This itinerary showcases the stunning Georgian countryside in a blaze of colour as some the first of the snow begins to creep into the Svaneti region. Renowned for its superb food you certainly won't go hungry whilst exploring Georgia - nor thirsty, given the prolific production of extremely good wine that gradually the rest of Europe is starting to wake up to. For Georgia was the birthplace of viti-culture - the science of grapes - and drinking plays a huge and very important part in culture and society today.
— Amelia, Original Travel Expert
Depart the UK in the afternoon to arrive into Tbilisi early the next morning (via Istanbul). Transfer to the hotel in Tbilisi for 2 nights.
Take a walking tour through the charming and elegant capital city of Tbislisi with its lovely old town, cobbled back streets and artistic creative pulse running through it creating a laid back, creative and bohemian feel. There's plenty of time to visit the many beautiful cafes, restaurants, bars and galleries that spill out onto the pavements. Afterwarsd pay visits to Metechi Church, Sulfur bathhouses, the Siona Cathedral, the Museum of Georgina Fine Arts and Janashia Museum of Georgia.
Explore Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns in Georgia, before heading northwest along the Georgian military highway to the beautiful Kazbegi hotel in the mountains for two nights.
Explore Kazbegi and the beautiful landscape with a picnic by Gveleti waterfall and a visit to the stunningly located Gergeti Holy Trinity Church.
Drive south east into the fertile Kakheti valley that borders the great Caucasus range, known for its wine making. Visit the Badbe nunnery complex and Sighnaghi before staying overnight in Telavi.
Drive through the Alazani valley and visit the stunning 12th century Alverdi cathedral. Onto the Gremi complex and Nekresi Monastery and back to Tbilisi for one night.
Start the journey northwest towards Kutaisi stopping at Chateau Muhkrani for lunch and wine tasting. Onto the rock cut town of Uplistsikhe and Gori, the birthplace of Stalin where there is an interesting museum.
Visit the Gelati Academy and Bagrati Cathedral before heading north up the winding road past Zugdidi and through the mountains to Mestia for two nights.
Spend two days exploring the town of Mestia and walking in the stunning surroundings with the 9th Century defensive towers that dominate the landscape.
Return to Tbilisi via the beautiful Becho Valley where pigs and cows wander into the road in front of pretty houses. Spend the last night in the capital and do a last spot of shopping the next morning before departing back to the UK.
Price per person includes: Guest lecturer Tony Anderson, international flights (economy), English speaking local guide, all local transport, accommodation and meals (full board throughout, except for days 2, 4, 9 and 10).
The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Prices are generally for private arrangements using economy flights based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.
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