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David Gareji Monastery and Signagi Wine Tasting Private Tour

1. David Gareji Monastery and Signagi Wine Tasting Private Tour

Depart Tbilisi and travel to a dry desert region surrounded by hills and only inhabited by a few shepherds. Arrive at the historic David Gareji Monastery complex, founded by hermits who chose a secluded life in the early Middle Ages. Take an optional hike to the top of the hill separating Georgia and Azerbaijan, and get stunning views of the surroundings as you look for more of the abandoned caves. Continue to the small town of Signagi overlooking the Alazani Valley and Caucasian Mountains. Stroll the narrow streets to buy souvenirs and enjoy lunch at leisure. Sample the local Marani wine and an authentic chacha (brandy) at a traditional winery and learn the history of wine making in Georgia. Visit the nearby convent at Bodbe, famed as an important site of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians. Return to Tbilisi via a village that makes the local churchkhela candies to try some of the best sweet treats in Georgia!

Kahketi: Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

2. Kahketi: Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Taste some of the best wines in Georgia during this full-day visit to the Kakheti wine region around Tbilisi. On your visit, learn about the traditional Georgian method of making wine in clay vessels and taste the wines at several wineries. Stop in the ancient town of Sighnaghi surrounded by an impressive wall and backed by the Caucasus Mountains. A traditional Georgian lunch in a family-owned winery completes this full-day experience. This tour will start and finish in Tbilisi, and will take you on a journey through the wineries of the Kakheti region. Visit Sighani, the town of love and take in the Caucasus Mountains and the Alazani Valley. Then enjoy wine tasting at Okro's boutique winery, where you will try wine as well as chacha (Georgian grape vodka). Next, enjoy lunch at an authentic family museum and wine cellar in Velistsikhe, accompanied with homemade wines, of course. After lunch, head to the Khareba winery, which is built into a Soviet-era bomb shelter near the town of Kvareli, for more wine-tasting and churchkela (traditional Georgian dessert). Finally, pass the 16th-century architectural complex of Gremi Monastery on the return to Tbilisi, with the option to visit if you wish.

From Tbilisi: David Gareja Monastery and Sighnaghi Tour

3. From Tbilisi: David Gareja Monastery and Sighnaghi Tour

In the morning, the guide and driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Tbilisi (if you choose the private option), or alternatively meet the tour group at Europe Square. Then, head to the David Gareja complex via Sagarejo village. Turning from the Eastern main road, drive on a dirt road to the semi-desert. The complex was established in the 6th century AD by one of the 13 Assyrian monks and expanded through the centuries. Here, have a tour of the caves and monasteries. On your way to Signagi, you’ll visit the Bodbe monastery. The monastery is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th-century female evangelist in Georgia. In Sighnaghi, a small town surrounded by 18th-century defensive walls and remnants of fortifications, take a relaxing walk in the town, explore the defensive wall and fortifications, and enjoy the views of Alazani Valley. In the evening, drive back to your place of stay or Europe Square in Tbilisi.

Tbilisi: Regional Wine Tour in Georgia

4. Tbilisi: Regional Wine Tour in Georgia

Your tour starts in Tbilisi at 9:00AM, at which point you will depart for your first destination, Telavi. This city served as a capital of the Georgian kingdom Kakheti in the late middle ages. Here you will be able to explore its well-preserved palace called Batonis Tsikhe (“Fortress of Master”), which was built between the 17th-18th centuries and was used as a residential place for Kakhetian kings. You can also explore Alaverdi Cathedral, which is the second highest church in Georgia and represents a beautiful 11th century Georgian architecture. Following this, you will visit the Qvevri Wine Museum in Nafareuli. Georgia is widely considered as a cradle of wine. The wine culture was widespread in Georgia since the 6th millennium B.C., and since that time, wine has been produced by special methods. The most famous of these methods is using huge clay earthenware vessels called Qvevri, and in the Qvevri Museum, you will find out Georgian wine making methods in detail. Near the museum is the Twins Winery where you can taste three Georgian Qvevri wines made by Rkatsiteli, Kakhetian Green and Saperavi. Following this, you will visit Gremi, a 16th century architectural complex including the Royal Citadel and the Church of the Archangels. Here you will discover how Georgian (Kakhetian) kings lived, including their clothes, furniture and other items. Afterwards you will experience the Kindzmarauli Corporation, one of the largest wineries in Georgia where you will taste 4 different kinds of wines. Finally, you will visit the Tsinadali Museum, which is a historic winery that once belonged to the aristocratic Chavchavadze family. Your full-day tour will then end at 8:00PM, at which point you will be returned to Tbilisi.

