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 30 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 State Museum of Fine Arts. Visit a small studio devoted to batik dyeing techniques, and sample some of Georgia’s wonderful wines.


  • 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.


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

Drive through Kakheti along the Georgian Military Highway to the mountain village of Gudauri. Along the way, savor a wine-tasting in Tsinandali, and stop at the feudal stronghold of Ananuri. Visit alpine Kazbegi, and explore the 14th century church of Tsminda Sameba silhouetted against towering mountain peaks.


  • 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.


  • 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

2020 Dates

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  • $3,195
  • Min 2 Travelers

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.
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches (1 picnic-style) and 3 dinners, per the itinerary. Some lunches and dinners are left free to allow independent exploration.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Services of experienced, English-speaking local guides, drivers and other staff.
  • One arrival and one departure transfer. (Additional arrival and departure transfers available at additional cost.) MIR will arrange for travelers to be met upon arrival and seen off on departure, whether we make your air arrangements or not.
  • Ground transportation throughout itinerary by private vehicle (size of vehicle depends on group size).
  • Evening cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • 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.
  • 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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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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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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MIR's Travel Journals offer first hand accounts of MIR's fascinating destinations.

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    Treasures of the South Caucasus: Through Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan

    Follow along with MIR Corporation Tour Manager Devin Mitchell as she accompanies MIR clients on MIR's Treasures of the South-Caucasus small group tour.... Read More

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    Essential Uzbekistan Travel Journal

    A MIR traveler set out with her traveling companion on our Essential Uzbekistan program, where they enjoyed the sites and crafts of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva as well as the many fabulous fabrics, carpets, tilework and adornments she found there. Take the journey along with her as you read her fascinating comments on this adventure.... Read More

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