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Incentive Trip to Tbilisi, Georgia 5* Hotel 15 pax

01 September  2020
Country / city: Georgia / Tbilisi
Season: Autumn
Theme: Incentive

Incentive Trip to Tbilisi, Georgia for 15 pax

 

Morning Activities
08:00 — 13:00

Lunch
13:00 — 14:00

Afternoon Activities
14:00 — 19:00

Dinner Evening Activities
19:00 — 00:00

Day 1
9 Sep
2020
Wed

MUST KNOW: Georgia General Description

MUST KNOW: Georgia Visa Requirements

MUST KNOW: Georgia Weather Forecast

Tbilisi International Airport Arrival

Tbilisi City Sightseeing Tour on the way from the airport:

1. Bridge of Peace

2. Cable car from Rike Park to Narikala Fortress

3. Orbeliani Sulphur Bath

4. Holy Trinity Cathedral — Tsminda Sameba

Welcome Ceremony In Traditional Georgian Costums With Wine

Transport & Guide Hotel — Restaurant — Hotel

19.30 Dinner at Old Metekhi Restaurant with fascinating view to Old Tbilisi

Day 2
10 Sep
2020
Thu

Transport & Guide Full Day

Teambuilding: One Day Rafting tour on Aragvi River

Lunch at the local restaurant

 

Transport & Guide Hotel — Restaurant — Hotel

19.30 Dinner at Kartuli Sakhli Restaurant with music program

Day 3
11 Sep
2020
Fri

09.00 — 21:00 Transport & Guide Full Day

One day tour to Kazbegi: Tbilisi – Ananuri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi / 360 km

10.00 – 10.45 Ananuri Fortress

10.45 – 13.00 Town of Kazbegi — Stepantsminda

13.00 – 14.30 Jeep Tour to Gergeti Trinity Church

14.30 – 16.00 Lunch at Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

 

19:00 Dinner at Tabla Restaurant with Singing and Dancing Program

Day 4
12 Sep
2020
Sat

Transport & Guide Full Day

Wine & Dine Day: tour to famous wine producing region – Kakheti

1. Signagi Fortified Town & Bodbe Monastic Complex

Lunch en route in the town of Signagi in traditional Georgian family

Master Class of Georgian cuisine: Churchkhela & Bread Making

2. Kvareli Tunnel — the largest storage of Georgian wines with Chaha & Wine tasting

3. Tsinandali – the House-Museum of famous Georgian noble family – the Chavchavadze

Transport & Guide Hotel — Restaurant — Hotel

Gala Dinner at In the Shadow of Metekhi Restaurant with dancing and singing program

RECOMMENDED ENTERTAINMENT: Dinner with Georgian singers (songs & toasts)

Day 5
13 Sep
2020
Sun

Morning free time in Tbilisi

 

Tbilisi International Airport Departure

 

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

 Stamba Design Hotel 5*

Located within Vera, a charming and historic quarter of Tbilisi, Stamba Hotel counts chic restaurants, independent boutiques and concept stores among its neighbours. Hotel is nestled within the historic and expansive atriums, passages and courtyards of what was once Georgia’s most important printing house, the Stamba Hotel universe caters to the guest’s every need.

Generously-sized guestrooms feature extra-large cloud-like beds, personal McIntosh brand hi-fi systems, La Marzocco coffee machines, gilded free-standing brass bathtubs and showers, mini bars and flat screen TV-s. The bathrooms come with slippers and hair-dryers.

Massive guestroom windows look out onto the lush, rambling courtyard gardens of both Stamba and Rooms Hotel, while the corner suites feature a stunning glass wall overlooking the hotel’s flora centerpiece which extends to the lower ground floor.

Opening up from the soaring hotel lobby is the enchanting restaurant- Café Stamba- offering gourmet cuisine prepared with fresh and locally sourced produce. The sophisticated Stamba Chocolaterie selling artisan chocolate and coffee, completes the hotel’s gourmet edit on the ground floor. Room service and breakfast in room are provided upon request.

 

DAY 1 — 9th September 2020, Wednesday

 MUST KNOW: Georgia General Description

Georgia is a small country situated on the crossroad of Europe and Asia. From the south-east it has a border with Azerbaijan, from the south – with Armenia and Turkey, from the north — with Russia. The western part of Georgia is washed by the Black Sea. Tbilisi is a capital of Georgia founded in the fifth century.

Population of the country with total area of 69 700 square kilometers is 3 720 000 people. It is amazing but on this small land there are 26060 rivers and over 40 protected areas. That is why the vast part of the country is occupied by untouched nature.

Amazing nature and the diversity of this country was the source of inspiration for a lot of writers and poets. Here you have everything that the traveler can only dream about: mountains of eternal snow, mountain lakes, alpine meadows, canyon rivers full of flowers and fruit, palm coasts, natural canyons, ancient caves, mineral waters and sulfur water pools – thus this place is indeed a heaven on Earth!

