Georgia luxury food & wine expedition
US $9850 excluding flights
Description of Georgia luxury food & wine expedition
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
We are passionate about minimising the negative impacts that tourism may cause. A pillar of our travel philosophy is our belief in small group sizes. Our maximum capacity for this trip to Georgia is just 16 travelers. Not only does this minimise the negative impacts on the destinations we visit, but it also provides a more immersive and intimate local travel experience.
Reducing use of Single-use plastics
All of our travelers to Georgia are provided with cloth bags and reusable water bottles at the beginning of their trip to help them avoid single-use plastics such as plastic shopping bags and disposable water bottles. Further to this, we instruct our suppliers in Georgia to provide large tanks of potable water for group vehicles. We also encourage the hotels and lodges that host our groups to provide safe and reliable water at refill stations. These simple but effective measures can have a considerable impact and drastically reduce the amount of waste generated during each expedition. It also has the added benefit of helping our Georgian partners operate in a more sustainable manner.
We want to make sure that as much money as possible generated from our expeditions stays in Georgia. We work with local guides and drivers and purchase from a range of local suppliers to ensure the economic benefits of travel are spread amongst the local communities in the destinations we visit. Our main Georgian supplier is a member of the Georgian Ecotourism association, whose aim it is to reduce tourisms negative influence on the environment and delivering benefits to local communities.
We avoid using large international chain hotels, and instead across Georgia work with locally owned properties. During our itinerary, we often stay in village guesthouses such as the Lost Ridge Inn in Sighnaghi, and offer cooking masterclasses and handicrafts workshops to helps our travelers feel the lifestyle of the locals and the history behind their personalities. Out travelers will join Georgians taking part in the grape harvest, winemaking, and opportunities to find and eat wild foraged food from the forests – all experiences that foster a better understanding between different cultures.
Traveling with Respect
We have designed our Georgian itinerary to include communities that are off the tourist trail, such as those in the Adjara Mountains and the remote wine growing regions of Western Georgia, allowing an injection of cash into areas that are often overlooked and in need of development. During our expedition, we have organised several home visits and feasts at small, local restaurants accompanied by local musicians. We even dine with shepherds at a mountain pass. All of this helps funnel much-needed tourism dollars directly to these communities.
Local Crafts & Culture
We visit and support local artisans and join them in their workshops during our trip, and in doing so help sustain jobs and promote cultural diversity. For example, we visit local craft-makers who specialise in embroidery and lambswool felt art. Throughout our journey, we have arranged informal meetings with Georgian chefs, winemakers, cheesemakers and brewers to bring our story to life and promote cross-cultural understanding. By promoting the excellence of organic winemaking and techniques throughout our trip, we are supporting an 8,000-year-old industry that is only just beginning to re-emerge and move away from more modern chemical-based techniques.
During our expedition, our expedition leader will take the time to teach our travelers about local etiquette when it comes to the Georgian food and wine experience, and enrich our travelers understanding of the correlation between Georgian polyphonic songs, cuisine and wine and how they reflect Georgian landscapes, climates and history.