After getting ready for our first day on the road in Georgia we are about to discover the most famous wine region of Georgia. Here endless wine fields soothingly come together with steppe-like landscapes. After lunch in the regions capital: Telavi we head for the vines. Wine history in the region dates back over 8000 years. Life revolves around wine around here.

Afterwards we head for Tsinandali. A historic wine complex formerly owned by Georgian aristocrats. We spent the night in the beautiful Radisson Collection Tsinandali Estate. The complex served as the private wine cellar of Prince Alexander Chavchacadze. After a long period of abandonment, the complex has now been renovated into a luxurious hotel. Wine is still being made at the estate. After a degustation we dine next to the open air theatre.

Distance Covered: 220 KM

Riding hours: 4.5

Average speed: 50 KM/H

Highest point: 1900 M

We leave Kakheti and move towards the Greater Caucasus mountain range. Today Georgia’s natural diversity will reveal itself in all its glory. From the wine fields we ride into the green hills of the Gombori pass after which we head for Kazbegi. Kazbegi is an area with mountains higher than any mountain range in Europe

The twisty road leads us around the snowcapped mountains, on top of the passes and through the valleys. A heavenly ride. Next up: The steep serpentine up to the Gergeti Holy Trinity Church. This 14th century church is surrounded by mountains, most notably by the mighty Mt. Kazbeg.

Before heading to our accommodation there are some optional dirt tracks to discover. Put up some dust towards abandoned villages and/or ancient fortresses.

Later on the views from our hotel are amazing. The stylish Rooms Hotel is situated in a beautifully renovated Soviet era sanatorium.

Distance Covered: 280 KM

Riding hours: 5

Average speed: 55 KM/H

Highest point: 2400 M

From Kazbegi we ride to Borjomi. The town is famous for its lush nature, green views and thermal baths. Maybe not world famous but Borjomi water is definitely famous in the Post Soviet space. Its reputation stems from the Tsarist time, the royal Elite regularly visited Borjomi to get ‘’healed’’. After the revolution the Soviet elite continued what the Tsarists started and began visiting Borjomi to rest and heal. We cruise through amazing sceneries and spent the night in the oldest resort of Borjomi.

Distance Covered: 260 KM

Riding hours: 5

Average speed: 50 KM/H

Highest point: 2400 M

It is time for Georgia’s spectacular North again. Racha! A mystical region that often is left undiscovered by many foreign tourists. Racha has been compared to Switzerland cause of its serene calmness, abundant lakes and its impressive mountains. For this one we do not stay in a luxury hotel but at a beautiful upscale family guesthouse. This is the way to get to know Georgia and seep yourself into the culture at a most authentic place. We spent the night at Temur’s guesthouse. He builds and makes almost everything you see at his guesthouse himself, this includes the skinned bear and wolf skins. His wife will prepare the most delicious specialties from Racha for us. In the garden local ham is freshly smoked, chacha is distilled and bread baked in the stone over. On most nights there is also live traditional Georgian music being played in the gorgeous garden. This is Georgian hospitality at its best.

Distance Covered: 200 KM

Riding hours: 4

Average speed: 50 KM/H

Highest point: 1600 M

In the morning there are some optional gravel excursions to discover the wider region around Oni. Afterwards we explore Western Racha. The curvy roads through this green mountainous region are a Valhalla to ride through. Beautiful views are interchanged by gorges and views over the greater Caucasus. Leaving Racha we have the opportunity to visit the Promotheus caves complex. From Prometheus we end up in Kutaisi, Georgia’s second biggest city. We stay in the center of the city in Kutaisi’s very own Best Western Hotel. We dine at Palaty, a beautiful ‘’bohemic’’ restaurant with the best local food.

Distance Covered: 150 KM + morning rides

Riding hours: 3 – 4.5

Average speed: 50 KM/H

Highest point: 1800 M

Today we connect Georgia’s East and West. We take the small windy roads going through the hills and mountains. The ride exemplifies Georgia’s natural diversity that we have encountered over the week. From Gori we take a beautiful secondary road to Mtskheta; little traffic, many turns and beautiful views. From Mtskheta we ride towards the Didgori Battle Memorial. Brand new tarmac crossing natural beauty that is simply made for motorcycle riding. The memorial itself was built in remembrance of the Georgian-Seljuk wars. Georgia, being outnumbered, defeated the Seljuk Turks which ignited one of Georgia’s most prosperous eras.

With yet more windy roads we enter Tbilisi and are treated with views over the city as far as the horizon.

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