From Tbilisi to Kakheti: Embark on a Gastronomic Journey through Georgia's Capital and the Enchanting Wine Region

Georgia may not have been your first destination when you think about world gastronomy but believe me when I say, once you've been to Georgia, you'll want to go back. Join us on a gastronomic adventure in Tbilisi, Georgia, where the flavors of the local cuisine will tantalize your taste buds! From the delectable Khinkali dumplings to the cheesy Khachapuri bread, Tbilisi offers a delightful array of dishes. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that will leave you craving more. Join this 8-day, 9-night culinary holiday and let the exploration begin.

From 4565€/ person

Food & Wine Holiday from Tbilisi, Georgia – Let’s Eat Georgia Food & Wine Tour

Class Duration:  approximately 8 days (9 nights accommodations)
Price per person: from 4565€ based on double occupancy (2025 prices are TBC)
Single Occupancy Supplement: from 450€
Non-participating guests: This tour can not accommodate non-participating guests
Payment Options: We accept payment by credit card or by bank transfer. New! In 2024 – we now offer a 0% interest payment plan. Find out more about it here
Schedule: Our 8-day program weeks run generally from Sunday to Monday (with you arriving on Saturday and departing on Monday)

NOTE: (tour begins Sunday at 12 pm)

Highlights

  • Savor diverse street food in Tbilisi’s old town.
  • Experience hands-on cooking lessons of Svaneti cuisine in Udabno.
  • Explore the ancient David Gareji monastery carved in the mountainside.
  • Forage for fresh ingredients and cook with local chefs in Sighnaghi.
  • Indulge in natural wines at renowned vineyards like Pheasant’s Tears.
  • Discover the art of winemaking and bread baking in Telavi.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with delightful dishes and local melodies.
  • 6 hands-on cooking lessons with chefs and local cooks
  • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Instruction and guided tours in English
  • 9 nights of hotel accommodations (4 nights in Tbilisi, 3 nights in Sighnagi, & 2 nights in Telavi)
  • Airport transfers to and from Tbilisi International Airport (TBS)
  • All excursions and intercity transfers in a private vehicle
  • Entrance fees on guided visits
  • Discover the rich history of the Georgian people
  • Recipe booklet of the Georgian recipes you have prepared, sent to you via email

2024 Tour dates

  • Saturday – Monday 20-29 April 2024 – POSTPONED
  • Saturday – Monday 22 June – 01 July 2024
  • Saturday – Monday 21-30 September 2024

2025 Tour dates:

  • Saturday – Monday 26 April – 5 May 2025
  • Saturday – Monday 28 June – 7 July 2025
  • Saturday – Monday 27 September – 6 October 2025

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In order for us to provide this program, we require a minimum of 4 people. We will review your request and confirm your booking once 4 participants have booked. No payment is required until the dates are confirmed. Once we have 4 participants, subsequent participants can book directly. You will only be able to book this tour for 2 people maximum at a time. Please email us if you need to book more participants (alternatively, you can submit a second request).

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Discover the Flavors of Georgia: A Culinary Adventure in Tbilisi and Khaketi Region! A gastronomical and cultural exploration of Eastern Georgia

Are you seeking a unique, immersive travel experience combining food, wine, culture, and adventure? It’s time to get off the beaten path and take a journey into discovery. Tbilisi, Georgia is where Let’s Eat The World is offering a once-in-a-lifetime culinary holiday tour.

Join us on this incredible journey as we explore the rich culinary heritage of Georgia in the company of local hosts who will share their cities, regions, and countryside with us. This tour is designed for small groups of no more than 8 participants, ensuring an intimate and personalized experience.

Georgia is renowned for its wine-making tradition, which dates back to 8,000 BC. During your time in Georgia, you’ll have the opportunity to visit local vineyards, taste a diverse range of wines, and learn about the wine-making process from the experts. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply enjoy a good glass of vino, this tour is a must-do for anyone who loves wine.

