Georgia: the cradle of wine culture


Georgia is compared to the cradle of wine culture. The prevailing opinion attributes the origin of the word “wine” in many languages – to the Georgian “ghvino”. A number of the following excavation finds testify to the oldest customs of winemaking in Georgia there are following finds: vine, grape seeds, wine utensils (pitchers, bowls and winemaking tools as old as 7,000 years BC); the similar proofs in mythology – the goddess Aguna, patroness of wine (11-10 cc. BC), Badagon, (7-6 cc. BC), oldest astrological calendar and many other items. Praised by Strabo, Herodotus, Plutarch, and other public figures and famed personalities, Georgian wines that are attributed to the general brand of Saperavi, successfully treat various gastro-intestinal problems, sexual dysfunctions, effects of radiation exposure, and other diseases. Almost three centuries ago, a French traveller Chardin wrote with enthusiasm and appreciation: “There is no other country in the world where people drink as much wine of superior quality as they do in Georgia”. 

Wine cellar Marani


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Kazbegi National Park

 

Kazbegi National Park

Gergeti Church

Gergeti village

View from Gudauri

Stephantsminda

Arsha village

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Do it yourself hiking

Chaukhi circus

Day 1. Tbilisi-Roshka (transfer 170 km), hiking from Roshka to lake Abudelauri (2600m., time: 2 hrs.), overnight in the camp.

Day 2. Hiking tour from lake Abudelauri to Roshka crossing (3338m) – and to Chaukhi (2600m, time: 5-6 hrs.), overnight in Chaukhi camp.

Day 3. A walk around the “Chaukhi circus” (3400-3300m, time: 4-5 hrs.), overnight in Chaukhi camp.

Day 4. Descent to the village of Juta (1-2 hrs); departure  for Tbilisi (170 km). 

Kazbegi Hiking


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We Declare a Climate Emergency

Climate change declaration

We’ve signed up to Tourism Declares, an initiative that supports tourism businesses, organisations and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking purposeful action to reduce their carbon emissions as per the advice from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030. 

Like all signatories, we have committed to the following five actions:

1. Develop a ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ within the next 12 months, which sets out our intentions to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade.

2. Share an initial public declaration of our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’, and update on progress each year.

3. Accept current IPCC advice stating the need to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030 in order to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming. We’ll ensure our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ represents actions designed to achieve this as a minimum, through delivering transparent, measurable and increasing reductions in the total carbon emissions per customer arising from our operations and the travel services sold by us. 

4. Encourage our suppliers and partners to make the same declaration; sharing best practice amongst peers; and actively participate in the Tourism Declares community

5. Advocate for change. We recognise the need for system change across the industry to accelerate a just transition towards carbon-free tourism.

Please consider also declaring at www.tourismdeclares.com, and follow on @tourismdeclares on Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin



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5 reasons for travel to Georgia in 2021 year

1. Sightseeing places are almost empty and easy to avoid crowds;

2. Guides and tourism staff are not overloaded and have more energy to serve;

3. Tourist attractions are allowed to host just limited number of visitors and therefore provide more personal experiences;

4. Easily make shots of the each destination, or landscape;

5. Evryone, from hotels to museums was waiting long time for tourists and they will be glad to host you again.

We wish you unforgettable journey around Georgia!


Tsinandali Museum, Kakheti, Georgia
Gergeti, Kazbegi, Georgia
Khintsvisi Church, Georgia
Bakuriani, Georgia


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Georgia Private Tour 2021

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Arrival Day

Meeting at Tbilisi airport and transfer to a hotel in Tbilisi (Check in time: 15:00).

 

Day 2: Tbilisi - Jvari - Mtskheta

Tour starts from Sameba cathedral and Metekhi Church before continuing to the Abanotubani district famous with Sulphur baths. We will take the cable car to visit Narikala Fortress, explore Shardeni Street with its many souvenir and gift shops. No tour of Tbilisi would be complete without visiting Sioni Cathedral and Anchiskhati basilica. From Freedom square we stroll along Rustaveli Avenue, the main street in Tbilisi. Drive to Mzkheta old city, visit Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Return to Tbilisi hotel.

Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Tour route: 100 km / 60 miles

 

Day 3: Ananuri - Gudauri - Stephantsminda - Gergeti - Tbilisi

09:00 - Driving towards the Caucasus Mountains, we will make a stop on the bank of the Zhinvali reservoir and visit Ananuri castle. Continuing upwards to the alpine ski resort at Gudauri, we will follow the old Georgian Military road through Cross Pass to arrive in Stephantsminda, here we will enjoy view from Gergeti church. Return to Tbilisi hotel.

Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Tour route: 320 km / 200 miles

 

Day 4: Signagi - Bodbe - Tsinandali – Telavi - Tbilisi

Drive to fortified city of Signagi which is surrounded with a wall with 28 watch towers, visit convent of Bodbe, the territory of the monastery offers spectacular views of the land of the best Georgian wines - Alazani Valley with peaks of the Greater Caucasus towering behind it. After Bodbe we continue to the Tsinandali estate - well known for its beauty. Prince Alexander Chavchavadze was a poet and a prominent figure in Georgia. In his home you can find an art gallery and a bar, where you can try Tsinandali - the first Georgian wine produced in accordance with the European technology. Continue to Telavi, visit the old town and food market and return to Tbilisi hotel via beautiful Gombori pass.

Overnight in Tbilisi. Meal: breakfast. Tour route: 290 km / 190 miles

 

Day 5: Departure

Check out from hotel (check out time: 12:00) and transfer to Tbilisi airport for departure.

 

Group size

Price per person

3* hotel

Price per person

4* hotel

Private tour for 1 person in Single room

640 USD

695 USD

Private tour for 2 persons (sharing double / twin room)

355 USD

410 USD

Private tour for 3 persons

(sharing triple room)

290 USD

315 USD

Private tour for 4 persons

(sharing 2 double / twin rooms)

250 USD

300 USD

Children 4-7 years old

(including extra bed)

210 USD

240 USD

Children up to 3 years old

(without extra bed)

FOC

FOC

 

Included:

- Private transportation according itinerary with comfortable a/c vehicle;

- 4 nights accommodation with breakfast at the central located hotel in Tbilisi;

- Entrance fees, museum tickets, wine tasting in Kakheti;

- Professional guide service.

 

Entry rules in Georgia for Vaccinated visitors:

- Vaccinated visitors from any country may be unconditionally admitted to Georgia if they present any* COVID-19 vaccine certificate (in English language) confirming receipt of two full doses of the vaccine.

* all kind of vaccines are accepted.

 

Entry rules in Georgia for Unvaccinated visitors:

● Present a negative PCR test result taken within the past 72 hours (in English language).

● Get a follow-up PCR test at their own expense on the third day after arrival in Georgia. We will book your visit to the hospital and our guide will arrange everything. Testing at the hospital will cost around 25 USD per person.

● Complete an application form with contact details and travel history of the last 14 days. This form is possible to fill prior departure to Georgia online at the following link: https://registration.gov.ge/pub/form/8_protocol_for_arrivals_in_georgia/tk6157/  

● All individuals who have travelled to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland within the last 14 days will be placed in mandatory quarantine at personal expense for 12 days upon entry.

 

Public Health Orders

Wear a facemask in public indoor or outdoor spaces, and in any type of transport.

The 21 PM - 5 AM curfew remains in force.

 

Exotour team wish you a safe and unforgettable journey!



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Индивидуальный тур в Грузию 5 дней

День 1: прибытия
Встреча в аэропорту, трансфер в отель. Размещение после 15:00.

День 2: Тбилиси - Джвари - Мцхета
Начинаем экскурсию с посeщения храма Святой Троицы, церковь Метехи и мост, далее район знаменитых серных бань, подъем по канатной дороге к крепости Нарикала, прогулка по улице Шардени с множеством сувенирных магазинов; посещение главных достопримечательностей города: кафедральный собор Сиони и базилика Анчисхати; через площадь Свободы прогулка по Руставели - главному проспекту Тбилиси; продолжение экскурсии в Мцхета. Посещение историко-архитектурного комплекса Джвари (VI век н.э.), откуда открывается панорама на город Мцхета, который находится между вершинами гор и слиянием двух рек. Поездка к собору Светицховели и возвращение в отель города Тбилиси.

День 3: Ананури - Гудаури - Степанцминда - Гергети - Тбилиси
Дорога по направлению к горам Кавказа, мы остановимся на берегу Жинвальского водохранилища и посетим замок Ананури. Продолжение пути вверх к горнолыжному курорту в Гудаури, по старой грузинской военной дороге через Крестовый перевал, чтобы прибыть в село Степанцминда. Посещение церкви Гергетской Троицы, откуда открывается прекрасный вид на горную вершину Казбек и близлежащие деревни. Возвращение в Тбилиси. 

День 4: Сигнаги - Бодбе - Цинандали - Телави
Поездка в укрепленный город Сигнаги, окруженный стеной с 28 часовыми башнями, посещение монастыря Бодбе, территория которого предлагает захватывающий вид на землю лучших грузинских вин - Алазанскую долину с вершинами Большого Кавказкого хребта, которые возвышающийся над долиной. Далее наш маршрут продолжается к Цинандали - известное своей красотой. Князь Александр Чавчавадзе был поэтом и видной фигурой в Грузии. В его доме вы найдете художественную галерею и винный погреб, где вы можете попробовать первое грузинское вино, произведенное по европейской технологии. прибытие в город Телави, обзорная экскурсия по старому городу и продовольственному рынку. Возвращение в Тбилиси через красивый перевал Гомбори.

