Georgia and the Caucasus

Georgia and the Caucasus

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Georgia and the Caucasus

9 Days Starting and ending in Tbilisi, Georgia

Visiting: Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Kakheti, Lagodekhi Nature Reserve, Ananuri Fortress Complex, Gudauri View Point, Gergeti Trinity Church, Stepantsminda, Truso Gorge, Juta

Tour operator:

Culture Trip

Tour code:

GEO

Recommended For:

Couples, Singles

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

25-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Whether hiking in the Caucasus Mountains or whipping up a feast from a farmer’s market, this nine-day journey yields an immersive Georgian experience. You'll begin in the Old Quarter of Tbilisi and visit Unesco World Heritage sites at nearby Mtskheta. See the ancient wine-making – and drinking – traditions of the region before exploring Lagodekhi National Park. The spectacular Truso Gorge, a hike up to Gergeti Church and a ramble beyond remote Juta village showcase the best of the High Caucasus. Return to earth with a visit to sulphur baths in Tbilisi, wrapped up with an invigorating massage. All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it.

Highlights

  • Explore the Caucasus Mountains and trek to a remote church

  • Visit Mtskheta, a Unesco World Heritage site

  • Taste Georgian wine and learn to cook traditional dishes

  • Hike the lush hilly forests of Lagodekhi National Park

  • Soak in the famed sulphur baths of Tbilisi

  • Experience warm Georgian hospitality

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Tbilisi
Location: Tbilisi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Folk Boutique Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Touch down at Tbilisi International Airport (TBS) and make your way to your central hotel, where you’ll meet our Local Insider who will accompany the group throughout the trip. At 6pm, they will introduce you to your fellow travellers over an informal welcome drink. Get to know each other during dinner before turning in for an early night; tomorrow will be a jam-packed day.

Activities included:

Welcome dinner

Day 2 : Explore Tbilisi Old Quarter And Enjoy A Typical Georgian Lunch
Location: Tbilisi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Folk Boutique Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Old Tbilisi's tangle of narrow streets and pretty houses huddle beneath a cliff, topped with the walls of a fourth-century fortress. After strolling the lanes, catch a cable car up to the fortress for panoramic views across the city before heading down to a cluster of medieval bathhouses. Adjourn for a well-deserved lunch of khachapuri, a scrumptious cheese-filled bread and the Georgian national dish. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Museum of Georgia, where you can look out for gold artifacts; many believe this is the mythical Land of the Golden Fleece – something to mull over with evening drinks in a local pub.

Activities included:

Guided Tbilisi walking tour
Traditional Georgian lunch

Optional activities:

Museum of Georgia visit

Day 3 : Visit A Farmer's Market And The World Heritage Monuments In Mtskheta
Location: Mtskheta, Tbilisi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Folk Boutique Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Tbilisi hosts a range of incredible markets, each a colourful cornucopia of fresh produce, spices and pickles, usually selling home-brewed wine and spirits too. It's at a local farmer’s market where you'll meet your host, chef Teona, to buy ingredients, before decamping to her home for a convivial masterclass in hearty Georgian cooking. Enjoy your creations for lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll head to nearby Mtskheta, a former fortified capital, to tour an atmospheric clutch of Unesco World Heritage monuments, including the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.

Activities included:

Guided farmer’s market tour
Cooking lesson
Guided Mtskheta tour

Day 4 : Experience The Wine And Baking Traditions Of Georgia
Location: Kakheti
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Royal Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Georgia is referred to as the cradle of wine, as it’s where the first-known wine was fermented in 6,000BCE. Today you'll see these traditions in the Kakheti region, east of Tbilisi. Wine here is still made in qvevri, large clay egg-shaped vessels, usually buried in the ground, and you'll watch a master craftsman showcase the process. Following a pause at the 16th-century citadel of Gremi, join a local family for home-baked bread and churchkhela, a sausage-shaped sweet made from nuts and thickened grape juice. Like most Georgian feasts, lunch is conducted by a traditional tamada, or toastmaster.

Activities included:

Qvevri wine workshop
Bread baking and churchkhela experience
Lunch with wine and a traditional toastmaster

Day 5 : Hike In Lagodekhi National Park And Sample Georgian Wine
Location: Lagodekhi Nature Reserve, Tbilisi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Folk Boutique Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Step outside your hotel and you're at the gates of Lagodekhi National Park, a small protected reserve in the Caucasian foothills that border Russia and Azerbaijan. You'll enjoy a five-hour hike in the tranquil forests, which are veined with rivers and twitching with birds – an ideal prelude to the higher Caucasus in the coming days. Returning to Tbilisi, you’ll stop by a local winery to sample some of the country's incredible array of distinctive wines, many of which are made in limited quantities by small-scale producers.

