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New Student Campus to Be Built in Tbilisi
A new student campus will be built in Didi Digomi district in Tbilisi as part of education reforms. The new campus on David Agmasheneveli Alley, will include science laboratories, a library, art school, indoor recreational space, outdoor stadiums, conference rooms, sports halls, a kindergarten and residential campus. The 129,778 square meters of land will also house a science museum, technopark and natural science laboratories. Announcing the new project, Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze said, “all this is being done for the future generation, to have as many educated young people as possible so they can use their knowledge for the country’s well-being. The new education reforms hope to improve educational infrastructure, national exams, security, innovation and technology, financial support, and ensure better quality in institutions of higher learning.

Mountains Go Up and Down: Etseri, Svaneti
BLOG Dear readers, who can help me escape the terrible paradox I’ve got myself into? You see, I resolved not to make any New Year’s resolutions this year… 2019 has had that kind of strange start. There was January 1, which had been preceded by Christmas, and then came Christmas again, followed by a second New Year on the 14th. My birthday (52) was the 13th, but my wife had been in Tbilisi, and when we received the news that school holidays would be extended for a week while the flu makes its rounds, I urged her to stay there in our flat to get some rest and have some needed work done on her teeth. Guests of mine, seven young self-catering friends here to serve in the village (on which more will be written in future): should I even tell them it was my birthday, or simply let Facebook do the telling? In the end, it did, but also some neighbor girls let the cat out of the bag. Coming to the shop, they congratulated me publicly on my birthday but also invited me to their little brother’s big day, my “twin minus 47 years”! So, we did have a small celebration here, as well as me going to the 5-year-old’s one and being asked to play tamada (toastmaster) at the feast there. Fortunately, I’ve had some training in this important ritual role and was able to pull it off. Some fireworks were part of the fun, and I was able to get a few good tripod-mounted shots of these too, from the house. The next day, the 14th, was not only Old New Year’s day but also when a dear old neighbor lady died, of a lung thrombosis, suddenly, in her late 70s. So, sorrow mixed in with the festivities; a funeral to follow on the 19th. The good part of dying here in winter is that your open coffin need not be cooled during the days of the wake. This is offset by: having to dig a grave in the frozen ground; and having to make benches, tables, a tarpaulin marquee and vast amounts of cold and hot food for an outdoor funeral feast for several hundred guests, I’ll write it again, OUTDOORS. My meqvle (first visitor on New Year’s Day) came in the morning, with his little girl of nearly 1½ years, who is now walking and talking up quite a storm. We had a small feast together and renewed our deep friendship; he is the most devoted dad to his three children of any I’ve seen for miles around, but despairs for the world they seem to have to inherit. His life has straddled the relatively happy and prosperous years of Georgia’s communist period as well as the utter chaos and collapse of society which followed the fall of that time. He also describes the local and regional government as the most corrupt, mafia-ridden one in the whole country. Not a lot of optimism there. But at least he thinks and talks honestly, which I really do appreciate. We are glad to see such a mild winter temperature-wise, but the snowfall is definitely working on being as full as last year’s record-breaker. At least the water pipes show no signs of freezing! I have a new way this year of keeping the water flowing, which is definitely helping. But I look forward to renovating the whole water system before next winter, with something considerably more foolproof, needing less fuss and bother to cope with the freeze. We’re trying to run a guest house here, potentially year-round, after all! Dear readers, I wish you more ups than downs as this year starts, and all the help you need in coping with whatever life’s caprices throw at you. Tony Hanmer has lived in Georgia since 1999, in Svaneti since 2007, and been a weekly writer for GT since early 2011. He runs the “Svaneti Renaissance” Facebook group, now with nearly 2000 members, at www.facebook.com/groups/SvanetiRenaissance/ He and his wife also run their own guest house in Etseri: www.facebook.com/hanmer.house.svaneti

