52 Perfect Days Traveler Trip – Central & Eastern Europe | Ukraine – Georgia | Tour 2018

This will be the 1st (and hopefully annual) 52 Perfect Days trip. I’m working with Cobblestone Freeway Tours to plan this trip to Central and Eastern Europe. The 10-day trip will begin in Lviv, Ukraine and we will then travel to Kyiv. From Ukraine, we fly to Tbilisi, Georgia and then travel to Batumi. The Ukraine – Georgia trip is open to a maximum of 16 people.

Quick Overview

  • 2 Countries
  • 5 Cities
  • 3 Unesco World Heritage Sites
  • 15 Excursions & Tours
  • Guide in Ukraine and in Georgia

Some of What is Included

  • Escorted tour from beginning to the end
  • All events included in the Itinerary
  • All land transportation in an air-conditioned quality bus with professional driver
  • All Hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • 6 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Flight Kyiv – Tbilisi

October 25 – November 4, 2018 | Lviv – Kyiv–Tbilisi –Batumi

The 2018 52 Perfect Days traveler trip is for anyone who loves to travel and wants to experience the countries of Ukraine and Georgia. Cobblestone Freeway Tours will be our guide on this 10-day trip to Central and Eastern Europe to visit Ukraine and Georgia. We will have one guide in Ukraine and one guide in Georgia. The guides are experts in each country, speak the language and will be sharing the customs, history, and beauty of each country. There will be time with the group and time on your own.

Itinerary

2 Nights in Lviv

Lviv, Ukraine

Day 1| Friday, October 26: Arrive in Lviv (the Paris of Ukraine)!

Transfer from airport to hotel.

Check into a quaint and centrally located hotel with time to rest, before giving you a brief city
orientation.

Spend your time exploring this picturesque city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, see some of Lviv’s
most famous attractions. Enjoy Lviv’s enigmatic atmosphere, its rich music and culinary scenes. You’ll
completely fall in love with this city!

In the evening, there will be a delicious welcome dinner in one of our favorite local restaurants. (Dinner
included).

Day 2| Saturday, October 27: Lviv

Lviv, UkraineThe city often called the Paris of Ukraine, got this name for a reason – once a princely state, part of the Austro-Hungarian
Empire and then of the Polish Kingdom, today Lviv is a modern European city that has, nonetheless,
preserved a very special ‘old-European’ feel.

In the morning we will take you on a city tour on a retro train to discover more of a history.

Coffee break in Lviv Coffee minery.

Tour to the Lychakiv Cemetery, UNESCO World Heritage Site, that rightfully called an outdoor history museum.

Lunch included.

Time for shopping and to sample the different kinds of coffee, chocolate, and foods this city boasts.

Lviv Overview

Accommodations: ‘Vintage Boutique’ 4* Hotel or ‘Rudolfo’ 3* Hotel
Hotel Number of Nights: 2 Nights
Highlights: Old City Lviv
Tours & Museums: Train City Tour, Lychakiv Cemetery

2 Nights in Kyiv

St-Andrews Descent in kiev, ukraine

Day 3| Sunday, October 28: Kyiv

In the morning we will travel to Kyiv by intercity fast train.

Arriving in Kyiv, we’ll transfer you to your hotel and give you some time to rest. After we will show you around
and get you oriented.

Lunch included.

We will take you to Independence Square, better known as Maidan, Khreshchatyk Street – the main ‘artery’ of
Kyiv, Taras Shevchenko park and the famous red University building.

Evening at leisure.

Day 4| Monday, October 29: Kyiv

Breakfast at the hotel.

We have a busy time planned for you in the ‘City of Golden Domes’!

First, to introduce you to Kyiv, it`s fascinating history, architecture and traditions, we’ll take you on a city tour,
taking you through iconic sights – Golden Gates, St. Volodymyr’s, St.Michael`sl & St. Sophia’s Cathedrals.

After the tour, you can enjoy free time for shopping at Andriivsky Uzviz – a street that’s home to the city’s
artisans, craftsmen, and vendors – explore items starting from souvenir trinkets, to authentic costumes and
Soviet times memorabilia.

