exploring Telavi and Kakheti, one of the world’s oldest wine-making regions Famed for its fine vintages as well as its great food and spectacular mountain views, it provides the perfect backdrop to a visual and culinary treat that very much emphasizes hospitality and the preservation of traditional crafts. Beginning with a visit to a local farmers’ market, you’ll then make a stop at a pottery workshop to see how the traditional clay jars, called Qvevri, are made. These jars have been used in Georgian winemaking for millennia.

If you want to learn more about the Georgian Wine Renaissance, here is a link to an informative article on the subject: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/feb/25/georgia-natural-wines

Following a homemade lunch with a local family, there will be a lesson in bread-making and a taste of Churchkhela, a traditional Georgian sweet. The afternoon is then rounded off with a visit to a local winery that produces bio-wine in the old traditional ways, fermenting the grapes in earthenware Qvevri jars—a UNESCO World Heritage experience!

  • Overnight at the Elizbar 1918 Hotel or Arge Wine Hotel near Telavi
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Georgia Adventure Tour: Day 10
Telavi – Mtskheta - Kazbegi National Park
Telavi – Mtskheta - Kazbegi National Park
Georgia Adventure Tour

Your first stop today is Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia and, at over 3,000 years old, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Mtskheta contains many of Georgia’s most beautiful historical churches. Don’t even try to pronounce ‘Mtskheta’. The Georgian language is notoriously difficult and is full of these ‘consonant clusters’ that foreigners have been known to strangle themselves on. Mtskheta is home to the impressive Jvari Church and the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From here, you then move on to the refugee village of Tserovani, set up to house refugees fleeing the aftermath of the 2008 Russia-Georgia war.

In 2012, Georgia’s Traditional Craft Association set up a social enterprise scheme to offer employment opportunities and professional development, and your visit here can help support these efforts. The day then ends along the northern slopes of the mighty Caucasus Mountain Range, in the heart of Kazbegi National Park, where you can have fabulous views right out of your hotel room window.

  • Overnight at the Chemodann Kazbegi Hotel
    • Breakfast, Lunch
Georgia Adventure Tour: Day 11
Kazbegi National Park
Kazbegi National Park
Chaukhebi view with a waterfall Juta Valley

Setting off through the spectacular Sno Valley this morning, you’ll travel on to the remote village of Juta. Cut off for six months of the year and surrounded by glorious mountain scenery, Juta provides an unforgettable glimpse into ancient traditions and times long past. It is also the starting point for a pleasant four-hour walk to the foot of Mount Chaukhebi. Relatively flat and not particularly challenging, the walk takes you up to around 8400 feet and provides some magical vistas along the way. However, if you decide to opt out of the walk, you can soak up the ambience of the village, where there are a number of pleasant cafes where you can sit and enjoy the atmosphere.

  • Overnight at the Chemodann Kazbegi Hotel
    • Breakfast
Georgia Adventure Tour: Day 12
Kazbegi National Park - Tbilisi
Kazbegi National Park - Tbilisi
Gergeti Trinity Church and Mt. Kazbeg

Enjoying one last look across the spectacular panoramas of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, you set off after breakfast to walk to one of Georgia’s most famous settings, the Gergeti Trinity Church, set against the backdrop of Mount Kazbegi. The walk takes you up through beautiful woodland valleys and on to the famous 14th-century church, where you can enjoy some stunning views before returning to the valley for some lunch. The final visit of the afternoon will be to a traditional felt-maker, where you can learn about this absorbing art over a cup of tea and local honey before driving back to Tbilisi for your final evening.

  • Overnight at the Hotel Zeg
    • Breakfast, Lunch
Georgia Adventure Tour: Day 13
Departure
Departure

You will be transferred back to the airport today for your return flight home.

  • Breakfast