Tbilisi: Kakheti, Signagi, Telavi & Alaverdi Full-Day Tour

5. Tbilisi: Kakheti, Signagi, Telavi & Alaverdi Full-Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel at 8:00AM, your first stop will be the Ujarma fortress. It is believed that in the second half of the 5th century, the famous Vakhtang Gorgasali (founder of Tbilisi) erected numerous buildings in Ujarma and moved his residence there. In the 10th century, Ujarma was destroyed by the Arabian forces of Abul Kassim. Later on in the 13th century, the fortress was restored by King George III, where he arranged treasury. Moving on, your tour will continue through the Gombori Pass, which will see you drive to an altitude of 1,650 meters (5,414 feet). At the top you will discover an observation deck, the perfect place for a photo shoot. After a small stop, you will continue your journey through the magical forest, where you will be able to make a wish. The next stop will be to the Alaverdi Monastery. At a height of over 55 meters, the Alaverdi Cathedral is the second tallest religious building in Georgia. You will then visit the city of Telavi, the main city and administrative center of Georgia's eastern province of Kakheti. On the way to Kvareli, you will stop at the Gremi. Standing above the green valley of Alazan, Gremi attracts travelers whose road goes between Telavi and Kvareli. Gloomy and monumental, the castle is one of the most visited tourist points in Georgia. In Kvareli, you will have the opportunity to taste Georgian wines, finding out how they are made. Following your wine tasting, you should find yourself with a new strength. You will then go to the Bodbe Monastery, which is one of the most important religious sites in Georgia. Continuing your trip, you will venture toward Sighnaghi. Its charming cobblestone streets and alleys consist of restored original nouveau woodwork, and detailed facades give the town a romantic mystique. Billed the "City of Love", Sighnaghi is a popular wedding venue. The wedding chapel here was the first to operate around the clock, and put Sighnaghi on the map as a destination. Its marriage chapel now hosts ceremonies which take place at all hours of the day and night.

Organic Wine Full Day Private Tour With Tastings and Lunch

6. Organic Wine Full Day Private Tour With Tastings and Lunch

In the morning after a complimentary greeting and pickup from your guide at 9:30AM, guests will be driven towards the Kakheti region. In an hour you will reach the very first stop: a Georgian bakery, where you will taste freshly baked Georgian bread called "Shoti" and different varieties of cheese. Afterwards you will drive 20 minutes more to reach an Organic winery called Vellino. A young and superbly successful wine maker Beqa Jimsheladze will lead you into his lovely wine cellar. The next Organic winery you visit is called " Okro wines" and is located in the city of love, called "Sighnaghi". This winery offers you a stunning view over Alazany valley with a background of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range. When you are finished enjoying the best Okro wines, you will head towards Mosmieri winery for lunch. Georgia is well knows with its delicious food and the people from Kakheti love to impress visitors with their local food. Mosmieri winery is situated at the famous Alazany valley. The beautiful wine restaurant with a lovely view will get you set for a marvelous BBQ lunch. (Please note : Mosmieri Winery do not provide organic wine, but the extremely high quality Georgian and European styled wines.) At the end of the day, once you feel satisfied with gorgeous food, stunning landscapes, and the world's best Organic wines, you head towards Tbilisi.

From Tbilisi: David Gareji Monastery Where Time Stands Still

7. From Tbilisi: David Gareji Monastery Where Time Stands Still

The Davit Gareji Monastery complex was founded in the first half of the 6th century by one of the holy Assyrian fathers - David. The settlement of David in one of the caves was the beginning of the foundation of that religious and cultural center, which numbered 12 monasteries once. The complex of Davit Gareji carved into the rock is one of the largest among such carved complexes. The monastery of Bertubani is one of the cave monasteries in the Davit Gareji complex, the painting of which arouses the interest among visitors. The monastery of St. John the Baptist is also located in the Davit Gareji complex, 12 kilometers west from the lavra of David, is a single complex carved into the rock. It was founded in the 6th and 7th centuries by a disciple of David Garedjeli, Lucian. Then, visit the medieval Udabno (desert) Monastery in the Davit Gareji complex. The cave monastery encompasses many cell churches. The main structure of the ensemble is the Church of the Virgin Mary. In the monastery, there is a painting preserved in which the life cycle of David Garedjeli was recorded for the first time. The oldest layer of the main temple painting dates from the second half of the 10th century.    

