Highlights of Georgia - 8 days (GE-01)

On this eight day tour, you’ll get to know why Georgia wins a place in the hearts of those who visit. You’ll explore the charming capital Tbilisi and its predecessor, the religious centre of Mtskheta. The country’s treasures aren’t confined to those above ground, as you’ll see in Vardzia and Uplistikhe. Visits to Gori, the birthplace of Stalin, the UNESCO-listed Gelati monastery and Rabati fortress complete this captivating introduction to one of the most welcoming countries in the Caucasus.
Vardzia
Kutaisi
Tbilisi
Mtskheta
Uplistsikhe

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Day 1. Tbilisi
Arrival in Tbilisi and check in to the hotel. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 2. Tbilisi
Today we start with Tbilisi city tour. We will also visit the Georgian National Museum and take a stroll along Rustaweli Avenue. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 3. Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Prometheus Cave – Kutaisi
The former capital and religious heart of Georgia is located at Mtskheta. There we’ll show you the 6th century Djvari Church and the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Afterwards, we drive to Kutaisi where we visit Prometheus Cave. Overnight in Tskaltubo (near Kutaisi). Driving distance: 265 km / 166 ml.
Day 4. Kutaisi – Gelati – Bagrati – Akhaltsikhe 
Today we start at a local farmers’ market. From there we check out the UNESCO-listed Gelati monastery complex and then move on to the 12th Bagrati Cathedral. Afterwards we drive to Akhaltsikhe. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe. Driving distance: 213 km / 133 ml.
Day 5. Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia – Rabati Fortress – Akhaltsikhe
We’ll explore Vardzia - a subterranean complex consisting of 300 or so caves cut from the mountain. Later, we’ll return to Akhaltsikhe, where we visit the Ethnographic Museum housed in Rabati Fortress. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe. Driving distance: 122 km / 76 ml.
Day 6. Akhaltsikhe – Borjomi – Gori – Uplistikhe – Tbilisi
We drive towards Borjomi Park. Next stop is the town of Gori - the birthplace of Soviet leader Stalin where we visit a museum dedicated to his life. Nearby, we pay a visit to Uplistikhe, another atmospheric cave city. Afterwards we return to Tbilisi, for dinner accompanied by folk dancing. Overnight in Tbilisi. Driving distance: 240 km / 150 ml.
Day 7. Tbilisi
Today is free for you to explore Tbilisi a little more. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 8. Tbilisi
Transfer to the airport.
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Quick Facts
  • Season: Four Seasons
  • Starts: Tbilisi
  • Ends: Tbilisi
  • Departs: Monday
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Group Size: 2-10
  • Tour Grade:   Gentle

Akhaltsikhe Akhaltsikhe
Located in Southern Georgia, Akhaltsikhe translates as “new fortress” and the renovated Rabati Fortress is an important landmark in this part of the country. Containing... Read more
Gori Gori
Gori, named after its hilltop fortress, dating back to the 7th century. Later, the city became an important trade hub. More recently, it was the birthplace of Joseph Stalin and the... Read more
Kutaisi Kutaisi
In the days of the Golden Fleece, Kutaisi was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Colchis and it remains Georgia’s second largest city. The jewels in its crown are without ... Read more
Mtskheta Mtskheta
Another of Georgia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Mtskheta’s long history dates back to before 1000BC. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Iberia, it’s located on ... Read more
Tbilisi - the Capital of Georgia Tbilisi - the Capital of Georgia
The Georgian capital straddles the banks of the Mtkvari River. Founded in the 5th century by King Vakhtang I Gorgasali, it contains many bath houses fed by the area’s natural... Read more
Uplistikhe Cave Town Uplistikhe Cave Town
Translating as “the Lord’s fortress”, Uplistsikhe is one of the oldest urban settlements in the country. This cave city near Gori was cut from the rock on the lef... Read more
Vardzia Vardzia
Near Akhaltsikhe, it’s well worth taking an excursion to Vardzia, a cave town founded in the 12th century which once housed a population of 50000; as well as people’s h... Read more