Georgian Photographer David Tabagari s Alternative Tbilisi
Exclusive Interview New talents are emerging in various fields of art in Georgia, and photography is no exception. Photography has always been popular in Georgia, since the very introduction of the field, and the latest technological advancements and diverse opportunities are now enabling these photographers to create amazing works that go viral on social media and tell stories about people, events, and more. In this regard, the most distinguished and aspiring self-made Georgian photographer is 22-year-old David Tabagari, who has already earned fame through his impressive works on social media. The young photographer is known for telling real stories through portraits of ordinary people of different professions, such as fireman, sailors, police, miners, etc. Yet, he has also become famous for his images of night-time Tbilisi. The photographer lately held a public meeting, where he gave insight into his work and shared his experience with the audience. GEORGIA TODAY has had the pleasure of watching his career develop over the last few years, and in this interview, we explore how David started on his journey as a photographer.   How did you start your career in photography? When I was 5-6 years old and playing with other kids, I saw everything as a scene to be captured. At the age of 12, I started taking photos with my mobile, and gradually my interest towards photography evolved. Then I bought a small digital Sybershot camera and started out on my first steps into proper photography. This camera served me two years and in this period I took my first photos in my hometown Chiatura. This is well-known town notable for its soviet architecture, cable cars and mines. Later, my parents gave me a camera with which I embarked on a photographic career more seriously and actively. Through practice and travelling a lot, I developed quick pace photography, walking the streets and capturing everything I met on my way. I can say with pride that I’m a self-made photographer and I have not attended any training or classes in this direction. I think learning through one’s practice and mistakes is the best way to perfect your skills and shape yourself as a professional in a particular field.   You regularly go out into Tbilisi and capture alternative Tbilisi at night. You managed to depict winter Tbilisi from an absolutely different perspective and elevate the New Year’s mood among the citizens. Tell us more about your night journey. I started capturing night Tbilisi around a year ago. The work process at night is really interesting and unusual since I try to depict what is not visible to people as a rule. During the daytime, the city is familiar, yet the night city is totally different with its illuminations and buildings. I try to work almost every night, heading out at around 11-12 o’clock and getting home at 5-6 in the morning. To be honest, it is really exhausting to work at night in such circumstances, especially in winter when its freezing. The conditions for taking photos are bad and there is a high chance camera’s objective to be spoiled due to the cold; yet the riskier the process is, the more interesting and adventurous it is for me. I think the key to my success lies in thorough work and great commitment to my job.   What are you working on right now? Currently, I work for Tbilisi City Hall, which saw my photos on social media, liked them and made me an offer to work for them. I have been employed for two months now and I’m honored to work with the team. Name some key moments in your career to date. My portfolio includes several projects for National Geographic, namely a reportage about the Borjomi forest fire, how firemen worked to extinguish it, the results, its present state and what is planned for the future. Additionally, I won the National Geographic project named ‘Nature around us’ – my photo was published in the magazine. My image depicted an abandoned factory in the city of Kutaisi occupied by moss and plants, demonstrating that nothing can withstand the power of nature. Right now, I’m trying to focus on discovering and depicting alternative Tbilisi at night by photographing buildings and people.   What interests you most about photography? Although I’m working towards a Bachelor’s in Law at the Technical University, photography will remain my primary occupation. I’m particularly interested in working in hot spots, and I like urban and street photography, since you can capture and transfer real emotions into an image. It is very emotional to work with ordinary people: I try to photograph real faces and retain the authenticity of their emotions. For me, photography is not solely a field of art, but part of my life and the best way to reflect reality and communicate with people. What I like most about photography is how my camera has allowed me access to places, people and situations I would never otherwise be around. I remember the photo I took on December 28, 2015, that received a massive outcry among the public. I captured an old lady freezing in the street and selling herbs, she was covered in snow and you could barely see her face. As I said, I always try to catch and picture real human emotions, and this poor saleswoman is a clear example of it. When I woke up in the morning, I had a feeling I’d take an important picture that day. The photo went viral on social media and was published by many media publications. The image received positive feedback among the public, and some people even started searching for that woman to help her.

CNN Features Abandoned Tskaltubo Spa
CNN has reported on the abandoned Tskaltubo Spa complex and how the spas have become home for a community of refugees.  Titled ‘the abandoned Soviet-era spas a community of refugees calls home’, the article covers the work of Dutch-Canadian photographer Ryan Koopmans who has spent 5 years photographing the decaying sanatoriums.  Tskaltubo used to be one of the most luxurious and popular spas along the Black Sea. However, as the Soviet Union crumbed, so did the sanatorium, as nature was left to run its course. However, life remained in Tskaltubo. After the fall of the Soviet Union and the outbreak of war for the independence of Abkhazia, refugees fled from their homes in Abkahzia and discovered the abandoned corridors of Tskaltubo. To this day, refugees and the children and grandchildren of the original settlers, still live amongst its decaying rooms. Despite no light, heating or running water the spa’s residents “have had to adapt and create their own makeshift means of survival,” said Koopmans. They even tend animals and vegetables on the spa grounds. Today, the spas are slowly coming to the attention of investors who are beginning to buy back land and renovate dilapidated buildings. As a result, the Georgian government has finally begun re-homing refugees as developers draw up plans to relaunch the spa as a luxury tourist destination. 

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Reviews

Елена & Ирина: Hello! If someone else doubts whether to entrust the organization of rest in Georgia to the My Sweet Georgia team, then I assure you that it is worth it! We are composed of 4 people, rested in the month of September in Batumi. Thanks to the My Sweet Georgia team, our holiday left the best impressions and desire to return again and again to a wonderful and hospitable region. Everything was arranged for the upper class! And accommodation in apartments overlooking the sea, and excursion program with a great guide Gocha! He is very grateful from our company! Thanks to everyone !!! We realized that we would be happy to be in Georgia again and again!

