The following itinerary gives you a detailed summary of the intended route. The trip follows our itinerary for the ‘Caucasian water world’, because alongside wine and oil, water is the one element that has shaped the Caucasian region and its inhabitants over the millennia.
Basically, we plan and follow up each stopover on the spot. Before each stage of the trip, we discuss the plan for the coming day. This gives you the opportunity to make your own suggestions. If you are interested, we are happy to end each day by discussing the impressions we have all gained.
Travel to Georgia – Tbilisi
Any EU country – Georgia/Tbilisi. Arrival in Tbilisi – Check-in in the early hours of the morning. Night in Tbilisi.
We take an international scheduled flight to the capital of Georgia and arrive in Tbilisi after midnight. After transferring from the airport to our accommodation, you will be able to rest after the journey.
Through the Old city of Tbilisi
Tbilisi – city tour. Night in Tbilisi.
After breakfast, we start off by taking a relaxed walk through the old town of Tbilisi to acclimatize ourselves. Alongside the churches, fortifications, mosques, and synagogues, you will be able to take in the flair of the city. Old lanes and houses as well as the lifestyle of the city dwellers invite you to do this. We shall eat an early dinner, go for an evening stroll, and let the day draw to an end.
In the East of the country – The Alasani river
Tbilisi – Telavi. Night in Telavi.
After breakfast, we leave Tbilisi at about 9 in the morning and travel by minibus toward the east of Georgia and the Kakheti Region that is famous for its wine. The journey on a well-constructed road takes about three hours. We reach the city of Telavi, where we shall be staying for the next two days. After a light lunch, we take a look round this charming little town and visit the Historical Museum that has much to tell us about the history of the old Kingdom of Kakheti. We eat dinner together and bring the day to an end.
Along the Alazani Valley
Telavi – Gremi – Walking tour along the Pankisi Valley. Night in Telavi.
From Telavi, we drive straight to the Pankisi Valley in order to explore the upper reaches of the River Alazani. We need to travel the 45 kilometres from Telavi to the village of Duisi and get there before midday. From here, we take a roughly three-hour walking tour along the River Alazani and pass through villages inhabited mostly by a Muslim minority known as the Kists.
After the tour, we return to where we started in Duisi and drive toward Telavi. On the way, we want to visit the fortified church at Gremi. The view is particularly imposing during the evening hours. We eat dinner together and bring the day to an end.
Along the eastern border with Azerbaijan – Lagodekhi National Park
Telavi - Lagodekhi National Park. Night in Sighnaghi.
On this day, we set off a bit earlier than usual. We are taking a trip to the Lagodekhi National Park that is about an hour’s drive from Sighnaghi. We leave at about 8 in the morning and get to our goal Lagodechi before 10. From the National Park Visitor Centre, we take a horseback tour accompanied by local rangers on the small but sturdy local horses. In the evening, we return to Telavi.
The Kura River – Lifeline of the Caucasus
Vardzia – cave monastery, walking tour. Night in Vardzia.
In the first half of the day, we visit the cave monastery at Vardzia. It is easy to reach from our accommodation. This extensive cave city offers a good opportunity to immerse ourselves in the world of monasticism. Vardzia is a place where you can directly experience the synthesis of nature and culture.
In the second half of the day, we want to take a walking tour up the Kura river. We shall see why this river is a lifeline of the Caucasus and get to know the flora and fauna of the region. Before evening falls, we return to our accommodation.
Mineral springs in the Lesser Caucasus
Vardzia – Kutaisi. Stopover in Bordschomi. Arrival in Kutaisi where we shall spend the next four nights.
After breakfast, we leave Vardzia to travel to Kutaisi the second largest city in Georgia. This will be our base for the next four nights. The main theme of this part of the tour is the Caucasian mineral springs.
From Vardzia, we first drive to Borjomi. With its outstanding natural surroundings and the health-giving mineral water of the same name, this spa resort was much loved by the Tsars and very popular with famous guests such as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Leo Tolstoy. We also want to benefit from the health-giving properties of the mineral water, and we shall take a walk through the park laid out in the nineteenth century.
Finally, we carry on to Kutaisi and move into our accommodation. We round off the day with dinner and a walk through the old town.
Kutaisi – the Rioni River
Kutaisi. Town walk. Excursion to the Gelati Monastery. Night in Kutaisi.
On this day, we want to explore the city of Kutaisi on the banks of the Rioni River. Known since antiquity as the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis, the city played an important role in the Early Middle Ages. The charming old city, the ‘freshly restored’ Bagrati Cathedral, and the Gelati Monastery are what we want to see today. Both of them together – the first academic centre in the United Kingdom of Georgia in the Middle Ages – are currently on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in danger.
In the evening, we want to take a look at the cultural life in the city and attend one of the many concerts.
Free day in Kutaisi. Night in Kutaisi.
Today, we want to give you the opportunity to explore Kutaisi and life in the city by yourselves. We start with a trip to the bazaar to buy food, because this evening, we want to cook dinner together with you. After we have gone shopping, perhaps you would like to wander through the bustling city or take a break in one of the numerous cafés.
The glory of the past
Excursion to Zugdidi – Palace of the Dadiani Princes. Night in Kutaisi.
The Dadiani dynasty, for centuries the most powerful princely family in western Georgia, is the theme of the day. After breakfast, we drive to Zugdidi and visit the family palace. This is an ideal place to find out more about the historical relationship between the Caucasian nations and Russia.
On the journey back to Kutaisi, we want to take a detour to the spa resort of Tsqaltubo and taste the water from its mineral springs. The resort has a medicinal spa where Stalin also liked to go for treatment.
In the evening, we return to Kutaisi, eat dinner together, and think about all we have seen today.
Direction Pontos Euxeinos “the hospitable sea”
Kutaisi – Batumi. Mineral springs in Nabeghlavi. Night in Batumi.
After breakfast, we leave Kutaisi and drive toward Batumi. On the way, we pass through Wani, Nabeghlavi, and Ozurgeti. In Wani, we want to visit the Archaeological Museum. Here we can learn more about life in old Colchis and the Byzantine influences in this region of the Caucasus.
Further on and halfway to Batumi, we turn off toward Nabeghlavi, the location of the mineral springs bearing the same name. While taking a picnic, we can find out more about how important the mineral water and table water business is for Georgia.
Passing through Ozurgeti, the administrative centre of the region Guria, we drive on to the Black Sea. In the evening, we reach Batumi and move into our accommodation for the next three nights.
Batumi – Pearl of the Black Sea
Exploring the city of Batumi. Night in Batumi.
No special program is planned for this day. Instead, we want to give you an opportunity to explore the city by yourself. As the pearl of the Black Sea, Batumi offers numerous opportunities for relaxation, culture, and the enjoyment of nature.
Batumi and the surrounding area
Around Batumi. Night in Batumi.
We spend one more day around Batumi and can either go off on a tour of the Mtirala National Park or spend the day in the Botanical Gardens where we can have a picnic. A cultural event is planned for the evening. We can attend either the State Opera or one of numerous concerts. Before that, we eat dinner in a local restaurant.
Departure from Batumi /Georgia – Any EU country.
After breakfast, we leave Batumi and travel back toward the capital. It’s a long journey, but the roads are good. Late in the afternoon, we reach Tbilisi.
Depending on your flight schedule (most flights from Tbilisi leave early in the morning), we want to take our leave of each other while eating dinner together. Then it’s off to the airport.
Travel back home
Georgia/Tbilisi - Any EU country.
You take an international scheduled flight back home.