A land of endless wonders, unspoilt by modern tourism and still retaining its authentic character – Georgia. Once experienced, it will stay with you forever. Exploring Georgia is a constant pleasure. For walkers and hikers the country is sheer heaven, while botanists and bird-watchers will be simply enthralled and archaeologists can’t decide which of the numerous ancient findings to visit first.
With the towering Caucasus Mountains forming the border between Europe and Asia, Georgia has long been an important contact zone. In this mystical land you will be captivated by a thrilling blend of eastern enigma and western elegance. The traditions of the East and West meet in Georgia to form a culture unlike any other in the world.
The following legend adequately describes Georgia’s great natural beauty: When God apportioned the Earth to all the peoples of the world, the Georgians arrived late. The Lord asked them why they were tardy. The Georgians replied that they had stopped on the way to drink and raise their glasses in praise of Him. God was so pleased with their response that He gave the Georgians the part of the Earth that He had been reserving for himself. A visit to Georgia will confirm that this legend is indeed true: Georgia is a natural paradise.
Photos by Bernadette Rodriguez
|Day 1||Tbilisi Highlights||Arrive in Tbilisi, meet in the airport and transfer to a hotel. This day can be used to make the first outing to the streets of Tbilisi, to experiment with original dishes of the famous Georgian cuisine and see the life of the capital of Georgia. The old town still holds a unique identity, remaining a symbol of tolerance, multi-ethnicity and symbiosis of different cultures. Cobblestone-paved streets will lead you to a district of sulfur baths famous for their healing properties. Passing along colorful houses with carved balconies you come to where urban life has been in full swing for a century and half now, we will take ropeway to Narikala fortress that once presented a single complex with walls and towers encircling the city. We will continue visiting the open air ethnographic museum and Turtle Lake near Tbilisi.|
|Day 2||Tbilisi/ Mtskheta/ Ananuri/ Gudauri/ Tbilisi||Today we will climb above the clouds. You will enjoy the Greater Caucasus and a trip to mountainous Georgia. You will make your first interesting images in Mtskheta, which was the capital of Georgia before establishment of Tbilisi. Mtskheta is approximately 2,500 years-old and because of the abundance of ancient monuments – which are included in the UNESCO Heritage List. Next stop is on the bank of the Zhinvali reservoir and we will visit stands Ananuri castle. At the end we will visit in famous ski resort of Gudauri and stay here overnight.|
|Day 3||Gudauri/ Signagi/ Tsinandali/ Velistsikhe Veranda/ Tbilisi||Morning enjoy skiing and vast range of alternative outdoor activities. Skiers of all levels can enjoy the resort and an opportunity to indulge in extreme challenge in the world famous heli-skiing. Then going down to most ecological region of the country! Kakheti and famous vineyards of the Alazani fertile valley are waiting for us. The first destination of this trip will be the city of love – Signagi. It is surrounded by a fortress wall with towers which offers a magnificent view of the Alazani valley and mountains of the Greater Caucasus. Next stop will be in place where members of the Russian imperial family Romanovs holidayed. The Tsinandali estate is well known for its beauty. The manor is surrounded by a lush garden, where the story of the tragic love of Nino Chavchavadze and the great Russian poet Alexander Griboyedov began. Drive down to Tbilisi and stay there for the night.|
|Day 4||Tbilisi Market / Souvenir and or remaining places from Day 3||Experience the extra ordinary flea market, there are mesmerising assortment of antiques, jewellery and clothes. The Dry Bridge is where hard-up citizens of Tbilisi would come to sell their possessions in order to make a little cash. You will discover that many items are extremely beautiful and are handmade, perfectly representing the identity of Georgia, which is exactly what you need as a souvenir. Rustaveli Avenue this busy street, a stroll will take you pass the Moorish style opera house and the theatre, the Russian Viceroy’s palace and the Parliament building, not to mention the dozens of cafes, restaurants and shops you can find along the way. After exploring the beauty of Georgia, we will drop you to Tbilisi Airport bringing with you the once in a lifetime experience with Travel with us.|
Best period for this trip: from October to May
Best time for ski: December to April
Total Duration: 4 days and 3 nights
NIGHT LIFE CAN BE ADDED for an extra cost
- Breakfast, accommodation and entertainment
- Tour guide
- Exclusive vehicle with Tour guide/Driver
- Pick up from and drop off to the airport
- Entry fees in any of the visits
- Ski Equipment and other leisure activities
- Shopping and additional expenditures
- Air ticket
- visa (if needed)
- Travel tax (if any)
Ladies require scarves in the Georgian orthodox churches, sometimes skirts too, but they can find some in the entrances.
Short trousers are forbidden in the church.
You can bring along: sun cream, hat, rain – and wind coats, etc.
For some program points comfortable shoes are needed.
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