Kakheti

Kakheti

If you want to learn more about Kakhetian culture ,traditions and history then this tour is for you. This tour will tell you the century-old history of Kahkheti.

Tbilisi-Old/New Shuamta-Ikalto-Alaverdi-Telavi-Tsinandali-Kvareli -Gremi

Day 1-Tbilisi-Arrival Day
Upon arrival in Tbilisi you will be met by our representative and will be taken to  your hotel room. After a short break, we will start our tour from Tbilisi.

  • The 4th century Narikala Fortress - An ancient citadel overlooking the capital and the Mtkvari river.
  • Metekhi Church (13th c.) -The historical heart of the city, Metekhi is a must-see for any visitor of Tbilisi. King Vakhtang Gorgasali erected the first church here in the 5 th century.
  • Sioni - the cathedral of the 6th-7th cc; It is situated on historic Sioni street, in downtown Tbilisi.
  • Sulphur baths - a favorite place of Tbilisi citizens and foreign guests.
  • Sameba Cathedral -The main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church.
  • National  Museum - With numerous objects, the Georgian National Museum presents the wide scope of Georgian culture from all around the country.

Day 2-Tbilisi-Shuamta-Ikalto-Alaverdi-Telavi
After breakfast we will  start our tour to the direction of Kakheti to visit Shuamta, Ikalto, Alaverdi and Telavi.
Our tour includes visiting:

  • Old Shuamta - Situated in a hollow, between forest-covered mountains, Old Shuamta has one of the oldest Christian churches in Georgia: the three nave basilica that dates back to the 5th century. Two othercross-domed churches were built in the 7th century. The walls of these churches still have fragments of frescos and inscriptions made in older Georgian Asomtavruli alphabet.
  • New Shuamta - According to the legend, this temple was built when Lord Gurieli's young daughter Tinatin dreamed that she would marry the prince in whose farmstead she would find a white cornel tree. In return she would have to build a Holy Virgin church there. Later, Tinatin's dream came true and she married King Levan of Kakheti. In return she did indeed build this temple, and she was eventually buried here.
  • Ikalto Monastery complex - where monks have been since 6th century. Later on in the Middle Ages, this place served as the educational centre, where a prominent Georgian philosopher Arsen Ikaltoeli was serving and prominent Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli was studying.
  • Alaverdi Monastery - founded in 6th century. The complex includes: a refectory, a bell tower, a wine cellar, a bathhouse and etc. dating back to different centuries. Here you can taste traditional Georgian wine.

After dinner in Telavi (either in the restaurant or in the wine cellar) you will have a small tour around Telavi (Nadikvari Park; 900 year old Plane Tree; Batonistsikhe Fortress which was the residency of Kakhetian Kings.)

  • Overnight В and supper В at the hotel in Telavi.

Day 3-After breakfast we will visit Telavi History Museum and travel to Tsinandali

  • Tsinandali Palace  was a gathering point for  the best representatives of intelligence. You will have an opportunity to walk around the splendid garden (18 hectare), visit a collection of wine samples and taste the exceptional wines in the wine cellar of the Palace.

Afterwards we will travel to Kvareli to visit:

  • The house-museum and wine cellar of a prominent Georgian writer and public figure Ilia Chavchavadze;
  • Kvareli Fortress (16th-18th centuries);
  • Wine Tunnel - one of the unique places in the Kakheti region. Its location creates one of the best conditions for wine preservation. Here you can evaluate the tasty wine.

Dinner at Ilia Lake. The naturally originated Ilia Lake is surrounded by charming scenery and attracts a number of visitors.

  • Visit the Gremi Monastery Complex which includes Archangel Church dating back to the 16th century and the Royal Tower Ensemble. Historically, Gremi was a capital city and was one of the important trading centers of this region. During archeological excavations trade areas, caravansary, old bathhouses and ruins of other buildings of the ancient city were discovered.

Return to Tbilisi - End of the Tour

Our guide will be at your service till 8 p.m.

This is the end of the tour. Regarding your flight departure time, we will arrange your transfer to airport for your international flight back home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing Trawellin.

Tbilisi-Old/New Shuamta-Ikalto-Alaverdi-Telavi-Tsinandali-Kvareli -Gremi Tour Includes:

  • Arrival airport transfer from airport to the hotel.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Tbilisi.
  • 1 night accommodation in Telavi.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners during the tour.
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Professional English / German / Russian speaking guide.
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned car/mini van.
  • Return airport transfer from hotel to airport.
  • Prices do not include: Beverages; Travel insurance.

The prices are calculated per person, and depend on the size of the group.

  • Days: 3
  • Region: Kakheti
  • Tour Type: Cultural