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8 Day Classic Tour to Georgia

Cultural & Sightseeing Tours

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Ascension of the Holy Cross VI c, Jvari Monastery, Mtskheta

Prometheus Cave, Imereti region

Prometheus Cave, Imereti region

Panorama Tbilisi

Panorama Tbilisi

Wooden Houses in Tbilisi

Wooden Houses in Tbilisi

Zhinvali Reservoir, Georgia

Zhinvali Reservoir, Georgia

Kazbegi Pick 5054 m

Kazbegi Pick 5054 m

Khevi in Caucasus Mountains

Khevi in Caucasus Mountains

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Classic Tour to Georgia

Starts from: TBILISI upon request

Available: APRIL-OCT

Distance: 1095 km

Type: Private Cultural multi-day tour

Duration: 8 DAYS

8-day private multi-day cultural tour Classic Georgia is designed to introduce you to the major cities and regions of the country. Khevi, Kartli and Imereti regions, caves of Uplistsikhe and Prometheus, UNESCO sites of Mtskheta and Gelati are part of the itinerary. The tour includes sightseeing of the capital city Tbilisi, towns as Mtskheta, Gori, Stephantsminda, Kutaisi and takes you through the mountains of Great Caucasus.

Sights to Visit

Itinerary


Day to day

Arrival in Tbilisi Airport. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

10:00 am is recommended to start Tbilisi City tour.

After breakfast guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and start full day Tbilisi city tour.

The first place to visit is Holy Trinity Cathedral (Sameba), the main cathedral of Georgia and one of tallest orthodox Christian churches in the world. The tour will take about 40 minutes.

Next stop is the Metekhi plateau. Situated on an elevated cliff above the river Mtkvari and old Tbilisi, this was the first residential area of Georgian Royal family; the church was built in the 13th century. Fantastic view - Tbilisi Historical District lies in front of you!

Now start walking to Europe Square, Rike Park, and take a cable car, which goes to the other side of the river and to the Narikala Fortress – major fortification of medieval times. Enjoy panoramic views, walk down towards the LegvtaKhevi canyon (“Fig Ravine) and waterfall, through the Sulfur bathhouse district and Shardeni street and come across to the Maidan square. The area is notable for beautiful narrow streets, outdoor cafes, and souvenir stores, which links to the modern glass Bridge of Peace.

Have a wonderful day ahead!

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Driving distance: 171 km (3 h 31 min)

Today drive to the Great Caucasus mountains and stay in Kazbegi municipality for two nights.

After breakfast, check out and head to the North. Mtskheta – the old capital of former Georgian kingdom Iberia, is the first site to visit. Mtskheta town and its historical monuments: Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral are recognized by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

Jvari (586-604 AD) is a church of tetranoch architectural style, popular in Byzantine, Armenia and Georgia in early Christian time.

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (1010-1029 AD) is known as the burial site of Christ’s mantle and has been one of the most sacred places since first century. The interior walls of the cathedral are covered by frescoes of different times (16th-19th cc). The stonework in the church depicts carved grapes reflecting Georgia’s wine-making traditions linked with old testimony.

After Mtskheta tour, continue towards North, Khevi region. On the way make a stop near Ananuri Fortress (built in the 16-17th cc) on the right bank of Zhinvali Reservoir. Medieval fort is comprised of churches, fortification structures, jails, escape tunnel and residential tower of local lords – Aragvi Eristavi.

This road had great economical and historical importance, as it was the main trade rout, part of the Great Silk road, connecting Caucasus countries to the north. In 19th c the road was named by Russian Empire as Georgian Military Highway. Today, we follow it through Jvari Pass, stop at Gudauri observation platforms, travertine mountain and in the evening arrive in Stephantsminda for two overnights.

Overnight in Stephantsminda.

Driving distance: 78 km (2 h 7 min)

After breakfast start a full day Caucasus mountains exploration. Morning trek to Gergeti mount, observe Snowy peaks and visit the Holy Trinity Church 14th c., located on the top of the mountain, overlooking Stephantsminda; at the same time, the site is situated under the foot of the glacier Kazbegi (5054 m).

Drive to the Dariali Gorge, walk to the waterfalls of Gveleti. Follow the roaring stream of the river Tergi, visit Dariali Monastery and see Larsi Georgia-Russian border.

Second half of the day spend in Truso Valley. Picnic lunch near the site.

Overnight in Stephantsminda.

Driving distance: 368 km (6 h 30 min)

Breakfast at the hotel. Driving day: the long transfer from northern frontiers to the west Georgia.

Check out and depart for Gori – historical town in Kartli region. There are two *optional sites to visit today: the museum of Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator leader, and Gori Fortress. Nearby the town there are ancient caves of Uplistsikhe (15 km from Gori).

Uplistsikhe town was carved in rocks in 1st millennium BC and is considered as the earliest discovered urban settlement in Georgia. The tour in Uplistsikhe will take approximately 40 minutes. Note: This site can be done today or on day 7.

After visiting Kartli, continue to the west, through Rikoti Pass. We can make several stops: near pottery and local farmers’ markets selling various fruits, vegetables and handmade goods.