Day 1. Tbilisi
Arrival in Tbilisi and check in to the hotel. (D)
Day 2. Tbilisi
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll enjoy guided sightseeing of the Georgian capital. We begin in the characterful old town where the Methekhi Church has been a fixture on the landscape since the 13th century. From the riverfront, we’ll hop on a cable car which will take us to the 4th century Narikala Fortress, which occupies a prominent position on a hill overlooking the city. The view’s fabulous. Later, we complete our tour, ticking off the 6th century Antchiskhati Church, 12th century Sioni Cathedral and an ancient synagogue. Afterwards we visit the treasury of Georgian National Museum and take a stroll alongRustaweli Avenue, Tbilisi’s main street. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi. (B, D)
Day 3. Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Prometheus Cave – Kutaisi
The former capital and religious heart of Georgia is located at Mtskheta, just a short drive from Tbilisi. There we’ll show you the 6th century Djvari Church and the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, both of which are recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Afterwards, we drive to Kutaisi, the second largest city in Georgia. Near Kutaisi we visit Prometheus Cave. Inside there’s a breathtaking array of stalactites and stalagmites. Dinner and overnight at the spa resort of Tskaltubo. (B, D)
Day 4. Kutaisi – Gelati – Bagrati – Akhaltsikhe 
A visit to a bazaar is always an enjoyable activity; today we start at a local farmers’ market and check out the fresh produce. From there we check out the UNESCO-listed Gelati monastery complex, located close to Kutaisi, which was founded in 1106 by King David IV of Georgia, and then move on to the 12th century Academy Complex and Bagrati Cathedral. Afterwards we drive to Akhaltsikhe, tonight’s dinner and accommodation stop. (B, D)
Day 5. Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia – Rabati Fortress – Akhaltsikhe
It’s a splendid drive to Vardzia hugging the upper Mtkvari River and squeezing through arid, narrow canyons. Vardzia is the magnificent reward, a subterranean complex consisting of 300 or so caves cut from the mountain. We’ll explore churches, refectories and wine cellars to get a feel for what life used to be like before the site was abandoned many centuries ago. Later, we’ll return to Akhaltsikhe, where we visit the Ethnographic Museum housed in Rabati Fortress. Dinner and overnight at Akhaltsikhe. (B, D)
Day 6. Akhaltsikhe – Borjomi – Gori – Uplistikhe – Tbilisi
Departing Akhaltsikhe after breakfast, we drive towards Borjomi, where we break our journey at Borjomi Park to stretch our legs. Next stop is the town of Gori, best known as the birthplace of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. A museum dedicated to his life offers a fascinating glimpse into his formative years. Nearby, we pay a visit to Uplistikhe, another atmospheric cave city that once formed part of the ancient Silk Road. Afterwards we return to Tbilisi, for dinner in a traditional restaurant accompanied by folk dancing and/or singing. Overnight in Tbilisi. (B, D)
Day 7. Tbilisi
Today is free for you to explore Tbilisi a little more. Perhaps you’d like to experience one of its traditional thermal baths, or settle into one of the many cafés and lounge bars for a relaxing drink while you watch the world go by. (B, D)
Day 8. Tbilisi
Our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and take you to the airport to catch your flight home. (B)


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Please see below for our group tour dates, if you would like to travel on a different day, please let us know and we will come back to you with an offer. There might be additional surcharges for a private tour but all depends on the number of people in your party and your travel preferences.

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26.08.2019 - 02.09.2019 £1,295 £1,695 £215 £295 book now
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09.09.2019 - 16.09.2019 £1,295 £1,695 £215 £295 book now
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24.08.2020 - 31.08.2020 £1,295 £1,695 £215 £345 book now
31.08.2020 - 07.09.2020 £1,295 £1,695 £215 £345 book now
07.09.2020 - 14.09.2020 £1,295 £1,695 £215 £345 book now
14.09.2020 - 21.09.2020 £1,295 £1,695 £215 £345 book now
21.09.2020 - 28.09.2020 £1,295 £1,695 £215 £345 book now
28.09.2020 - 05.10.2020 £1,295 £1,695 £215 £345 book now
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26.10.2020 - 02.11.2020 £1,295 £1,695 £215 £345 book now
02.11.2020 - 09.11.2020 £1,295 £1,695 £215 £345 book now
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Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour overview section.
  2. Price “Including flight” is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price “Excluding flight” does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room accommodation.
  5. Solo supplement is payable in the unlikely event when you are the only person on the tour. It will be refunded if other people join the same tour.



Hotel Dolabauri
Tbilisi 3*
Hotel Coste
Tbilisi 4*
Hotel Sani
Kutaisi 3*
Hotel Tskaltubo Plaza
Kutaisi 4*
Hotel Tiflisi
Aklatsikhe 3*
Hotel Lomsia
Akhaltsikhe 4*



Hotel Dolabauri Tbilisi 3*
Address: 1a Dolabauri Street, Tbilisi, Georgia
Telephone: +995 322 27 73 73

DESCRIPTION
Located on the north bank of the Mtkvari River a short distance from the main sights, the Hotel Dolabauri is close to public transport. It is a modern four star hotel which is decorated in a classic yet contemporary style. Every room is air-conditioned and have ensuite bathrooms; some have views of the river or the hills beyond the city. Amenities include flat-screen TV and a minibar.

