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Wonders of Georgia - Tour in Georgia 11 Days

Georgia
Multi Day Tours , Historical , Sightseeing , Mountain , Family Tripadvisor
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Tbilisi
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From 1269 EUR
11 Days
Private tour
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No hidden fees
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Total price:
2290 EUR

Highlights

  • DiscoverBeautiful, wild, and mysterious regions of Georgia
  •  Georgia is one of the first Christian countries in the world.
  • Georgia is the motherland of wine.
  • Old Tbilisi sightseeing tour
  • Explore UNESCO world heritage sites Jvari Monastery (VI c.) & Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (XI c.). Gelati Monastery complex – founded in the 12th century.
  • Discover different Georgia Javakheti region, which is other by climate and landscape; located 2 000 Meters above sea level, it is a substantial volcanic plateau
  • Visit Prometheus cave - one of Georgia’s natural wonders providing visitors with breathtaking examples of stalactites.
  • Discover the natural beauties of Martvili Canyon.
  • Explore the picturesque panoramic views of Svaneti
  • Visit village Ushguli, the highest village in Europe

Description

We offer you a cultural tour of Georgia. This tour will introduce you to Georgian culture, traditions, historical monuments, cuisine, and wine. You will discover Georgian ancient culture and traditions, unique cave towns, and architectural monuments – UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

You will explore cultural and historical sites and fantastic caves and canyons in the region and enjoy beautiful nature.

During this tour, you will visit the ancient capital city of Georgia – the town of Mtskheta; here, you will see outstanding UNESCO heritage monuments like the Jvari monastery of VII c., where the beautiful view of the confluence of two rivers, Mtkvari and Aragvi, are seen from, and the Svetitskhoveli cathedral of XI c – the architectural masterpiece of Georgian Renaissance.

According to legend, visiting the sightseeing of the second biggest city of Georgia – Kutaisi, was the ultimate destination of the Jason and Argonauts searching for the Golden Fleece. 

Martvili Canyon & Okatse Canyon are marvelous places in Western Georgia and the most popular destinations in Georgia.

By visiting the region Svaneti you will discover the fantastic isolated culture, totally different from the other world, and the stories about brave Svanetian people will make you surprise. This region was where Georgians kept the country's treasures in different periods to save them from the invaders.

Itinerary

Day 1
Tbilisi – arrival

Arrive at Tbilisi International Airport. Meet your guide and drive to Tbilisi. Check-in to the hotel at noon.

Tbilisi sightseeing tour – the Old Town and the New City. We begin our tour at the compact area of Old Tbilisi. Starting at the church of Metekhi, we walk to the brick domes of sulfur baths and then on to Narikala fortress – overlooking Mtkvari river gorge. After that we visit the synagogue, and the Sioni and Anchiskhati churches, which mark the end of the Old Town. After we visit the treasury of the National Museum of Georgia, walking along Rustaveli Avenue – the main street in Visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the third biggest Orthodox Church in the world. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2
Tbilisi – Mtsketa – Ananuri – Gudauri - Stefantsminda – Tbilisi

After breakfast in the hotel, we visit the ancient capital– Mtskheta and see its historical sites: Jvari monastery (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli cathedral (11th century). Both are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Then we drive north towards the Northern Caucasus along the well-known Georgian Military Road. On the way, we visit Ananuri – a 17th-century complex. An exciting drive from Gudauri along the Terek River will take us to Kazbegi – the main town in the region. From Kazbegi, drive with 4 WD vehicles to Gergeti Trinity church located at 2170m. In good weather, you can see one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – the mountain Kazbegi (5047m). Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 3
Tbilisi – Sighnaghi –Kvareli – Tbilisi

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, you will explore the centuries-long history of Kakheti wine culture. In the morning, visit Bodbe Nunnery, where Saint Nino was buried and Sighnaghi, a beautiful town founded in the 18th century that overlooks amazing Alazani Valley and spectacular Great Caucasus Mountains.

After that, say goodbye to our amazing hosts and drive to Tunnel Khareba Winery. Where you will taste different types of wine (include Qvevri wine). After we will visit Numisi winery. The cellar is built in ancient classical architecture with white river stones and bricks. The cellar introduces excellent arched wine storage, with old limestone wine presser (Satsnakheli) & 33 clay pitchers (Qvevi) sunk underneath the ground. Drive to Tbilisi. End of the tour. Free time. Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.

Optional:

You can Continue tour to Wine Yard N1, traditional local winery, where you will enjoy the soul of Georgian hospitality

Wine yard N1, offers BIO wine tasting, master classes, lunch and a sense of Georgian hospitality. (45 EUR per person)

Day 4
Tbilisi - Dashbashi Canyon- Javakheti lakes – Vardzia - Akhaltsike

Drive to South Georgia, Samtskhe-javakheti region. On the way we will visit incredible Dashbashi Canyon. (1110-1448 meters above sea level) It is a natural monument on volcanic height of the river, Ktsia (Khrami). It is a rare gorge of canyon, characterized with biodiversity.

