Republic of Georgia with Kachka
Two Exclusive DeparturesBook Now
Heritage & Connection
Dive deep into the culture and cuisine of Georgia with Kachka's Bonnie & Israel Morales
Two Exclusive Departures
September 18 - 25, 2023 - 2 spots left!
October 2 - 9, 2023
8 Days, 7 Nights
From Tbilisi to Kakheti and Kazbegi
Hot springs, medieval watchtowers, pristine vistas and the best dumplings you’ve ever tasted. You’re halfway through a rustic feast with a local family, and you’re marveling at the subtle notes of saffron, pomegranate and garlic, all the hallmarks of a fine dining experience tucked away deep in the Georgian mountains. Today, like every excursion on this lively journey, is scrapbook material—the hike to the 14th century monastery which seems to float above the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasuses, your glass of local wine fermented just steps away in ancient clay pots. Tomorrow, you’ll return to the modern galleries and hip coffeehouses in the cobblestoned streets of the capital. This is true Georgia—both urban and rural, both royal and rustic—a captivating feast for the senses and a wanderer’s dream come true.
With us on this exquisite journey are Bonnie and Israel Morales, the dynamic duo behind Kachka, the award-winning Portland restaurant where the foods of the former Soviet Union are elevated to an art form. This is our second trip with Bonnie and Israel to Georgia (see our Field Notes and photos from their last Republic of Georgia adventure with us). Georgian cuisine, with its dizzying array of flavors and spices, is beloved from the Baltics to Kamchatka, and everywhere in between; it’s a warm, fragrant source of comfort on cold winter nights. To know it is to love it — and to love it, as Bonnie and Israel know firsthand, is to find yourself always wanting more. Join them for the ultimate master class in Georgian food, wine, and tamada, the art of hospitality.
You might not know much of Georgia, or why it’s perennially the world’s next big thing. That changes when you sit in cozy taverns where locals break out in polyphonic song, over tables piled high with platters of basil and dill, sharp sheep’s milk cheese, robust stews and delicately sauced beans. By the end of this journey, you’ll be energized, inspired and hungry for more of Georgia’s traditions, hospitality and beauty.
Tbilisi's vibrant streets, medieval monasteries and rolling vineyards, the snow-capped Caucasus mountains
Georgia's aromatic flavors, the secrets behind baking our own traditional khachapuri cheese bread
The bounty of the harvest, the joyous rituals of the tamada toastmaster, with some of the world's oldest wines
With the traditions of an ancient culture, with Bonnie and Israel and the timeless grace of Georgian hospitality
3 Reasons to Travel with Bonnie & Israel
We love Bonnie and Israel because the last thing they ever wanted to do was to open a restaurant (much less one based on Soviet home cooking). But they created Portland's Kachka because they had to. "We felt if we don’t, nobody will,” says Bonnie, who grew up eating her Belarusian parents' cooking. The result has introduced Soviet food's charm and flavor to a generation of foodies (along with doting writers from The New York Times, Bon Appetit and Food & Wine.)
So Fun the First Time
This is our second Modern Adventure to Georgia with Bonnie and Israel, and we've been scheming to return with them ever since (read Field Notes from our first trip). Their connections and deep roots to the region made every meal, every moment, into a masterpiece.
The Learning Curve
Bonnie and Israel are driven to introduce Soviet cooking to people ("it's so varied and beautiful, so many bright flavors," as Bonnie says). Her recent Russian cookbook was the first in the US in nearly three decades, and the couple took their staff to Russia to learn on the ground. Travel with them means learning a lot.
The Royal Treatment
Bonnie calls “intense hospitality” a Georgian thing. You feel it at their decked-out restaurant and bar, and with how they approach food, friends and travel companions.
More than a just a hotel, this erstwhile Soviet publishing house is the kind of atrium-like crossroads where everyone turns up sooner or later, from black-clad artists just back from Berlin to local politicians and homegrown hipsters. On weekends you’ll find them all here, drinking cocktails in the library and enjoying breakfast at the lavish buffet, piled high with enough jewel-like fruits, jams and pastries to inspire a Dutch Master.
Located on the grounds of the former palace home of Prince Chavchavadze, the Georgian Romanticist and winemaker, this breathtaking estate sits in the very heart of the Kakheti wine region. It's nestled among the vines in the heart of Tsinandali's historic center, meticulously designed with earthy shades and pine accents to blend seamlessly with the pastoral surroundings and its stunning view of the Caucasus mountains.
Once a spa for the Soviet party elite, this lovingly restored, charmingly geometric hotel is perched high in the Caucasus mountains. Of course, there are floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, ensuring that wherever you are—nestled in bed, curled up in a hand-crafted wicker chair on the sweeping terrace, swimming in the reflecting pool—the snow-capped peaks are so close it seems you can just about touch them.
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What does the price include?
Seven nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Is there a difference between the September and October departures?
On both departures we are accompanied by Kachka’s Bonnie and Israel Morales exploring the cultural and culinary best of Georgia. On our October departure, we will visit Kazbegi on Days 3 & 4 (instead of Days 5 & 6); and Tsinandali on Day 6 (instead of Day 3). There are no other differences on these two departures beyond the reordering of a few days to accommodate us.
Where does the trip start and end?
Our adventure begins at the Rooms Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia. The closest airport is the Tbilisi International Airport (TBS). Our adventure ends seven days later in Tbilisi, Georgia. Your flight home should be scheduled to depart TBS at 12:30pm or later.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have a visa for stays in Georgia of under 90 days. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the nearest Georgian embassy or consulate for requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $1,500 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These single rooms are extremely limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 18 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
What is the cancellation policy?
On our September departure, you may cancel on or before May 21, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 22, 2023, there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after July 20, 2023 there is a 100% cancellation fee. On our October departure, you may cancel on or before June 4, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after June 5, 2023, there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after August 3, 2023 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).