Culinary journey Georgia

Kulinarische Reise Georgien mit Kaukasus-Reisen
Culinary Journey Georgia with  Kaukasus-Reisen

Georgia is a land of great natural diversity, flanked by the Black Sea to its west and the Greater Caucasus Mountains to its north. Warm seaside towns like Batumi are rich of palm trees and cypresses, breathing a delightful exotic feel, while further inland, the lush Kakheti region and its many miles of vineyards is world-renowned for the quality of its wine.

We offer A “Culinary Journey” in the South Caucasus to the delightful country of Georgia where you can try delicious Georgian cuisine with its many traditional dishes and are able to join in to prepare the food. The journey begins in the capital, Tbilisi, to continue to the east into the famous wine region of Kakheti. From Kakheti it goes through the central part of the country called Kartli leading to the west into the historical region of Colchis with Kutaisi as its center. From there we’ll go into the Black Sea region to Batumi and visit the adjacent mountains. Besides the food and drinks, you will also get an interesting insight into the everyday life of the Georgian people.

Georgisches Obst, Basar
Fruits from the bazaar
Gemeinsam Chinkali zubereiten
Preparing Khinkali together

The capital Tbilisi
The wine region of Kakheti
The UNESCO World Heritage Site Mtskheta
The city of Kutaisi (Colchis)
The Black Sea region to Batumi and of Mountain Adjara

2015
Travel dates: 16.05. – 24.05.2015 (9 days)
Travel dates: 01.08.- 09.08.2015 (9 days)
Travel dates: 26.09. – 04.10.2015 (9 days)
Travel dates: 24.10. – 01.11.2015 (9 days).

Number of participants: 4-8
Travel Price: EUR 1280.00 per person in double room.
Single room supplement: EUR 220.00

Tour guides: Lela and Irma (English speaking)

Chatschapuri- heißes georgisches Käsebrot
Khachapuri – hot Georgian cheese bread

Travel program

Irma und Lela
Irma and Lela teach you the Georgian kitchen

Day 1 Saturday
Today you will meet your two charming guides Irma and Lela. They will accompany you in the next few days on the culinary journey through Georgia. After breakfast they will take you on a city tour through the friendly city of Tbilisi: Old town, fortress Narikala, Metekhi bridge, Betlemi quarter, Freedom Square and Rustaveli Avenue. In between a small break with a snack and a beverage in a trendy Café. The afternoon will be reserved for an exquisite wine tasting program at the famous Chateau Mukhrani. Welcome dinner in a typical local Georgian restaurant will top off the day. Overnight stay in Tbilisi.

Weinverkostung Georgischer Weine
Wine Tasting

Day 2 Sunday
After breakfast we’ll head to the local bazaar to get bread, fruit, vegetables, meet and all other groceries we need to prepare our dinner later that day. When done we’ll take the car and drive along a rural scenic route, over the Gombori Pass (1690 M) into the wine region of Kakheti. We will visit the picturesque fortress of Gremi and its church with its 17th century frescoes. We will continue our trip to the valley at the Kabali river. Here, in the village of Khechili, we will learn to prepare the typical Georgian barbecue called “mtsvadi” with the food we bought at the bazaar. Dinner with typical Kakhetian dishes and the outstanding Kakhetian wines. After dinner a short trip to Lagodekhi. Overnight stay in a local Family Hotel in Lagodekhi.

mtsvadi - Georgisches Schaschlyk
mtsvadi – Georgian shashlik

Day 3 Monday
After breakfast we’ll go to a typical Georgian village nearby to visit a local family. Here we’ll learn to make the typical Georgian dumplings “khinkali” in different variations. Making them yourself is a lot of fun and eating them is even better. The afternoon can be used to spend some leisure time by doing a little round trip through the valley of the river Alazani or a walk through the Lagodekhi National Park. Overnight stay in a local family hotel in Lagodekhi.

Gebratene Chinkali
Fried khinkali

Day 4 Tuesday
Drive to the beautifully restored fortified town of Sighnaghi where we’re invited to do a wine tasting in the well-known Marani wine cellars . After a stroll through the city we’ll visit a traditional local Georgian carpet factory. We’ll have lunch in Sighnaghi before we’ll do a two-hour drive heading west to the historical capital of Georgia Mtskheta. Here we will relish the cuisine of the Kartli region at the traditional restaurant Salobie in the afternoon. We will take a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mtskheta. Overnight stay in hotel in Mtskheta.

Rustikales Essen in Kartli
Rustic meal in Kartli

Day 5 Wednesday
After a good traditional breakfast we will drive to the ancient city of Uplistsikhe located near the Georgian Silk Road. Uplistsikhe itself is an impressive monument of the pre-Christian civilizations living in the South Caucasus over 2000 years ago. A local guide will give us a tour around the site. We will continue to Western Georgia to the hospitable region of Imereti, where we will stop at a local family place in the village of Vartsikhe. Here we will learn to prepare local Imeretian dishes like cheese making, Nadughi (cottage cheese), Chadi (corn tortillas) and Tabaka (roast chicken) in blackberry sauce. Overnight you will stay in Kutaisi, Hotel

Frisches Gemüse und Kräuter
Fresh vegetables and herbs
Palast der Imeretischen Könige
Palace of the Kings Imeretischen

Day 6 Thursday
Your guides Irma and Lela will take you to the local farmer’s bazaar to get the ingredients for a cooking fest in a typical Imeretian family kitchen. Together with the family we will cook several delicious dishes: Khachapuri, Nigvziani Pkhali (vegetables in nut wrapping) and Kalia (hot pork and beef stew with delicious Georgian spices). We’ll eat together with the family anddrink some of the famous local wines like Imeretian, Tsolokauri and Tsitska. After this there will be time to explore the city of Kutaisi. Overnight stay in Kutaisi, Hotel

