Three Days in Georgia

Georgia

Culture

Visit Tbilisi and the Khaketi wine region.

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Intro

Georgia, the home to one of the oldest winemaking traditions is a nation with unbeatable natural beauty. It boasts beautiful rivers, mountains, meadows and valleys. There is so much to do and see in this enchanting nation. It radiates uniqueness as it is surrounded by so many different nations (Iran, Armenia, Turkey, Azerbaijan) and has been a part of the Ottoman and Serbian empire in the past. It has countless influences and has remained largely unspoiled. The local markets, traditional wine-making, hospitality, and picturesque architecture are just a few of the spectacular things on offer. From the cultural capital of Tbilisi to the cave city of Vardzia originally home to 2,000 monks, experience what this nation has to offer.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Narrow streets of Tblisi’s old town
  • Experience Georgia throughout the years, from the Stone Age to Soviet Occupation
  • Immerse yourself in the well-preserved “town museum” of Sighnaghi
  • Visit Tsinandali famous for its historic winery originally belonging to an aristocratic poet in the 19th century

Places Visited

Tbilisi - Sighnaghi - Tsinandali

What's Included

Arrival & departure transfers
Ground transport with driver
Accommodation
Meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan)
English-speaking guides
Entrance fees to sites & parks
Itinerary
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Day 1 : Arrival into Tbilisi

Depart your home country to Tbilisi, Georgia. Upon arrival a hotel room will be available to you

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Tbilisi, formerly known as 'Tiflis', is Georgia's capital and the largest city of Georgia. It lays on the banks of the Mtkvari River and has a population of roughly 1.5 million people. Founded in the 5th century by the monarch of Georgia's ancient precursor, the Kingdom of Iberia, the city was invaded by different invaders over the centuries. The increase of Armenian population was noticed in the 19th century. Tbilisi has many narrow streets and a mixture of religious and secular architecture. There are many churches, synagogues, mosques and 19th-century houses with multi-coloured wooden balconies. 

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Day 2 : Tbilisi

Arrive at the Tbilisi airport. Transfer to your hotel for some relaxation time. Explore the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi and wander the old districts of the city with its narrow streets, patterned balconies and colourful houses. Other sights include, Metekhi Church, the Narikala fortress,  and the National Museum. Overnight in Tbilisi. 
 

Meal plan: Breakfast

The Georgian National Museum is an integration of eleven museums in the nation. It is a fascinating place that was formed in 2004.  The types of exhibitions include, Oriental masterpieces to Medieval Christian art. A fantastic place to visit to see the national treasures of Georgia.

Tbilisi’s old town stands in the shadow of Mother Georgia’s silvery statue, perched on a hill overlooking a mosaic of multi-coloured houses constructed in the 19th century. Nestled together on narrow streets, the homes feature wooden balconies that allow residents to revel in the fresh air. Established in the 4th century and fortified over hundreds of years, the ruins of Narikala Fortress also tower over Georgia’s capital, offering visitors spectacular panoramic views.  

Tbilisi, formerly known as 'Tiflis', is Georgia's capital and the largest city of Georgia. It lays on the banks of the Mtkvari River and has a population of roughly 1.5 million people. Founded in the 5th century by the monarch of Georgia's ancient precursor, the Kingdom of Iberia, the city was invaded by different invaders over the centuries. The increase of Armenian population was noticed in the 19th century. Tbilisi has many narrow streets and a mixture of religious and secular architecture. There are many churches, synagogues, mosques and 19th-century houses with multi-coloured wooden balconies. 

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Day 3 : Tbilisi - Sighnaghi – Velistsikhe – Tsinandali - Departure

Travel to Kakheti home to the snowy Caucasus Mountains. Visit an 18th century town (Sighnaghi), a traditional Georgian wine cellar, taste wine made in the traditional Kvevri vessel (a clay vessel) and visit a 19th century estate, Tsinandali. Return to Tbilisi. 

Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch

Tbilisi, formerly known as 'Tiflis', is Georgia's capital and the largest city of Georgia. It lays on the banks of the Mtkvari River and has a population of roughly 1.5 million people. Founded in the 5th century by the monarch of Georgia's ancient precursor, the Kingdom of Iberia, the city was invaded by different invaders over the centuries. The increase of Armenian population was noticed in the 19th century. Tbilisi has many narrow streets and a mixture of religious and secular architecture. There are many churches, synagogues, mosques and 19th-century houses with multi-coloured wooden balconies. 

Sighnaghi was once the cultural centre of Eastern Georgia and, following extensive renovation, the town has reclaimed its heritage as a hub of workmanship and trade - the town is famous for  its wine and carpet-making culture.  Known as a 'town museum', its unique architecture has been preserved or recreated. Enjoy walking through Sighnaghi's narrow streets in the shade of balconies richly decorated with lace-y carved ornamentation. Sighnaghi was instrumental in defending King Erekle II from the Lekis in the 18th century due to its geographic location and its city wall, whose 23 towers span nearly 5 kilometres. A short climb up the restored portion of the wall provides a sweeping panorama of the Alazani Valley and the Caucasus Mountains.

The Tsinandali family estate and wine cellar once belonged to the 19th-century aristocratic poet Alexandre Chavchavadze (1786-1846), who was one of the most important figures of his time. He dedicated his life to promoting and developing Georgian culture, and was the first nobleman to produce and bottle Georgian wine. Chavchavadze's residence consists of a summer home, garden and winery, and now operates as a House-Museum. It has been welcoming visitors since 1947 and periodically hosts exhibitions by prominent Georgian and foreign artists.

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Accommodation

Accommodation

All accommodation subject to availability. Final accommodation choices will be confirmed after booking.

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Rooms Hotel

A former publishing house the Rooms Hotel has a blend of traditional Georgian feel and a touch of New York. Known for its great hospitality, it houses a fully stocked library, a garden bar, and lots of communal spaces. The restaurant is inspired by New York and has a farm to table style. It is in a great location in the heart of the capital. 

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Reviews

We had a fantastic time on our Best of the Caucasus tour. We loved eating with the families in Georgia and visiting the Molovan family in Armenia, definitely highlights of the trip. Our Georgian guide in particular was the best you could possibly have, giving a true insight into the country. He should be recommended for an award!

Pam Bowers & John Simpson , Best of the Caucasus

We asked Travel the Unknown to come up with an unusual trip to 6 counties of the Caucasus and the ex-Soviet Union countries. They did so in a tour that flowed seamlessly the whole 38 days. The most impressive part was when Ukrainian Airlines cancelled our connecting flights from Kiev to Minsk, for 2 consecutive days. We contacted Unknown that morning and asked them to arrange an overnight train with a sleeping compartment. When arrived in Kiev, we were met at the airport, driven to the train station where tickets where waiting for us. They arranged for our pickup at the station in Minsk, as we left the train, and we went on our planned tours without losing a minute. That is what I call a great service agency

Irwin Drangel & Linda Schain , Tailor-made Caucasus and Soviet Fringes
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