KAKHETI WINE TOUR
Route: Tbilisi – Shuamta – Gremi – nektesi – Signagi – Bodbe – Velistsikhe – Tbilisi
Type: wine tour
Duration: 5 Days.
Day 1. Our tour around wine region – Kakheti will start by visiting sightseeing.
New and Old Shuamta – Near to Telavi, in the village of Shuamta, are kept the fragments of Dzveli (Old) Shuamta and Akhali (New) Shuamta monasteries. These two monasteries have completely different architecture and were created at the different period. Monastery of Dzveli Shuamta is older monument. It is ensemble of several age-old churches. Monastery of Akhali Shuamta is built later, in the XVI century. This monastery functions nowadays. The monastery complex includes big temple, belfry and enclosure.
Alaverdi – monastery and cathedral, officially cathedral of St. George. Monastery Alaverdi – is creation of Assyrian Fathers, namely Ioseb form Alaverdi, who came here in the middle of VI century, built temple and died in 570. He was buried in this temple and his grave exists nowadays.
Wine degustation in Tsinandali – wine is considered to be one of the main pride of Georgia. It is divine drink indeed.
Overnight in Telavi.
Day 2. Breakfast at the hotel. Continuation of tour around Kakheti:
Gremi – castle of the XVI century. In last years of the city here lived Great Martyress Ketevan. Persians killed her in 1624. Since then, it seems to be considered the patronessGremi. Every day at the archangel church are held thanksgiving service.
Nekresi – originally at this place was the ancient city Nekresi. In VI century near to the town appeared monastery, which was founded by one of the Assyrian Fathers, Abibos Nekresi
Wine degustation in Kvareli – we will delight with genuine Georgian wine in wine cellar, also you will participate in baking Georgian national bread “Shoti” and learn the technology of making Georgian national candy “Churchkhela”.
Overnight in Kvareli.
Day 3. Breakfast at the hotel.
City of love – Sighnaghi – small, cozy town on the slope of the mountain. Why it is called the city of love? Asmanyaboutthisregionitisriddle. Therearetwoversions. First – in the town is twenty-four-hour wedding palace. Second – namely in Sighnaghi famous painter Niko Pirosmani covered the road with flowers for the actress Margaret. OfcourseinthetownisthemuseumofPirosmani. Here is kept few paintings of Pirosmani – and also the portrait of Pirosmani painted by Picasso.
Bodbe Monastery – is a national shrine of Georgia. Here in the Cathedral of St. George is buried Equal to the Apostles Nino of Cappadocia – great Enlightener of Georgia – harbinger the Christian era.
Wine degustation in Sighnaghi – drink of the gods, to which Georgians have special respect. Delight cool Georgian wine.
Overnight in Sighnaghi.
Day 4. Breakfast at the hotel. The final day of our wine tour
Wine degustation in Velistsikhe – “Winecellar Numisi”(მარანინუმისი) – interestingproject,whichturnVelistsikheintoamust-seeplace. Itisabigstonybuilding. Here is hall with household items: clothes, jugs, wine press and etc. After the hall there is cellar with planted “kvevri”.
Ikalto – or monastery complex of Ikalto. It is small monastery; here are only three temples and household building. Early here was Academy too. Ikalto is one of the first monasteries in Georgia. It is founded by one of the Assyrian Fathers – Zenon from Ikalto. Return to Tbilisi
Day 5 : Tbilisi is a significant industrial, social, and cultural center. Visit Metechi Church of Holy Virgin – built in 5th c and rebuilt in 13th c. Visit old city with bath district and Narikala castle. Walk wonderful Shardeni Street with cafes and restaurants. Afterwards visit Sioni and Anchiskhati Churches and Sameba – Holy Trinity Cathedral, called as “Millennium Building”. Sameba is the greatest Orthodox Cathedral in Georgia and Caucasus. It represents the synthesis of cross–domed and central-domed churches. Drive to Open Air Ethnographic Museum, place, where are built all kinds of Georgian national old country-houses and castles (entrance fee: USD 1, 70) passing through famous Rustaveli Avenue.
Transfer to the airport. Return home.
Tour package price – 599 euro per person
The price includes:
Accommodation at the hotel, double room