Our original itinerary... rich with discovery

+ A curator at the National Museum plumbs Georgia’s history from its founding days to the Soviet occupation.
+ A hands-on cooking class explores Georgia’s diverse culinary traditions.
+ Discover the ancient monasteries of Mtskheta, where Georgians first accepted Christianity in the 4th century.
+ Sit down to a congenial lunch with a family in their mountain village.
+ Visit the remarkable cave monastery at Vardzia, built 1,000 years ago for the legendary Queen Tamar.
+ Travel the famed Georgian Military Highway – a name that belies the towering landscapes and medieval landmarks of the region.
+ Sample the ne wines of Kakheti, the world’s oldest wine-growing area.
+ 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Tbilisi, Georgia

    On arrival, you’ll be escorted to your Club Floor room at the Biltmore Hotel in the historic heart of the capital.
  • Day 2 - Discover Tbilisi

    Once a stop on the Silk Road and at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Tbilisi is no stranger to change. It’s been the capital of Georgia since the 5th century and has seen both Soviet rule and the Rose Revolution of 2003. Explore this vast sweep of history, starting in Old Town with medieval landmarks like the Metekhi Temple, 1,000-year-old Sioni Cathedral and mighty Narikala Fortress. At the National Museum, our specially arranged visit with the curator promises unparalleled insight into Georgia’s history from its founding days through the Soviet occupation and 21st century. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 3 - Onward to Borjomi

    Depart Tbilisi this morning and visit the ancient cathedral and monasteries of Mtskheta, where Georgians first accepted Christianity in the 4th century. At Château Mukhrani, a vineyard set on the grounds of a 19th-century prince’s estate, you’ll enjoy a cellar tour, wine tasting, culinary class and lunch. Then drive to Gori, the historic town where Stalin was born, and explore the remarkable cave dwellings of Uplistsikhe, founded in the bronze age and inhabited until the 13th century. Continue to Borjomi, a spa retreat famous from the days of the Tsars, and check in to the Rixos Hotel. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 4 - Into the Kura Valley

    Winding through the gentle slopes of the Lesser Caucusus, the lovely Kura Valley is dotted with historic sites. Ascend to Khertvisi Fortress, built in the 14th century on the site of an earlier fort reputedly destroyed by Alexander the Great. At Vardzia, discover a remarkable cave monastery built 1,000 years ago for the legendary Queen Tamar. Return to Borjomi where your evening is at leisure. Meals B+L
  • Day 5 - Along the Georgian Military Road

    Built in the late 19th century to ferry military supplies through the rugged Caucasian highlands, the name of this famed highway belies the rich history and beauty of the region it traverses. Setting out this morning, you’ll visit Ananuri, an impressive medieval fortress with far-reaching views of the Caucasus and turquoise-hued Aragvi River. Continue past alpine meadows, ancient churches, and medieval forts in varying states of disrepair. Then ascend through the Jvari Pass at 7,800 feet to Kazbegi, near the Russian border, and check in to the stylish Rooms Hotel. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 6 - Exploring the Greater Caucasus

    Under the gaze of Mt. Kazbek, a soaring 16,000-foot peak, you’ll set out to explore the captivating alpine beauty of the Greater Caucuses and the timeless ways of its residents. Sit down to lunch with a local family and venture into the breathtaking Sno Valley to Juta, a village outpost of the Khevsur. Living mainly in the mountains to the east, legend has it that this group of people are descended from Western European Crusaders who wandered lost in Central Asia centuries ago! Gentle hikes and sweepings vistas also highlight this day. Return to Kazbegi where your evening is free. Meals B+L
  • Day 7 - Back to Tbilisi

    After breakfast, set out again on the Georgian Military Road, now heading south towards the capital. Snow-covered peaks, alpine meadows, precipitous cliffs that drop down the Aragvi River and the occasional rural hamlet highlight our morning’s journey. On arrival in Tbilisi, we’ll take the funicular to the top of Mt. Mtatsminda for wonderful views over the city and its lovely valley setting. After dinner, you’ll check in again to the deluxe Biltmore Tbilisi. Meals B+D
  • Day 8 - A Day in the Wine Country

    Dotted with ancient monasteries and numerous vineyards, Kakheti is not just a region steeped in the history of the Caucasus, it’s also one of the oldest wine producing areas in the world! Your exploration begins at St. Nino Monastery, a Georgian Orthodox complex that traces its roots to the 9th century. Continue to the hilltop town of Sighnaghi, famed for its lovely 19th-century homes with brightly painted balconies and views over the fertile Alazani Valley. Continue to the Alaverdi Monastery Winery, founded in the 12th century, for a cellar tour and wine tasting Enjoy a congenial lunch on the estate before we take you back to your hotel in Tbilisi. This evening, we’ll gather for a farewell dinner of fine Georgian cuisine. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 9 - Depart Tbilisi

    After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey. Meals B

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  • Biltmore Tbilisi Hotel - Tbilisi, Georgia

    Our contemporary deluxe hotel enjoys a prime location in the historic district. Stylish Club Floor guestrooms feature free high-speed Internet access and beautiful city views.

  • Hotel Rixos - Borjomi, Georgia

    Surrounded by the forested slopes of the Lesser Caucuses, our stylish hotel offers bright, handsomely guestrooms with delightful mountain views.

  • Rooms Hotel - Kazbegi, Georgia

    Here in this enchanting mountain enclave, a Soviet Brutalist landmark has been reborn as a luxurious alpine retreat with stylish decor, stunning views and fine service in our Executive Rooms.

Our Original Journey Value

+ No Solo Supplement on all departures
+ Comprehensive, expertly-guided sightseeing with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees
+ 19 meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners with wine at all midday and evening meals
+ 8 nights in our carefully selected deluxe and luxury hotels
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers
+ Luggage handling and all hotel taxes and service charges

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Arrive Tbilisi - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodation
Departure Return   Regular Deal
5/10/2018
Guaranteed
5/18/2018 $4599 $4099
 
6/14/2018
Guaranteed
6/22/2018 $4599 $4099
 
7/12/2018
Guaranteed
7/20/2018 $4599 $4099
 
9/13/2018
Guaranteed
9/21/2018 $4599 $4099
 
10/11/2018
Guaranteed
10/19/2018 $4599 $4099
 
5/23/2019
Guaranteed
5/31/2019 $4599 $4099
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $1,000 per couple + $500 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you book and pay-in-full before Dec 31, 2017.
  • Travel is one life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216

Our Private Journey Value

+ Comprehensive, expertly-guided sightseeing including all entry fees
+ 19 meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners with wine at all midday and evening meals
+ 8 nights in our carefully selected deluxe and luxury hotels
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers
+ Luggage handling and all hotel taxes and service charges

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Travel Any Day - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodation
Departure Return   Regular Deal
1/1/2018 12/31/2018 $4899 $4399
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $1,000 per couple + $500 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you book and pay-in-full before Dec 31, 2017.
  • Travel is one life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216

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