Culinary Experience of Georgia

Explore the flavors of Georgia

From Tbilisi to Kakheti, the beating heart of Georgian wine production will be yours to enjoy along with the many other culinary delights. Spices with a distinctive taste and the abundance of vegetable dishes, appetizing Khachapuri and Khinkali leaves no one indifferent.

Great experiences

Discover the food highlights of Georgia.

Into this tasty world, you will step on your first day, which will be designed to bring you closer to the cuisine of this vibrant country. By the time you depart, you will have a better understanding of Georgia’s love affair with food and wine.

The trip that goes a long way

This 9-day tour of Georgia is designed to showcase the gastronomic greatness of the places you visit.

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival in Tbilisi International Airport.

Day 2: Tbilisi

Today, we will explore the beautiful capital of Georgia. We will have the opportunity to visit its narrow streets, wooden carved houses and balconies, old churches, Abanotubani – with sulfur baths, a fortress that proudly overlooks the city and get acquainted with the golden fund of the museum. We will also see the best example of modern architecture – the Peace Bridge and enjoy the panoramic views of the city.

For lunch, we will visit the restaurant, where many kinds of the most famous Georgian dish – Khinkali is prepared – meat, cheese, potatoes, mushrooms and curds. Here we will taste a few varieties of Khinkali. Together with Khinkali we will definitely serve Georgian beer. At the end of the day, we will feel the atmosphere of the city by walking through the streets of old Tbilisi.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Dish of the day: Khinkali (Georgian dumplings) 

Day 3: Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Uplistsikhe - Kutaisi

Today, we visit ancient capital and religious center of Georgia – Mtskheta. Visit Jvari Monastery (7th Century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century). both are UNESCO world heritage sites. Continue to Kartli region. Here we will visit Uplistsikhe Cave town, where the ancient Silk Road passed thousands of years ago. We will drive from Uplistsikhe to western Georgia.

For lunch, we will find ourselves in a real fairy tale in one of the villages of Imereti. The diverse, colorful and interesting atmosphere of the house immediately enchant visitors. The hostess is also an excellent cook and we will definitely try the traditional Imereti dishes prepared by her – eggplant with walnut and various types of Pkhaleuli.

Finally, we will have a master class on the distinctive sweets of Western Georgia – Pelamushi. This fragrant dessert is made from grape juice and corn flour.

Overnight in Kutaisi.

Dish of the day: eggplant with walnut and Pkhaleuli

Day 4: Kutaisi - Nikortsminda - Ambrolauri - Gelati - Kutaisi

Today, we will travel to the most beautiful, mountainous region of Georgia – Racha, which is famous for its tradition of hospitality. First, we will visit Nikortsminda Cathedral (XI century). This Cathedral is a wonder of national architecture, its embroidered ornaments amaze visitors. For lunch, we will visit a local family, where we will taste the famous, old Rachian dishes: Chicken cooked in a garlic sauce – Shkmeruli and bean pie with ham – Lobiani.

Here, we will also taste the world-famous Rachian wine – Khvanchkara. In the afternoon, we will visit Gelati Monastery Complex (XII century), which was the most important cultural center of medieval Georgia, it is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Return to Kutaisi in the afternoon.

Overnight in Kutaisi.

Dish of the day: Shkmeruli (Chicken cooked in a garlic sauce) and Lobiani (bean pie with ham)

Wine of the day:  Khvanchkara (Red, Semi-Sweet)

Day 5: Kutaisi - Chiatura - Sachkhere - Tbilisi

Today, we are visiting one of the villages of Upper Imereti, where the ancient method is still well preserved – the tradition of cooking in a clay pot. We will taste amazing dishes baked on clay pot: Khachapuri (cheese bread), Mchadi (cornbread) and fried chicken.

Returning to Tbilisi, in the evening we will visit one of the best restaurants and taste the pearl of Georgian cuisine – dishes from Samegrelo region. Kharcho – chicken in the walnut sauce, has a spicy taste like other Megrelian dishes, Elarji is a real masterpiece of Megrelian cuisine, which consists of only two ingredients – corn and cheese and creates an ideal dish.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Dish of the day: fried chicken, Kharcho and Elarji

Wine of the day: Tsolikouri (white, dry)

Day 6: Tbilisi - Davit Gareja - Telavi

For the next two days we will travel to Eastern Georgia, in particular to Kakheti region, which is recognized as the homeland of wine. Initially, we will visit the monastery of Davit Gareja, located in a semi-desert, carved into the rock and later on, in the village of Udabno, we will enjoy the special dishes of Svan cuisine. Svan cuisine is a very diverse and nutritious, its ingredients are mostly obtained locally and of course, it is natural.

The pride of Svan cuisine is Kubdari (meat pie), which is made from minced meat, while the dominant ingredient in Chishdvari (corn bread with cheese) and Tashmijabi (mixed cheese and potato) is cheese. On the way to Telavi we will visit the Kakhetian Peasant Cellar and taste the best wine made from rare grapes.

Overnight in Telavi.

Dish of the day: Kubdari (meat pie)

Wine of the day: Zhghia (white, semi – sweet)

Day 7: Telavi - Gremi - Kvareli - Sighnaghi - Tbilisi

Today, we will become participants of the traditional Kakhetian feast, which has its own special features. The meaning and importance of Tamada (toastmaster) on the Kakhetian feast is immeasurable. The toasts uttered here are a continuation of Georgian historical traditions.

For lunch, we will visit a unique wine cellar, which is located in the Caucasus rock massif. The dish of the day will be a famous Mtsvadi (barbeque meat). Here, we will also get acquainted with the traditions of baking real Georgian bread and natural sweets – Churchkhela, which is made from walnuts, grape juice and bread flour. Return to Tbilisi in the evening.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Masterclasses: Bread baking, Churchkhela making

Dish of the day: Mtsvadi (barbeque meat)

Wine of the day: Saperavi (red, dry)

Day 8: Tbilisi

Today, we will spend with the Georgian hostess and share the culinary secrets of Georgian cuisine. In the morning, we will visit the market with the hostess, choose the products together and prepare traditional dishes with it. Finally, we will all have a delicious lunch together.

In the afternoon, we will have free time for a walk or to buy various souvenirs. In the evening, the farevel dinner is served with the best dishes chosen by the guests. This dinner and this trip to Georgia – a culinary paradise, will definitely remain the best memories for all of us.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Dish of the day: Chakhokhbili (stewed chicken) 

Day 9: Departure

Transfer to the airport and departure.

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