Duration: 8 -10 hours
Tbilisi – Alaverdi – Gremi – Nekresi – Kvareli lake – Kindzmarauli – Khareba – Tbilisi
Trip to one of the biggest regions of Georgia – Kakheti, which is a winemaking Cradle. Kakheti is the most important region for winemaking, characterized by its unique vine grape varieties, unusually well suited climate, topography, and centuries of exceptional winemaking experience.
Alaverdi Monastery was founded in VI century by St. Father Joseph Alaverdeli who arrived from Assyria (his tomb is the most important deity of the cathedral). It is a cross-type, three arch construction. There are three entrances from three sides. Big space of the cathedral interior (42 m x 26 m) is illuminated by a light from 16 windows in the neck of the dome. Alaverdi has a relatively austere decoration with carving and ornaments generally typical for Kakheti religious monuments. The cathedral is built of cobblestone with internal part covered with pumice stone. The Alaverdi cathedral roof is constructed with glazed blue tiles. There are many instriptions of the walls of the cathedral.
Gremi -visit of the lock Rattle which represents an architectural complex constructed in in 1565, and consists of church of Archangels Mikhail and Gabriel, a belltower, the three-storyed palace and a wine cellar (marani). The complex is surrounded with a wall, with towers and embrasures where the remains of the secret underpass conducting to the river still remaines. Le complexe est ce qui a survécu d’une fois la ville prospérant de Gremi et est localisé à l’est du village actuel du même nom. Gremi avait l’habitude d’être pas seulement politique, mais aussi le centre économique et culturel de Kakheti.
Nekresi Monastery complex is standing on a hill and facing a beautiful view of the Alazani Valley. Although it was founded by St. Abibo Nekreseli, one of the Thirteen Syrian monks who came to Georgia in the 6th century to strengthen Christian faith but already in the 4th century one of the first Christian churches was built here. Thus Nekresi Monastery ensemble includes several structures built in different times.
Kvareli Lake Resort is rather comfortable for the adults as well as for the children. Here you can find all conditions to enjoy peace, nature, silence and fresh air. The Lake became a leisure and recreational center. From one side it is surrounded by hillocks covered with deciduous forests, from the other side there is a recreational park with attractions and playgrounds and very beautiful amphitheater; lakeside is accompanied by an alley with several cafes and restaurants.
Visit to the “Kindzmarauli” winery. He is the main producer of famous wine brands. The company owns three-quarters of the Kindzmarauli micro-zone vineyards, several wine stores and wine shops, a restaurant and a tasting room on the plant’s territory. Wine “Kindzmarauli” wanders naturally, but the process is interrupted before it is completed, cooling the container with juice. Therefore, it retains the natural sweetness and aroma of Saperavi grapes, unlike other semi-sweet wines, to which sugar is added. In addition to Kindzmarauli, other well-known brands of Georgian wine, Makuzani, Kvareli, and rare semi-sweet Kisi are made here using European technology. In the assortment there are cognacs “Kvareli”, “Gremi”, “Eniseli” aged up to 23 years. The program includes wine tasting.
A trip to winery of “Khareba” who owns the biggest cellar in Georgia made in the Caucasian spine which extents from 8 km. Gvirabi (tunnel ) is carved in the rock of the Caucasus Mountain Range. Nowadays, it is the winery “Khareba” cellar, used to age wine. In 2011, special tour facilities were created around the wine tunnel: a big recreational park, which includes the river and old Qvevries, as well as a Georgian water mill, traditional Georgian bakery “Tone”, a Chacha (grappa) distilling facility, a traditional Georgian marani (wine cellar) with the “Satsnakheli” (Georgian traditional wooden grape press) and other cultural sites. The programme includes wine tasting for more than 30 varieties of the best wines produced by winery “Khareba”.
Return to Tbilisi.
* If desired, you can organize:
Hiking between 1 – 2 hours, for all levels of difficulty;
Picnic on the nature or feast in a peasant family (Lunch, Dinner with organic products) (If desired, with an overnight stay);
Master classes in the preparation of “Churchkhela”, “Khinkali”, “Khachapuri”, …. and other national dishes (if desired, with a feast);
Master classes in the preparation of Kakhetian barbecue “Mtsvadi” and “Shoti” bread on the vine (if desired, with a feast);
Visit the pottery workshop “Kvevri” (clay jugs for wine) and other artisans. (if desired, with a feast et with folk songs performed by a folklore ensemble (professionals));
Visit the peasant “zaoti” (“Chacha” mini-factory) (if desired, with a feast et with folk songs performed by a folklore ensemble (professionals))
* If desired, you can combine the programs: 1. Kakheti – “Sun and Wine” and 2. Kakheti – “Mountains and Wine”.
The total price of excursions $ ( US Dollar)
|Number of persons||1-3 per||4-6 per||7-16 per||17 -30 per|
|Mode of transport||Sedan||Minivan||Minibus||Bus|
|Price of excursions||100$||160$||220$||350 $|
Group rates $ (US Dollars)
Sedan: 1 per – 100$; 2 per – 45$; 3 per – 33$.
Minivan: 4 per –40$ ; 5 per – 32$; 6 per – 27$.
Minibus : 6 per – 37$; 7 per – 32$; 8 per – 28$; 9 per– 25$; 10 per- 22$ …….
Bus: 16 per – 22$; 17 per – 20$; 18 per– 19$; 19 per – 19$; 20 per- 17 $ ….
Price Includes: Transport throughout all round, Medical insurance, Service of qualified guide.
*Timetables : on request