WEST OF GEORGIA: KARTLI, SAMTSKHE-JAVAKHETI, IMERETI AND AJARA REGIONS
DURATION: (5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS) - "West Georgia"

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 DAY 1       25TH OF JANUARY


 Depart From Biltmore

Group A  13:00/ Group B  13:20  / Group C  13:50 / Group D  13:05

Groups start to depart for Post-Convention Tour. Please note, that a packed lunch will be supplied for the first two coaches, the rest of the groups will be provided with Light Lunch at the Hotel.

Stalin Museum

Driving to the town of Gori, where you will visit the Stalin Museum. An opportunity to enjoy your packed lunch, view the museum and stretch legs.

Crowne Plaza Hotel or Golden Tulip Hotel

Approximately at 16:00 we drive towards Borjomi, traveling through the scenic passes and mountain gorges.
Early-evening arrival in Borjomi, check- in at the Crowne Plaza Hotel or Golden Tulip Hotel. 
For Leisure time taste the well-known Borjomi spring waters directly from the well in the Gardens, enjoy the local arts and crafts shopping along the main road or stay indoors and make use of the SPA facilities of the Crowne Plaza Hotel or Golden Tulip Hotel (advance booking required for treatments – contact the hotel directly).
20:00 – Dinner included and will be served at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

 

DAY 2       26TH OF JANUARY


 Depart From Crown Plaza / Golden Tulip

Group A  09:00/ Group B  09:20  / Group C  09:50 / Group D  10:10

Depart for Vardzia Cave City - a must-visit destination in Western Georgia.

Vardzia Caves

The Samtskhe-Javakheti region can be called the Cradle of Georgian culture, one of the biggest attractions are the spectacular cave city of Vardzia and beautiful Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. Landscapes are very varied, from the alpine forests and meadows around Borjomi and Bakuriani to the bare volcanic canyons of the Vardzia area.
The first tour of the Vardzia Cave City will start around 11:00 (please note there are many steps and uneven surfaces). It holds special significance for Georgians because it is associated with King Tamar, the most famous woman in Georgian history (she was crowned King, not Queen).

Vardzia Resort (lunch)

As an alternative to climbing up to the Cave City, you will be transferred to authentic Vardzia resort, where delicious lunch will be served along with local dishes. You will have an opportunity to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view on the Vardzia caves.

Stop Akhaltsikhe

After lunch, at around 13:30, we take a drive to the Imereti region. It is well known for its highly developed spiritual and family culture, believed to be influenced by the Colchis. Imereti developed viticulture, cattle-breeding, poultry-farming, bee-keeping, production of dairy products and gardening, and has some unique wine varieties and there is evidence that wine production here dates back to ancient times.

Ubisa Stop (WC pottery)

En route we will have a comfort and photo stop in Ubisa Village  and another brief shopping stop by one of the roadside pottery stalls.

Tskaltubo Spa Resort

Evening arrival at Tskaltubo Spa Resort, which used to be one of the most famous sanatoriums in USSR. It showcases the architecture and décor of USSR times – a very authentic atmosphere (please note at that time of the year spa facilities will not be available). The resort is situated at the heart of park. 20:30 – Dinner and local entertainment will be provided at the Hotel in the original dining room, with a small museum attached and open for viewing

 

DAY 3       27TH OF JANUARY


 Depart From Tskaltubo Spa Resort

Group A  09:00/ Group B  09:20  / Group C  09:50 / Group D  10:10

Prometheus Cave

Check out and meet in the hotel reception area with luggage. At the foyer of the Hotel, please, look for the volunteer holding the sign for your group.Depart for Prometheus cave where you will have a tour through the magnificent caves

 Kutaisi City Tour

Thereafter, around 10:30, you will have a bus city-tour in Kutaisi

 Gelati Monastery

Drive a lovely pass up to the Hill where the Gelati Monastery is located. It is listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, cultural hub of Georgia's medieval 'Golden Age'. Please note that 27th of January is a Religious Holiday in Georgia (after St Nino, Equal to the Apostles and the Enlightener of Georgia), so it can be crowded at the monastery.

 Restaurant Kolkha

At the afternoon lunch will be served at Restaurant Kolkha in the city of Kutaisi – here you will experience some typical West Georgian dishes

 Stop Socari Lanchkhuti

After lunch, we drive towards Batumi, which is called “the Pearl of Black Sea”. En route, a quick comfort stop at Lanchkhuti and a brief photo stop for a breath-taking view of the rocky coastline of the Black Sea

 Stop

 Radisson Blu Batumi

Early-evening arrival at Batumi and check-in for our 2-night stay at Radisson Blu Batumi. At 20:00 Dinner will be served at the Hotel, you will have an opportunity to enjoy the panoramic sea view.

 

DAY 4       28TH OF JANUARY


 Depart:  Group A  09:45/ Group B  10:00  / Group C  10:10 / Group D  10:30

Batumi Walking City Tour

Groups meet in the hotel reception area for Batumi City Walking Tour.

Leisure Time (Depart from Hotel’s reception)

After city tour, from 11am to 2pm you will have some leisure time to explore the area and do some last minute shopping. You can take a ride with the cable car (trip cost 10 Lari), visit Sameba Cathedral on the top of the hill (it is a little bit of a drive uphill but the views are amazing and so is the church itself), explore Batumi’s Bazari (Local Market) or just have a bike ride across the Batumi Boulevard

Ajarian Wine House

Starting from 14:00 the groups will gather at the Hotel reception and the buses will depart for the Closing Event Venue – Ajarian Wine House, where the delicious local food and different activities (regional dancing classes, wine tasting and other master-classes) await. Don’t miss the cosy and joyful atmosphere!

Please note that Buses will depart from Ajarian Wine House to the Hotel at 20:00, 20:30; 21:00, 21:30 accordingly.

 

DAY 5       29TH OF JANUARY


Radisson Blu Batumi

Buses to Tbilisi City Centre will depart as from 07:00. Passenger Lists will be prepared according to the Flight details and Departure requests received

Departure Options included in the Post-Convention package as follows: Returning to Tbilisi by bus: Departs from hotel at 07:00am (for arrival at Tbilisi City Centre next to The Biltmore Hotel approx. by 13:00). Returning to Tbilisi Airport by bus: Departs from hotel at 07:00am (for arrival at Tbilisi International Airport approx. by 13:30). Please allow yourself enough time to check-in for your departure flight. Returning to Tbilisi by Train: Transfer to train station departs at 07:15am (for arrival at Tbilisi Railway Station at 12:50), tickets should be arranged by you through the online system http://www.railway.ge/

IMPORTANT NOTICES:

This itinerary is subject to change and at the organizers discretion.

- Included: Dinners, Breakfasts, and Lunches as indicated. Meals not specified in the itinerary and additional drinks/refreshments, are not included.

- Transport provided: 45-person coach with a local Tourist Guide with an assistant on board.

- Unfortunately, NO TOILETS are available ON THE BUS, so follow the recommendations of your guides when having the Comfort stops.

- Please take note that some terrains may be uneven and appropriate walking shoes are required!

- For Women, in sacred and religious sites please have a scarf to cover your heads

- Please come prepared with your own usual remedy if you are prone to motion sickness. The drive includes mountain passes and uneven roads.

- With a moderate climate all year round, average weather temperatures at this time of the year is around 5° C -10 ° C.

Please Note the above Programme is a guideline only. Any changes are at the discretion of the WFTGA EXBO and the 2019 Convention Organisers.

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