Georgia holiday, tailor made
Description of Georgia holiday, tailor made
Travel the Georgian Military Highway, considered to be one of the world’s great mountain roads, from the modern day capital, Tbilisi, to the ancient capital, Mtskheta. Visit the hometown of Josef Stalin. Explore spectacular towns and monasteries hewn from the rockface. Admire the views from the Udabno Monastery all the way to Azerbaijan. For those yet to discover what makes Georgia so special, this tailormade tour will provide the answers.
Accompanied by a local guide, you’ll visit key historic landmarks in Tbilisi by the river, with the panoramas from Narikala Fortress a stand-out moment. In Kazbegi, you’ll take a 4WD journey to a remote village, before hiking through the foothills of Mt. Chaukhebi. From Kutaisi, you’ll drive to the Gelati Monastery, a medieval masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site that draws pilgrims from all over the world. Throughout this tour you will be overwhelmed by the astounding natural beauty of Georgia and the Caucasus, while learning about a fascinating cultural heritage that is still relatively undiscovered.
Perhaps the most astonishing moments of this trip come when you visit the David Gareja cave complex, in a barren semi-desert landscape, or the immense, 19-tiered Vardzia Cave Town. Just the sheer scale of these places will take your breath away. Vardzia is especially fascinating. Around this 12th century monastery you can see the remains of a forge, a bakery, and even traces of monastic viniculture.
1 Reviews of Georgia holiday, tailor made
Reviewed on 23 Jul 2013 by Caroline Gant
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Hard to say - it was all wonderful. But probably our time in the High Caucasus Mountains where the wildflowers, scenery, and local people were unforgettable.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Take the Bradt Guide - it's full of great information.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Definitely benefited local people. Throughout the tour we travelled with a local guide and 2 local drivers. Hotels and Guest Houses were all locally owned/managed. We ate locally produced food in small restaurants/cafes most of the time, and shopping was direct from vendors in markets or from stalls, churches and a remote convent (where the nuns made their own cheese, jam, pottery etc.). I think this particular holiday had minimal environmental impact - whilst we were travelling by car between destinations, distances weren't great. Since it's clear that many visitors visit to experience the beauty of the unspoilt countryside, this must (one hopes) be an incentive to encourage conversation.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
A truly wonderful experience.
PlanetIn the Caucasus - and in particular in Georgia - we have developed unique relationships with many of the mountain peoples of the region and through our form of interactive tourism with a social conscience we have helped them by providing an important additional income. On this trip we travel through regions where conditions are harsh and there is limited opportunity for earning an income. By visiting local families we are able to put much needed funds directly into the local communities. In addition all foods are produced locally so several members of the village benefit financially, which improves several familys’ standard of living. The great thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the locals financially and us from the fuss they make of us!
All our tours employ the services of local guides, horsemen and drivers, stay in locally owned hotels and guesthouses, which diverts important funds directly into the area.
In addition we sponsor the following project:
Children of the Caucasus is an excellent charity, set up and run by the British Georgiaphile and author Peter Nasmyth, dedicated to helping the young people of the region, many of whom have been displaced, orphaned or traumatised by civil war.
PeopleIn Georgia and we use local ground handlers who in turn book locally run hotels, providing employment for a number of members of staff and support families. The ground handlers also use local drivers and camp staff, and ensure that all supplies are purchased locally for the journey. This means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions.
The Caucasus have suffered over a decade of civil war and turbulence, and have been left with an abundance landmines and UXO in several areas. All landmine casualties place additional strain on the already overburdened health care system that has been damaged or destroyed by decades of conflict. We support the Adopt-A-Minefield project, an NGO that saves and improves lives by raising funds to clear landmines and help landmine survivors around the world.
We also support several NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.