In addition to wine tasting, you’ll also have the chance to learn how to prepare traditional Georgian dishes. Whether or not you are already familiar with Georgian cuisine, you will surely recognize some of the key ingredients found in many traditional dishes including, eggplant, cilantro, pepper, and basil. While these all sound familiar, the unique mix with unique spice blends is what makes them truly Georgian. You’ll learn to prepare dishes such as Khinkali (dumplings), Khachapuri (cheese bread), and Badrijani (aubergine roll), during cooking classes with local chefs. This promises to be an unforgettable experience for foodies. Vegetarians will find this an appealing tour as Georgian cuisine is well-known for its plentiful use of fresh vegetables and herbs. There really is something for everybody.

But this tour is not just about food and wine – we’ve also included excursions tours that allow you to explore the rich history and culture of Tbilisi and the surrounding regions. Visit historic sites, meet the locals, and gain a deeper understanding of Georgia’s traditions and customs.

Whether you’re traveling solo or with a partner, this tour promises to be a fantastic and unforgettable experience. With its delicious cuisine, world-class wine, and rich cultural heritage, you’ll be able to experience the best of what Georgia has to offer.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to discover the flavors of Georgia with Let’s Eat The World! Book your tour today and get ready for a culinary adventure like no other.

Our Let's Eat Georgia Route

The following is a sample program for our Let’s Eat Georgia food & wine holiday – our Georgian culinary holiday in Tbilisi & Eastern Georgia. The program is subject to change due to weather or the availability of our partners. A more definitive program will be given to you on the day of your arrival. Barring any changes in weather and the group’s desires, this final program will be what you can expect for the week. We ask that you try to be understanding about any slight modifications that will not affect your overall enjoyment of the program.

Day 0: (Saturday) Arrival at Tbilisi Airport and transfer to hotel. Flights into Tbilisi arrive either late in the evening or very early in the morning. The hotel room will be booked from Saturday night to accommodate your arrival. Individual pick-ups or grouped pick-ups will be arranged based on flight arrival details.

Day 1: Tbilisi full day (Sunday)

After breakfast meet the guide for Tbilisi walking tour.
Lunch at the local restaurant with street food.
Stroll in the old town of colorful and vibrant Tbilisi, and visit the most iconic historic monuments such as Narikala Castle, Metekhi church, and Sulphur Baths. Walk into the alleyways and discover hidden gems of the town.

Welcome drinks and light dinner at the natural wine bar Vino Underground. Iconic bar- first of its kind, with a great selection of natural wines from different parts of Georgia and beyond.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 2: Tbilisi – Udabno – Lost Ridge Inn (Monday)

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and travel towards East Georgia. Following a 1.5-hour drive we arrive in the village Udabno; A village founded in the 1980s for the eco migrants from the Svaneti region. We convene at a small cafe for a hands-on cooking lesson from the local cooks here who have a great knowledge of Svan (mountain region, the community). We will dine on our preparations from the Svaneti region.

 

After Lunch, visit David Gareji monastery carved in the mountainside in the 6th c.

In the evening arrive at Lost Ridge Inn, and check in the hotel for some rest. In the evening enjoy dinner and beer tasting from the in-house micro brewery which offers natural farmhouse style craft beers brewed, aged, and served onsite.

Day 3: Full day in the vicinity of the town of Sighnaghi (Tuesday)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Foraging in the outskirts of the town. In early to mid-spring it will be possible to pick: Goosefoot, nettles, varieties of crawling herbs and wild spinach, St George Mushrooms, wild champignons, etc…

Return to the hotel and cook together with local cooks in an open-fire kitchen
Lunch with beer or wine and our cooked meal
Free time at the hotel or optional horse riding for those who are interested (to be reserved separately).
In the evening visit town Sighnaghi, a charming 18th c town located on the top of the hill. Sighnaghi is best known for its defensive walls, colorful wooden balconies, and twisty cobbled stone streets.

