6 Days Cultural Tour, Culinary Class, and Wine Holiday in Georgia

Wine Holiday Georgia

Don't miss the chance to come to this beautiful country whose hospitality the world talks about! Do you want to run from your regular life and problems, travel with love and freedom, and experience all that Georgia has to offer? Then, you’ve landed in the right place! Green way to Georgia would love to help you find your ideal place and take your trip to the next level, full colors of emotions. Run from everyday life and feel the colors of life in Georgian cuisine!

Meet the instructors

Teimuraz
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Highlights

  • 3 days of the wine tour
  • A professional Kakhetian wine tasting
  • Visiting the House Museum of Chavchavadze
  • A chance to relax in a one-hour sulfur bath treatment
  • The service of an experienced tour guide
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Tasty breakfasts

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


5 days with instruction in Georgian
Spoken languages: English, Hebrew, Russian, Georgian
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer included: Tbilisi International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Guests will be accommodated in a guest house or hotel in each destination of the tour which includes Tbilisi, Sighnaghi, and Telavi.

Program

If you want to come to a place where you move away from the usual world in order to restore strength, free mind from tension, and find inner harmony with no philosophy, no reasoning, and no generalization, this holiday is what you need. Green way to Georgia presents you an authentic glimpse into the daily life of local residents and takes you to visit a house in a village in a remote mountain with authentic emotions welcome only to you.

Enjoy the famous Georgian cuisine, meet the local people, feel Georgian traditions, and get a culinary master class that will stay with you for a long time! Every region in Georgia has its own traditional taste. Green way to Georgia not only takes the travelers for a culinary tour but also to lets them have the opportunity to learn and prepare the dishes with local chefs who make always fresh and healthy food.

Transfer, comfortable bus, determination to the guesthouse for five nights, the Georgian wine about which the whole world already speaks, sulguni cheese and newly baked bread, cultural tour in Georgia, culinary tour, tour in the wine lands, and mineral water spas are what you will get on this holiday.

During this tour, you will also see the grape cellar and find out how wine fermented in Georgia 4,000 years ago. So far, Georgians use this recipe. You will see and make Churchkhela from wine juice and also how to make Khinkali and Khachapuri. You will see how to make Georgian alcoholic beverage, chacha, with at least 41%.-Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Today, you will be transferred from the airport to a guest house. You will have free time for the rest.

Day 2: Tbilisi - Sighnaghi

Do you want to try not only the best brands of Georgian wine but a wine with truly ancient history and traditions? Do you want to learn about the unique technology of Georgian wine-making that has received the status of the Intangible Cultural Heritage from the UNESCO? Do you want to compare the results of the ancient winemaking innovations and experiments of modern winemakers? Then, you need to follow Green way to Georgia on the wine trail to the area where a quarter of all the Georgian vineyards are concentrated.

This journey starts in Tbilisi where the plant of sparkling wine Bagrationi and Cognac plant Sarajishvili are situated. Tours and tastings at the enterprises with two-centuries-old history will prepare you to dive into the wine world of Kakheti. Sighnaghi is the name of the town comes from the Turkish word “Signak”, meaning a shelter. It has had a rich history as a central hub for tradesmen and artisans. The winding cobblestone streets, Italianate architecture, and eighteenth-century walls create a charming atmosphere.

Down the hill from the main town are several historic churches. In the current form of a town, Sighnaghi originated on the ruins of a previously existing fortress in the second half of the eighteenth century during the reign of King Erekle II. The circumference of the wall is two and a half kilometers. The fortress has 23 towers and five entrances. In the past, each tower had a separate name. The embrasures are arranged in a way that the garrison soldiers could aim at the attacking enemy located at any point both outside and inside the wall and streets of Sighnaghi are adorned with statues created in the image of paintings of Niko Pirosmani.

From atop of the towers of Sighnaghi, stunning views of the cradle of Georgian winemaking are opened. Fertile Alazani valley stretches under the walls of the town in all its splendor and imposing mountains of the Great Caucasus are rising above right behind it. Having enjoyed the panorama, you can proceed to something very tempting. The crowing end of the day will be a traditional feast, supra with great wine and delicious national dishes.

