Georgia: Food, Wine & Song

Tbilisi, Georgia

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Global Gourmands LLC
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Sep 6 - 15, 2020
Group size: 11 - 15
Georgia: Food, Wine & Song
Tbilisi, Georgia

Global Gourmands LLC
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$2990
Deposit: $250
Sep 6 - 15, 2020
Group size: 11 - 15

About this trip

Set between the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Georgia has a long history of cross-cultural exchange. Nowhere is this more evident than in its vibrant cuisine, which blends Russian, Turkish and Persian influences with local delicacies like walnuts and handmade cheeses. And, as the world’s oldest wine producers (a legacy that can be traced back 8000 years), Georgians have perfected the art of sharing a drink with friends, old and new. Georgia’s legendary hospitality is increasingly on the radar of food and wine lovers, but it is still off the beaten path for many tourists.

On this tour, we’ll meet artisanal winemakers bringing new, international attention to Georgia with their combination of ancient techniques (like fermenting, blending and storing wine in qvevri, or large clay pots, with modern know-how). We’ll sample their highly distinctive natural wines, experience the winemaking process, try our hands at Georgian cooking, and raise a glass to one of the world’s most delicious places.

This tour will be hosted by sommelier and wine instructor Timothy Campbell, who enjoys sharing the magic of wine and exploring the world’s most dynamic wine regions. Tim is a connoisseur of Georgian food & wine and will be giving daily lectures and tasting guidance.

Please note, average travel time to/from Georgia is 24 hours, with the Georgia time being 10 hours ahead of CST, your departure flight needs to leave two days before the tour starts.

Highlights

Delicious Highlights:

  • Explore Georgia’s ancient winemaking traditions and discover the contemporary winemakers at the forefront of Georgian winemaking today
  • Enjoy tastings, food pairings, and sit-down meals with winemakers, brewers, farmers and food artisans, including a traditional Georgian supra (feast) at a boutique winery
  • Participate in the winemaking process and grape harvest at an award-winning winery
  • Sample wines made from 400-year-old vines, as well as rare Georgian grape varieties
  • Visit the Central Market in Kutaisi for a taste of local and handmade food and drink specialties
  • Learn to prepare traditional Georgian specialties in hands-on cooking classes, like churchkhela(fruit and nut sweets), kharcho (meat stew with walnuts), and khachapuri (cheese bread)
  • Meet Ana Mikadze-Chikvaidze, a researcher turned “cheese evangelist” who is working to save traditional, artisan cheeses whose production was forced underground during Soviet times; enjoy a lecture on the history of cheese making followed by a tasting

Sightseeing Highlights:

  • Tour scenic Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital since the 5th century, including the picturesque Old Town and ancient Narikala Fortress
  • Discover Georgian architecture, from the dramatic Jvari Monastery (built in the 6th century) to the ancient cave city of Uplistsikhe to the charming wooden houses characteristic of Western Georgia
  • Wander the cobblestone streets of the walled town of Sighnaghi, perched on a hill overlooking the snowcapped Caucasus Mountains
  • Savor the arts and architecture on a walking tour of Kutaisi
  • Marvel at the natural beauty of the moss-covered rock walls of Martvili canyon as you ride a boat up the emerald green waters of the Abasha river
  • Take in the stunning views from 7000 feet above sea level as you drive through Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park
  • Learn the secrets of traditional Georgian handicrafts, from icon painting to embroidery, and even make your own candles from local beeswax

Full Itinerary:

For additional information and a full itinerary, please visit the tour page.

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What’s included

  • Meals
    Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Luxury transportation
  • Dedicated local guide
  • Museums entrance fees
  • Airport transfers
  • International airfare
  • Trip insurance
  • Meals not specified
  • Tips and gratuities

Available Packages

Shared Accommodation
Available until Jul 15, 2020Sold Out
$2990
Deposit: $250
Single Room
Available until Jul 15, 2020Sold Out
$3740
Deposit: $250
$2990
Deposit: $250

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