Reasons To Visit Georgia:

1. Qvevri — There is a distinctive winemaking technology: grape juice together with the seeds and skin is buried under the ground in clay vessels called «Qvevri»;

2. Unique Alphabet — one of 14 independent alphabets in the world;

3. The First Human Civilization — The first human civilization outside of Africa has been discovered in Georgia (the remains of that settlement are 1, 75 million years old);

4.Tusheti — When it comes to the height of its mountains and variety of available treks, Georgia’s High Caucasus offers a lot of options to the mountaineers;

5. The Highest Permanent Settlements In Europe — Tushetian village Bochorna and Svanetian commune Ushguli are Europe’s highest permanently inhabited settlements;

6. Botanical Garden — It is one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world, with climatic zones ranging from subtropical and high alpine to semi-desert;

7. Heritage Sights — Three cultural monuments which are included into UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

 MUST KNOW: Georgia Visa Requirements

E-VISA PORTAL – the easiest way to get permit of entry into and travel within the territory of Georgia for the purpose of short stay. Prospective travelers have a possibility to obtain the short-term visa without visiting Georgian Embassy or Consular Office. A visa application shall be submitted through the e-VISA PORTAL only by an alien staying abroad if the issuance of a C category short-term electronic visa by the Ministry is required. In the course of filling in a visa application through the e-VISA PORTAL, a message will be sent to the e-mail address indicated in the visa application to subsequently confirm the e-mail address and to ensure payment of the state duty. The e-mail address shall be confirmed within 1 (one) hour after it is sent, otherwise the visa application will be cancelled. The state duty shall be paid within 5 (five) hours after the message received on the e-mail address is confirmed.

List of the countries whose citizens do not need a visa to enter and stay on the territory of Georgia for 90 days: All countries of the European Union, United States of America, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Israel, the Holy See, Principality of Andorra, San-Marino, Republic of Iceland, United Arab Emirates, State of Kuwait, South Korea, State of Qatar, Kingdom of Bahrain, Oman.

 MUST KNOW: Georgia Weather Forecast

The climate of Georgia is mild and rainy on the coast and in the western plain, while it is more continental and arid in the central and eastern inland areas. In the mountains, it is obviously colder. Along the coast of the Black Sea and in the western, rainfall is abundant, since it amounts to 1,500 millimeters (60 inches) per year or more, and it's distributed fairly evenly over the seasons, albeit with a maximum in autumn and winter. Winter along the coast is fairly mild, since the average temperature in January is about 7 °C (45 °F). The sea moderates the climate, while the Caucasus Mountains in the north partially protect this area from cold winds. However, beyond the Caucasus, we find the freezing Russian plains, and a bit of cold air can sometimes surpass the mountains and reach the coast: there are on average about ten days with snowfall per year. Summer is warm or even a bit hot, with a daily average around 23 °C (73 °F) in July and August; the sun often shines, but as we mentioned, there can be rainfall as well, which in summer occurs mainly in the form of downpours or thunderstorms.

 Tbilisi International Airport Arrival

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

You will get information on documents required for your travel from the operator upon buying your air ticket. However, this information is of a reference character, and you can get official informati-on only at the consulate of the country of your destination. The passenger must observe all laws, regulations, rules and instructions of the authorities of any country from, to or through which he or she will travel, concerning passport, customs, currency, sanitary, quarantine control and other for-malities, as well as all the relevant rules and instructions of airlines.

CHECK-IN

At Tbilisi international airport check — in begins 2 hours and its deadline is forty minutes before the departure. Do not forget to find out about the check-in time as you buy your ticket, otherwise you may turn up late and the airline has the right to dispose of your seat at its own discretion. As certain special rules may exist in the country of your destination, we advise you upon buying an air ticket or reconfirming the reservation to ask about check-in procedure details there.

OBJECTS YOU CAN TAKE ON BOARD WITH YOU

Generally, you can take anything, except substances end objects classified in international prac-tice as , dangerous, a list of which is printed in your ticket. Weapons and portable radio transmitters are allowed with passengers only if they have a special permit. Special baggage, for example, musical instruments, can be taken into the cabin or even travel in their, own, seats, provided there is an additional ticket.

HAND LUGGAGE

Under the established rules, a passenger is allowed to take with him or her one piece of non-checked luggage, but its weight is included into the allowed free carriage norm. The non-checked luggage shall not exceed the established size, i.e. should fit into luggage lockers or under the seat. Since the size of luggage lockers and seats differ in different types of planes you should be prepared to be asked to send it to the baggage compartment. A passenger may take witch him or her over and above the baggage allowed for free carriage: a lady's purse or a document case; printed matter for reading during the flight; baby food and traveling cradle; an umbrella or a walking-stick; a coat or raincoat; a folding wheelchair and/or a pair crutches if a passenger needs them.

