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Undiscovered Georgia

From £2,449
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Sep 2022 - Oct 2023
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From £2,449
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Sep 2022 - Oct 2023
Tour Overview
Straddling the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Georgia's fascinating history and culture beckon. Medieval monasteries perched on hilltops, natural wonders including the other-worldly Prometheus Caves, fairytale churches and thermal spas, there's something for everyone here. Soak up the charms of its capital Tbilisi, then learn secrets from a Georgian kitchen in Khaketi. A country of wine lovers, Georgia is the self-proclaimed birthplace of wine – sample the fruits of its labour in an underground winery and gaze up to the dramatic, snow-capped peaks of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Nestled between Russia and Azerbaijan, Georgia is a glorious, undiscovered holiday destination just waiting to be explored.
  • Classic Touring
  • Walking
  • All Breakfasts
  • Flight Choices
  • All Highlights Included
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • Private Chauffeur Service, Free Airport Parking or £100 reduction if you make your own arrangements
  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from London
  • 6 nights in 4-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners including a welcome drink & farewell dinner
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Walking tour of Tbilisi, Georgia's capital, including the Old Town
  • Take part in culinary demonstrations & sample local wines in Georgia's wine district
  • Visit to Gergeti Holy Trinity Church in the breathtaking Greater Caucasus Mountains
  • Travel along the historic Silk Road
  • Discover medieval monasteries, churches & a synagogue
  • Visit the famous Dariali Gorge on the Georgian-Russian border
  • Full day of activities in the Martvili Canyon
  • Explore natural wonders inside the Caves of Prometheus
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner at Guramishvili Winery in Saguramo with wine tasting

AIRPORT TRAVEL Service

On all flight inclusive holidays, you can choose to start your holiday with our Private Chauffeur Service* or we can organise free airport parking*. If you'd prefer to make your own arrangements, we'll give you a £100 price reduction* on the value of your booking.

*Mileage restrictions apply over 100 miles. Please see our Terms & Conditions for information

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Tbilisi

Today, make your own way to the airport or be collected by our Private Chauffeur (if you've pre-booked) for your overnight flight to Tbilisi.

Day 2 Tbilisi

You'll arrive in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi today. After arrival, we'll head straight out into the heart of Tbilisi's beautiful, compact centre, built in the 5th century. We'll experience the city's main attractions and learn about its complicated past on a leisurely walking tour. We'll start at the Metekhi plateau, from where we'll take in panoramic views of the city standing proudly against the striking backdrop of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Georgia's famous mountain range stretches between the Taman Peninsula of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea that separates Europe and Asia. Enjoy a lunch after this introduction to the city. We'll then journey by cable car to the majestic Narikala Fortress ruins, rising high over Tbilisi's picturesque Old Town and the twisting Mtkvari River. We'll explore this ancient symbol of defence - partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1827 - by walking along the trail, where the city will unfold beneath you. Discover sulphuric baths with therapeutic waters along the way. Next, we'll get an insight into the country's rich culture through an array of dazzling archaeological findings and fascinating artefacts in the National Museum of Georgia. We'll take a stroll down Shardeni Street, lined with atmospheric cafés, before visiting the Great Synagogue. This significant landmark was built by Georgian Jews in the late 19th century among a cluster of churches. Decorated with intricate floral designs and Hebrew details, it's a real feast for the eyes. To round off our day in style, we'll enjoy a traditional meal together at a restaurant, followed by a display of Georgian folklore.

Meals included: L,D

Day 3 Kakheti

If you're a food and wine aficionado, you'll love today's excursion to Kakheti. Together, we'll learn secrets from a Georgian kitchen and sample the local wine in the heart of the famous wine region. The rolling countryside is dotted with vineyards, home to a staggering 400 types of grape.
Our morning is a tale of two monasteries. We'll begin at the towering Alaverdi monastery, where local monks made their own wine in the 11th century. Then, we'll explore the Gremi monastery, which was the capital of the Kakheti Kingdom from 1466 to 1616. Once a vibrant cultural hub, it was destroyed when Shah Abbas of Persia invaded the town.
Winding through the Khareba winery tunnel carved into the Great Caucasus Range, we'll discover how the tunnel was used to age the wine. Here, we'll enjoy a cooking lesson followed by a delicious lunch complete with a wine tasting where you'll learn about the notes and flavours of Georgian wine. Foodies are in for a real treat. We'll observe how traditional Georgian bread is made and prepare one of the national dishes, Khinkali. These dumplings are made from twisted dough, stuffed with meat and fragrant spices and eaten with your hands. We'll also see how Churchkhela is created, a traditional candle-shaped sweet dish made from two of Georgia's favourite ingredients – grapes and nuts. We'll thread together a long string of nuts and dip them into concentrated grape juice. We'll then drive back to Tbilisi.​

