9 Days Caucasian Wine Tasting and Culinary Vacation

  • Baku, Azerbaijan - Sheki, Azerbaijan - Schuchmann Hotel, Kisiskhevi, Georgia - Tbilisi, Georgia - Yerevan, Armenia - Sevan, Armenia

Food and Wine Tour in the Caucasus Region

Join this unique Caucasian holiday and experience the native hospitality, taste traditional food, and dive into the age-old culture of these wonderful countries. During this holiday you will not only tour beautiful cities in the Caucasus region, you will also learn about the traditions of Georgian wine making and pair your meals with this delicious beverage. This will certainly be an unforgettable experience!

Highlights

  • Interesting wine tasting sessions
  • Join a unique Shebeke craft workshop
  • Tour beautiful cities in the Caucasus region
  • Learn about the traditions of Georgian wine making
  • Delicious Georgian and Azerbaijani meals
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 days with instruction
  • Russian, English
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During this holiday, you will spend two nights in Baku, one night in Sheki, two nights in Chateau Schuchmann, one night in Tbilisi, one night in Yerevan, and one night in a lakeside hotel in Lake Sevan.

The Schuchmann Wines Château in Kisiskhevi is part of a larger complex of buildings, nestled within a dreamlike environment with a view of the mostly snow-covered Caucasus Mountains. Through folds of red velvet, sweeping panoramas, and whispers of golden belle époque ellegance, Schuchmann Hotel Château is an alluring universe where you will lose yourself and find yourself in equal measure.

Day 1: Baku

  • Arrival in Baku
  • Transfer from Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD) to your accommodation
  • Night tour of Baku
  • Dinner in a restaurant, with Azerbaijani cuisine and live music
  • Spend the night in Baku

Day 2: Baku

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Sightseeing tour of the capital of Azerbaijan, where you will explore the old streets of Baku
  • Visit the Maidan and see Giz-Galasi
  • Later, you will head to the palace of Shirvanshah
  • Walk through the park
  • You will have lunch in a famous local restaurant, with Azerbaijani cuisine and live music
  • Spend the night in Baku

Day 3: Sheki

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Trip to historical city of Sheki
  • Sheki sightseeing tour
  • Visit the summer palace of the Khans. The unique building will amaze you with its magnificent interior and exterior. Go to the museum of carpets; there are various big rooms with pottery, silk embroidery, national costumes, and jewelry
  • Join a Shebeke craft workshop and visit the Sheki bazaar, as well as the local sweet bakery
  • Trip to Kish, a 12th century Georgian church
  • Return to Sheki
  • Spend the night in Sheki

Day 4: Telavi - Kisiskhevi

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Trip to Telavi
  • Travel to Lagodekhi checkpoint and cross over into Georgia
  • Telavi sightseeing tour
  • Departure to Tsinandali
  • Visit the cultural center and the house-museum of the poet and public figure Al. Chavchavadze
  • Lunch and wine tasting in the oldest enoteca
  • Walk through the old garden of the Chavchavadze royal family
  • Trip to Chateau Schuchmann's wine factory and vineyards in Kisiskhevi, where you learn about the traditions of Georgian wine making and culture
  • Lunch at Chateau Schuchmann
  • Spend the night at the Chateau Schuchmann

Day 5: Kvarelli - Kisiskhevi

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Kvareli. You will drive further north to the Great Caucasus Mountains. On the way, you will visit the Gremi fortress, the main city of Kakheti region. The picturesque location of the fortress with its tall bell tower and high wall always makes a deep impression on guests.
  • Visit Kvareli, the wine tunnels dug under the Great Caucasus Mounains
  • Lunch and wine tasting in a restaurant
  • Transfer to Chateau Schuchmann
  • Free time
  • Spend the night at the Chateau Schuchmann