FREE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

There exist certain restrictions as regards weight, size and number of pieces of baggage to be taken on board. The free baggage allowance is 20kg for Economy Class, 30kg for Business Class, and 40kg for the First. Class. On flights to the USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico allowance is defined as two pieces, the size of both  (length, width and height) not exceeding 158cm and the weight of each piece should be no more then 32kg.

Tbilisi tour is walking and bus tour. Be ready to explore Old Tbilisi on foot for about 2-3 hrs to feel its history, culture and spirit. Highlights of the tour: bakery visit, Peace bridge, Maidan sq., cable car drive to Narikala fortress, Sharden street walk, sulphur baths area, State museum Treasury. During the city tour we will also visit the holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, the biggest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the Caucasus.

Sulphur baths are — the «Abanotubani» is the name given to the district in the Old Town of Tbilisi where there is a whole street (Abanos kucha) of public bathhouses that use the sulphurous waters of the many hot springs in this

area. Abanotubani is the place, where according to legend, King Vakhtang Gorgasali’s falcon fell, leading to the discovery of the hot springs and, subsequently the founding of a new capital. The bathhouses are

located below ground level with only beehive-like domes visible on the surface.

Narikala fortress is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi and the Kura River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulphur baths and the Botanical gardens of Tbilisi. On the lower court there is the recently restored St Nicholas church. Newly built in 1996–1997, it replaces the original 13th-century church that was destroyed in a fire. The internal part of the church is decorated with the frescos showing scenes both from the Bible and history of Georgia.

The fortress was established in the 4th century as Shuris-tsikhe (i.e., «Invidious Fort») and it was a Persian citadel. It was considerably expanded by the Umayyads in the 7th century and later, by king David the Builder (1089–1125). The Mongols renamed it «Narin Qala» (i.e., «Little Fortress»). Most of extant fortifications date from the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1827, parts of the fortress were damaged by an earthquake and demolished.

Peace Bridge is a bow-shaped pedestrian bridge, a steel and glass construction illuminated with numerous LEDs, over the Kura River in downtown Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. The bridge which stretches 150 metres

(490 ft) over the Kura River was ordered by the City Hall of Tbilisi to create a contemporary design feature connecting Old Tbilisi with the new district. The official opening took place on May 6, 2010. The bridge stretches over Kura River providing a view of the Metekhi Church, statue of the city's founder Vakhtang Gorgasali, and the Narikala Fortress on one side, and Baratashvili

Bridge and Presidential Office on the other.

 1. Bridge of Peace

The Bridge of Peace a steel and glass construction illuminated with numerous LEDs, over the Kura River, linking the Rike Park with Old town in central Tbilisi. Since its opening in 2010 the structure has become an important pedestrian crossing in the city, as well as a significant tourist attraction and one of the most well-recognized landmarks of the capital.

The bridge which stretches 150 metres (490 ft) over the Kura River was ordered by the City Hall of Tbilisi to create a contemporary design feature connecting Old Tbilisi with the new district. The official opening took place on May 6, 2010.The bridge stretches over Kura River providing a view of the Metekhi Church, statue of the city's founder Vakhtang Gorgasali, and the Narikala Fortress on one side, and Baratashvili Bridge and Presidential Office on the other.

The bridge, a design of which reminds of a marine animal, has a curvy steel and glass canopy top which shimmers with an interactive light display at night, generated by thousands of white LEDs. The roof is fitted with 1,208 custom LED fixtures designed and installed by the Dutch Primo Exposures and RENA Electronica companies, using 6,040 high-power LUXEON Rebel LEDs with 4,200K color temperature, supplied by Future Lighting Solutions. The handrail glass panels which run along the whole length of the walkway are equipped with embedded linear low-power LED arrays, a product called powerglass, supplied by Glas-Platz from Germany. The lighting is switched on 90 minutes before sunset illuminating Kura River below and buildings on both banks of the river.

The bridge was designed by the Italian architect Michele De Lucchi, who had also designed the buildings of the Presidential Administration of Georgia and Ministry of Internal Affairs in Tbilisi; the lighting design was created by the French lighting designer Philippe Martinaud.The structure of the bridge was built in Italy and transported to Tbilisi in 200 trucks while the lighting was installed on site during the assembly of the structures.

 2. Cable car from Rike Park to Narikala Fortress

Narikala — the main mother-fortress of Tbilisi, is one of the oldest places in the city and a prominent hallmark of the capital. Located high on a hill, the fortress is visible literally from any part of the city and offers visitors a dizzying view of the capital Tbilisi and the Mtkvari River. The location of the citadel was not chosen accidentally. At this point, the river bed is narrow — here the rocky banks of the river are close enough to each other and form the most strategically advantageous place. The castle was built in the 4th century and was designed to protect the city from enemy attacks. The name Narikala comes from the words «narin» — small, and «kala» — which means fortress.

