Georgia is a land of great natural diversity, flanked by the Black Sea to its west and the Greater Caucasus Mountains to its north. Warm seaside towns like Batumi are rich of palm trees and cypresses, breathing a delightful exotic feel, while further inland, the lush Kakheti region and its many miles of vineyards is world-renowned for the quality of its wine.
We offer a “Culinary Journey” in the South Caucasus to the delightful country of Georgia where you can try delicious Georgian cuisine with its many traditional dishes and are able to join in to prepare the food. The journey begins in the capital, Tbilisi, to continue to the east into the famous wine region of Kakheti. From Kakheti it goes through the central part of the country called Kartli leading to the west into the historical region of Colchis with Kutaisi as its center. From there we’ll go into the Black Sea region to Batumi and visit the adjacent mountains. Besides the food and drinks, you will also get an interesting insight into the everyday life of the Georgian people.
The capital Tbilisi
The wine region of Kakheti
The UNESCO World Heritage Site Mtskheta
The city of Kutaisi (Colchis)
The Black Sea region to Batumi and of Mountain Adjara
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08.10. -16.10.2017 (9 days)
Number of participants: 4-8
Travel Price: EUR 1480.00 per person in double room.
Single room supplement: EUR 220.00
Tour guides: Lela and Irma (English speaking)
Day 1 Saturday
Today you will meet your two charming guides Irma and Lela. They will accompany you in the next few days on the culinary journey through Georgia. After breakfast they will take you on a city tour through the friendly city of Tbilisi: Old town, fortress Narikala, Metekhi bridge, Betlemi quarter, Freedom Square and Rustaveli Avenue. In between a small break with a snack and a beverage in a trendy Café. The afternoon will be reserved for an exquisite wine tasting program at the famous Chateau Mukhrani. Welcome dinner in a typical local Georgian restaurant will top off the day. Overnight stay in Tbilisi.
Day 2 Sunday
After breakfast we’ll head to the local bazaar to get bread, fruit, vegetables, meet and all other groceries we need to prepare our dinner later that day. When done we’ll take the car and drive along a rural scenic route, over the Gombori Pass (1690 M) into the wine region of Kakheti. We will visit the picturesque fortress of Gremi and its church with its 17th century frescoes. We will continue our trip to the valley at the Kabali river. Here, in the village of Khechili, we will learn to prepare the typical Georgian barbecue called “mtsvadi” with the food we bought at the bazaar. Dinner with typical Kakhetian dishes and the outstanding Kakhetian wines. After dinner a short trip to Lagodekhi. Overnight stay in a local Family Hotel in Lagodekhi.
Day 3 Monday
After breakfast we’ll go to a typical Georgian village nearby to visit a local family. Here we’ll learn to make the typical Georgian dumplings “khinkali” in different variations. Making them yourself is a lot of fun and eating them is even better. The afternoon can be used to spend some leisure time by doing a little round trip through the valley of the river Alazani or a walk through the Lagodekhi National Park. Overnight stay in a local family hotel in Lagodekhi.
Day 4 Tuesday
Drive to the beautifully restored fortified town of Sighnaghi where we’re invited to do a wine tasting in the well-known Marani wine cellars . After a stroll through the city we’ll visit a traditional local Georgian carpet factory. We’ll have lunch in Sighnaghi before we’ll do a two-hour drive heading west to the historical capital of Georgia Mtskheta. Here we will relish the cuisine of the Kartli region at the traditional restaurant Salobie in the afternoon. We will take a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mtskheta. Overnight stay in hotel in Mtskheta.
Day 5 Wednesday
After a good traditional breakfast we will drive to the ancient city of Uplistsikhe located near the Georgian Silk Road. Uplistsikhe itself is an impressive monument of the pre-Christian civilizations living in the South Caucasus over 2000 years ago. A local guide will give us a tour around the site. We will continue to Western Georgia to the hospitable region of Imereti, where we will stop at a local family place in the village of Vartsikhe. Here we will learn to prepare local Imeretian dishes like cheese making, Nadughi (cottage cheese), Chadi (corn tortillas) and Tabaka (roast chicken) in blackberry sauce. Overnight you will stay in Kutaisi, Hotel
Day 6 Thursday
Your guides Irma and Lela will take you to the local farmer’s bazaar to get the ingredients for a cooking fest in a typical Imeretian family kitchen. Together with the family we will cook several delicious dishes: Khachapuri, Nigvziani Pkhali (vegetables in nut wrapping) and Kalia (hot pork and beef stew with delicious Georgian spices). We’ll eat together with the family anddrink some of the famous local wines like Imeretian, Tsolokauri and Tsitska. After this there will be time to explore the city of Kutaisi. Overnight stay in Kutaisi, Hotel
Day 7 Friday
After breakfast our first stop will be at the famous monastery of Gelati. During the 11th and 12th century this was the intellectual, scientific and political center of Georgia. We will continue our trip for a 90 km drive to the Black Sea coast. Lunch near the Fish market in Ureki. From there we’ll go to the beautiful seaport Batumi. Batumi is an ancient city of merchants and sailors of multiple origins: Lazians, Georgians, Romans, Greeks, Jews, Turks, Russians, Armenians, Balts, Ukrainians and more. This colorful melting pot characterizes Batumi’s kitchen in which not only fish plays a substantial role but also interesting salads and meat dishes. After a city tour through Batumi we will try the food in a typical Adjarian restaurant, like Adjarian Khachapuri, Saltwater Fish, Baklava (sweets). Overnight stay in Batumi, Hotel
Day 8 Saturday
We will start the day with a stroll through Batumi and along the promenade. After that we will pay a visit to the Muslim Georgians in the Adjarian mountains located in an offshoot of the Lower Caucasus. At 800 meters above sea level, in the village of Gobroneti, we’ll get to learn a different kind of Georgian people and their ways of cooking. Typical dishes are a kind of fondue called “Borano”, Achma (another kind of Georgian Khachapuri, lasagna type) and Malakhto. Overnight stay in Gobroneti at a local family.
Day 9 Sunday
At breakfast we have the opportunity to reflect on last week’s experiences and impressions.
Depending on your plans we will organize your transport to Batumi airport or Tbilisi airport
English speaking guides
All transfers to / from Tbilisi / Batumi, accommodation, entrance fees
Full Board: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Welcome dinner in a typical Georgian restaurant on the first evening
Wine tasting in the winery Chateau Mukhrani in Tbilisi and Wine World in Sighnaghi
2 overnights in Tbilisi: Hotel 3*
2 overnights in Lagodekhi: Family Guest House
1 overnight in Mtskheta: Hotel 3*
2 overnights in Kutaisi: Hotel 2*
1 overnight in Batumi: Hotel 3*
1 overnight in the Adjarian mountains: Family Guest House
Travel by minibus, 4WD or car, depending on the requirements
Subject to minor changes in the itinerary, in consultation with the guests
Single supplement: 220,00 Euro
Tour Price: EUR 1480.00 per person in double room
Please note: The tour price does not include the flight from your home country to Georgia and back
Ticket prices start at around 250,00 EUR. More information about flights here
The ideal would be an open jaw flight with Turkish Airlines, arrival in Tbilisi and departure from Batumi. Alternatively, you can book a return flight to Tbilisi with an airline of your choice