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GEORGIA-BANNER
WONDERS OF GEORGIA

Price

$ 3276.00 pp twin share PLUS AIRFARE

Duration

11 Days

Departure

18-28 Sept 2020
* 11 days / 10 nights * 4 - 4.5* hotels * Transportation by air conditioned minibus exclusively for our group * Porterage of one suitcase per person * All entrance fees. * Meals: breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 4 dinners * Bottled water daily * Sightseeing as specified with English Speaking Guide

 

The stunning nation of Georgia has never been on the beaten tourist track, which means if you are fortunate enough to join our fully escorted tour in September 2020 you will be sure to bring home some truly unique stories.

Travel through jaw dropping beautiful mountain scenery to charming medieval villages while exploring the country’s rich cultural heritage on a private West Coast Cruise and Travel Georgia Tour.

Bordering on Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, Georgia is situated on the crossroads of Europe and Asia, its culture reflecting the influence of diverse ancient civilizations. Georgia is described as one of the most beautiful countries on Earth, made up of  spectacular natural beauty, dramatic mountain ranges and inhabitants  renowned for their warmth and hospitality

Home to the Caucasus Mountains, unspoilt villages and Black Sea beaches there are countless incredible sites to share , let us whet your appetite.

famous for destinations such as Vardzia, a sprawling cave monastery dating to the 12th century, and the ancient wine-growing region of Kakheti also  the capital, Tbilisi, known for the diverse architecture and maze-like, cobblestone streets of its old town.

 Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and the Mtkvari River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulphur baths and the botanical gardens of Tbilisi.

Then there is Sighnaghi , claimed to be the prettiest town in Kakheti, sitting on a hilltop and full of 18th- and 19th-century architecture with an Italian feel. Sighnaghi has wonderful views over the Alazani valley to the Caucasus Mountains and beyond
Signaghi is almost completely encircled by its well-preserved fortification.It’s the kind of place where you can quite happily wander its cobbled streets for hours with no particular purpose or destination in mind (except, perhaps, the odd winery or two).

In Vadisubani learn about the ancient wine making techniques dating back some 8000 years and see Qvevri the ancient underground wine storage jars. Here we have allowed ample trimefor tastings.

Stepantsminda located at an elevation of 1,740 meters above sea level  is distinguished for its unique nature and we visit the  famous medieval Gergeti Trinity Church (Holy Trinity Church), built in the 14th century . The church stands at an elevation of 2170 meters, under Mount Kazbegi, overlooking the beautiful town.

Gori and its environs house several notable cultural and historical landmarks. Although for many foreigners Gori is principally known as the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. In Georgian historical memory the city has long been associated with its citadel, the Gori Fortress, which is built on a cliffy hill overlooking the central part of the modern city. On another hill stands the 18th century St. George's church of Gorijvari, a popular place of pilgrimage. The famous ancient rock-hewn town of Uplistsikhe is located not far from Gori.

Uplistsikhe, whose name translates to 'Fortress of the Lord', is an ancient rock-hewn town which played a significant role in Georgian history over a period of approximately 3,000 years.  Archaeological excavations have revealed extraordinary artifacts dating from the late Bronze Age all the way up to the late Middle Ages.

The ancient cave city was built on a rocky bank of the Mtkvari River, approximately 15 kilometres east of the town of Gori. Between the 6 th century BC and 11 th century AD, Uplistsikhe was one of the most important political, religious, and cultural centre of pre-Christian Kartli, one of the predecessors of the Georgian state, and flourished until it was ravaged by the Mongols in the 13 th century.

These and many more sightseeing opportunities await you on our fully escorted 11 day Tour of Georgia. Enjoy travel with a small group of no more than between 10 to 20 like minded adventurers. Accommodation is selected from a strict criteria of 4 - 5 star properties, transportation is taken care of by private coaches, we include daily breakfast, along with a number of lunches and dinners encompassing local food. we are to be you small group leaders and we have the experience to guide you on your small group journey.


18 September  ****DAY 1 
 ArriveTbilisi
Arrive in Tbilisi.  Individual cars can be organised depending on flight arrivals.Overnight at a hotel in Tbilisi.

19 September  ****DAY 2
Tbilisi   
After breakfast, begin your sightseeing tour of this ancient city from the Old Town with its winding lanes and leafy courtyards, overhung by wooden balconies. See the 13th century Metekhi Church, the Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral (6th-7th centuries) and 6th century Anchiskhati Church. Then you’ll be driven to the Mother Georgia statue and walk down to the 4th century Narikala  Fortress and exotic brick-domed Sulphur Baths. Continue with a visit to the stunning treasury of the Georgian State Museum . Overnight Tbilisi. ( B )

20 September  **** DAY 3
Tbilisi – Gombori Pass – Vardisubani - Kondoli  - Tsinandali – Akhasheni
In the morning you are driven to enjoy super views of Great Caucasus Mountains and valleys of Kakheti; acknowledge traditions and culture of the country and region, taste wines and delicious food.

First you visit Vardisubanui village where we will visit a local master to show you the “Qvevri” (Clay jars, where Georgians keep wines under the ground, UNESCO intangible heritage list) making specifics. Later visit a local wine cellar, where you taste different kind of Georgian wines. Continue to Tsinandali and visit local duke`s estate from the 19th century, home of one of Georgia’s most popular white wines. Prince Alexander Chavchavazde was the son of Georgia’s first ambassador to Russia and the godson of Catherine the Great.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Akhasheni  ( B,D )

21 September ****DAY 4 
Akhasheni – Sighaghi – Kvarelli – Gremi - Akhasheni
In the morning visit the small town of Sighnaghi which will impress you with its old fences and small houses with tile roves and decorated balconies. From here you can see the picturesque views of Alazani valley and Great Caucasus mountains.

