Adventures with Purpose: Georgia

Suggested Itinerary

13 Days From £2,595

Overview

Steeped in the legends and stories of the classical era, Georgia has absorbed the influences and traditions of everyone from Eurasian monarchs and Persian kings, to Ottoman Turks and Soviet imperialists. A land with a long and fascinating heritage, Georgia is nonetheless a relative newcomer when it comes to sustainable tourism initiatives. However,  it is making good progress and over the next decade, the country aims ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Join your culinary host and visit a farmers' market in Tbilisi to select ingredients before preparing a traditional meal together in their home
  • Experience real village life in lesser-visited Tusheti, a remote region in the north-eastern mountains managed by the Tushetian people
  • Explore the World Heritage treasures of the ancient capital of Mtskheta and the famous 14th century church at Gergeti
  • Visit the Nukriani Workshops, a social enterprise which supports local communities and encourages the preservation of traditional Georgian crafts
  • Sample the produce of one of the world's oldest wine regions and learn about the traditional methods of winemaking using earthenware Qvevri jars
  • Spend six nights in local and family-run guesthouses, enjoying homecooked meals and warm hospitality, while getting to know your Georgian hosts

Suggested Itinerary

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE TBILISI

DAY 1: ARRIVE TBILISI

Located at the historical crossroads of the ancient European and Asian trade routes, the Georgian capital is steeped in the cultural traditions and influences of the Silk Road. Home to some 1.5 million people, the country’s largest city provides the perfect starting point to this extraordinary adventure. On arrival you will be met by your Wild Frontiers representative and transferred directly to your hotel for a three-night stay.

Hotel Zeg

DAY 2: TBILISI

DAY 2: TBILISI

Spend the day enjoying a tour of the charming narrow streets of old Tbilisi, built along the twisting valley of the Mtkvari River. A captivating pastiche of colourful houses and patterned balconies, the heart of the old city is a wonderful mix of domed sulphur baths, atmospheric markets and an architectural heritage that reflects its rich and complex character. Exploring the city on foot makes for a more eco-friendly and inclusive tour, taking in some of its most beautiful sites before delving into its historical museum to discover why Georgia is known as the Land of the Golden Fleece. This evening has then been set aside to experience something of the city’s artistic and culinary delights, beginning with a visit to the renowned Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theatre, before moving on to sample some of the country’s finest cuisine and wine at one of our favourite local restaurants.

Hotel Zeg
Breakfast

DAY 3: TBILISI

DAY 3: TBILISI

Today begins with a visit to a local farmers’ market, where you will meet your local culinary hosts. Under their expert guidance you will immerse yourself into the colour and clamour of the fascinating ‘Dezerter Bazaar’, the largest farmers’ market in Tbilisi. After enjoying shopping and bartering with the locals, you’ll then join your hosts back at their home, where you’ll cook a traditional Georgian meal together, washed down with some exceptionally fine Georgian wine. The perfect way to experience first hand some of the local culture and the local cuisine, after lunch you then set out to discover some of the city’s finest examples of Soviet and Art Nouveau architecture. Led by a specialist guide who grew up in the city during the Soviet era, this afternoon promises to be a fascinating insight into this significant period in time.

Hotel Zeg
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: TBILISI – TSNORI – SIGHNAGHI – TELAVI

DAY 4: TBILISI – TSNORI – SIGHNAGHI – TELAVI

To the east of the capital, amongst the landscapes of the Alazani Valley, lies the little known town of Tsnori. Unremarkable as a tourist destination, Tsnori is however remarkable in another way, being home to a special social enterprise project known as the ‘Cafe of Knowledge’. Founded in 2016, this initiative comprises a cafe, a non-formal education centre, a multi-media library and a book store, all set up to serve as a venue for cultural and educational activities and as a means to engage with the region’s youth. The visit will be followed by lunch at a local family-owned restaurant, after which you will visit the fortified town of Sighnaghi, with its wonderfully preserved 18th century architecture and its spectacular views over the Caucasus Mountains. Nearby lies the Nukriani Workshops, another social enterprise scheme that was recently set up to support local communities and encourage the preservation of traditional Georgian crafts. After your visit, continue on to Telavi for the evening.

Rusiko's Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: TELAVI – TUSHETI NATIONAL PARK

DAY 5: TELAVI – TUSHETI NATIONAL PARK

This morning you head deep into the heart of the Great Caucasus Mountains and through arguably the most beautiful landscapes in the entire country as you head for the Tusheti region. Recognised as a protected landscape, the region is managed by the Tushetian people and here you will get the chance to enjoy local hospitality and sample some typical home-made food (including its famous cheese). This provides a rare opportunity to not only contribute directly to the preservation of this unique area, but also to experience village life first hand. The Tushetian people live very much off the grid, with your guesthouse being run off solar panels. Your visit here too will be very much low impact, with much of the time spent walking through this captivating landscape.