Ольга Турбина: The decision to go to Georgia was spontaneous. I certainly wanted a great guide. It was impossible to change the dates, because I decided to go immediately after the trip. For many years now I have asked you to help me in selecting Yulia's Vaska. And this time, as usual, I turned to her. . Without unnecessary inquiries, the tour was promptly selected. Oh, what wonderful guides I have! Gentleman George and Rusudan Japaridze. She is not just a guide, but the president of the guild of guides, a teacher at the university and a doctor of historical sciences? perfectly knowing the history of Georgia, Rusudan wonderful soul man! Loving his job. Sincere and open. I was imbued with her love for Georgia. However, it's impossible not to fall in love with Georgia! Architecture, nature, hospitality, delicious food-everything is on top! Perhaps this is the best country, from those where I was lucky to visit. And the best guides. I will return to Georgia necessarily!

Irina & Konstantin: 7-26 June 2018 traveled to beautiful Georgia with her husband, ordered an individual tour. The SweetGeorgia team at all stages of the trip planning gave good feedback, advised, chose, took into account all our wishes. Throughout the tour with us was Gocha Zurabovich, our guide, our driver. We are very grateful to this acquaintance, on this trip we found a wonderful friend in the person of Gochi) the atmosphere during the tour in every city, in every place wherever we were (and we were many where) were friendly, friendly, easy. Georgia is a very hospitable country! The route of our tour was observed according to the contract, but we made adjustments, if for example we wanted to suddenly go somewhere. The company is very loyal and flexible towards customers. Of the minuses I can say regret that we did not get to the dolphinarium in Batumi (swimming with dolphins), although it was mentioned several months ago. Because of the large flow of visitors, there were no tickets. I wish that tickets / reservations for such events were made in advance, and not in the & quot; last & quot; moment. You can write a lot and a long time, and still not express all the emotions that this trip gave us! We will necessarily arrive yet, and can even acquire real estate in this wonderful country) And we can say with certainty that the SweetGeorgia company can give its customers a wonderful variety of holidays in accordance with wishes! Special thanks to Yuri for the discount and attention to our pair. Thanks to Livani for the tour of old Tiflis, thank you for all the random and not casual acquaintances! Well, Gocha, our & quot; daddy & quot; we just adore! Very much we miss! Come with parents, with children, with loved ones, or just alone. In sunny Georgia you will not be alone!

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News

New Student Campus to Be Built in Tbilisi
A new student campus will be built in Didi Digomi district in Tbilisi as part of education reforms. The new campus on David Agmasheneveli Alley, will include science laboratories, a library, art school, indoor recreational space, outdoor stadiums, conference rooms, sports halls, a kindergarten and residential campus. The 129,778 square meters of land will also house a science museum, technopark and natural science laboratories. Announcing the new project, Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze said, “all this is being done for the future generation, to have as many educated young people as possible so they can use their knowledge for the country’s well-being. The new education reforms hope to improve educational infrastructure, national exams, security, innovation and technology, financial support, and ensure better quality in institutions of higher learning.

Mountains Go Up and Down: Etseri, Svaneti
BLOG Dear readers, who can help me escape the terrible paradox I’ve got myself into? You see, I resolved not to make any New Year’s resolutions this year… 2019 has had that kind of strange start. There was January 1, which had been preceded by Christmas, and then came Christmas again, followed by a second New Year on the 14th. My birthday (52) was the 13th, but my wife had been in Tbilisi, and when we received the news that school holidays would be extended for a week while the flu makes its rounds, I urged her to stay there in our flat to get some rest and have some needed work done on her teeth. Guests of mine, seven young self-catering friends here to serve in the village (on which more will be written in future): should I even tell them it was my birthday, or simply let Facebook do the telling? In the end, it did, but also some neighbor girls let the cat out of the bag. Coming to the shop, they congratulated me publicly on my birthday but also invited me to their little brother’s big day, my “twin minus 47 years”! So, we did have a small celebration here, as well as me going to the 5-year-old’s one and being asked to play tamada (toastmaster) at the feast there. Fortunately, I’ve had some training in this important ritual role and was able to pull it off. Some fireworks were part of the fun, and I was able to get a few good tripod-mounted shots of these too, from the house. The next day, the 14th, was not only Old New Year’s day but also when a dear old neighbor lady died, of a lung thrombosis, suddenly, in her late 70s. So, sorrow mixed in with the festivities; a funeral to follow on the 19th. The good part of dying here in winter is that your open coffin need not be cooled during the days of the wake. This is offset by: having to dig a grave in the frozen ground; and having to make benches, tables, a tarpaulin marquee and vast amounts of cold and hot food for an outdoor funeral feast for several hundred guests, I’ll write it again, OUTDOORS. My meqvle (first visitor on New Year’s Day) came in the morning, with his little girl of nearly 1½ years, who is now walking and talking up quite a storm. We had a small feast together and renewed our deep friendship; he is the most devoted dad to his three children of any I’ve seen for miles around, but despairs for the world they seem to have to inherit. His life has straddled the relatively happy and prosperous years of Georgia’s communist period as well as the utter chaos and collapse of society which followed the fall of that time. He also describes the local and regional government as the most corrupt, mafia-ridden one in the whole country. Not a lot of optimism there. But at least he thinks and talks honestly, which I really do appreciate. We are glad to see such a mild winter temperature-wise, but the snowfall is definitely working on being as full as last year’s record-breaker. At least the water pipes show no signs of freezing! I have a new way this year of keeping the water flowing, which is definitely helping. But I look forward to renovating the whole water system before next winter, with something considerably more foolproof, needing less fuss and bother to cope with the freeze. We’re trying to run a guest house here, potentially year-round, after all! Dear readers, I wish you more ups than downs as this year starts, and all the help you need in coping with whatever life’s caprices throw at you. Tony Hanmer has lived in Georgia since 1999, in Svaneti since 2007, and been a weekly writer for GT since early 2011. He runs the “Svaneti Renaissance” Facebook group, now with nearly 2000 members, at www.facebook.com/groups/SvanetiRenaissance/ He and his wife also run their own guest house in Etseri: www.facebook.com/hanmer.house.svaneti