Day 6: Mtskheta - Tbilisi

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • You will visit the Samtavro Nunnery, where according to the legend, Saint Nino lived and preached Christianity
  • You will also explore Svetitskhoveli church, the place where the robe of Jesus is saved
  • Later, you will enjoy diner in a famous restaurant, with Georgian cuisine, wine, and live music
  • Transfer to Tbilisi
  • Tbilisi sightseeing tour
  • You will visit the National Museum of Georgia, see the main Rustaveli Avenue, the Freedom Square, and the Metekhi church
  • You will also visit Abanot-ubani, natural sulphuric springs, and Narikala church, where you will find a great view of an old district of Tbilisi from the church
  • Lunch at the Schuchmann Wine Bar, with Georgian cuisine, wine, and live music
  • Spend the night in Tbilisi

Day 7: Tbilisi - Lore - Yerevan

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Armenia
  • Visit the fortress city of Lore
  • You will have an opportunity to visit ancient Georgian churches
  • Transfer to Yerevan
  • After checking into your hotel, you will go on an evening sightseeing tour
  • Lunch in a famous local restaurant, with Armenian cuisine and live music
  • Stay overnight in Yerevan

Day 8

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Departure from Yerevan to Lake Sevan, the largest lake in Caucasus and the highest fresh-water lake in the world
  • Visit Goris, the city carved in the rock
  • Lunch in a lakeside restaurant
  • Visit Sevanavank, the prominent historic-architectural complex of the 9th century
  • You will spend the night in a lakeside hotel

Day 9: Departure

  • Departure from Yerevan
  • In the morning, you will transfer to Zvartnots International Airport (EVN) for your departure flight
  • Evening sightseeing tour of Yerevan
  • Excursion to the ancient capital of Georgia, Mtskheta, and the city-museum
  • Night tour of Baku
  • See main Rustaveli Avenue, the Freedom Square, the Metekhi church
  • Sheki sightseeing tour
  • Sightseeing tour of the capital of Azerbaijan, where you will explore the old streets of Baku
  • Tbilisi sightseeing tour
  • Telavi sightseeing tour
  • Trip to Chateau Schuchmann's wine factory and vineyards in Kisiskhevi, where you learn about the traditions of Georgian wine making and culture
  • Trip to the museum of carpets. There are various big rooms with pottery, silk embroidery, national costumes, and jewelry
  • Trip to the National Museum of Georgia
  • Visit Abanot-ubani and Narikala church
  • Visit Lake Sevan and Goris
  • Visit Sevanavank, the prominent historic-architectural complex of the 9th century
  • Visit the cultural center and the house-museum of the poet and public figure Al. Chavchavadze
  • Visit the fortress city of Lore, where you will have an opportunity to visit ancient Georgian churches
  • Visit the Gremi fortress
  • Visit the Maidan and see Giz-Galasi in Baku
  • Visit the palace of Shirvanshah
  • Visit the Samtavro Nunnery and the Svetitskhoveli church
  • Visit the Sheki bazaar, as well as the local sweet bakery in Sheki
  • Walk through the old garden of the Chavchavadze royal family
  • Walk through the wine tunnels dug under the Great Caucasus Mountains

This holiday will take place in the Caucasus region and you will visit Baku, Sheki, and Kish in Azerbaijan, Telavi, Tsinandali, Kisiskhevi, Kvareli, Kvareli, the Great Caucasus Mountains, Mtskheta, and Tbilisi in Georgia, and Lore, Yerevan, Lake Sevan, Goris, and Sevanavank in Armenia.

Georgia is a country with ancient and rich original culture, which goes back as far as millennia. Here, you will find monumental architecture, world-renowned art, book miniatures, rich spiritual and secular literature, colorful dances, jewelry, chasings, and paintings.

The Caucasus Mountains, the highest mountain range in Europe, marks the border between Georgia and Russia. While the highest peak is in Russia, Georgia lays claim to the second highest, Shkara, which at 5,193 meters (17,040 feet), beats Mont Blanc by nearly 400 meters (1,312 feet). These dramatic mountains, with their terrifying hairpin roads and hidden villages cut off at winter, are what legends are made of.

These regions are also suitable for horse riding and mountain biking, as there are numerous mountain roads and tracks. Special Caucasian horses bred for their endurance and beauty, such as the Kabardo and the Tusheti, are the traditional means of transport in this area.

