12 Ecological Days in Georgia

  • Type of trip
    Hiking, cheese & wine :)
  • Length
    12 days
  • Level of difficulty
    Easy (comfortable footwear recommended)
  • Region
    Round trip
  • Season
    April-May / September-October
  • Max. amount of guests
    13 pers.
  • Arrival/departure
    Tbilisi International airport
  • Bestil

12 ecological days in Georgia

12 Ecological Days in Georgia

  • Type of trip
    Hiking, cheese & wine :)
  • Length
    12 days
  • Level of difficulty
    Easy (comfortable footwear recommended)
  • Region
    Round trip
  • Season
    April-May / September-October
  • Max. amount of guests
    13 pers.
  • Arrival/departure
    Tbilisi International airport
  • Bestil
Day 1. Arrival to Tbilisi International airport.

Transfer from the airport and check-in in the hotel. Free time. Evening walk anddinner (depends on the arrival time).

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 2. Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Ananuri - Gudauri - Stepantsminda.

Breakfast in the hotel.

After breakfast departure for Mtiuleti and Khevi provinces via the Georgian Military Highway. En-route, brief visit to 6th century Jvari monastery, enjoy panoramic view of Mtskheta, UNESCO heritage site, important political and cultural center in 3rd century BC, Georgian first capital city.

Excursion to Ananuri church and fortress; Lunch at a local restaurant.

Brief stop at the view points at Gudauri Ski resort.

Arrive to Stephantsminda and enjoy a 1.5 hour walking tour to Gergety Trinity Church (14th century A.D.) (Car service can be provided for an additional fees instead of walking uphill).

Overnight at an agricultural farm in Sno village.

Day 3. Free day in Stepantsminda region

Tour to Gveleti waterfalls, Dariali gorge and monastery.

Lunch with “Khinkali” masterclass (meat dumplings) can be arranged at a local family.

Visit “Felt House” in Stephantsminda, and enjoy felt production masterclass, herbal tea and homemade jams tasting.

Overnight at the agricultural farm in Sno village.

Day 4. Free day in Stepantsminda region.

Hiking tour to Chaukhebi mountain.

Barbeque lunch with a shot of hot “chacha” with mountain herbs and honey can be arranged.

Overnight at the agricultural farm in Sno village.

Day 5. Day in Borjomi - Akhaltsikhe.

After breakfast we will drive to Borjomi.

Lunch with wine tasting in village Chardakhi.

After lunch we will drive to Tserovani refugees’ settlements established after Russian-Georgian conflict in 2008. We will visit the local art studio; the women of the social enterprise lead a hands-on enamel jewelry workshop and share the artistic and cultural heritage from their former homes in Georgia. Participation in the workshop of making pendants.

Trip continues to Borjomi national park.We will taste sulfur waters from several springs in the national park and do a short hiking trip.

Afterwards we will drive to Akhaltsikhe, where we will visit Rabat castle.

Overnight in a local guesthouse.

Day 6. Day in Vardzia.

After breakfast we drive to Uraveli gorge where we will visit local cheese makers, attend cheese making workshops, cheese tasting and lunch made with organic products at a local family.

After lunch we will drive to Vardzia cave town and have an excursion there. From Vardzia we suggest to have a short hiking trip to explore an abandoned village nearby, 400 years old grape tree and old “Satsnakheli” grape-pressing vessels in rocks.

Visit to Upper Vardzia Nunnery; nuns will be happy to host and show us masterclasses of candle-making, icon-painting, embroidery art and workshop of making wooden crosses.

We’ll make a stop for refreshments at “Valodia’s Cottages” agricultural farm, with  homemade cold lemonade, iced-coffee, fruit and red and white homemade wine.

Overnight at an agro-farm in Tmogvi village.

Day 7. Free day in Samtskhe-Javakheti region.

Possibility of a participation in cheese-making process before breakfast(optional). Breakfast at the farm.

Optional visit to local cultural attractions: Tmogvi castle,  Khertvisi castle.

Possibility of visiting one of the local families and tasting “Amphora Beer” with snacks & light barbeque lunch.

Overnight at the farm in Tmogvi village.

Day 8. Drive back to Tbilisi via Tikmatash mountain pass and Paravani lake.

Breakfast at the farm.

Morning drive to Tbilisi via Tikmatash pass (2150 m.)

Visit St. Nino church in Poka (11th century). Visit Poka Nunnery which is famous for  different types of cheese production.

Option:  cheese tasting & light lunch.

Observation of  Paravani Lake on the way to Tbilisi.

Arrival and overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 9. Day in Kakheti.

Breakfast in the hotel. Today we drive to Kakheti region – a birthplace of viticulture and a famous region for wine-making. Our first stop will be the royal town of Signagi, where we will visit Wine museum, taste different sorts of wine and traditional Georgian dishes.

Then we will drive to Tsinandali estate, to visit the local museum estate of Prince Chavchavadze and the park, dated 19th century.

Transfer to Kisiskhevi village and dinner.

Overnight in a local guesthouse.

Day 10. Day in Kakheti.

Breakfast in the guesthouse. After breakfast we will drive to Telavi, Kakheti’s capital city.

Excursion to the city. Visit to 11th century Alaverdi cathedral and an option of visiting “Matsoni House” (Matsoni – refers to Georgian yogurt) to enjoy Matsoni dessert, usually served cold and complemented with mountain honey and walnuts, a healthy and refreshing product, especially during hot summer days.

Visit Art Studio and Marani wine factory in Alvani. Participation in carpets making, thread coloring, culinary activities and lunch with homemade wine.

Afterwards we will drive to Ruispiri village to visit their bio-dynamic vineyard.

Overnight in the guesthouse in Kisiskhevi village.

Day 11. Day in Kakheti - drive back to Tbilisi.

Breakfast in the guesthouse. After breakfast we will visit Nekresi and Gremi monasteries. Afterwards excursion to Winery Khareba and wine tasting, followed by lunch at Khareba restaurant.

In the afternoon we will drive back to Tbilisi

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 12. Departure day.

Transfer to the airport.

Departure from Tbilisi International airport.

We want to show travelers a destination on the edge of Europe, which most of the people would probably miss but everyone deserves to see – we will also show that a travel company can support the local community in the country that is being offered as a destination. We dedicate 5% of our revenue as a donation to organizations working for and with the community and the unique nature, as well as using the locals as the most important partners on our travels.
There is an opportunity to visit a dog shelter, hear a presentation from the creator of a local home for sick children and visit rare, hidden natural and cultural gems such as monks who still produce wine by an ancient, UNESCO preserved method. You can, as a group, choose to visit one of the sites mentioned above instead of one of the activities according to the program, or choose it as a supplementary activity.