In the afternoon we have a special treat – a traditional Ukrainian zabava, where everyone will have a chance to
learn some traditional central Ukrainian songs and dances from our special guests! (Dinner included)

Kyiv Overview

Accommodations: ‘Dnipro’ 3* Hotel or ‘Khreschatyk’ 4* Hotel
Number of Nights: 2 Nights
Highlights: Ukrainian Zabava & Andriivsky Uzviz
Tours & Museums: City Tour, Golden Gates, St.Sophia Cathedral, St.Volodymyr Cathedral

3 Nights in Tbilisi

Tbilisi, Georgia

F5ED34 Old town and St. Nicholas church on top of Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi, Georgia,

Day 5| Tuesday, October 30: Tbilisi
Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer you to the airport. It`s time to travel to Georgia!
(Flight PS515, depart Kyiv at 11:25am – arrive in Tbilisi 04:15pm)

Arriving in Tbilisi, we will meet you in the airport and transfer to your hotel. Check-in.

Evening at leisure.

Day 6 | Wednesday, October 31: Tbilisi

Breakfast at the hotel.

Then it’s time to introduce you to Tbilisi! Here myth and history, culture and traditions, diverse nature and hospitable people; all intermingle with one another, inspired poetry, polyphonic songs and elegant dancing. A blend of cultures, a smell of spices, different nations meeting on street corners, different faiths sharing the same courtyards…This is Tbilisi, the city that has been dominated by traders, warriors, tyrants and dictators in turn.

Take a walk around the old town and breathe in the living past. We will visit the oldest surviving church in Tbilisi – Anchiskhati Basilica of 6th century, Metekhi Church of Assumption, Georgian Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral and the main citadel of the city where you can enjoy the wonderful views of Tbilisi – Narikhala
Fortress.

We will then have lunch in local restaurant. (Lunch included)

The day continues with a tour around the city with well-known museums and theatres, art galleries, churches and archaeological excavations, Sulphur bathhouses, narrow streets with inner courts, surrounded with balconies decorated with laces, which overhang over abysses.

In the evening enjoy dinner in traditional Georgian restaurant accompanied by a folk show. (Dinner included)

Day 7| Thursday, November 1: Tbilisi & Kakheti

Kakheti, Georgia

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today we will explore picturesque and the most fertile part of Georgia – Kakheti, which borders the Great
Caucasus range from the north Alazani Valley, summits of which are over 3,000 m. This region is known as a
birthplace of viticulture and winemaking. The reach land, burning sun, and hard work have developed about
500 varieties of vines in Georgia.

Visit Bodbe Nunnery (9thc), the place where St. Nino, the 4th.c female evangelist of Georgians is buried.

Explore Sighnaghi fortified town famous for its wine and carpet making culture. Enjoy breathtaking views of
Kizikhi area and unusual Charm of Sighnaghi Royal Town. Have a walk in narrow streets of the town in the shadow
of wooden balconies richly decorated with the lace of carved ornaments.

Visit local family where the hostess will show you how Georgian bread is baked, learn how to prepare the famous
Georgian pork barbeque “Mtsvadi” and participate in Churchkhela making process. Churchkhela is a traditional
Georgian sweet snack made of walnuts and grape juice. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at the local family. (Lunch
included)

Visit Tsinandali Family Estate and wine cellar, which once belonged to the 19th-century aristocratic
poet Alexander Chavchavadze. The residence consists of a summer home, garden, and winery, featuring several
vintages of white wine.

Return to Tbilisi, evening at your leisure.

Tbilisi Overview

Accommodations: ‘Kalasi’ 3* Hotel
Number of Nights: 3 Nights
Highlights: Alazani Valley Metekhi
Tours & Museums: Sighnaghi Royal Town, Church of Assumption, Narikhala Fortress, National Museum of Georgia, Sioni Cathedral, Sulphur Baths

2 Nights in Batumi – Mtskheta

Mtskheta, Georgia

Day 8 | Friday, November 2: Batumi

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning we will travel to Mtskheta – the ancient capital of Georgia, located at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Jvari, the 6th-century cross-shaped monastery built on the top of a cliff, overlooking the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. At this place St. Nino, a female evangelist erected a large wooden cross on the site of a pagan temple; Svetitskhoveli, the fortified cathedral dating from the 11th century. Svetitskhoveli is a sacred place where the Robe of Christ is buried.

