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Essential Tbilisi

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Day 1
Arrival | Tbilisi Tbilisi, Georgia

Upon arrival into Tbilisi today, you will be met by your driver and guide and transferred to your hotel. After some time to freshen up, you will begin an overview tour of some of the city’s highlights including elegant Rustaveli Avenue, the Governor’s Palace and the Parliament Building. You will also see the Paliashvili Opera House, with its dramatic Moorish architecture, while you continue down towards Vera Park.

Later, tour the Museum of Georgia, a modern and well curated museum covering all periods of Georgian history. Many of the items recovered from other sites you will see during your stay in Georgia are housed here.

You may also wish to visit some of the city’s many religious highlights, including the Anchiskhati Basilica, the oldest church in Tbilisi and Metekhi Temple. It is a major landmark that can be seen from many vantage points in the city. Your guide will take you to visit the Narikala Fortress, dating back to the Persians of the 4th century. While exploring the fortress, you may visit the Church of St. Nicholas and the Folk-Art Museum.

Spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring the Maidan or the Old Town. Your guide will show you the Abanotubani, the sulfur baths, which were frequented by Pushkin and Dumas. Optional: If you are interested, you may enjoy an hour long visit to indulge in the baths. You will be given towels and slippers, as well as tea and water to sip on as you take part in the sulfur bath experience. Please note sulfur baths are not included in program cost.

One of the most prominent structures in the Maidan is the Armenian Cathedral of St. George. As you walk up Leselidzes Kucha, the main thoroughfare, you will see Tbilisi’s main synagogue, right next door to the 16th century Jvari Georgian Church and the Norashen Armenian Church. Ancient and fascinating, Tbilisi is at its finest in this district.

Exeter International Extraordinary Experience: Khachapuri Masterclass

This afternoon you will be invited into one of the leading restaurants of the city for a khachapuri making class. Khachapuri is the national dish of Georgia and it is delicious- a hot, freshly baked bread filled with warm cheese. You can learn about the different styles and traditions of making khachapuri while you watch your creation baking in the brick ovens. An afternoon feast that you will never forget will follow!

Exeter International Extraordinary Experience: Private Kura Boat Cruise

Tonight, you will have the opportunity to take part in a special private boat trip on the Kura river (weather permitting). What looks like a dock on the side of the river suddenly starts moving and you find yourself cruising along the river. This is the perfect way to experience Tbilisi from a different perspective. Private Kura Boat Cruise included in the program cost.

Exeter Services: Full-Day Vehicle, Driver & Guide

Hotel: Marriott Tbilisi

Day 2
Tbilisi | Tbilisi

This morning you will travel through the Georgian countryside to the town of Gori, best known for being the birthplace of Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, better known as Stalin. Georgian people were understandably proud that one of their own rose to be the leader of the Politburo, but Stalin’s success only brought misery to his homeland when he was Soviet leader. His original modest home still stands and is set against the backdrop of the Stalin Museum’s buildings and carriages from his private train.

Perched on a rock above the town, the medieval Gori citadel is still an impressive sight even though it was damaged in an earthquake in the 1920s. The walk to the top offers rewarding views over the town and valley.

Just a few miles away from Gori, you will also stop in Uplistsikhe – a once-inhabited rock-hewn city. The impressive complex of halls, temples, passages, streets, wine pressers and tunnels cut in the rocky river bank was used in the 6th – 1st century BC when it was a pagan center before Georgia adopted Christianity. Later, when Tbilisi was taken by the Arabs, Uplistsikhe became the de-facto seat of the Georgian kings. In the following centuries, it gradually lost its importance but was still used by the local population as a shelter in times of foreign invasions.

Exeter International Extraordinary Experience: Wine Tasting and Lunch

Later, you will experience an introduction into Georgian wine at Chateau Mukhrani. We have selected this unique winery for its history, beautiful vineyards and restored castle. In 1875 Prince Mukhranbatoni visited Champagne and Bordeaux to learn about European winemaking. He returned to Georgia and combined traditional Georgian winemaking methods with European methods, creating a successful and internationally recognized quality wine. Today, you will tour the vineyards, cellars and castle and taste some delicious wine.

Exeter International Extraordinary Experience: Khridoli Performance

Light lunch will be served at Chateau Mukhrani along with a brief wine tasting. You will experience a performance of Khridoli, Georgian martial arts, a centuries old tradition that has been now enjoying a great revival and is even taught in the Georgian Army.

Next, your guide will take you to visit Mtskheta, the spiritual heart of Georgia. Mtskheta has an almost mythical significance to many Georgians as this was the first capital of the nation and was also where Christianity was first introduced into the country. Mtskheta’s monuments date back to the 6th Century including the Jvari Monastery, the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and the Samtavro Church.

Exeter Services: Full-Day Vehicle, Driver & Guide

Hotel: Marriott Tbilisi

Day 3
Tbilisi | Tbilisi Grape juice sweets, Tbilisi

This morning you will meet your guide and driver and head east of the capital city. This historic region, called Kakheti, is famous for its stunning landscape, independent spirit, rich fertile soil, and tiny villages specializing in wine making.

You will reach Sighnaghi – a small but extremely charming town which is a must-see in this part of the country. The perfectly preserved Old Town with narrow streets and the 18th Century fortifications that once had 23 towers and several gates, makes for a wonderful place to stroll around and take in the relaxed ambiance and gorgeous views of the Greater Caucasus mountains.

Next, you’ll visit the Gremi Fortress, a 16th century royal citadel and the Church of the Archangels before heading to Napareuli for lunch and wine tasting.

Exeter International Extraordinary Experience: Winery Lunch with Tasting

Today for lunch, you will visit one of the best traditional wineries in the region. Georgia is considered to be the cradle of wine-making as archaeological finds suggest that wine production may have begun here as early as 6,000 BC, long before it reached the Mediterranean and Western

Europe. You will meet with a local wine expert and taste some regionally-produced wines.

After lunch you will be taken to Tsinandali, to tour the Tsinandali Estate, the House Museum of Prince Alexander Chavchavadze. Chavchavadze, known to be a linguist and poet, has been credited with bringing the piano, horse drawn carriage and billiards to Georgia.

Exeter Services: Full-Day Vehicle, Driver & Guide

Hotel: Marriott Tbilisi

Day 4
Departure | Tbilisi Sulfur Baths Tbilisi

This morning is at your leisure. Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport in Tbilisi for your onward flight.

Exeter Services: Airport Transfer

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