The Dashbashi waterfall hidden in the green attracts many visitors with its perfect atmosphere, like a paradise beauty. There's now a diamond in the sky in the Dashbashi canyon. The bridge hanging above Dashbashi Canyon could inspire you to have a drink and enjoy the view at the gigantic diamond multi-level bar at its center or ride across on a bicycle attached to a zip line.

Now see beautiful Javakheti lakes. On your way, you will pass amazing, very different nature in Georgia, Javakheti volcanic plateau, up to 2 000meter. The difference from the other part of Georgia is that here landscape is almost empty, here you can’t find forest, that is why climate here is one of the most cold and harsh in Georgia. Here you will see several beautiful lakes: Paravani and Sagamo lakes. Lake Sagamo – literally the name means Evening. Close to the lake located village Sagamo. The lake is tectonic origin, in winter completely frozen. Pharavani lake, altitude 2 080m. The lake is biggest in the country. Vardzia Cave town, very impressive historical-cultural monument, founded in 12th century, 13 floors and hundreds of rooms, halls and churches, huge complex made in rocks. There once were about 3,000 caves and 50,000 people lived there. You visit the church carved into the rock with amazing frescoes of the 12th century. The monastery has never been restored since then, but in the second half of XIX c every now and then several monks lived there. Some traces of revival of the monastery live are noticeable even nowadays. Drive to Akhaltsikhe. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe.

Day 5
Rabathi castle – Borjomi - Kutaisi

After breakfast, explore Rabati Castle is a medieval structure in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia, which dates back to the 13th century. The castle complex is comprised of a mosque, a minaret, a synagogue, a Christian church, a palace, a citadel, as well as landscaped gardens, vineyards on terraces, outdoor pools with fountains, a history museum, a hotel, a restaurant, souvenir and wine shops.

We visit resort Borjomi. Borjomi is famous for its mineral water industry (which is the number one export of Georgia). You will be able to taste mineral water in the Borjomi Park. 

Drive to Kutaisi the second biggest city in Georgia. Visit Bagrati Cathedral XI c. Overnight in Kutaisi.

Day 6
Kutaisi city tour – Prometheus cave – Martvili canyon

Kutaisi is the second biggest city in Georgia which, according to the legend was the ultimate destination of the Jason and Argonauts searching for the Golden Fleece. Visit Bagrati Cathedral (XI c.), built by King David the Builder. After drive to explore Prometheus cave - one of Georgia’s natural wonders providing visitors with breathtaking examples of stalactites, stalagmites, curtains, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls, underground rivers, and lakes. There are 22 halls found, where just 6 halls are open for tourists. It is possible to walk through the length of 1420 meters in the cave's territory visit the halls and enjoy boat tour by walking the river. Discover real masterpieces of nature - stalactites and stalagmites at Prometheus Cave, which are the most beautiful forms created by nature. While visiting the cave, hanging waterfalls are waiting for you

Now visit Martvili canyon, amazing place where we can walk on the small trail in a natural canyon of the river Abasha, we can see unique Kolkheti forests flora with impressive waterfalls. The canyon trail is very small and we will walk about 40 minutes

700 m long stone-paved circular route starts from Martvili Canyon visitor centre and crosses the Dadiani historical trail. There are 2 bridges, 3 platform views and historical 30 steps stair constructed by large limestone boulders.

Visitors can enjoy a 300-meter boat tour on river Abasha and beautiful views of the mountain river canyon.

Overnight in Kutaisi.

Day 7
Kutaisi – Enguri dam - Mestia

After breakfast drive to mysterious Svaneti region through Enguri gorge. On the way we will stop to Enguri Dam - a unique hydraulic structure, which is considered one of the highest in the world. But tourists love to visit it not only because of its impressive size, but also because of its interesting appearance and surrounding nature. The Enguri dam can be safely called one of the most beautiful in the world, and all thanks to the mountain landscapes surrounding it. The Enguri River flowing here forms a deep turquoise lake. Charming landscapes have long attracted tourists, so a few years ago, it was decided to improve the tourist infrastructure near the dam.

First, we will take a half-an-hour tour of the dam. The panoramic views from the top of the dam and the history of the hulking construction await us. Afterwards we will enjoy a ~50 minutes boat tour on the Enguri River, surrounded by jaw-dropping nature. The length of the tour is 8km both ways. Finally arrive to Mestia and rest.