Dinner at Pheasant’s Tears wine restaurant, a small boutique restaurant that offers delicious meals cooked from seasonal and organic ingredients. The kitchen is led by chef Gia Rokasvili who creates a daily menu. Enjoy a delightful meal paired with natural wines from Pheasant’s Tears.

Overnight at Lost Ridge Inn

Day 4: Full day in the vicinity of Sighnaghi (Wednesday)

After breakfast meet Chef Keto Mindorashvili or Gia Rokashvili and travel towards Tibaani village to Crazy Pomegranate. The Kitchen is led By Keto Mindorashvili who will take us shopping for ingredients to prepare our lunch menu.

Cooking will be followed by lunch and wine and pet-nat tasting produced by Pheasant’s Tears vineyard.
In the evening return to the hotel. En route visit Bodbe – a monastery community.
In the evening dinner at a charming Kerovani winery will be hosted by the wine maker Archil Natsvlishvili at his family cellar in a peaceful and quiet ambience.

Overnight at Lost Ridge Inn.

Day 5: Sighnaghi  Telavi (Thursday)

After breakfast travel towards central Kakheti. Meet Natia Macharishvili and Shota Lagazidze a young dynamic couple. Shota is a well-known natural winemaker in Georgia and Beyond. Natia is a bread baker, she grows endemic wheat on her farm and bakes sour dough bread. Cook together with our hosts, Tushetian cuisine, and bake bread.

 

Visit the 11th-century monastery Alaverdi located in the middle of the  Alazani Valley.

Check-in and some rest, before dinner at the winemaker’s family.

Overnight in Telavi.

Day 6: Central Kakheti Day (Friday)

Walk in Telavi and visit the Farmers Market, then head to Shalauri village and meet Gia Togonidze and his family. Gia is an artist, he started making wine a few years ago. The family house in Shalaur village is decorated with beautiful canvases of Gia. Lika Kipiani is a talented cook and she will share her recipes with us as we cook. Enjoy lunch at the family home.

Return to the hotel for some rest. In the evening visit the Qvevri artisan, learn about Qvevris, and have a light dinner with tasting at his family home. 

Overnight in Telavi area.

Day 7: Back to Tbilisi / Cook your dinner with the chef (Saturday)

Breakfast and check-out 

Shuamta Monastery on Gombori

Lunch in Kakhelebi on the outskirts of Tbilisi

Check-in Tbilisi 

Independent evening and dinner

Overnight in Tbilisi

Day 8: Cooking Day and Departures (Sunday)

Our final day! Following breakfast at the hotel, we will meet the chef from Chef Meriko Gubeladze’s team and visit Dezerter market – the largest farmers’ market in Tbilisi. Stroll along the aisles full of colorful fruits, spices, herbs, nuts, etc. This is a great opportunity to meet local vendors, taste products, and take some nice photos. We will buy fresh produce and continue to one of Meriko’s restaurants for a cooking class and lunch.

We will then proceed to the hotel for some free time before the farewell dinner at Meriko’s first iconic restaurant Shavi Lomi. Our dinner Supra will take place together with local singers.

Overnight at the hotel.

Departure: Airport transfer for Departures (Monday). Departure from the hotel will be 2.5 hours before the flight’s departure time.

Possible Extras:
Possibility of additional hotel nights
Horseback riding at Lost Ridge Inn
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NOTES: You will be accompanied by your guide on all excursions in a private vehicle.

Distance to be covered in total: 550 km (300 miles). Average driving time: 2 Hours to East Georgia, Kakheti region.

This program does not include Airfare, train fare, or travel insurance. As preparing a week such as this requires a number of upfront costs, the deposit is non-refundable in case of a cancelation. Please consult our full terms and conditions. We advise you to get trip insurance to cover your vacation in Georgia and the program.

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