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Tour Code - GWF-01 Group Size - Max. 12 person

Taste of Georgia

01/01/2024 - 31/12/2024

from 1285 USD

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Do you like delicious food and unique wines?

How about new discoveries in culinary art?

Then you got lucky - welcome to the magical world of Georgian cuisine.

This tour is the dream of many food and wine lovers.

The culture of food and wine is an integral part of Georgian heritage. Because Georgia is located at a strategic crossroads between East and West, its cuisine reflects close ties to cuisines from neighboring countries that use world-renowned ingredients.

Mixing these in desired proportions and adding local spices gives Georgian dishes a unique taste and aroma.

The corresponding flora, fauna and climatic conditions in different regions of the country, determined the diversity of our national cuisine, which you will immediately notice when traveling through Georgia.

The "Taste of Georgia" tour offers a unique and unforgettable experience - lots of tastings, pairing different types of food with matching wines and even trying your hand at cooking traditional Georgian dishes.

Let yourself enjoy the tastes, aromas and stories of "Her Majesty Georgian cuisine", which has fascinated many people for centuries and to this day.


Itinerary

Day 1: (D.) Arrival in Tbilisi.
    Meeting at Tbilisi International Airport and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free time, without any guided activities. Pre-tour briefing at 18:00 at the hotel. After the briefing, welcome dinner. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 2. (B.L.D.)
    Drive to Kakheti region, the most visited, beautiful , hospitable and premier wine-producing region of Georgia. The first stop is in Sighnaghi. A beautiful example of the city architecture of the 18th century, one of the smallest towns in Georgia. From Sighnaghi there is beautiful view on the riv. Alazani valley. After lunch, drive to visit "Khareba winery". The wine tunnels dug under the mountains of Great Caucasus. Total length of the construction is 7.7 kilometers. The tunnel preserves a natural temperature of 12-14° Celcius with a humidity rate of 70%. The ideal conditions for wine preservation. Excursion and wine tasting in winery. Then, our path goes to village Gremi, visit Gremi fortress. In 16-17 th centuries, Gremi was a capital of Kakhetian kingdom. Then, drive to Telavi (the main city and administrative center of region of Kakheti). Accommodation at the hotel in Telavi or nearby. Dinner.
Day 3. (B.L.D.)
    Visit Tsinandali palace - decorative garden and historic winery 19th c (1835). The highly regarded dry white "Tsinandali" is still produced there. Wine Tasting. Our next stop - Alaverdi Monastery - symbol of the blossoming of the Kakhetian culture. While parts of the monastery date back to 6 th century. The present day cathedral was built in the 11th century , replacing an older church. The monastery, also, is famous for wine, made with Georgian traditional technology, known as Alaverdi Monastery Cellar. (If you wish, we can to organize monastery wine tasting, by adding the appropriate amount). You will have the opportunity to visit the monastery beekeeping farm, find a lot interesting about the bees. Try and compare honey of different seasons, and at the end try honey-vodka prepared by beekeepers.
    cooking class
      After lunch in the restaurant next to the monastery, our path goes to village Ikalto. We will visit Ikalto Academy. In 11th-13th centuries was a high school and the academy in Ikalto. Ikalto monastery was known as one of the most significant cultural-scholastic centers of Georgia. The academy of Ikalto had functioned for a long time, playing an important role in the history of Georgian enlightenment. Our way will continue from Ikalto Academy to “Wine Trails" cellar. You will get acquainted with the traditional Georgian wine making technology , take part in preparation of national dishes and taste different wines. Dinner. Return at the hotel.
Day 4. (B.L.D.)
    Drive to the north-eastern region of Georgia, towards the Caucasus Mountains, in Stepantsminda (1,740 meters above sea level). The town is located along the banks of the Terek River and is dominated by large mountains on all sides. The most notable mountain of the region, Mount Kazbek (5054 m) lies immediately to the west of town. The town is located 10 kilometers to the south of the famous Dariali Gorge. The first stop is in Ananuri Architectural complex (17th c) - a former residence of Aragvi Dukes. Complex featuring churches and towers and from them is a very beautiful view of the Zhinvali reservoir. Next stop in this day is the Cross Pass (2395 m). Beautiful views on the Caucasus Mountains, subalpine and alpine zones. Then our path goes to Stepantsminda. Light lunch on the way. Before arriving at the hotel, drive through Dariali Gorge (The Dariali Gorge is a river gorge on the border between Russia and Georgia. The steep granite walls of the gorge can be as much as 1,800 meters tall in some places). Hotel accommodation. Free time. Dinner.
    Please, note: the visit to Gergeti Trinity, planned for the 5th day, may take place on the 4th day, depending on weather conditions.
Day 5. (B.L.)
    In case of good weather, the tour will continue as planned.
    Early morning visit Gergeti Holy Trinity Church (14th c), is situated at an elevation of 2170 meters, under Mount Kazbegi. Its isolated location on top of a steep mountain surrounded by the vastness of nature has made it a symbol for Georgia. The church is now an active. Is a popular viewpoint.
    Dessert
      From Gergeti we will go to Dzalisi museum. Excavations in the 1970s at Dzalisi, revealed the remains of a Roman town, dating to the 1st-4th centuries AD. One of the most impressive discoveries so far is a color mosaic (2nd century AD), depicting Dionysus, the god of the grape harvest, wine-making and wine, and his wife Ariadne, the daughter of the legendary Minos and Pasiphaë. Our tour continue, we leave Dzalisi and drive to the wonderful world of Château Mukhrani, for discover the Georgian royal family history and breath-taking legends, a flavor of antiquity and enchanting wines.(Estate with vineyards, cellars, stables and an extensive park, which was completed in 1885. The French name "chateau" justified itself not only in the work of foreign masters, but also in the fact that the "chateau" produced wines on European technology. The mansion by right became the richest and most impressive house in Georgia). Wine tasting and lunch with traditional Georgian dishes. After culinary journey return to Tbilisi. Hotel accommodation. Free time.
Day 6. (B.L.D)
    After breakfast, we will go to Mtskheta (UNESCO) - one of the oldest cities of Georgia - was founded in the 5th century BC. At the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi river. It was capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia (Kartli) from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. It was the location where Christianity was proclaimed the state religion of Kartli in 337. Mtskheta - is the most religious city of Georgia, as it has been the shrine of pagan idols since times immemorial and it is where Christianity in Georgia takes its origin. As the birthplace and one of the most vibrant centers of Christianity in Georgia, Mtskheta was declared as the "Holy City" by the Georgian Orthodox Church in 2014. It remains the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox Church and serves as a popular destination of tourism and pilgrimage. Visiting the “Jvari” monastery (VI century), at the entrance to Mtskheta. From the slopes of the hill on which the Jvari monastery is built, a wonderful view opens up to the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. Lunch in Mtskheta. Then we continue our path through the antiquity period. Uplistsikhe (BC VI-IV, UNESKO), is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia.Built on a high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran, as well as the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. Uplistsikhe ("fortress of God"), is a very interesting complex of rock-cut halls, caves, altars, passages and streets, and includes the most ancient theatre in Georgia. Uplistsikhe still amazes the visitors by its dimensions, extraordinary position, refined forms and the beauty of landscape and unequivocally is a popular tourist destination. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner. Hotel.
Day 7. (B.CC.D)
    Today, after breakfast, we explore the historical part of Tbilisi, with its narrow streets, colorful houses, carved balconies, ancient temples and fortresses, sulfur baths and magnificent atmosphere. This enchanting place illustrates a great mix of Orient and Occident. In the afternoon we discover the stunning treasury of the Georgian historical museum (closed on Mondays). At the end of the day - cooking class and Dinner, with wine testing. During the master class the guest will prepare several national Georgian dishes himself and shear it to everyone. Return at the hotel.
Day 8 . (B.)
    Preparation for departure. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

