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Legends of Georgia
1250 €
Starts from: Tbilisi
Best time: May - October
Distance: 2057 km

Legends of Georgia

In Georgia everything is unique: wine making traditions, cuisine, centuries old churches and castles, nature, culture and people. Take 11 days Legends of Georgia tour and immerse into continues exploration of the history and culture starting from Tbilisi and travelling through the most picturesque areas of the country to one of the most remote and intriguing places of the World.

Day to day itinerary


Agency representative meets you in the airport. Transfer to hotel. Night in the hotel.
Night in Tbilisi hotel.


9:00 Start from Tbilisi to Tsinandali via Telavi.
Village of  Tsinandali is a source of a famous white wine and site of the Chavchavadze family estate — the 19th-century poet, public figure, and Kakhetian prince Alexander Chavchavadze (1786-1846). Have excursion with a guide and one glass of wine. See the house which is nowadays a museum with a wonderful garden.
Continue our tour to see Gremi –  15th century Kakhetian Royal family residence, the fortress has several inbuilt facilities including Church of Archangels (1565 )
Drive to Kvareli Winery to taste traditional Kakhetian wines  (3 types of wine). Have short excursion to see the vineyards, marani – traditional Georgian wine cellar, wine producing facility.
Necresi Monastry — one of the most important cultural centers of Georgia. Beautifully set on the hilltop in the woods the monastery includes several structures built in different periods (4th.5th, 6th, 9th, 16th centuries).
Next site to visit is Nunisi old wine cellar in the village of Velistsikhe. It is represented by 16th century vine storage with old limestone wine presser and 33 big wine jars (kvevri) sunk underneath the ground. The place has a rather rich expositions of old household items, pottery, utensils, jewelries, and other staff ralated to different ages.
Trip back to Tbilisi. Night in Tbilisi hotel.


Breakfast in the hotel. Hotel check out. 9:00 Drive to Mtskheta — one of the oldest Georgian cities, which was a capital of Eastern Georgia up to the 5th c. then the royal residence was moved to Tbilisi. Archeologists discovered remains of the city dating back to 1000 year BC.
Mtskheta is a popular tourist destination as it contains two of the UNESCO World Heritage sites – Svetitskhoveli Cathedral of 12th c. and Jvari monastery of 6th c. Both of the sites represent true masterpiece of different styles of Georgian church architecture.
Visit the museum and house of Joseph Stalin, located in Gori town, where Stalin was born. The museum presents items related to Soviet leader’s life.
Continue to Uplistsikhe, an ancient village, located near Gori. Uplistsikhe is a rock-cut town approximately covering 8 ha., can be divided into 3 parts, the middle one is the largest and connected to the other two with passes and tunnels. The complex contains structures dating back to Early Iron Age.
Lunch in Gori. After the lunch continue driving to Tskhaltubo via Ricoti Pass. See baskets and ceramic jars and other handmade crafts at markets by the road.
Arrive to Tskhaltubo. Hotel check in. Dinner in the hotel. Night in Tskhaltubo Hotel.


After lunch in the hotel drive to Okatse Canyon. Enjoy breathtaking views of wild nature and unbelievably beautiful waterfalls. Canyon is about 14 km in length and between 20 to 100 meters in depth.
Come back to Tskhaltubo for Lunch.
After lunch we will drive to see another wonder of Georgian nature – Martvili canyon. It is a really beautiful and extraordinary place. Take a boat at the canyon to watch the picturesque sceneries and enjoy a short boat ride (optional).
Dinner in Tskhaltubo hotel. Night in Tskhaltubo hotel.


Breakfast in the hotel. Hotel check out. Drive to Sataplia National Park to see Sataplia cave with footprints of dinosaurs. The cave has lots of stalagmites and stalactites of different shapes.
Later we will head to Zugdidi – municipal center of Samegrelo region in the past it was the capital of Mingrelian principality. Visit Dadiani palace – former Mingrelian royal family estate, nowadays it is museum.  Many of the museum exhibits are of a grate cultural and historical value.
Leave Samegrelo and travel to Mestia – municipal center of Svaneti region. Mestia is located 1500 m above the sea level. This region attracts tourists for centuries old buildings and watchtowers along with culture and traditions preserved since the medieval ages. Many buildings and Svan towers have the same appearance as they had many centuries ago. It’s worth to mention about the beauty of this region with high mountings and green meadows.
Dinner and overnight in Mestia guesthouse.