The hotel has its own restaurant which serves both Georgian and European dishes. There’s also an on-site bar. Free WiFi and a 24 hour front desk add to guests’ convenience.

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Hotel Coste Tbilisi 4*
Address: 45a Merab Kostava Str, Tbilisi, Georgia
Telephone: +995 32 219 11 11

DESCRIPTION
The newly renovated Costé Hotel is an excellent choice for discerning guests. Featuring contemporary design, it places a firm emphasis on service as well as style. The hotel has many facilities aimed at enhancing guests’ stay, including a library and wine corner, free WiFi and free on-site parking. Its restaurant offers Georgian and European cuisine.
 
The 60 rooms are well equipped and have air conditioning, a seating area and flat screen TV with cable channels. The location just a short stroll from Rustaveli Avenue ensures you are at the centre of the action.

FACILITIES
  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour housekeeping
  • Concierge service
  • Business centre
  • Deposit boxes
  • Air-conditioning
  • Complimentary bikes rental
  • Free internet access
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Hotel Sani Kutaisi 3*
Address: 22 B D. Aghmashenebeli Avenue, Kutaisi, Georgia
Telephone: +995 571 77 75 34

DESCRIPTION
The Sani Kutaisi occupies a location within walking distance of Kutaisi’s central sights. It’s a short drive to Gelati Monastery, which can be found just 6.8 miles away. The comfortable rooms feature flat screen TV, desk, private bathrooms and free WiFi as standard. The hotel also provides other services such as laundry, luggage storage and a 24 hour front desk.

There’s an on-site coffee house and guests have the use of a shared kitchen should they wish to self cater. Kutaisi’s many restaurants are within easy reach.

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Hotel Tskaltubo Plaza Kutaisi 4*
Address: 15a Rustaveli St, Tskaltubo (near Kutaisi), Georgia
Telephone: +995 436 222 393

DESCRIPTION
Hotel Tskaltubo Plaza is located right in the centre of spa town Tskaltubo close to Kutaisi. It offers 76 rooms equipped with a tea and coffee maker, plasma TV, air conditioning, minibar, in-room safe, WiFi and telephone.
 
The hotel has its own restaurant serving both Georgian and European dishes and there’s also a terrace bar and patio area with live music, both perfect for relaxing.  The hotel offers a wide range of other facilities including a massage room, Finnish sauna and gym. There is car parking on site and free luggage storage.

FACILITIES
  • 24 hour reception
  • Room service
  • Private parking
  • Laundry services
  • Bar
  • Business centre
  • Medical treatments
  • Fitness centre
  • Sauna
  • Free internet access
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Hotel Tiflisi Aklatsikhe 3*
Address: 12 Aspindza Street, Akhaltsikhe, Georgia
Telephone: +995 568 11 11 88

DESCRIPTION
Rooms at the three star Hotel Tiflis are simply furnished in a contemporary style with modern bathrooms. Larger rooms feature a seating area with comfortable sofas. Situated in the centre of Akhaltsikhe, a ten minute walk to Rabati castle, the hotel has a bar and terrace as well as its own restaurant. Outside seating comes into its own in summer.

Rooms benefit from air conditioning, desk, kettle, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and ensuite bathrooms with shower and hairdryer. There’s a 24 hour front desk and free WiFi.

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Hotel Lomsia Akhaltsikhe 4*
Address: 10 Kostava Str., Akhaltsikhe, Georgia
Telephone: +995 365 222 001

DESCRIPTION
Located right at the heart of historic Akhaltsikhe, the Lomsia hotel is within easy reach of the town’s attractions. There are 63 well-equipped rooms offering a configuration to suit any party. All have a private bathroom with bath or shower, satellite TV and telephone. 
 
The hotel offers high speed WiFi throughout the building and there are several public spaces designed to offer relaxation and refreshment. The Tamar restaurant offers a selection of delicious Georgian dishes while the terrace is perfect for people watching while sipping a morning coffee. There’s also a bar and lounge area.

FACILITIES
  • 24 hour reception
  • Private parking
  • Laundry service
  • Business centre
  • Conference room
  • Air-conditioning
  • Free internet access
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