Georgian Photographer David Tabagari s Alternative Tbilisi
Exclusive Interview New talents are emerging in various fields of art in Georgia, and photography is no exception. Photography has always been popular in Georgia, since the very introduction of the field, and the latest technological advancements and diverse opportunities are now enabling these photographers to create amazing works that go viral on social media and tell stories about people, events, and more. In this regard, the most distinguished and aspiring self-made Georgian photographer is 22-year-old David Tabagari, who has already earned fame through his impressive works on social media. The young photographer is known for telling real stories through portraits of ordinary people of different professions, such as fireman, sailors, police, miners, etc. Yet, he has also become famous for his images of night-time Tbilisi. The photographer lately held a public meeting, where he gave insight into his work and shared his experience with the audience. GEORGIA TODAY has had the pleasure of watching his career develop over the last few years, and in this interview, we explore how David started on his journey as a photographer.   How did you start your career in photography? When I was 5-6 years old and playing with other kids, I saw everything as a scene to be captured. At the age of 12, I started taking photos with my mobile, and gradually my interest towards photography evolved. Then I bought a small digital Sybershot camera and started out on my first steps into proper photography. This camera served me two years and in this period I took my first photos in my hometown Chiatura. This is well-known town notable for its soviet architecture, cable cars and mines. Later, my parents gave me a camera with which I embarked on a photographic career more seriously and actively. Through practice and travelling a lot, I developed quick pace photography, walking the streets and capturing everything I met on my way. I can say with pride that I’m a self-made photographer and I have not attended any training or classes in this direction. I think learning through one’s practice and mistakes is the best way to perfect your skills and shape yourself as a professional in a particular field.   You regularly go out into Tbilisi and capture alternative Tbilisi at night. You managed to depict winter Tbilisi from an absolutely different perspective and elevate the New Year’s mood among the citizens. Tell us more about your night journey. I started capturing night Tbilisi around a year ago. The work process at night is really interesting and unusual since I try to depict what is not visible to people as a rule. During the daytime, the city is familiar, yet the night city is totally different with its illuminations and buildings. I try to work almost every night, heading out at around 11-12 o’clock and getting home at 5-6 in the morning. To be honest, it is really exhausting to work at night in such circumstances, especially in winter when its freezing. The conditions for taking photos are bad and there is a high chance camera’s objective to be spoiled due to the cold; yet the riskier the process is, the more interesting and adventurous it is for me. I think the key to my success lies in thorough work and great commitment to my job.   What are you working on right now? Currently, I work for Tbilisi City Hall, which saw my photos on social media, liked them and made me an offer to work for them. I have been employed for two months now and I’m honored to work with the team. Name some key moments in your career to date. My portfolio includes several projects for National Geographic, namely a reportage about the Borjomi forest fire, how firemen worked to extinguish it, the results, its present state and what is planned for the future. Additionally, I won the National Geographic project named ‘Nature around us’ – my photo was published in the magazine. My image depicted an abandoned factory in the city of Kutaisi occupied by moss and plants, demonstrating that nothing can withstand the power of nature. Right now, I’m trying to focus on discovering and depicting alternative Tbilisi at night by photographing buildings and people.   What interests you most about photography? Although I’m working towards a Bachelor’s in Law at the Technical University, photography will remain my primary occupation. I’m particularly interested in working in hot spots, and I like urban and street photography, since you can capture and transfer real emotions into an image. It is very emotional to work with ordinary people: I try to photograph real faces and retain the authenticity of their emotions. For me, photography is not solely a field of art, but part of my life and the best way to reflect reality and communicate with people. What I like most about photography is how my camera has allowed me access to places, people and situations I would never otherwise be around. I remember the photo I took on December 28, 2015, that received a massive outcry among the public. I captured an old lady freezing in the street and selling herbs, she was covered in snow and you could barely see her face. As I said, I always try to catch and picture real human emotions, and this poor saleswoman is a clear example of it. When I woke up in the morning, I had a feeling I’d take an important picture that day. The photo went viral on social media and was published by many media publications. The image received positive feedback among the public, and some people even started searching for that woman to help her.

