From Wine Country to High Country

Georgia, hugging the shore of the Black Sea in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains, has a long history of bountiful table traditions. Savor the regional varietals in Georgian wine country, Kakheti, admire the soaring peaks along the Georgian Military Highway, and wander the charming streets and markets of the capital, Tbilisi.

8 Day Trip

  • Private Journey
    Minimum of 2 Travelers
  • Travels to:
    Georgia, South Caucasus
  • Flexible Essential:
    Tbilisi and its environs

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Wend your way through the ruins of UNESCO-listed Mtskheta
    Wend your way through the outstanding ruins of UNESCO-listed Mtskheta, capital of the early eastern Georgia kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC to the...
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  • Taste robust Georgian wines
    Learn about Georgian wineries, producing wines from varietal grapes that grow well in the Kakhetian micro-region....
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  • Dodge herds of sheep along the Georgian Military Highway
    Dodge herds of sheep along the spectacular Georgian Military Highway, stopping to explore treasures like the small alpine village of Kazbegi, set in a...
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  • Learn how the monks dug their sandstone caves at David Gareja
    Visit one of the most sacred sites in all of Georgia, a complex of 12 different cave monasteries....
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over 25 years of South Caucasus travel experience
  • Travel programs such Harvard, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the American Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to the South Caucasus
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-2: Tbilisi

Admire Tbilisi’s Metekhi Church, 6th century Anchiskhati Basilica and the Georgian treasury. Visit a small studio devoted to batik dyeing techniques and sample some of Georgia’s wonderful wines.

Highlights

  • Narikala Fortress, Mother Georgia Monument, Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi
  • Visit to a batik studio
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Days 3-4: Signagi

Explore David Gareja cave monastery, walk the narrow streets of Signagi, visit 9th century Bodbe Nunnery and drop in at a local winery for a tasting of rich Georgian wines.

Highlights

  • David Gareja Monastery, one of Georgia’s most sacred sites
  • Hilltown of Signagi
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Days 5-6: Gudauri, Ananuri, Kazbegi

Drive through Kakheti along the Georgian Military Highway to the mountain village of Gudauri. Along the way, savor a wine-tasting at Tsinindali Village. Stop at the feudal stronghold of Ananuri and visit alpine Kazbegi.

Highlights

  • Gudauri, highest village on Georgian Military Highway
  • Wine-tasting at the family estate of Alexander Chavchavadze in Tsinandali Village
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Days 7-8: Gori, Mtskheta, Tbilisi

Tour Stalin’s hometown, Gori, and then explore UNESCO-listed Mtskheta, capital of the early kingdom of Iberia. Back in Tbilisi, toast the incredible country of Georgia at a sumptuous farewell dinner.

Highlights

  • The original wooden hut of Stalin’s family
  • Mtskheta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and center of the Iberian kingdom
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 8 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $3,195
  • Single Supplement $795

2017 Dates

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  • $3,195
  • Min 2 Travelers
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Group Size

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 travelers on this trip. Call for solo trip pricing.

Private trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located superior tourist class (three star) hotels and small private hotels throughout the itinerary.
  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 3 dinners, per the itinerary. Some lunches and dinners are left free to allow independent exploration.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Local guides in each city.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end cities.
  • Transportation throughout itinerary by private vehicle (size of vehicle depends on group size).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list and reading list.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application instruction kit (if applicable to your itinerary; please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international and internal airfares are not included in the land tour cost).

 

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International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange extension touring to Armenia or Azerbaijan. Or perhaps you would like to experience Central Asia, Iran, Siberia, Western Russia or Eastern Europe. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of our private travel suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations are as comfortable as possible, they will vary from superior tourist class hotels to very basic and simple accommodations. It is important to keep in mind that the country of Georgia may not be up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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