Georgia Undiscovered Majesty

Sept 4-17, 2021

$3,375.00/person

This is a 14-day journey through the gorgeous landscape of central Georgia. Often overlooked, Georgia is an emerging hidden gem at the intersection between Europe and Asia. Georgia is famous for its diverse architecture, stunning landscapes, amazing cuisine, and ancient traditions of winemaking. 

Overview

  • 14 day, 13 nights
  • Visit Tbilisi, Signanghi, Telavi,Lopota Lake, Kazbegi, Kutaisi and the historical village of Mtskheta (Unesco World Heritage Site)
  • Luxury Spa visit
  • Traditional dancing
  • Georgian cooking class
  • Female-owned winery tours
  • Hiking Truso Valley
  • Visit the Green Bazaar of Kutaisi

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

Arrive at Tbilisi airport where an airport transfer will bring you to the hotel. After a short debriefing, there will be a welcome dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow travel mates.

 

Day 2

Tour of Tbilisi and Spa Day 

After breakfast, take a walking tour of the beautiful center of Tbilisi. In the afternoon, there is time for relaxation at one of the many thermal spas in the area. Bathing is a significant part of the culture here and also a wonderful way to give yourself a little love.

For dinner, you will enjoy a very special tasting menu at Barbarestan, one of Tbilisi’s high-end restaurants. 

 

Day 3

Shopping and Traditional Dance

Spend the morning exploring Tbilisi’s unique markets and antique shops.

Before heading to another fun dinner, you will get to watch the sunset from a cliff-top fortress, taking the cable car above the old city.

At dinner, you will enjoy traditional singing and dancing from the area.

 

Day 4

Tbilisi to Signaghi

After breakfast, you will travel about 2 hours to the Khaketi region.

After settling in to the new hotel, you will visit a fortress, the Bodbe Monastery, and walk the old city walls overlooking the rural landscape surrounding the town.  You may want to check out the knitting culture, as it is very well known in this area. 

Day 5

Telavi

Today, you travel deeper into wine country!

You will tour and taste wines at several female-owned wineries in the region, as you learn more about the wine-making processes used there. Lunch will be at one of the wineries.

Dinner is on your own in the town of Telavi.

Day 6

Cooking Class and Free Time

After much wine tasting, enjoy the morning to sleep in. Then, participate in a Georgian Flavours cooking class where you will learn about this region’s cuisine and enjoy the fruits of your labors for lunch!

In the afternoon, you will have some free time to explore the town on your own. There is plenty to check out, like the museum of history.

Day 7

Travel to Lopota Lake

Today you will travel to Lopota Lake, winding your way through villages and stopping along the way to sightsee and visit a few more wineries. Lunch will be at Shilda winery.

After settling in at Lopota Lake Resort, you will have dinner with your travel mates at the hotel.

Day 8

Relax at Lopota Lake

There is so much to do and see in this area. You have a free day to either go to the spa, kayak, hike, horseback ride, relax by the pool or visit a nearby palace.

Day 9

Travel to Kazbegi

You will see quite the change in scenery as you are driven into the north-eastern mountains today.

It will be a long travel day but plenty of stops will be made along the way. Lunch will be en route.

Day 10

Get Outdoors!

After fueling up, you will head to the Truso Valley for an easy hike.

If you want more of nature, there is also the Gveleti Waterfall to see. If you want to burn some calories, you can hike up to the Trinity church.

Day 11

Travel to Kutaisi

The city of Kutaisi is the second most important in Georgia after Tbilisi.

Here, you will have the chance to see the Bagrati Cathedral, eat lunch in the Baia winery, check out the historic cable cars and lay eyes on the Katskhi Pillar.

Day 12

Explore Kutaisi

After breakfast, head out to see the Green Bazaar.

Lunch is on your own today and you can choose to visit the Okatse Canyon and waterfalls, stroll around the botanical gardens, or relax in the tea house.

Dinner will be with your fellow travelers at Paolo.

Day 13

Back to Tbilisi

On the way back to the capital city, stop and see one of the oldest villages of Georgia, Mtskheta. Due to its historical significance Mtskheta was made a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1994.

Once back and settled in Tbilisi, you will check out the famed puppet show – something truly unique to this area.

You will have your last dinner with the group and, if you wish, a night on the town!

Day 14

Departures

Farewell to all! Catch your flight home anytime this day.

Accommodation

Tbilisi - Rooms Hotel Tbilisi - 4* property

The industrial-chic Rooms Hotel Tbilisi is a former publishing house in the charming Vera neighborhood. Today, it is a hub for local and international creatives.

Telavi - Seventeen Rooms - Boutique Hotel

Seventeen Rooms is an authentic boutique hotel in the historical city of Telavi.

Lopota Lake - Lopota Lake Resort & Spa - 4* resort

Lopota Lake Resort & Spa is a renowned resort spread out in 14 blocks around the private natural lake. The property includes outdoor and indoor pools, fitness facilities, restaurants, outdoor bungalows and bars, basketball and volleyball courts, mini golf course, fishing area, stable and horse-riding area, Lopota Forest Spa, and Château Buera.

Kazbegi - Rooms Hotel Kazbegi - 4* property

A remote retreat, Rooms Hotel Kazbegi is a slice of contemporary cool in the middle of spectacular mountain scenery.

Kutaisi - Hotel Solomon - Boutique Hotel

A boutique hotel in the heart of historic Kutaisi, Hotel Solomon is housed in a 19th century building with minimalist décor.

Leaders

Ia Gebrandze

Ia Gebrandze is a local Georgian guide who has been guiding for over 14 years. She has a masters in Innovative Tourism Development and loves showing people the glory of her home country.

Details

Included

  • Breakfast daily
  • All lodging
  • Private van & driver
  • Local guides
  • Indicated meals
  • Cooking class
  • Indicated excursions

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Beverages excluding water
  • Gratuities
  • Spa treatments

Luxury Add-Ons

  • Privacy upgrade to independent room

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