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Undiscovered Georgia

Tailor Made Itinerary

7 Days From $1,638

Overview

The birthplace of the most famous dictator of the Soviet Union, Georgia was transformed during the Soviet era into an industrial urban complex. Despite this, Georgia’s traditional culture remains today, with ancient wine making methods, World Heritage religious monuments and unique culinary delights. During this weeklong itinerary you will delve deeper into the wonders of Georgia, before and during the Soviet Era, whilst staying in Soviet style properties.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tour Tbilisi’s Soviet style architecture with a guide who lived during the Soviet period
  • Buy ingredients at Tbilisi’s Dezerters Bazaar before enjoying a cooking class in a local home
  • Photograph the overgrown Soviet spa resorts of Tskaltubo and the rusting Soviet cable cars of Chiatura
  • Visit the museum and house of Stalin in Gori, as well as Stalin’s secret propaganda printing house in Tbilisi
  • See the impressive UNESCO churches of Mtskheta, Georgia’s ancient capital
  • Enjoy a wine-tasting in a traditional Georgian winery, using 8,000-year-old methods

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

On arrival into Tbilisi you will be greeted by your Wild Frontiers representative and transferred directly to your hotel for check in. 

Hotel Astoria Tbilisi

DAY 2: TBILISI SOVIET ARCHITECTURE - GORI

DAY 2: TBILISI SOVIET ARCHITECTURE - GORI

Today you will go on a full day tour of Tbilisi's architectural wonders, before and after the Soviet Union. Led by an older citizen who lived here during the Soviet era, you will begin taking a ride on the Georgian Metro to the headquarters of the South Caucasus Soviet Army, from which the Soviet Union ruled Georgian, Armenian and Azerbaijan armies. Stop at other buildings built during the Soviet times and at beautiful Soviet Mosaics, once used as propaganda by the state. Then you will tour the older architecture of the city in Sololaki district. Explore the 19th century homes with their hidden courtyards and beautifully carved wooden balconies, before seeing the European Art Nouveau style buildings of Aghmashenebeli Avenue. Finally, drive to your Soviet style hotel in Gori. 

Hotel Victoria
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: GORI - SACHKHERE - CHIATURA - KUTAISI

DAY 3: GORI - SACHKHERE - CHIATURA - KUTAISI

Gori is the birthplace of Georgia's most infamous son, Joseph Stalin. Although one of the cruellest dictators of modern times, you might hear a different version in the Stalin Museum, where you can also visit his house and private train cart. From Gori, set off to visit a century old wine cellar in the mountain village of Sachkere, before continuing to the nearby town of Chiatura. The old mining town is host to 20 rusting, Soviet style cable cars, which are still used today by some very brave locals. Closed to tourists, the cable cars still make for an interesting stop, alongside the concrete Soviet architecture that remains in the town. Finally, continue to your accommodation in Kutaisi.

Hotel Bagrati 1003
Breakfast

DAY 4: TSKALTUBO SOVIET EXCURSION

DAY 4: TSKALTUBO SOVIET EXCURSION

You will be taken to Tskaltubo today, the main spa resort in the whole of the Soviet Union during the 60s and 70s, with trains from Moscow arriving daily in the past. Following the fall of the Soviet Union, many of the lavish buildings were abandoned until refugees from Abkhazia settled there in 1992. Spend today exploring beautiful old buildings that have been reclaimed by nature, allowing for fantastic photography opportunities.

Hotel Bagrati 1003
Breakfast

DAY 5: KUTAISI - GORI - MTSKHETA - TBILISI

DAY 5: KUTAISI - GORI - MTSKHETA - TBILISI

Set off to Mtskheta, the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia, to see the UNESCO 6th century Jvari church and 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Arrive back into Tbilisi in the afternoon and enjoy some free time to relax or explore at leisure.

Hotel Astoria Tbilisi
Breakfast

DAY 6: TBILISI: CULINARY AND SOVIET DELIGHTS

DAY 6: TBILISI: CULINARY AND SOVIET DELIGHTS

Today you will travel the short distance to the town of Rustavi, founded 70 years ago and a major industrial centre for metalwork. During the Soviet era many towns were built around large industries and factories, which soon disappeared under a new economy after the fall of the Soviet Union. Return to Tbilisi late morning and visit the colourful Dezerter Bazaar, the capital's oldest food market, named after the soldiers who sold their equipment here at the beginning of the 20th century. Meet your local culinary host, who will show you which ingredients to buy before welcoming you into her home for a cooking class in Georgia cuisine. After lunch, enjoy your last stop at Joseph Stalin's Underground Printing House, where a young Stalin printed communist propaganda between 1904 and 1906.

Hotel Astoria Tbilisi
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7: DEPART TBILISI

DAY 7: DEPART TBILISI

Today you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport in time to catch your onward flight.

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 without the big price tag
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 without the big price tag
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 without the big price tag
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

UNDISCOVERED GEORGIA (7 DAYS) $1,638

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.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is 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.

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WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

Meet the expert, Natalie

Natalie is our Causcaus expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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+44 (0)20 3944 6258

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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