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Full Day Wine Eco (budget) Tour


Full Day Wine Eco (budget)
Tour to East Georgia

Duration 8-10 hours
All Year Around
Please note! What's the difference between ECO and Standard tours. In ECO tours, you'll be served with guide-assistant instead of a professional guide. The assistant is a person who's doing practice in our company to learn basics of travel guiding service, knows the basic material of all destinations travellers will visit but he/she is not a professional guide. The car you'll be served is a standard class vehicle and could be with right wheel drive.
In Eco tours, you could be joined to other travellers in contrary to standard tours that are always private, individual ones.
Wine production in Georgia has 8000 years history. Georgia is a motherland of wine. In Georgia are grown about 500 varieties of grape and produced well-known red and white wines. Georgian way of wine production in ‘Qvevri” (clay tank planted in the ground) is included in UNESCO Intangible world heritage list. Almost every family in the countryside in Kakheti is also winegrower.
Highlights:
  • Badiauri village and bread baking there
  • Bodbe monastery
  • Sighnaghi city
  • XVI c Wine cellar in village Velistsikhe (wine tasting is options)
  • Tsinandali Palace and XVII c wine cellar (wine tasting optional)
  • Wine factory "Shumi" (visit and wine tatsing optional)
  • Telavi – The main city of Kakheti region
  • Gombori Pass on the way back to Tbilisi (1620 m)
In the Morning drive direction to Sighnaghi, Kakheti region - East from Tbilisi, the largest wine producing region in Georgia. The first destination on the way is village Badiauri where all villagers are baking bread and that they do not for the tourists but for everybody passing by this village.
 
From Badiauri continue your way to Bodbe. Visit one of the most famous monastery in the Georgia, Bodbe Monastery, the holy place for Georgian people, because there is buried St. Nino, who brought Christianity in Georgia in the middle of 4th century. According to legend she had healing properties. The church acquired its current shape in the 9th century.
 
At last tourists will have an opportunity to visit Sighnaghi. Founded by the famous King Erekle II in 1772. Buildings in the city built in the style of southern Italian classicism with Georgian elements. Famous for its eponymous castle, this is included in the list of the most famous and largest forts in Georgia. The city is surrounded with high defending wall, 4 km in length. A few years ago, Sighnaghi was restored and constructed. Since then a lot of tourists have visited the city to enjoy the stunning panorama, which opens on Alazani Valley. The town’s architecture is unique with old and the modern components. Today Sighnaghi has additional status: it is known as a “City of Love”.
 
After one hour walking in Sighnaghi the road heads to village Velistsikhe to the wine cellar of XVI c. Here the guests can taste homemade wine and see how Georgians store wine in medieval time.
 
Then, the root lays towards Prince Chavchavadze Palace (XIX c) in village Tsinandali with wonderful French park and wine cellar. Here in wine cellar guests can taste different sort of local wines.
 
After exploring of Palace, guests will visit Wine factory-museum “Shumi” for another wine tasting and if desired, it’s available to purchase some bottles of wines locally from the factory.
 
At the end of the tour visit of Telavi - main city and administrative centre of Kakheti region (100 km eastern from Tbilisi).
 
At the end of the tour, the guests return to Tbilisi via another road laid through Gombori pass (1620 m).
Duration: 8-10 hours
Driving distance: 330 km
Season: All year around
 
 
What's Included:
• Hotel pick-up and drop-off;
• Transportation In modern, air-conditioned coach;
• Petrol Costs;
• Guide-assistant service (English, Russian);
• A bottle of water per traveler.
 
What's Not Included:
•Travel insurance;
• Meals and drinks;
• Costs for wine tasting.