Gourmet Georgia Immersion Tour
Republic of Georgia
Day 2: We will set out bright and early for a day of travel to the seaside city of Batumi. Along our journey we’ll make stops in both Imereti and Guria for personal visits to two of the most prominent winemakers in Georgia. At their wineries we will get the chance to taste exquisite regional wines and food, before continuing along our way to arrive in Batumi for dinner
Day 3: This is our chance to see Batumi by day. We’ll start with a walking or driving tour of the city and then wander through the famous bazaar. Then later on in the day we’ll take a short 30 minute drive up into the mountains for a visit and cooking demonstration with a local family. We’ll spend the evening learning and tasting the best of home cooked Georgian cuisine before retiring for the night to our nearby accommodations.
Day 4: This morning we’ll move along our way to the province of Samegrelo, where we’ll find the city of Zugdidi and its exciting market. After a visit with a local family and an authentic regional lunch, we’ll travel outside of the city to explore the nearby tea plantation and hazelnut plantation. Next we’ll head over to the small town of Anaklia, where we’ll enjoy a local dinner before turning in to our accommodations.
Day 5: Our next day in the Samegrelo region will be spent discovering the Martrilli Monastery, where we will partake in a privileged wine tasting and lunch. We will then head over to Zaza Gagua for another tasting of qvevri wines. After a full day of exquisite wines and rich history we’ll travel to Kutaisi for our accommodations and dinner.
Day 6: We’ll start out bright and early with a chance to explore Kutaisi, including visits to the elegant Cathedral and the lively bazaar. Then we’ll visit a renowned Imeretian winery for a lunch paired perfectly with local wines. For the evening we’ll head back to Kutaisi where we’ll take part in a cooking class, followed by an authentic dinner which we prepared ourselves. The best souvenir is, after all, a recipe!
Day 8: A highlight of our journey and a unique opportunity, today we will visit a Qvevrimaker in Imereti and learn how the world’s most ancient vessel of wine storage is created. After we’re finished learning about Qvevrimaking we’ll make stops to discover the ancient Cave City, Uplistsikhe, as well as the hill city of Gori. We’ll later arrive at Iago’s Winery in time for a festive dinner with some local wine, before continuing on to our accommodations in the neighboring Mtsheta.
Day 9: After touring the UNESCO World Heritage ancient capital city, we will depart Mtsheta in the morning for the nearby 6th century monestary Jvari. Here we will explore on our own and savour the incredible views over the two rivers and the city. In the afternoon we’ll pay a visit to one of Georgia’s most famous wineries and after lunch we will travel to Kakheti. We’ll then spend the night in Telavi
Day 10: On the last day of our grand gourmet adventure we will spend the day in Georgia’s wine capital. We’ll visit the Alaverdi Monastery where the monks have been making wine for over 1000 years. We’ll have lunch at a local favorite spot before taking off to the Capital city, Tbilisi. After a short break, we will enjoy an evening stroll in the old town. The finale of this epic 10 day tour will be a festive dinner of classic dishes and the best Georgian wines, and of course, a real Georgian toast or two. Our final night will be spent at an accommodation in the city of Tbilisi.