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Tour program "Rtveli tour to Georgia – the grape harvest in Kakheti and Racha"
Rtveli tour to Georgia is an ancient grape harvest festival in Kakheti and Racha. In this Caucasian country, the wine has a special religious significance, the tradition of rtveli dates back to ancient times, having its roots in the celebration of mid-autumn with an abundance and diversity of harvest. This is the time when the sun’s crimson light ripe bunches of grapes, and people praise God and the earth for a rich harvest. Songs, dances, wine and toasts toastmaster – this only part of holiday.
The holiday always depends on the date of the harvest of grapes in specific parts of the country. This event usually takes place at the end of September in Eastern Georgia and in mid-October in Western Georgia. In the colder edge of Racha-Lechkhumi, the feast begins earlier, and in Kakheti almost before the frosts. The hotter and drier the summer, the collection begins earlier.
Rtveli is a family holiday. By tradition, it comes to all the relatives of the family of winemakers. Berry picking is carried out from early morning to evening, when the grapes are pressed either with their feet in large vats or in special presses. At the same time, the juice merges into the huge ceramic jugs of Kvevri, buried in the ground in the cellar of Marani. Marani cellar provides the right temperature for fermentation of the grape must. Before the start of the plum juice empty qvevri wine from last year and clean. Freshly squeezed juice is poured into a clean qvevri and left to ferment. Every evening of this long holiday is accompanied by feasts, with the performance of folk songs, dances, polyphonic singing. During rtveli use last year’s wine to release vessels for a new crop. The holiday lasts until the entire grape harvest is harvested.
Groups from 6 people.
Transport-Mersedes Sprinter or minivans for 6 seats (Mercedes Vito, Viano, etc.).
Directions-wine, gastronomic, excursion.
Day 1 (06.10): Meeting at the airport. Tour of Tbilisi.
Meeting at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Tour of Tbilisi. Beginning at 13: 00.
The historic city center Flea market (“Dry Bridge”) — here You can buy Souvenirs, Antiques and all at reasonable prices; the prospectus of Rustaveli — estate Vorontsov, Liberty Square, and so on; the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity — the largest temple complex in Georgia.
Wine tasting in the wine cellar of the 17th century.
Old town: Sharden street-a lot of cozy restaurants and wine shops; Sioni Cathedral – there is a relic of the whole Christian world, the Cross of St. Nino; Metekhi Church-a beautiful view of the Kura; Zetem we climb the cable Car to the Narikala fortress, where we will have a beautiful view and go down to the canyon with a waterfall.
Lunch at Alanya Khachapuri restaurant, Chakhokhbili, Chakapuli and much more (included).
Day 2 (07.10): Mountains Of Kakheti. The Temple Of Alaverdi.
Breakfast. Check out of the hotel.
We start by visiting the fortress of Ujarma (the Fortress was one of the main outposts in the protection of the country from periodic invasions of Arab and Persian troops). Gombori pass-enjoy the view of the Caucasus mountains and The Alazani valley.
We will also visit:
Alaverdi temple-the Cathedral of the first quarter of the XI century and the largest monastery complex in Kakheti.
Georgian farmstead (lunch) — we will visit Stany DM and wine cellar. Taste Georgian wine and chacha. Try local dishes prepared according to traditional recipes (included).
The city of Telavi fortress of Erekle II, a tour through the cozy streets, airport Mimino.
Accommodation in hotel.
Dinner with traditional dishes and of course wine (included).
Day 3 (08.10): Collection of grapes.
Breakfast. Wake up with a great mood.
First we will visit the canyon of Sinora river. Here we are waiting for beautiful views of waterfalls and rocks. Guests can swim in the icy mountain water.
Collect grapes, sing songs and then press it and enjoy the process.
Georgian Feast (Included). + Master class cooking churchhella and Georgian bread. The contest toastmaster.
Day 4 (09.10): Continuation of the tour of Kakheti. The Town Of Sighnaghi.
For Breakfast, we serve traditional hangover soup (Hashi) or chihirtma. Drink cold chacha and remove hangover fatigue.
We leave the hotel:
Gremi is the ancient capital of the Kakheti Kingdom.
Tsinandali — the estate of Prince Chavchavadze.
Shumi wine factory — wine tasting and tour of the Museum.
Sighnaghi is Bodbe monastery where the relics of St. Nino, and also has a healing VAT. Walk the fortress walls.
Moving to Tbilisi. Accommodation in hotel. Free time.
Day 5 (10.10): Transfer in the region of Racha-Lechkhumi.
Check out the Racha region.
Gori, Uplistsikhe cave complex. Lunch. Visited the lake Shaori lake tqibuli, Nikortsminda Cathedral. Moving to Ambrolauri. Accommodation in hotels.
Day 6 (11.10): Collection of grapes.
Excursion to the winery where they produce Khvanchkara. Lunch. Check out the vintage (possible the grapes used for making wine Khvanchkara – but it all depends on the weather and ripeness of grapes). Dinner at Rachinsky winemaker.
Day 7 (12.10): the Mineral springs of Utsera. Shovie.
Breakfast. Check out the mineral Spa town of the village Utsera. We visit the mountain village of Shovi.
Day 8 (13.10): a Trip to Imereti.
We visit Martvili canyon, Prometheus cave. Transfer to Kutaisi, accommodation at the hotel.
Day 9 (14.10): Tour of Kutaisi. Moving to Tbilisi.
Tour of Kutaisi: historical center, cable car ride, Bagrat temple with a beautiful panoramic platform.
Moving to Tbilisi. Accommodation in hotel. Free time: you can buy Georgian spices and seasonings, go to the hot sulfur baths.
Day 10 (15.10): transfer to the airport.
The price of Rtveli tour to Georgia – the annual autumn celebration of grape harvest in Racha-Lechkhumi:
Family hotel (guest house): 490$ | 590$ (room amenities).
The 3* hotels in Tbilisi, family-run hotels of high comfort in the regions: 610$ | 710$.
“Economy” – tour package with breakfasts, but without additional food (Lunches or dinners) and tickets.
All inclusive-this includes all meals and tickets.
Attention! Prices are given for a group of 4 people.
The tour price is included:
- Весь транспорт по маршруту.
- Трансфер из аэропорта и обратно.
- Услуги гида.
- Входные билеты.
- Завтраки и питание с отметкой «Включено» (в пакете «Все включено)».
- Винные дегустации.
- Все экскурсии по программе и входные билеты.
- Проживание (гостевые дома или отели).
The tour price is NOT included:
- Авиа перелет (по запросу).
- Личные расходы.