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Georgia

Discover the gateway to Asia
Stunning mountains, valleys and beaches
Flying back from Batumi to reduce travel

 

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A pearl on the Black Sea coast

Situated in the mountains of western Asia, Georgia is a country that is famous both for the beauty of its natural scenery and for its excellent cuisine. To see as much of the country as we can, while minimising travel, we fly to Tbilisi in the east of Georgia and return from Batumi in the west of the country. 

The culture of Georgia has been uniquely shaped by its surrounding nations, as well as by the products and ideas traded through this gateway from Asia to Europe. In the fourth century, Georgia became one of the first countries in the world to proclaim itself a Christian nation.

 



 
 
 
 

Amazing nature

The scenery of Georgia is unusually varied, comprising spectacular mountain scenery, narrow canyons, thick green forests and sandy beaches within its relatively small borders. As we attempt to grasp the essence of this intriguing country, we will discover some of its natural wonders in the form of snow-covered mountains, deep caves and green valleys.

A cultural melting pot

Our tour starts with four nights in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Throughout the tour, we meet each evening to hear a helpful Bible talk. 

Tbilisi is a modern, vibrant city with a rich history. A cable car ride takes us up to the top of the old town for a fantastic view over this city, which spreads out across the hills on either side of the Kura river. 

A gentle walk down through the old city, shows us the diverse architecture, which tells of both eastern and western influences. Art Nouveau masterpieces are next to Ottoman arches and the traditional, colourful wooden balconies. The busy streets of the city centre are lined with outdoor cafés and restaurants, which come alive in the evenings as the city is lit up in various colours.


 
 

Breath-taking views

One of the highlights of the trip will be a visit to the Gergeti Trinity Church. This 14th century church was built at 2000m above sea level, on a steep hill, against the backdrop of the breath-taking mount Kazbek. Our coach will take us to a drop off point at the bottom of the hill and we travel the final part of the journey by jeep. We can choose to either head back down the mountain trail by jeep (cost included) or do the journey by foot to take in more of the stunning views (ca 1 hour's trek).


 
 
 
 

Silk Road history

As we travel further west, we will be travelling back in time, tracing the steps of ancient traders of the Silk Road as we journey on to Upliststikhe. This town was a centre for both religion and trade some two and a half thousand years ago, but its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is completely hewn out of the rock. With its display of rock cutting techniques spanning over a millennium, it is potentially in line to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.


 

Seaside relaxation

Our final stop will be the city of Batumi in the west of Georgia. Situated on the Black Sea coast, Batumi offers the chance to explore a different part of the country but also relax at the end of the tour. The subtropical climate has drawn visitors from all over the region for hundreds of years and still does. We visit the interesting local sights, such as the impressive Botanical Gardens and famous moving statues. We end the tour with a free day, allowing us to go for a swim, stroll along the beach or rent bikes. You won’t want to go home!

"The tour gave us a good opportunity to see a lot of this country "
Philip, September 2019
 

Itinerary

Day #1
Depart UK and arrive in Tbilisi. The letters in brackets indicate which meals are included each day (B = breakfast, L =lunch, D= dinner)
Day #2
City tour of Tbilisi, including the Narikala fortress (cable car ride), the old town, sulphur baths and the Bridge of Peace. Overnight in Tbilisi (B/-/D)
Day #3
Excursion to Ananuri Castle, the Russia-Georgia Friendship Monument high in the mountains, and the iconic Gergeti Trinity Church in Stepantsminda. We will all do the last leg of the journey to the church in 4 x 4s. After visiting the church, you can either choose to walk back down (around 1h) or you can travel back using the 4 x 4. Overnight in Tbilisi (B/-/D)
Day #4
Free day in Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi (B/-/D)
Day #5
Transfer to Kutaisi. On the way visit the rock-hewn town Upliststikhe. Overnight in Kutaisi (B/-/D)
Day #6
Visit the large Prometheus Cave in Kutaisi, with its stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls and underground rivers. The afternoon is spent relaxing in the beautiful Martvili Canyon. Overnight in Batumi (B/-/D)
Day #7
City tour of Batumi, including botanical gardens, Batumi beach and the famous moving statues of Ali and Nino. Overnight in Batumi (B/-/D)
Day #8
Excursion to local Roman fortress and an ethnographic museum, displaying life in Georgia through the ages. Overnight in Batumi (B/-/D)
Day #9
Free day to explore Batumi on your own. Overnight in Batumi (B/-/D)
Day #10
Depart Georgia from Batumi Airport (B/-/-)