Meals included: B,L

Day 4 Kazbegi

​We'll gather bright and early for breakfast at the hotel before our scenic drive towards the Kazbegi region, twisting and turning along the historic Georgian Military Highway through the dramatic High Caucasus Mountains. On the way, we'll reach the colourful Cross Pass that stands at 2,395 metres and travel along the Tergi River, punctuated with rugged canyons and gorges.
En route, we'll visit the Ananuri architectural complex - the site of multiple dynasty uprisings – that overlooks a reservoir on the Aragvi River. When we reach Kazbegi – the main town of the region – we'll travel in a 4x4 through lush woodland valleys until we reach the lovely 14th​ century Gergeti Holy Trinity Church. Perched on a picturesque hilltop, the fai​rytale church is surrounded by sweeping vistas of snowy peaks including the brooding dormant stratovolcano, Mount Kazbeg.
After marvelling at nature's epic wonders, we'll drive to the spectacular Dariali Gorge along the Tergi River that stretches all the way to the Georgian-Russian border. This famous gorge that straddles the border is known by locals as the most romantic place in the Caucasus Mountains. It has been immortalised in Russian poetry, notably by Lermontov in 'The Demon'.
We'll rest our heads in the ski resort of Gudauri tonight and enjoy a delicious meal at our hotel as we look forward to tomorrow's adventures.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 The Silk Road & Uplistsikhe

We've got an exciting day ahead of us, starting with a drive along the ancient Silk Road that famously connected the East and the West. We're heading to perennially-invaded Gori, the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
Next, we'll explore the UNESCO-listed, expansive cave town of Uplistsikhe – known as the Lord's Fortress - one of the first rock-carved towns in Georgia. Before Georgia became a Christian country, this was the site of pagan rituals in the 1st millennium BC.
After exploring this cave town that once housed 20,000 people for ourselves, we'll make a photo stop at the remarkable statue outside the Museum of Stalin. We'll then drive to the spa resort of Tskaltubo, which will be our base for the next two nights.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Martvili Canyon

Today, we're going to visit Martvili Canyon, an excellent place for an adventure. The area, located in the Samegrelo region, boasts dazzling blue-green waters and incredible cascading waterfalls. Once a bathing spot for Georgia's Dadiani aristocracy, today locals flock here to admire the breathtaking scenery and take boat trips on the glittering, crystal-clear water.
Next, we'll drive to Kutaisi and soak up the UNESCO-listed 12th century Gelati Monastery Complex and Academy. Inspired by the gold details in paintings, the monastery was built by King David IV of Georgia – nicknamed David the Builder.
The monastery personifies the flourishing medieval architecture of the Golden Age. Marvel at ornate ceilings and admire King David's tomb that he wanted visitors to step onto. The academy once housed famous scientists, philosophers and theologians.
Tonight, we'll gather for a traditional dinner.

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Caves of Prometheus

We're going to soak up even more of Georgia's magnificent sights today. Millions of years old and bathed in colourful lights, the Prometheus Caves are the pinnacle of Georgia's Imereti region. A myriad of sublime natural wonders, the illuminated caves are bursting with breathtaking stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls, and underground rivers and lakes.
Later we'll travel to the holy city of Mtskheta. Placed at the top of a mountain at the confluence of the Mtkvaria and Aragvi Rivers, we'll find an enchanting monastery. The Georgian Orthodox Jvari Monastery has religious and cultural significance and dates back to the 6th century. According to folklore, Jvari's cross of miracles drew pilgrims from across the Caucasus.
Later, we'll visit the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, famous as the location where Jesus' robe is said to be buried. One of the most sacred places in Georgia, it is decorated both inside and out with fantastic stone carvings and faded frescoes.
When we've finished admiring the cathedral in all its glory, we'll head to Mtskheta's narrow, winding streets for a snack and some souvenir shopping.
This evening​ we head to the outstanding Guramishvili Winery in Saguramo for a farewell dinner. Discover the historical wine cellar and enjoy a final taste of Georgian wine over dinner as we share stories of our trip. We then return to Tbilisi.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Tbilisi - UK

Why not explore more of Tbilisi today before we head to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Upon arrival, either make your own way home or your Just You Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home (if you've pre-booked).

Meals included: B,L

Additional Information

Please note: There are so many aspects of Georgia to experience and to ensure you see the best of the country this tour will be very full with long, yet rewarding, days.
  1. Memorable Moment

    The views from the hilltop Gergeti Holy Trinity Church are simply sublime. It’s surrounded by dramatic snowcapped peaks and towering Mount Kazbeg.

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Holiday Inn

Opposite the Sport Palace in Tbilisi and a tube station, the 4-star Holiday Inn features an outdoor pool, large gym, and bar with mountain views. The restaurant serves international cuisine. Rooms have air-conditioning, wi-fi, coffee maker and safe.

Gudauri Lodge

Gudauri Lodge is located in the ski resort of Gudauri, which is also a great gateway for hill walking during summer time. Hotel features a sun terrace with outdoor furniture and indoor swimming pool, as well as spa and wellness centre. Air-conditioned hotel rooms have free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.

Tskhaltubo Plaza

The 4-star Hotel Tskaltubo Plaza is located in a green area, 350 yards from Tsivi Lake and just across the main park, which is famous for its thermal baths. Facilities include a bar, patio cafe and restaurant. Rooms have wi-fi, air conditioning, TV with satellite channels and safe.

