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Images of Georgia

Georgia Holidays -The Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi

TbilisiCourtyard by Marriott
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KutaisiSee note below
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BatumiPresident Plaza
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Bakuriani See note below
1 night
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Outside the capital Tbilisi accommodation is limited.  Whilst we are able to name the hotels in Batumi, Kazbegi and Signagi (although these will be subject to availability) in Kutaisi and Bakuriani you will stay in comfortable 3 star properties which will be confirmed on booking.  All will have private facilities.

 

9 days from £1890

International flights NOT included - see below

 

DAY 1 - Arrival in Tbilisi.

On arrival in Tbilisi you will be met by a representative of World Discovery outside immigration and customs. You will then be taken by private car direct to your hotel. Recommended flight from London: Ukraine International Airlines from London Gatwick via Kiev (see below). If you are travelling from a country other than the UK we would be happy to give you guidance on your flight options.

DAY 2 – Tbilisi.

The morning has been left free for you to relax or sleep in after your late arrival the night before.  Your World Discovery Georgia holiday begins after lunch when you meet your private guide and set off on a walking tour of Georgia's capital city, founded in the 5th century by King Gorgasili.  Highlights will include the 12th century Metechi Church, the ancient Sulphur Bath Houses, Sioni Cathedral, symbol of the city, the Narikala Fortress and the State Museum of Fine Arts.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Georgia Holidays - Mtskheta DAY 3 - Mtskheta.  Uplistsikhe.  Gori.  Continue to Kutaisi.

A short distance to the northwest of Tbilisi lies the former capital Mtskheta (pictured left), a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has been populated since the second millennium BC and is regarded as the cultural and religious heart of Georgia.  Drive through the fertile Kartli province to the impressive site of Uplistsikhe, literally 'The Fortress of God', an ancient cave town with rock-cut halls, pagan temples and the oldest theatre in the country.  Passing through the town of Gori, birthplace of Joseph Stalin, continue westwards to reach Kutaisi, another former capital which is today Georgia's second largest city.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 4 - Kutaisi to Batumi on the Black Sea coast.

After breakfast take a walk in Kutaisi before driving to visit two nearby UNESCO World heritage sites - the monastery of Gelati, set in beautiful countryside and renowned for its great 12th century Cathedral of the Virgin; and the cathedral of Bagrati (11th century), coronation and burial place of Georgian kings.  Afterwards drive to the subtropical region of Guria, passing through picturesque villages with wooden houses, extensive cornfields and citrus plantations en route to Batumi in the shores of the Black Sea.  In the evening enjoy a walking tour in Batumi's Old Town.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 5 - Gonio Fortress.  Drive via Ubisi to Bakuriani.

A day of contrasts as you ascend from sea level to the mountain town of Bakuriani, a ski resort during the winter and an area of great natural beauty all year round.  Begin with a visit to the Roman fortress at Gonio (3rd century BC), where archaeological excavations are still ongoing.  En route to Bakuriani stop briefly in Ubisi to visit the 9th century cathedral with its excellently preserved 14th century murals.  You will also stop in the village of Shrosha to visit a pottery workshop and see how the huge jars and other wine vessels are made.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Georgia Holidays - Ananuri DAY 6 - Bakuriani to Kazbegi.

The mural paintings at the Church of the Virgin in Timotesubani are among the best examples of Georgian medieval art. They date from 1205-1215 and are the jewel in the crown of a group of frescoes from Queen Tamar's epoch. You will visit these this morning before heading through the fertile lands of Kartli Province on your return journey eastwards through Central Georgia.  A stop will also be made in the spa town of Borjomi to taste the local mineral waters.  The afternoon drive brings you to the magnificent 16th and 17th century fortress and church of Ananuri (pictured left).  The complex commands wide-reaching views and was an important strategic stronghold near the northern border.  The facade of the Church of the Assumption (1689) is decorated with beautiful engravings. Next comes some of the most spectacular scenery of your entire trip as you travel along one of the country's oldest roads in order to see the high peaks, roaring rivers and mountain lifestyle of Georgia's northern borderlands.  Arrive in Kazbegi in the late afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Georgia Holidays - Signagi DAY 7 - The Kakheti Region. Signagi.

More superb mountain scenery this morning as you travel through the Kakheti region which borders the Great Caucasus range, containing summits of more than 3,000 metres.  This region is known as the birthplace of viticulture and wine-making.  Wine is a symbol of Georgian hospitality, friendship and tolerance, and also regarded as a key to the mystery of Georgian longevity!  In the afternoon you will arrive at the picturesque Royal Town of Signagi (pictured), an important stopover on the ancient Silk Road.  Take a walk through the narrow streets in the shadow of wooden balconies richly decorated with carvings.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 8 - Gremi.  Alaverdi.  Tsinandali Winery.  Return to Tbilisi.

This morning you will visit some interesting sites close to the town of Telavi - the Gremi Architectural Complex, which includes the 16th century castle and the Church of the Archangels, and the elegant 11th century Alaverdi Cathedral, built on what has been a holy place since pagan times.  Continue to the Tsinandali Family Estate, a 19th century winery which produces some of Georgia's best wines, and have lunch as a guest of a local family.  Return in the afternoon to Tbilisi, where in the evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner at a selected local restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 9 - Depart.

Free until your private transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.
Meals included: Breakfast.

 

International Flights.

There are no longer any direct flights between the UK and Georgia.  We recommend the services of Ukraine International Airlines from London Gatwick via Kiev. Timings (subject to change) are as follows:
Gatwick/Kiev.  Depart at 12.20; arrive Kiev at 17.40
Kiev/Tbilisi. Depart at 20.00; arrive Tbilisi at 23.25
Tbilisi/Kiev.  Depart at 06.25; arrive Kiev at 08.00
Kiev/Gatwick. Depart at 10.00; arrive Gatwick at 11.25

You can book the flights yourself on the easy-to-use Ukraine International Airlines website.  Other airlines with connecting flights include Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.  Alternatively World Discovery can book the flights for you (we levy a service charge of £25 per person for this service).

 

Georgia Holidays: Images of Georgia (Reference: WDGA001)
2018 Departures
Price per person based on a minimum of two persons travelling together:

Daily departures

Price

May to October
£1890

Single Room Supplements on request.

The price includes:

  • Hotel accommodation as listed above in twin-bedded or double rooms with private facilities.
  • 8 breakfasts 7 lunches and 7 dinners as shown in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation throughout.
  • All sightseeing as shown, including entrance fees.
  • The services of a private driver throughout.
  • The services of a private English-speaking guide for the included sightseeing.

Not included in the price:

  • International flights (see our recommendation above). We are happy to discuss the flights with you and give you further guidance.
  • International airport taxes.
  • Optional sightseeing.
  • Tipping. We will give you guidance in this often sensitive matter.

A deposit of £250 per person is required at the time of booking. The balance of the price for your Georgia holiday must be paid at least 8 weeks before your departure date.

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