Welcome to Georgia! First we will introduce you to Tbilisi, the city that has been dominated by traders, warriors, tyrants and dictators in turn. Take a walk around the old town and breathe in the living past. City with well-known museums and theatres, art galleries, churches and archaeological excavations, Sulphur bathhouses, narrow streets with inner courts, surrounded with balconies decorated with laces, which overhang over abysses. Discover Kakheti – region that is famous for its wine producing and wine drinking culture. Enjoy breathtaking views of Kizikhi area and unusual Charm of Sighnaghi Royal Town. Wine-tasting at local winery is not to be missed!
Travel to the ancient capital of Georgia – Mtskheta, where we will visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Jvari, the 6th century cross-shaped monastery built on the top of a cliff, overlooking the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Visit rock-hewn town of 2nd Millennium BC - Uplistsikhe is notable for unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures and the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. Here you can see ancient wine presses carved in stone. Explore Kutaisi – the ancient Kingdom of Colchis and the second largest city of modern Georgia, with it`s cathedrals and monasteries of 10-11 centuries, remained for a long time one of the main cultural and enlightening centers in Georgia.
Travel to Mestia where the first inhabitants, mainly gold prospectors, settled in the ancient times. For centuries the Svan ethnic group was cut off from the outside world and for this reason their culture preserved almost intact.
Explore Ushguli - one of the highest villages in Europe and the architecturally unique Middle Age village-fortification, surrounded by the 5000m giants of the Caucasus Mountain Range. Ushguli and the whole Upper Svaneti is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Typical Svanetian protective towers are found throughout the village. Visit Dadiani Palace in Zugdidi - a castle-like building from the 17th to 19th centuries.
Enjoy Svan local polyphony group singing.
Batumi, one of the oldest cities in Georgia and inhabited from the third century BC. Batumi is mentioned by Greek and Roman sources as one of the Black Sea’s principal ports. Visit seaside park and old-city district with lots of cafes, shops and churches, streets of Old Batumi, decorated with ornaments of nameless mythical creatures, Batumi Sea Port, Piazza Square, statue of Medea and Governmental buildings. Walk down the Batumi Botanical Gardens to see beauty of flora from all over the world and enjoy an amazing view of the Black Sea. And to wrap up this awesome journey - feel the atmosphere of Georgian dinner party, with traditional songs and the speeches of “Tamada” – toast master!
Explore Samtskhe that is considered as the cradle of Georgian culture. The road leads past arid and stone-terraced landscapes, green valleys littered with centuries old fortresses. The climate and cool water springs are healthy here and landscapes are impressive.
Continue our trip and visit Vardzia Cave Complex, founded in the 12th-13th cc. The complex became a well-fortified monastery, which had a significant role in political, cultural, educational and spiritual life of Georgia. Visit Poka nunnery complex and enjoy cheese tasting; cheese is produces by nuns on the territory of monastery.
Back to Tbilisi. Explore this ancient city on your own. On farewell dinner polyphony ensemble will join us at traditional restaurant. Group will feel the atmosphere of Georgian dinner party, with traditional songs and the speeches of “Tamada” – toast master!