In the evening arrive in the former capital city of Georgia – Kutaisi. Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site Gelati Academy is lovely, as the best sunset can be seen from the windows of 12th c Academy building.

Another highlight - Bagrati Cathedral, (11th c) is located in a central part of the city and can be visited today or next morning.

Overnight in Kutaisi.

Driving distance: 121 km (2 h 37 min)

Start tour to Vani Archaeological Site, located about 42 km away from Kutaisi (about 45 minutes). Vani Archaeological Museum-Reserve is included in UNESCO tentative list. The permanent exhibition of the museum displays cultural development of the site between 800 BC and 100 AD (gold-work, silver, unique bronze sculptures and their fragments, samples of coins, etc.). Highlights of the exhibition include spectacular collection of jewelry, that displays skills, and talent of local goldsmiths.

Afterwards, take a lunch break in local traditional family. *Optional wine tasting is available in Vartsikhe winery.

Drive to Prometheus Caves that is known for various types of stalactites, stalagmites, curtains, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls, underground rivers, and lakes. If the water level permits, boat trip will be available to book on site.

In the evening return back to Kutaisi.

Evening stroll on Agmashenebeli Square and at Kutaisi Opera to the Kutaisi Historic district. Bagrati Cathedral of the Dormition is beautifully set on the hill top and overlooks Khvamli mountains and the river Rioni. The archaeological part of Bagrati Royal residence reveals 1st c curtain wall, the ruins of 9th c St, George church and secrete passage to the lower fort.

Overnight in Kutaisi.

Driving distance: 282 km (5 h 8 min)

After breakfast at Kutaisi hotel, check out and leave Kutaisi. On the way back to Tbilisi make a short stop on Rikoti Pass and visit 9th c Ubisa Monastery, prominent for 14th c wall paintings by Damiane.

In Tbilisi enjoy leisure evening, visit shopping malls, flea market on the Dry Bridge, Tbilisi Historic District and Mtatsminda park by funicular train.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Distance: 25 km (30 min)

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out time is 12:00.

Transfer to the Airport for departure.

We wish you nice flight back home and hope to greet you again in Georgia.

Inclusions


Included

Private Transportation:

  • 2 x Tbilisi Airport Private transfers to/from Tbilisi hotel by a comfortable vehicle
  • Private transportation with a comfortable vehicle

Private Staff:

  • Professional guide service during the tour

Accommodation 7 overnights: 

  • 3 x overnights in Tbilisi 3* hotel Brigitte (or similar)
  • 2 x overnights in Kutaisi 3* hotel Bagrati 1003 (or similar)
  • 2 x overnights in Kazbegi Tsitsia and Stephane Guesthouse (or similar) 

Meals:

  • 7 x Breakfasts-on days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • 2 x Dinners-on days 3, 4

Other:

  • 2 x bottles of water per person daily
  • Entrance fees
  • Excursions in accordance with the program
  • All taxes

Excluded

  • Visa Fees (when needed) & Insurance
  • Flight tickets
  • Early Check ins/Late Check outs
  • *Optional services
  • Meals and alcoholic beverages

Price


Price

Group size Price per adult
Solo 1561 €
2-3 people 944 €
4-5 people 862 €
6-7 people 807 €
8-9 people  624 €
10-15 people 595 €
*Online booking deposit:  60 €

 

The above prices (except for solo) are based on two people sharing a twin/double room.

Single Supplement is: 146 € 

1 person from the group will be FREE of charge if 10 and more adults are traveling together

Child Policy
0-1 years - Free
2-6 years - 297 €
7 years and over - Adult

 

 

 

*Online booking deposit will be deducted from the total tour price. 

The balance can be paid in one of the following ways:

  • Bank transfer - in Euro/USD/GBP currency, no later than two weeks before the tour starts
  • VISA/Master card - in GEL (local currency) in Tbilisi only, before the tour starts, directly to your guide via POS terminal. Card service fee +3%
  • Cash – GEL only, directly to the nearest TBC Bank office or TBC Bank Cash terminal no later than the beginning of the tour.

For a larger group or custom itinerary please contact us at travel[at]georgianholidays.com

Tips for booking procedure: 

How to know which “Operator” to select?

You only need to select the Operator name if you have previously communicated with one of our sales agents via phone or email, otherwise please leave it at default.

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*Optional services:

  • Single Supplement: 146 €
  • 4 x 4 WD Jeep Mitsubishi Delica service to Gergeti - 25 € per car (5+2 seats)
  • Wine tasting in Vartsikhe winery: per person 8 € 
  • Museum of Joseph Stalin: 5 €  
  • Gala dinner with live folk show and Georgian wine - per person 23 € 

 

To arrange extra services and pre-tour (post-tour) hotel overnights, contact us travel[at]georgianholidays.com

Cancellation is free of charge prior 7 days of the starting day.

  • The booking deposit 60 Euro is non-refundable. 

If Tourist cancels the booked tour for some reasons not depending on Tour Operator, the following sums are kept back as a fine:

  • 50% of the total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 7 days or less prior to the tour;
  • 100% of the total cost of the tourist product due to the Tourist's failure to appear.

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