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Caucasian bee – past and present Tours in Georgia » Group tours » Themed tours » Nature tours » Beekeeping
Caucasian bee – past and present
 
Tbilisi — Nekresi — Gremi — Alaverdi / Kvareli — Telavi – Ananuri – Gudauri – Kazbegi – Ambrolauri – Bugeuli – Kutaisi – Ozurgeti – Bakhmaro – Batumi Kutaisi Tbilisi (9 days, 8 nights)
 
Caucasian bee – past and present
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Day 1: Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting with the representatives of the agency. Hotel accomodation. Overnight in the hotel.
 
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Day 2: Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion in Tbilisi. The capital of Georgia is unique. It is located on the several mountain hills, on which "creep" the old blocks. Tbilisi – is a beautiful river Kura with its picturesque rocky shores, that flows across the whole city. "Old Town" – is the historic center of Tbilisi, that is located at the root of Mtatsminda (Holy Mount) mountain. Almost all of the buildings of the Old Town are historical and cultural sites, this part of the city is round – the – clock full of life, here walk alone or in groups tourists, meet lovers near the Clock Tower. This amuzing Tower appeared here recently, built by the Puppet Theatre director Rezo Gabriadze. Here artists exhibit their paintings, artisans offer numerous souvenirs. Basically here are 2-3 storeyed houses, built of brick and stone, that have a particular Tbilisi architecture, distinguished by narrow streets, galleries and carved wooden balconies.
Tbilisi is one of the rare places in the world, where can peacefully exist in the Old Town orthodox church, catholic cathedra, synagogue and mosque. During the excursion, visit of Metechian Church ( V c.), Narikala fortress ( IV c.), Sioni Cathedral (VI-VII c.), Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary, the oldest surviving church, Synaxis of Saint Truinity of the temple complex of Tsminda Sameba – the main Cathedral of Georgian Orthodox Church. Walking tour in the city.
Dinner. Overnight.
 
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Day 3: Tbilisi — Nekresi — Gremi — Alaverdi / Kvareli — Telavi – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Visit of Nekresi — the oldest temple in Georgia of the IV century. Overlook of the Gremi royal fortress (XVI c.). The complex is surrounded by the wall with towers and embrasures. The remains of the secret underground passage, that leads to the river, survived. Then, visit of Alaverdi Cathedral (XI c.), the second highest building (more than 50 m), and also monastery cellar.
If possible, visit the apiary at Alaverdi Monastery, which has a unique new French equipment, the only one in the country. You will get acquainted with the traditional methods of production of honey. Honey tasting.
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Moving to
Kvareli. Visiting apiary from local farmers, which will show the old process of making honey. Lunch and wine tasting.
Excursion in Telavi — main city and administrative center of Kakhetia, museum-fortress of tsar Erekle II (XVIII c.), that signed Treaty of Georgievsk with the Russian Empire.
Return to Tbilisi. Festive dinner with national songs and dances. Overnight.
 
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Day 4: Tbilisi – Ananuri – Gudauri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi
Breakfast. In the morning, departure from Tbilisi in the direction of Stepantsminda (Kazbegi).On the way to it, we will overlook the picturesque Ananuri fortress (XVI c.), located above Aragvi river, and also the amazing beauty of Zhinvali reservoir. In passing the ski resort Gudauri (2200 m), the stunning trip along Tergi river, through Cross Pass (2400 m), will bring us to Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). Excursion in Kazbegi: church of the  Holy Gergeti Trinity Church (2170 m above the sea level). When the weather is fair, the stunning view on the mountain Kazbeg (5147 m), one of the highest tops of Georgia, opens.
Visit the local alpine beekeeping farm – Fefe company. Meeting with a representative of the company. Honey tasting.
Return to Tbilisi. Dinner. Overnight.
 
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Day 5: Tbilisi – Ambrolauri – Bugeuli – Kutaisi
Breakfast. Moving to the North West region Racha. Visit to the local beekeeping farm in Ambrolauri. Honey tasting. Next visit to a winery in the village Bugeuli. Tasting of 3 types of wine. Lunch.
After lunch excursion to the unique Racha Temple of the Golden Age era – Nikortsminda Cathedral, built in 1010-1014. Nikortsminda has one of the most beautiful decorations from all Georgian churches and cathedrals because several different styles can be seen among the them, telling the richness of the selection of motifs and the manner of execution. Interior is decorated with frescoes from the 17th century and the rich ornaments, reflecting the mastery of the late-Medieval Georgian ecclesiastic art. The Cathedral is on the Tentative List for status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Departure to Kutaisi. Dinner. Overnight.
 
Day 6: Kutaisi – Ozurgeti – Bakhmaro – Batumi
Breakfast. Moving to Ozurgeti. Visiting apiary of Metropolitan of Guria region in the clean mountain terrain Bakhmaro (2025 m). Honey tasting. Lunch. Departure to Batumi. Dinner. Overnight.
 
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Day 7: Batumi – Kutaisi
Breakfast. Excursion in the city. Batumi — is a "Georgian Singapore", the most famous Black Sea resort of Georgia, with the population of 120 000 people. A visiting card of Batumi is a popular place of residents and visitors of the city, - it is Batumi Piazza, built in 2009. In 2010, a new, 7 meters high, moving sculpture of Love became the adornment of the city. The statue is a figure of a woman and a man. They seek to each other, in 8-10 minutes they move in a original and beautiful way towards each other and eventually merge as one. Excursion in Batumi: animated fountains (laser show), worldknown dolphinarium, Argonauts square with Medea statue.
Visit the Madzhahela company in Khelvachauri, which is engaged in the collection and packaging (not mechanized) of honey. Honey tasting.
Departure to Kutaisi. Dinner. Overnight.
 
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Day 8: Kutaisi – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion in the ancient city Kutaisi, that is more than 3 thousand years old. Visit of Gelati monastery and academy, established by the great Georgian tsar David IV the Builder, that is included to UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Overlook of the Bagrati Cathedral and "monastery of accomplishment of desires" Metsameta.
Excursion in the Sataplia castor cave — plateau with many clear original dinosaurs traces of prehistoric reptiles. Sataplia in Georgian means “honey”, here you can see the nests of wild bees, arranged in the grooves and crevices of the limestone cornice.
Return to Tbilisi. Free time. Dinner. Overnight.
 
Day 9:  Tbilisi
Breakfast. Free time. Souvenirs buying. Lunch. Transfer to the airport and return home.
 
Tour price in Euro p/p:
20+1
25+1
30+1
35+1
Surcharge for single occupancy
841
790
758
732
246
 
The price includes:
- Accommodation in a 3* hotels: 5 nights in Tbilisi, 2 nights in Kutaisi, 1 night in Batumi; standard double rooms;
- Full board: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners, including a festive dinner with songs and dances;
- Transport services according to the program
;
- Jeep-tour in Kazbegi;
- English speaking guide according to the program;
- Entrance tickets according to the program;
- Wine tasting in Kvareli and Bugeuli;
- Honey tasting according to the program;
- Organisation of thematic meetings and visits;
- One free of charge for TL in single room.

The price does not include:
- Services not listed above;
- Personal expenses.
 
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