New Year: Tbilisi & Mtskheta & Kakheti

5 Days
Price per person 331 USD
5 Days
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New Year can be considered one of the most beloved and popular celebrations in Georgia. The fact that a number of traditions are connected to this festivity in all regions of Georgia and the celebrations last until January 14th, known as Old New Year, Georgian New Year according to old calendar, serves as a proof to that. During the last days before the New Year approaches you will see overcrowded markets, where the three main products in demand are walnuts, turkey and piglet to prepare the core dishes Gozinaki (Georgian candy with nuts and honey), Satsivi (turkey in walnuts sauce) and roasted pork for the occasional table. But the preparation for the most wonderful time of the year can be observed at best at Georgian households were most of the housewives are busy doing household chores and preparing a big assortment of dishes.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival. Meeting at Tbilisi Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight

Day 2: Tbilisi City Tour & Mtskheta

Breakfast at the hotel

You’ll start your day with learning more about the Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. You’ll be able to visit some of its iconic landmarks, such as a 4th century Narikala Fortress, famous sulfur bath neighborhood Abanotubani, the Freedom Square, the oldest Basilica - Anchiskhati, Metekhi Church, walk on pedestrian bridge called the Peace Bridge, and visit Rike Park. You’ll listen to the history of the city, how it came to be and why it’s called Tbilisi.

 Then, you’ll continue your way to Jvari Monastery, sit at the top of the hill overlooking Mtskheta and junction of Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. Jvari Monastery is one of the oldest religious buildings in Georgia. . It is believed that when St. Nino, the evangelist who brought Christianity to the country, made the citizens believe in her religion, King Mirian put a wooden cross here. The name “Jvari” means “cross” in English. From here, you’ll visit the former capital of Georgia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Mtskheta. Here, you’ll visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, one of the most important religious buildings in the country. In addition, it’s the architectural masterpiece of Early Middle Ages.  Return to Tbilisi.

Free time to prepare for the evening celebration. New Year's Eve at one of the best restaurants in Tbilisi (extra charge for 100 USD per person).

Independent return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Tbilisi Free day

Free day

Day 4: Tbilisi – Bodbe – Sighnaghi - Tbilisi

Breakfast at the hotel

On your last day in Georgia, you’ll start the day with a drive to Kakheti region to visit it's famous town Sighnaghi and Bodbe Monastery. Sighnaghi town, known as the city of love, is a beautiful town with its red rooftops, colorful houses, and narrow cobblestone streets overlooking the picturesque Alazani Valley. Bodbe Monastery is quite close to Sighnaghi, which is the final resting place of St. Nino. 

For lunch, you’ll visit a local family in Sighnaghi and learn how to make Georgian Bread and Churchkhela. 

Return to Tbilisi and overnight 

Day 5: Transfer

Breakfast at the hotel

Free time in the city

Transfer  to the Airport

Farewell

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