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Riches and Ruins: Wine, Dine and Step Back in Time in Rural GeorgiaA gastronomic journey into the heartland of Georgia with old fortresses and remote villages aplenty.
Starts AtTbilisi
Ends AtTbilisi
Duration9 days
Group SizeMaximum 16
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
Starts AtTbilisi
Ends AtTbilisi
Duration9 days
Group SizeMaximum 16
Physical Rating
Moderate
Style
Discovery
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About Your Trip

Whether hiking in the Caucasus Mountains or whipping up a feast from a farmer’s market, this nine-day journey yields an immersive Georgian experience. You'll begin in the Old Quarter of Tbilisi and visit Unesco World Heritage sites at nearby Mtskheta. See the ancient wine-making – and drinking – traditions of the region before exploring Lagodekhi National Park. The spectacular Truso Gorge, a hike up to Gergeti Church and a ramble beyond remote Juta village showcase the best of the High Caucasus. Return to earth with a visit to sulphur baths in Tbilisi, wrapped up with an invigorating massage.

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Trip Highlights

  • 1
    Explore the Caucasus Mountains and trek to a remote church
  • 2
    Visit Mtskheta, a Unesco World Heritage site
  • 3
    Taste Georgian wine and learn to cook traditional dishes
  • 4
    Hike the lush hilly forests of Lagodekhi National Park
  • 5
    Soak in the famed sulphur baths of Tbilisi
  • 6
    Experience warm Georgian hospitality
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Your Itinerary

What's Included

  • Eight nights twin-share accommodation
  • Private and local transport
  • Eight breakfasts, four lunches, two dinners
  • Local Insider
  • Guided Tbilisi walking tour
  • Museum of Georgia visit
  • Guided farmer’s market tour and cooking lesson
  • Guided Mtskheta tour
  • Wine workshop
  • Wine-tasting
  • Bread baking and churchkhela lunch with traditional toastmaster
  • Guided Lagodekhi National Park and Gergeti Church hikes
  • Ananuri fortress visit
  • 4WD Truso Gorge tour
  • Juta village visit
  • Tbilisi sulphur baths visit with massage

Accommodation

Folk Boutique Hotel, TbilisiIn the heart of Old Tbilisi, this modern four-star property stands on the site of a celebrated 18th-century battle. The museum-like displays in the lobby of traditional 18th-century garments are echoed in the room decor and lend a quirky folk atmosphere.
Chemodann Hotel, Mount KazbegiIn a rugged valley at the foot of Mount Kazbegi, the Chemodann is a homely, chalet-style property near the Russian border. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer impressive views of the snow-capped Caucasus peaks and the famous ridgetop Gergeti Church.
Royal Palace Hotel, LagodekhiThe Royal Palace stands just where the Georgian plains give way to the lushly forested Caucasian foothills of Lagodekhi National Park. Resembling a country villa, the property has extensive gardens and a large pool offering a restful stay.

Covid Safety

Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority, so we’ve put the following measures in place on all our TRIPS:
  • Our average group size is 10 people (max 18), which gives you all the security of being in a group whilst avoiding a crowd.
  • Our private vehicles have daily assigned seating, and every day they undergo deep cleaning of all surfaces.
  • Where possible, we use small/ boutique accommodation – this means fewer guests and reduced exposure to other travellers.
  • We require all accommodation providers to share protocols around the extra health and hygiene measures they are taking.
  • Included activities are exclusive to our group wherever possible, to minimise contact with others.
  • Covid-19 negative test results or vaccine certificates may be required. Please check the entry requirements for the destination you are travelling to. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
  • We recommend you confirm all guidance on official government sites and check that you are able to travel with your travel insurance issuer. Your travel insurance may be invalidated if you travel against government advice. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.

Important Info

  • You must be aged 25 years or over to join this trip.
  • Please be sure to check whether or not you need a visa to enter the country you're travelling to. Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions for further information.
  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or accessibility requirements, please notify our Customer Support team as soon as possible.
  • We won't charge you extra if you travel alone – you'll be allocated a twin room with another traveller of the same gender.
  • To upgrade to a private room, share a room with a friend, or book pre- and post-trip accommodation and/or airport transfers, please contact our Customer Support team.
  • Please be aware that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. While unlikely, these changes can happen due to circumstances beyond our control. We will always do our best to ensure minimal impact on your experience.
  • Please be aware images on this page are for illustrative purposes and may not reflect your itinerary exactly.

Additional Info

Book today with a small deposit
If you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
Chat to our teamIf you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
Chat to our teamIf you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com