Activities included:

Lagodekhi National Park hike
Picnic lunch
Traditional Georgian wine tasting

Day 6 : Head Into The Caucasus Mountains And Trek To Gergeti Church
Location: Ananuri Fortress Complex, Gudauri View Point, Gergeti Trinity Church, Stepantsminda
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Intourist Kazbegi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Belt up for the drive north into the Caucasus Mountains on the Georgian Military Highway. This ancient trading route between Georgia and Russia wriggles across the Jvari Pass before joining the Terek River valley, all the way to the town of Stepantsminda. En route you'll pause at Ananuri Castle and the Gudauri View Point before reaching the 2,438m (8,000ft) high pass and spectacular Caucasus landscapes beyond. Stepantsminda is hemmed in by rugged mountains, including the snow-clad Mount Kazbegi. You'll need to boot up for the superb three-hour hike to the medieval Gergeti Trinity Church, which sits on top of a grassy ridge.

Activities included:

Ananuri fortress visit
Guided hike to Gergeti Church

Day 7 : Drive Through Truso Gorge And Visit Remote Juta Village
Location: Truso Gorge, Juta, Stepantsminda
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Intourist Kazbegi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

It's another day of exhilarating scenery. Backtracking down the Terek valley, you'll follow the Terek River as it veers west into ever wilder country before arcing through the Truso Gorge to time-forgotten hamlets and their lonely chapels. Heading back towards Stepantsminda, take a detour to Juta, one of the highest villages in the region. A short optional walk up the valley brings you to meadows with awesome views of the Chaukhi Massif, a jagged mountain with more than a passing resemblance to the Dolomites in Italy. Head back to Stepantsminda for dinner and a well-deserved sleep.

Activities included:

4WD Truso Gorge tour
Juta village visit


Optional activities:

Guided Chaukhi Massif mountain hike

Day 8 : Return To Tbilisi For A Final Farewell Dinner
Location: Tbilisi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Folk Boutique Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Returning along the Military Highway, you'll have time to snap those photos you may have missed on the way in. Back in Tbilisi, enjoy some pampering time in the celebrated sulphur baths which, together with hot springs, anchor the legend of the city's foundation in the fifth century. If all that steam and soaking make you drowsy, a kisa massage with exfoliation is sure to revitalise the senses in time for a farewell dinner.

Activities included:

Farewell dinner
Tbilisi sulphur baths visit
Kisa massage experience

Day 9 : Depart From Tbilisi
Location: Tbilisi
Meals Included: Breakfast

After a leisurely breakfast in the pretty hotel garden, it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers. At midday, head for the airport for the return trip home – or extend your stay in Georgia.

What's Included

  • Local Insider

  • Private and local transport

  • Meals described in the itinerary

    Eight breakfasts, four lunches, two dinners

  • Accommodation

    Five nights boutique hotel accommodation Three nights mountainside hotel accommodation

  • Guided Tbilisi walking tour

  • Museum of Georgia visit

  • Guided farmer’s market tour and cooking lesson

  • Guided Mtskheta tour

  • Wine workshop

  • Wine-tasting

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What's Not Included

  • Meals not in the itinerary

  • International flights

  • Visas (if required)

  • Airport transfers

  • Resort fees (If applicable)

Optional Extras

  • Arrival Transfer Tbilisi Airport (TBS) - Folk Boutique Hotel

    Private Transfer for up to 3 people

Accommodation

Folk Boutique Hotel
In the heart of Old Tbilisi, this modern four-star property stands on the site of a celebrated 18th-century battle. The museum-like displays in the lobby of traditional 18th-century garments are echoed in the room decor and lend a quirky folk atmosphere.

Chemodann
In a rugged valley at the foot of Mount Kazbegi, the family-run Chemodann Kazbegi restful accommodation with panoramic views over the nearby mountains. The centre of Kazbegi can be reached within 10 minutes' walk of the property and the 14 rooms are clean and comfortable. Home-cooked breakfasts here are a thing to behold so don't miss out!

Royal Palace Hotel
The Royal Palace stands just where the Georgian plains give way to the lushly forested Caucasian foothills of Lagodekhi National Park. Resembling a country villa, the property has extensive gardens and a large pool offering a restful stay.


Please note that, while unlikely, the accommodation indicated may be subject to change (see T&C’s). On a rare occasion, alternative arrangements may be necessary – this may be due to a lack of availability at our preferred accommodation, or other reasons outside our control. We’ll do everything we can to prevent this from happening; however, in cases where it is unavoidable, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.

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    Your arrival transfer from Tbilisi International Airport to your hotel is not included. If you would like to add a transfer onto your booking, you can contact our Travel Experts who will be able to assist. If you would prefer to make your own way to the hotel, taxis are available at the airport. The hotel is located 15 kms (9 miles) from the airport and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes. Your departure transfer from the Folk Boutique hotel back to Tbilisi Airport (TBS) is not included. If you would like to add a departure transfer onto your booking, you can contact our Travel Experts who will be able to assist. If you would prefer to make your own way back to the airport, your Local Insider or the hotel reception will be able to arrange a taxi for you. The hotel is located 15 kms (9 miles) from the airport and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes.

