DAYS 7 – 15: GEORGIA
This morning you will continue to the border and cross into Georgia, reaching the port town of Batumi.
After a relaxing morning, you leave the port town of Batumi behind us and make your way to the ancient town of Kutaisi. In the afternoon you will visit the medieval Bragrati cathedral and the Gelati monastery.
The following morning is free to explore the charming town of Kutaisi before you make your way to Gori, the birthplace of Stalin – here you will have a guided tour of the city and the Stalin Museum.
Your overland tour will then continue on to the ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mtskheta where you will stay overnight in a local guesthouse.
While in Mtskheta you will explore the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral before a beautiful drive to the spectacularly located town of Kazbegi. A highlight of visiting Kazbegi is to trek up to the Tsminda Sameba Church (the Church of the Holy Trinity), a beautiful small church nestled in the mountains.
Returning from Kazbegi you will have two nights in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, where you will visit the old town of Tbilisi and visit sites including the National Museum, Sioni Cathedral and the Metekhi Temple.
Leaving Tbilisi you will drive to the Alazani valley and on to Telavi, where you will be based for 2 days to explore this fascinating region which is particularly known for its vineyards and wineries. There are hundreds of different grapes grown here, and every village has its own particular variety. You will visit some of the local vineyards today, where you can hopefully see some of the local traditions including grape harvesting and wine making, and enjoy some famous Georgian hospitality.
Heading towards the Azerbaijan border, you will stop off at the Gremi citadel before heading to your last wild camp in Georgia, most likely in the beautiful Lagodekhi National Park.