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8 Day Get to Know Georgian Cuisine, a Fantastic Cultural Tour and Culinary Vacation in Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

Wonderful Culinary Tour Georgia

During the tour, you will get acquainted with Georgian cuisine and receive master classes in preparing Georgian dishes. You will also study the culture and history of Georgia, visit some historical places, museums and other sightseeing. Georgian cuisine itself is an undivided element of the nation’s general culture. Even more interestingly, the phenomenon of a guest is very important in Georgia. There, a guest is called a “gift from the God.” So, Georgians did their best to make their cuisine and all ceremonies connected to it wonderful.

Highlights

  • Georgian cuisine cooking master classes
  • Welcome dinner served with Georgian wine
  • Wine tasting of 2-3 kinds of wine at local wine producers
  • Visit and explore various attractions in Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Kakheti, Kazbegi, Kutaisi
  • Services of knowledgeable English-speaking guides
  • Daily delicious meals as specified in itinerary
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Tbilisi International Airport
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Accommodation

During this holiday, you will stay at a hotel in Tbilisi for five nights. For one night, you will stay at a guest house in Telavi and one night stay is in Kutaisi at a guest house.

Program

You may calculate more than 130 recipes of Georgian national dishes. Some of them are popular not only inside, but also outside of the country. Different regions have their different kinds of dishes and some secrets how to prepare various dishes. All these information will be available in various places of Georgia from various housewives.

Day 1

Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 - Mtskheta and Tbilisi City tours with a culinary master class (50 kilometers)

Breakfast in the hotel (included). Then, enjoy an excursion to Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia, recent religious center.

The town is included in the list of UNESCO. Here, in the 4th century, Georgia was officially converted to Christianity by Saint Nino, a young woman from Jerusalem. Under the main church Svetitskhoveli (the life-giving pillar) is buried the Robe of the Christ, one of the most important relics of the Christian world.

Because of this and many facts, Mtskheta has the role of the main pilgrimage cites of Georgia. You will have the first glimpse of Mtskheta from a hill, where stands Jvari monastery.

After interesting stories delivered by the guide, you will have the first meeting with Georgian cuisine. Nearby Mtskheta, in a nice village, a local wine producer has a wonderful dining room for you. After looking around his winery tasty dinner with degustation of 2-3 kinds of wine (included) is waiting for you.

Back to Tbilisi.

Don’t think of having a rest. Hope you will not have a heavy hangover. Tbilisi tour is waiting for you.

Generally, Tbilisi contains a marvelous combination of hills, mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, rocks, ancient castles and churches, amazing old narrow streets and unique squares, great examples of historical buildings of Neoclassicism, Gothic, Renaissance, modern, and Soviet architectural style.

The excursion begins from Metekhi Church rock platform, from where you make the first glimpse over the ancient district of the capital. The first special thing we see is a Mosque, Synagogue, Georgian, Armenian, Latin Churches and even the ancient worship house of Zoroastrianism standing together peacefully, as a sign of Georgian tolerant nature.

You continue the route up to the Narikala Castle and overlook Tbilisi from the opposite sight. Here you observe one more peculiarity of Tbilisi – the harmony of city life and nature. One step back and we see Tbilisi Botanic Garden, a nice recreation place with green trees, a river, waterfalls.

Visit Bath District, where it is possible to have hot natural sulfur water procedures with special massage, after which you will feel yourself like a newborn baby.

Welcome dinner with various Georgian dishes, white and red pouring wine. Arrive in a restaurant (at 20:00) with Folk Program, Georgian dances, and songs (included). Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 3 - Tbilisi-Bodbe-Signagi-Telavi (Kakheti tour) (170 kilometers)

This region is recognized as wine cradle in the world. There are about 2000 sorts of wine in the world. More than 500 sorts come from Georgia. The word itself “gvino” (wine in Georgian) is considered as a root for any foreign equivalent. The oldest wine vessel found in Georgia dates back to the sixth millennium BC.

Breakfast in the hotel (included). Then, visit Bodbe – a convent in a very beautiful nature with the view of river Alazany valley. Bodbe is one of the most important pilgrim places because there is a tomb of Saint Nino, who converted Georgia in Christianity.

After this visit Signagi, (a town of love) a nice touristic town with an amazing view of river Alazani Valley and Caucasian mountains. Signagi is Turkish word meaning “a shelter”. It was built in the 18th century by a famous king of Kakheti Erekle II to defend surrounding villages from North Caucasian Muslim peoples.