День 5: Отъезд
Выезд из гостиницы и трансфер в аэропорт. 

частный тур на 1 человека в одноместный номер: 640 $
частный тур на 2 человека в двухместный номер: 355 $ (цена на персону)
частный тур на 3 человека в трехместный номер: 290 $ (цена на персону)
частный тур на 4 человека в двухместный номер: 250 $ (цена на персону)
Дети 4-7 лет: 210 $

В стоимость тура входит: 
- Частные трансферы
- 4 7 ночей в отеле с завтраком 
- Входные билеты и дегустация вина 
- Услуга гида.


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Post covid travel advises

 - All our vehicles are equipped with antiseptic dispensers, antiseptic entrance mats and will be sanitized regularly;

- Our guides are well trained with the post covid regulations and they will assist you in any cicumstances;

- Hotels we use are safe and they are providing services according the post-covid regulations;

- For your meals, try to use open air restaurants and picnic sites, where available; 

- Please avoid clowded places, we suggest to travel in the nature as Georgia offers amazing places to see;

- We can provide tours and masterclasses to the hidden tourist sites, here you will enjoy your visit to our country and discover traditional rural life of Georgians.



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Georgian Government actions in case of covid positive test result

If the test result is positive, foreigner visitor or hosting tour operator will be informed by phone and will be asked about the condition of the person. There are 3 options in Georgia: hospital (if it is necessary), Covid-hotel, or self-isolation at the apartment. Usual treatment period in Georgia is 10 days and maximum 14 days. Foreigner visitors are receiving consultation from doctor and transportation to the hospital/Covid-hotel for free. Accommodation and meals at the Covid-hotel will cost between 80-120 GEL. Contact persons such as family members and roommates have an option not to isolate themselves and test themselves each 72 hours during their stay in Georgia (maximum during 12 days).


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The most visited historical and architectural monuments of Georgia

Vardzia is the largest historic and architectural complex in Georgia, hewed, carved and cut in the solid rock. Created in 1156-1204, during the rule of King George III and Queen Tamar, Vardzia is a cave-city that occupies 13 storeys cut in the rock; its remaining part is 900 m. wide and reaches 70 m. in height. The church of the Holy Virgin, preserved in the complex, has beautiful frescoes, among which one of the three portraits of Queen Tamar retains the freshness of image and colour.  






Alaverdi – historic and architectural complex situated on the banks of the Alazani River, covered with woods. An immense cathedral was built in the XI c. that still retains the frescoes of the later period. The interior of the cathedral is amazing, especially its dimensions and the vertical streaming lines that convey the feeling of elation.





Uplistsikhe is the oldest historic and architectural complex in Georgia, built in the 7th c. BC. Like Vardzia, it is also cut out of the rock. Situated in the vicinity of the town of Gori, the complex boasts a number of stone halls, antique theatre and pagan shrines. Some parts of interior are decorated with ornaments.







Gergeti Trinity – situated in the region of Stephantsminda (former Kazbegi), at the foot of the peak Mkinvartsveri (5047 m. above sea level). Compared to all the churches in Europe built in the alpine zone, Gergeti Trinity occupies the highest point and place (2400m). 







Svaneti trekking tour

Day 1 - drive to Mestia. Evening tour of Defense-Towers. Dinner and overnight at Mestia hotel.

Day 2 -  Treeking day: Mestia - Jabeshi
Trekking tour to village Jabeshi, 12 kilometer road, around 7 hour trek start from 1500 meter and maximum elevation is 1900. Overnight at village Jabeshi, local guesthouse.

Day 3 -  Trekking day: Jabeshi - Adishi
Breakfast at the guesthouse, trekking to village Adishi, maximal altitude is 2540 m, 10 km around 6-7 hours trek. Overnight at local guesthouse in Adishi.

Day 4 – Trekking day: Adishi- Ifrali
Breakfast at gashouse, trekking to village Iprali around 18 kilometer, maximal elevation at Ckhutnieri path is 2700 m. Trail ends at elevation 1900 m.

Day 5 –  Trekking day: Adishi- Ushguli
Breakfast at guesthouse, start trek to Ushguli, distance-12 km. Overnight at Ushguli guesthouse.

Day 6 -  Ushguli – Batumi
Free morning in Ushguli, breakfast and transfer to Batumi, around 7 hours.
















 


 
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