Trip Overview

Essence of Georgia

Tour rating: 4.93 / 5, Based on 3 Reviews
Private tour to Georgia
Set off on a memorable adventure while touring around Georgia’s most recognizable sights like Tbilisi, Uplistsikhe Caves, "Pearl of the Black Sea” Batumi and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mtskheta and Gelati Monastery. Enjoy the hands-on master-class and tastings of local cuisine and drinks, cable car and funicular rides and spend a night in a beautiful Kazbegi hotel.

Essence of Georgia

11 days4 cities
Georgia1 country
Private tour to Georgia
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$3,119
Tour rating: 4.93 / 5, Based on 3 Reviews
Set off on a memorable adventure while touring around Georgia’s most recognizable sights like Tbilisi, Uplistsikhe Caves, "Pearl of the Black Sea” Batumi and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mtskheta and Gelati Monastery. Enjoy the hands-on master-class and tastings of local cuisine and drinks, cable car and funicular rides and spend a night in a beautiful Kazbegi hotel.

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Day-By-Day

Tbilisi

first destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Tbilisi
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to Tbilisi - the charming capital of Georgia! Your private driver meets you at the airport and takes you to your centrally located hotel.

This evening is free for you, so you can spend it at leisure relaxing in your room, dining in one of the numerous nearby restaurants or starting exploring the city center on your own.

Meals: Not included

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Day 2
Tbilisi City Tour & Folk Show
City tour
City tour
Show
Show

Following breakfast you meet with your guide and driver at the hotel and go on an unforgettable Tbilisi city tour. You start with a visit to the historical city district Metekhi, where you see the famous Metekhi Cathedral built in the 13th century and located on a picturesque cliff that offers magnificent panoramic views of Tbilisi over the river Mtkvari.

Then you ride a cable car to the ancient Tbilisi landmark that existed even before the city itself, the Narikala Fortress, also called the mother fortress of Tbilisi, and take a walk around its enormous walls feeling the history of this unique place.

Another highlight of the tour is a ride with a funicular up to the holy mountain Mtatsminda, with amazing views of Georgia's capital and nature.

You then continue to explore famous Tbilisi landmarks including Anchiskhati, Bridge of Peace, the district of sulfur baths as well as wander through the charming streets of Chardin and Leselidze.

In the evening you return to your hotel for a rest. Afterwards, you get ready for an exciting night with dinner and a Folk Show. Your private driver takes you to the venue, where you enjoy a delicious meal and opportunity to learn more about Georgia's traditions and customs.

Afterwards, your driver takes you back to the hotel for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 3
Tour to Kakheti Region & Wine Tastings
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

Following breakfast at the hotel you meet with your guide and driver and set out for another exciting day exploring Georgia.

The first stunning stop of the day is Signagi - one of the tiniest cities in Georgia. When it comes to tourist attractions, the "City of Love" (as Signagi is often called) can take your breath away with its picturesque landscapes, charming narrow cobbled streets and pastel houses located in the heart of wine-growing regions. During the Signagi tour you visit Bodbe Monastery, which was built in the 9th century and now functions as a nunnery. The refreshing gardens and fascinating basilica hint you the history behind the famous landmark as it was used as a coronation venue by the Kings of Kakheti.

Your second stop of the day is Tsinandali, a historic Georgian village which is a home to the first winery in the county. Here you discover more about the regional wine in the Shumi winery.

After the visit you are transferred back to your hotel in Tbilisi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks

 

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Tbilisi

Tbilisi is the ancient and vibrant Georgian capital that straddles the steep banks of the Mtkvari River surrounded by mountains on three sides.

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Tbilisi
Kazbegi
1 hr 50 min

Traversing some of the most picturesque landscapes, picture-perfect nature and numerous authentic towns in Georgia, the route to Kazbegi is truly a scenic one. Make yourself comfortable and gaze through the window while our experienced driver takes care of your safe and fast journey. 

Kazbegi

second destination
1 day in Kazbegi
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a mountain resort hotel
Day 4
Discovering the Beauty of Gudauri, Ananuri & Kazbegi
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

After breakfast you check out from the hotel and set off on an exciting excursion with your guide and driver following the Georgian Military Road - one of the most beautiful mountain roads in the world. 

Your first stop is Ananuri, a castle complex on the Agragbi river. The fortress was built in the 17th century with an aim to control the road below, nowadays it astonishes tourists with its beautiful surroundings and the rich history visible in the architecture of the castle.