Visit Bodbe Monastery (4th century) that holds the tomb of St.Nino, the Cappadocian maiden who converted Georgian people to Christianity as early as 337 AD.
After lunch with a local family, visit Khareba winery for a wine degustation. Here 7.7km of wine tunnels were dug out of a hillside in the early 1960s for storing and ageing wine at constant temperatures. Today the tunnels store over 25,000 bottles of the Khareba company's European and qvevri wines
Later, visit Gremi Complex, the old capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti in the 16th and 17th centuries. It functioned as a lively trading town on the Silk Road and royal residence until being razed to the ground by the Persian armies in 1615. The town never regained its past prosperity and the kings of Kakheti transferred their capital to Telavi in the mid-17th century. Dinner in your hotel.  (B , L, D )

22 September ****DAY 5
 
Akhashemi – Stepantsminda
Drive to Northern part of Georgia and  visit the Ananuri architectural complex (17th century), the two churches and the fortress overlook the Zhinvali water reservoir. The carvings on the churches are one of the best samples of the Georgian art. The drive is very scenic through high Caucasus Mountains. Arrive in Stepantsminda. Overnight at a hotel in Stepantsminda.  (B 

23 September ****DAY 6 
Stepantsminda
Today you don your walking shoes for a trek through scenic valleys and woodlands to the 14th century Gergeti Trinity Monastery, located at 2170m. Depending on your level of fitness and pace, the walk can take from

90 mins to 3 hrs. The spectacular views from the remote Church are well worth the effort. Alternatively, you can travel by car, then walk back down to the town for a traditional lunch of khinkali (traditional meat dumplings) followed by a visit to an artist’s studio, where felt is hand-made from the wool of local sheep. You will also sample some delicious home-made preserves. Overnight Stepantsminda.  ( B, L )

24 September ****DAY 7 
Stepantsminda – Gori – Uplistsikhe - Borjomi
This morning, you drive to the town of Gori, the heart of the Kartli region and birthplace of Josef Stalin. Visit the Stalin Museum and explore the ancient cave town of Uplistsikhe – the oldest cave town in Georgia, once a flourishing city as one of the major stops along the Silk Road. Continue your journey to the spa-town of Borjomi, famous for its mineral springs. Visit Borjomi Park and a mineral spa.

Dinner and overnight in Borjomi. ( B,D )

25 September ****DAY 8 
Borjomi
After breakfast, day at leisure to explore this Mineral Springs Town. You may like to visit the local estate parks and local history museum. Overnight Borjomi. ( B )

26 September ****DAY 9
Borjomi & Vardzia
Today you drive to Vardzia, the magnificent cave town of the Golden Age. This awe-inspiring cave complex stretches over half a kilometre and consists of 3000 caves over 19 tiers. It’s up to you how much of the complex you wish to explore.

The tiny church hewn from the rock features some beautiful 12th century frescoes. During your trip you will also see the Khertvisi fortress and visit the fortress of Rabat (closed on Mondays). Rabat was occupied and liberated by Turks, Mongols, Arabs and Russians during its chequered history, resulting in a fascinating combination of different architectural styles. Dinner and overnight Borjomi. ( B,D )

27 September****DAY 10
Borjomi – Mtskheta – Tbilisi
Depart this morning for Georgia’s ancient capital and religious centre of Mtskheta to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Jvari and Svetitskhoveli. The 6th century Jvari monastery is perched on a rocky mountain top overlooking Mtskheta. Svetitskhoveli, the royal cathedral of Georgia, was used for centuries as the coronation and burial place of the Georgian monarchs. It is considered one of the holiest places in Georgia. Overnight Tbilisi ( B )

28 September **** DAY 11
Tbilisi
Tour services end after breakfast and your transfer to the airport. ( B )


SUPPLIER TERMS & CONDITIONS – THESE TERMS ARE IN IN ADDITION TO THE TERMS OUTLINED BELOW FOR GROUP BOOKINGS

Deposit:
A non-refundable deposit of $750.00 per person is required at the time  of booking.

Final Payment:
Space is limited and sold on first come basis. Final payment is required by 10 June 2020

Booking Form:
A passenger booking form needs to be completed with the booking.

Itinerary:
Please note itinerary and accommodation are subject to change

Solo Travellers:
 All solo travellers must pay sole use rates, there is no option to share with a stranger.

Luggage:
Luggage space is very limited. Please limit this to one suitcase per person

Cancellation Policy:
$750.00 per person cancellation fee will be charged for bookings cancelled.
No refund after 10 JUNE 2020  or in the event of a no-show

Travel Insurance
It is most unwise to travel without comprehensive travel insurance against cancellation fees, sickness, accident, loss of luggage etc.

Important Note:
Upon check-in many hotels require a security bond in the form of a credit card imprint. Please ensure that you are aware of this requirement and are prepared .

Some hotels do not have 24 hour reception and check-in. In order to avoid any inconvenience, we recommend that you prepare for this.



 


 

11 days / 10 nights

$3276.00  per person, twin share  PLUS AIRFARE

$4392.00  for the single  PLUS AIRFARE

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