Kakhety is the most popular touristic destination is Georgia due to beuty of Alazani valley and Greater Caucasus, 7000 years history of winemaking tradition, ancient churches and monasteries.
DAY 1 : Tbilisi – Tsinandali – Gremi – Shilda – Nekresi –Velistsikhe – Signaghi
9:00 Start from Tbilisi to Tsinandali via Telavi.
Village of Tsinandali is a source of a famous white wine and site of the Chavchavadze family estate - the 19th-century poet, public figure, and Kakhetian prince Alexander Chavchavadze (1786-1846). Have excursion with a guide and one glass of wine. See the house which is nowadays a museum and a wonderful garden.
Continue our tour to see Gremi –it was Kakhetian Royal family residence in 15th century, the fortress has several inbuilt facilities including a Church of Archangels (1565 )
Drive to Shilda to Chelti Wineyard and Winery to have lunch and wine tasting (3 types of wine), you can also have master classes on making khinkali/churchkhela/bread (optional). We also see here marani (traditional wine cellar), wineyards (depending on the time of the year).
After Chelti Winery we drive to Necresi Monastry - one of the most important cultural centers of Georgia. Beautifully set on the hilltop in the woods the monastery includes several structures built in different periods (4th.5th, 6th, 9th, 16th centuries).
Next site to visit is Nunisi old winery in the village of Velistsikhe. It is represented by 16th century vine storage with old limestone wine pressor and 33 big wine jars (kvevri) sunk underneeth the ground. The place has a rather rich expositions of old hosehold items, pottery, utensils, jewelries, and other staff ralated to different ages.
Arrive to Signaghi. Hotel check in.
Dinner in Signaghi Haklichebis Sakhli restaurant.
Day 2 : Signaghi – Bodbe – Tbilisi
Breakfast in the hotel.
10:00 Excursion and walk in Signaghi with a guide. Visit Signaghi Museum wich features rich collection of ethnographic, numizmatic, photo and documentaty items. Also the museum has a gallary where the pictures of Niko Pirosmani are exibited.
Visit St. Nino’s Monasteri in Bodbe located very close to Signaghi. The Shurch was originally built between the 9th and 11th centuries, but has been significantly modified since then. The monastery now functions as a nunnery and is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th century female evangelist of Georgians, whose relics are shrine there.
Lunch in Halichebis Sakhli. Wine tasting (optional).
Ninotsminda Cathedral is highly significant to the development of Georgian architecture, as it predates Jvari Monastery in Mtskheta, and served as a model for the development of the later tetraconch (four-apse) form. The site is ruined today, with only the eastern apse and a portion of the western wall remaining. The ruined apse is decorated with 16th century frescos of the Hodegetria, severely vandalized with bullet holes from Dagestan bandits in the 18th and 19th centuries. Outlines of the foundations indicate that the church originally had an octagonal center, surrounded by corner niches. Historical records indicate that restoration work was undertaken in the 10th and 11th centuries, and also during 1671 and 1774. However, the cathedral collapsed during earthquakes in 1824 and 1848 and was not reconstructed.
Arrival to Tbilisi. Drop at the hotel. End of service.
Price per person in USD$:
2 people – 270 $
4 people – 195 $
6 people – 175 $
8 - 10 people – 155 $
0-4 years - Free
5-6 years - 50 % deduction
7-9 years - 30 % deduction
10 years and over - Adult price
The price includes:
Hotel accommodation in DBL rooms;
Qualified guide’s service;
Transportation all days;
Meals: Two breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners.
One bottle of water per person per day.
The price excludes:
Alcohol beverages and any meals not included to the program.
Everything that is not mentioned in the paragraph “the price includes”.