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Two days excursion to the mountain region Oni (Racha)

Optional tours / Tours from Kutaisi, Tskaltubo
Two days excursion to the mountain region Oni (Racha)
Day 1: Kutaisi – Oni – Chrevalo – Oni
Departure to Oni. Racha-Lechkhumi is Georgian Switzerland. It is the Region of beautiful mountains and green valleys. It is surrounded by the Caucasus mountain range and glaciers. As the legend reveals, once the Georgian hunter climbed the ridge – Nakerala and saw a narrow and deep gorge of the Rioni river. The view was breathtaking. The hunter compared it to the mysterious well and exclaimed «What a well!» («Ra chaa!» in Georgian). Ever since the place is called Racha. Oni is famous for its mountainous resorts. The regional center – Oni is located at 800 m., while some villages are even 1500-1800 m. above the sea level. From the main road there is a possibility to see the lake – Shaori – a place of extraordinary beauty. After visiting Nikortsminda – domed church of St. Nicholas (built in 1010-1014) we pass city Ambrolauri and visit Barakoni (XIII c. church). Next, visit Chrebalo. Tour in the wine production plant which processes 300-500 t. grapes. The grape is from their own vineyards or it is brought from the local farmers. Grape processing, production and bottling of wine take place in the territory of the plant. Currently, the company «Rachuli Wine» produces 10 sorts of wine: «Khvanchkara», «Barakoni», «Aleksandriuli», «Ojaleshi», «Tetra», «Tvishi», «Chrebalo white», «Chrebalo red», «Lomoido», «Tsitska». These wines are made from unique varieties of grapes: «Aleksandrouli», «Mujuretuli», «Rachuli Tetra», «Ojaleshi», «Tsitska», «Colikauri». The vineyards are cultivated on the steep slopes of the left bank of the river Rioni in Racha region. It should be noted, that these variety of grapes are not cultivated in any other regions of Georgia. At the meeting of «Big Three» (Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill) the wine «Khvanchkara» was served in Teheran, Yalta and Potsdam conferences (period of WW 2). At 90’s the British royal court was provided with the wines «Khvanchkara» and «Aleksandrouli» for non-commercial use through the intervention of the Embassy of Georgia. Degustation of wines with dinner. Accommodation in Oni hotel. Overnight.

Two days excursion to the mountain region Oni (Racha) Two days excursion to the mountain region Oni (Racha) Two days excursion to the mountain region Oni (Racha) Two days excursion to the mountain region Oni (Racha) Two days excursion to the mountain region Oni (Racha)
Day 2: Oni – Kutaisi
Breakfast. Hiking tour to Tskhrajvari mountain. On the beautiful peak of Nakerala, there are the remains of a tiny chapel (11th century), which the local population calls "Tskhrajvari" – Nine Crosses. From the height of 1570 m, there is a beautiful view of the West Georgia. There is number of caves in the surroundings. On the way to Tskhrajvari one passes the remains of one of the longest cable cars systems operating in Europe.
There are several legends about Tskhra Jvari. According to the legend, there lived Sopromadze family in one village, whose son couldn’t live but died at an early age. One day the whole village gathered and prayed. They vowed they would fly a dove in the air and the place it sat they would build a chapel. After the day, Sopromadze’s son lived for a long time. The villagers carried stones in their hands and erected nine crosses on the ninth place the dove sat. According to another legend, one family’s nine sons went to the war. Father prayed every day for his sons. He decided to make a sacrifice and erected nine crosses on Tkibuli Mountain.  After the war his sons returned healthy.
Return to Kutaisi.

The price includes:
• Accommodation in 3* hotel with breakfst, standard double rooms;
• Excursion with guide according to the program;
Entrance fees;
Wine tasting;
• Transport service according to the program.
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