Next, we will travel to the center of Shida Kartli region – Gori, known as the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Visit Stalin’s Museum in Gori where you can see the house, where Stalin was born and his personal railway carriage.

Visit Uplistsikhe (“Fortress of God”) rock-hewn town (1st Millennium BC). Uplistsikhe is located on the left bank of Mtkvari river and is notable for a unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures and the coexistence of pagan and Christian architecture. Here you can see ancient wine presses carved in stone.

Lunch at a local restaurant.(Lunch included)

Travel to Batumi. Upon arrival to Batumi check-in to your hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.(Dinner
included)
Evening at your leisure.

Day 9 | Saturday, November 3: Batumi

Batumi, Georgia

Breakfast at the hotel.

Time to explore Batumi, one of the oldest cities in Georgia and inhabited from as early as the third century BC. Batumi is mentioned by Greek and Roman sources as one of the Black Sea’s principal ports.

Visit seaside park and old-city district with lots of cafes, shops and churches, streets of Old Batumi, decorated with ornaments of nameless mythical creatures, Batumi Sea Port, Piazza Square, a statue of Medea and Governmental buildings.

Visit Batumi Botanical Gardens located 9 km from Batumi. The garden occupies 111 hectares of hilly land, composed partially of red soils. Garden consists of the following floristic sections: Transcaucasian humid subtopic, New Zealand, Australian, Himalayan, East Asian, North American, South American, Mexican, and
The Mediterranean. With this excursion, you will get a chance to see the beauty of flora from all over the world and enjoy an amazing view of the Black Sea.

Gonio Aphsaros Fortress is located 12 km south to Batumi, on the left bank of River Chorokhi, on the place where Colchian Bronze culture and first Georgian statehood found its birthplace. Its history is closely connected to the Myth of the Argonauts. According to the legend, this is a site where king Ayet buried his sun
Aphsaros, who was killed by escaped Jason. Oldest archeological layer excavated here belongs to 17-18cc.

Lunch at a local restaurant. (Lunch included)

Evening at your leisure.

Day 10| Sunday, November 4: Batumi Departure

Breakfast at the hotel.

After some free time to stock up on souvenirs we will transfer you to the airport where, sadly, it’s time to go
back home or continue on to new exciting destinations.

Batumi Overview

Accommodations: ‘Galogre’ 4* Hotel
Number of Nights:  2 Nights
Highlights: Ancient capital Mtskheta
Tours & Museums: Jvari Monastery, Uplistsikhe rock-hewn, Gori Museum, Batumi Sea Port, Botanical Garden, Gonio Aphsaros Fortress

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Included

  • All transfers to and from airport included
  • Escorted tour from beginning to the end
  • All Events included in the Itinerary
  • All land transportation in an air-conditioned quality bus with professional driver
  • All Hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • X tours
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours
  • Flight Kyiv – Tbilisi
  • Internet in hotels when possible
  • Special events exclusively for Cobblestone travelers
  • Cobblestone Freeway t-shirt
  • Village corner including: bread baking, barbeque, churchkhela making (Georgia)
  • Wine tasting (Georgia)

Not included

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Some Meals (see chart below for all meal inclusions)
  • Travel Insurance (add link).
  • Anything charged to your hotel rooms (food & drinks, etc).

Cost
Cost per person $1759 based on double occupancy.
The single supplement will be an additional $ TBD shortly
4* Hotel supplement in Ukraine will be an additional $459

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Join us on the trip by contacting:

Vincent Rees at CobbleStone Freeway Tours
Email: vincent @ cobblestonefreeway.ca
Tel: 855-787-7482 (toll free)

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Prices are not guaranteed and subject to change.
  • Discounts & Monthly payment plan available.

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