The Classic Georgia tour starts and ends in Tbilisi. The Classic Georgia is an Adventure tour that takes 8 days taking you through Tbilisi, Georgia and other destinations in Georgia. Travel to where Europe meets Asia and spend 8 days discovering the charming country of Georgia. Home to green hills, black sea beaches, ancient churches and one of the oldest wine regions in the world, Georgia has both an old world charm and modern feel within its towns and cities. Come face-to-face with alpine valleys and gorgeous mountains as we journey through these charismatic cities and remote villages that are waiting to be explored in what is considered one of the world’s greatest hidden gems to travel to.
Day 1 : Arrive Tbilisi & City Tour
Close to the Caucasian Mountains your journey begins in the classic capital city of Georgia, which is also one of the oldest cities in Europe. Spend the full day sightseeing and learning more about the city of Tbilisi on a city tour from 10am. Our first stop is the Sameba-Holy Trinity Cathedral Church which is known as the religious centre of Georgia and the Metekhi Church which overlooks the river Mtkvari and Old Tbilisi. Take note of the statue of Vakhtang Gorgasali below it, which has become one of the most notable images associated with the city. Following this we will take a cable car up to Narikala fortress which was built in the 4th Century and served as a main fortification of Tbilisi throughout the centuries. Take a downhill stroll to the old city where you’ll come across narrow cobbled streets and wooden balconies before walking further down Botanical Street to visit Tbilisi Mosque, Legvtakhevi and see the natural waterfall downtown. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring more incredible historical sites including the Sioni cathedral and Anchiskhati, the oldest church in Tbilisi dating back to the 7th c AD.". After our day of exploring we will return to our hotel for the night.
Important : If you are arriving today you will need to be at the joining hotel, at the latest by 09.30am. For those who would rather arrive the day before you can book pre-tour accommodation.
Day 2 : Museum of Stalin, Uplistsikhe Caves & Kutaisi
After breakfast we drive to the West to the heart of the Kartli region and visit the Museum of Joseph Stalin. Stalin and his family were born here and you will see many of his personal items, a fascinating experience for anyone who loves history. We then journey to the cave village of Uplistsikhe (also known as Lord’s fortress). This unique village consists of the oldest inhabited caves cut in limestone rocks that date back to the early Iron Age. Here we can spend some time exploring and learning about the ancient artefacts found in the village. Next up we make our way to the historic region of Imereti before arriving at Georgia’s second biggest city of Kutaisi, home to the Bagrati Cathedral built in the 11th Century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also the perfect location to enjoy the sunset after dinner.
Day 3 : Sataplia Caves, Martvili Canyons & Mestia
Today we kickstart the day with breakfast before driving to Sataplia Caves and the natural reserve. Sataplia is famous for the dinosaur footprints conserved here. You will get the opportunity to enter the 900m long cave on one hillside before crossing underground and back on the surface coming face-to-face with the dinosaur footprints as you pass through. Next we will visit the Martvili Canyons, an area of beautiful waterfalls and a river deep green in colour. We enjoy a boat trip through the canyons and relax in the tranquil surroundings. We continue on to the very heart of the Svaneti region and arrive in Mestia before ending the day with dinner.
Day 4 : Ushguli & Mestia
Prepare for an off-road adventure today as we hop on 4WD vehicles and visit the remote village of Ushguli. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe as it sits 2,220m above sea level. On the way we will also pass a few remote villages, including Ipari and Kala and we will stop to explore century-old churches with beautiful preserved frescoes. Take some time to continue exploring and indulging in Svan cuisine in the evening.
Day 5 : Svan Towers, Zugdidi & Batumi
The region of Svaneti is known for its Svan Towers, two identical 25m high towers which were used for defensive as well as dwelling purposes. We will visit Margiani Tower - which dates back to the 12th century. Following this we will head North-West and arrive at Zugdidi to soak up the culture, Zugdidi being the administrative center of the Samegrelo region. We also visit Dadiani Palace Museum, which contains everything from fine art samples to archeological materials from Greek and Georgian culture. It famously contains the death masks of Napoleon Bonaparte, as well as other artifacts from the Nokalakevi excavation site. Our day continues with a drive to the Adjara region, which comprises of a beautiful coastline that surrounds the nearby city of Batumi. We will stop for the night in this port town where you can enjoy walking among the boulevards and admire the dancing fountains.
Day 6 : Gonio Fortress, Batumi Botanical Gardens & Kutaisi
This morning visit the famous Gonio Fortress, the oldest in Georgia which is located 10km from Batumi on the Black Sea coast. The fortress itself has many myths and legends attached to it, one of which is the belief that it is home to the tomb of the Apostle Matthew. After this visit the beautiful Batumi Botanical Garden which was established by Russian botanist Andrey Krasnov and is home to plantlife from nine phyto-geographic areas. Next we return back to Kutaisi and visit Gelati Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery was built during the reign of the King David the Builder in the 12th Century and was known to employ some of the most celebrated Georgian scientists, theologians and philosophers. Spend the rest of the evening exploring more of Kutaisi.
Day 7: Return to Tbilisi via Mtskheta Town
After breakfast at the hotel we drive back to Tbilisi. On the way, we stop by Mtskheta which is one of the oldest cities in Georgia and is also known as the ‘Holy City’. The city is also known for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Jvari Monastery. We will arrive at Tbilisi in the evening, where we have the option to enjoy a farewell dinner and a folk show in a traditional Georgian restaurant.
Day 8: Depart Tbilisi
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights. Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Inclusions in tour are as follows:
Accommodation : 5 night(s) in hotels, 2 night(s) in a guesthouse.
Meals : 7 Breakfast(s), 2 Dinner(s).
Transport : Foot, Private Vehicle.
Excursions : Tbilisi City Tour, Cable Car to Narikala Fortress, Visit museum of Stalin and Bagrati Cathedral, Visit Uplistsikhe Caves, Sataplia Caves and natural reserve visit, Boat Ride through Martvili Canyons, Off road adventure in Ushguli, Visit Margiani tower - a Svan tower, Visit Dadiani Palace Museum, Visit Gonio Fortress and Gelati Monastery, Batumi Botanical Garden, Visit to Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta Town.
Followings are not included in tour:
Visas and travel insurance.
Spending money ampndash budget for meals snacks drinks limited souvenirs laundry tips and any extras.