Republic of Georgia
Snow-capped Caucasus, medieval history and the birthplace of wine,
this is a trip you won't want to miss!

October 14-19, 2018

6 days/6 nights; Trip cost reduced 15% to only $3,195 per person

International airfare not included. Upon request, guests are welcome to use CARE's travel partner for flight reservations.


Begin your journey with a tour of the medieval Georgia capital Tbilisi before winding your way through the Caucasus Mountains where CARE is working alongside women and their families to create economic opportunity and security.

Along the way, you will spend time with youth committed to promoting regional peace; visit with groups of women overcoming disabilities to make and sell handicrafts; and speak with cooperative members producing some of the country's best fish and wine.

Project Visits

Trip at a Glance . Registration

 

Day 1- Sunday, October 14

Upon arrival into Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, you will be greeted at the airport by a CARE staff member. Your first stop will be the hotel for a chance to refresh and rest after your travels. The afternoon will include a tour of Tbilisi, founded in the 5th century, a long-standing capital of many kingdoms and republics. Visit Tbilisi’s Old Town, pass by the famous suflur bath houses, ride a cable car to Narikala Fortress with its panoramic views and visit some of the many centuries-old cathedrals found throughout the city. Following your tour, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with CARE staff as we look forward to an exciting week. 

Hotel Mercure

Lunch and Dinner Included in Trip Cost

Day 2- Monday, October 15

In the morning, the journey to the western city Kutaisi begins. The first stop is Nikozi, host to CARE's Building Bridges project, where we will visit a school and community center. Building Bridges strengthens the ability of youth living near conflict lines in the South Caucasus to play a future role in peacebuilding and cross-border cooperation. During our stop in Nikozi, we will eat lunch with students and learn more about their experiences growing up in a historically destabilized region. After lunch, we'll resume our travels to Kutaisi, Georgia’s second largest city. The scenic drive reveals the snow-capped Caucasus mountains to the north and south with wide river valleys settled between. Once in Kutaisi, we will visit the Gelati Monastary, whose frescos that rival many Italian cathedrals.

Best Western Kutaisi

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included in Trip Cost

Day 3- Tuesday, October 16

The third day of our journey takes us to the villages of Samtredia and Senaki where we will visit CARE’s project:  Increasing Work Opportunities for Women with Disabilities. This project equips women with special needs to be active in their communities and to become role models for other women with disabilities. Focusing on income-generating activities through sewing and handicrafts, the women gain a much-welcomed sense of community and self-confidence through their work together. The visits will provide a glimpse into rural life in the region giving greater context to the challenges these women face. The day ends with a visit to Martvili Canyon, a narrow canyon that opens into large waterfalls with clear green water, one of Georgia’s natural treasures.

Best Western Kutaisi

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included in Trip Cost

Day 4- Wednesday, October 17

Leaving the beaten path, we will travel high into the Caucasus Mountains for a visit with entrepreneurs involved in CARE’s social enterprises. One of the most scenic drives in Georgia, which follows mountain rivers and breathtaking views, will deliver us to a mountain trout farming cooperative. Managed by members of the community, the trout farm has become widely recognized as producing some of the best-tasting fish in Georgia with demand coming from some of Tbilisi’s finest restaurants. Next on the itinerary is a visit to a wine cooperative where we will walk mountain vineyards and learn how local wine producers are connecting to a global market, and in so doing, are preserving the world's oldest wine making culture dating back 8,000 years.  

Best Western Kutaisi

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included in Trip Cost

Day 5- Thursday, October 18

An early morning departure to Tbilisi will have us back in the capital in time for lunch and some relaxation. The afternoon will give you plenty of time to walk the winding streets of Old Town with its many shops and restaurants. This will be a wonderful time to purchase souvenirs for family and friends and, of course, indulge in several wine tastings that take place in the district’s many boutique wine shops. Old Town sommelier’s are true experts of their craft and it won't take them long to identify the perfect bottle of wine for your tastes. In the evening, we will gather for dinner at the Funicular, a Tbilisi institution. Riding the tram to the top of Mount Mtatsminda, the Funicular offers unparalleled views of Tbilisi.

Hotel Mercure

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included in Trip Cost

Day 6- Friday, October 19

Our final day takes us into the district of Lagodekhi where CARE is working closely with communities to promote Participatory Rural Development. This project stimulates rural development in Georgia by increasing citizen participation and promotes bottom-up decision-making. Heading east on this drive towards the border of Azerbaijan, we will visit with Local Action Group committee members working to strengthen their communities through the management of 47 small CARE grants. By working with youth to prevent early marriage, rehabilitating a kindergarten serving 130 students and creating ecological nature reserves, the Participatory Rural Development program is having tremendous impact. The day in Lagodekhi ends with a visit to a local wine producer who has mastered the art of traditional Georgian wine making known as qvevri, which is passed down from one generation to the next. We will enjoy a tasting of several varieties of this unique wine made from home-grown grapes while we make our own churchkhela, a traditional Georgian desert. Upon our return to Tbilisi, the trip concludes with a final dinner together as we share stories and reflect on what will certainly be a memorable trip.

Hotel Mercure

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included in Trip Cost

Travelers are free to begin departing late on the evening of October 19th.








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