CNN Features Abandoned Tskaltubo Spa
CNN has reported on the abandoned Tskaltubo Spa complex and how the spas have become home for a community of refugees.  Titled ‘the abandoned Soviet-era spas a community of refugees calls home’, the article covers the work of Dutch-Canadian photographer Ryan Koopmans who has spent 5 years photographing the decaying sanatoriums.  Tskaltubo used to be one of the most luxurious and popular spas along the Black Sea. However, as the Soviet Union crumbed, so did the sanatorium, as nature was left to run its course. However, life remained in Tskaltubo. After the fall of the Soviet Union and the outbreak of war for the independence of Abkhazia, refugees fled from their homes in Abkahzia and discovered the abandoned corridors of Tskaltubo. To this day, refugees and the children and grandchildren of the original settlers, still live amongst its decaying rooms. Despite no light, heating or running water the spa’s residents “have had to adapt and create their own makeshift means of survival,” said Koopmans. They even tend animals and vegetables on the spa grounds. Today, the spas are slowly coming to the attention of investors who are beginning to buy back land and renovate dilapidated buildings. As a result, the Georgian government has finally begun re-homing refugees as developers draw up plans to relaunch the spa as a luxury tourist destination. 

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Reviews

Елена & Ирина: Hello! If someone else doubts whether to entrust the organization of rest in Georgia to the My Sweet Georgia team, then I assure you that it is worth it! We are composed of 4 people, rested in the month of September in Batumi. Thanks to the My Sweet Georgia team, our holiday left the best impressions and desire to return again and again to a wonderful and hospitable region. Everything was arranged for the upper class! And accommodation in apartments overlooking the sea, and excursion program with a great guide Gocha! He is very grateful from our company! Thanks to everyone !!! We realized that we would be happy to be in Georgia again and again!

Ольга Турбина: The decision to go to Georgia was spontaneous. I certainly wanted a great guide. It was impossible to change the dates, because I decided to go immediately after the trip. For many years now I have asked you to help me in selecting Yulia's Vaska. And this time, as usual, I turned to her. . Without unnecessary inquiries, the tour was promptly selected. Oh, what wonderful guides I have! Gentleman George and Rusudan Japaridze. She is not just a guide, but the president of the guild of guides, a teacher at the university and a doctor of historical sciences? perfectly knowing the history of Georgia, Rusudan wonderful soul man! Loving his job. Sincere and open. I was imbued with her love for Georgia. However, it's impossible not to fall in love with Georgia! Architecture, nature, hospitality, delicious food-everything is on top! Perhaps this is the best country, from those where I was lucky to visit. And the best guides. I will return to Georgia necessarily!

Irina & Konstantin: 7-26 June 2018 traveled to beautiful Georgia with her husband, ordered an individual tour. The SweetGeorgia team at all stages of the trip planning gave good feedback, advised, chose, took into account all our wishes. Throughout the tour with us was Gocha Zurabovich, our guide, our driver. We are very grateful to this acquaintance, on this trip we found a wonderful friend in the person of Gochi) the atmosphere during the tour in every city, in every place wherever we were (and we were many where) were friendly, friendly, easy. Georgia is a very hospitable country! The route of our tour was observed according to the contract, but we made adjustments, if for example we wanted to suddenly go somewhere. The company is very loyal and flexible towards customers. Of the minuses I can say regret that we did not get to the dolphinarium in Batumi (swimming with dolphins), although it was mentioned several months ago. Because of the large flow of visitors, there were no tickets. I wish that tickets / reservations for such events were made in advance, and not in the & quot; last & quot; moment. You can write a lot and a long time, and still not express all the emotions that this trip gave us! We will necessarily arrive yet, and can even acquire real estate in this wonderful country) And we can say with certainty that the SweetGeorgia company can give its customers a wonderful variety of holidays in accordance with wishes! Special thanks to Yuri for the discount and attention to our pair. Thanks to Livani for the tour of old Tiflis, thank you for all the random and not casual acquaintances! Well, Gocha, our & quot; daddy & quot; we just adore! Very much we miss! Come with parents, with children, with loved ones, or just alone. In sunny Georgia you will not be alone!

