VIP wine tour
Tbilisi – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Kvareli – Nekresi – Gremi – Telavi – Tsinandali / Napareuli – Mtskheta – Tbilisi (5 days, 4 nights)
1 day: Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting with the representatives of the agency. Hotel accommodation.
Excursion in the capital of Georgia. 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 Mechetian 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.
Cognac degustation on the factory "Sarajishvili" which is the oldest and largest manufacturer of Georgian cognac and successor of the firm of David Sarajishvili plant - the founder of the industrial production of cognac on the classical technology. For years of existence of the Tbilisi Cognac factory it collected 500,000 deciliters perennial cognac alcohols and blended cognacs that were aged in the 16 thousand oak barrels.
Tbilisi in the night. Free time. Overnight.
Day 2: Tbilisi – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Kvareli
Breakfast. Departure to 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. Upon request, bathing in the holy waters of the increate spring, that heals the sick and make miserable people happy. Excursion in the "town of everlasting love" Sighnaghi. 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. Visit of the historic -ethnographical museum with the exhibits of V century BC to XIX c. The museum also exhibites paintings of the famous Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani.
Departure to Gurjaani and visiting Gurjaani wine house established in 1864. It is located in the center of Kakheti region. In this charming house, experienced professionals and iridescent hosts will introduce you to the ancient traditions of winemaking of Kakheti region and the culinary arts.
Dinner. Overnight in Kvareli in the Royal Batoni hotel.
Day 3: Kvareli – Nekresi – Gremi – Telavi
Breakfast. Visiting Kvareli Winery "Kindzmarauli Marani" - a modern factory with the latest European equipment and ancient secrets of Georgian wine in the territory of which were planted more than 400 varieties of grapes grown in Georgia. Here you can buy wine from the producer, winner of many international exhibitions.
Next stop in Kvareli Winemaking Khareba - wine depository in tunnels, the longest of 7.7 km with a wine collection of vintage wines. It has a natural temperature of 12-14 C throughout the year, ideal for storing and ageing wine. The winery revived by the Jandieri family strenghthened its place in the world due to the special technologies of wine making and quality and at the same time contributed to promotion of the Georgian wine worldwide. Many awards and certificates proved this fact. Georgian wine tasting in Gvirabi.
Continuation of excursion: Nekresi - the oldest temple of Georgia IV century. Next trip to the royal castle Gremi (XVI c.). The complex is surrounded by a wall with towers and loopholes. The remains of a secret underground passage leading to the river. There is also a complex of the Church of the Archangels (XVI-XVII century.).
Dinner. Overnight in Shato Mere hotel in Telavi.
Day 4: Telavi – Tsinandali / Napareuli – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion in Telavi – the main city and administrative center of Kakheti. The most famous sight of the city is the museum-castle of King Irakli II (XVIIIv.), who signed a treaty with George Russian empire. Then visit Alaverdi Cathedral (XI c.), the second highest building (50 meters). Tour of the House Museum, Al. Chavchavadze in Tsinandali. Here you will learn about the romantic love story of the Russian diplomat Alesksander Griboyedov and beauty Georgian Princess Chavchavadze.
Wine tasting on Schuchmann plant. On his travels, wine connoisseur Burkhard Schuchmann discovered Georgia and its longstanding wine tradition. Having traveled countless kilometers across Kakheti and surveyed scores of vineyards along with viticulturists and other experts, he worked out a plan to both ensure and even enhance to European standards the quality of Georgian grapes by applying "sustainable wine-growing and wine-aging methods".
Today, everyone can not only taste great wine drinks at the factory, but also to visit it. Artful winemaker will acquaint you with the history of the foundation of the plant, will show the vineyards and various departments of the plant, where the wine and champagne is produced and bottled.
Departure to Tbilisi. Overnight.
Day 5: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion in the ancient capital of Georgia Mtskheta - the town-museum, included to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Visit of the ancient temple – monastery Jvari (VI c.). On the top of the mountain where the temple is placed, opens a fantastic view on the place of junction of two rivers – Kura and Aragvi. There also opens a beautiful view on 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, one of the most important sacred artifacts of the New Testament that after the crucifixion of Christ was brought to Mtskheta by Elioz – one of the witnesses of his death on the cross, and it is also the burial place of many of the Georgian kings. Here is also the part of life-giving pillar. Visit of Samtavro monastery, where year round grow, flower and fruit blackberry bush, near of which in the IV century lived and preached St. Nino- enlightener, the first preacher of Christianity in Georgia. The official adoption of Christianity in Georgia in 324 is associated with the name of St. Nino, with the assistance and participation of the King St. Miriam and Queen St. Nana. It was St. Nino who persuaded the king Miriam and queen Nana to adopt Christianity in Georgia. Woderworking icon of Iberian Mother of God, woderworking icon of St. Nino, grave of St. Tsar Merian and Tsarina Nani, hallows of St. Abibos Nekresky, St. Shio Mhvimskoho are inside.
Wine tasting at Chateau Mukhrani. Chateau Mukhrani invites you into the wonderful world, in the estate of Prince Ivane Muhranbatoni, a descendant of Bagrationi, the oldest royal dynasty in the world. With the first harvest in 1882, this exceptional quality was highly valued and was awarded many honors. Fabulous palace and wine cellars, beautiful gardens and vineyards brought Chateau Mukhrani worldwide fame. During the wine tour you will discover the Georgian royal family history and breath-taking legends, a flavor of antiquity and enchanting wines and also you will visit Prince Ivane Mukhranbatoni's royal castle, gardens and old cellars.
Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.
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