Basar Kutaissi Kulinarische Reise Georgien Küche Essen Trinken
Bazaar Kutaisi

Day 7 Friday
After breakfast our first stop will be at the famous monastery of Gelati. During the 11th and 12th century this was the intellectual, scientific and political center of Georgia. We will continue our trip for a 90 km drive to the Black Sea coast. Lunch near the Fish market in Ureki. From there we’ll go to the beautiful seaport Batumi. Batumi is an ancient city of merchants and sailors of multiple origins: Lazians, Georgians, Romans, Greeks, Jews, Turks, Russians, Armenians, Balts, Ukrainians and more. This colorful melting pot characterizes Batumi’s kitchen in which not only fish plays a substantial role but also interesting salads and meat dishes. After a city tour through Batumi we will try the food in a typical Adjarian restaurant, like Adjarian Khachapuri, Saltwater Fish, Baklava (sweets). Overnight stay in Batumi, Hotel

Batumi bei Nacht - Kulinarische Reise
Batumi at night – Culinary Journey

Day 8 Saturday
We will start the day with a stroll through Batumi and along the promenade. After that we will pay a visit to the Muslim Georgians in the Adjarian mountains located in an offshoot of the Lower Caucasus. At 800 meters above sea level, in the village of Gobroneti, we’ll get to learn a different kind of Georgian people and their ways of cooking. Typical dishes are a kind of fondue called “Borano”, Achma (another kind of Georgian Khachapuri, lasagna type) and Malakhto. Overnight stay in Gobroneti at a local family.

Georgischer Bäcker
A traditional Georgian bakery

Day 9 Sunday
At breakfast we have the opportunity to reflect on last week’s experiences and impressions.
Depending on your plans we will organize your transport to Batumi airport or Tbilisi airport

Our Services
Travel arrangements
English speaking guides
All transfers to / from Tbilisi / Batumi, accommodation, entrance fees
Full Board: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Welcome dinner in a typical Georgian restaurant on the first evening
Wine tasting in the winery Chateau Mukhrani in Tbilisi and Wine World in Sighnaghi
2 overnights in Tbilisi: Hotel 3*
2 overnights in Lagodekhi: Family Guest House
1 overnight in Mtskheta: Hotel 3*
2 overnights in Kutaisi: Hotel 2*
1 overnight in Batumi: Hotel 3*
1 overnight in the Adjarian mountains: Family Guest House
Travel by minibus, 4WD or car, depending on the requirements
Subject to minor changes in the itinerary, in consultation with the guests
Single supplement: 220,00 Euro

Tour Price: EUR 1280.00 per person in double room

Please note: The tour price does not include the flight from your home country to Georgia and back
Ticket prices start at around 250,00 EUR. More information about flights here
The ideal would be an open jaw flight with Turkish Airlines, arrival in Tbilisi and departure from Batumi. Alternatively, you can book a return flight to Tbilisi with an airline of your choice

Note: The tour price does not include the flight from your homecountry to Georgia
(From about 250.00 – 500.00 EUR) information about flight connections is available here
The ideal would be a fork flight with Turkish Airlines, arriving in Tbilisi and departure from Batumi. Alternatively, you can book and from Tbilisi with another airline and a flight.

Travel by minibus, 4WD or car, depending on the requirements
Subject to minor changes in the itinerary, in consultation with the guests
Single supplement: EUR 220,00

Note: The tour price does not include the flight from Germany to Georgia
(From about 250.00 – 500.00 EUR) information about flight connections is available here

The ideal would be a fork flight with Turkish Airlines, arriving in Tbilisi and departure from Batumi. Alternatively, you can book and from Tbilisi with another airline and a flight.

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Kulinarische Reise Georgien Essen Trinken Wein
Culinary Journey Georgia Food Drink Wine
Kräuter auf einem georgischen Basar
Herbs on a Georgian Bazaar
Überbackene Champignons
Baked mushrooms
Georgische Trinkgefäße
Georgian Drinkware
Auberginen mit Walnusspaste (Badrijani)
Eggplant with walnut paste (Badrijani)
Das Georgische Schaschlyk heißt in Georgien "Mtsvadi" und ist vom Schwein, Kalb, Lamm oder Ziege
The Georgian shashlik is called in Georgia „mtsvadi“ and is from the pork, veal, lamb or goat
Georgische Frau beim Chatschapuribacken
Georgian woman while Chatschapuribacken
Ein Georgier mit frischem Tomatensalat
A Georgian with fresh tomato salad
Georgischer Basar mit Käseverkäuferinnen
Georgian bazaar with cheese sellers
Ein typischer Basar in Georgien
A typical bazaar in Georgia
Kuchmachi - Eine herzhaftes Vorgericht aus Innereien
Kuchmachi – A hearty starter of offal
Typische Gewürze der Georgischen Küche
Typical spices of the Georgian cuisine
Georgische Tonkaraffen
Georgian Tonkaraffen
Georgisches Schaschlyk wird auf den getrockneten Weinreben gegrillt und erhält dadurch ein unwahrscheinlich zartes rauchiges Aroma
Georgian shashlik is cooked on the dried vines and thus maintains an unlikely delicate smoky flavor
Chatschapuri - heiße georgische Käsefladen
Khachapuri – Hot Georgian cheese bread
Typische georgische Landschaft in den Bergen unweit des Schwarzen Meeres in Adjarien
Typical Georgian landscape in the mountains near the Black Sea in Adjara