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Jewish Heritage in Georgia
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Georgia is located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The capital and largest city is Tbilisi.. 

Georgian Jews are one of the oldest communities in Georgia, tracing their migration into the country during the Babylonian captivity in 6th century BC. The Georgian Jews have traditionally lived separately, not only from the surrounding Georgian people, but also from the Ashkenazi Jews in Tbilisi, who had different practices and language. The community, which numbered about 80,000, has largely emigrated to Israel,  United States ,  Russiaand Belgium. As of 2004, only about 13,000 Georgian Jews remain in Georgia.

 

ITINERARY:

Day 1 -Tbilisi tour

Enjoy a Sightseeing tour which will includes: Metekhi plateau with the Church of Virgin Mary, Narikala Fortress by the cable car, The Sulphur baths – “abanotubani”, the Legvtakhevi waterfall, The Tbilisi Synagogue, Sharden street with many cafes and workshops, the Bridge of Peace and Visit the Historic Museum of Georgia.Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 2-  Gori Synagogue-Uplistsikhe-Shrosha village –Kutaisi

After breakfast, drive to Gori- the birthplace of Stalin. Visit the Stalin Museum. Continue to Uplistsikhe- “the Lord’s Fortress” one of the oldest settlements in Georgia. Explore the theatre, wine presses, pharmacy and structures from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages. Visit the Gori Synagogue, which was recently renovated. Depart to Kutaisi.On the way to Kutaisi, stop at Shrosha village which is known for their pottery making for many years.  Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi.

Day 3-  Gelati-Kulashi– Kutaisi  

 

After breakfast, depart to Gelati. Gelati was founded by King David and known for the church of Virgin Mary with the beautiful murals, the Gelati Academy building,King David the Builder’s tomb and the bell tower. Continue to Kulashi where you will see that the synagogue, the Jewish school and the Jewish cemetery still exist. Drive to Vazisubani. Visit a local farmer’s house where you will participate in a Khachapuri workshop followed by a light lunch including wine. Drive to Kutaisi. Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi.

 Day 4-  Synagogues-colorful market-Ananuri-Gudauri 

After breakfast, visit two recently renovated synagogues.Enjoy free time at Kutaisi food market. Depart to Gudauri– a village with stunning mountain views. This village is a unique ski and summer resort. On the way, stop at Ananuri to see the specially decorated church complex. Dinner and overnight in Gudauri. 

   

Day 5-  Kazbegi-Tbilisi and departure

After breakfast drive to Stepantsminda (formerly Kazbegi) . Visit the highest mountain- Kazbegi and enjoy a Jeep tour up to Gergeti Trinity Church. Drive back to Tbilisi. You will have some free time for shopping at one of the shopping centers.

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