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Tours in Georgia
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Romantic Tour for a Couple

Romantic Tour for a Couple

This is a romantic tour for your couple. The tour includes: pick up / drop off at an airport in Georgia, a car and a guide for the entire tour, staying in a suite in Hotel O Galogre (Batumi), champagne and flowers in the room, candlelit dinner in the best restaurant of the city, an adventure for your couple (as you choose - Mountainous Adjara, Fairy-tale Batumi or a Yacht trip), participation in a Georgian wedding as invited honoured guests. Meals are sreved in restaurants. Especially for you - musicians, dancers and a guide-toastmaster! Note that the flight is not included in the tour price.
Skiing to the Clouds! A Skiing Tour in Gudauri

Skiing to the Clouds! A Skiing Tour in Gudauri

The standard tour duration is seven days (other tailored options are also available).   A detailed description of the resort is available here. You can also view the tour brochure by clicking here.   The tour price includes: 1. transfer from Tbilisi to Gudauri and back, 2. accommodation in Gudauri (six nights), 3. two meals a day (breakfast and dinner), 4. ski pass (five days).   For an extra fee you can: book a hotel room in Tbilisi in case you arrive late in the evening, rent skis, snowboards and other equipment, use ski / snowboard instructor services. Attention! Booking a tour at the prices indicated here is possible if there are rooms available in the hotels of the selected category during the period of your planned stay.
The Trail of St. Nino. Pilgrimage Tour

The Trail of St. Nino. Pilgrimage Tour

Georgia is a traditionally Orthodox country. The history of the Georgian church dates back to the beginning of Christianity. We are inviting everybody interested to go on an amazing trip following the trail of St.Nino Equal to the Apostles and the Enlightener of Georgia. The eight-day tour starting from Tbilisi or Kutaisi includes visiting Vardzia, Khertvisi, Uplistsikhe, Mtskheta, Ananuri, Bodbe and Kakheti. The price is given for the "all inclusive" option. You can also choose the "bed and breakfast" option (BB). The prices per person for the BB tour are as follows: in a group of 2-3 persons - 530$, in a group of 4-5 persons - 380$, in a group of 6-11 persons - 335$, in a group of 12-17 persons - 300$, in a groups of 18 or more persons - 260$. The tour price includes: welcome and farewell at the airports of Tbilisi, Kutaisi or Batumi, staying in budget hotels and guest houses (twin and triple rooms), comfortable transportation (Mercedes-Vito or Mercedes-Sprinter), an accompanying guide throughout the tour, admission tickets (where necessary according to the programme), meals: FB* or BB**, drinking water in the bus, Wi-Fi in the bus and during excursions. The price does not include: admission to landmarks and public places not on the programme, wine (minimum 3$ a litre), other events or services not on the programme.
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Древние храмы Кахетии

