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Georgia

Tbilisi and the Western Winelands

June 10-17, 2023

Feast your way from the riverine capital Tbilisi to the miracles of Western Georgia, where cave monasteries and an ancient wine culture collide. Hosted and inspired by the adventure, curiosity, and connections of Georgia’s most celebrated chef, Tekuna Gachechiladze.

Tekuna Gachechiladze

Our Host

Georgia’s Top Chef
Tekuna Gachechiladze

Nathan Thornburgh

Trip Guide

R&K Co-Founder
Nathan Thornburgh

R&K Trip Itinerary

Feast your way from the riverine capital Tbilisi to the miracles of Western Georgia, where cave monasteries and an ancient wine culture collide. Hosted and inspired by the adventure, curiosity, and connections of Georgia’s most celebrated chef, Tekuna Gachechiladze.

See our health and safety protocols here

June 10-17, 2023

Day 1

Jun 17 Sat

A Tbilisi Welcome

  • Stamba Hotel
  • 14 Merab Kostava St, 0108 Tbilisi, Georgia
  • +995 32 202 11 99
  • Welcome cocktails in the lobby bar at the ultra-stylish Stamba Hotel
  • Stroll through the green, gorgeous Vera district where the hotel is
  • First feast: Alubali restaurant for a broad, delicious intro to Georgian cuisine

Day 2

Jun 18 Sun

Tbilisi’s Finest

  • Stamba Hotel
  • 14 Merab Kostava St, Tbilisi, Georgia 0108
  • +995 32 202 11 99
  • Clay-oven bread with complementary matsone cream and local preserves for a classic Tbilisi breakfast
  • A walk through Dezerter Bazaar Market with writer and guide Paul Rimple
  • Lunch of classic Georgian dishes in Tbilisi’s magisterial old city
  • Dinner at Keto & Kote for a modern twist on Georgia’s unrivaled cuisine

Day 3

Jun 19 Mon

Into the Winelands

  • Communal Hotel Telavi
  • Cholokashvili Street 11 Telavi, 2200, Georgia
  • +995 599 66 99 77
  • An adjaruli khachapuri breakfast in Tbilisi
  • Lunch at Pheasant’s Tears winery in Sjghnaghi, pairing vintages with Gia Rokashvili’s famous cuisine 
  • Horse-riding tour of Tibaani vineyard and a tasting of local beer
  • A relaxing afternoon with iconic winemaker John Wurdeman accompanied by one of Georgia’s best revival polyphonic choirs, Zedashe

Day 4

Jun 20 Tue

The Mighty Supra

  • Communal Hotel Telavi
  • Cholokashvili Street 11 Telavi, 2200, Georgia
  • +995 599 66 99 77
  • Free morning for swimming, relaxing, or exploring Telavi
  • A visit to Telavi Market with chef Tekuna Gachechiladze
  • A supra feast at the wine country villa of Tekuna and Irakli Bluishvili, winemaker behind Blui’s wines

Day 5

Jun 21 Wed

Kakheti to Vardzia

  • Vardzia Resort
  • Akhalkalaki-Kartsakhi, Georgia
  • +995 591 32 15 15
  • Lunch at Silver Lake, Tekuna’s wine country restaurant
  • Helicopter pickup from Silver Lake to the western winelands of Vardzia
  • Dinner of grilled seafood and cold beer along the Mtkvari River

Day 6

Jun 22 Thu

God is Good

  • Vardzia Resort
  • Akhalkalaki-Kartsakhi, Georgia
  • +995 591 32 15 15
  • Morning trip to the legendary Vardzia cave monastery complex
  • A visit to the iconic village of Saro with al fresco lunch at the Saro Monastery
  • Aluda’s in Chobaretti for tenili cheese-making and a supreme village feast

Day 7

Jun 23 Fri

Return to the capital

  • Stamba Hotel
  • 14 Merab Kostava St, 0108 Tbilisi, Georgia
  • +995 32 202 11 99
  • Returning to Tbilisi through the Dukhobor village of Gorelovka
  • Lunch with the nuns at Phoka Nunnery
  • Light dinner and natural wines at Vino Underground

Day 8

Jun 24 Sat

A last touch of Tbilisi

  • Stamba Hotel
  • 14 Merab Kostava St, 0108 Tbilisi, Georgia
  • +995 32 202 11 99
  • A walking tour of the extraordinary Dry Bridge Market
  • A visit to Tbilisi’s historic baths and their pools of hot, sulphur-rich water
  • Light lunch at Tekuna’s bright new restaurant Khasheria
  • Farewell dinner at the historic mansion that houses Café Littera

Day 9

Jun 25 Sun

Farewell

  • Last breakfast at Stamba Hotel
  • Private transfer to Tbilisi Airport

The Hotels

The casual-cool luxury of Stamba Hotel in the historic Vera neighborhood of Tbilisi makes it truly one of our favorite hotels in the world. Every design detail, every member of staff, every cocktail served at Stamba—they all add up to a singular experience, and an ideal home in Georgia.

In Telavi, our group is taking over the entire property of the Communal Hotel, a landmark townhouse that has been converted into a boutique hotel. The location, the service, and the ability to have the entire property to ourselves make this an exclusive home for our time in Kakheti wine country.

The Vardzia Resort is nestled in one of the most dramatic locations in all of Georgia. Located in the deep Mtkvari River valley, just across from the Vardzia cave monastery, the resort is a perfect contrast of modern conveniences with the ancient landscape around it.

HEALTH & SAFETY FAQ

An incredible trip always starts with peace of mind. For us, even on the tail end of the Omicron wave, that means health and safety is at the center of this trip and its planning. That means that we are planning for our League of Travelers to be essentially a bubble while on the road, and we have stringent vaccination and testing requirements both of our travelers and our hosts, for maximum peace of mind.

Read more about our health and safety protocols, including refund policies

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