Georgia Grand Tour

The Most Comprehensive Georgia Adventure In Just Two Weeks
1,384 From
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Cover image © Pavel Ageychenko

Overview

Difficulty
Comfort
Tour type
May — October
Period
13 days
Duration
6-12
Group
6+
Age
GT003
Program code
  • Experience the best of Georgia on a comprehensive tour visiting all four corners of the country
  • Be awestruck by stunning mountain views and the rich biodiversity of Georgia's nature
  • Explore renowned UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as: Gelati Monastery and Ushguli village
  • Taste the unique wine made using the ancient "Kvevri" method in the "Wine Region of Georgia"
  • Sample the finest Georgian cuisine with a Kakhetian bread-making demonstration
  • Tour the largest cave city in the country, Vardzia
  • See the unusual Katskhi Pillar rock monastery, one of the world's most unique
  • Interact with locals and gain insights into their lifestyle

Embark on an unforgettable 13-day journey to discover a land of unique cultural heritage and breathtaking diversity. This tour is perfect for travelers who don't compromise on their experiences and want to see it all. Nestled at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Georgia offers a rich tapestry of landscapes, cultures, cuisines, and vine varieties unlike any other. Marvel at the ancient Georgian alphabet and the captivating beauty of Tbilisi, the country's chaotic yet charming capital city, where old-world charm blends seamlessly with modern-day skyscrapers.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Gelati Monastery and Ushguli, an ancient village perched atop majestic mountains. Explore the country's rich history by visiting ancient cave towns and fortresses. End your journey at the breathtaking Black Sea coast, where you can soak up the sun on its magnetic sand beaches or experience the vibrant energy of Batumi, Georgia's own "Las Vegas".

Savor the unique flavors of Georgian cuisine and taste wines made using ancient methods. Immerse yourself in a culture rich with traditions and history, where every turn holds a new discovery. Come discover the wonder of Georgia in just 13 days and make memories that will last a lifetime. Welcome to this land of endless possibility!

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Day 1 photo: Welcome to Tbilisi

Welcome to Tbilisi

Our team will welcome you at Tbilisi International Airport and escort you to your hotel for a rest. After you have rested, we will embark on a tour to make your visit to Georgia an unforgettable experience. Our Tbilisi tour will start in the old town and showcase its iconic sights such as the pedestrian streets, the main churches (Anchiskhati and Sioni), Meydan Square, and the sulfur baths district. We will then take a cable car ride to the Narikala Fortress and the Mother of Georgia statue for a photo opportunity with a stunning panoramic view of the city. To wrap up the tour, we will visit Sololaki, the district of wealthy merchants and artists that still captivates visitors. If you feel energetic enough, we can attend a free open-air puppet show in front of the Rezo Gabriadze Theatre. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.

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Day 2 photo: Exploring Tbilisi

Exploring Tbilisi

Let's start today's journey by strolling through the European side of Tbilisi, beginning with the David Aghmashenebeli Avenue on the left bank of the river. We will then visit the Dry Bridge Flea Market, where you can find items linked to Georgia's Soviet past. We will continue along Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi's main thoroughfare often referred to as the "Georgian Champs-Élysées", until we reach the old funicular which will take us to the top of Mtatsminda Park, the highest point in the city. After a midday break, we will take a drive to Turtle Lake, a 700-meter high hill surrounded by nature located in the heart of Tbilisi. Depending on your preference, we can also visit the Ethnographic Open Air Museum, which showcases around 70 traditional Georgian houses brought from various parts of the country. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.