Nowadays there is no danger of attacking any invaders. It was newly restored and renovated just for your pleasure. Here you have a Georgian wine tasting.

In the evening the first master class is waiting for you in Telavi, the administrative center of Kakheti region. A housewife will make “Mtsvadi” (barbeque, roasted pork), bake bread and cook “Khashlama” (a soup kind dish with beef) and “Churchkhela” (nuts with dry juice of grape) (included). Overnight in Telavi at a guesthouse.

Day 4 - Telavi-Tbilisi

Breakfast in the hotel (included). Check out from the hotel and departure to Tbilisi. In Tbilisi, enjoy a shopping tour in a local market for Georgian wine, cheese, and some sweets. Dinner (included) then overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 5 - Tbilisi-Kazbegi (200 kilometers)

Breakfast in the hotel (included). The next location you will visit is the mountainous part of Georgia.

Kazbegi Nature Reserve is surrounded by Gergeti Trinity Church, located outside of town, Mount Kazbegi, the alpine meadows, and forests. Kazbegi mount is one of the highest peak in Georgia, eternally covered with the snow. Jeeps will elevate you on the hill to visit Gergeti Trinity.

Drive back to Tbilisi. Enjoy dinner (included) and overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 6 - Kutaisi – The ancient capital of western Georgian kingdom of Kolkhety.

Breakfast in the hotel (included). Check out from the hotel.

The last destination of the tour is the eastern part of Georgia Imereti region, Kutaisi. One of the oldest cities of Transcaucasia, it served at various periods as the capital of successive kingdoms in Georgia.

When Tbilisi and East part of Georgia was under Ottomans. It was king Bagrat III, who began reunion of whole country and erected the great cathedral on the hill Ukimerioni, overlooking the old city. After his name, the Bagrati Cathedral is main touristic sightseeing in Kutaisi. It was destroyed by the Turks in the 17th century and was recently restored.

Kutaisi is one of the cradles of culture in Georgia. The central places visit a synagogue, Catholic church, theatre, museum, wonderful parks, and squares.

In the hotel, bake Imeretian Khachapuri, Eggplant with nuts and Satsivi. Here you will have Imeretian wine tasting, which is different from Kakhetian wine. Enjoy dinner (included) and overnight in a guesthouse in Kutaisi.

Day 7 - Kutaisi-Tbilisi (230 kilometers)

Breakfast in the hotel (included). Visit to market of Kutaisi, which is one of the famous markets in Georgia. Here is a great choice of spices and other ingredients necessary for good dishes. You spend one hour in the market and drive to Tbilisi.

On the way, you have the possibility to buy ceramic and wooden items necessary for your kitchen. Arrival in Tbilisi. Dinner (included) and overnight.

Day 8 - Departure

Early breakfast in the hotel (included). Transfer to Tbilisi international airport. End of the service.

Note:

The program is based on arrival in Tbilisi by evening flight and departure by morning flight. In case of flights of other schedules, there will be slight changes in the price.

Included excursions

  • Excursion to Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia, recent religious center
  • Excursion to Kakheti region which is the homeland for wine
  • Go for a visit Signagi which is a nice touristic town with amazing view of river Alazani valley and Caucasian mountains
  • Visit Bodbe which is a convent in a very beautiful nature with the view of river Alazany valley
  • Visit Jinvali water reservoir and Ananuri
  • Visit small town Kazbegi
  • Visit to Gergeti Thrinity in Kazbegi
  • Visit Kutaisi, which is the ancient capital of western Georgian kingdom of Kolkhety
  • Visit the market of Kutaisi

Location

This tour will be taking place in Georgia. You will visit Tbilisi as well as Mtskheta town, Bodbe Monastery, Sighnaghi, Telavi, Kazbegi (Stepamtsminda), and Kutaisi.

Food

Every day during this holiday, you will be served with daily breakfast as well as six dinners including welcome dinner. You will also be served with 0.5 liter of wine for each person that comes with the welcome dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Master classes of Georgian cuisine
  • Wine tasting
  • Services of English-speaking guides
  • Airport transfers
  • 0.5 liter wine for each person
  • Welcome dinner
  • Meals according to the program
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol (save degustation and welcome/farewell dinner)
  • Any other service which are not included in “price included” item

How to get there

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Airport: Tbilisi International Airport Airport transfer included: Tbilisi International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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