Holiday Inn

Opposite the Sport Palace in Tbilisi and a tube station, the 4-star Holiday Inn features an outdoor pool, large gym, and bar with mountain views. The restaurant serves international cuisine. Rooms have air-conditioning, wi-fi, coffee maker and safe.

Personalise your trip

Choose to extend your stay with an organised add-on. 

Undiscovered Georgia with Armenia Add on

Undiscovered Georgia with Armenia Add on

Extend to 12 days from £849 Departures from: Sep 2022 - Oct 2023

You can extend your holiday with a stay in the neighbouring country of Armenia. After spending an extra night in Tbilisi, you will continue to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia on day 9 of your tour. Join an included sightseeing tour of the city to experience the slow pace of life here and a busy café scene, particularly around its handsome brick-built squares. The city is overlooked by Mount Ararat, where Noah's ark is said to have come to rest, so catch a glimpse of this snow-capped landmark. You'll also get to admire Sevan Lake, whose colours change with the weather conditions, from a dazzling azure to dark blue and every shade in between. Perched on a hill here is Sevanavank Monastery, a great place from which to take in spectacular views over the lake. You'll also get to taste Armenian brandy, said to be among the best in the world.

Your add-on includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 4 nights' accommodation  on bed-and breakfast basis plus  1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • Haghpat medieval monastery complex
  • Yerevan city tour
  • Visit Khor Virap Monastery
  • Visit Echmiadzin
  • Tour of an Armenian brandy factory
  • Geghard Monastery
  • Lake Sevan, the 'Emerald of Armenia'

Itinerary

DAY 8 Tbilisi
Why not explore more of Tbilisi today at your own pace with a full day of leisure in this vibrant city. Head to the Old Town to marvel at the 19th century wooden buildings and one of Tbilisi's most emblematic structures, the clock tower, which was built by puppet master Rezo Gabriadze and looks like something from a fairytale. Or perhaps take a stroll over the Peace Bridge, a feat of modern engineering that will take you to the cylindrical, chrome structures of the Music Theatre and Exhibition Hall.

DAY 9 Tbilisi - Yerevan
This morning we will check out of the hotel and drive to the Armenian border at Sadakhlo. From here, we will continue to the UNESCO-listed Haghpat monastery complex. Dating back to the 10th century, it was once a scientific centre where monks could study medicine, astronomy, literature and more. 
Our journey continues to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, and on arrival we'll head off on a tour. Beginning at the heart of the city in Republic Square, we'll make our way to Cascade, an imposing white stairway and home to a museum of modern art. We'll also visit the Opera House, an architectural masterpiece designed by Alexander Tamanyan. After time to freshen up, we'll get together again this evening and enjoy dinner in a nearby restaurant.

DAY 10 Khor Virap Monastery & Armenian brandy tasting
Today begins with a visit to Khor Virap Monastery, which is set against the stunning backdrop of snow-capped Mount Ararat and renowned as the birthplace of Armenian Christianity. In the late 3rd century, evangelist St Gregory the Illuminator is said to have been imprisoned in a well here by pagan King Trdat III. For around 13 years, he was secretly fed by Christian women and later went on to cure the king of illness. Perhaps as a mark of his gratitude, the king later converted to Christianity and declared it Armenia's official religion. Today, the monastery is an important pilgrimage site and visitors can even climb into the well to see where the saint was held captive. Next, we'll head to Echmiadzin, the centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church and site of the country's oldest Christian church.
As we make our way back to Yerevan, our day comes to an end with a visit to an Armenian brandy factory. We'll enjoy a tour and of course a tasting of the celebrated spirit, said to have been a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill. After time to freshen up, we'll head to a restaurant for dinner.

DAY 11 The 'Emerald of Armenia'
We're heading to Kotayk Provence today and the magnificent Geghard Monastery, which is set against towering cliffs amidst stunning natural scenery. It's a fine example of medieval architecture, and many of the complex's churches and tombs are cut into the surrounding rock. We'll make a stop at Garni to see the Greek-style colonnaded temple dedicated to the sun goddess Mithra, and then continue our journey to Lake Sevan. Set 1,900 metres above sea level, this beautiful setting is known as the 'Emerald of Armenia,' and is one of the largest high-altitude freshwater lakes in the world. We'll visit Sevanavank, a beautiful monastery set on a rocky peninsula in the north western part of the lake and then drive to the city of Dilijan. Surrounded by natural beauty, it was once a popular retreat for artists, composers and writers and is home to splendid examples of traditional Armenian architecture.

DAY 12 Dilijan - Tbilisi - UK
After breakfast we'll leave the hotel and cross the border back into Georgia. We'll head back to Tbilisi, where you'll spend some time at leisure. Perhaps shop for some last-minute souvenirs at Dry Bridge open-air flea market before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

You can extend your holiday with a stay in the neighbouring country of Armenia. After spending an extra night in Tbilisi, you will continue to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia on...

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