Classic Georgia tour, tailor made
Price includes: Accommodation transfers driver/guiding (We ONLY use LOCAL GUIDES) meals as shown (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Private and tailormade tour ABTA and ATOL bonded Single Supplement - From £195
Description of Classic Georgia tour, tailor made
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
1 Reviews of Classic Georgia tour, tailor made
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 16 Oct 2021 by Carole Fenton
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Our highlight was tasting wine directly from the qvervi at the Chubini Wine Cellar. The sensational mountain views, including Mt. Kazbeg, on the drive from Tbilisi to Kazbegi, were unforgettable. Each ancient monastery had its own appeal. My favorite was Ikalto Monastery, with all the qvervis on the property donated by thankful parishioners.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be sure to come prepared with clothes that layer, especially for the mountain areas. Since you will visit many monasteries, it can be hard to remember the names and distinguishing features. Take a photo of the sign at each one to aid your memory upon return. Women need head coverings and skirts, but both are typically available to borrow at the monasteries. Trust your guide to provide wonderful suggestions for local dishes.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I truly felt we were supporting a small, local business when we visited Chubini Wine Cellar. For that reason, we were sure to make a purchase there. We had a similar feeling at farmer's house dinner in Akhalsopeli. Those were both special experiences. In addition, the apiary stop was unique and informative. We were pleased we could support that local enterprise. Knowing that Responsible Travel focuses on local businesses, I was surprised that our tour included a stop at the very large and very touristy Khareba Winery. We would have preferred a smaller, more personal winery visit. The Tsinandali Residence was also not a stop to benefit the local people, in our opinion.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Our trip to Georgia was, in a word, perfection. Our goal was to explore ancient monasteries, enjoy the high Caucasus Mountains, and sample the wines made in the old qvervi traditional method. Our expectations were exceeded on all accounts, due primarily to our outstanding guide, Irakli. He added history and insight into every stop, introduced us to delicious Georgian cuisine we may not have tried on our own, and made us feel we were seeing all the treasures Georgia has to offer. Irakli's expertise meant we could relax and thoroughly enjoy exploring a new area. As I said, perfection!
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetOur visits to many sites on this tour help to support local projects to conserve the area's cultural and geographical heritage.
Our guides will brief travellers on appropriate behaviour, both cultural and environmental. When visiting local villages and ornate monasteries and churches, we make a point of ensuring that we leave no permanent traces of our stay behind, taking all rubbish with us to protect these valuable tourist attractions.
Where appropriate and feasible we will always incorporate walking tours of cities rather than being reliant on private transportation - not only reducing our carbon footprint but we believe leading to a more enjoyable and intimate experience for our clients. This is particularly important in places such as Tbilisi and it's old town which showcases the fascinating history of this overlook region. Furthermore, all vehicles used on the tour have low carbon emissions. We work closely with our local suppliers to highlight best practice in terms of environmental issues.
We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.
We work with our local suppliers to highlight best practice in terms of environmental issues, an important effort in a country where the environment is often taken for granted and green thinking is largely absent.
PeopleThis tour has a strong focus on staying in rural communities at family-run guesthouses. We believe that staying small village guesthouses and family homes not only gives travellers an authentic and very special insight into the lives of local people, but brings tangible benefits to small communities that may otherwise be overlooked by the tourism industry. Spending time with local hosts enables far more cultural interaction than travellers would experience when staying in large hotels.
We learn about the Georgian culture when visiting museums and remote villages. This helps the local people continue their traditions and their culture is preserved, as well as encouraging interaction between the locals and tourists.
We believe that tourism is a double edged sword that needs to be wielded very carefully. Our philosophy is to have a limited amount of departures usually between one and three a year - for each of our itineraries. By limiting our presence in areas where local culture can be quite fragile, we hope to avoid as much as possible the phenomenon whereby an area changes in character due to repeated and prolonged exposure to tourism. We want to visit an area as friends, not intruders and to ensure that what we see will also be there for others to enjoy for many years to come.
This tour operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.