Sighnaghi – Bodbe Monastery
One day tour offers a mixture of history, religion, art and winemaking. The main
attractions are the Bodbe Monastery and the city of Sighnaghi. The enormous
historical and religious significance of Bodbe Monastery derives from the tomb of
Saint Nino, who preached the christianity in Georgia in 4 th century. St. Nino is one of
the most venerated saints of the Georgian Orthodox Church and her attribute,
a grapevine cross, is a symbol of Georgian Christianity. It also served as an
educational center and has a prominent role in the political life of the
country. Beside this, visitors are always excited by a decorated churchyard and the
magnificent views at the great Caucasus mountains and Alazani valley.
Next to it is a medieval townlet Sighnaghi, also known as a ,,City of Love”, acquired
from the tradition of getting married of many couples. Located on a steep hill and
fortified with a huge wall fence and 23 towers, the city was a reliable dwelling for
the nearby settlers over the centuries. Its narrow cobblestone streets through the
old houses, decorated with wooden ornaments, wine cellars and picturesque
landscapes resemble an open-air museum. Furthermore, we will visit The Sighnaghi
Museum where the ethnographic collection features five thousand artifacts, rich
numismatic, photo, documentary and archeological exhibits and permanent
exhibition of the greatest Georgian self-taught artist of the late 19th-early 20th
century, Niko Pirosmanashvili, often known simply as Pirosmani.
An attractive vista over the biggest viticulture hub in Georgia – Alazani valley gives
us an opportunity to visit one of the best family-run winery and be acquainted with
the oldest Georgian wine-making method, take part in the harvesting of wine
grapes (subject to seasonality, mostly in September and October), pressing the
grape in traditional way, preparing our own Churchkhela (Georgian candy), distilling
local brandy Chacha and baking Georgian bread Shoti and taste unique cuisine
accompanied organic wines.
It is also possible to spend a night in Sighnaghi and visit other interesting places
of Kakheti next day, including King’s Palace in Telavi, Alaverdi Monastery, Wine
Museum in Kvareli and the House Museum of Alexander Chavchavadze in
Tsinandali. See the link for further details of this wonderful 2-day tour in Kakheti.
Our tours offer a great experience and a fun days out in a relaxed environment,
and are a fantastic way to celebrate special occasions and are private, so you will
not get lost in the crowd.
The price depends on the size of the group, tour duration and package. Please feel
free to contact us and plan your tailor made tour in the oldest wine making region
of the world.