Cultural Exploration

Explore the Real Georgia

Our Tour will introduce history, culture and traditions of the people who managed to preserve its national originality, religion and culture, often fought to maintain their independence and national integrity over the centuries. Georgian language is called Kartvelian language and belongs to Caucasian group of Languages. Its alphabet evolved from the variations of eastern Aramaic around in 5th c. BC and placed among fourteen original alphabets through the world.
This tour will show real Georgia with its glory past and modern life, a cross-roads country with both European and Asian culture. Traveling through Georgia you will feel the real Georgian hospitality, warmth and spirit of these ancient people. You will visit World Heritage Monasteries, unique painted churches, cave cities, ethnographical and history museums, unique treasuries and more…
Over these 12 days you will cross Georgia from highlands and mountains of the Caucasus to the fertile agricultural lowlands and subtropical Black Sea coast, from deserts to lush forests and coniferous woods. You will have traditional Georgian dishes and famous Georgian wines. Tour starts with sightseeing tour of Tbilisi and continues to different provinces of Georgia: Kartli, Kakheti, Mtiuleti, Khevi, Imereti, Samtskhe-Javakheti and Adjara.

Better to see it once with your own eyes then hear about it a hundred times!



DRAFT ITINERARY
Day 1 - Arrival
Day 2 - Tbilisi sightseeing tour
Day 3 - Drive via David Gareja monastery to Telavi. Hike to Udabno
Day 4 - Sightseeing around Telavi. Drive to Tbilisi
Day 5 - Depart for Mtskheta. Continue via Ananuri complex to Gudauri
Day 6 - Explore Kazbegi region. Hike to Gergetis Triniti church
Day 7 - Drive to Gori. Continue via cave city Uplistsikhe & Stalins museum to Akhaltsikhe
Day 8 - Visit cave complex Vardzia. Continue to Kutaisi
Day 9 - Sightseeing around Kutaisi. Visit Bagrati & Gelati Cathedrals. Drive to Batumi
Day 10 - Gonio fortification and sightseeing of Ajara province. Night train to Tbilisi
Day 11 - Free day in Tbilisi
Day 12 - Departure


GENERAL
The tour provides package service, BB and HB in Tbilisi, FB in countryside. The program is also flexible and can be adjusted to clients demands and requirements.
Accommodation & Meals:
Hotels/guesthouses BB (2 nights), HB (4 night), FB (5 nights) as listed in the detailed program.
Mode of travel: coach/train/on foot.
Tour Staff & Support: Explore Leader, driver (s) and some local guides.
Group size: Not Limited


SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Tbilisi City Tour: State Museum of history and art– treasuries of Georgia, Old Town; Narikala Fortress 4th century; Metekhi church 13th century; Anchiskhati basilica 6th century; Sulfur bathes; Sioni Cathedral;
Old Synagogue;
Mtskheta - an ancient capital of Georgia /UNESCO World Heritage Site/;
Svetistkhoveli Cathedral of 11th century;
Jvari church dating from 6th century;
David Gareja Monastery complex 6th century with 9-14th century frescos;
Telavi - historical city in Kakheti province;
Alaverdi Cathedral11th century;
Gremi & Ananury architectural complexes 16-17th centuries with frescos;
Tsinandali house museum and wine cellar of 19th centuries;
Georgian Military Highway;
Jvari Pass 2379 m - the border of Europe and Asia;
Mount Kazbek 5047 m;
Gergeti Trinity church 14th centuries;
Darialy Canyon - one of the exciting gorges;
Uplistsikhe cave city - 1st mill BC;
Ateni Sioni church of 7th century with frescoes;
Khertvisi Castle from 10th century;
Akhaltsikhe Castle 18th century;
Vardzia the rock-cut monastery complex of 12-13th centuries;
Kutaisi ancient city;
Bagrati Cathedral built in 1003;
Gelati Academy 12th century, mosaics and murals from 12-17th centuries;
Gonio Roman fortification on the Black Sea coast;
 
For detailed program and practical information contact at: info@exploregeorgia.com




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