Svaneti is known for its original architecture and is called “the Country of Thousand Towers. Mestia still has dozens of such medieval stone houses with the watchtowers and inhabited towers which were used to protect valleys and churches (the 10 th – 14 th centuries). Overnight at hotel.

Day 8
Mestia – Ushguli – Mestia

After breakfast at hotel drive to Ushguli village, one of the highest standing settlements in Europe (2,200 m). Ushguli is located under the Skhara Peak, between 2070-2200 meters. It used to be the highest inhabited village in Europe until 2015, when another village in Georgia – Bochorna took the title, though Bochorna has only 1 inhabitant. There are about 60 families living in Ushguli now.

Ushguli is only accessible in the summer months, as it’s located in an area where avalanches are very common. Through the rest of the year, roads are covered in snow and getting to Ushguli is only possible via a helicopter.

It is thanks to this isolation that Ushguli is so unique – people have lived here in isolation from the rest of the world for hundreds of years. In winter months families spend most of their days reading, taking care of animals and chit-chatting with neighbors – there’s not much else you can do in the freezing cold of the Svaneti winters.

Another thing that makes Ushguli unique, is the fact that it has never had a ruler – Ushguli has always been under the Georgian kingdom but never had a direct ruler – as the Georgian saying says: “True freedom is only high in the mountains”.

Spend time in Ushguli strolling old narrow streets. Visit Lamaria Church complex with impressive wall frescos (XII). Locals believe that it was under this church that Queen Tamara was buried. Enjoy picturesque view of Mt. Shkhara. Ushguli architectural complex is a valuable architectural and historical monument listed in the World heritage of UNESCO for its exclusiveness. Return to Mestia and overnight at hotel.

Day 9
Mestia – Zugdidi – Kutaisi

Drive back to Kutaisi after breakfast. On the way, stop at Dadiani’s (Princes of West Georgia) Palace in Zugdidi. Dadiani Palace was the home of the final ruling family of the Principality of Samegrelo, whose reign ended in 1857 when Russian Imperial rule began. The complex was built primarily by Russian architect Leonid Vassilyev. It includes the palace of Ekaterine Chavchavadze-Dadiani, the last queen of Samegrelo, a residence for her son Niko Dadiani, a monastery, and a large garden which is now the Zugdidi Botanical Gardens. Continue driving to Kutaisi. Overnight in Kutaisi.

Day 10
Kutaisi – Gori – Uplistsikhe –Tbilisi

After breakfast drive back to Tbilisi. On the way visit Gori. Explore Joseph Stalin Museum featuring original house where he was born, and his private armored train carriage. Continue to Uplistsikhe (“Fortress of God”). Uplistsikhe is located on the left bank of Mtkvari River and is notable for unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures and the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 11
Departure

Check-out from the hotel. Transfer to Tbilisi International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.

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Included
  • Transportation by comfortable sedan, minivan or minibus
  • 4 WD vehicle for Ushguli
  • 4 WD vehicle for Gergeti
  • Accommodation in twin rooms at the hotels
  • English speaking guide service for whole the trip
  • Catering service - breakfasts at the hotels
  • Entrance fees
  • Winery visit
  • Wine tasting
  • Bottle of mineral water
Excluded
  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch & dinner
  • Service except described
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Debbie Edgar Debbie Edgar
Our 10-day tour, "Wonders of Georgia", with Sukura was definitely a highlight and we will highly recommend you to anyone. We enjoyed the company of Gela for the first two days and then Saba and Kote were superb company when we travelled out of Tbilisi. They were knowledgeable about the historical places we visited, listened to our comments on what we liked to do and see, took us to great places to try local food and they both made our holiday very special, memorable and fun. We have been on many tours before where the guides and drivers were nowhere close to being as good as Saba and Kote. Thank you SO much for a fabulous holiday. Deb & Gary

30/07/2021

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Heather Ellis Heather Ellis
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My husband and I booked a ten-day, best of Georgia tour with Sakura in June and just returned from our trip in early October. Every minute was spectacular. First, the folks at Sakura were always quick to respond and answered all of my questions kindly and thoroughly. I could not have been more pleased with their correspondence. Second, our guide Lela was very knowledgeable, kind, and most of all - caring. She went above and beyond to make sure that we experienced everything Georgia had to offer, while always checking to see if we felt safe and comfortable. She is a gem and Sakura is very lucky to have her. Third, our driver Levan was very nice, helpful, and careful. He drove fast at times, but was always safe. Finally, the country is a masterpiece. We were so lucky to be able to see so much, thanks to the team at Sakura. We are already thinking about when we can return, especially to the Svaneti region in the Caucasus, which was breathtaking. If you are interested in Georgia, please don't hesitate to book this tour!

18/05/2024

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