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Tbilisi: Full-Day Kazbegi, Gudauri and Ananuri Tour

1. Tbilisi: Full-Day Kazbegi, Gudauri and Ananuri Tour

After being collected from your hotel in the morning, you will venture to Jinvali, which is the largest reservoir of eastern Georgia. Following this, you will head toward the fortress of Ananuri, which is one of the best monuments of late feudal Georgia, and although there are not so few of these monuments in Georgia, it is Ananuri that helps people understand exactly how people lived at that distant time. Ananurian structures, unlike other similar cultures, are perfectly preserved. This particular feature evokes interest in the fortress of both tourists and historians, and since 2012, the fortress has the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the early afternoon, you will experience Gudauri, a ski resort situated on a south-facing plateau of the greater Caucasus Mountain, 2,200 meters above sea level (in the winter season you can even enjoy skiing). Later on, you will see the People's Friendship Arch, which was the inspiration of the famous sculptor Tsereteli. It was built at an altitude of 2,384 meters in the Kazbegi district, on a cross pass near the Military Georgian Road. Later in the afternoon, you will tour Stepantsminda (Kazbegi), a Trinity Church in Gergeti. Among the snow-covered ranges and on the slope of the majestic mountain of Kazbegi, you will find the ancient Georgian Trinity Church. It is located at an altitude of 2,170 meters near the town of Stepantsminda and the village of Gergeti, in honor of which it was named. It is widely known as the Trinity Church in Gergeti, but the Georgians refer to it as "Gergetis Tsminda Sameba". Following this church trip, you will have free time in Kazbegi, before you are dropped off at your accommodation.

Off-road Tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountain

2. Off-road Tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountain

Explore the rainbow mountains of Eastern Georgia on this guided 4-wheel drive safari tour. Feel like Indiana Jones as you speed through the colorful mountains and visit the David Gareja Lavra monastery complex, as well as the St. John the Baptist cave monastery. Departing from Tbilisi, start your journey with a low-difficulty 1-hour walk among the colorful hills around the Mravaltskaro lake. This is one of the best places in Georgia for bird watching, and specialists from all over the world come here during the season. If you don't want to hike, you can just enjoy the beauty of the area and snap some great photos.  Next, head to the monastery of St. John the Baptist, a cave monastery founded in the 6th century in the desert. Get acquainted with the lives of the monks who live here and visit the church and tower which are built in the cave. You can even see the border with Azerbaijan from the tower.  Finally, head to the first monastery in the desert, David Gareja Lavra. On the way back to Tbilisi, stop for lunch at an oasis club restaurant and enjoy a tasting of various Georgian wines.

Kahketi: Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

3. Kahketi: Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Taste some of the best wines in Georgia during this full-day visit to the Kakheti wine region around Tbilisi. On your visit, learn about the traditional Georgian method of making wine in clay vessels and taste the wines at several wineries. Stop in the ancient town of Sighnaghi surrounded by an impressive wall and backed by the Caucasus Mountains. A traditional Georgian lunch in a family-owned winery completes this full-day experience. This tour will start and finish in Tbilisi, and will take you on a journey through the wineries of the Kakheti region. Visit Sighani, the town of love and take in the Caucasus Mountains and the Alazani Valley. Then enjoy wine tasting at Okro's boutique winery, where you will try wine as well as chacha (Georgian grape vodka). Next, enjoy lunch at an authentic family museum and wine cellar in Velistsikhe, accompanied with homemade wines, of course. After lunch, head to the Khareba winery, which is built into a Soviet-era bomb shelter near the town of Kvareli, for more wine-tasting and churchkela (traditional Georgian dessert). Finally, pass the 16th-century architectural complex of Gremi Monastery on the return to Tbilisi, with the option to visit if you wish.

Mtskheta, Ananuri, Gudauri and Kazbegi Tour from Tbilisi

4. Mtskheta, Ananuri, Gudauri and Kazbegi Tour from Tbilisi

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Tbilisi, and then drive by air-conditioned minivan to the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Iberia in Mtskheta. Visit the beautiful 6th-century Jvari Monastery to experience one of the most important monuments in Georgia. Next, head to Zhinvali to see the largest reservoir in eastern Georgia. Continue to the castle complex of Ananuri on the Aragvi River and learn about the feudal dynasty that ruled the area from the 13th century. Get back to nature in the Caucasus Mountains and visit the ski resort of Gudauri. See an impressive example of public art at the Russia–Georgia Friendship Monument on the Georgian Military Highway. Head to the Gergeti Trinity Church perched 2,170 meters above sea level. Get 2.5 hours of free time in the town of Kazbegi (also known as Stepantsminda) before the return trip to Tbilisi in the late evening.

Tbilisi's Brutalist Reality

5. Tbilisi's Brutalist Reality

Meet your guide either at your hotel or a central location that is convenient for you and embark on your walking tour. Head to the Ministry of Highways of the Georgian SSR, which is a unique monument of Brutalist architecture. Then visit Georgian Stonehenge, a giant monumental building on the shores of the Tbilisi Sea. The Nutsubidze skybridge was built in the last century. What is its uniqueness? The three apartment blocks are connected by a bridge that goes through them. From the sky bridge, you can also see a nice view of the residential parts of Tbilisi. Then visit the so-called suicide bridge. The bridge is located above the river Vera and City Hall tries to decorate it but the story does not change. You will have the opportunity to ride in the old cable car. Next, explore the Former Museum of Archeology and its underground, which is now an abandoned building.

