With its legendary hospitality, delicious food and abundance of local wines, Georgia is one of the most welcoming countries you will ever visit. Travel on this tailor-made tour in your own private vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide, discovering diverse landscapes from majestic mountains to golden vineyards, exploring remote Orthodox churches and tucking in to mouth-watering local dishes such as khachapuri - indulgent cheese-filled flat bread.
For those with more time, consider extending the tour for three nights to include the Svaneti region, known for its rugged mountains, colossal ancient watchtowers and proud mountain people. Remote Svaneti represents the heart of Georgian orthodox culture and traditions. Travel by 4WD over rugged terrain, enjoy mountain treks with stunning vistas and stay in off-the-beaten-track guesthouses.
Fly to Tbilisi and transfer to the hotel for two nights.
Enjoy a full day tour of the capital, with its narrow alleyways, crooked houses and pretty courtyards. (B,L,D)
Travel to Mtskheta, the cultural heart of Georgia, before heading up the Georgian Military Highway to Gudauri. En-route visit Jvari Church, Svetitskhoveli, Samtavro and Kazbegi. Overnight in a hotel in Gudauri. (B,L,D)
Drive to Gori, birthplace of Stalin and home to the Joseph Stalin Museum. Visit Uplistsikhe, an ancient rock-hewn town thought to be one of the oldest settlements in Georgia. Literally meaning ‘the Lord’s Fortress’, the eight hectare complex contains dwellings and structures from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages. Continue to Akhaltsikhe to overnight. (B,L,D)
Head south towards the Turkish border to Vardzia, a spectacular cave town built into the Erusheli Mountain by Queen Tamar in 1185. End the day in Kutaisi, ancient capital of Colchis, and overnight in a guesthouse. (B,L,D)
Discover Kutaisi’s most famous sights including Bagrati Temple and the Gelati Monastery complex, once one of the main cultural and intellectual centres in Georgia. Either continue to the Svaneti region or return to Tbilisi. En route back to the capital, visit Montsameta Monastery and Ubisi Church. (B,L)
From Tbilisi, visit the Larva Monastery and the David Gareja Monastery, a rock-hewn Orthodox complex comprising churches, chapels and refectories, before continuing to Telavi through the picturesque vineyards of Kakheti. Overnight in a local guesthouse. (B,L,D)
Enjoy exploring the scenic Kakheti region including Tsinandali, grand estate of the 19th century poet and Kakhetian Prince Alexander Chavchavadze, also known for its production of fine wines. Stop at Alaverdi Cathedral, Gremi complex and the Cathedral of Ninotsminda before returning to Tbilisi for an overnight stay. (B,L)
Morning transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
9 day tour, from £1965 per person
- Return flights in economy class with Ukraine International from London Gatwick via Kiev
- All airport taxes and security charges
- Accommodation in three-star hotels and guesthouses
- Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- All transfers and transportation throughout
- Sightseeing with English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees on sightseeing tours
- Regional Add-ons from Aberdeen, Belfast,Edinburgh and Manchester. Please contact us for prices
- Alcohol with meals
Single room supplement £270
Svenati Add-on £465 per person
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