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On this mouthwatering, privately guided gastronomic adventure, join us in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi to explore its astounding culinary heritage and a winemaking tradition tracing back eight millennia. Tucked between the Black and Caspian Seas and in the shadow of Europe’s highest mountains, Georgia is a tiny country rich in local pride. During this trip, you'll have the chance to taste some of the finest wine from one of the most underrated wine regions in the world, along with unique specialties such as delicious khinkali and decadent khachapuri. Spend two days in the stunning Alazani Valley experiencing the deep reverence for winemaking that defines this land.
For a day-by-day itinerary description, either inquire with us directly or visit the group trip page, here. Note that the itinerary's pacing and inclusions may be adjusted depending on the size of your group.
Our partner, Culinary Backstreets: In order to create and curate this unique experience, we’ve partnered closely with Culinary Backstreets, a global guide to local eats that publishes restaurant reviews and features on local culinary culture. They bring these stories to life on culinary tours and special events, offered in 12 cities around the world, and have extensive international experience with all things gastronomical.
The cost of this trip is $3,760 per person, based on two or more travelers, and double occupancy at Betsy's Hotel (4-star). For a single occupancy room, there will be a supplement of $475. The maximum group size is eight people.
The starting per person price is based on overnight accommodations at Betsy's Hotel (four stars) or a location of equivalent quality. The trip also includes one night at a boutique hotel in the Alazani Valley, and a pre-arrival night at Betsy's, as most flights arrive very early in the morning. If you're interested in a different level or style of accommodation, we'd be happy to discuss options and price points.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to five miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. While we can tailor the pace and activity level to your group, we'll have fairly active days in store. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get hands-on during a couple of cooking workshops.
For flights in and out of Tbilisi International Airport (TBS), we suggest you arrive by 3 p.m. on Day 1 and depart anytime on Day 7. Note that most inbound and outbound flights at TBS are scheduled for very early in the morning. We’ve arranged early check-in on the first day so that you have a place to sleep when you land in the wee hours. We’ll provide the option of booking additional nights at our Tbilisi hotel before and/or after the tour, and are more than happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.
We encourage an adventurous palate! However, if you’d like to avoid meat, the Georgian diet is vegetarian-friendly, so we can almost always supplement a non-meat dish. Avoiding gluten, on the other hand, will be challenging. If you’d like to join but are gluten-intolerant, you’ll need to bring and/or buy a steady stash of snacks to supplement your meals.
Joining this trip directly supports the unsung heroes of the kitchen—hardworking, independent people running some of the most economically vulnerable businesses in the cityscape who, through their daily working life, preserve local traditions embedded in food. Aside from the financial support that comes from your trip fees, you can contribute to the preservation of community spirit and memory by sharing the stories of the places and people we visit, and honoring the traditions we encounter along the way.