According to Georgian legend, when God was distributing land among the peoples of the world, the Georgians were so busy eating and drinking that they lost their place in the queue and there was no land left. However when they invited God to join the party, he enjoyed himself so immensely that he gave them all the prime plots of land that he had been saving for himself.
On this gastronomic tailor-made tour you will not only discover the incredible landscapes and historic landmarks of Georgia, you’ll also try an abundance of delicious local foods in restaurants, private homes and on alfresco picnics. Regent recommends the pkhali (young spinach leaves, pounded together with spices), satsivi (a delicious rich walnut sauce flavoured with herbs and garlic) and khachapuri (indulgent layers of flat bread alternated with melted cheese).
There will also be plenty of opportunities to sample local wines – with between 500 and 1,000 grape varieties in Georgia, almost every village produces its own delicious wine. Gaumarjos!
Fly to Tbilisi and transfer to the hotel for two nights.
Begin with a tour of Georgia’s historic capital, including Narikala Fortress, Church of the Virgin, the sulphur baths and a traditional bakery. (B,L,D)
Free day to relax after the flight and explore Tbilisi on your own. (B)
Drive along the Wine Route passing through the vineyards and wine-producing villages of the stunning Kakheti region. Explore Sighnaghi Royal Town, a scenic stop on the Silk Road surrounded by ancient defensive walls. Continue to Gurjaani to visit a small, local family-owned wine cellar, as well as an ancient Marani - a special house for storing 22 wine. In this cellar, wine is made according to Georgian traditions in huge wine pitchers buried under the ground. Enjoy lunch and a wine tasting before continuing to Telavi to indulge in further wine tasting at GWS vinery. In the evening at the local guesthouse a cheese tasting is included. (B,L,D)
Discover the wine history of Telavi, visiting vineyards, wine cellars and Nadkora - a cemetery of wine pitchers from the prehistoric period. Visit the Tsinandali estate and its historic winery which once belonged to the 19th century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze. Enjoy a wine tasting before returning to Tbilisi. (B,L)
Travel to sacred Mtskheta, the ancient capital of eastern Georgia. Georgia’s conversion to Christianity occurred here in 337 AD and it is considered one of the country’s most important religious centres. Visit the UNESCO sites of Jvari church, perched on a cliff overlooking the city, and Sveti-Tskhoveli Cathedral. Near Gori, visit Uplistsikhe - a cave town dating back to the 1st millennium BC. Among the dwelling complexes, theatres and pagan temples, discover ancient wine presses cut from stone. Arrive in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region in the evening and visit a local family home to enjoy a tasting of Meskh cheese. Overnight at a local family guesthouse. (B,L,D)
Drive to Vardzia cave town. En route make a short stop to visit Tsunda basilica. Around the historic church, the ancient vineyard terraces can still be seen. Continue to Kutaisi and enjoy an evening walking tour of the Old Town including the 11th century Bagrati Cathedral. At a local guesthouse, taste Imereti cheese, a specialty of the region. Overnight at a local guesthouse. (B,L,D)
Visit Gelati monastic complex, a UNESCO site containing 12th and 13th century churches, once one of the main intellectual centres in Georgia. Continue to the Samegrelo region known for its cheese. At a local family house discover how it is made and enjoy a tasting. Continue to Batumi on the Black Sea coast and enjoy a short walking tour of the Old Town, before a dinner of traditional Ajara dishes. (B,L,D)
Travel to Tbilisi via Sachkhere. En route visit Mgvimevi Orthodox Monastery complex which comprises two basilicas and a church hewn from the rock. In the village of Koreti, be a guest of the Sharvadzeebi family and visit their wine cellars. Check in to the hotel on arrival back in Tbilisi. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK.
9 day tour, from £1995 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 as specified
- Meals and wine tasting as specified
- All transfers and transportation
- Sightseeing with English-speaking guide
- All entrance fees on sightseeing tours
- Meals/Services other than those specified
- Tips and gratuities
- Meals other than those specified
Price is based on 2 people travelling and sharing twin/double room.
Single room supplement £280
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