Georgian Cuisine

Georgians, known for their hospitality and feasting will offer you extremely healthy food and excellent wine. This culinary trip evokes passion to taste the most popular and exotic dishes lightly mixed with walnuts, herbs, spices and assorted cheese. The recipes of these dishes vary according to the regions and are firmly preserved bypassing them from generation to generation.  

   

Georgian cuisine is one of the most integral and important part of the cultural and social heritage. By nature, Georgians are real gourmets, so not surprisingly exotic cuisine with diverse ingredients is the result of the broad interplay of culinary ideas. Rich with meat dishes, Georgian cuisine offers a wide range of vegetarian meals. Organic food and local bazaars with fresh vegetables, herbs, cheese and dairy products are very popular throughout the country;

The importance of food and drink is best observed during a feast called – “Supra”, led by “Tamada” – a toastmaster.

 

Blending of tastes and flavors starts from Tbilisi, offering numerous beloved culinary spots and restaurants with renewed recipes. Attend numerous master-classes, master “toast making”, stroll in local bazaars, taste amazing sorts of cheese and bake bread. 

Enrich list of valuable recipes by the aromas of spices from the western Georgia together with Georgian polyphonic songs, lots of joy and fun.

Reviews
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  • Activity: The Art of Cooking
  • Best Months: Yearlong
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Accommodation: Best in Class Hotels/Authentic Family Guesthouses
  • Meals: Full Board

Tour Itinerary & Details

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Arrival

Arrive in Tbilisi. Transfer and overnight at hotel.

Khachapuri & Spinach Assortments

Breakfast with Georgian tea, fresh dairy products and homemade jams.

Culinary exploration of Tbilisi, visiting the most tasteful venues.

Most part of the tour will be devoted to the master-classes held at culinary school.

Visit local bazaar.

Excursion to D. Sarajishvili cognac factory & tasting.

During the dinner get acquaintance with the recipes of B. Jorjadze, the famous Georgian culinary. Overnight at hotel.

*Optional boat tour with wine tasting on Mtkvari river.

 Khinkali Masterclass & Chacha Distillation

Breakfast at hotel. Depart to Mtskheta, UNESCO world heritage site and cultural center from 3rd century BC.

 Visit the local winery nearby Mtskheta, with chacha distillation and take part in making of Khinkali - meat-dumplings. Trip continues to Kartli province, visiting one of the chateaus to taste Kartli wines and sample red boiled beans cooked in clay pot. Transfer to Kutaisi, west Georgia.  Dinner with ethno-jazz music, white wine and tasting of “Bazhe” – walnuts sauce with spicy garlic and “Chkmeruli” - roasted chicken in garlic cream. Overnight at hotel.

Elarji & Megrelian Kharcho

Tasting of Imeretian cheese for breakfast. Depart to Martvili, Samegrelo region to get the recipes of the famous Megrelian dishes: “Elarji” – cornmeal with Sulguni cheese and “Kharcho” - spicy meat dish with walnuts.  After cooking enjoy wine tour and tasting of organic wines.

At evening local host shares knowledge of preparing “Gebzhalia” - boiled Sulguni cheese in mint and herbs. Polyphonic songs,  natural Bio wines and delicious dishes will make the evening remarkable. Overnight at hotel.

Borjomi Spring Water

Breakfast at local family with “Nadughi” – cottage cheese and “Dry Matsoni” tasting local yogurt mixed with mint and herbs. Possibility of making yogurt together with the host. An opportunity to taste local honey with fabulous aromas of alpine flowers. Short canoeing tour and light walking at Martvili canyon. Transfer to Samtskhe-Javakheti region. Spa treatments, relaxing massage, dinner and overnight at hotel. 

Meskhetian Cheese & Bread

Breakfast at hotel. Walk to Borjomi Park to taste fresh Borjomi from the source. Excursion to recently restored Rabat castle reviving medieval lifestyle. Exploration of 12th century Vardzia rock-hewn city. Take part in cooking of trout, baking Meskhetian bread and tasting Meskhetian cheese assortment: “Tenili” and “Chechili”, together with local wines. Transfer to Tbilisi. Dinner at wine restaurant with folk performance. Overnight at hotel.

Dry Wine & Barbecue

Breakfast at hotel. Culinary day trip to the east Georgia region Kakheti, famous for vineyards and wine producing villages. Visit 11th c. Alaverdi cathedral, observe the monastery’s wine cellar with ancient “Qvevri” tasting of wines and discussion with monastery winemaker. Explore family wine cellars and modern wineries, with bread baking, barbecue making. Excursion to Sighnaghi Town of 18th c. Transfer to Tbilisi for farewell dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Departure

Transfer to the airport, taking with a huge collection of the traditional recipes!

Included
Excluded
  • Full Board
  • All accommodation
  • All domestic transfers
  • Entrance Fees & Local Guides
  • Tour guide & Masterclasses
  • All Tastings
  • First Aid
  • Visa or Visa Fees
  • Airfare
  • Single Supplement
  • Medical expenses and insurance
  • Re-booking of hotels
  • Special Meals
  • Items of Personal Nature
  • Extra Sites

Expression for the Trip:

Cook with passion, taste with pleasure!

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