Kakheti: Wine tour from Tbilisi - Enjoy 6 sorts of wine

8. Kakheti: Wine tour from Tbilisi - Enjoy 6 sorts of wine

Discover the pleasant tastes of Kakheti, in the wine region of Georgia. Kakheti is one of the ancient hearths of wine and wine-growing, where wine cultivation started 8,000 years ago. 75% of the grape varieties in Georgia are grown in this region. Visit first Sighnaghi, which is a one-hour drive from Tbilisi. On the way, there will be a short stop for rest and tasting of Kakhetian hot bread, which is baked in the traditional way in the bakery named "Tone". You can also taste cheese and Georgian strong alcohol, also known as Chacha. Upon arrival, learn about the history of the city and visit the local sights. Take the free time to take pictures on the city wall and tower. The next stop is for dinner at a Kakhetian restaurant. Make sure to fill up, as you definitely need to gain strength and prepare for further wine tastings. For wine tasting, you will visit two large wineries in Kvareli. There will be a degustation in the sum of 6 sorts of wine and a short excursion in factories with local guides. Get acquainted with traditional and European methods of making Kakhetian wine. See the ethnographic corners and the wine production process in the factory. Take the option to have masterclasses in making Bread and Churchkhela by yourself.

Kakheti Wine Region: Sighnaghi City of Love Tour

9. Kakheti Wine Region: Sighnaghi City of Love Tour

Start your day of adventure by meeting your fun and friendly guide in Liberty Square in Tbsilisi. After a short meet and greet, you will set-off on your day of discovery.  Your first location of the day will be the beautiful Wine Factory KTW, located in the village of Patardzeuli. Whilst here, take a look around and enjoy the sights and sounds, even get to try a sample of beautiful Georgian wine. After your winery visit, explore some local villages where you can taste some typical Georgian candy such as Churchkheta, made with grape juice and tasty walnuts. You'll even get to enjoy the process of baking Georgian bread in a clay oven.   Continue on your tour to your third location, the convent of Bodbe, a female monastery dating back to the 5th century. This place has fascinating historical importance and in addition to the monastery, you can also see the famous St. Nino shrine. Your last stop will be Sighnaghi, founded in the 18th century. During this tour, follow your guide and discover why this city is called the 'City of Love'. This tour will also allow you to take an arranged walk along the defensive wall and enjoy breathtaking views of the Alazani Valley.

Full-Day Georgian Wine Tasting Tour

10. Full-Day Georgian Wine Tasting Tour

Your full-day tour begins with a morning drive to the Kakheti region, located 120 kilometers east of Tbilisi. This is the largest wine-producing region in Georgia. Pass through the picturesque Gombory before you arrive in the city of Telavi. Visit a farming family and taste wine directly from the qvevri (terracotta tank). Learn how local people live and about their traditional way of wine production. Taste 4 different types of homemade white and red wine and chacha (Georgian grappa). Next, you’ll drive further north into the Greater Caucasus mountain range. On the way you'll stop to visit the Gremi Fortress, dating from the 16th century. The picturesque location of the fortress with its tall bell tower and high walls always makes a deep impression on visitors. The tour continues to the small city of Kvareli and the wine tunnels dug under the Greater Caucasus mountain range. The 2 main tunnels stretch for over 800 meters, and are used for storage of the wine. Take the elevator up to the restaurant built above the tunnels, where you’ll enjoy views of the lovely Alazani Valley. In the wine tunnels you’ll have the opportunity to taste 2 or more different types of Khareba wines. On the return trip to Tbilisi, you can choose either a visit to the 19th-century Prince Chavchavadze Palace with its stunning French park, or another wine-tasting stop at the spectacular Chateau Schuchmann in the village of Kisiskhevi. Finally you’ll stop at the Telavi market, where you’ll find a wide range fruits and vegetables, including apples and peaches, grapes and pomegranates, and tomatoes and cucumbers. After your market visit, you’ll be transferred back to Tbilisi.

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What people are saying about Kakheti

A full day of great wine, authentic home made Georgian foods and amazing information from an amazing guide and driver Giorgi. No shortcuts were taken from the moment we were picked up at the hotel at 9am until the moment we arrived back at the hotel at 9pm by our amazing guide Giorgi with his very unique limited edition Star Wars rogue one Nissan. To say he was a Jedi as a guide is an understatement. Great local cheeses, bread, traditional Georgian homemade sweets, Buffalo yoghurt, organic wines from white, amber to red, grape liquor called chacha, to being welcomed into the ancestral home of a Georgian family to try their 200+ grape types from their humble backyard to eating their traditional food cooked by them. Then visiting the largest winery that store and age their wines in a bomb shelter. This is a tour that will not be soon forgotten.

Our tour guide (Samvel) was a great tour guide... his knowledge and his English were excellent, and he was very attentive to my needs. Our driver was very talented and cautious. We had a great experience, lunch choices were awesome as well as the dinner. Samvel added a few special sites that were not in our itinerary, making the day extra special. It was a wonderful day we will never forget. Highly recommended!!

We had an amazing time on our tour to David Gareja! Our guide Valera was very knowledgeable and we loved every single activity. We learned a lot about Georgian history and culture. The drive was really pleasant too, we always felt safe! I can only highly recommend it.

Excellent tour and was great from start to finish! Otto was friendly and a great guide - overall stellar day and I highly recommend it!

The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the sites.