it’s just a quick flight across the Black Sea and you are in Georgia. Touch down in Tbilisi before taking to the skies once more in a helicopter out to Kazbegi. Framed by the snow-capped Caucasus mountains, check in at Rooms Hotel and gaze out the floor to ceiling windows of this architectural masterpiece at the adventures to come. Spied from your cloud-like bed, you’ll spend tomorrow visiting the Gergeti Tsminda Sameba Trinity Church. 7000ft up, its an irresistible silhouette on an otherwise sparse mountainscape, capped in glaciers and dusted in permafrost, where the dramatic views speak for themselves. Hike done, take a few moments to relax in the natural spring waters down at Sno Gorge.
THE BIRTHPLACE OF WINE
After an evening spent beneath the stars on Rooms Hotel’s panoramic terrace, in the morning you’ll continue east to Signagi; the birthplace of Georgian wine – in fact, it’s the birthplace of wine full stop. With a history stretching back as far as the fifth millennium BC, this is a real must-visit for any wine connoisseur. Spend a few days getting behind-the-scenes with an exclusive stay at a private chateau owned by a family of traditional winemakers and a visit to the Qvevri Wine Museum. Better still, visit in the Autumn and lend a hand in the harvest. Save some time for a stroll inside the hilltop city walls where views extend across the Alazani Valley and vineyard riddled hillsides. Get a glimpse of local culture too with a private cooking class, learning to whip up specialities such as khinkali, mtsvadi and khachapuri – all washed down with a glass of chacha.
DISCOVER THE TALES OF TBILISI
Your trip comes to a close with three nights in Tbilisi, with stops along the way at the fascinating Tsinandali Museum and Academy of Ikalto Monastery to learn all about Georgian life past and present. Arrive in Tbilisi with your stomachs rumbling ahead of dinner and a folklore show at a traditional restaurant followed by a night slumbering it off surrounded by the unique design of Stamba Hotel. Over the next few days, you’ll take in iconic sights such as Stalin’s birthplace in the town of Gori, the rock-hewn cave town of Uplistsikhe and the traditional architecture that lines the banks of the Mtkvari River in the old quarters. Before you leave, be sure to take a dip in the famous sulfur baths and enjoy a drink in one of the many underground bars. Ahead of the curve, leave Georgia behind knowing you’ve experienced a place few others have.