After the breakfast we will travel by off road 4xWD to Ushguli village. On our way to Zemo-Svaneti we will pass several villages and visit ancient churches with well-preserved frescoes. Ushguli village with its watchtowers, dwellings and churches is UNESCO world heritage site.  Ushguli is also the highest settlement in Europe, it is 2200 m. over the sea level.
Drive to Hatsvali ski station and take a ride on the ski lift to enjoy the panoramic views of mounting landscapes and the sunset in highlands.
Dinner and overnight in Mestia guest house.


After the breakfast in the guesthouse we will explore Svan towers and Machubi dwelling. We will also visit Museum of Svaneti to see unique manuscripts (9 – 12 c.) and a very old Gospel book decorated with gold and silver. Guest house check out.
Drive to Tskaltubo. Prometheus cave is one of the largest caves in the word, has more than 16th halls and many underground rivers. The length of the tourist route is 1060 m., total length 15 555 m, the maximum height is 20 m., air temperature is 15 – 17 C all year round.
Dinner in Tskhaltubo hotel. Night in Tskhaltubo hotel.


Check out after breakfast. At 9:00 start to Kutaisi to explore Kutaisi city and its surroundings: Bagrati Cathedral – a masterpiece of medieval Georgian church architecture. The cathedral was built in 11th c. and it was named after the King Bagrat III, who was the first King of united Georgia. Renovated in 2012, it stands on a hill and dominates the city of Kutaisi. Gelati Academy and Monastery (12th c. ) built during the reign of David the Builder, one of the most prominent Kings of Georgia. Gelati was a cultural and intellectual center for a long time and preserved lots of murals and manuscripts from 12th -17th cc.
Lunch in Rikoti restaurant.
Arrival to Akhaltsikhe. Explore Rabat fortress (14 c.) The fortress was built after the invasion of Ottoman troops. There are many facilities inside the fortress including the citadel, harem, school, mosque, Jakeli castle, bathes and etc. Night in Akhaltsikhe hotel.


Breakfast in the hotel. Hotel check out.
Drive to visit one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia — Khertvisi fortress (9th c.)
Continue to Vardzia – cave city built by Queen Tamar and her father in 12th – 13th cc. During the reign of Tamar Vardzia was a monastery accommodating up to 2000 monks. It had 6000 apartments, throne hall and a large church with a tower.
Have lunch near the Vardzia site.
Have a walk in Kharagauli park on arrival in Borjomi. Taste sparkling mineral water from the spring.
Transfer to Tbilisi.
Night in Tbilisi Hotel.


Tbilisi historical district. Visit Holy Trinity Cathedral (Sameba) built in 21st c which presents a mixture of traditional Georgian church architecture. Afterwards visit Golden Treasury of Georgian National Museum on Rustaveli Avenue. The Museum houses various archaeological collections. Some of artifacts are dating back to 40 million years. Continue the tour from Meteckhi plateau and visit Metekhi Church of 13th c. overlooking Mktvari river. Nearby the church stands the monument of king Vakhtang I Gorgosali (Vakhtang the Wolf Head) who established the city of Tbilisi – the capital of Easter Georgia. Continue to Narikala fortress by cable car and enjoy views of the city from the top. The fortress was built first built in 4th c. AD. Stroll down to the old city and visit Tbilisi Mosque, Legutakhevi (Fig ravine) waterfall and take a walk towards Sulfur bathhouse district – one of the oldest districts in Tbilisi. Walk on Maidan square. Sharden and Erekle II streets. Lots of cafes and pubs, souvenir shops and art galleries are located here. Sioni Cathedral the former seat of patriarch, also stands here. The Cathedral was built in 6th – 7th cc. Continue to Anchiskhati basilica, which is the oldest church in Tbilisi dating from 7th c.
On our way we will drop into a wine gallery where one can taste 7 types of best Georgian wines and buy some to take home (optional 15$).
In the evening dinner in authentic restaurant with entertaining program – Georgian polyphonic singing, folk dances and music (optional 25$).
Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.


Breakfast in the hotel. Check out until 12:00 am. Transfer to airport. End of service.

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