Kakheti: Organic Wine Tasting Tour & Traditional Lunch

6. Kakheti: Organic Wine Tasting Tour & Traditional Lunch

This tour focuses on the traditional wines of Kakheti, wines that are produced in special cellars in big clay vessels called Qvevris. These natural wines continue an 8000-year-old tradition of wine making in the region and you are invited to taste selected artisan wines on this tour, including the unique Amber wines. The tour starts with pickup from your hotel or apartment in Tbilisi and takes you to Kakheti region, through the mountain pass of Gombori, where you can enjoy a moment of silence surrounded by beautiful panoramic views. Your first stop will be the workshop of one of only 3 remaining Qvevri makers in Georgia, where you will see how a Qvevri vessel is made, learn why it is buried underground and even taste some wine directly from a Qvevri. You will continue to a wine chateau in Telavi, where a traditional lunch with wine is waiting for you. Enjoy the wine tasting and lunch at a terrace overviewing the vineyard. After lunch, you can visit the recently renovated Telavi Fort or the famous farmers market of Telavi, where you can sample and buy local products. Next is an organic winery in Ruispiri village, where you can taste biodynamically harvested wines and enjoy the view of Alazani valley

Tbilisi: Private Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Hot Pools Day-Trip

7. Tbilisi: Private Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Hot Pools Day-Trip

Enjoy a day trip to the most scenic sight of central and southern Georgia. After the pick-up from your hotel at 9:00AM, you will soon reach the ancient cave town of Uplistsikhe. Here you can walk through the ruins and beautiful rock formations and see the remains of formal ancient glory of what used to be once the center of Pagan culture. Right next to Uplistsikhe lies Gori, the town known as the birthplace of Stalin, where you can still see the house where he grew up. After about 1.5 hours, you will reach the cozy resort town of Borjomi, surrounded by the largest national park of Georgia. You can wander through the beautiful central park, taste the legendary mineral water of Borjomi directly from the springs and take a bath in the open air thermal pools in the middle of the forest. You can reach the pools by hiking through the forest or taking a ride with a local car operating this route (at own expense). Enjoy a day in nature and historical sights.

Tbilisi and Mtskheta: Full-Day Tour

8. Tbilisi and Mtskheta: Full-Day Tour

Meet your guide in your hotel lobby and go for a guided walk around Tbilisi. Visit royal palaces, cathedrals and sulfur baths. Stop for lunch at one of the many bars and restaurants on Jean Chardin Street and take a stroll through Meidan Square. Pick up some souvenirs from one of the art galleries or souvenir stands and wander through its winding streets with cafes, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. Afterward, head to Mtskheta. Visit Jvari Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then marvel at the masterpiece of Georgian Residence, The Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, explore the former residence of Saint Nino, Samtavro monastery. At dinner time, ask your guide for the best place to sample Georgian cuisine before heading back to your hotel in Tbilisi.

Tbilisi: Walking Tour with Lunch and Gabriadze Theater Visit

9. Tbilisi: Walking Tour with Lunch and Gabriadze Theater Visit

Discover a myriad of sights on this tour, from ancient churches to world-renowned cultural institutions. Meet your guide at your hotel and head out on your sightseeing tour of Tbilisi's Old Town. Starting at the Metekhi Church, stroll past the brick domed sulfur baths towards the spectacularly located Narikala Fortress, one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia, overlooking the Mtkvari River gorge. Later, visit the synagogue, as well as the Sioni and Anchiskhati churches, which mark the end of the Old Town. Break for lunch at the unique and cozy location of Cafe Gabriadze before heading to the Gabriadze Puppet Theatre, home to the Gabriadze Theater Company. Admire its fairytale-like architecture and maybe even get to witness a puppet show by this internationally-renowned company.

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4.6 / 5

based on 34 reviews

I recently went on a wine tour in Tiblisi Georgia and it was absolutely fantastic! The owner was so friendly and welcoming, and really made us feel like we were part of the family. One of the highlights of the tour was when he took us to a local home and we got to experience the culture firsthand. It was truly an unforgettable experience. The owner was also an expert on the local wines, and he took us to some of the best wineries in the region. The wine was delicious and we learned so much about the different varietals and the history of Georgian wine. But perhaps the best part of the tour was the bread and cheese. It was some of the best bread I've ever had and it really added to the overall experience. Overall, I highly recommend this wine tour to anyone visiting Tiblisi. It was a truly memorable experience and I can't thank the owner enough for his warm hospitality and for sharing his culture with us.

The experience was unforgettable and our tour guide Alex was great. He was knowledgeable and kind. Plus, the drive was long, and he didn't let us feel that not for a second. In addition, this tour is unlike others. First of all, the hike was very nice, you don't feel stuck in a car all the time. Second, some of the stops we made were magical as the places were very old, authentic and not very popular to tourists. We also had lunch in a humble restaurant owned by a family, which was actually nice as it makes you experience the kindness and generosity of the people and their tradition. I highly recommend this tour.

It was a wonderful day, I was lucky enough to join the group trip that only has two people, so it feels like a private tour. The weather was beautiful that makes a fun day. Though the lunch was not included in the fee, I really like the restaurant arranged on the way, it’s one of the best I’ve visited in Georgia.

The whole trip went great. Excellent guide, gorgeous views of the mountains, excellent organization of the trip. I advise everyone!

Knowledge guide and extremely friendly Amazing sights