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A Wine Tour of Georgia & Armenia

14 nights Price from £5,496 per person
Departs: 14 Sep 2020
Departs: 14 Sep 2020

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Georgia, a small, hospitable country on the far eastern edge of Europe, between the Lesser and Greater Caucasus Mountains, has at least 520 native grape varieties. Armenia, its southern neighbour, is where the oldest winery in the world has been found. This captivating region is where the grape vine originated and its wines are still made in clay pots sunk in the ground as they have been since Neolithic man first made wine here – it is a thriving wine culture that stretches back deep into the past and is strange and uplifting. Join our new tour to discover ancient winemaking traditions alongside innovative modern producers, as well as the region’s spectacular landscapes, from mountain-top monasteries to verdant valleys.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Lunch and dinner every day, including wines
  • Winetastings and excursions as described
  • All entrances fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of Kirker Tour Lecturer Tim Clarke, a Tour Escort and a local guide

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Overnight flight

    We will depart from London on the overnight flight to Tblisi.
  • Day 2 - Hotel in Tibilisi

    We arrive in Tbilisi, the atmospheric, charming capital of Georgia. We will be transferred to the comfortable 4 star Iota Hotel where we stay for three nights. The rest of the day is free to relax before we go to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner.
  • Day 3 - Tblisi

    We begin with an exploration of Tblisi with its mix of western and eastern cultures and have an introduction to the wines at Gvino Underground, the iconic natural bar in the city centre.
  • Day 4 - Kartli region

    Heading out of the city we visit the Kartli region where we will visit a research station where over 470 native Georgian grapes are being studied, before a winetasting lunch at the reknowned Chateau Mukhrani. In the afternoon, after visiting Dzalisi, to see the mosaics of Dionysus, we meet the charming grower, Iago Bitarishvili.
  • Day 5 - Kakheti

    We will drive east through the Gombori Mountains to Kakheti, Georgia’s largest wine region, where we meet a master potter making ‘Qvevri’, the giant clay pots which have been used for thousands of years. We’ll also enjoy superb wines at Shumi and dinner at Papari Valley. We stay at the 4 star Tsinandali Radisson Hotel for three nights.
  • Day 6 - Ikalto

    Starting the day at Telavi market we will then see the ruins of Ikalto and the fortified Abbey of Alaverdi, where monks are making wine once more. We’ll meet the organic grower Shota Lagazidze, have lunch cooked by the family, and in the evening enjoy another family dinner at Artana wines.
  • Day 7 - Tsinandali

    Our first visit is to the palace and cellar of the 19th century poet and winemaker Duke Alexandre Chavchavadze in Tsinandali. We then enjoy the superb wines of the Dakishvili Family and discover wines from young growers working with rare grape varieties.
  • Day 8 - Sighnaghi

    Today we head east to Sighnaghi, a walled hill town where we will stay at the 4 star Kabadoni Hotel for the next two nights. At Pheasant’s Tears winery we will meet founder John Wurdeman and enjoy lunch, followed in the evening by a traditional Georgian Supra (feast) with a Zedashe folk ensemble.
  • Day 9 - craft brewery

    This morning will be at leisure before we meet for lunch cooked on an open fire at a local craft brewery. Dinner and winetasting this evening will be at John Okro’s wine restaurant.
  • Day 10 - Sparkling wine

    Today we will sample another speciality, the ‘Pet Nats’ naturally sparkling wines, which are made in qvevri with native Georgian grapes, before returning to Tblisi for dinner. We will hear traditional polyphonic singers and spend the night at the Iota hotel.
  • Day 11 - Armenia

    Setting off early this morning we will cross the border into Gerogia’s neighbour, Armenia. After a visit to the 10th century Haghpat Monastery, we will visit some emerging family-run wineries, before checking into our hotel, the 4 star Tufenkian Historic Hotel in Yerevan for the next three nights.
  • Day 12 - Etchmiadzin

    Today we visit the excellent Karas Winery where they make some exceptional red wines, and Etchmiadzin, the historic seat of the Armenian Apostolic Church. In the evening we will have dinner at In Vino, which offers some of the best wines from wineries which are closed to visitors.
  • Day 13 - Areni

    Today we see the site of the oldest winery in the world in the Areni 1 Cave, where wine was produced over 6,000 years ago. We’ll also see Khor Virap Monastery with views of Mt. Ararat and Noravank Monastery nestled among red cliffs, as well as the Areni Winery where lunch will be prepared in an underground oven.
  • Day 14 - Lake Sevan

    After exploring the open-air antiques market we will drive to Lake Sevan and the Tavush region where we have lunch in Dilijan and visit the 13th century Haghartsin Monastery. We return to Tbilisi, where we stay for the final night at the Iota Hotel.
  • Day 15 - Fly to London

    We will have free time before the flight back to London.

Departure Dates and Prices

14 Sep 2020

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Price from£5496

Single Supp.£749

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Tim Clarke

Tim Clarke

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