Georgia cultural holiday

“Discover the natural beauty and culture of Georgia on a small group tour from Tbilisi. From the cave city of Vardzia to the 6th century desert monastery of David Gareja and the vineyards of Kakheti, this is an enchanting itinerary.”

Highlights

Tbilisi | David Gareja | Telavi | New Shuamta Nunnery | Kabegi | Gergeti Church | Dariali Gorge | Gori | Mtskheta | Akhaltsikhe | Rabat | Vardzia | Khertvisi Fortress | Lake Paravani |

Description of Georgia cultural holiday

Famed as it may be for its beauty and distinctive culture, Georgia remains relatively untravelled. All the more reason then, to explore its many treasures sooner rather than later. This nine-day trip departs from the Tbilisi and heads east, towards the astonishing David Gareja and the New Shuamta Nunnery (though it still dates back to the Middle Ages). Before leaving the atmospheric capital, however, there will be plenty of time to stroll its charming cobbled streets and historic squares, exploring the many fortresses, synagogues, baths and churches for which Tbilisi is so renowned.

Leaving the desert caves of David Gareja, you’ll cross the Gombori Pass, and drop down into the Dariali Pass en route to Gori, birthplace of the notorious Josef Stalin and now home to the museum that traces his infamous story. Every day heralds unforgettable sights, from the immense Vardzia, a city hewn from rock, to the magnificent Caucasus mountains. The citadel of Rabat, the imposing Khertvisi Fortress and beautiful Lake Paravani. Even the most seasoned of travellers cannot fail to be affected by Georgia, and amazed to know that it is still far off the beaten tourist track.

This is a tour that shows you many lesser-known gems as well as the iconic sights. You’ll wander picturesque mountain towns, sip superb wines in local vineyards, and taste frankly excellent cuisine, with friendly and knowledgeable local guides accompanying you throughout.

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Georgia cultural holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

In 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. With Nunu, a widow from Kazbegi, for example, we have assisted in introducing her family to the homestay market – where they now provide good, clean and interesting accommodation – which in turn allows her to educate her children and generally improve the family’s 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 and drivers, stay in locally owned hotels and guesthouses, which diverts important funds directly into the area.

The accommodation on our tours in Georgia and the Caucasus varies dramatically from smart hotels in Tbilisi to family homestays, where there may be basic shared facilities. On this particular trip we will be in hotels, guesthouses and spend one night in a local farm cottage (homestay). Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.

We are promoting the ancient heritage and natural landscape of Iran through visiting Golestan Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sites are chosen by the UNESCO committee and must "bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to civilisation", "an important interchange of human values" or be outstanding examples of major stages of Earth's history or ecological and biological processes in evolution.
We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to each one of our trips, and as a responsible tour operator, it is something we are careful and steadfast about promoting. Each one of our guides are trained to uphold, promote and put into practice such responsible behaviour, especially in wilderness areas or whilst traveling to UNESCO heritage sites, which many of our trips undoubtedly do. We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable bottles. We understand this is not always possible in countries where tap water is not safe to drink.
By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.
We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable and filtered water bottles. Our partnership with Water-To-Go provides a discount on filtered water bottles to our clients. We do not provide water from plastic bottles to our clients in country but always ensure there is regular access to drinking water on our tours.

Community

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.

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that we have been committed to since our conception. It is part of our core sets of beliefs that these words are not simply scattered nonchalantly into our literature and on our website but moreover that they are central to each and every trip. Our adventures are therefore carefully curated celebrating all that is local from the people, to the culture. We believe that a successful trip delivers a unique and authentic journey for our clients, but furthermore benefits the people whose land we have the privilege of encountering.

On each Group tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.

During this tour we will be delving into the food and wine culture of Georgia. The best way to share stories and meet new people is over a plate of great food and a glass of wine in hand. Georgia is known for its fantastic food and wine, with a unique wine production method dating back 8,000 years ago. On this particular tour, on the way to Telavi we will visit a unique 300-year-old wine cellar. The wine is produced and stored here, and we’ll learn more about the wine-making process and sample several Kakhetian wines. We’ll also see how Georgian bread is baked. We can try freshly baked bread, Georgian cheese and the local sour yoghurt – Matsoni.
Supporting the local food and wine industry in Georgia not only maintains the cultural identity of Georgia and connects cultures through the most ancient of pastimes, eating!

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Almost everything we saw in Georgia was memorable and exciting!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Ladies, take a skirt for the churches and monasteries.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We certainly managed to visit individuals in their homes and bring a little benefit,and this was always very interesting. I'd like to be able to w a l k to a restaurant where possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent!

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