You also make a short stop at the highest village on the highway, Gudauri, which astounds you with the frosty scenery of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range.

You continue with discovering the beauty of Kazbegi and a nearby located Gergeti Church. The fascinating church is situated at an elevation of 2,170 m (7,119 ft) under Mount Kazbek, which is one of the major mountains of the Caucasus.

  • Note: you can trek up to the church or hire a 4x4 to take you up there for an additional cost, which should be paid on the spot.

After the tour you are transferred to a beautiful hotel at the base of Mount Kazbek for an overnight.

Meals: Breakfast

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Kazbegi

Situated by the Terek River in northeastern Georgia, Stepantsminda is still better known by its old name, Kazbegi. Surrounded by mountains, it provides breathtaking sceneries, as well as numerous outdoor activities for your leisurely time.

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Kazbegi
Tbilisi
1 hr 50 min

Admire the beauty of Georgia while traveling from Kazbegi to Tbilisi with our professional driver. Taking you through some of the most picturesque landscapes in the area, it will undoubtedly be a memorable journey.

Tbilisi

third destination
2 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 5
Exploring Mtskheta, Chacha Tasting & Churchkhela Masterclass
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

Today after breakfast you check out from the hotel, meet with your guide and driver and set off to explore one of the oldest Georgian cities - Mtskheta. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has been the capital of the eastern Georgian kingdom of Iberia for many centuries until 5th century AD.

During the tour you walk through the old town and step into the beautifully decorated Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, built in the 11th century. After exploring this ancient town, you visit a traditional local restaurant for Georgian cuisine lunch.

Following lunch you have a one-of-a-kind chacha tasting experience. The signature brandy drink of Georgia is made from pomace, left from winemaking and is usually about 40%, but can reach up to 60% if it is homemade. The drink is believed to work as a medical remedy too, so cheers!

After discovering the taste of the national Georgian drink you attend a churchkhela making master class to unveil the art of creating a delicacy the Georgians are so proud of! During the masterclass you get to make your own churckhela consisting of grape dust, flour and nuts.

After the tour you are transferred to Tbilisi hotel for check-in.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks

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Day 6
Tour to Uplistsikhe Caves & Gori
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby and set out on a five-hour tour.

Af first you head for Uplistsikhe, an ancient rock-hewn town. The town, which is one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia, played an important role in the history of the country. During Mongol invasions Uplistsikhe was damaged and virtually abandoned in the 13th century. Nowadays fascinating rocky caves complex of Uplistsikhe is a popular destination for tourists visiting Georgia.

After Uplistsikhe you are transferred to Gori to discover the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. Born in 1879, Stalin lived in Gori until the age of 4. You visit the old wooden hut where Stalin lived with his family, which is now known as the Museum of Stalin, as well as the railway car which Stalin used to travel throughout the country. During the tour your guide tells you about the role this town played in the Soviet history.

After the tour you are taken back to your hotel in Tbilisi and have the evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Tbilisi

Tbilisi is the ancient and vibrant Georgian capital that straddles the steep banks of the Mtkvari River surrounded by mountains on three sides.

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Tbilisi
Borjomi
1 hr 50 min

Taking you through the Nedzi Managed Reserve as well as numerous other picturesque sceneries in Georgia, the drive to Borjomi is undoubtedly a memorable one. Let our trusted driver take care of your comfort during the journey while you enjoy the views along the way. 

Borjomi

fourth destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night in a best-pick hotel
Day 7
Transfer to Borjomi & Mineral Water SPA
Day tour
Day tour
Nature views
Nature views

Following breakfast you check out, meet your guide and driver and leave Tbilisi for another famous Georgian town - Borjomi. The resort town is known for its mineral water, which is a number one export in Georgia.

Upon arrival you check in at the central hotel and get ready for a relaxing walk in the National Borjomi Park. The stunning park dates back to Medieval times when it was used for hunting by Georgian aristocracy.

A highlight of the tour is a ride on the famous Borjomi cable car that leaves from the Mineral Water Park and heads uphill offering scenic views of the Park, Borjomi gorge and the Borjomi valley.

After the visit to the park you return to your hotel and get to experience benefits of the famous mineral water with an evening at the SPA.