Omalo Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: TUSHETI NATIONAL PARK

DAY 6: TUSHETI NATIONAL PARK

Set off into this stunning landscape today as you follow rivers, cross wooden bridges and pass through forest to reach the small but striking village of Shenako. A traditional mountain village occupying the southern slopes of the Priqiti ridge, Shenako is filled with historical and geographical appeal. Rarely visited by outsiders and scattered with typical Tushetian towers, it is home to the 13th century Russian built Church of the Holy Trinity. Continuing on through pine wooded valleys, the road eventually leads up to Diklo, the last Georgian village before the Russian border. Infused with legend and folklore, it provides an atmospheric setting for the night and a walk up to the moss-covered ruins of its old fortress provides some stunning views out across the surrounding countryside.

Diklo Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: TUSHETI NATIONAL PARK

DAY 7: TUSHETI NATIONAL PARK

Today you head up to the nearby village of Ghele, from where the trail continues up into the mountains, to provide some unforgettable views of the Tushetian villages below. The highest point of the day’s journey takes you up to 2950 metres, before beginning the descent back down to the waiting vehicles. The drive back to Omalo then takes in the village of Bochorna, which at some 2345 metres above sea level is not only the highest inhabited place in the country, but also one of the highest in Europe.

Omalo Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: TUSHETI NATIONAL PARK – TELAVI

DAY 8: TUSHETI NATIONAL PARK – TELAVI

Departing the Tushetian region this morning you head back towards Telavi today, stopping off en route to visit a local ceramic studio. As with many of the social enterprise projects that the Georgians are keen to promote and encourage, this one teaches locals how to work with ceramics, helping to preserve a tradition that has flourished here for generations.

Rusiko's Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9: EXPLORE WINE REGION

DAY 9: EXPLORE WINE REGION

A full day exploring the Telavi and Kakheti Province presents an opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the world’s oldest wine-making regions. Famed for its fine vintages, as well as its great food and spectacular mountain views, it provides the perfect backdrop to a visual and culinary treat that very much has its emphasis on hospitality and the preservation of traditional crafts. Beginning with a visit to a local farmers’ market, you’ll then make a stop at a pottery workshop to see how the traditional clay jars, called Qvevri, are made. These particular style of jars have been used in Georgian winemaking for millennia. A lunch of homemade fare with a local family is then followed by a chance at making bread and Churchkhela, a traditional Georgian sweet treat. The afternoon is then rounded off with a visit to a local winery that produces BIO wine in the old traditional ways, fermenting the grapes in the earthenware Qvevri jars - a UNESCO World Heritage experience!

Rusiko's Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10: TELAVI – MTSKHETA - KAZBEGI NATIONAL PARK

DAY 10: TELAVI – MTSKHETA - KAZBEGI NATIONAL PARK

No trip to Georgia would be complete without a visit to the ancient capital and religious centre of Mtskheta. Over 3000 years old, the site still holds historical and cultural significance to many Georgians and is home to the impressive Jvari Church and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From here you then move on to the refugee village of Tserovani, set up to house refugees fleeing the aftermath of the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. In 2012 a member of Georgia’s Traditional Craft Association set up a social enterprise scheme to offer employment opportunities and professional development, and your visit here can help support these efforts. The day then ends along the northern slopes of the mighty Caucasus Mountain Ranges, amongst the landscapes of the Kazbegi National Park.

Chemodann Kazbegi
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11: KAZBEGI NATIONAL PARK

DAY 11: KAZBEGI NATIONAL PARK

Setting off through the spectacular Sno Valley this morning, you’ll travel on to the remote village of Juta (2165m). Cut off for six months of the year and surrounded by glorious mountain scenery, Juta provides an unforgettable glimpse into traditions and times long past. It is also the starting point for a pleasant four hour circular walk to the foot of Mount Chaukhebi. Relatively flat, and not particularly challenging, the walk takes you up to around 2550 metres and provides some magical vistas along the way. If you prefer to opt out of the walk and prefer instead to soak up the ambience of the village, there are a number of charming cafes at which to sit and enjoy the atmosphere

Chemodann Kazbegi
Breakfast

DAY 12: KAZBEGI NATIONAL PARK - TBILISI

DAY 12: KAZBEGI NATIONAL PARK - TBILISI

Enjoying one last look across the spectacular panoramas of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, you set off after breakfast to walk to probably one of Georgia’s most famous settings, the Gergeti Trinity Church, set against the backdrop of Mount Kazbegi. The walk takes you up through beautiful woodland valleys and on to the famous 14th century church where you can enjoy some stunning views, before returning to the valley for some lunch. The final visit of the afternoon will be to a traditional felt-maker, where you can learn about this absorbing art over a cup of tea and local honey, before driving back to Tbilisi for your final evening.

Hotel Zeg
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13: DEPART TBILISI

DAY 13: DEPART TBILISI

You will be transferred back to the airport today for your return flight home.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

13 days from £2,595

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

Flexible booking conditions regarding transfers and cancellations

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Book With Confidence

We understand that flexibility is now a key factor when booking a holiday, and we believe our Covid Promise and Covid Viable Test provide that.

We believe these terms and conditions for making a booking are amongst the most generous in the travel industry right now, and we hope they will give you the confidence, when you feel ready, to go ahead and book your next adventure.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is per person, based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

Positive Impact of this Trip

Tree
Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Community
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
Wind Turbine
A contribution to renewable energy projects

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Georgia has so many highlights and captivates all that visit, but the food and wine must be top of the list! You’ll feast plenty but be sure to try your hand at making some traditional dishes too.

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