Breakfast in the Caucasus

13 Days

Overview

“Breakfast in the Caucasus” – our most popular trip since 2001, where you will experience something great every day!

Let yourself be carried away to the wonderful country of origin of wine! Get in contact with the Georgian people… experience spectacular landscapes… Immerse yourself in the lively capital Tbilisi and get to know an ancient culture and traditional way of life in the countryside. Welcome to Georgia !

If you are coming to Georgia for the first time and want to get an overview of the country and its people, this trip in a small group of up to twelve participants is just right for you.

Culture, manners and customs in the country of origin of the wine
Contacts with Georgian people
Shorter hikes of 1-3 hours
Good small hotels and inns
Nice English and German-speaking Georgian tour guides who want to show you their country from the best side.

 

Highlights of the tour

  • Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia
  • Stepantsminda in the Greater Caucasus
  • Hiking along the Chaukhi massif in Juta
  • The ancient Georgian capital Mtskheta
  • The steppe landscape at monastery David Gareji
  • Visit to a traditional family winery
  • Lagodekhi National Park
  • Kakheti wine region
  • Uplistsikhe, Gori, Kutaisi
  • Mestia, Svaneti
  • Ushguli, Svaneti
  • Batumi at the Black Sea coast

Itinerary

Arrival to Georgia. Airport pickup and transfer to your hotel in the heart of Tbilisi.

09.30 Tbilisi city tour: Old Town, Sioni Church, Narikala Fortress, Mother of Georgia. Snack. Leisure. Dinner in a typical Georgian restaurant with excellent food and Georgian wines. Overnight Hotel 3* centrally located in Tbilisi.
Breakfast, snack, dinner in the restaurant

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

09.00 Drive along the famous Georgian Military Road to Stepantsminda/ Kazbegi in the Greater Caucasus (approx. 4 hours), visit of the Ananuri Fortress, stop at the panorama platform/ Friendship Monument. Stop at Cross Pass (2395 m above sea level). Continue to Stepantsminda. Moderate hike with some steep sections to the foot of Mount Kazbek at 2150m to visit the Trinity Church of Zminda Sameba (1.5 hours up to the church and 1 hour down). Today you will need your walking shoes. Overnight stay in Stepantsminda in Hotel 3*

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to the Khevsurian mountain village of Juta in Khevsureti, the second highest village in Georgia at 2214 meters. Beautiful hike of 3-4 hours in one of the most beautiful high valleys in Georgia to the Chaukhi massif (elevation 3680 m) up to about 2500 m. Those who do not want to hike can make themselves comfortable on the beautiful meadows and enjoy the loud silence of the mountains. Return to Stepantsminda in the early evening. Overnight stay in Stepantsminda in Hotel 3*

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive along the Georgian Military Road to the Jvari Cross Church, one of the earliest church buildings in the country with a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Kura and Aragvi rivers. Afterwards, continue to the ancient Georgian capital of Mtskheta, a significant UNESCO World Heritage Site. Refreshment in a typical Georgian restaurant. You have plenty of time to explore Mtskheta under the guidance of your guide. Walk through the pretty town and free time. Dinner individually. Hotel 3* in Mtskheta.

Breakfast, Lunch

80 km drive into the steppe region to the picturesque cave monasteries in the semi-desert of Udabno on the Georgian-Azerbaijani border. On the way stop at a small excellent family winery near Tbilisi. Continue east. Visit to the monastery of David Gareja (English: David Gareja), where the legendary monk David the Hermit and his disciple Dodo are buried. Continue to Kakheti wine region. Overnight in Kakheti, Hotel