The fortress is a composite fortified structure, which was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt during the history of its existence due to earthquakes or numerous enemy attacks. The fortress was significantly expanded by the Arabs in the 7– 8th centuries. Most of the surviving fortifications and structures belong to the 16-17th centuries. Inside the fortress there is the church of St. Nicholas (12th century), reconstructed in 1996. The inner part of the church is richly decorated with ancient frescoes depicting scenes from the Bible and the history of Georgia. Some parts of the castle were destroyed by a powerful earthquake in 1827. Nevertheless, the main walls of the fortress are well preserved, providing an amazing appearance of the city to this day.

There are two incredibly beautiful ways to get to the fortress. The first way is to climb up Meydan, one of the most beautiful places in Old Tbilisi. The second path to the fortress is by a cable car from Rike Park. Climbing up to Narikale by the cable car, you can enjoy a charming 360-degree view — in the cabin there are glass panoramic windows and floors.

 3. Orbeliani Sulphur Bath

Sulphur baths are — the «Abanotubani» is the name given to the district in the Old Town of Tbilisi where there is a whole street (Abanos kucha) of public bathhouses that use the sulphurous waters of the many hot springs in this area. Abanotubani is the place, where according to legend, King Vakhtang Gorgasali’s falcon fell, leading to the discovery of the hot springs and, subsequently the founding of a new capital. The bathhouses are located below ground level with only beehive-like domes visible on the surface.

 4. Holy Trinity Cathedral — Tsminda Sameba

Commonly known as Sameba, Tbilisi's Holy Trinity cathedral is located on Elia Hill above the left bank of the Mtkvari in the historic neighbourhood of Avlabari. It is the main Georgian Orthodox Cathedral and is the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox Cathedral in the world. Sameba was constructed between 1995 and 2004 and paid for by anonymous donations from citizens and several wealthy businessmen. The Sameba complex consists of the main cathedral, a free-standing bell-tower, the residence of the Patriarch, a monastery, a clerical seminary and theological academy.

 Transport & Guide Hotel — Restaurant — Hotel

Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after midnight hours is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. In case of full day usage price for meals of drivers & guides might be charged. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:00 (11 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 Welcome Ceremony In Traditional Georgian Costums With Wine

A guest for a Georgian is the dearest person who, as they say, was sent by God. And coming here you can feel all the hospitality from the first minutes of your vacation.

 19.30 Dinner at Old Metekhi Restaurant with fascinating view to Old Tbilisi

Restaurant «Old Metekhi» opened in January 2000. It soon established itself among the leading restaurants as it was headed by professional staff who provided the highest level of culinary and high service. As for the menu, the menu is Georgian-European restaurant focused on the consumption of local products, so the dishes prepared in the restaurant are characterized by high taste, so guests who come here can not hide their excitement after tasting the dishes prepared from local products.The restaurant also has a fascinating view of old Tbilisi.

 

DAY 2 — 10th September 2020, Thursday

 Transport & Guide Full Day

Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after midnight hours is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. In case of full day usage price for meals of drivers & guides might be charged. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:00 (11 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 Teambuilding: One Day Rafting tour on Aragvi River

Rafting tours are very popular among all type of travelers in Georgia. This type of activity is a great opportunity to strengthen corporate affairs, team spirit and friendship among colleagues. Our bus will meet your group at the Hotel in Tbilisi in the morning and drive over the Georgian military Highway towards the Pasanauri village, where the point and rafting camp is located. Your group will first have a brief instruction and preparation session. Rafting down the Aragvi river is an unbelievable and pleasant experience that will last not just for 1 hour and 30 minutes of the actual boat raft, but for many days afterwards.

Rafting tour will be followed by traditional Georgian lunch.

Information:

Rafting tours can be organized in the period from late April till early November;

Each raft boat is for 8-10 persons;

Each raft boat is accompanied by a qualified instructor;

Your team will be provided with all required equipment and assistance.

 Lunch at the local restaurant

Situated at the crossroads of East and West, Georgia has fallen within the orbit of many cultural influences and empires. One of the earliest Christian civilizations, Georgia has endured its share of invasions and Georgian food is well reflective of its past. In the times of peace, as merchants carried goods and spices along the Great Silk Road, Georgians embraced new seasonings and methods, adopted and incorporated foreign ingredients and styles into their own. Throughout the centuries, Georgian food has been influenced by the Mediterranean world, Arab and Mongol flavours, Persian and Ottoman kitchens, the link stretching as far as Northern India. Today’s Georgian food and cuisine is a rich interplay between Mediterranean and Middle Eastern tastes. Georgian food and wine culture is best observed through Supra – traditional feast featuring a wide array of assortment of dishes always accompanied by large amounts of wine, lasting several hours.

