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Georgian fairytale 2013


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Georgian fairytale 2013

  1. 1. CONCORD TRAVEL LTD Tbilisi, Georgia, Barnovi 82 Tel: (+995 32) 222 51 51 Guaranteed departures 2013Georgian Fairytale 2013 EURO 1099 Period dates duration Countries Visited Group Size Tour includes April – October 2013 Georgia Approx. 8 - 15 Cultural sights, museums, parks, Day 1: 16th of each month Caucasus Mountains, local food, Day 9: 24th of each month wine, folk show, jeep drive, hiking, 9 tour days – 10 nightsDetailed Itinerary Tour Map Prices Hotels Visa Requirements Practical InformationItineraryArrival day – Meeting at the airport * – transfer to Tbilisi hotelDay 1: Tbilisi – Lagodekhi - Kvareli – Gremi – TelaviDay 2: Telavi - Tsinandali - Signagi - Gareji – TbilisiDay 3: Tbilisi - Mtskheta tourDay 4: Tbilisi - Gori - Uplistsikhe - Borjomi – AkhaltsikheDay 5: Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia – KutaisiDay 6: Kutaisi – Zugdidi – MestiaDay 7: Mestia – Ushguli ** – MestiaDay 8: Mestia – Enguri Dam – Batumi tourDay 9: Batumi – TbilisiDeparture day – transfer to Tbilisi airport *** – departure* Airport transfer is included in the price of the package, doesn’t matter which country and at what time are you arrivingfrom. Driver will meet you with Concord Travel board**jeeps are needed to drive from Mestia to Ushguli, they will be ready for you, but payment should be done on the spotin GEL, please carry with you GEL 50, our guide will collect this money and pay to Ushguli jeep drivers.***airport transfer is included in the price of the package, doesn’t matter which country and at what time are youdeparting to.Prices per person in DBL/TWIN room Number of Persons Total 1 Person SNGL ROOM € 3,267 2 Persons € 1,879 3 Persons € 1,498 4 Persons € 1,268 From 5 Persons € 1,099 Supplement SNGL room € 210 Supplement HB* € 84
  2. 2. Supplement FB** € 210 Supplement 4* p/p in DBL/TWIN € 67 Supplement 4* SNGL € 167 Supplement 5* p/p in DBL/TWIN € 185 Supplement 5* SNGL € 456 Back to TopPackage includes:  Transportation (Car (1-2 pax) /Minivan (3-5 pax)/ Minibus (6-14 pax) /Bus (14+ pax)) (transport is changing on the border of each country)  10 nights Standard Hotel 3 star approx. (4 in Tbilisi, 1 in Telavi, 1 in Akhaltsikhe, 1 in Kutaisi, 2 in Mestia, 1 in Batumi)  10 Breakfasts  4 Dinners (1 in Akhaltsikhe hotel, 1 in Kutaisi hotel, 2 in Mestia hotel)  1 dinner in Tbilisi at Georgian national restaurant with folk program on day 3  All entrance fees as per program  2 wine tastings in Kvareli (3 sorts of wine) and Tsinandali (5 sorts of wine)  English/Russian speaking guide (guide is changing on the border of each country)  Some local guides in some museums and wine cellars  1lt. of water per person per dayPackage excludes:  Flights  Travel insurance  Lunches  Jeeps in Ushguli  Alcohol beverage during included meals* Two meals per days included in the price (breakfast and lunch/dinner)** Three meals per day included in the price (breakfast, lunch and dinner)Sample HotelsGeorgiaTbilisi – GTM Kapan 3*, Astoria Palace 3*, Betsy 4*, Primavera 4*, Sheraton Metekhi Palace 5*Telavi – Alazany Valley 3*, Rcheuli Marani 3*, Shato Mere 4*Akhaltsikhe – Rio 3*Kutaisi – Gora 3*, Lali 3*, Bagrati 1003 4*Mestia – Villa Mestia 3*, Chubu 3*Batumi – Era Palace 3/4*, Sheraton Batumi 5*Comment*While it is our intention to follow the itinerary printed, tours within Georgia may be subject to change a bit.The infrastructure for tourism is still developing in this region.**You’ll need some extra money to cover meals not included in the tour price, other sightseeing, souvenirsand items of a personal nature such as laundry. Approximately EURO 30 per person per day.***Local food is not expensive and you can choose local national restaurants and small cafes to eat,approximate menu price for one person is from EURO 10. Back to Top
  3. 3. Tour Map Back to TopDetailed ItineraryArrival day – Meeting at the airport – transfer to Tbilisi hotel – Overnight in Tbilisi hotelDay 1: Tbilisi – Lagodekhi - Kvareli – Gremi – TelaviDrive to Lagodekhi at 13:00 to pick up new members of your group from the border with Azerbaijan. It willtake about 30 – 40 minutes. Afterwards drive to Kvareli. We will visit wine cellar called “Gvirabi”- tunnel.This unique wine cave represents the tunnel that is cut off in eth stone massif of Caucasian mountain range,where yearlong natural temperature is 10-12ºC. The length of this construction is 7, 7 Km. The next spot isGremi Monastery the 16th century architectural monument – the royal citadel and the Church of theArchangels – in Kakheti. Afterwards we drive to Telavi. Overnight in Telavi hotel.Day 2: Telavi – Tsinandali – Signagi – Gareji – TbilisiVisit house museum of Prince Aleksandre Chavchavadze, with beautiful garden and wine cellar, where wewill taste 5 sorts of wine. Alexander Chavchavadze inherited this village, lying in the Alazany River valley,from his father, Prince Garsevan. He refurbished the estate, constructed a new Italianate palace and built adecorative garden in 1835. It was the place where Chavchavadze frequently entertained foreign guests