Rayhan is a correspondent with BBC News with more than 15 years of experience reporting from Georgia, the South Caucasus, Central Asia and Russia. She is also a film-maker and is currently working on a feature-length documentary, Mayday Georgia, which tells the story of WW2 veterans and the politics of memory. Rayhan has reported extensively on events in the region, from Armenia's Velvet Revolution in 2018 to conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh and Kyrgyzstan.
Discover the wonders of Georgia
With its incredible scenery, including breathtaking mountain top
fortresses and ancient culture, Georgia remains one of Europe's
best-kept secrets. Its centuries-old position at the crossroads of
trade and tradition makes it a place of myth and legend, but you
will also discover some of the oldest churches in Christendom and
some of the continent's most spectacular landscapes on this 10-day
Your trip will begin in the historic capital, Tbilisi, where you will enjoy a tour of the old town, taking in highlights such as the Metekhi Church atop a cliff, the sulphur baths, the synagogue and the Sioni Cathedral. After your tour you will be joined by the BBC correspondent and documentary film-maker Rayhan Demytrie, who will give a private talk with a Q&A in which she will share her experiences of reporting on Georgia and its neighbours. Rayhan has spent 15 years reporting from Georgia, Central Asia and Russia for the BBC and will help prepare you for the rest of your trip.
Your small-group holiday will then head to the dramatic Davit Gareja cave complex and the Gombori Pass before visiting beautiful Stepantsminda in Kazbegi National Park, as well as the ancient capital Mtskheta and its Jvari Monastery, a Unesco World Heritage site. In Vardzia, you'll find a 12th-century cave town carved out of the hillside before heading back to Tbilisi.
"Georgia offers a unique blend of East and West. This is a beautiful and poetic country. For journalists and filmmakers it is a treasure trove for storytelling: wherever one points one's camera there'll surely be a fascinating tale to tell." Rayhan Demytrie
Reasons to book
Unforgettable mountain scenery
Colourful city of Tbilisi
Fascinating talk by Rayhan
Experience life in Georgia
Meet Rayhan Demytrie
Your expert guides
As well as travelling with Wild Frontiers, a specialist travel operator with expert guides and considerable experience in planning and executing trips to Georgia, you will also discover the country with the help of knowledgeable locals, including Georgian craftsmen, felt-makers, bread-makers, wine experts and cooks. You'll also spend time and share meals with Georgian families to discover more about their way of
- Accommodation in three and four-star hotels
- All meals, transport and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary online
- Wine tastings, home-cooked dinner and Georgian cooking demonstration
- Visit to Tbilisi's sulphur baths
- Meal with a Kakhetian family
- Visit to the Stalin Museum, Gori
- Wild Frontiers tour leader with local guides and drivers
- International flights are not included but can be arranged through Wild Frontiers separately
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Day1Tour starts in TbilisiTbilisi, Georgia
Your holiday begins in Tbilisi today. Those on the suggested group flight will be met at the airport in the early hours of Day 2 and transferred to the joining hotel for immediate check-in. For those arriving earlier, rooms will be available from mid-afternoon.
Begin today with walking tour of the city, including much of Old Tbilisi complete with its narrow lanes and green squares, and the strikingly located 13th-century Metekhi Church, which overlooks the Mtkvari River from its clifftop location. Later, you will enjoy a talk and question and answer session with the journalist and filmmaker Rayhan Demytrie, who lives in Georgia and will share her knowledge and insights into this fascinating country.
Day3Narikala Fortress, sulphur baths and the National MuseumTbilisi, Georgia
Today you will have plenty of time to explore the joys of the Georgian capital further, with a visit to Narikala Fortress, one of the oldest fortifications in the city, dating back to the fourth century, the sulphur baths and the National Museum. There will also be time to yourself to explore independently the shops, cafés the synagogue or Sioni Cathedral, where the cross of St Nino, the woman who brought Christianity to Georgia, is preserved.
Day4Davit Gareja and TelaviT'elavi, Georgia
Your day starts with a trip to the sixth-century Davit Gareja cave complex, which is located in a stark, semi-desert landscape. Here you will see the Lavra Monastery and Udabno Monastery, visit the painted caves and enjoy views into Azerbaijan. In Udabno village you'll have a traditional lunch at the home of a local school teacher. You'll pay a visit to a farmer's wine cellar and learn about Kakhetian wines and the process used in making them. You'll also see see how Georgian bread is baked and traditional cheese and sour yoghurt - matsoni - are made.
Day5Telavi, StepantsmindaStepantsminda, Georgia
After a visit to the local market, you will learn how the traditional earthenware vessels used in Georgian wine-making (qvevri) are created from an expert. On your way to the Khevi region, you will go through the picturesque Gombori Pass and stop at Ananuri to visit two fortified churches on the Jinvali reservoir. Enjoying views of the Great Caucasus Mountains as you go, you will arrive at Stepantsminda in the heart of Kazbegi National Park.
Today you'll take a beautiful three-hour walk through valleys and woodland to the 14th Gergeti Trinity Church, high up in the mountains. Depending on the weather, you might catch a glimpse of the glacier on Mount Kazbegi. After lunch you will be driven through the dramatic Dariali Gorge where you will walk to Gveleti watervalls before learning about Georgian feltmaking from a local expert and enjoying a traditional cooking demonstration.
Day7Stepantsminda, Mtskheta, AkhaltslkheAkhaltsikhe, Georgia
Mtskheta is the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia - there you'll visit the Unesco World Heritage sites of the sixth-century Jvari Monstery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, said to be the burial site of Christ's robe from his crucifixion. Local ware is sold on the town's cobbled streets in a vibrant and aromatic market. Pick up churchkhela and other confectionary, plus traditional-style rugs. After a wine tasting at a local winery, you'll continue your journey to Akhaltsikhe.
Day8Akhaltslkhe, VardziaAkhaltsikhe, Georgia
This morning you'll visit the magical citadel of Rabati, rebuilt by the Ottomans, and the Khertsvisi Fortress, which was built in the 10th century. The magnificent cave town of Vardzia carved into the hillside in the 12th-century is your next stop. One of the highlights of your entire trip to the country, the complex of over 3,000 caves stretches for over half a kilometre and includes dwellings, wine cellars and churches, where ancient religious paintings can still be admired on the cave walls.
Day9The Stalin MuseumGori, Georgia
As you head back towards Tbilisi, you'll stop at Gori, the birthplace of the most Georgia's most infamous son, Josef Stalin. You'll explore the surreal Stalin Museum, his house and private carriage, as well as the 1st Millenium BC site of Uplistsikhe in Kartli, before heading back to Tbilisi for our final night.
Day10Tour ends in TbilisiTbilisi, Georgia
Your magical tour ends today in Tbilisi.
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