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Land only price£2,895
Duration9 Days

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Tastes of Georgia: A Culinary Tour with Carla Capalbo

Itinerary

Day 1: Tour starts in Tbilisi

Our journey begins in Tbilisi, Georgia’s historic capital. For anyone arriving earlier than the group flights (see the GETTING THERE section below), rooms will be available from early afternoon.

  • Citrus Hotel or similar
Day 2: Tbilisi

The pre-departure meeting will take place this morning at the hotel, after which we head out on a tour of some of Tbilisi’s highlights. A charming city, built along the twisting valley of the Mtkvari River, we’ll discover narrow streets filled with colourful houses and patterned balconies. Enjoying magnificent views across the old city we’ll visit the Metekhi Church and the imposing 4th century ruins of the Narikala Fortress, before enjoying dinner this evening at Vino Underground, a wine bar and restaurant famed for its wide variety of artisan Georgian wines.

  • Citrus Hotel or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Tbilisi

A morning’s visit to the city’s expansive Ethnographic Museum will be followed by a tour of the spectacular Sameba Cathedral, one of the world’s largest religious buildings. Our last port of call then provides a chance to discover for ourselves why Georgia is truly the Land of the Golden Fleece, with a visit to the ‘Golden Fund’ of the National Museum. This evening we can look forward to a special dinner at the Azarpesha Restaurant, hosted by a traditional Georgian toastmaster and accompanied by local musicians.

  • Citrus Hotel or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Tbilisi - Ikalto - Sighnaghi

The road takes us east today, into the famous wine-growing region of Kakheti. Renowned for its fine wines, welcoming hospitality and rich history, the region produces the excellent Rkatsiteli, considered by many to be the quintessential Georgian grape variety. We’ll get an opportunity to visit a pottery workshop where the clay jars called “Qvevri” are made: they’ve been used in Georgian winemaking for millennia. We will then visit Telavi market and Ikalto Monastery, before completing the journey at Sighnaghi, where we will enjoy a bread baking demonstration in a traditional clay "tone" oven before dinner.

  • Kabadoni or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Sighnaghi - Tsnori – Sighnaghi

Today we will visit the sprawling Bodbiskhevi Market, Eastern Georgia’s largest market, which attracts people from all around the area as well as from neighbouring Azerbaijan. We will pay a visit to the Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe, one of the country’s most popular pilgrimage sites. This afternoon we will taste some of the local wines with Carla and one of our local hosts.

  • Kabadoni Hotel or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Sighnaghi - Mtskheta – Stepantsminda

This morning we will drive to visit the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia. One of the oldest cities in the country, Mtskheta is blessed with such a wealth of cultural treasures that its historical monuments were collectively inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1994. We’ll visit the Jvari Monastery and the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, some of the most significant examples of Georgian Christian architecture in the country. Continuing along the steep Georgian Military Highway we complete the journey high in the Caucasus mountains at Stepantsminda, where we will spend the next two nights. The evening will be free, allowing you to choose where to dine at your own leisure.

  • Rooms Hotel or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Stepantsminda

This morning we will take a walk up through the beautiful valley woodlands to the Gergeti Trinity Church, a historic 14th century church nestled beneath Mt. Kazbegi, one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus. After enjoying a picnic lunch, we’ll walk back into town where we can enjoy some downtime before dinner with a local family, which provides us with a chance to try our hand at cooking traditional Khinkali (meat dumplings). The walk is approximately 2hrs up and 2hrs down but for those who prefer, taxis can be hired locally.

  • Rooms Hotel or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Stepantsminda – Tbilisi

Driving back to the capital today, we’ll stop off en route to visit the castle complex of Ananuri, located on the Aragvi River, and if access is permitted, also to the country’s impressive Wine Institute. Arriving back in Tbilisi later there will be time to freshen up before we head out for our final traditional Georgian dinner.

  • Citrus Hotel or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Tour ends in Tbilisi

The tour will end at the hotel after breakfast.

  • Breakfast

Accommodation

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip. On this particular trip we will be in comfortable hotels. Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.

Transport

On this tour we will use a minibus.

Climate

The Greater Caucasus range moderates local climate by serving as a barrier against cold air from the north. The relatively small territory covers different climatic zones, which are determined by the distance from the Black Sea and by altitude. The climatic zones are ranging from humid subtropical to snow and glaciers. In the spring and autumn the weather can be very changeable ranging from 10°-23° - often in one day. In the summer, you can expect temperatures to be 30° plus. Please prepare for all eventualities, including rain.