withmusic, wit, and – most especially – the fine vintages made at his estate winery (marani). Familiar withEuropean ways, Chavchavadze built Georgia’s oldest and largest winery where he combined European andcenturies-long Georgian winemaking traditions. The highly regarded dry white Tsinandali is still producedthere. Afterwards drive to Signagi. On the way visit Bodbe monastery of St. Nino. According to Georgiantradition, St. Nino, having witnessed the conversion of Georgians to the Christian faith. Have Signagi city tourand lunch time and drive to David Gareji.1 David Gareji is one of the most important landmarks of Georgia.This site is characterized by a unique combination of historic architecture, prehistoric archaeological sites,rich paleontological fields and important bio-geographical features widely spread within the arid andsemiarid landscape of the river Iori plateau. The dozens of cave monasteries decorated with unique frescoesare the best examples of harmonious interaction of man-made structures with the dramatic landscape. Theybear the traditional principles of sustainable living and are considered as the masterpieces of GeorgianMedieval art. In the evening drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.Day 3: Tbilisi – Mtskheta tourDrive to Mtskheta (UNESCO Heritage Site), an ancient capital of the Georgian Kingdom from the 3rdcentury BC to the 5th century AD. Jvari Monastery (6th c.); Svetitskhoveli Cathedral built in the 11th
  4. 4. century. Drive back to Tbilisi. We will visit the Old Tbilisi Sulfur Baths, Georgian Orthodox and ArmenianGregorian churches, and a Jewish synagogue and a Turkish mosque side by side, reflecting Tbilisisacceptance and tolerance of different religions. We can also see a recent monument, the Tbilisi SamebaCathedral, the largest cathedral in the Caucasus. Tour includes following sights: Metekhi Church is erectedon the cliff, overlooking the Mtkvari River. The colorful Darejani Palace is also situated on the cliff, like thenest of a swallow. The Sulfur Baths are located in Old Tbilisi, on the other side of the river, opposite DarejaniPalace. The Orthodox Narikala St. Nikolas Church is in the same district. The church is furnished withfrescoed portraits of martyrs and scenes from the Bible. It is wrapped in a defensive Narikala fortress,established in the fourth century. At Leselidze Street, we come across the 13th century Armenian St. GeorgeChurch and a Jewish synagogue with an elegant facade. On the opposite side of the street is Sioni Church,leading to the bank of the Mtkvari. Here you discover Shardeni Street with its fashionable cozy cafes and artgalleries. Walking we will come across the Anchiskhati church, the oldest church in Tbilisi keeping themiraculous icon of Jesus Christ. Finally the tour takes you to Rustaveli Avenue, where attractions such asthe Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Parliament, Rustaveli Theatre, different art galleries and cafeswill draw your attention and provide a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Visit national museum to see wonderfulGolden treasury and drive to Open Air Ethnographic Museum, place, where are built all kinds of Georgiannational old country-houses and castles. At 20:00 welcome dinner in Tbilisi at national restaurant with folkprogram. Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.Day 4: Tbilisi – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Borjomi – AkhaltsikheAfter breakfast drive to Gori. The city was founded by one of the greatest kings of Georgia, David the Builder(1089–1125). Visit The Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori. Afterwards visit Uplistsikhe, "the lords fortress",which is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. Built on a high rocky left bank of Mtkvari River, itcontains various structures dating from the 2nd ML BC to the Late Middle Ages, and is notable for the uniquecombination of various styles of rock-cut cultures. Afterwards drive to Borjomi. Have a stop to taste theBorjomi natural mineral water. Drive to Akhaltsikhe. Visit Rabati. A wander around Akhaltsikhe’s Rabati (oldtown), with its multicultural architecture, is well worthwhile. This district is on a hill on the north side of thePotskhovi, just west of the bridge. Rare examples of darbazebi (traditional Georgian houses) cluster aroundthe castle, which was built in the 12th century and houses a mosque from 1752 and the ruins of a medrese(Islamic school). The Rabati also has a synagogue, an Armenian church and a Catholic church. Overnight inAkhaltsikhe hotel.Day 5: Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia – KutaisiAfter breakfast drive to Vardzia. Vardzia, a rock-hewn complex on the left bank of the river Mtkvari wasfounded in the 12th -13th c.c., during the reign of Giorgi III and Queen Tamar. Initially planned as a town-fortress, the complex became a well-fortified monastery, which had a significant role in political, cultural,educational and spiritual life of the country. In the middle of the complex there is a Church of Assumption,richly decorated with mural painting. Afterwards drive to Kutaisi. In Kutaisi we will visit Bagrati Temple andGelati Monastery (12th