 Transport & Guide Hotel — Restaurant — Hotel

Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after midnight hours is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. In case of full day usage price for meals of drivers & guides might be charged. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:00 (11 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 19.30 Dinner at Kartuli Sakhli Restaurant with music program

Georgian House was opened on March 7, 2013. The restaurant is located in the historic place of the old town. That’s why Georgian house keeps all the traditions of our city: a sophisticated style of hospitality, pleasant environment, Georgian traditional and European dishes, Georgian music program and dances.

Everyday, except Mondays, from 20:00 to 22:00, in Central hall the restaurant offers Georgian music program to the guests, performed by the band «Qalaquri» with pianist Tamila Chiradze and National Dances Ensemble «Tiflis». The famous Georgian performers of worldwide pop songs will take care of your mood from 22: 00 to 00:00.

DAY 3 — 11th September 2020, Friday

 09.00 — 21:00 Transport & Guide Full Day

Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after midnight hours is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. In case of full day usage price for meals of drivers & guides might be charged. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:00 (11 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 One day tour to Kazbegi: Tbilisi – Ananuri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi / 360 km

Kazbegi is a small town in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region of the north-eastern Georgia. Historically and ethnographically, the town is part of the Khevi province. The town in located along the banks of the Thergi River, 157 km to the north of Tbilisi at an elevation of 1.740 meters above sea level. The town is dominated by large mountains on all sides. The most notable mountain of the region, Mount Kazbeg, lies immediately to the west of town. Kazbegi is known for its scenic location and is a center for trekkers and mountain climbing. Also for the alpine meadows and forests of the surrounding Nature Reserve.

Get to ride in a 4X4 Jeep through mountain roads to explore the incredible nature of Kazbegi region: Jinvali Lake and Ananuri Fortress, Gergeti Trinity Church and admire the overwhelming view on Mount Kazbegi. Day trip to Kazbegi from Tbilisi includes transportation (4X4 SUV), guiding, training, hotel pickup and drop off.

Ananuri was a castle of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi, the complex has been on the tentative list of inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage Site program. Second place of stop will be with fascinating views from top of Jvari Pass.

Soon the road will go down to valley and enter Kazbegi. The main point of Kazbegi tour is Gergeri Trinity Church, located on top of mountain at an elevation of 2170 meters. Gergeti Trinity Church is built in the 14th century. The car will start short off-road journey from Kazbegi centre to Gergeti Trinity Church.

Tbilisi – Ananuri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi / 360 km:

09.00 start the tour. Today we drive along famous Georgian Military Highway to the north from Tbilisi.

10.00 – 10.45 – visit Ananuri complex, this is 16-17th cc fortification built by the dukes of Aragvi.

10.45 – 13.00 — drive to the town of Kazbegi (Stepantsminda) incl. stops en route for nice views and photos

13.00 – 14.30 — jeep tour in Kazbegi. Change bus to 4x4 minibuses, 7 persons in one to drive to Trinity Cathedral. It is a bit tough drive, but very picturesque and impressive. Awesome views of the Caucasus mountains.

14.30 – 16.00 lunch in Rooms hotel Kazbegi

16.00 – 19.00 – Drive back to Tbilisi

19.00 – 20.30 — dinner in Mtskheta restaurant Old Armazi

20.30 – 21.00 – drive back to Tbilisi

 10.00 – 10.45 Ananuri Fortress

You cannot skip Ananuri Castle on your way to the town of Kazbegi. This complex on the Aragvi River is one of the best-protected monuments in Georgia. It is located 70 kilometers away from Tbilisi. This place will make you feel special with its beautiful nature and a taste of ancient history. This medieval monument, which is very well preserved, was originally used for military purposes, and only later it became the residence of the Dukes of Aragvi, in the 13th century.

 10.45 – 13.00 Town of Kazbegi — Stepantsminda

Stepantsminda is one of the most beautiful destination in Georgia. It's a little town surrounded by huge mountains. It's exceptional landscapes will remain in your memory forever. Stepantsminda is a new name, it has changed in 21th century. It's old name was Kazbegi which is coming from Georgian famous writer Alexander Kazbegi who was born here in Stepantsminda in 1848.

 13.00 – 14.30 Jeep Tour to Gergeti Trinity Church

Gergeti Trinity Church is a popular name for Holy Trinity Church near the village of Gergeti in Georgia. The church is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheri (the left tributary of the river Terek), at an elevation of 2170 meters (7120 feet), under Mount Kazbek. The Gergeti Trinity Church was built in the 14th century, and is the only cross-cupola church in Khevi province. The separate belltower dates from the same period as the church itself. Its isolated location on top of a steep mountain surrounded by the vastness of nature has made it a symbol for Georgia. The 18th century Georgian author Vakhushti Batonishvili wrote that in times of danger, precious relics from Mtskheta, including Saint Nino's Cross were brought here for safekeeping. During the Soviet era, all religious services were prohibited, but the church remained a popular tourist destination. The church is now an active establishment of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church.