Древние храмы Кахетии

Кахети - это родина не только вина. Это еще и места, интересные своим богатейшим культурным наследием и древними традициями. Всего в Кахети около 30 храмов. Самыми известными считаются монастыри Алаверди и Икалто, самым древним - храм Некреси.  Алаверди - одна из самых знаменитых средневековых церквей в Грузии, была построена в начале XI века и находится в 20 км. От г. Телави. Это - одно из самых высоких сооружений (45 м.) своего времени. Алаверди служила усыпальницей кахетинских царей. Некреси - город, который еще во II в. до нашей эры построил царь Парнаваз. Монастырь Некреси, сохранившийся в долине реки Алазани, состоит из нескольких культовых построек разных времен. Самая ранняя постройка – небольшая церковь конца IV в. Она была сооружена вскоре после провозглашения христианства официальной религией государства. Церковь построена из грубо отесанного камня и стоит на фундаменте, преобразованном в гробницу. В VI-VII веках здесь был возведён главный храм Пресвятой Девы, сохранивший фрагменты настенных надписей и фресок XVI века. В комплекс входили ещё купольная квадратная церковь (IX в.) и епископский дворец XVI в.  Икалтойский монастырь – один из первых в Грузии, а в Кахетии фактически самый первый. Он основан одним из ассирийских отцов, Зеноном Икалтойским  (ზენონი იყალთოელი) где-то после середины 6-го века. От строений той эпохи уже ничего не осталось. Существующие ныне храмы построены,  самое раннее, в VIII веке. Видимо, есть какая-то связь с возникновением независимого Кахетинского царства в те века. В тот же период на территории монастыря были построены давильни для винограда и винохранилища, частично сохранившиеся по сей день. В XII веке при царе Давиде Строителе был построен Успенский храм и пристроен корпус Академии. Эта академия вошла в историю тем, что в ней учился Шота Руставели. По этому случаю где-то в ноябре (в выходные) здесь отмечается локальный праздник Шотаоба.  В 1616 году шах Аббас сжег академию и тем поставил точку в ее истории. С этого момента монастырь почти прекратил свое существование и был восстановлен только в XIX веке.  Добро пожаловать в Цинандали! Цинандали – это не только сорт вина, но и село, в котором находится шикарное поместье кахетинских князей Чавчавадзе. Именно здесь заработал первый во всей Алазанской долине винный завод. До этого вино кахетинцы производили по старинке: в  огромных глиняных кувшинах-квеври. Дом-музей великого грузинского писателя, общественного деятеля и поэта Ильи Чавчавадзе (1837-1907гг.) расположен в фамильной усадьбе Чавчавадзе, в музейном комплексе. Заслуга Ильи Чавчавадзе перед Грузией на  столько значительна, что 2 августа 1987 г. Грузинской Православной Церковью он канонизирован как Святой Илья Праведный. На протяжении всего XIX века усадьба Чавчавадзе в Цинандали была настоящим центром светской жизни в Грузии. Здесь собирались музыканты, писатели и поэты, здесь Александр Грибоедов познакомился со своей будущей женой – княжной Ниной Чавчавадзе. Нынешний дворец Цинандали был построен в начале 1820-х годов известным грузинским поэтом и мыслителем Александром Чавчавадзе. Вокруг изящного особняка был разбит регулярный парк в английском стиле с разными редкими растениями типа пальм и бамбука. Особого внимания заслуживает приусадебная винодельня – марани. По площади она примерно равна всему господскому дому, а в ее подвалах хранится уникальная коллекция вина – винотека с 20 тысячами бутылок. В музейном комплексе входят фамильная башня, жилой дом, винный погреб, хлебо-пекарня, амбар, мельница на воде  и двухэтажный выставочный зал. В музее хранятся: мемориальные вещи Ильи и членов его семьи, рукописи Ильи, журналы и газеты учрежденные Ильей, фамильный герб Чавчавадзе, печать, бытовые предметы, ружья 17-19 века, мебель, рукописи грузинских и иностранных общественных деятелей, работы созданные по тематике произведений Ильи Чавчавадзе (Г. Гриневского, Л. Гудиашвили, К. Гурули, К. Малагашвили, У. Джапаридзе) большой фотоматериал и архивные документы.    В Цинандали пройдет дегустация Вин.
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Kvetera Church

Kvetera Church

Kvetera Church (Georgian: კვეტერის ეკლესია) is a Georgian Orthodox church in a historic fortified town of Kvetera in Kakheti. Kvetera Church was built in the early part of the 10th century. It is a relatively small church and resembles the Georgian cross-dome style of architecture. The dome rests on a round tympanum and rises over the central square pace. The Projections end in an apse, which have niches between them. The facade of the church is not designed with a lot of ornaments which is typical for Kakhetian churches. Most of the facade is decorated with symmetrical arches. Town of Kvetera used to one of the center of the Principality of Kakheti. According to Vakhushti Bagrationi, Kvetera dates back at least to 8th century AD. It is also mentioned in the written document from the 11th century.
Sculpture Falcon and Pheasant

Sculpture Falcon and Pheasant

The emergence of Tbilisi fanned by poetic tradition. In the forests that covered in ancient times the territory of the future city, once hunted the Georgian King Vakhtang Gorgasali (452-502). Royal Falcon raised pheasant, and birds have disappeared from sight. Hunters rode toward the flight of birds, and after a long search came upon the source, which hit a falcon with his prey. Both birds were scalded: the source turned out to be hot. Amazed by what had happened, the king inspected the surroundings - the picturesque slopes covered with a green carpet of forests, the valley of the deep mountain rivers, numerous mountain springs, most of which were hot.
Shatili vilage

Shatili vilage

Shatili (Georgian: შატილი) is a historic highland village in Georgia, near the border with Chechnya. It is located on the northern slope of the Greater Caucasus mountains, in the historical Georgian province of Upper Khevsureti, which is now part of the modern-day region (mkhare) of Mtskheta-Mtianeti.
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Чихиртма из курицы