c. UNESCO heritage) and of course the new building of Parliament. Kutaisi was thecapital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis. Archeological evidence indicates that the city functioned as thecapital of the kingdom of Colchis as early as the second millennium BC. It is widely believed by historians thatwhen Apollonius Rhodius was writing about Jason and the Argonauts and their legendary journey to Colchis,Kutaisi/Aia was the final destination of the Argonauts and the residence of King Aeëtes. From 978 to 1122 CEKutaisi was the capital of the united Kingdom of Georgia, and from the 15th century until 1810 it was thecapital of the Imeretian Kingdom. From the end of 2012 Kutaisi became the Parliament City of Georgia. Thenew building of Parliament is designed by the Spanish architecture Alberto Domingo Kabo. Overnight inKutaisi hotel.Day 6: Kutaisi – Zugdidi – MestiaAfter breakfast drive to Zugdidi. Visit Dadiani Palace. The representatives of Dadiani Dynasty wereacquainted with world history, culture latest technical achievements. They were tightly involved in the socialevents. The Palace keeps 41 000 museum objects. Most of them are unique and invaluable examples ofGeorgian and foreign art. Its time to get ready for the most exciting part of the trip - a journey to Svaneti, theregion of the highest mountains and glaciers and the most abiding ancient traditions. Take some snacks forthe long road, we will not stop for lunch before arrival to Mestia, but here the great surprise is awaiting us,we will visit small family trout farm and taste for the lunch real Georgian trout, which our host will preparefor us on fire. Overnight in Mestia hotel.
  5. 5. Day 7: Mestia – Ushguli – MestiaAfter breakfast drive to Ushguli by Jeeps. Visit Laghami Saint Georges church (7th-12th c.c.) and Svandwelling complex. Visits to the church of St. George in Nakipari (1130 AD) and Ethnographic Museums inUshguli. Ushguli is considered to be the highest populated place in Europe (2200 m above sea level).Overnight in Mestia hotel.Day 8: Mestia – Enguri Dam – Batumi tourAfter breakfast visit Latali and Lenjeri single-nave basilicas of the 8th-9th-14th c.c., built by stones withoutornamentation, with the interior richly decorated with murals. Afterwards drive to Batumi the mostbeautiful city of Georgia. En route we visit Enguri Dam with the height of 271 meters (the highest dam of thistype in the world). The Dam makes a water-storage reservoir in the picturesque gorges of Samegrelo andSvaneti mountains. Have a free time in Batumi to take a walk across the beach in a famous Batumi boulevard.Overnight in Batumi hotel.Day 9: Batumi – TbilisiHave free morning in Batumi. 12:00 check out from the hotel and drive to Batumi Botanical Garden.Afterwards drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.Departure day – transfer to Tbilisi airport – departure1 it is desert place, so please avoid wearing sandals and shorts this day. Trousers and sport shoes are ideal. Back to TopVisa RequirementsGeorgia:Please check here InformationForeign ExchangeUp-to-date information on exchange rates can be obtained here: Currency: Lari.Recommended Currency for Exchange: USD or EURO.Where to Exchange: Most major towns - your guide will advise you on arrival.ATM Availability: Only in major towns.Credit Card Acceptance: Only in major towns.Travellers Cheques: Travellers cheques are difficult to change.Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Avg. Temperature 6 5 8 15 18 21 24 24 20 17 12 8 Avg. Max Temperature 10 8 12 19 22 26 28 29 25 21 16 12 Avg. Min Temperature 3 2 4 10 13 16 20 20 16 13 8 6 Avg. Rain Days 4 5 3 3 4 3 5 4 3 4 2 5 Avg. Snow Days 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Vaccinations & ProtectionNothing compulsoryElectric Supply & PlugsFor comprehensive information regarding voltages and plug types in use in the countries visited see the link
  6. 6. Travel InsuranceTravel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. You should ensure that your policy covers you formedical expenses and repatriation.Packing for your TripUnfortunately it does occasionally happen that luggage does not always reach its destination on the sameflight as its owner, or possibly it may be damaged in transit. If you are unlucky enough for this to occur, it isimportant that you file a PIR (Property Irregularity Report) with the airline before leaving the airport. This isessential when you come to make a claim either against the airline or from your travel insurance companyLuggageRemember you are expected to carry your own luggage so dont overload yourself.One main piece of baggage and daypack. Total allowance: 20kgs.ClothingPack essentially for ‘Hot Conditions’. Weather is changeable in the north and mountains; it can be coolespecially at night, bring a warmer jacket. Raingear is essential at all times. In remote parts of Caucasus youshould avoid shorts and vest tops; long trousers or skirts are ideal. A headscarf is essential for visitingchurches and mosques.FootwearComfortable shoes for visiting sites and hilly towns; sandals; lightweight walking/trail boots for optional daywalks.EquipmentSwimsuit, Sunhat, Sun Cream and Sunglasses. Back to Top