The church is a popular waypoint for trekkers in the area, and can be reached by a steep 1.5 hour climb up the mountain.

 14.30 – 16.00 Lunch at Rooms Hotel Kazbegi

At Rooms Hotel Kazbegi, the cuisine honors traditional Georgian dishes inspired by the mountainous terrain alongside European fare. The Restaurant works with the region, collaborating with suppliers in the local town of Stepantsminda to serve seasonal dishes passed down through generations.

 19:00 Dinner at Tabla Restaurant with Singing and Dancing Program

The high-class Georgian restaurant Tabla has been offering its guests different novelties since 2013. In 2016, Tabla Saloon direction was added to Tabla brand. Thanks to its special interior and the novel Georgian menu, Tabla Saloon has already become the best place for family reunions and business meetings. Wine expert invited to for this purpose will assist the guests of the restaurant in choosing the most appropriate wines. Restoration of the lost traditions of Georgian feast is the principal idea of Tabla’s new conception.

 

DAY 4 — 12th September 2020, Saturday

 Transport & Guide Full Day

Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after midnight hours is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. In case of full day usage price for meals of drivers & guides might be charged. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:00 (11 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 Wine & Dine Day: tour to famous wine producing region – Kakheti

Signagi (16-17th cc) fortified town located on a steep hill is known for its cobblestone streets, picturesque landscapes with the Caucasus Mountains visible at a distance.

In 3 km drive from Signagi we visit Bodbe monastic complex originally built in the 9th century, significantly remodeled, especially in the 17th century. 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 shrined there. The Bodbe Monastery is nested among tall Cypress trees on a steep hillside overlooking the Alazani Valley, where it commands views of the Greater Caucasus mountains.

Lunch en route in the town of Signagi in traditional Georgian family. Before lunch master class of Georgian cuisine – Churchkhela making, bread baking.

After lunch continue our way to visit Kvareli Tunnel – the largest storage of Georgian wines kept in the 7.7 km long tunnel shaped wine cellar which consists of 2 large parallel tunnels linked with 13 small galleries. The dampness of 70% and the ideal temperature 12-14C for storing and ageing wine stays throughout the year. The tunnel was first built in 1950s for defensive reasons and later was converted into a storage. Chacha and Wine tasting in the tunnel.

Drive to visit Tsinandali – the house-museum of

famous Georgian noble family – the Chavchavadze

family.

Prince Alexander Chavchavadze, the founder of the Georgian romanticism turned the estate in the village of Tsinandali, which he inherited from his father into cultural and intellectual center of the country, the status it preserves to this day. The place regularly hosts exhibitions, concerts, literary events. The complex in Tsinandali embraces the memorial house and a landscape garden. We offer you a pleasurable and informative experience: you will look into the background of the noble Chavchavadze family, who played a significant part in the national history; enjoy the views of the garden, have a look at the winery and sample the «Tsinandali» (first

produced by the Chavchavadzes) etc. Georgian wines and round off the visit at the historical hotel. The landscape garden in Tsinandali is the first European-type recreation zone in Georgia. It was laid out by the landscape architects Alexander Chavchavadze invited from Europe. The garden is unique for its exotic plants and layout. In it, there is «the love lane». The legend says that if lovers can walk though it with their eyes shut, their life together will be happy. It was in this garden that Nino Chavchavadze and Alexander Griboedov first met to be married soon.

In the afternoon drive back to Tbilisi.

 1. Signagi Fortified Town & Bodbe Monastic Complex

Signagi (16-17th cc) fortified town located on a steep hill is known for its cobblestone streets, picturesque landscapes with the Caucasus Mountains visible at a distance. In 3 km drive from Signagi we visit Bodbe monastic complex originally built in the 9th century, significantly remodeled, especially in the 17th century. 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 shrined there. The Bodbe Monastery is nested among tall Cypress trees on a steep hillside overlooking the Alazani Valley, where it commands views of the Greater Caucasus mountains.

 Lunch en route in the town of Signagi in traditional Georgian family

Situated at the crossroads of East and West, Georgia has fallen within the orbit of many cultural influences and empires. One of the earliest Christian civilizations, Georgia has endured its share of invasions and Georgian food is well reflective of its past. In the times of peace, as merchants carried goods and spices along the Great Silk Road, Georgians embraced new seasonings and methods, adopted and incorporated foreign ingredients and styles into their own. Throughout the centuries, Georgian food has been influenced by the Mediterranean world, Arab and Mongol flavours, Persian and Ottoman kitchens, the link stretching as far as Northern India. Today’s Georgian food and cuisine is a rich interplay between Mediterranean and Middle Eastern tastes. Georgian food and wine culture is best observed through Supra – traditional feast featuring a wide array of assortment of dishes always accompanied by large amounts of wine, lasting several hours.

