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Top Choice Monastery in Davit Gareja

Udabno Monastery

Udabno comprises a series of caves along a steep escarpment looking down to grassy plains in Azerbaijan. Some contain fascinating frescoes painted in the 10th to 13th centuries. The exact line of the Georgia–Azerbai…
Top Choice Palace in Tsinandali

Chavchavadze Estate

Prince Alexander Chavchavadze (1786–1846) was one of the most colourful and influential characters in Georgian history, and the palace and gardens he created at Tsinandali are a don't-miss stop on any Kakheti tour. …
Top Choice Georgian in Sighnaghi

Pheasant’s Tears

Pheasant's Tears, a Georgian-American joint venture, makes top-class natural wines by the traditional qvevri method at its vineyards out of town. Here in Sighnaghi it offers wine tastings and delicious Georgian meal…
Cathedral in Around Telavi

Alaverdi Cathedral

At the beginning of the 11th century, when Georgia was entering its cultural and political golden age, King Kvirike of Kakheti had a majestic cathedral built – at 50m tall, Alaverdi Cathedral remained the tallest ch…
Monastery in Around Telavi

Nekresi Monastery

Nekresi’s early Georgian architecture and the views across the Alazani valley from its hillside-woodland site are marvellous. The monastery is 4km off the Kvareli road from a turning 10km past Gremi (Kvareli-bound m…
Fortress in Gremi

Gremi Fortress

This picturesque brick citadel stands beside the Telavi–Kvareli road, 19km from Telavi. Kvareli-bound marshrutky will stop here. From 1466 to 1672 Gremi was the capital of Kakheti, but the town down to the west of t…
Monastery in Around Telavi

Ikalto Monastery

This monastery, beautifully situated in a cypress grove, was one of two famous medieval Georgian Neoplatonist academies, the other being Gelati near Kutaisi. Shota Rustaveli, the national poet, is thought to have st…
Convent in Sighnaghi

Bodbe Convent

Bodbe Convent, the revered final resting place of St Nino, is set among tall cypresses 2km south of Sighnaghi, a pleasant walk on country roads. The little church was originally built, over the saint’s grave, by Kin…
Monastery in Davit Gareja

Lavra

The Lavra monastery is on three levels, with buildings from many periods. You enter by a gateway decorated with reliefs illustrating stories of the monks’ harmony with the natural world. Inside you descend to a cour…
Winery in Kakheti

Winery Khareba

What's special here is the 7.7km of wine tunnels, dug out of a hillside in the early 1960s for storing and ageing wine at constant temperatures. Today the tunnels store over 25,000 bottles of the Khareba company's E…