Travel period: March – November
Day 1 – Tbilisi – Borjomi – Kvabiskhevi – Akhaltsikhe – Chobareti – Vardzia
Day 2 – Vardzia – Chachkari – Saro – Aspindza/Aluda – Akhaltsikhe
Day 3 – Akhaltsikhe – Ude – Borjomi- Tashiskari – Tbilisi
Drive to the Samtskhe-Javakheti region via Borjomi and stop at Khachapuridze’s Winery (Marani) in Kvabiskhevi where father and son will greet you, serving a light local meal with their excellent red and white wines. A good place to relax after the drive and Niko Khachapuridze will accompany the food and drink by singing some Georgian love songs.
Your next stop is Akhaltsikhe with the recently restored Akhaltsikhe Castle complex. After visiting it and the beautiful areas nearby, continue on to Chobareti village, where some houses are built partly underground to mitigate the harsh winter climate. Village women will invite you to join a cookery class where you can learn how to make Meskhetian kada and khachapuri breads and the unique tenili cheese. That evening at dinner you’ll be able to enjoy the dishes you made earlier, as well as other Meskhetian delicacies… After dinner, visit the Vardzia resort and settle in for the evening with accommodation available nearby.