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Georgia Holidays - The Metechi Church, Tbilisi

TbilisiCourtyard by Marriott
2 nights
Rooms Hotel
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KutaisiSee note below1 night
Bakuriani See note below
2 nights
Tbilisi Courtyard by Marriott
1 night
Signagi Kabadoni Hotel
1 night
TbilisiCourtyard by Marriott
1 night

Outside the capital Tbilisi accommodation is limited.  Whilst we are able to name the hotel in Kazbegi and Signagi (although they 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.


11 days from £2195

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 - Svetitskhoveli Cathedral DAY 3 - Mtskheta.  Jvari.  Ananuri.  Continue to Kazbegi.

A short distance to the northwest of Tbilisi lies the former capital Mtskheta, 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.  Visit the stunning 6th century Jvari Monastery built on a hill overlooking the old capital, and the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (pictured left), Georgia's most sacred religious site.  The afternoon drive brings you to the magnificent 16th and 17th century fortress and church of Ananuri.  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.  Continue in the afternoon along the Georgian Military Highway through increasingly spectacular mountain scenery to Kazbegi.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 4 - Kazbegi.

Weather permitting you should have a good view of Mount Kazbek (literally 'ice-top'), the third highest peak in the Caucasus at 5,047 metres. A visit is made to the Gergety Trinity Church on the slopes of Mount Kazbek (this involves a two hour walk but is worth the effort!).
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 5 - Tsilkani.  Dzalisi.  Kutaisi.

Drive back south on the Georgian Military Highway to visit Tsilkani, whose 5th century church, one of the first built in Georgia, is famous for its icon of the Virgin believed to have been painted by St Luke on a board from Christ's cradle.  Next head west to explore the archaeological site of Dzalisi, where artifacts dating back to the Bronze Age have been discovered, before reaching Kutaisi, a former capital which is today Georgia's second largest city.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Georgia Holidays - Gelati Monastery DAY 6 - Kutaisi to Bakuriani.

After breakfast take a walk in Kutaisi before driving to visit two nearby UNESCO World heritage sites - the monastery of Gelati (pictured left), 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.  Continue to Ubisi where you will visit the 9th century cathedral with its excellently preserved 14th century murals.  A stop will also be made in the spa town of Borjomi to taste the local mineral waters before ending the day in the mountain town of Bakuriani, a ski resort during the winter and an area of great natural beauty all year round.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 7 - Bakuriani, Vardzia.

An excursion will be taken today through the mountains to the cave-city of Vardzia, established in the 12th century by Queen Tamar, a place of great spiritual importance to Georgians.  The visit will involve 2 to 3 hours of walking, which is difficult in places and involves some very steep ascents.  Return to Bakuriani in the afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 8 - Bakuriani to Tbilisi via Timotesubani.

The mural paintings at the Church of the Virgin in Timotesubani, just north of Bakuriani,  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 to the capital Tbilisi. Your route will take you through the town of Gori, birthplace of Joseph Stalin.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Georgia Holidays - Davit Gareja rock-cut monastery DAY 9 - Davit Gareja. Signagi.

This morning visit the important rock-cut monastery complex of Davit Gareja (pictured left), located in a virtual desert close to the border with Azerbaijan.  Founded in the 6th century by St David (one of the 13 Holy Syrian Fathers), the complex once boasted as many as 20 monasteries carved into the sandstone cliffs.  Frescoes still adorn many of the caves.  Continue into the Kakheti region, famous 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, 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 10 - 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 11 - Depart for home.

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: Essential Georgia (Reference: WDGA002)
2018 Departures
Price per person based on a minimum of two persons travelling together:

Daily departures


May to October

Single Room Supplements on request.

The price includes:

  • Hotel accommodation as listed above in twin-bedded or double rooms with private facilities.
  • 10 breakfasts 9 lunches and 9 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 be pleased to give 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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