Is this trip for me?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. Please therefore take time to read the itinerary carefully. All our tours are graded to give an overall picture of the trip but these are only guidelines and you should check the daily itinerary. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office. 

Key aspects to consider

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour, as many of the walks are optional.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements. 

Armenia

Head across the border to Armenia and we would be happy to tailor-make any itinerary for you in this fascinating country.

Svaneti

If you enjoy mountain walking, you could visit the north-west of Georgia to experience one of the most stunning parts of the Caucasus region. Allow 7-10 days pre-tour.

Azerbaijan

Take a trip east to see Georgia’s very different neighbour. The Silk Road crossroads town of Sheki and the bizarre capital of Baku are just some of the highlights that await. Allow 4-6 days.

Responsible travel

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to itineraries and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit. 

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.
 

Flight Code Departing Arriving
TK 1986 London Heathrow (LHR)
16:30
Istanbul (IST)
22:15
TK 386 Istanbul (IST)
23:55
Tbilisi Airport (TBS)
03:15
TK 379 Tbilisi Airport (TBS)
10:30
Istanbul (IST)
12:05
TK 1971 Istanbul (IST)
14:35
London Heathrow (LHR)
16:40

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com 

For this tour UK passport holders currently do not require a visa for Georgia.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements. 

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Key information

Tour price

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour. For the latest prices, please refer to our website or contact the office.

Deposit

A £500 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

Travelling Solo & single supplement

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.

On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

Insurance

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. If you choose to purchase the Wild Frontiers bespoke policy through Travel & General (currently available to UK residents only) then please note for this trip the minimum required level of cover will be the Standard policy. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

What's Included

Transport

All transport as required for the tour

Guides

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

Accomodation

All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

Meals

Meal plan as detailed in the itinerary with the majority of meals being taken in local restaurants where viable

Airport transfers

Complimentary airport transfers are included for anyone arriving/departing on the suggested group flights (see GETTING THERE for details)

Carbon contribution

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act (if booking international flights through us)

What's Not Included

Visas & Travel Insurance

Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory

Tips

Always optional, but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information pack you’ll receive after booking

International Flights

Please feel free to ask us for an obligation-free quote

Beverages & any costs of a personal nature

This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

Supplementary Info

Carla Capalbo 
Carla Capalbo is an award-winning food, wine and travel writer and photographer. She has written 14 books, mostly about the culture of producing food and wine. Her latest book, TASTING GEORGIA A food and wine journey in the Caucasus has won and been shortlisted for several prestigious awards in the UK and US. Carla was based in Italy for many years and has written extensively about Italian food and wine. She has been a contributor to Decanter magazine for over 15 years. Carla was born in New York to a theatrical family and brought up in Paris and London. After obtaining a degree in history of art she became a sculptor and photo stylist before devoting herself to writing and cooking. A keen traveller, Carla went to Georgia to find out more about its ancient winemaking traditions. She quickly fell in love with the country and spent three years researching and writing TASTING GEORGIA. Since then she’s become an unofficial ambassador for Georgian gastronomy and culture. Carla is an active member of Slow Food, the Guild of Food Writers, the Circle of Wine Writers and the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). You can see more about her work on www.carlacapalbo.com and www.tastinggeorgia.com.

Georgian Food & Wine
Georgia’s food and wine culture is one of the most ancient in the world. Indeed the unique method of making wine in qvevri – large terracotta pots buried in the ground – has been used in Georgia for at least 8,000 years. Today many family wineries continue this tradition with wonderful results. A small number of potters still make the magnificent vessels by hand and they and this original winemaking technique are on UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage list. The food marries perfectly with these ‘natural’ wines. At table, the Georgians love to compose their meals from many diverse dishes and flavours. These range from fresh vegetables dressed with aromatic walnut pastes to stewed and grilled meats, juicy khinkali dumplings and a variety of filled breads. The most famous of these – khachapuri – is stuffed with the cheeses many women make daily from their own cows’ milk. The deliciousness of Georgian food lies in featuring subtly spiced seasonal ingredients made vibrant through the abundant use of fresh herbs. The markets reflect the scope of these ingredients, and include fermented blossoms, foraged mushrooms and berries, hand-made cheeses, exotic spices and a colourful array of fruits and vegetables.

Additional information

Protection for your money

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

Responsible Travel

For more information, please refer to our responsible travel page

British foreign & Commonwealth office

As advocates of the FCO's Travel Aware campaign, we highly recommend checking out their website for lots of useful information. Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective government.

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Be sure to try the cheese bread khachapuri - it's delicious.

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