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Christmas fairytale in Tbilisi

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Christmas fairytale in Tbilisi
 03.01 – 08.01
Tbilisi — Mtskheta — Sighnaghi  — Manavi - Ananuri — Gudauri — Kazbegi — Tbilisi
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Day 1: Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting with the representatives of the agency. Hotel accommodation. Free time. Optional folklore welcome dinner with Georgian songs and dances (for extra charge). Overnight.
Day 2: Tbilisi - Mtskheta
Breakfast. Panoramic tour 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. There are mainly 2-3-storey houses built of stone and brick, and they have a special Tbilisi architecture, which is characterized 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: Mechetian Church ( V c.), Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary – the oldest surviving church, Synaxis of Saint Truinity, temple complex of Tsminda Sameba – the main Cathedral of Georgian Orthodox Church. The rise by the cable car (tickets for extra charge) to the Narikala fortress ( IV c.).
Next, excursion to the ancient capital of Georgia Mtskheta. Visit of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (1010-1029), at the bottom of which is buried one of the major Christian relics Lords chiton, as well as the burial place of many of the Georgian kings. Here is also the part of life-giving pillar. Visit of temple-monastery Jvari ( VI c.). At the top of the mountain where the temple is located, opens a fantastic view on the place of confluence of two rivers – Kura and Aragvi. There also opens a beautiful view on the ancient capital of Georgia – Mtskheta.
Return to Tbilisi. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 3: Tbilisi — Sighnaghi — Manavi - Tbilisi
Breakfast. Departure to "town of everlasting love"Sighnaghi. On the way visit in the Bodbe village of the monastery complex of St. George and the grave of St. Nino, that brought Christianity to Georgia. Walk along the ancient town Sighnaghi, that is placed at the top of the ridge, overlooking Alazani valley. It was currently restored to its original from. Then, passing through, acquaintance with the history of the Manavi Fortress (XI century) and the Manavi Temple (XVIII century). The church was built in 1794 by the abbot of the monastery of John the Baptist from the monastery David Gareji - Ephraim. In the 17th century here was located the royal vineyards and the estate of Heraclius II. Stop in the pearl of Kakheti - a private estate "Chateau Fort de Manavi". In the program of the visit: an excursion to the Art Gallery, organized directly on the territory, where amazing works of local masters are presented; tasting of wines and chacha, produced according to traditional old Georgian technology directly in the marani "Chateau Fort de Manavi" from grapes grown in the estate's own vineyards. The highlight of the tasting will be "Manavi Green" - a wine made from a special grape variety that grows only in the area of the village of Manavi in Georgia. In the evening there is an opportunity to have dinner in traditional Georgian style (for extra charge). The menu includes only Georgian cuisine from ECO products grown on the "Chateau Fort de Manavi" farm. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight in the hotel.
D ay 4: Tbilisi — Ananuri — Gudauri — Kazbegi — Tbilisi
Breakfast. Free day. Overnight.
Optional excursion in Gudauri — Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). On the way to it, we 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). Optional skiing in Gudauri. Under good weather conditions trip to Kazbegi.When the weather is fair, the stunning view on the mountain Kazbeg (5147 m), one of the highest tops of Georgia, opens. Return to Tbilisi.
D ay 5: Tbilisi - Christmas
Breakfast. Free day. You will be able to take part in a Christmas procession "Alilo", during which the priests and believers glorify with songs the Nativity of Christ passing through the streets of the city. Members of the clergy lead the procession bearing icons, crosses and banners, while the laity follow behind them either on foot, or in bull-drawn carts. Children play one of the leading roles in this Christmas procession. On this day people light up candles in all the windows and prepare traditional goodies – christmas cakes kvertsi. The table is decorated with a festive tree chichilaki (actually it is nut stick with long shavings).
Festive Christmas dinner. Overnight.

Day 6: Tbilisi
Breakfast. Free time. Souvenirs buying. Transfer to the airport.
Tour price in Euro per person
Price per person in DBL
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10  pax
Hotel 3*
Hotel 4*
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Price includes:
  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotels, standard rooms with breakfast;
  • Festive Christmas dinner;
  • Tasting in the "Chateau Fort de Manavi";
  • Entrance fees;
  • Excursions according to the program with the English speaking guide;
  • Transport acccording to the program;
Price does not include:
  • Flight;
  • Welcome folklore dinner – 18 euros p/p;
  • Dinner in traditional Georgian style (0.5 l of qvevri wine) - 15 euros p/p;
  • Entrance fees;
  • Optional program in Gudauri — Stepantsminda – 90 euros p/p;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Optional programs.

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