Georgia - Where Europe Meets Asia
- Duration: 8 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99593
- Travel Type: Air
7 nights. April 2022 - October 2022. From £1358.00.
TBILISI AND THE CAUCASUS MOUNTAINS
Discover the spectacular scenery and welcoming people of one of Eurasia’s most fascinating countries.At the crossroads of two vast continents, on the route of the great Silk Road and in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains, Georgia is one of the world’s most beautiful countries. It’s also a place with an ancient, fascinating history that includes some of the oldest known beginnings of wine-making, and that boasts the legendary hospitality of a population that believes guests are blessings. With a burgeoning tourism infrastructure now bringing 21st-century comforts to its spectacular setting, Georgia is one of the world’s foremost “must see now” destinations.
What's IncludedSix nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at four-star hotels in Tbilisi (4 nights) and Gudauri (2)
Three lunches and three dinners, all with wine
Early check-in at your hotel in Tbilisi
Return flights to Tbilisi (overnight on the way out)
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Holiday HighlightsExplore Tbilisi – Georgia’s ancient capital – on a guided tour
Enjoy guided tours of Gori (Stalin’s birthplace) and Uplistsikhe’s astonishing cave town
Drive to Bodbe Monastery, burial place of Georgia’s Patron Saint
Take in the views from pretty Sighnaghi
Taste Georgian wines in Kakheti
See Mtskheta’s cathedral, Jvari’s monastery and Ananuri’s castle on your way to Stepantsminda, in the shadow of the Caucasus
Ride a 4x4 up to Gergeti church’s lofty perch
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly to Tbilisi’s Rustaveli International Airport.
Day 2Upon arrival, meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel, where your rooms will be ready for you. After the chance to rest and have breakfast, enjoy an afternoon’s guided tour of the compact, historic Georgian capital.The country’s capital for over 1500 years, Tbilisi sits beside to the Mtkvari River in a dramatic gorge, next to a natural spring and beneath the vast, imposing Narikala Fortress. For centuries, it was the most important trading centre in the Caucasus, a key stop on the ancient Silk Road. Its colourful old town – a cosmopolitan mix of cultures and faiths living in harmony and watched over by the statue of its founder, King Vakhtang Gorgasali – boasts a delightful maze of narrow streets lined with shops, stores and an increasing number of modern bars, cafés and restaurants catering to visitors. Your tour will also include a chair-lift ride up to the Narikala Fortress above to take in the views of the city, and this evening dinner will be served in a restaurant, accompanied by some traditional Georgian singing and wine.
Day 3Re-board the coach today for the journey west out of the city and into the beautiful, rolling countryside, heading first to ancient Gori, beneath its own imposing fortress, and famed as birthplace of Soviet leader Josef Stalin. A fascinating museum houses over 60,000 exhibits, including the house in which the dictator is said to have been born, and the train in which he travelled. You’ll also visit the ancient cave town of Uplistsikhe, where dwellings, some from the 1st century BC, as well as temples and whole streets with houses and merchants’ shops, are hewn from the barren rock, and enjoy an included lunch. Return to Tbilisi for the evening, to dine at your leisure.
Day 4Today’s tour takes you east to the picture-book Alazani valley, overlooked by impossibly pretty hilltop town Sighnaghi, and offering spectacular views of the towering Caucasus beyond. Here, you’ll pay a visit to 9th-century Bodbe Monastery, where the remains of Georgia’s Patron Saint, St Nino, are enshrined, before heading to Sighnaghi. This being the centre of the Kakheti wine-growing region, you’ll also enjoy a pleasant lunch and tasting of traditionally grown organic wines at a local wine cellar, and learn about life in rural Georgia through the ages before returning to Tbilisi this evening.
Day 5On a remarkably scenic day, you’ll head north towards the foothills of the mighty Caucasus, pausing first at the former capital of the Georgian kingdom, Mtskheta. The country’s cultural and spiritual home, and cradle of its Orthodox Christianity, riverside Mtskheta stood at the crossroads of the Roman, Persian and Byzantine empires, and boasts sacred Svetiskhoveli cathedral (burial place of kings) and the Jvari Monastery of the Cross among its UNESCO-listed treasures. Journeying further north, you’ll pass beneath striking Ananuri castle in its commanding position above the Aragvi River, to arrive in the village Gudauri for an included dinner at your hotel.
Day 6Continue north to the mountain resort of Stepantsminda, still more commonly known as as Kazbegi, which is surrounded by some of the most beautiful peaks of the Caucasus, including towering Mount Kazbek. Upon arrival, we switch to four-wheel-drive vehicles for the short journey to the hilltop Gergeti, ‘Trinity’ Church, which offers sensational views, on clear days, of the Terek river valley and the towering flanks of Mount Kazbegi. A wonderful day ends with a visit to a local artist, for the chance to admire intricate felt work and to taste teas and other delicacies. Dinner is at your hotel this evening.
Day 7Bidding farewell to your Stepantsminda hosts, today, you’ll return to Tbilisi, where you’ll enjoy a last included lunch – your final taste of Georgian hospitality.
Day 8Transfer back to the airport to board your daytime flight home, at the end of a marvellous Georgian holiday. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 35 minutes.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Indirect flightsAll flights are via Istanbul, except for Gatwick which is a direct flight. Back to top