Georgia: wine and mountains in one trip

Georgia is a splendid country. Locals say God kept it for himself but when he found Georgians hadn’t got any land and he gave it to them. There are mountains, sea coast, wine and outstanding food. I want to share with you my favourite places in the east part of Georgia from my last trip.
- Jan 2019 -

DURATION:

7 DAYS

TYPE:

FRIENDS HOLIDAY

MAIN ACTIVITY:

SIGHTSEEING

BUDGET:

€170

Tbilisi

Tbilisi

Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia. This big city is located almost in the middle of the country so I chose it as my base point during travelling through nearby regions of Kakheti and Kartli. Though I knew Tbilisi is the interesting place itself so I left a few days to explore it.


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Tbilisi, Fabrika

Tbilisi, Fabrika

Well, maybe this place is not number one in a must-see list of Tbilisi, but I rented an apartment quite close to that so the very first walk through Tbilisi I started from there.

Fabrika is a nice modern space what unites art places, coworking spaces, designers shops and cafes. Pretty popular among young modern people. 


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Tbilisi, Abanotubani

Tbilisi, Abanotubani

Abanotubani is my favourite district in the city. If anybody tells me about Tbilisi the first view of what comes on my mind is the view of Abanotubani with its round-shaped baths.

Legends say that the history of the city began here when Georgian king Vakhtang found the hot springs. Around these spring the new city was founded and because of them, it got the name Tbilisi (“tbili” from Georgian means “warm”).


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Tbilisi, Narikala Fortress

I love viewpoints. When I’m travelling I always try to find the best panoramic view of the city. In Tbilisi, it opens from the top of Narikala fortress. 

I got up there by stairs and got down by a cable car. It’s possible to do both ways by cable car but for me it wasn’t so interesting;)


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Signagi

Signagi

I wanted to try famous Georgian wine asap so I decided to start my trip out of the capital from the exploration of Kakhetia famous for its wine. My first point there was a small town Signagi, I’d heard a lot about it so I wanted to see was it so good as people told. 

Signagi itself turned to be a very small town, completely rebuilt in the last few years. As for me, it looked like touristic trap with some Italian look what’s not typical for this area. Not bad, but I was looking for something more authentic.


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Kvareli

Kvareli

I wasn’t looking for wine in Signagi being honest, because I found another good point to meet Georgian wine. With this purpose, I came to small-town Kvareli, where one of the biggest winners Kindzmarauli Co. is located. 

It was winter so there were no other tourists. I took a free tour around the winery and tried the best local wine in so relaxed atmosphere. The guide told me I’m lucky being the one now because in autumn it’s about 100 tourists per tour!


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Telavi

Telavi

My third point in Kakhetia was the biggest town of it - Telavi. The capital of the region is also famous for its wine but it’s also known as a place with real hospitable people.

Oh, and from a window of my room, the outstanding view on the Greater Caucasus opened. High snowy mountains reminded the insanely huge wall! I had never seen anything like this!


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Ananuri

Only mountains can be better than the mountains. After Mtskheta, I headed up to the north to meet one of the highest peaks of the Caucasus. On my way, I made short stop in Ananuri - small settlement with the fortress and insane panorama of an azure lake.


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Kazbegi

Kazbegi

Kazbegi or Stepantsminda (it’s a modern name) is a small settlement located near the Russian border but it’s one of the first must-see in Georgia.

I’d been there twice already and I didn’t regret I came one more time in winter. From the viewpoint of the Trinity Church insane landscape opens!


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Gori

Gori

I came back to Tbilisi to switch buses and went directly to Gori. This town is located in the centre of the country and it’s very famous as a birthplace of Joseph Stalin... 

If you are interested in his biography you may come to Gori to know more about him and his way from seminary student to dictator.

But don’t think the museum of Stalin is the only thing to see in the town. From the top of Gori Fortress - Goristsikhe - I watched real good sunset! Recommend it! 


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Uplistsikhe

Uplistsikhe

Coming to Gori I couldn’t help visiting Uplistsikhe. It’s the ancient cave town what had been inhabited for thousands years until it was completely left by people in the XIXth century. Now it’s the open-air museum.


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Borjomi

Borjomi

The last point of my trip around Kakhetia and Kartli was Borjomi. This little town located among the national parks on the coast of a mountain river is famous for good mineral water. 

It’s been widely known since the end of the XIXth century when the Russian emperor family made Borjomi their one of the favourite balneological resort. I gotta say they knew something about splendid places. Borjomi is magnificent, calm and very relaxing. Really good after a long trip!


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“Kukushka” to Bakuriani

“Kukushka” to Bakuriani

Ah, I almost forgot to share the most important secret of my exploration: coming to Borjomi you must take a train “Kukushka” and go to nearby ski-resort Bakuriani. You won’t forget this trip!


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