 Master Class of Georgian cuisine: Churchkhela & Bread Making

In Georgia, bread is called puri (pronounced «poo-ree») and is traditionally baked in a deep circular clay oven called a tone (pronounced «ton-AY»). Traditional bread, especially the long pointed bread called shotis puri, is very popular and usually specially during holidays.

Churchkhela is a type of Georgian candy shaped like a sausage made from natural grape juice and different kinds of nuts. This candy is usually prepared during the harvest season in autumn for Christmas holidays. Churchkhela is extremely delicious and energizing. It is a well-known fact that Georgian soldiers used to consume them when they went to the battle.

 2. Kvareli Tunnel — the largest storage of Georgian wines with Chaha & Wine tasting

After lunch continue our way to visit Kvareli Tunnel – the largest storage of Georgian wines kept in the 7.7 km long tunnel shaped wine cellar which consists of 2 large parallel tunnels linked with 13 small galleries. The dampness of 70% and the ideal temperature 12- 14C for storing and ageing wine stays throughout the year. The tunnel was first built in 1950s for defensive reasons and later was converted into a storage. Chacha and Wine tasting in the tunnel.

 3. Tsinandali – the House-Museum of famous Georgian noble family – the Chavchavadze

Prince Alexander Chavchavadze, the founder of the Georgian romanticism turned the estate in the village of Tsinandali, which he inherited from his father into cultural and intellectual center of the country, the status it preserves to this day. The place regularly hosts exhibitions, concerts, literary events.

The complex in Tsinandali embraces the memorial house and a landscape garden. We offer you a pleasurable and informative experience: you will look

into the background of the noble Chavchavadze family, who played a significant part in the national history; enjoy the views of the garden, have a look at the winery and sample the «Tsinandali» (first produced by the Chavchavadzes) etc. Georgian wines and round off the visit at the historical hotel.

The landscape garden in Tsinandali is the first European-type recreation zone in Georgia. It was laid out by the landscape architects Alexander Chavchavadze invited from Europe. The garden is unique for its exotic plants and layout. In it, there is «the love lane». The legend says that if lovers can walk though it with their eyes shut, their life together will be happy. It was in this garden that Nino Chavchavadze and Alexander Griboedov first met to be married soon.

 Transport & Guide Hotel — Restaurant — Hotel

Please kindly note that we always recommend to have a guide/assistant for bus dispatching as drives do not speak English. Surcharge after midnight hours is according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally. In case of full day usage price for meals of drivers & guides might be charged. Mineral water will be supplied only upon extra request. Please note that it is prohibited to drink and eat in some vehicles. In case of more than three vehicles, we strongly recommend have an additional assistant, who will provide coordination at each stop. Transport and guide usage after 23:00 (11 pm) till 8:00 (8 am) — is charged as + 50% per each additional hour. NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures are samples of used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation.

 Gala Dinner at In the Shadow of Metekhi Restaurant with dancing and singing program

The restaurant In the Shadow of Metekhi was founded in 2005 and since then is a favorite place for visitors. The interior of the restaurant is built on the old Tiflis con cept and almost exactly repeats Otar Mamporia's scenery in the theatrical performance «In the Shadow of Metekhi».The restaurant is located in the old part of Tbilisi, offering cozy ambience along with wonders of local cuisine. The visitors are welcome to enjoy Georgian national songs and dances on a daily basis. From the beautiful terrace one can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the Mtkvari River and the ancient part of Tbilisi.The guests of the restaurant have the opportunity to taste the «Treasure of the Georgian Feast» dishes. This is m|group’s project launched in 2010, which involved searching for indigenous Georgian meals, recipes and rules of preparation, in order to save them from oblivion and to preserve these traditions for the future generations. As the result of conducted search expeditions, up to 150 rules of preparation of traditional Georgian meals, the recipes of which were preserved among the elders of the regions, were restored, while guests can taste up to 30 of those dishes only in our chain of restaurants.Another interesting project is – the «Fusion» menu, where the main ingredients are Georgian, but presented with the European preparation technique, which makes dishes piquant and of totally different taste.There are 3 individual thematic rooms of different concepts in the restaurant, which represent the different parts of ancient Georgia: «Monadire» (hunter) — limestone built interior, stone fireplace, historic wine vessels and other details create ancient Georgian mood for the visitors; «Old Tbilisi» — interior of the XIX-XX century Tbilisi and «Kasabi» (butcher) rooms are for guests with any taste and interest.In the Shadow of Metekhi is the only restaurant in Georgia with the HACCP Concept Certificate and the ISO Certificate 22000:2005.While visiting our restaurant make sure to take a picture at our «selfie spot».

 RECOMMENDED ENTERTAINMENT: Dinner with Georgian singers (songs & toasts)

Georgian singer band will sit at the same table with guests, sing and make toasts.