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Day 3 photo: Wine Road to Kakheti

Wine Road to Kakheti

Today, we will take the Georgian Wine Road to Kakheti region. Along the way, we will stop for a masterclass on how to make delicious and crispy Kakhetian bread. Next, we will visit the charming city of Sighnaghi, known as the "City of Love." After a meal at the city's most famous restaurant, we will go to the quaint and flowering Bodbe Monastery. Our journey will continue with a visit to the famous Tsinandali Estate, which includes a leisurely walk in the park, a tour of one of the oldest cellars in Georgia, an exploration of the beautiful house-museum of Prince Alexander Chavchavadze, and a wine tasting. We will conclude the day by visiting the peaceful town of Telavi, the capital of the Kakhetian region. Dinner and overnight in Telavi.

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Day 4 photo: Georgian Military Road

Georgian Military Road

We will conclude our exploration of the Kakheti region by visiting the gloomy Gremi Church Complex. This hilltop fortress, surrounded by walls with embrasures and towers, was once the capital of Kakheti and includes the Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, a royal citadel, a bell tower, and a wine cellar. After our final visit in Kakheti, we will travel north to the Great Caucasus Mountains. Along the way, we will visit the medieval fortress of Ananuri and sample Pasanauri's khinkalis, the region's and possibly the country's most famous specialty. After the meal, we will ascend to the Gudauri Memorial for breathtaking views of Mount Bidara. To end the day, we will visit the picturesque town of Kazbegi, situated beneath the towering Mount Kazbek. Dinner and overnight in Kazbegi (Stepantsminda) with a hotel with panoramic views of the mountains.

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Day 5 photo: "Heart of Georgia" — Gori

"Heart of Georgia" — Gori

This day will begin by climbing to the Church of Gergeti, which is one of Georgia's iconic gems. You will experience the soul of the highest mountain temple in the country. After this experience, you will discover the fascinating giant stone heads in Sno village before taking a meal break. Then, let's continue to descend from the mountains. On the way, you will enjoy the amazing panorama of the Jinvali Reservoir. At the end of the day, we will reach the central region of Shida Kartli and Gori, the regional capital. There, you will have the opportunity to visit the home town museum of Joseph Stalin! Depending on the time, we can have a short walk through the charming streets of the city center.
Dinner and overnight in Gori.

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Day 6 photo: Uncovering the Hidden Treasures of Vardzia and Rabati

Uncovering the Hidden Treasures of Vardzia and Rabati

Today, we embark on a journey to the west and start with a peaceful respite in Borjomi, the most renowned balneological resort in Georgia, surrounded by pine forests. Next, we head south to the mystical cave city of Vardzia carved into the rocks of Mount Erusheli. This 13-level feudal town boasts monastic cells, grand halls, libraries, stables, bakeries, swimming pools, and a functioning cathedral. After a meal, we travel back to the town of Akhaltsikhe and visit the 7-hectare Rabati Fortress, which houses the ethnographic museum of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region, the Ahmadiyya mosque with its stunning golden dome and minaret, a madrasah, a church, and a synagogue.
Enjoy dinner and spend the night in Akhaltsikhe.

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Day 7 photo: Amazing Katskhi Pillar: A Cliff Monastery Beyond Belief

Amazing Katskhi Pillar: A Cliff Monastery Beyond Belief

This day, explore the picturesque resort of Borjomi and its natural beauty. Take a stroll to witness the city's landmarks and visit the Central Park where you can sample the therapeutic mineral water and ride the cable car to the forest. Have a mid-day break in the charming town of Chiatura and dine with locals to get a taste of Georgian life. Then, visit the unique Khatskhi Pillar, a church perched atop a 40-meter monolith. End the day by heading west to Kutaisi.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kutaisi.

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Day 8 photo: Majestic Beauty of Georgia's Natural Treasures

Majestic Beauty of Georgia's Natural Treasures

Today, we will delve into the wonders of the Kutaisi region. We'll start by strolling through the bustling market of the city and taking in the charming sights of Georgia's second largest city. Next, we'll visit the Gelati Monastery, a gem of UNESCO World Heritage, and admire its ancient and beautiful frescoes. After, we'll travel to the Kumistavi Cave, also known as Prometheus Cave, to witness a stunning display of stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls, and underground rivers and lakes. After a delicious meal, we'll continue our journey by walking across the awe-inspiring suspension bridge at the Okatse Canyon.
Dinner and overnight will be in Gordi.

