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Let’s celebrate Chinese New Year in Georgia, the country where Stalin was born, where its mountains are much higher than those of the Europe Alps, and where wine making is invented more than 8000 years old ago.  

We will get to experience the following:

  • ski down 2 of the most upcoming ski destinations of Europe
  • trek the snowy forest of Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park
  • taste the wines from where wine making was invented
  • visit the canyons on overhanging walkways
  • boat through the colourfully lighted up cave where legendary Amirani was once chained
  • see how Stalin has been glorified and not hated
  • visit Uplistsikhe an ancient city that was once an important stop on the Silk Road
  • visit the vibrant Tbilisi City


We will start off our journey spending a day in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Visiting Rustaveli Avenue, Metekhi Church, and the monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, Narikala Fortress, the clock tower of the famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre and walking down the district of Sulphur bath houses.

Let's celebrate Chinese New Year in snowy Georgia starting at Tbilisi, GeorgiaMetekhi Church

Let's celebrate Chinese New Year in snowy Georgia starting at Tbilisi, GeorgiaRezo Gabriadze Theatre
 Let's celebrate Chinese New Year in snowy Georgia starting at Tbilisi, GeorgiaView from Narikala Fortress

Let's celebrate Chinese New Year in snowy Georgia starting at Tbilisi, GeorgiaRustaveli Avenue 

The next 2 days we will be skiing or snowboarding down Gadauri.  The resorts have slopes for people of all skill level.  There is a total of 12 trails, the highest trail point starts at 3250 m, Mount Sadzele.

Let's celebrate Chinese New Year in snowy Georgia starting at Tbilisi, GeorgiaGadauri mountain ranges

Let's celebrate Chinese New Year in snowy Georgia starting at Tbilisi, GeorgiaSki lift chairs at Gadauri

We will head to Borjomi, the town famous for its healing and naturally sparkling mineral waters.  Then start our 4 hours of winter trekking through the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park on snowshoes.

Let's celebrate Chinese New Year in snowy Georgia starting at Tbilisi, GeorgiaWinter trekking in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

We will then head to another upcoming ski resort Bakuriani where you can try paragliding, snowmobile, skiing, tubing, ice skating, sledging, and many other activities.

Let's celebrate Chinese New Year in snowy Georgia starting at Tbilisi, GeorgiaParagliding over the Caucasus Mountains.

We then head to Kutaisi to Kinchkha waterfall, Okatse canyon, Gachedili Canyon, and Prometheus Cave.

Let's celebrate Chinese New Year in snowy Georgia starting at Tbilisi, GeorgiaWalking on overhanging walkways admiring Canyon Okatse

Let's celebrate Chinese New Year in snowy Georgia starting at Tbilisi, GeorgiaBrightly lighted Prometheus Cave

We will continue our visit to Stalin Museum, Gori Town where Stalin was born.  Also visiting Uplistsikhe, which translates to 'Fortress of the Lord', is an ancient rock-hewn town which played a significant role in Georgian history for over a period of 3,000 years.  The city was once home to 20,000 people an important stop for Silk Road traders.

Let's celebrate Chinese New Year in snowy Georgia starting at Tbilisi, GeorgiaPersonal train wagon of Stalin

Let's celebrate Chinese New Year in snowy Georgia starting at Tbilisi, GeorgiaUplistsikhe, the ancient city of Georgia

Before heading home, let’s go to the oldest wine-making regions of the world, Kakheti.  The wines are still made with feet stepping the grapes.  We will visit a winery and the world’s longest wine tunnel, the Gvirabi tunnel that is 7.7km.

Let's celebrate Chinese New Year in snowy Georgia starting at Tbilisi, GeorgiaKakheti

Let's celebrate Chinese New Year in snowy Georgia starting at Tbilisi, GeorgiaGvirabi tunnel

Let's celebrate Chinese New Year in snowy Georgia starting at Tbilisi, GeorgiaVineyard in Kakheti


Itinerary
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Day 1
0845 hrs: Meet at Changi Airport and leave for Tbilisi

Day 2
0340 hrs: Arrive Tbilisi
0500 hrs: Check in hotel
0900 hrs: Start Tbilisi 1 day tour.  Visiting Rustaveli Avenue, Metekhi Church, monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, take cable car to Narikala Fortress, walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses, Anchiskhati Basilica, Rezo Gabriadze Theatre
1900 hrs: Overnight at Tbilisi hotel

Day 3
0800 hrs: Breakfast
0830 hrs: Leave for Gudauri
1030 hrs: Arrive in Gudauri
1700 hrs: Overnight Gudauri hotel
Highlight Gadauri ski resort

Day 4
0800 hrs: Breakfast
0830 hrs: Ski in Gudauri
1700 hrs: Overnight Gudauri hotel
Highlight Gadauri ski resort

Day 5
0800 hrs: Breakfast
0830 hrs: Leave for Borjomi
1000 hrs: Start snow trekking in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park
1630 hrs: End of snow trekking
1730 hrs: Overnight Bakuriani Hotel
Highlight Borjomi and Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Day 6
0800 hrs: Breakfast
0830 hrs: Ski or go for other activities in Bakuriani (I will be snowboarding)
1700 hrs: Overnight Bakuriani hotel
Highlight Bakuriani ski resort

Day 7
0700 hrs: Breakfast
0730 hrs: Leave for Okatse Canyon
0930 hrs: Arrive Okatse Canyon, Okatse canyon, Gachedili Canyon, and Prometheus Cave
1700 hrs: Leave for Kutaisi
1800 hrs: Overnight Kutaisi Hotel
Highlight Okatse Canyon, Prometheus Cave (due to weather conditions, we may adjust the itinerary)

Day 8
0730 hrs: Breakfast
0800 hrs: Leave for Gori Town and
1000 hrs: Explore Uplistsikhe and visit Stalin Museum
1700 hrs: Arrive Tbilisi
1800 hrs: I may want to catch a show at the famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre
Highlight Uplistsikhe and visit Stalin Museum

Day 9
0600 hrs: Breakfast
0630 hrs: Leave for Kakheti winery
1000 hrs: Winery tour
1130 hrs: Leave for Tbilisi Airport
1430 hrs: Fly back Dubai

Day 10
1430 hrs: Reach Singapore

Things to bring:
1) Cold weather outdoor attire as it will be 0 degrees and lower
2) Waterproof walking shoe
3) Sunglasses to prevent snow blindness
4) Room slippers

Includes:
All land transfer
Entrance fees to Stalin Museum, Uplistsikhe Cave, Prometheus Cave, Okatse Canyon, Kakheti Winery, and Gvirabi tunnel.
Hiking guides in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park and Tbilisi tour
Snowshoes rental for Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park trekking
2 days Gadauri ski pass
2 days rental of equipment and clothing (jacket and pants) in Gadauri
Cable car ride up to Narikala Fortress
8 nights’ accommodation
8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
8 1 litre of naturally sparkling Borjomi mineral water

Excludes:
Airfare
Meals not mentioned above
Ski Instructors, for beginners I recommend at least a 3 hours lesson that cost S$90
1-day Bakuriani ski pass and ski equipment rental, add S$55 for 1 day
Paragliding, it cost US$100 for 20 to 25 minutes
Snowmobile
Heli-skiing
Visas

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