Whether you are a beginner, advanced or a professional photographer: Georgia is one of those spots on this planet where you can truly capture the magic. The landscapes are breathtaking, the architecture can be from the 6th century to hyper-modern, the light, especially in the mountains, is spectacular. Come with us on a journey you will never forget.The photographers Lela Meparishvili and Maurice Wolf will make sure you won’t only see the touristic spots but also the hidden Georgia.
Meeting with a Georgian photographer, culture, nature, geography, art, culinary delights and an easy hike to get to know the Caucasus.
Travel dates 2017
May: 29.05. – 12.06.2017
August: 21.08. – 04.09.2017
October: 02.10. – 16.10.2017
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Day of arrival
First overnight stay is included in the price
Day 1. Discover Tbilisi/ Tiflis and meet a Georgian photographer
Explore the city on your own
You can use the first half of the day to get acquainted with Tbilisi, its flair, the people, the colors and the light.
At 2 pm we’ll meet for a snack in a typical Georgian cafe. At around 3 pm we’ll visit a well-known Georgian photographer who will present us his work and can tell us interesting stories.
7 pm. Welcome dinner in a traditional Georgian restaurant. Overnight stay in 3* hotel
Day 2. Tbilisi/Mzcheta
In the morning we’ll do a guided city walking tour in Tbilisi where we would like to tell you about some little-known details of the city and its eventful history since the 6th century.
1 pm. Short trip to Mzcheta, the former capital of Georgia, which is now part of the UNESCO world heritage.
After lunch we will visit the old church Svetizchoweli where lots of traditional wedding ceremonies take place on Sundays with ample possibilities to take great pictures
Return to Tbilisi. Overnight stay in 3* hotel
Day 3. Soviet architecture in Rustavi/ car bazaar/ studio visit
Rustavi was built in 1948 on Stalin’s orders as an industrial center for steelworks and various chemical conglomerates for about 150,000 people. The first buildings were built by German prisoners of war and later “normal” prisoners were used in addition to ordinary construction brigades. The young construction workers mainly came from western Georgia and were attracted by high salaries and low-cost housing. After a complete breakdown in the 1990s, the city is now on the road to recovery. Last but not least, the construction of the largest car bazaar in the Caucasus, the boom in the construction industry and the construction of a highway from Tbilisi to Azerbaijan contributed to this. We will as well visit an artist’s studio and take a walk through an extremely complex and interesting city.
Return to Tbilisi. Overnight stay in 3* hotel
Day 4. Along the Georgian Military Road to Mount Kasbek
A drive along the Georgian Military Road over the Cross Pass (2395 m) to Stepantsminda on Mount Kazbek is a must for everybody doing a trip to Georgia! On our way there we’ll stop at the picturesque fortress of Ananuri built in the 17th century and at the panoramic platform of 1983 with breathtaking views of the mountains of the Greater Caucasus. On the way we’ll a have lunch and get a taste of the typical Georgian dish Khinkali. In the evening photography of Mount Kazbek, which, with its 5033 meters, belongs to the highest and mightiest peaks of the country.
Overnight stay in 3* hotel in Stepantsminda
Day 5. At Mount Kazbek/Night Photography in Tbilisi
People and landscapes at Mount Kazbek offer a wealth of photographic opportunities. Photography in Stepantsminda 3 pm return to Tbilisi.
At 8 pm we’ll go out to take pictures of beautiful Tbilisi at night
overnight stay in 3* hotel in Tbilisi
Day 6. The steppe of David Garedji
Ride in the steppes to the monastery of the hermit David Garedji on the border with Azerbaijan.
Lunch in the Polish-Georgian Cafe Oasis in the abandoned village of Udabno.
We’ll continue our trip to the little wine village of Sighnaghi in the fertile Kakhetian plain of the Caucasus mountains.
Overnight stay in 2* hotel in Sighnaghi
Day 7. Winegrowing in Lagodekhi
Morning walk through the pretty wine town of Sighnaghi. Ride to the foot of the mountains of the Greater Caucasus to Lagodekhi. Lunch.
