Culinary tour 1
Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Sighnaghi – Telavi – Nekresi – Gremi – Napareuli – Tbilisi
7 days, 6 nights
Day 1: Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting with the representatives of the agency. Hotel accommodation. Free time. Welcoming dinner in a restaurant. Overnight.
Day 2: Tbilisi
Breakfast. After Breakfast transfer to the Culinary School – “Icarus”, meeting with top chefs and getting acquainted with Georgian cuisine. On the same day you will have a chance to cook Megrelian, Svanetian and Imeretian dishes and feel the flavor of each region (Khachapuri – cheese pie, Kubdari- pie with small meat cubes inside, eggplants stuffed with nut sauce, chicken dipping in walnut sauce). Degustation of these dishes in combination with selected wines arranged just for you by master sommelier.
Sightseeing tour in Tbilisi. The capital of Georgia is unique. Located on several hills, ancient district is spread out on the terraces of the slope. Tbilisi – is a beautiful Kura river with its picturesque rocky shores that flows across the whole city. The list of sights during the tour: Metekhi Church ( V c.), Narikala fortress ( IV c.), Sioni Cathedral (VI-VII c.), Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary – the oldest EXISTING church, Synaxis of Saint Trinity of the temple complex of Tsminda Sameba – the main Cathedral of Georgian Orthodox Church.
Later, according to your request we offer to you an opportunity to visit sulphur bath houses (extra charge) in the district of Abanotubani. The place was visited and praised by Pushkin while he travelled in Georgia. Warmed in the heart of the mother earth, spring water gives you A rare feeling of comfort and relaxation charging you with new energy. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 3: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Tbilisi
Breakfast. After the breakfast, visit the local market and purchase all the necessary ingredients for the following cooking class in the restaurant. At That day you will have a chance to study cooking of Shkhmeruli (Fried chicken in garlic sauce grilled on a clay pan-Keci), Lobio (beans) with smoked bacon – regional dish of Racha region, and of course, Khinkali (meat dumplings). Degustation of these dishes with chacha (grape vodka) or with famous Georgian wines. Exclusively, master sommelier will provide you with information and advices concerning Georgian cuisine.
Later, according to your request visit Mtskheta and ancient monastery – Jvari (VI c.). The church is located on the top of the hill, from where you can enjoy breathtaking view of ancient capital – Mtchketa, situated exactly at the conjunction of two rivers – Kura and Aragvi. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (1010-1029), at the basement of which is buried one of the major Christian relics – Lords Tunic, brought in Georgian by Ellious, Jewish citizen of Mtskheta who witnessed crucifixion. This is the burial place of many of the Georgian kings too. Visit of Samtavro monastery, where the blackberry bush grows, flowers and fruits whole year round. St. Nino – the enlightener of IV century – lived and preached nearby. Christianity was declared as a state religion in 324 and this fact is closely connected to the name of Saint Nino who convinced King Mirian and Queen Nana to become devoted Christians. Wonderworking icon of Iberian Mother of God, wonderworking icon of St. Nino, grave of St. King Mirian and Queen Nana, hallows of St. Abibos Nekreseli, St. Shio Mgvimeli are located inside. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.
Day 4: Tbilisi – Sighnaghi – Telavi
Breakfast. Arrival to Telavi (Kakheti Region). On the way you will visit the monastery complex of St. George in Bodbe (village) and the burial site of St. Nino, who brought Christianity to Georgia. The Holy spring of the monastery is the site of Christian pilgrimage. It is believed that bathing in the holy waters of the spring can heal different illnesses and make miserable people happy. The Bathing is recognized as particular importance and significance like the rite of Christian sacrament. Excursion to the “town of everlasting love” – Sighnaghi. The city is located at the top of the ridge, overlooking Alazani Valley. At the moment the city is totally renovated but in old traditional style. Arrival to Telavi. Accommodation in hotel. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 5:Tbilisi – Nekresi – Gremi – Napareuli – Telavi
Breakfast. Tour continues in Kakheti region: Nekresi – the oldest temple in Georgia of the IV century. Visit 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 survived and it leads to the river. Nearby, there is the complex of Archangels (XVI-XVII c.). Arrival to Napareuli. Georgian wine degustation, made according to Kakhetian traditions. Wine is kept in clay vessel called Kvevri, buried underground in the winery – Marani. Later, degustation of Kakhetian cheese in the cheese making factory of Akhmeta. Master class and dinner with the following dishes offered: Khashlama (beef or lamb soup), Mtsvadi (the same – Shashlik made of pork), Chakapuli (lamb or mutton cooked with tarragon and Tkemali (plum sauce)). Last but not least baking of Dedas Puri so called mother’s bread. Overnight.
Day 6: Telavi – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Arrival to Tbilisi. On the way you will visit following monasteries: complex of Old Shuamta (V c.) and New Shuamta (XVI c.). The monastery of Dzveli (Old) Shuamta consists of several several ancient churches, while Akhali (New) Shuamta was constructed later in XVI century. Whole complex consists of big-domed church, belfry and enclosure constructed by Kakhetian Queen Tinatin. Traditional Dances and songs performed at farewell dinner. Overnight.
Day 7: Tbilisi
Breakfast. Free time in accordance to the flight schedule. Purchase of souvenirs. Transfer to the airport.
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