Day 3: Sighnaghi - Telavi

A walk through the main city of Kakheti "Telavi" cannot be done without visiting a local market in Telavi. Traditional sweets Churchkhela and Tklapi, as well as dried fruit, honey, plenty of herbs, and spices, are for a variety of culinary experiences. It is a real eastern bazaar where you can (and should) haggle. But first, show respect for the ancient art of trade and prove that you deserve a good price.

Today you will visit House Museum of Chavchavadze, the museum of a person who was the first among Georgians who understood that even though Georgians may well have taught the world to drink wine, still, there was no end to perfection and adopting successful techniques of winemaking was worth a try. Tsinandali is an ancestral home of Prince Chavchavadze. It was here that for the first time in Georgia wine was produced using modern technological methods.

Here, the famous Georgian poet, Prince Aleksandr Chavchavadze, produced Georgian wine using French methods for the first time. Here, in the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries, a fashionable salon where aristocrats from different countries gathered, living a stormy life. Alexander Dumas once compared Tsinandali to a paradise while the Romanovs made the mansion their residence and today, you can walk around the estate in the footsteps of the famous poet and members of the Russian imperial family.

You will also see another house, the museum of King Erekle II, where you can see the numismatic material, Early fifth-year sarcophagus, late medieval armor, seventeenth to nineteenth-century copper family items, armored weapons, and Khevsurian garment collections. Ketevan Iashvili Art Gallery contains 187 exhibits of private collections donated by Ketevan Iashvili to the museum.

Telavi symbol is the largest trees in Georgia, located in the center of Telavi, in the historical area of the "Batonis Tsikhe" in front of the famous Georgian king Erekle II monument. This tree is well known for its old age and its size in the country. It is about 800 years old, 40 meters high, and its circumference reaches 12 meters. You will stay the night in the Telavi guesthouse.

Day 4: Telavi - Shumi - Tbilisi

Meanwhile, the wine trail continues to the Shumi where traditions of Kakhetian winemaking are cherished and preserved and they are constantly in search for the pure taste of a wine. At the Shumi, you will be able to see real Georgian Marani, a traditional wine cellar where you will learn about Kvevri, a special clay vessel for aging a vine that requires a special care.

You will see other instruments and tools which have been used by Georgians for centuries to work with the juice of the sacred vine. Qualified staff will provide you with a professional wine-tasting session, after which it will be pleasant to take a little walk. On the same day, you will return to Tbilisi. Overnight stay will be in a guesthouse.

Day 5: Mtskheta

You will travel to the old town of Mtskheta and the Cathedral of Jvari which is included in UNESCO as a protected monument. In the evening, you will have dinner in the Georgian traditional restaurant. You will be able to see Georgian traditional dances and try Georgian cuisine.

Day 6: Departure

You will have a free time for shopping. Afterward, you will be transferred to the airport.

Instructors

Teimuraz Tatunashvili
Teimuraz is 38 years old. He is a tour guide by profession and his skill and experience are great. He really loves his job and likes to communicate with people. He promises you will get a sea of emotions and you will be pleased that you have been a visitor of Georgia.

Location

This culinary tour will be located in Tbilisi, Sighnaghi, Telavi, and Mtskheta in Georgia. Tbilisi is a warm city with warm mineral water in the center of its heart. Georgia is a 1,600-year-old country. Hospitality and traditions of Georgian table are known to everyone.

Food

Georgian cuisine is very diverse and includes meat, fish, vegetables, spices, nuts, and everything that comes to mind. Everyone's favorite Georgian dishes are Khinkali, Khachapuri, and Churchkhela delicacy.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 days of the wine tour
  • A professional Kakhetian wine-tasting session in Shumi
  • Visiting House Museum of Chavchavadze and Ketevan Iashvili Art Gallery
  • Chef Povar master culinary class
  • 1-hour relaxing sulfur bath
  • Service of a guide
  • Transportation in comfortable microbus or Jeep
  • Transfer from and to Tbilisi International Airport (TBS)
  • Breakfasts
  • 5 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Air tickets
  • Meals outside the hotel or guest house
  • Other paid services (renting elbows or buying souvenirs)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday January 5, 2019
Departure: Thursday January 10, 2019

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