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Sample food and culture of the country of Georgia

Travelers can sample natural wines made by monks at the Alaverdi Monastery in Georgia.
(Mir Corp.)

Meet artisans, monks, chefs and winemakers on a 12-day tour of Georgia — the country, not the state. The trip begins in Tbilisi, the capital, with a Georgian feast, then ventures through fields and villages to Kutaisi and a visit to the Gelati Monastery, known for its frescoes and mosaics.

Other highlights include experiencing Imeretian and Megrelian cuisine; tasting handmade cheeses and chocolates at tiny Phoka Nunnery; touring Vardzia’s cave monastery, once home to 2,000 monks; and taking a walking tour of Pheasant’s Tears Winery.

Group size limited to 16.

Dates: Oct. 3-14

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Price: From $5,095 per person, double occupancy; $995 single supplement. Includes accommodations, most meals, ground transportation, sightseeing and cultural experiences. International airfare not included.

Info: Mir Corp., (800) 424-7289

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