In the afternoon we’ll visit the typical Georgian vineyards and can taste the local heavy wines made in Qvevris. In addition to wines, the Lagodekhi region is rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, flowers and honey and has the oldest national park in Georgia and the former Soviet Union. Overnight stay in family hotel in Lagodekhi
Day 8. Baking, cooking and culinary delights
Together we will be baking and cooking in Ninigori / Lagodekhi at a family home. First we’ll bake the typical Georgian bread called Shoti, then learn to prepare simple and tasty salads. The highlight is the production of dumplings called khinkali with various sorts of meat and potatoes. This will give us lots of opportunities to make photographs of a traditional Georgian kitchen.
Overnight stay in a family hotel in Lagodekhi
Day 9. The lively bustle at the cattle bazaar of Kabali
Every Sunday people from the region meet at the bazaar Kabali for trading and socializing. Georgians, Azerbaijani, Ossetians, Russians, Chechens, Lesghinen, Avars and others buy and sell horses, cows and sheep but also furniture, tools, clothing, food, school books and spare parts etc. – basically everything needed to live in the countryside. The bazaar begins at dawn and goes on until around 11 o’ clock. You will be overwhelmed by the possibilities to take pictures!
Afterwards we’ll visit a typical Azerbaijanian restaurant and we’ll get a taste of the local cuisine of Kabali – we are in Asia. ..
In the afternoon 60 km drive to Telavi, the regional capital of Kakheti.
Overnight stay in hotel in Telavi
Day 10. Ancient commercial town of Uplistsikhe and Stalin’s birth place Gori
From Telavi we’ll drive to the central region of Kartli, The Georgian name for Georgia – SAKARTVELO – is derived from this. The Greeks translated it into in GEORGIA – Land of the Farmers -. Uplistsikhe was an important trading center on the trade routes along the river Kura. The old town of Gori became famous by the dictator Stalin, who spent his childhood here and whose museum is still as it was in the Soviet times.
Overnight stay in hotel in Gori
Day 11. Life of the Georgian monks
Cross of the Rikoti Pass to Western Georgia to Kutaisi, the capital of the Imereti region. Walk in Kutaisi. We will continue our trip to the region of Mingrelia to a monastery in Martvili where the way of living of the monks will be shown and explained to us.
Overnight stay in guest house in Martvili
Day 12. The defense towers of Svaneti
Martvili – Jvari – Svaneti- Becho (or Mestia)
Due to its inaccessible location Svaneti was never conquered or occupied by foreign troops until 1860 and for centuries it was the retreat and sanctuary of Georgian kings. Coming to Svaneti we’ll see astonishingly beautiful mountains, mighty defense towers, ancient villages and impressively nice and beautiful people. Optionally we can take the cable car to the mountains around Mestia to admire the highest peaks of the Caucasus.
Overnight stay in family hotel in Becho or Mestia
Day 13. To the Black Sea
About a 5 to 6 hours drive to the seaport of Batumi at the Black Sea with several stops along the way. Citruses, teas, spices and fish – these are also Georgia’s ingredients The Black Sea has always been a bridge to the Greeks and Romans, to the Vikings of Kievan Rus, to the Orient to Istanbul and to Venice. In Batumi you’ll truly find the crossroads of Europe and Asia. We will find time to stroll along the boulevards at the seaside and explore the city.
Overnight stay in hotel in Batumi
Day 14. Relax in Batumi
Today we will relax, stroll, eat and enjoy our last day. Evaluation of the tour. Dinner near the port
Overnight stay in hotel in Batumi
Day 15. Departure
Departure either from Batumi Airport or return to Tbilisi with the guides and return flight from there
All transfers in the minibus or 4WD depending on requirements and group size
English speaking tour guide
5 overnight stays in Tbilisi, Hotel
1 overnight stay in Stepantsminda, Hotel
1 overnight stay in Sighnaghi, Hotel
2 overnight stays in Lagodekhi, Family Hotel
1 overnight stay in Telavi, Hotel
1 overnight stay in Gori, Hotel
1 overnight stay in Martvili, Family Hotel
1 overnight stay in Becho or Mestia, Family Hotel
2 overnight stays in Batumi, Hotel
Welcome evening in a typical Georgian restaurant
One visit of a Georgian photographer
Half board consisting of breakfast and lunch or dinner
Program reserved according to the travel description, minor program changes possible
Single room supplement EUR 220.00
Travel Price: EUR 1580.00 from Tbilisi/ to Batumi
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