Georgia is a small Caucasian country located on the cross-road of Europe and Asia, with an ancient history and culture and blessed with spectacular natural beauty. Wine and wine-making is such an important and ancient part of the ethos that the word wine comes from the word g’vino of the Georgian language! The oldest archaeological remains related to grape seeds and wine making has been found in Georgia!
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Arrive in Tbilisi Airport
Arrive in Tbilisi Airport and depending on time of arrival either transfer to the hotel or start a city tour of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia – visit the old historic area of the city, the Mtekehi church, Narikala castle, Baths and Natural wine bar Vino Underground for an introduction to the Georgian wine culture and taste natural wines made from endemic Georgian grapes.(L)
After breakfast drive towards east Georgia for some of the country’s most splendid scenery, wineries and ancient sights. Drive via Gombori Mountains and arrive in the centre of the region – visit and learn about the making of the Qvevri (gigantic clay vessels used in wine-making) and goat cheese before lunch at a local farmhouse. Then to the Ikalto monastery, where the first wine academy existed in the 12th c and the Alaverdi monastery, masterpiece of Georgiana architecture from 11th c. End the day with a visit to a local wine grower and taste some of the greatest wines made in old traditional way using Qvevri. In the evening arrive at a hotel for the night.(B,L)
Continue exploration of Kakheti province. En route to the stunning 18th century town of Sighnaghi, visit the 4th-6th century Nekresi monastery. Enjoy the ambience of this small town and participate in some wine tasting sessions. . .(B,D).
After some horse-riding at a local ranch (optional), drive down to Stepantsminda in the northern boundaries through the Georgian Military Highway, with beautiful views of mountain valleys, roaring rivers and picturesque scenery. Along the route visit the ancient Ananuri castle.(B,D)
Proceed to the Truso Valley to walk in a beautiful gorge full with centuries old settlements, defensive towers surrounded by mighty mountains. Enjoy a picnic lunch here and then drive towards the 14th c. monastery Gergeti Trinity church nestled on the top of the mountain. If time permits visit Dariali gorge to explore a lovely canyon and waterfalls. (BLD).
Start descending to the lowlands to the centre of Kartli region. Visit the home of a local wine grower and maker of some spectacular natural wines. Visit the cellar, taste the wines and enjoy a delicious lunch cooked by the family. Later visit Jvari monastery and Svetitskhoveli cathedral -masterpieces of Georgian religious architecture. In the evening return to Tbilisi (B,L).
Transfer to the Tbilisi International Airport for your flight back home after a quick capsule of Georgian natural magnificence . . (B)