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£2175

Secret Georgia

Georgia’s gorgeous scenery forms a fabulous backdrop to this revealing tour, as we journey from the capital to the Caucasus mountains and Black Sea coast, visiting castles, caves and cathedrals, enroute to medieval towns and middle-of-nowhere villages

Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, remarkable landmarks, and warm hospitality, Georgia is one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Set at the crossroads of trade and tradition for centuries, and enduring Greek, Roman, Persian, Ottoman and Russian conquests, the country’s 5,000 years of history has shaped its unique culture, and spectacular Nature has sculpted its peaks and gorges, magical caves, and mineral springs. While the tour focuses on less-visited gems, it begins in the capital, Tbilisi, amid iconic churches, pavement cafés in picturesque squares, the quaint lanes of the Old Town, and every era of architecture. Intriguing towns include the ancient capital, Mtskheta, Georgia’s spiritual heart since Christianity was established here in 327AD; Kutaisi, one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities; museums in Mestia; and Batumi’s Botanical Gardens on the Black Sea. And we tour to terrific topography for the rock hewn fortress of Vardzia Cave Monastery; Rabati castle, crowning a clifftop in Akhaltsikhe; legends of a vengeful Zeus in the echoing caverns of Prometheus Caves; and ‘koshki’ stone towers in unconquerable, isolated Ushguli, almost unchanged in a thousand years, and UNESCO protected for ‘universal value’.

Overview

  • Tbilisi  - 3 nights
  • Borjomi   - 2 nights
  • Kutaisi  - 1 nights
  • Mestia  - 2 nights
  • Batumi  - 2 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • Cultural & Countryside
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • 3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
  • Local Expert Guide

Georgia’s gorgeous scenery forms a fabulous backdrop to this revealing tour, as we journey from the capital to the Caucasus mountains and Black Sea coast, visiting castles, caves and cathedrals, enroute to medieval towns and middle-of-nowhere villages

Notes:

This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot including several sites with inclines or steps.

Accommodation

Mercure Tbilisi Old Town - Tbilisi

A modern 4-star hotel in the centre of Tbilisi, five minutes' walk from Metekhi Cathedral. Restaurants, bar, gym, spa, sauna and WiFi (free). 102 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Crowne Plaza Spa - Borjomi

A modern 4-star hotel in the heart of the spa town, close to the famous Borjomi Park. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 98 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Best Western Kutaisi Hotel – Kutaisi

A contemporary 4-star hotel a few steps from the White Bridge in Kutaisi. Restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). 45 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Gistola Hotel – Mestia

A contemporary 3-star hotel in Mestia, about a fifteen minutes’ walk to the centre. Restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

The Grand Gloria Hotel – Batumi

A modern 4-star hotel on the beach in Batumi. Restaurants, bar, gym, pools, spa and WiFi (free). 167 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Extension Options

Ranthambore extension

Hotel Brim

Holiday Inn Telavi

Royal Sarovar Premiere Hotel - Siliguri

Mayfair Hotel - Darjeeling

A 4-star heritage hotel situated in the heart of Darjeeling town. Restaurants, bar, lounge area, gym and WiFi (free). Rooms with hairdryer, safe tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Mayfair Gangtok

Oberoi Grand - Kolkata

A 5-star heritage hotel with a fusion of classical Victorian and traditional Indian style architecture. Restaurants, bar, indoor pool, gym and WiFi (free). 209 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
Turkish Airlines from Heathrow

September
September 9 (Monday)
September 30 (Monday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 10 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 2 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • Single Supplement
  • £595
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £450
  • Arrival transfer
  • £35
  • Departure transfer
  • £15
Extension Options
  • Secret Georgia - Kakheti Pre-Tour Extension 2024 (2 nights )
  • £575
  • Single Supplement
  • £70

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