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Tour of the wine province of Kakheti. According to the United Nations, Georgia is officially considered the country of origin of wine. First we go to Tsinandali on the estate of the princely family Chavchavadze with its beautiful landscape park. Georgian wine was bottled here for the first time at the end of the 19th century and exported to France. The wine was and is still called Tsinandali and contains about 80% white wine of the Rkatsiteli grape variety and 20% white wine of the Mtsvane grape variety. The pretty little museum is well worth a visit and depicts the life of the Georgian nobility in the 19th century. We then drive to the picturesque Telavi Bazaar, where one can experience the variety of agricultural products of the region. Afterwards you will visit the production of the traditional wine amphorae made of clay, the “Kvevri”, in Vardizubani and you can taste the unfiltered traditional Georgian wines at Zaza. Overnight in Lagodekhi, guest house.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we undertake a moderate hike of about 2 x 7 km over hill and dale in the Lagodekhi National Park to the Ninoskhevi waterfall – you will need your hiking shoes. If you don’t want to hike, you can go for a walk in the beautiful beech forest right next to the inn or just relax. In the late afternoon there is a Georgian “Culinary Evening” with Khinkali and Shashlyk, which you will learn to prepare yourself. Overnight in Lagodekhi, guest house. F, Picnic, A

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Early in the morning we visit the picturesque cattle bazaar of Kabali, where every Sunday morning Georgians, Azerbaijanis, Russians, Lesghines, Udi and many other people of the wine region come together to trade not only animals, but also furniture, utensils, clothes, food and spare parts . Here you can experience uniquely beautiful and bizarre moments of country life up close. It takes two hours to get to Tbilisi via the Gombori Pass. Snack on the go. You can use the afternoon individually to visit the museums, the flea market, the bazaars or the sulfur baths in Tbilisi. Overnight Hotel 3* F,I

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Drive to the heartland of Georgia to the Kartli region. Visit to the impressive ancient trading town of Uplistsikhe “Fortress of the Gods” with a guided tour of the magnificently situated complex above the Mtkvari River. In the afternoon we drive to the city of Gori, where you can optionally visit the historically interesting Stalin Museum. Continue to Imereti province to Kutaisi, historical ancient region of Colchis. Enjoy the evening atmosphere in Kutaisi. Overnight in Kutaisi, Hotel 3*

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In the morning drive to a nearby Canyon with a short hike of about 2 hours. Then you visit the famous Gelati monastery complex with its medieval academy from the 11th century. City walk in Kutaisi. You will love this charming city! Overnight in Kutaisi, Hotel 3*

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive via Zugdidi to Svaneti in the Greater Caucasus to Mestia. Visit of Mestia and walk through the town from which an impressive mountain panorama can be seen. Overnight in Mestia, local family hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we head into the heart of Svaneti to Ushguli with its many fortified towers, it is one of the most fascinating places between Europe and Asia and one of the highest villages in the country (about 2100 meters above sea level). There is time for a hike of 3-4 hours depending on the weather and the wishes of the participants (hiking shoes). Drive to Mestia. Overnight in Mestia, local family hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive through the subtropical climate zone to the Black Sea to Batumi. Walk on the restored promenade at Batumi Beach and the Old Port. Farewell dinner in a nice restaurant. Overnight in Batumi, hotel 3*. F,I,A

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Departure day :
Departure

Departure from Batumi with Turkish Airlines in the morning via Istanbul home – or return with your guide and driver to Tbilisi and departure from Tbilisi. Arrive in Tbilisi around 8:00 p.m. If you would like an additional night in Tbilisi, we will be happy to book it for you – for a small additional charge.

Breakfast

Our Services

Included Services

  • Travel organization
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • All transfers from/to the airport
  • All accommodation, entrance fees
  • Eat according to the program: breakfast, snack or picnic, dinner
  • Welcome dinner in a typical Georgian restaurant on the first evening
  • Wine tasting in Kakheti
  • 3 nights in Tbilisi: Hotel ***
  • 2 nights in Stepantsminda: Hotel ***
  • 1 night in Mtskheta: Hotel ***
  • 1 night accommodation in Signaghi: Guest house
  • 2 nights in Lagodekhi: Guest house
  • 2 nights in Kutaisi: Hotel ***
  • 2 nights in Mestia: Guesthouse
  • 1 night accommodation in Batumi: hotel ***
  • Travel by minibus, 4WD or car depending on requirements
  • Subject to minor changes in the travel program in consultation with the guests

Not included Services

  • Flight to Tbilisi and from Batumi
  • Single Room supplement: EUR 300.00
  • Tips
  • Museum ticket in Gori

Travel dates

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
May 14, 2023 Available €1.750
3 Available
June 11, 2023 Available €1.750
11 Available
July 9, 2023 Available €1.750
14 Available
August 6, 2023 Available €1.750
12 Available
September 3, 2023 Available €1.750
14 Available

FAQ

Is my booking binding once the form has been sent?

