Tour to Kakheti – Mix of emotions
A three-day tour to Kakheti is a combination of historical places, natural attractions and, of course, wine tasting. This wine country in its history was one of the most conquered regions of Georgia. But for many centuries, it retained its fertility and held an important mission for Georgia. Here are located important monuments of the Georgian heritage, old churches and fortresses, which were the keepers of culture and traditions, during the centuries. You will visit the most important cultural monuments in the region, wine cellars and the beautiful National Park in Lagodekhi.
Best period for this trip: from JANUARY till DECEMBER.
“The Fortress of the Lord” is an architectural monument of the 17th – 18th centuries in Telavi, the main city of the eastern region of Georgia, Kakheti. The Batonis Tsikhe complex contains preserved parts of the Persian palace of the kings of Kakheti, a museum with archaeological and ethnographic exhibits, manuscripts, rare publications and military equipment, as well as a fine art gallery. In 2007, several buildings of the complex – the palace, the rampart and the royal chapel – were included in the list of immovable cultural monuments of national importance of Georgia. The entire complex was extensively reconstructed in 2018.
Lagodekhi national park
This is a couple of protected areas in the Kakheti region of Georgia: Strict Lagodekhi Nature Reserve and Lagodekhi Managed Nature Reserve (split in 2003). The total area of these two territories is 24,451 ha (94.41 sq. Miles). The reserves are located in northeastern Georgia on the southern slopes of the Caucasus and near the border of Azerbaijan and Dagestan. Lagodekhi preserves the diversity of rare local flora and fauna and was originally protected in 1912, under the Russian Empire, and was the first nature reserve in Georgia. Ecoregion of the reserves – Caucasian mixed forest.
Bodbe monastery (XI - XVII centuries)
The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe is a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe located 2 km from the town of Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia. Originally built in the 9th century, it has been significantly remodeled, especially in the 17th century. The monastery now functions as a nunnery and is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th-century female evangelist of Georgians, whose relics are shrined there.
Sighnaghi - city of love
City of Love, as named by Georgians, is a charming city with its wonderful architecture and an exquisite location. City is surrounded by 4 km wall, which gives an ancient charm to the city. Wonderful view opens from the city on the Alzani Valley and Mountains of Caucasus. In 2007 certain restoration works were performed in the city, local hotels and restaurants provide everything required for the perfect vacation. Sighnaghi hosts Georgian and foreign guests in every season of the year.
Khareba wine cellar
Winery Khareba owns an unique and rare wine cellar located in Kvareli, in the Alazani Valley. Carved inside the Caucasus mountains and opened in 1962 for the OIV World Congress, the cellar/tunnel is 7,7 kilometers long. The best wines of the Kakheti region have been stored and aged here for decades. The tunnel preserves a natural temperature of 12-14° Celcius with a humidity rate of 70%; the ideal conditions for wine preservation.
ILIA lake in Kvareli
The lake was named after the great Georgian writer and public figure Ilia Chavchavadze. An artificial lake is located in Kindzmarauli’s unique micro-zone. Part of the lake is covered with the leafy trees, while on its other side you can find recreational park, cafes, restaurants and a new hotel in the woods. The lake was arranged with state expenditure for the development of leisure infrastructure in Kvareli region and it became a favorite destination for locals.
wine cellar "Corporation Kindzmarauli"
The history of Kindzmarauli Corporation dates back to 1533, it was a part of Kvareli fortress. King of Kakheti levan the great ordered the construction of the wine cellar (marani) together with the other buildings of various purpose.
Church Nekresi (IV century)
Nekresi is a historic town in Kakheti, Georgia, in modern-day Kvareli Municipality, near the village of Shilda. The town was established by king Pharnajom (around 2nd-1st centuries BC). In the 4th century AD, king Thrdat built a church in this place. This church became a refuge to one of the Assyrian fathers, Abibus, in the late 6th century. Around this time Diocese of Nekresi was established, which existed until the 19th century.
Twin's wine cellar in Napareuli
Wine Company & Museum named Twins Wine Cellar is located in the village of Napareuli and was established by twin brothers Gia and Gela Gamtkitsulashvili. The company is oriented on Kakhetian method of wine production and follows family traditions of wine making.
Alaverdi monastery (VI - XI centuries)
At a height of over 55 m (180 ft), Alaverdi Cathedral was the tallest religious building in Georgia, until the construction of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, which was consecrated in 2004. However its overall size is smaller than the cathedral of Svetitskhoveli in Mtskheta.
Museum of Aleksandre Chavchavadze in Tsinandali
(House-Museum and Wine cellar) – Tsinandali village in Telavi Municipality. Village is known for the house-museum of famous Georgian writer – Alexander Chavchavadze and XIX century unique wine cellar. Tsinandali estate Garden currently occupies 12 hectares. In 30-ies of XIX century Alexander Chavchavadze made wine cellar, where he used to collect unique European wines together with the wines of his own production.
Prices for per person:
Private tour from – 335 €
Group tour from – 160 €
* The price depends on quantity of persons in group
- Overnight in family guest house with breakfast
- Driver / Guide
- Pick up / Drop off service (in Tbilisi)
- Tickets to Batonis tsikhe
- Degustation in Twin’s wine cellar in Napareuli
- Tickets to Gremi fortress
- Tickets to Nekresi
- Tickets to Tsinandali
- Degustation in family wine cellar ( 1 sort wine from Qvevri + “Chacha”)
- Degustation in “Corporation Kindzmarauli” (4 sort wine + excursion in Cellar)
- Degustation in “Khareba winery” (2 sort of wine )
- 4 bottle water for per person
- Alcoholic beverages
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