This excursion is a full day trip from Tbilisi
You have to be able to walk 1-2 hours, also up the hill
It is adviced to have comfortable shoes and protection for the sun
Guides for this excursion available in English, Georgian, Dutch and Russian
This excursion can start any day of the week during the whole year
This excursion will show you the monasteries of Ikalto and Alaverdi, Telavi with its biggest tree and the castle of Gremi. At the end of the excursion we will visit the Kindzmarauli winery and take a look how wine is produced.
Churches and temples abound in Georgia but we would like to introduce you just the most interesting ones. First in our program is the Ikalto Monastery, an ancient complex consisted from 3 churches and some ruins. It used to be one of the most famous academies in Georgia here. The monastery is another monument of great Georgian history which once was cultural and educational centre of the country. Besides the ancient churches and other buildings there is a lot of other interesting elements to see such as a marani, huge fireplace, a secret portal to the basement and ancient graves.
Shrines were and always will stay an integral part of Georgian culture and history. One of them is a quiet, modestly decorated the Alaverdi monastery. Alaverdi is the biggest and the most venerated church existed in Kakheti. Nowadays it is an active monastery, located right at the main road. It is surrounded by a high wall and besides the church has everything necessary for the monks’ life including a winery. A little wine museum is attached to Alaverdi. There are about 500 sorts of grapes including some very rare ones.
When it comes to Kakheti, the most important things are here wine and medieval temples. However we want to show you Kakheti’s wonder which lives in Telavi. It is beloved and cherished old inhabitant of the town. We are talking about a tree, old-boy sycamore. They say it is 1000 years old! Well, it really looks old and attracts all the tourists offering them to make a very special photo as you need 12 people to wrap it around.
The Religious Architecture is the essential part of many tours in Georgia. The Gremi Temple is among the most wonderful complexes in Kakheti and it is another “must to visit” destination in Georgia. There is plenty to see here because the complex consists of the church, castle with bell tower, entrances to basements, bath and little museum with archeological artifacts and portraits of Georgian kings. Since 1975 Gremi has status of museum-reserve.
While we are driving in the Alazani Valley you will have the chance to see unlimited grape fields, because exactly this part of Georgia is producing almost three-quarters of the country's wine grapes. It is also known as the cradle of wine production and is well known all over the world.
Why do tourists go to Kakheti? Of course to try flavored, aromatic, tasty Georgian wine! The last stop of this excursion is a place where the legendary Georgian wine is made. Famous and loved by everyone the Kindzmarauli winery welcomes visitors. The doors are open for anyone who wants to see how they make wine in Georgia and try some sorts of delicious beverage with 8000 years old of history!
Price for 1 - 4 persons: 79 €
Price for 4 - 7 persons: 149 €
English speaking driver/guide
Why Me lunch package
Hotel transfer within Tbilisi
Fees for wine tasting at the winery
Official guide (only on request)