No, you will only receive a written travel offer from us by e-mail with our services and the travel price after we have received the form.
The booking only becomes binding when you transfer the travel price or the deposit to our Georgian or German account.

Are airport transfers included in the tour price?

Yes, we will pick you up at Tbilisi airport and also organize transport to your return flight.

How difficult are the hikes?

These are easy hikes of 1-3 hours and between 2-8 km that can be easily managed by anyone of average fitness. We recommend sturdy hiking boots and a rain jacket for the hikes. It is also possible to skip a hike and wait at the vehicle.

What other expenses should I expect?

We recommend pocket money of 100 – 150 EUR for smaller expenses. In the larger cities there are ATMs where you can withdraw money in the local currency Lari (GEL).

How is the climate in Georgia?

Short version: It’s similar to Italy

Located in a depression between the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Mountains, Georgia has warm summers and mild winters.
Due to its varied relief, the climate varies greatly from region to region.
So in July it can be 37 degrees in Tbilisi, but only 22 in Stepantsminda and 19 in Ushguli.
East Georgia is drier and hotter, while west Georgia is milder and wetter, influenced by the Black Sea.

Can I go vegetarian in Georgia?

Yes, Georgia has a rich and varied cuisine with many vegetarian dishes. There is an abundance of delicious salads, pies, soups, casseroles, potato, rice, corn, bean dishes prepared without meat or fish. If you have certain allergies, please let us know in advance of the trip.

What is the mobile and internet coverage like in Georgia?

Georgia has a modern, fast and cheap mobile network with wide coverage. There is a good network practically everywhere except for very remote areas in the Greater Caucasus or in Vashlovani National Park.
All hotels and inns as well as most cafes offer free WiFi access.

Why is this trip called "Breakfast in the Caucasus"?

You’ll come across the whole of Georgia from east to west and from north to south. You will get to know the many differences between the parts of the country and the customs. Also the breakfast is different everywhere and every day offers great surprises! This trip is friendly like a tasty unknown breakfast!

Travel Route

What our guests say

Dear Kaukasus-Reisen Team,
We would like to thank you very much for the great and varied program “Breakfast in the Caucasus”.
With the capital Tbilisi, visits to other cities, historical and cultural sights to well-chosen and scenic hikes in different parts of the country, wine tasting, tasty food and visiting the livestock market, you have us the diversity of Georgia brought close. Everything was excellently organized. The hikes in the fantastic landscape challenged us, but didn’t overwhelm us.

Our special thanks go to our guide David, who, beyond the program items and his interesting historical, geographical and religious-historical explanations, gave us so many insights into everyday life in Georgia. You made an unforgettable journey possible for us. We are still full of the impressions.
Kind regards, Helgrid B.-A., Dietmar A. (Summer 2022)

Dear Eka, dear team from Kaukasus-Reisen!

We had a wonderful trip. Some of us have said it was the best trip we’ve ever taken.
We could ask Eka and David anything. They made Georgia come alive for us with patience, joy and love for their country.
The food was a feast every day and we were intensively introduced to Georgian table culture and cuisine.
Every day there was a surprise or a highlight, e.g. a great meal or encounters with people that you would not have done on your own. Families cooked for us and showed us how to make katchapuri.
The hikes through the forests and into the mountains were wonderful – but for inexperienced hikers they were sometimes a challenge.
Two of our group had a birthday, when Eka found out about it, she surprised both birthday children with a great birthday cake and small fireworks.
Britta, Elisabeth, Karin, Margret, Sabine and Susann

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Breakfast in the Caucasus
From €1.750
/ Adult
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/ Single room

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