      Tour inclusions/exclusions:

      Included :
      • Accommodation (3* hotels);
      • Tbilisi 4 nihts;
      • Telavi (or nearby) - 2 nights;
      • Stepantsminda 1 night;
      *Note (Hotel room rates are based on TWIN or DOUBLE occupancy. Single occupancy will require additional paymen);
      • All transfers;
      • Transport on tour (comfortable minibus);
      • Services of English speaking guide;
      • Entry tickets;
      • Wine tastings (as in the tour program);
      • Monastery honey tasting;
      • Monastery honey - vodka tasting;
      • Dinner in the cellar of "Wine Trails";
      Food:
      • All breakfasts at the hotel;
      • Dinners 6 (as in the tour program);
      • Lunches 5 (as in the tour program);
      • Cooking class;
      • Water - 1lt, per person per day;
      • One bottle of wine from the “Wine Trails” collection is also offered as a gift.
      Not included:
      • International flights;
      • Travel and medical insurance;
      • Early check-in or late check-out at hotels;
      • Drinks (also alcoholic);
      • Tips (discretionary);
      • Items of a personal nature;
      • Any services not included in the itinerary above.
    This offer cannot be considered as confirmation of a tour booking. We are ready (for a group or individual trip), to make changes and plan a route based on your requirements. A detailed tour program and prices are available upon request. So, please, contact us for the relevant information.

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