Itinerary

Mon 10 Jun

Late departure for the overnight flight to Tbilisi.

Tue 11 Jun

Early morning arrival in Tbilisi and checkin at the 5-star Iota Hotel, located in the centre of Old Tbilisi. Rest and relax in the morning before joining your guide for an afternoon tour of this charming city. Start from the historic district of Metekhi and take the cable car to the ancient Narikala Fortress which dominates the skyline of the Old Town. The tour will then continue to the legendary 17th-century sulphur baths after which you will also visit the Great Synagogue, the Sioni Cathedral and Anchiskhati, the ost ancient Basilica in Tbilisi. The tour ends with a visit to the National Museum of Georgia. Return to the hotel to relax before dinner at a traditional Georgian restaurant followed by a folk show.

Wed 12 Jun

Today’s excursion is to the Kakheti region, Georgia’s oldest wine-producing region and an area rich in history. Visit the 11th-century Alaverdi Monastery with its vineyards from which the monks still make their own wine today and the small town of Telavi, once the capital of the Kakheti kingdom. Continue to the village of Vardisubani and witness local craftsmen making Qvevri, egg-shaped earthenware vessels in which wine is fermented and stored. Lunch will be at the Shumi winery in Kvareli where you will be able to sample four types of Georgian wine and also participate in the making of the traditional Georgian delicacy Churchkhela. The afternoon will be spent in Tsinandali, a village noted for the historic winery that once belonged to the 19th-century poet Prince Alexander Chavchavadze, and from where the highly-regarded dry white Tsinandali wine is still produced. Enjoy a tour of the Estate museum and stroll through the landscaped garden - in particular its ‘love lane’ - before returning to Tbilisi.

Thu 13 Jun

Today you will have the chance to discover more of the beauty and history that Georgia has to offer. Depart for the ancient capital of Mtskheta, an important religious centre, stopping en route at the 6th-century Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, reputedly one of the burial sites of Christ’s cloak. Spend time in Mtskheta before the scenic drive towards the Kazbegi region during which you will visit Gergeti Trinity Church overlooking the snowy peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. Dinner and an overnight stay at the 4-star Rooms Hotel in Kazbegi, a cosy alpine retreat with stunning panoramic views.

Fri 14 Jun

The morning is spent in Kazbegi with an opportunity to learn how traditional Georgian felt is crafted. Travel back to Tbilisi via the historic Ananuri castle complex overlooking the Aragvi river and Château Mukhrani where you will take a tour of Prince Bagrationi’s castle with its gardens, amphitheatre, cellars and vineyards and enjoy some of the best Georgian wine produced at this award-winning winery. Return to Tbilisi for dinner at the Iota Hotel.

Sat 15 Jun

The morning is spent at the Art Museum of Georgia with its collection of icons, altars, chalices and crosses that show the skill of Georgian goldsmiths across the ages. At the Cloisonné Enamel School you will have the chance to make your own piece of enamel jewellery before exploring the Rustaveli National Theatre, one of the oldest theatres in the country, named after Georgia’s national poet Shota Rustaveli and famed for its exquisite architecture and frescoes. The afternoon and dinner are at leisure before the evening’s opera performance.

Sun 16 Jun

Your last full day in Georgia takes you along the Silk Road to Gori, the birthplace of Stalin. Here you will visit the Stalin Museum before proceeding to the ancient cave town of Uplistsikhe, once an important political and religious preChristian centre. Return to Tbilisi and stop at the Sarajishvili Brandy Factory where you will be guided through its history and the life of its founder David Sarajishvili as well as sampling a selection of some of the brandies made at this prize-winning company. Dinner and the evening at leisure.

Mon 17 Jun

Enjoy time for last-minute sightseeing or shopping in Tbilisi before transferring to the airport for the early evening flight home.

Programme

15 Jun

LA TRAVIATA VerdiInc

Venue: Tbilisi Opera House

Production team and casting will be confirmed closer to the date of departure.

Flights

Georgian Airways

10 Jun London Gatwick - Tbilisi dep: 22.50 arr: 06.40 (+1)

17 Jun Tbilisi - London Gatwick dep: 19.00 arr: 21.20

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1875
Single room supplement £350
Business class flight upgrade from £1200
Land-only tour price £1645
Deposit required £400
Tour code TBS1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, three dinners, one lunch, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.