During this holiday, one of your stops will be Tbilisi. The city brims with history and has a dramatic setting, with hillsides on both sides of the swift Mtkvari River. Its Old Town, at the narrowest part of the valley, is still redolent of ancient Eurasian crossroads, with winding lanes, old balconies and houses, leafy squares, handsome churches, and countless busy bars and cafés, all overlooked by the 17-centuries-old Nariqala Fortress.

During this holiday, you will have the opportunity to taste delicious Georgian and Azerbaijani meals. The Chateau Schuchmann's chef is looking forward to treating you to culinary delights from the local region in the new restaurant. In the wine cellar, you will find the perfect wine to accompany your meals.

  • Book a wine tour
  • Enjoy a wine tasting
  • Go horseback riding
  • Go skiing
  • Join a cultural tour
  • Join a piligrim tour
  • Join an extreme tour
  • Take part in a Caucasian tour
  • Take part in a culinary tour
  • Try mountain biking

During your visit to Georgia, you will have the chance to enjoy the Schuchmann Wine Spa, where you can experience massages and wine therapy and procedures.

Local mud procedures - 60 minutes (150 GEL)

Wine bath and relaxing massage. you can also choose to get a wine bath, relaxing massage, head pressure point therapy, and foot reflexology.

Massages

  • Back and head massage - 40 minutes (80 GEL)
  • Back massage with hot stones - 40 minutes (90 GEL)
  • Detox massage - 40 minutes (90 GEL)
  • Foot, hands, head, and back reflexology - 40 minutes (100 GEL)
  • Full body aroma massage - 60 minutes (120 GEL)
  • Full body massage - 60 minutes (120 GEL)
  • Full body massage with hot stones - 60 minutes (140 GEL)
  • Full body relax massage - 60 minutes (120 GEL)
  • Head pressure point massage with hot Cabernet wine - 30 minutes (90 GEL)
  • Lumi-lumi, Hawaiian massage - 40 minutes (90 GEL)
  • Lymphatic drainage - 40 minutes (90 GEL)
  • Massage with vine twigs - 40 minutes (90 GEL)
  • Press therapy - 40 minutes (90 GEL)
  • Shiatsu, pressure point massage - 40 minutes (90 GEL)

Mukuzani wine therapy - 120 minutes (280 GEL)

Grapes' seed scrubbing, Mukuzani wine bath, mud procedures, hot wine cleansing, mix massage with grapes' seed oil, back therapy with hot stones, and foot reflexology.

Saperavi wine therapy - 90 minutes (250 GEL)

Grapes' seed scrubbing and mud therapy, hot Saperavi wine mask, Saperavi wine bath, and full body massage with grapes' seed oil.

Sauvignon wine therapy - 120 minutes (280 GEL)

Grapes' seed scrubbing, Sauvignon wine bath, mud procedures, hot Sauvignon wine cleansing, full body relaxing massage with grapes' seed oil, head pressure point massage with hot wine.

Schuchmann royal massage - 70 minutes (180 GEL)

Full body relaxing massage and head relaxing massage. The massage starts with a hot wine bath.

Wine therapies and procedures

  • Face massage with hot stones and vine tears - 20 minutes (70 GEL)
  • Grapes' seed scrubbing - 80 minutes (150 GEL)
  • Head, foot, and hands massage - 40 minutes (150 GEL)
  • Wine bath head massage - 30 minutes (100 GEL)
  • Wine bath massage - 40 minutes (150 GEL)
  • Wine bath relaxing massage - 40 minutes (180 GEL)
  • 1 dinner
  • 6 lunches
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All wine tastings as specified in the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast
  • Excursion and entrance fees
  • Professional Russian or English-speaking guide
  • Transportation service
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare
  • Strong alcoholic drinks, except for the wine tasting sessions

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Zvartnots International Airport (EVN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Schuchmann Travel will pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Tbilisi, Georgia

Schuchmann Travel offers a true Georgian experience for their guests. Their aim is to cater to your individual travel needs and create extraordinary tours.

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9 days / 8 nights

Special discount

Children up to 12 years are eligible for a special discount of 30% per person.

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