Highlights & Tour Itinerary
- Embark on a walking tour of Old Tbilisi.
- See the caves in Uplistsikhe and Sataplia.
- Take a boat trip through Martvili Canyon.
- Visit Medieval Churches and Monasteries.
- See Svan Towers and tour to Ushguli in a 4WD.
Schedule 2021: The tour operates every second Saturday, starting 01 May, 15 May, 29 May, 12 Jun, 26 Jun, 10 Jul, 24 Jul, 07 Aug, 21 Aug, 04 Sep and 18 Sep. The tour is guaranteed if minimum 2 persons sign up, the maximum group size is 15 persons.
3 nights in Tbilisi.
2 nights in Kutaisi.
2 nights in Mestia.
1 night in Batumi.
Day 1 (Sat): Tbilisi Airport – Tbilisi Hotel
Welcome to Georgia! In the arrival hall meet your driver who will take you for around 30 minutes to your hotel in Tbilisi. Overnight at 3* ZP Hotel or similar.
Day 2 (Sun): Tbilisi City Tour – Tbilisi Hotel
At 10:00 we start with the city tour of Tbilisi. First, we visit one of the tallest Orthodox churches in the world, the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Continue to the Metekhi Church overlooking the river Mtkvari and downtown. From here, we go up by cable car to the 4th century Narikala fortress. Stroll downhill to the old city; visit Tbilisi Mosque, Legvtakhevi and visit the natural waterfall. Continue to the Bathhouse Square where the historical Sulfur Bathhouses. Passing along the Maidan Square, Shardeni and The King Erekle II streets with souvenir shops and art galleries, Tbilisi city tour proceeds to the Sioni cathedral and Anchiskhati Basilica,the oldest surviving church in Tbilisi. Tour the Golden Treasury of Georgian National Museum. The collection features gold and silver artifacts from the pre-Christian period from different parts of modern-day Georgia. Take a walk on Rustaveli Avenue passing by the Parliament, Rustaveli Drama Theater, National Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theater. Return to the hotel in Tbilisi.
Day 3 (Mon): Tbilisi – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Kutaisi Hotel
Drive to Gori, the heart of the Kartli region and visit the museum of Joseph Stalin. The museum consists of Stalin’s memorial house, exposition building and Stalin’s personal belongings, including his personal coach with interior. 14 km outside Gori the ancient cave complex of Uplistsikhe is located. Cut in limestone rocks, Uplistsikhe is one the oldest urban settlements in Georgia, which dates back to the Early Iron Age. Most of the items found in Uplistsikhe are parts of the collections of Georgian National Museum. It is also possible to visit a small museum nearby and watch 8-minute movie about Uplistsikhe. Our trip continues west to the Imereti region. In the evening we arrive at the second largest city in Georgia, Kutaisi. We pay a visit to the Bagrati Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 11th century. Overnight in Kutaisi at 3* Bagrati 1003 or similar.
Driving distance: 271 km
Day 4 (Tue): Kutaisi Hotel – Sataplia Caves – Martvili Canyon – Mestia Hotel
Check-out from hotel and head to the Sataplia Caves. The sight is famous for its well-preserved fossilized dinosaur footprints. The cave is 900 meters long and is enhanced with light and audio effects. Next visit Martvili Canyons, sight of local waterfalls. Take a boat trip in the river Abasha and observe the surrounding area. Head to Svaneti in the north, and arrive at Mestia, located at an elevation of 1500 meters. Svaneti is unique for its geography and landscapes, as well as authentic and well-preserved culture and architecture. Local Svan towers are good examples of local architecture, which were used for defensive as well as dwelling purposes. Some of them date back as early as 9th century. Overnight at Ushba Guesthouse or similar.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Driving distance: 250 km
Day 5 (Wed): Mestia Hotel – Ushguli 4WD – Mestia Hotel
After a breakfast in Mestia we start an off-road adventure to the most remote and isolated community Ushguli with 4x4WD vehicles. Ushguli is comprised of 4 villages, and has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. It is one of the highest settlements in the entire Europe (2200m above sea level). On our way to Upper Svaneti we will make couple of stops at Ipari and Kala villages, and take a look at small Svan churches with well-preserved medieval frescos. Overnight in Mestia.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Driving distance: 94km
Day 6 (Thu): Mestia – Zugdidi – Batumi Hotel
Head to Margiani’s Museum, a Svan tower. Margiani Museum shows how Svans were living in the medieval times. From Svaneti we arrive in Zugdidi, the administrative center of Samegrelo region and former capital of principality of Mingrelia. Visit Dadiani Palace, a museum established by Prince David Dadiani. Museum’s collection includes death masks of Napoleon Bonaparte, important Georgian cultural and archaeological artifacts. From Zugdidi we will drive to Adjara region, to the port city of Batumi. In the evening we can take a walk on city’s boulevards. Overnight in Batumi at 3* Batumi Plaza or similar.
Driving distance: 268 km
Day 7 (Fri): Batumi Visit – Gelati Monastery – Kutaisi Hotel
Tour the well-preserved ancient Roman fortification of Gonio located in about 10 km from Batumi. Gonio Fortress functioned as a fortified Roman city within the historical region of Colchis. Next stop will be in the Batumi Botanical Garden with panoramic views over the Black Sea shores and numerous indigenous plants. The garden was founded during the Russian Empire and was later expanded under the Soviet leadership. Nowadays it occupies 108 ha and has over 2000 taxonomic units of ligneous plants from all over the world. From Batumi we will head to Kutaisi to visit the Gelati Academy, which was built during the reign of the King David IV of Georgia. In the Middle Ages, Gelati Monastery was one of the major cultural and intellectual centers in Georgia. Overnight in Kutaisi at 3* Bagrati 1003 or similar.
Driving distance: 156 km
Day 8 (Sat): Kutaisi Hotel – Mtskheta – Tbilisi Hotel
After breakfast at the hotel we drive back to Tbilisi. We will visit Mtskheta town on the way. Mtskheta is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and the Jvari Monastery. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral was built in 11th c. and is associated with various legends from early Christian times. On the other hand, Jvari Monastery, which stands on the hill overlooking the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi, was constructed during 6th century. From Mtskheta sightseeing tour we arrive back in Tbilisi to have a free evening for leisure. Overnight at 3* ZP Hotel or similar.
Driving distance: 230 km
Day 9 (Sun): Tbilisi Hotel – Tbilisi Airport
Check out latest at 12:00 pm. Dependent on departure time transfer to Tbilisi Airport to say farewell.