Adventures with Purpose: Georgia

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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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Example Itinerary

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

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: Historical Sights

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: Culinary Backstreets and Architectural Highlights

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 – Kakheti Wine Region: Social Enterprise & Traditional Wine Experience

To the east of the capital, amongst the landscapes of the Alazani Valley, lies Telavi and Kakheti Province, 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. Visit the Nukriani Workshops, a social enterprise scheme that was recently set up to support local communities and encourage the preservation of traditional Georgian crafts. From here continue on to the fortified town of Sighnaghi, with its wonderfully preserved 18th century architecture and its spectacular views over the Caucasus Mountains. The visit will be followed by lunch with a local family who will introduce you to some of the region’s most delicious dishes. The afternoon is then rounded off with a visit to a local winery where your host will give you an insight into the wine-making process, using some of rarest and highest quality grapes in the Kakheti region. After your visit, continue on to Telavi for the evening.

Rusiko's Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 Kakheti Wine Region - 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: Ancient Towers & Wild Woodland

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: Remote Villages & Epic Landscapes

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 - Kakheti Wine Region

Departing the Tushetian region this morning you head back towards Telavi today, stopping off en route to visit a local ceramic studio. Here you can see how the traditional clay jars, called Qvevri, are made. These particular style of jars have been used in Georgian winemaking for millennia. 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 Kakheti Wine Region: History & Traditions

Today you will get the chance to explore this wonderful wine region in more depth, a great reward after your more active adventures in Tusheti. Beginning with a visit to a local farmers’ market, you’ll then visit Alaverdi Cathedral. Dating from the 11th century, at 50m high, this was the tallest church in the country for over 900 years (until the building of the modern Sameba Cathedral in Tbilisi). Also make a stop at Gremi, once a mighty capital of the Kakheti Province and now a beautiful museum with a picturesque church and bell tower. Continue to Kvareli for lunch with a local family where you can sample delicious homemade Georgian dishes using fresh ingredients from your host's garden, before learning how to make the famous Georgian sweets - Churchkhela.

Rusiko's Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 Kakheti Wine Region – Ananuri – Kazbegi National Park

Set off along the Georgian Military Highway today as you soak up the wonderful views of the Great Caucasus Mountains. This is the main road running for 220km from Tbilisi to Vladikavkaz in Russia, a spectacular highway that winds its way through sheer mountains. So named by Tsar Alexander I, this route actually dates from before the 1st century BC and is still important as one of the only links to Russia through the Caucasus Mountains. En route visit the Ananuri castle complex on the Aragvi River in Georgia, before ending in Stepantsminda, your base for exploring Kazbegi National Park. On arrival you will be treated to a delicious cooking class in the company of a local expert, who will teach you about some of Georgia’s most famous dishes which you can enjoy for lunch. This afternoon, enjoy a climb up to the spectacular Holy Trinity Church for some magnificent views, before settling into your hotel for the evening.

Hotel Stancia Kazbegi Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 Kazbegi National Park: Valley Walks & Felt-Maker

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 ambiance of the village, there are a number of charming cafes at which to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. 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.

Hotel Stancia Kazbegi Breakfast

Day 12 Kazbegi National Park – Tserovani – Mtskheta - Tbilisi

Head back south towards Tbilisi today, first stopping off at 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. Here you can meet with a local family and learn more the development of this area, before continuing on 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. Finish the day back in Tbilisi for your final evening.

Hotel Zeg Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 Depart Tbilisi

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

Breakfast

EXAMPLE 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.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

13 days from £2,895

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.

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 4406 Wild Miles

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

Wild Miles Club

When you book a trip with Wild Frontiers you are awarded points, which are based on the return distance from London to the arrival city of your trip. Points are awarded for all our holidays, including both our escorted group tours and tailor-made trips. When you accrue points, you will qualify for the following discounts on all future bookings:

Blue More than 10,000 points 2.5% discount
Bronze More than 30,000 points 5% discount
Silver More than 45,000 points 7.5% discount
Gold More than 60,000 points 10% discount

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

WHEN TO GO

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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.

OTHER ITINERARIES IN GEORGIA

Check out our group tours in Georgia

As well as private tailor-made trips, we also offer small group tours (max size 12) to Georgia. Led by an experienced tour leader, travel with a group of like-minded people on one of our award-winning group tours.

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