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Day 9 photo: Discover Svaneti: Mestia, A UNESCO Heritage

Discover Svaneti: Mestia, A UNESCO Heritage

Today, we'll journey to the northern mountains of the Svaneti region. Along the way, you'll visit the intriguing ethno village of Sisatura to learn about Georgian traditions in this area. Next, we'll visit the largest dam in Europe, taking a break for lunch surrounded by glaciers and towering mountains. The drive will continue with breathtaking views of alpine meadows, dense forests, and traditional Svanetian villages complete with their distinctive defensive towers, until we reach the small town of Mestia, where we'll simply bask in the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Dinner and overnight stay in Mestia.

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Day 10 photo: Ushguli — The highest inhabited mountain community in Europe

Ushguli — The highest inhabited mountain community in Europe

Today, we'll visit the highest inhabited village in Europe - Ushguli, a remote mountain community under UNESCO protection. Discover Svanetian identity through its unique Orthodox Christian beliefs and walk through Svan towers, the Lamaria Temple, St. George's and Savior's Churches. Enjoy a meal in the village before returning to Mestia to visit the museum of icons or the ethnographic museum. End the day by climbing the castle of Queen Tamar (time permitting). Dinner and overnight in Mestia.

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Day 11 photo: Discover the rich history of Zugdidi, from Byzantium to Bonaparte

Discover the rich history of Zugdidi, from Byzantium to Bonaparte

Today, we will journey from the high mountain of the Svaneti region to the unspoiled city of Zugdidi. Before reaching our destination, we will make a stop to visit the ancient Tsalenjikha Cathedral, built in the Byzantine style. After a meal in the city, we will start our exploration of Zugdidi with a visit to the stunning Dadiani Palace, an historical landmark that houses many objects once owned by the royal Dadiani family and the Napoleon Bonaparte family. Afterward, we will take a stroll through the Botanical Garden, which was once the private garden of the Dadiani family. Finally, we will embark on a short trip to the Rukhi Fortress, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the Abkhazian region, which is currently occupied by separatist forces and off limits.
Dinner and overnight in Zugdidi.

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Day 12 photo: Discover the dazzling lights of Batumi, Georgia's own Las Vegas

Discover the dazzling lights of Batumi, Georgia's own Las Vegas

For today, we embark on a journey to the Georgian seaside. Our first stop is in Ureki, where you can experience the unique benefits of bathing in black magnetic sand. Then, we head to Batumi, the capital of the Adjara region, where you'll savor the renowned boat-shaped khachapuri. After a delicious meal, we'll take a tour of the city, known as the "Pearl of the Black Sea", including a stroll along the promenade with its singing fountains, sculptures, towers and modern skyscrapers, a visit to the charming old part of the city, and the European part with its Art Nouveau architecture. The tour ends at the port, where you'll be amazed by the "Georgian Romeo and Juliet" show, a captivating sculpture of Ali and Nino. The rest of the evening is yours to relax or purchase final souvenirs from your Georgia trip.
Dinner and overnight stay in Batumi.

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Day 13 photo: The end of the tour

The end of the tour

For your departure, our team will ensure a comfortable and hassle-free transfer from your hotel to the international Batumi airport, ensuring that you arrive at the airport well in advance of your flight schedule.

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Our tour program's list of attractions is a guide, not exhaustive. Unlisted sites may be visited, and listed ones might be viewed from a distance. Conditions like operating hours, weather, or local rules may affect access. Thank you for your understanding.

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July 13, 2024 — July 25, 2024 GEL 3,910 USD 1,384 On sale
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Aug. 17, 2024 — Aug. 29, 2024 GEL 3,910 USD 1,384 On sale
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