Чихиртма из курицы

Многие грузинские супы выручают с похмелья, но чихиртма — особая статья. Это очень тонкий суп, он лечит незаметно и как-то интеллигентно. От него оживают даже те несчастные, что не могут пошевелить ни рукой, ни ногой. Ну а теперь приступим к готовке, самого блюда. 1. Режем курицу на куски, режем лук и кладем все в кастрюлю. Тушим на медленном огне без воды. Если курица недостаточно жирная, в кастрюлю можно добавить немного воды, чтобы не подгорело. 2. Когда курица почти готова, заливаем ее водой — 8–10 стаканов или больше, в зависимости от того, сколько супа вы хотите сварить. 3. Солим, кидаем в кастрюлю перевязанный ниткой пучок кинзы с кореньями и варим на медленном огне, периодически снимая пену. Тушеная курица и лук придают супу особенный вкус — он сильно отличается от простого куриного бульона. 4. Через 10 минут вынимаем из бульона курицу и кладем в отдельную посуду. Выкидываем пучок кинзы. Процеживаем бульон и выкидываем лук. 5. Берем яйца, отделяем желтки от белков и перемешиваем их с винным уксусом. Вливаем желтки в чуть остывший бульон, но осторожно, чтобы они не свернулись. Разливаем бульон по мискам и кладем туда куски курицы. Прекрасный утренний суп готов. Желаем приятного аппетита! Время приготовления в среднем составляет 40 минут. Источник : eda.ru
Ачма с сулугуни

Ачма с сулугуни

Ачма - грузинский пирог с сыром, готовящийся из большого количества слоёв теста, которое немного отваривают. В качестве начинки можно использовать сулугуни, осетинский сыр, или осетинский вперемешку с сулугуни. Самое сложное в приготовлении ачмы - тонко раскатать тесто. Употребляется ачма, как правило, в горячем виде. Удобна тем, что ее можно разогревать повторно — она от этого нисколько не теряет во вкусе. Поэтому обычно ее готовят сразу большими противнями. 1. Наполняем кастрюлю водой, подсаливаем воду, ставим на средний огонь. 2. Яйца слегка перемешиваем, добавляем воду и соль. 3. Затем аккуратно всыпаем просеянную муку и замешиваем тесто. 4. Делим тесто на 7 частей (две из них делаем больше остальных). 5. Придаем каждой части форму шара, ставим тесто на 10 минут в холодильник. 6. Затем раскатываем тесто — нужно получить тонкие пласты, слой-основа должен быть больше. 7. Сыр натираем на крупной терке. 8. Масло растапливаем на медленном огне. 9. Берем форму 35 см, застилаем бумагой для выпекания, промасливаем, выкладываем первый слой (края слоя должны выходить за пределы формы), смазываем его маслом, засыпаем сыр так, чтобы закрыть всю поверхность. 10. Остальные 5 слоев нужно сварить. Каждый пласт опускаем в кипящую подсоленную воду на 20 секунд, затем вынимаем и кладем в холодную воду, затем пласт нужно положить на полотенце и просушить. 11. Затем послойно выкладываем готовое тесто в форму. Каждый слой промасливаем и посыпаем сыром. 12. Затем накрываем форму последним слоем, края слоя-основы загибаем, смазываем маслом и взбитым яйцом. 13. Ставим блюдо в разогретую до 200 градусов духовку на 30 минут.
Квари - вареники с сыром

Квари - вареники с сыром

Квари - это вареники с грузинским сыром сулугуни. В Грузии это блюдо особо почитают в западном регионе Менгрелия. Начинка в квари обязательно сырная, хоть и допускаются некоторые добавки, например тыквы или зелени. В Грузии традиционно квари готовятся со смесью имеретинского рассольного сыра и сулугуни, а в Абхазии для начинки используется брынза с добавкой семян кинзы (цыбры). Но там, где имеретинский сыр не найти, как вариант, приготовьте начинку из смеси адыгейского сыра с сулугуни. Или из одного сулугуни, так будет вкуснее всего! Приготовить квари несложно, сложнее научиться защипывать, формируя традиционные «гребешки», сжимая край теста тремя пальцами (один вверху, два внизу). . Итак, сперва делаем начинку. 250 граммов сыра тщательно разминаем и подсаливаем так, чтобы масса была заметно солёной. Если начинка вышла слишком сыпучей можно добавить пару столовых ложек кипячёной воды - чтобы она легко скреплялась в комочки (которые мы будем вкладывать в кружки теста). Тесто. Высыпаем в миску полкило муки, разбиваем в неё 2 яйца и подливаем воду, размешивая руками. Тесто готово, когда оно перестаёт липнуть к рукам. Раскатываем тесто с помощью скалки, как для обычных пельменей. Большой кружкой вырезаем круги... - вы же знаете, как это делается, зря я пишу? =) Когда кружки теста готовы, пакуем в них начинку. Варим в зависимости от толщины теста до готовности (6-7 минут), чуть-чуть подсолив воду. Выкладываем на тарелку и смазываем небольшим количеством сливочного масла. Можно и без масла. Из указанных в рецепте количеств получается две большие, сытные порции вкусняшки под названием квари. Очень вкусно есть такие грузинские вареники со сметаной. Вот и весь рецепт =)

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