Georgia, The Cradle Of Winemaking

Journey

Gastronomic/ Entertainment

The Travel Dates

The tour is available for all seasons

Destination

Tbiilisi/ Mtskheta/ Vardisubani/ Telavi/ Tsinandali/ Napareuli/ Gremi/ Kvareli/ Sighnaghi/ David Gareji

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Price Includes

  • Transfer from/to the Airport  YES
  • Dinner at the local restaurant with national folk dances YES
  • Hotel Accomodation  YES
  • Transport Service during the Tours YES
  • Professional Guide Service YES
  • Entry tickets and Degustations YES
  • MasterClasses YES
  • Flight Tickets NO
  • Personal Expenses NO

Additional Services

Insurance (10$/person)

Sulphur Bathes (30$/4 person)

Package Details

Day 1 (Arrival in Tbilisi)

Arrive in Tbilisi. Our driver will meet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in.  After short rest our tour starts from:

  • Winery Château Mukhrani, located near Mtskheta (ancient capital of Georgia). You will have chance to visit not only the winery but the castle of Mukhranbatoni designed by French architect in 1873. Underground cellars comprised 20 compartments. The main tunnel connected the winery and the castle. To complement the modern winery the chateau cellar was restored to its original historical design. Today the cellar stores 60,000 barrels of wine at a constant fifteen degrees Celsius.
  • In the afternoon continue your tour by driving towards Mtskheta. Have lunch at the local restaurant and Visit Svetitskhoveli monastery and the Jvari monastery that are among UNESCO’s world heritage sites.
  • Our sightseeing tour finishes in Tbilisi. Metekhi church and monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops, and breathe in the living past. Cross the Bridge of Peace to Rike Park. 
  • In the evening you will visit bar/shop named 8000 vintages. All wines presented at the bar and shop are carefully selected through blind tasting by the Independent Tasting Commission.
    Selection is based on the organoleptic qualities and we make sure that wines do not carry any kind of disease.
    At the moment they have selected 421 wines out of 968 samples. The most important is that all wines are Georgian.
  • After visiting shop the day ends in Georgian national restaurant where you will have great chance to listen to Georgian folk music and dances.

Day 2 (Kakheti: Vardisubani - Telavi-Tsinandali - Napareuli)

After breakfast we start the journey to Kakheti, the cradle of Georgian winemaking. Beautiful road lies through Gombori pass (2 h, 100 km).

  • On the way, in Vardisubani village we will visit a family that makes ‘qvevri’, traditional wine clay vessels.
  • Continue to Telavi, the administrative and historic center of the region. We will see small charming streets of old Telavi and make a photo stop at the monument to King Irakli II.
  • Continue to Tsinandali village the House Museum of Chavchavadze that was a center of Georgian culture. On the territory of the palace is a garden, which grows more than 100 species of trees and shrubs. The museum houses a wine cellar, which has about 20,000 bottles of wine from different countries.
  • Final stop for the day is a private winery Twins Wine Cellar in Napareuli village. The premises of the winery include vast vineyard, museum of traditional Georgian winemaking in qvevri, and facilities for various workshops. Try yourself at baking Georgian bread puri, cooking national dessert churchkhela. An excellent round-up of the day will be tasting five different wines produced at Twins Winery. Dinner and overnight in the winery.

Day 3 (Kakheti: Napareuli - Gremi - Kvareli - Sighnaghi)

Continue to explore the Alazani valley in Kakheti.

  • After breakfast drive to to Gremi architectural complex, 16th century royal residence and the capital of Kakheti Kingdom. Gloomy and monumental, the Gremi castle is one of the most visited tourist points in Georgia.
  • Drive to Kvareli one of the major towns in Kakheti and visit Wine cellar of Kindzmarauli with Wine tour and wine tasting.
  • Next stop will be at unique wine cellar Khareba located in the tunnel carved out of the rock. Originally built for military purposes, today the tunnel is used to store Khareba’s finest wines.
  • After wine tastings we drive to city of love- Sighnaghi. A small town in eastern Georgia, on the hillside, in the historical region of Kakheti. Located on the terraces that connect the winding steep streets. The buildings with red roofs of houses built in the style of the south of Italy.

Overnight in Sighnaghi.

Day 4 (Kakheti: Sighnaghi - David Gareji - Tbilisi)

After breakfast drive to semi desert of Gareja. On the way stop at the shop to take some snacks. Arrive in Gareja and start walking tour to Lavra cave monastery founded in the 6th century. The Lavra monastery is an inhabited complex of caves with a courtyard, church and other buildings. Continue walking to Udabno (round walking trip may take up to 2 hours) where you can have some rest and enjoy the view to Azerbaijan from Georgian side. Udabno is famous for its wall-paintings dating from the end of the 12th century. Thousand-year-old frescos at Udabno depict such scenes from the Bible like ‘The Last Supper’ and ‘The Exaltation of the Cross’.

Drive back to Tbilisi. Transfer to the airport.

See Also

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Georgia And The Seaside Resort Anaklia

Tbilisi Bus-Tour

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