The land of the first inhabitant in Europe, the centers of ancient culture, hundreds of varieties of endemic grapes – just few of the rich inheritance preserved through the millennia. Now you have a chance to follow in their footsteps. - Dmanisi – the site inhabited 1.7 million years ago by the first European - Mtskheta, Uplistsikhe, Vani – ancient towns along the Great Silk Road - Kakheti – the cradle of wine-making with thousands of years of history - Georgian folklore – polyphonic music and graceful dances
Day 1: Departure for Tbilisi
Day 2: Tbilisi
Arrive in Tbilisi and transfer to a hotel. After breakfast Tbilisi Sightseeing tour. During the tour we take you to the places that will show you old city. You can take a glance to the history of the city from early centuries to nowadays by walking in narrow streets of the city and exploring the religious and secular architecture. Here you find different religious buildings – churches, synagogues, mosques, as well as famous 19th century houses with wooden multi-colored balconies. You visit the sulfur bath which made an unforgettable impression on Pushkin, Lermontov, Dumas. During the tour you enjoy the superb panoramic views of the Old city. This marks the end of the Old Town. Afterwards visit Caravanserai museum. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 3: Wine Trip to Kakheti
In the morning we start exploring Kakheti region well known for its wine producing. We enjoy superb views of the Great Caucasus Mountains and valleys of Kakheti, acknowledge traditions and culture of the country and region, taste wines and delicious food. First we visit Gremi Architectural Complex (16th century) with stunning background of the Great Caucasus. Then drive to the winery and taste different European style Georgian wines. We stop at a nice restaurant with marvelous views for lunch. We continue our way to the farmer’s house to see a unique 300 year-old wine-cellar. We get acquainted with the Georgian way of wine-making, quite different from the European one and drink typical Georgian wine straight from the clay jars. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 4: Tbilisi – Dmanisi – Tbilisi
Today we drive to the medieval town of Dmanisi – the site of the on-going excavations where the skull of the first inhabitant in Europe was found (1.7 million years old). The skull is now kept at the State Museum of Georgia in Tbilisi. On returning to Tbilisi we will visit the museum and see what our ancestors looked like 1.7 million years ago. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 5: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Uplistsikhe – Kutaisi
We drive to the 3000-year old town of Mtskheta and visit: Jvari church (7th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Then we visit Antique ruins of the city and continue to the town of Gori. Here we visit Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC) – an important point along the Great Silk Road. In the evening we arrive in the antique city of Kutaisi – the second largest in the country. Overnight in Kutaisi.
Day 6: Kutaisi – Vani – Batumi
In the morning we visit Kutaisi’s historical places: Gelati Cathedral (12th century) – one of the earliest academies in Europe and the splendid Bagrati Cathedral (11th century). Both Gelati and Bagrati Cathedral are UNESCO World heritage sites. Then we head to the antique town of Vani – discovered as the remnants of a rich city of the ancient power of Colchis. From there we continue our way towards the Black Sea. Arrive in Batumi. Overnight in Batumi.
Day 7: Batumi
In the morning visit Gonio Fortress (1st century AD) and then continue to the Batumi Botanical Gardens. Afterwards free time. Overnight in Batumi.
Day 8: Tbilisi
In the morning depart for Tbilisi. In the evening before dinner is free time to visit the souvenir market. Overnight in Tbilisi.