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5-Day Cradle of Wine Tour in Georgia from Tbilisi

5 Days

Mtskheta, Mukhrani, Chardakhi, Sighnaghi, Numisi and Velistsikhe

Overview

You will have an amazing opportunity to learn about different ways of winemaking and taste many local wines and dishes…
Georgia is First in Making Wine: Grape pips found on Georgian soil are believed to be from the V-­IV millennium BC.
Georgia is First in Variety of Wine: Georgia has over 500 native grape varieties and 8,000 years of winemaking history.
Georgia is First in Qvevri Winemaking: Traditional Georgian clay pots, or qvevri, used for fermentation date as far back as the VI-­V millennium BC. UNESCO added this winemaking method to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Highlights

    • • When you’ve been doing something for 8,000 years, it’s a good bet you know your stuff
    • • And Georgia definitely knows its stuff when it comes to wine
    • • We offer you a wine tour to the East of Georgia and a unique opportunity to participate in the harvest of grapes and winemaking
    • • During this tour you will visit the traditional wine regions of the country: Kakheti and Kartli
    • You will discover small wineries that make artisanal wines by a thousand-year -old Georgian traditional technology as well as established wineries that produce world famous brands

 

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

  • Tour Themes: Foodie & Wine
  • Tour Type: Guided Tour

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Tbilisi

Arrival in Tbilisi. You need to reach the hotel. (You can check in any time after 14:00 Tbilisi time). Tour will start after meeting in the lobby of the hotel at 19:00 Tbilisi time (UTC 04:00) and drive to Restaurant Funicular, where you will have welcome dinner.

Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with guide and driver. Today your journey begins by visiting the sites of the old capital of Georgia Mtskheta, such as Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) and Jvari Monastery (6th century). Afterwards, enjoy a wine tour to Chateau Mukhrani founded in 1878 by the Prince of Mukhrani, heir of the royal family of Georgia. You will see Ivan Mukhranbatoni’s royal palace, gardens and old cellars, stroll through vineyards, and visit the ultra-modern winery. You will have an opportunity to taste the finest wines of Georgia and delicious Georgian cuisine. After lunch, you will visit Iago’s Wine that is small boutique winery producing QVEVRI wines from organic vineyards. Coming back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, you will explore centuries-long history of Kakheti wine culture. In the morning, visit Bodbe nunnery, where Saint Nino was buried and Sighnaghi, a beautiful town founded in the 18th century that overlooks amazing Alazani Valley and spectacular Great Caucasus Mountains. After we will visit Numisi winery. The cellar is built in ancient classical architecture with white river stones and bricks. The cellar introduces excellent arched wine storage, with old limestone wine presser (Satsnakheli) & 33 clay pitchers (Qvevi) sunk underneath the ground. From Numisi we will explore Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking –Velistsikhe Veranda, where you will taste wine from QVEVRI (clay pitchers). After tasting wines we will go to Kvareli and have dinner in Khareba winery restaurant. Check into the Hotel. Overnight in Kvareli.

Breakfast at the hotel. This tour includes Historical monuments and wine cellars. So we start our trip from Nekresi monastery - is one of the largest monastery complexes in the Kakheti region of Georgia and was founded by St. Abibo Nekreseli, one of the famous thirteen Syrian fathers. We will have a chance to see the production of Georgian Traditional “Kvevri” with a national flavor, as well as to visit the Chelti factory, where wine is produced according to the classical and traditional methods. Chelti winery is equipped with advanced technologies which make it possible to control the wine quality at any stage of its making. The Wine Company “Chelti’ also uses 8000 years experience Georgia gained in winemaking. We will visit Alaverdi Cathedral, one of the most important medieval monuments in all of Georgia. It was built in the beginning of the 11th century, and was one of the tallest buildings of its time. In Alavedi you will have opportunity to taste Georgian traditional Matsoni - The most healthful of all yogurts. You will try yourself at harvesting and squeezing grapes for wine (subject to seasonality). Coming back to Tbilisi by the beautiful Gombori pass. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 5 :
Tbilisi

Breakfast at the hotel. End of the tour.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Transportation by comfortable A/C minivan, minibus or bus
  • Accommodation in twin rooms: Astoria Tbilisi Hotel or Gallery Palace Hotel, Chateau Mere or Royal Batoni
  • Half board catering service, breakfasts at the hotel and dinners at the best local restaurants
  • English speaking guide service for whole the trip
  • Wine degustations
  • Entrance fees and local guides
  • Bottle of mineral water per person per day

Package Excludes

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Single room supplement
  • Tips and personal expenses

Additonal Info

SPECIAL NOTES
    • Minimum number of guest for this tour is 2 persons. We will guarantee departure if your group size is 2 or more.
    • For solo traveler, we recommend you book this tour at least 30 days or more prior to departure and waiting for confirmation. You may be recommended to adjust your departure date.
    • We highly recommend you book your flight after we confirm your tour.

Cancellation Policy

Please see the Available Options section above for any details about cancellation policies.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Adult: 12+

Reservation Info

1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a status update email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

– Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
– Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
– Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
– Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
– Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.

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5-Day Cradle of Wine Tour in Georgia from Tbilisi
From $ 746
/ Adult
From $ 730
/ Child
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