Culinary and Winemaking Traditions

Georgia

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Consider yourself a foodie? What better way to get to know the tastes of Georgia than by going on a dedicated culinary tour? By the end of the week, words such as khinkali, chacha, churchkhela, mtsvadi, and shoti will be familiar to you, as will be the methods for preparing and cooking these delicacies. Aside from your culinary explorations, on the tour you will also get to visit some top locations in and around Tbilisi, including churches, caves, traditional baths and more. Are your tastebuds tantalised yet? Read on to discover what you could be doing on this delicious tour of Georgia.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival Day

Arrival to Tbilisi airport. Transfer to the hotel. Check in and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Tbilisi – David Gareji – Sighnaghi

Today we depart to the east Georgia. First on the agenda is visiting the David Gareji cave complex. Afterwards, we will drive to Sighnaghi, known as the “City of Love”. After excursion in Sighnaghi, we will drive to the nearby of the village Tibaani to visit a local farmer’s cellar and have wine and “Chacha” tasting. Chacha is a sort of Georgian brandy, that has a clear colour and strong taste like vodka. We will have dinner there and drive back to Sighnaghi. Overnight in Sighnaghi.

Day 3: Sighnaghi – Gurjaani – Telavi

From Sighnaghi we will drive to Gurjaani. On the way we will do some sightseeing, visiting some of the top tourist spots in the area, such as:

  • Gurjaani All Saints’ Church, which is the only two-domed church in Georgia.
  • Visit Gurjaani wine cellar. We will have excursion, with the tasting of wine and “chacha”, Georgian bread “Shoti”), Imeretian cheese, which is called “Sulguni”, and fruit.
  • Afterwards we will have an excursion in Telavi, where we will visit the Palace of King Erekle.

Overnight in Telavi.

Day 4: Telavi Surroundings

Today we will visit the Alaverdi Cathedral, Ikalto Academy and drive to the “Shumi” wine factory, where we will taste 3 sorts of wine. Afterwards, we will spend time visiting one of the most famous wine factories in Georgia, known as the “Telavi wine cellar”. After our excursion and wine tasting, we will drive to local farmer’s cellar and restaurant, where we will have dinner and taste local specialities. The evening is interactive as you will participate in bread baking, as well as making “Mtsvadi” (kebab) and “Churchkhela” (candle shaped candy) and of course Khinkali preparation - the traditional Georgian dumplings. Finally, enjoy dinner prepared by your own hands. You will also see how the Georgia “Chacha” is made. Overnight in Telavi.

Day 5: Telavi – Lopota – Napareuli

After our night of festivities, it’s possible you’ll wake today suffering with a hangover from the Georgian “Chacha” and too many Khinkali! But don’t worry, as we have an easy start to the day as we drive to the Gremi Monastery. Afterwards we will drive to Lopota Lake, where we will visit a local cellar and taste red and white wines from “Qvevri” (wine vessel) and take some time for rest and fishing on the lake. Afterwards drive to Napareuli village, where we will taste wine from local cellar, which has old tradition of preparing bio wine. We will have wine tasting and some free time to enjoy the rural atmosphere. Overnight in Napareuli.

Day 6: Napareuli – Kvareli - Tsinandali – Tbilisi

After breakfast, drive to Kvareli. Visit the Kvareli Lake, and our excursion here includes visiting a unique wine cave. In this cavern, the tunnel is cut off into the stone massif of the Caucasian mountain range, where the yearlong natural temperature is around 50-53 degrees Fahrenheit. The length of this construction is 4.7 miles. Our excursion here will include information about the wine factory and the wine technology.

After that, we will drive to Tsinandali. Visiting the house museum of Prince Aleksandre Chavchavadze, with a beautiful garden and wine cellar where we will taste wine, will conclude our sixth day. Drive back to the capital. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 7: Tbilisi

Today we will have master classes of Georgian cuisine at Georgian Culinary Academy; you will prepare 3-4 famous national dishes and have a lunch with a self-prepared menu. After lunch, we’ll have an excursion in Tbilisi, visiting places such as:

  • The Old Tbilisi Sulfur Baths
  • The Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • Georgian Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic churches
  • Jewish synagogue and a Turkish mosque side by side, reflecting Tbilisi’s acceptance and tolerance of different religions.
  • Visit Narikala Fortress.

After that, our farewell dinner will be held at the national restaurant, with folk show. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 8: Tbilisi - Departure

Transfer to Tbilisi airport. Departure.

Inclusions:

Included in the package:

  • Visa support
  • Best available hotels (4* or similar), 7 nights, breakfast included.
  • All in-country transportation.
  • Experienced tour guides and tour manager.
  • Meals as per the program.
  • Wine tasting and master classes according to the program.
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums as per the program.
  • Welcome gift.
  • Silka Departure Guarantee.
    What is Silka Departure Guarantee?

    We’d rather take a loss than let you down. We guarantee that any tour you booked will happen even if the group is not full. If that occurs, we might adjust certain technical details like driving you around in a mini-bus or sedan instead of a coach, or letting you join one of our partners’ scheduled departures, but we’ll still take you to places we promised.

Not included:

  • Alcoholic beverages with meals, unless specified.
  • International airfare.
  • Additional Hotel Expenses.
  • Travel and/or medical insurance.
  • Personal expenses.

Days

8

Hotel

4*

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Culinary and Winemaking Traditions