Meals: Breakfast

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5-star hotel
5

Collect memories of a lifetime and enjoy your perfect vacation, staying in a stylish 5-star hotel. Offering a wide range of impeccable services, central location, and great facilities to take advantage of, the hotel provides everything a traveler can ask for a nice stay. The pictures in the gallery are examples of 5-star hotels we offer.

Welcome to Borjomi

Located in central Georgia, Borjomi is the perfect resort town to unwind and enjoy some quality time out in nature. The Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park at the Borjomi Gorge and the Mineral Water Park are the two perfect locations to do just that.

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Borjomi
Batumi
4 hrs 10 min

Travel through some of the most picturesque landscapes in Georgia while our professional driver takes you to your next adventure. During the journey, you will also traverse numerous authentic towns, thus make sure to gaze through your window to take in the views. 

Batumi

fifth destination
4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 8
Transfer to Batumi & Gelati Monastery
Transfer
Transfer
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast you check out, meet your guide and driver and say goodbye to stunning Borjomi hitting the road to discover the second largest Georgian city - Batumi.

On your way to Batumi you stop near the town of Kutaisi to explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Gelati Monastery. Founded by the most famous Georgian king, David IV, in the 12th century this monastery was a home to the first academy in the country and is a representation of art and architecture in Georgia's "Golden Age".

After the tour you enjoy lunch at one of the national restaurants.

Upon arrival to Batumi you check in at a hotel and have the evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 9
Batumi City Tour & Cable Car Ride
City tour
City tour

Following breakfast you meet your guide and driver in a lobby of your hotel and set out to explore the city also known as the "Pearl of the Black Sea".

Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the city during your 5-hour tour: stroll along Batumi Boulevard, see the famous statue of Ali & Nino, explore Batumi and Alphabet towers.

You are also invited to enjoy the beauty of Batumi, the sea and the hills from a bird's eye view during your cable car ride to the top of Argo (tickets for round cable car ride are included).

After the ride, you are transferred to your hotel and enjoy a free evening.

  • Optional "Botanical Gardens" tour

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 10
Free Day at the Black Sea
Free day
Free day

After breakfast, you give your legs a break and soak all the sun with an Iveria Beach Club day pass at the Black Sea. Don't forget your sunscreen!

  • Optional "Sunset boat trip in the Black Sea"
  • Optional "Georgian night" activity

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 11
Departure from Batumi
Transfer
Transfer

This is the final day of your one-of-a-kind journey around the most picturesque and sacred places of Georgia.

After breakfast your driver meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you enjoyed your tour with us and would be honored to see you soon again!

Meals: Breakfast

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5-star hotel
5

Collect memories of a lifetime and enjoy your perfect vacation, staying in a stylish 5-star hotel. Offering a wide range of impeccable services, central location, and great facilities to take advantage of, the hotel provides everything a traveler can ask for a nice stay. The pictures in the gallery are examples of 5-star hotels we offer.

Welcome to Batumi

Batumi is the beautiful port city on the coast of the Black Sea to be explored next while in Georgia. It is the perfect mix of authentic architecture, cultural heritage, and spectacular nature, making it a must-see without a doubt.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation in remarkable hotels in Tbilisi, Kazbegi, Batumi and Borjomi;
  • Transfers according to the itinerary with a private driver;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to Museum of Stalin & Uplistsikhe Caves;
  • Tickets for cable car and funicular rides in Tbilisi;
  • Round trip tickets for Argo cable car ride;
  • Tickets for the folk show;
  • Churchkhela master class and chacha tasting;
  • Iveria Beach Club day pass;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Note: Georgia is a visa-free country for US citizens. Citizens of other countries should consult with the travel specialists regarding the visa policies.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Private transfers throughout the program;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Discover the art behind making churchkhela delicatessen that Georgians are so proud of;
  • A taste of warm Georgian hospitality in one of the Kaheti wine houses, famous for its winemaking traditions, while having delicious lunch accompanied by a perfectly paired glass of Georgia's finest wine, straight out of a barrel;
  • The beauty of the "Pearl of the Black Sea" - Batumi which you have a chance to witness from a bird's eye view during your exhilarating cable car ride to the top of Argo.

What To Know

  • Georgia has its own national currency. Credit cards are commonly accepted in major cities and tourist points but it's recommended to have some cash with you
  • Tips to guides, drivers and restaurant staff in Caucasus are accepted but are fully at your discretion. Tips for guides and drivers are usually around 5-7 USD, and when at a restaurant, you can simply round up the bill or leave an amount of 10 to 15% of the check
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