Kakheti is Georgia’s main wine producing area full of wineries. Almost everywhere you go, you’ll be invited to drink a glass of wine and it’s easy to find yourself wandering around in grape fields. Kakheti is also rich in history: here you’ll find the incredible monastery complex of Davit Gareja, the picturesque hilltop town of Sighnaghi, and many beautiful churches, castles and mansions. This tour will let you to get to know David Gareja-Sighnakhi-Bodbe, which are the most important places in Kakheti region.
Georgia is one of the world’s oldest wine making countries. It is believed that wine making and viticulture first began here in the Caucasus region around 8000 years ago, in the lands that are now Georgia. Archaeological evidence suggests that at that time, the inhabitants of this region were cultivating vines and fermenting their grapes into primitive forms of wine. Sighnaghi is the prettiest town in Kakheti, sitting on a hilltop 60km southeast of Telavi and full of 18th- and 19th-century architecture with an Italianate feel. A big tourism-oriented renovation program has seen a rash of new accommodation spring up, but the town’s original style has been maintained. Sighnaghi has wonderful views over the Alazani valley to the Caucasus beyond.
|DEPARTURE TIME||Morning, around 9-10am.|
|RETURN TIME||Evening, around 8-9 pm.|
|WEAR||Comfortable clothing, depending on the weather.|
You would visit David Gareja, monastery in caves. It is possible to have 2 hours hike to see abandoned caves and “slightly” cross border with Azerbaijan. After this we would visit city of love, Sighnaghi and monastery of Saint Nino in Bodbe.
|Destination||Bodbe, Kvareli, Sighnaghi, Gremi|
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9.30 AM – 11.00 AM: Transportation
- Pick up from your hotel;
- Travelling through Georgian desert and enjoying views;
11.00 AM – 12.00 AM: David Gareja
- Optional- to have 2 hours hike. Our guides are always to show abandoned, non-touristic path around.
2.00 PM – 5.00 PM: Travel to Bodbe, Sighnaghi and lunch/free time
Bodbe is a monastery located in Kakheti, two kilometers away from the city Sighnaki. Bodbe is one of the most important shrines of Georgia, here rests the Enlightener of Georgia – Saint Nino, who brought Christianity to Georgia in 316 BC, it is one of the most venerated saints of the Georgian people. St. Nino went through the whole country, healing the sick, performing miracles and drawing people to the Christian faith. St. Nino died here at the age of 67 years and bequeathed to be buried on this land. In the valley to the north-east of the monastery there is a spring of Saint Nino. Currently, there is a bath and a small church, built in the name of the parents of St. Nino, saints Zebulon and Susanna. Bodbe murals are the most outstanding work of art XVIII – XIX centuries, it is a final stage of the medieval Georgian Fine Arts, which is characterized by ever-increasing impact of modern European art and at the same time preserving the traditions of Orthodox iconography and distinctive national features.
6.00 PM – 8.30 PM: Return