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Exotic Armenia Tours
Noah's Way is Your Way
Colorful Georgia 9 days
Georgia 4 You - 7 days
Georgia Fairytale 11 days
Taste of Georgia 7 days
Taste of Georgia 7 days
Dates for Guaranteed Departures:
28 April            04 May  
12 May             18 May
23 June            29 June
08 July             14 July
14 July             20 July
11  August        17 August
08 September  14 September
28 September   04 October
20 October        26 October


Highlights:

Day 1: Meeting at the airport. 25 km.
Day 2: Tbilisi/Telavi/ 250km.
Day 3: Telavi/Sighnaghi/Tbilisi 250km.
Day 4: Tbilisi - Mtskheta tour 130km.
Day 5: Tbilisi/Gori/Tbilisi 200km.
Day 6: Tbilisi/Kazbegi/Tbilisi 300km.
Day 7: Departure


 
The rates include:
-          5 x overnights in hotel in Tbilisi
-          1 x overnights in hotel in Telavi
-          Transfers airport / hotel / airport
-          Transportation as per program
-          English/Russian speaking Cultural tour guide
-          Catering BB: (breakfast at the hotel)
-          1 bottle of mineral water per day/per person  
The rates do not include:
-          Flights
-          Travel insurance
-          Lunches and dinners
-          Alcoholic beverages
-          Entrance fees
-          Jeeps in Kazbegi
-          Portage at the hotels

Detailed Program
 
 
Day 1: Meeting at the airport. 25 km.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
 
Day 2: Tbilisi/Telavi/ 250km.
After breakfast drive to east Georgia. Today we will make Wine tasting Tour in Kakheti region. We’ll visit Tsinandali Wine cellar and Al. Chavchavadze house museum (entrance fee: from USD 3 (without wine testing) to USD 12 (with 6 sorts of wine tasting)). Sightseeing tour of Telavi. It’s the main city and administrative center of Kakheti. First archaeological findings from Telavi date back to Bronze Age. Excursion to the residence of the King Erekle the II (entrance fee: USD 1, 70). Shuamta Monasteries (5th -17th c.c.). Shuamta - a complex made up of three churches of different periods. The churches at this complex are built in different centuries; Ikalto Monastery founded in the 5th century, the largest centre of culture and education at that time. (OPTIONAL: Have the welcome dinner in Telavi restaurant “Kakhuri Ezo”, with the traditions of Georgian bread baking Churchkhela making, Mtsvadi (Shashlik) roasting and Khinkali making, where we can taste 3 different sorts of wine and compare with each other in preparing of most famous National Georgian dishes. USD 40 per person, including dinner, wine and “master classes” in Georgian cuisine). Overnight in Telavi.

Day 3: Telavi/Sighnaghi/Tbilisi 250km.
After breakfast visit Bodbe monastery. On June 1, Orthodox Church of Georgia marks the day of St. Nino’s entrance from Cappadocia. Her tomb is still shown at the Bodbe Monastery in Kakheti region. St. Nino has become one of the most venerated saints of the Georgian Orthodox Church and her attribute, a Grapevine cross, is a symbol of Georgian Christianity. Afterwards drive to Sighnaghi, Love town. Sighnaghi town-museum is one of the smallest ones in Georgia. Sighnaghi is famous of wine and traditional carpets. Drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 4: Tbilisi - Mtskheta tour 130km.
Drive to Mtskheta (UNESCO Heritage Site), an ancient capital of the Georgian Kingdom from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. Jvari Monastery (6th c.); Svetitskhoveli Cathedral built in the 11th century.  Drive to Tbilisi. We will visit the Old Tbilisi Sulfur Baths, Georgian Orthodox and Armenian Gregorian churches, and a Jewish synagogue and a Turkish mosque side by side, reflecting Tbilisi's acceptance and tolerance of different religions. We can also see a recent monument, the Tbilisi Sameba Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the Caucasus. Tour includes following sights: Metekhi Church is erected on the cliff, overlooking the Mtkvari River. There is a statue of King Vakhtang Gorgaslani, founder of Tbilisi, in front of the church. The church dates back to the 12th century and has a diverse history, connected with Mongol invasions and political repressions of the Soviet Empire. The colorful Darejani Palace is also situated on the cliff, like the nest of a swallow. The Sulfur Baths are located in Old Tbilisi, on the other side of the river, opposite Darejani Palace. Tbilisi was named after the natural Sulphur springs. The Orthodox Narikala St. Nikolas Church is in the same district. The church is furnished with frescoed portraits of martyrs and scenes from the Bible. It is wrapped in a defensive Narikala fortress, established in the fourth century. We can walk up the stairs of the fortress and overlook Tbilisi. Walk down the path from the hill and on cobbled Leselidze Street, we come across the 13th century Armenian St. George Church and a Jewish synagogue with an elegant facade.On the opposite side of the street is Sioni Church, leading to the bank of the Mtkvari. Here you discover Shardeni Street with its fashionable cozy cafes and art galleries. Walking we will com across the Anchiskhati church, the oldest church in Tbilisi keeping the miraculous icon of Jesus Christ.  Finally the tour takes you to Rustaveli Avenue, where attractions such as the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Parliament, Rustaveli Theatre, different art galleries and cafes will draw your attention and provide a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 5: Tbilisi/Gori/Tbilisi 200km.
After breakfast drive to Gori. The city was founded by one of the greatest kings of Georgia, David the Builder (1089–1125). On the way visit Samtavisi, an 11th century Georgian Orthodox cathedral. The first monastery on this place was founded by the Assyrian missionary Isidore in 572 and later rebuilt in the 10th century. Visit The Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori (entrance fee: USD 6). Afterwards visit Uplistsikhe (entrance fee: USD 1, 70), "the lord's fortress", which is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. Built on a high rocky left bank of Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the 2nd ML BC to the Late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures. Back to Tbilisi.  Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 6: Tbilisi/Kazbegi/Tbilisi 300km.
After breakfast drive to Kazbegi. A stunning drive from Gudauri along the Tergi River will bring us to Kazbegi – the main town in the region. On the way we pass Ananuri Castle and Jinvaly water reservoir of amazing beauty. From Kazbegi a leisurely 1.5 hour walk up through beautiful valleys and woodland leads us to Gergeti Trinity Church located at 2170m. Weather permitting you may catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mt Kazbegi (5047m). We walk back to the town and before returning to Gudauri drive to Dariali Gorge. (NOTE: to drive to Dariali Gorge or Trinity Church we need 4X4 cars, and in case of the group travel, when group is travelling by bus, we can rent 4X4 cars on the spot and price is USD 15 per person to drive both sights). From Gudauri we drive to Tbilisi. En route visit village and see how locals make different hand made things (thick felt, embroidery, iconographic painting). Drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.
 
Day 7: Transfer to the airport. Departure home.


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