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Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Kari  

This was an amazing trip

19-Jun-2023

This was an amazing trip, thanks in large part to the guide, David. I learned so much and we did so much! I definitely want to return to Georgia because of this experience.

Rebecca and Pieterjan  

Excellent Itinerary!

29-May-2023

Excellent itinerary, we saw a lot but never feeling rushed. Some real gems we wouldn't have found ourselves. Having a local guide, who was excellent, meant we felt we were immersed in the culture. Our group was super diverse and got on really well. Also a good balance of scheduled and free time.

Leonie  

Highly recommend Caucasus tour!

03-Oct-2023

I loved the pace of the tour and the interesting experiences that were part of the tour. I would be keen to do another Culture Trip tour in the future. An improvement I’d suggest would be to include a couple more meals in the tour or ensure that meals/food are easily accessible especially in more remote areas.

Isabella and Robert  

A Mesmerizing Journey through Georgia: A Perfect Blend of Culture, History,

08-Oct-2023

We had a pleasure of embarking on a culture trip to the captivating country of Georgia, and I must say, it exceeded all my expectations. From the bustling streets of the capital city to the serene beauty of the Caucasus Mountains, every moment was filled with awe-inspiring experiences, warm hospitality, and a deep immersion into the rich Georgian culture. Our adventure began in the heart of Tbilisi, the vibrant capital of Georgia. The city's eclectic blend of ancient architecture, modern marvels, and charming cobblestone streets instantly won me over. Our knowledgeable guide led us through the maze-like alleys of the Old Town, where we discovered hidden treasures such as the Narikala Fortress and the stunning Sioni Cathedral. The city's unique blend of Eastern and Western influences left me in awe, and I couldn't help but fall in love with its vibrant atmosphere. Moving beyond the city's boundaries, we embarked on a journey through time as we explored Georgia's historical sites. From the ancient cave city of Uplistsikhe to the breathtaking monasteries of Mtskheta, each site revealed a fascinating chapter of Georgia's past. The stories shared by our passionate guides brought these ancient wonders to life, leaving us with a profound appreciation for the country's rich heritage. One of the highlights of our trip was the opportunity to cook with locals and delve into the secrets of Georgian cuisine. We were warmly welcomed into the homes of local families, where we learned to prepare traditional dishes like khachapuri and khinkali. The genuine warmth and hospitality of our hosts made the experience truly unforgettable. Sharing a meal with them, hearing their stories, and learning about their customs provided a unique insight into the heart and soul of Georgian culture. No visit to Georgia would be complete without indulging in its world-renowned wine culture. We ventured into the picturesque vineyards of Kakheti, where we witnessed the age-old tradition of winemaking firsthand. From stomping grapes in traditional qvevri to tasting exquisite wines in ancient cellars, every sip was a celebration of Georgia's winemaking heritage. The passion and expertise of the winemakers were evident in every glass, leaving us with a newfound appreciation for Georgian wine. To cap off our extraordinary journey, we embarked on exhilarating hikes in the majestic Caucasus Mountains. The breathtaking landscapes, dotted with snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and crystal-clear lakes, provided the perfect backdrop for our adventures. Whether we were trekking through the rugged trails of Svaneti or exploring the enchanting beauty of Kazbegi, the sheer magnificence of nature left us in awe at every turn. Throughout our trip, the professionalism and expertise of our guides ensured a seamless and enriching experience. Their deep knowledge of Georgian history, culture, and nature added an extra layer of depth to our journey, making it truly unforgettable. In conclusion, my culture trip to Georgia was an absolute delight. From the vibrant streets of Tbilisi to the ancient monasteries, the heartwarming encounters with locals, the wine tasting experiences, and the awe-inspiring hikes in the Caucasus Mountains, every aspect of this journey was a testament to the country's rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. I wholeheartedly recommend Georgia to anyone seeking an immersive and unforgettable travel experience.

Max  

Georgia and Caucasus

22-Jun-2023

A phenomenal country and fantastic itinerary delivered by the most passionate of guides!

Mags and Werner  

Overall excellent experience

19-Oct-2023

Excellent organization by Culture Trips for our trip to Georgia. Everything went seamlessly and our guide, Giga, was brilliant. Something to perhaps warn clients about is the spacing between breakfast and lunch in Georgia. Knowing this interval could be up to 6 hours would help to plan a bit better i.e. bring snacks or fruit. One other thing to maybe warn about is the sheer volume of food provided in Georgia for both lunches and dinners. The food is fabulous but knowing how much food is coming would help with pacing one's self to be able to enjoy it all. Overall it was a great experience and we would recommend it to anyone wanting to explore Gerogia.

Nilotpal and Shivani  

Great itinerary

23-Sep-2023

Great itinerary. Very good pace of the trip. Some of the accommodations were not great. Also, I would prefer local guides at the destinations for a more in-depth history of the place.

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