Total driving distance: 350 km (5 hr 49 min)
8:30 - pick-up from the hotel and head to Kakheti.
First, visit Bodbe nunnery and its colorful flower garden. The Great Caucasus mountains and its background view of Alazani valley is charming. 5th century female evangelist St. Nino’s relics are enshrined inside the 9th c basilica. This is the reason why the village became one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia.
After the next two turns, on the hills of Gombori mountain range Signagi, an old trading town reviles its mediaeval beauty. Cobbled streets, carved wooden balcony houses and wedding palace with breathtaking views of the Alazani Valley make it a popular place to visit.
Homemade lunch is served at the local house. After lunch, leave Signagi, drive to the village Tsinandali.
Visit Aleksander Chavchavadze’s Tsinandali residence (a 19th century Kakhetian nobleman, poet and a public figure). House, it’s wooden balcony, ball room, winery and mixed style English-French garden welcomes exhibitions, international classic music festivals, wine forums and various events. Walk through the labyrinth and sip a glass of wine in 19th c winery.
Continue the trip to Gremi, the former residence of the king Levan of Kakheti of the Bagrationi Dynasty 16th c., take a look at his portrait inside the medieval church and climb on a well preserved tower of 16th c.
Next stop is Telavi town and Batonistsikhe – another royal residence. Great King Erekle II was born and died in the same room here. After the tour in the palace drive to Alaverdi Cathedral (11th c.).
In the evening, return to Tbilisi.