Situated between Europe and Asia in the Caucasus region, discover the beautiful mountain scenery and fascinating historic fortresses of Georgia, plus dig into delicious local cuisine and explore the popular city of Tbilisi.
Our Gems of Georgia tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
Jvari Monastery is one of the most iconic in Georgia, built on the hill opposite Mtskheta, and dates back to 6th century AD.
A beautiful 18th century medieval town, located on a hilltop in Kakheti, and the capital of Georgia's wine region.
One of the highest permanent settlements based in a remote location in the Svaneti region.
A medieval fortress from the 9th century in Akhaltsikhe, houses a mosque, church and a historical museum.
Our Gems of Georgia Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Visit Chateau Mukhrani Royal Palace and Winery where you can taste traditional Georgian food and sip on delicious, locally produced wine.
The beautiful city of Tbilisi is built on hot water and here you'll be able to explore the history and relax in the hot baths which are fed by the natural springs.
Known as one of Georgia's most impressive natural sights, explore Dashbashi Canyon where you'll see magical waterfalls, lush vegetation and breath-taking views.
Fly overnight via Dubai to Tbilisi. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you have the rest of the day at leisure.
Rise early to take a scenic drive to Kakheti, a region known for its wine making. Visit Bodbe, a monastic complex, Signagi known as 'City of love', enjoy a city tour of Tbilisi with a cable car trip to Narikala Fortress, and Legvtakhevi with the beautiful waterfall. Visit Meidan square with its outdoor cafés, galleries and souvenir shops and enjoy time to shop at the Flea Market.
Departing Tblisi this morning, its a scenic, drive to Mtskheta to see Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Travel through Gori stopping to visit the House Museum of Joseph Stalin, and then onto Uplistsikhe with its ancient caves before arriving in Kutaisi, one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities.
Today you will drive to Sataplia Caves, situated in a Nature Reserve in the Imereti region, they are best known for dinosaur footprints as well as the caves themselves. Continue to Mestia in Svaneti with stops along the way at Dadiani Palace History and Architectural Museum. You will then start the drive into the Caucasus Mountains, stopping at the hydroelectric Enguri Dam. Arrive in Mestia where you will stay overnight.
A visit to Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography starts your day. Explore upper Svaneti, driving in a 4WD to Ushguli Village, the highest continuously inhabited city. You will visit the villages of Mulakhi, Ipari and Kala along the way, seeing churches rich in murals and frescos.
Today you will travel through the heart of Georgia to Kutaisi visiting Gelati Monastery and Bagrati Cathedral, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Rise early to drive to Borjomi Spa Resort where you will walk in Borjomi Park and taste the renowned mineral water from the natural springs. These waters have been famous since the 19th century and are exported all over the world.
Start the day with a visit to Rabati Castle, housing several churches, a mosque, synagogue and a museum. The museum offers you a look at different manuscripts, books and archaeological collections. You will then continue to Vardzia.
Spend the morning exploring Vardzia, an ancient city carved into volcanic rocks with numerous corridors, secret tunnels and chapels. You will also be visiting the female monastery Foka, Tetritskaro, Tsalka and Tabatskuri Lakes. Then stop at Dashbashi Canyon, one of the most impressive natural monuments in Georgia.
Fly to New Zealand, arriving home the following day.
Places Visited: Tbilisi (2N+1N) - Kutaisi (1N+1N) - Akhaltsikhe (1N) - Vardzia (1N) - Mestia (2N)
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