DAY 5 — 13th September 2020, Sunday

 Morning free time in Tbilisi

Shopping is an integral part of a memorable vacation — apart from beautiful memories that you will cherish of the beautiful country, Georgia, bringing back cute souvenirs that will remind you of the good times spent here, is equally important. To make it easier for you, we've put together a shopping guide for Georgia, Europe:

1. Dry Bridge Flea Market, Tbilisi

One of the best places to shop in Tbilisi is the flea market located in Tbilisi’s historic Old Town near the Dry Bridge. Open from 10 am till 5 pm, the Dry Bridge Flea Market is a place where you can buy typical and popular Tbilisi souvenirs:

Beginning with eye-catching antique jewelry, old sepia photographs to silver cutlery items, one can also come across shops selling soviet-era medals and uniforms and other antique items for home decor.

You will also find art shops selling oil paintings here.

A typical Georgian souvenir — traditional drinking horns called Kantsi, made from animal horns & tipped with silver or metal, used for drinking wine.

Chances of coming across antique or semi-antique Russian and European items are also high!

Old stamps, vinyls, gramophone records, books, porcelein, pottery, ancient lamps, WWII hats, knives and various similar knick-knacks. If you're an antique junkie, don't miss this place. As they say, one man's junk is another's treasure! You might just stumble across some genuine, valuable antique from the bygone era!

2. East Point Shopping & Entertainment Center, Tblisi: Georgia’s largest shopping mall

The shopping capital of Georgia — Tbilisi is a relatively new brand shopping and entertainment centre, which is the largest of its kind in the country. Spreads over 24 hectares, the East Point Shopping and Entertainment complex provides customers the opportunity to shop, dine and play all at the same location.

3. Shop for Georgian clothes at Samoseli Pirveli, Tbilisi

The traditional Georgian clothes are beautiful and very gracefully tailored. The shop, Samoseli Pirveli located at Tbilisi, Ilia Chavchavadze Avenue 22 is your best bet to shop for authentic and exclusively Georgian clothing like the chokha and the kartuli.

4. Meidan Bazaar — Soul of Old Tbilisi

An underground marketplace, the Median Bazaar is situated right under the heart of Old Tbilisi — the Median Square! If you want to shop for some traditional stuff, local souvenirs like handmade accessories, Georgian wine, delicacies and other things, then Meidan Bazaar is the best place to be. One of the oldest shopping bazaars in the Caucasus region, the Meidan Bazaar showcases the best of Georgia’s historic and cultural heritage. It allows tourists to taste local snacks and check out authentic Georgian artifacts. Here, in the heart of Old Tbilisi, you can buy national hats and costumes, bags, accessories, wines and books. Apart from shopping, you can also visit the historical and architectural monuments of old Tbilisi.

 Tbilisi International Airport Departure

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

You will get information on documents required for your travel from the operator upon buying your air ticket. However, this information is of a reference character, and you can get official informati-on only at the consulate of the country of your destination. The passenger must observe all laws, regulations, rules and instructions of the authorities of any country from, to or through which he or she will travel, concerning passport, customs, currency, sanitary, quarantine control and other for-malities, as well as all the relevant rules and instructions of airlines.

CHECK-IN

At Tbilisi international airport check — in begins 2 hours and its deadline is forty minutes before the departure. Do not forget to find out about the check-in time as you buy your ticket, otherwise you may turn up late and the airline has the right to dispose of your seat at its own discretion. As certain special rules may exist in the country of your destination, we advise you upon buying an air ticket or reconfirming the reservation to ask about check-in procedure details there.

OBJECTS YOU CAN TAKE ON BOARD WITH YOU

Generally, you can take anything, except substances end objects classified in international prac-tice as , dangerous, a list of which is printed in your ticket. Weapons and portable radio transmitters are allowed with passengers only if they have a special permit. Special baggage, for example, musical instruments, can be taken into the cabin or even travel in their, own, seats, provided there is an additional ticket.

HAND LUGGAGE

Under the established rules, a passenger is allowed to take with him or her one piece of non-checked luggage, but its weight is included into the allowed free carriage norm. The non-checked luggage shall not exceed the established size, i.e. should fit into luggage lockers or under the seat. Since the size of luggage lockers and seats differ in different types of planes you should be prepared to be asked to send it to the baggage compartment. A passenger may take witch him or her over and above the baggage allowed for free carriage: a lady's purse or a document case; printed matter for reading during the flight; baby food and traveling cradle; an umbrella or a walking-stick; a coat or raincoat; a folding wheelchair and/or a pair crutches if a passenger needs them.

FREE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

There exist certain restrictions as regards weight, size and number of pieces of baggage to be taken on board. The free baggage allowance is 20kg for Economy Class, 30kg for Business Class, and 40kg for the First. Class. On flights to the USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico allowance is defined as two pieces, the size of both  (length, width and height) not exceeding 158cm and the weight of each piece should be no more then 32kg.