Get acquainted with Georgia, Butterfield & Robinson’s newest Place on the Verge
Georgia POV explores unknown winelands, stunning mountains and impossible history
TORONTO, January 23, 2018 – Announcing its latest Places on the Verge trip, Butterfield & Robinson – the world’s premier active travel company – has introduced Georgia Places on the Verge(POV) to allow travellers to indulge in dramatic landscapes, unbeatable wine heritage and its authentic, lasting culture. The eastern European nation is being featured by B&R for its unlimited potential for curious travellers and lovers of excellent food and wine, and as a destination on the brink of global popularity for tourism.
From the highest points of the Caucasus Mountains to boardwalk strolls along the Black Sea, B&R’s Georgia POV trip is an opportunity to visit the storied nation before the crowds do.
“Georgia has certainly been on our minds, and for travellers familiar with our POV program, it offers an unbeatable mix of intriguing ancient history, immersive cultural elements and rewarding activity across the entire country,” says Chris Mark, B&R’s Director, Central & Eastern Europe. “Be it ancient wine-making techniques, unbelievable stories of human perseverance or its host of UNESCO World Heritage sites, Georgia POV is a trip for the adventurous and active alike.”
The 10-day trip covers virtually every inch of must-visit regions in Georgia, with a heavy focus on wine-making and tantalizing tastings. Not only is Georgia home to some of the oldest traces of wine production (dating back to 8,000 BC), the Kakheti wine region offers tasting experiences in diverse settings such as the Alaverdi Monastery and Orgo Winery. Travellers will also visit Chateau Mukrani, one of Georgia’s oldest and most prestigious wineries before being welcomed in to the home of a small family-owned winery on the way to Borjomi.
The Places on the Verge program was conceived by B&R co-founder George Butterfield to bring travellers to the world’s destinations on the brink of accessibility. The same set of characteristics that makes these places interesting is the same that make them perfect for adventurous travellers wanting to explore a region in-deep, well before the crowds arrive.
Georgia POV Highlights
- Tbilisi – The first day spent in Georgia will explore the dynamic capital of Tbilisi by cable car. Explore Narikala Fortress and then take a walk to the Abanotubani (a traditional hammam-style bath) before visiting Tbilisi’s most iconic sites such as the Peace Bridge, Freedom Square and historic Rustaveli Avenue. The latter bolstered protests against government in the modern era, and as late as 2011 and is rich in social history.
- Caucasus Mountains – After an introduction to the Lesser Caucasus Mountains and hiking the scenic Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, the next day’s mountain hike of the Southern Caucasus in Svaneti makes for rewarding work. Stopping for a traditional lunch in Zugdidi, hikers will then pierce the clouds with an incredible 4,700m summit at Mt. Ushba for infinite panoramic photography before arriving in Mestia in the afternoon.
- Vardzia – An unforgettable visit to the Vardzia cave monastery, originally built under order of Queen Tamar to elude the Mongols in the late 11th century. For over 100 years, 13 levels carved in to side of the Erusheli Mountain contained 6,000 apartments, accessible only by a hidden tunnel. Today, about 300 halls and apartments remain after a devastating earthquake in 1283 and raids from the Persian Shah Tahmasp.
- UNESCO World Heritage – Sites on trip include the ancient capital Mtskheta, its UNESCO-designated art and culture a testimony to the vanished Kingdom of Georgia, as well as a visit to the idyllic Gelati Monastery en route to Kutaisi in western Georgia. Travellers will also learn the ancient process for winemaking using qvevri (Georgian clay jars), designated as UNESCO Intangible Heritage (alongside Georgia’s polyphonic singing and its standalone alphabet).
- Black Sea – The final day of the trip includes a journey from the summits of the Caucasus Mountains to the shores of the Black Sea en route to Batumi, Georgia’s second-largest city. Travellers can join an in-depth city tour to learn of its origins, dating back to the 7th century, or enjoy the Batumi Boardwalk between the town and the Black Sea.
- The level of activity for Georgia Places on the Verge is Occasional. The terrain is varied with occasional steep grades. The city walking routes have some varied terrain as well. Distances are not significant.
- Vinotel, Tbilisi –Winner of both the “Best Small Luxury Hotel in Eastern Europe” and “Best Boutique Hotel in Georgia” the Vinotel is a brilliant example of Tbilisi architecture, located at the centre of the Old Town in a 19th century building. In addition to beautiful stained glass windows, traditional decorations and colourful carpetry, the Vinotel’s wine cellar and on-site sommelier offer compelling tasting classes.
- Golden Tulip, Borjomi – The elegant 4-star Golden Tulip was constructed in 1892 and combines Georgian, Persian and European style-architecture for a unique façade. The building dazzles with unique turquoise and sparkling mirror fragments on decorated baclonies, and the hotel’s luxury spa facilities offer a well-deserved respite.
- Hotel Tetnuldi, Mestia – Located in the UNESCO-listed village of Mestia, and in the shadows of the Caucasus Mountains, the cozy Tetnuldi offers private balconies, tasty local cuisine and a warm evening atmosphere for reading and enjoying a drink.
- The 10 days / 9 nights Georgia POV trip runs in September 2018, from US$7,495 per person, with single supplements starting at US$1,000.
- For more information or to download the Georgia POV itinerary, visit: www.butterfield.com/trip/georgia-places-on-the-verge..
About Butterfield & Robinson
As the world’s premier active travel company, Butterfield & Robinson has been designing incredible journeys in the world’s most amazing places for over 50 years. From the start, B&R has encouraged travellers to “Slow down to see the world,” executing itineraries focused on activity, adventure and cultural immersion for generations of travellers. With offices in Canada, France and Italy, B&R now offers innovative itineraries in over 60 destinations worldwide. For more information visitwww.butterfield.com.