Republic of Georgia with Nicholas & Leslie Goellner
One Departure Only | October 24 - 30, 2022Book Now
Heritage & Connection
Dive deep into the culture and cuisine of Georgia with Leslie & Nicholas Goellner
October 24 - 30, 2022
Limited availability—one departure only
7 Day, 6 Nights
From Tbilisi to Kakheti and Kazbegi
Seven thousand feet above the world, you breathe in pine-scented autumn air. Behind you, a two-thousand-year-old church soars against the craggy, snow-capped horizon. You’re in the small, mountainous Republic of Georgia, cradle of civilization, birthplace of wine. You’ve already experienced the bounty of the harvest, sampled silky local varietals you’re still struggling to pronounce, all prefaced with the heart-felt words from a local tamada toastmaster. Somewhere down there, a rustic tavern lunch awaits, rich with saffron, garlic and pomegranate. But you’re in no rush. In this moment, up here with the eagles, your sole focus is to drink in the sky.
Your companions on this exquisite journey are Nicholas and Leslie Goellner. Their Kansas City restaurant, The Antler Room, has gotten the attention of Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast and the James Beard Awards for their globetrotting menu and focus on natural wines. For Nicholas, this trip is the culmination of a lifelong passion for Georgian culture and cuisine: “I couldn’t tell you another food culture that’s actually made such a significant impact on the cooking that I do.” For Leslie, it’s a rare chance to experience Georgia’s natural wines: “With so little access to small-production organic wines, this truly is a once-in-a-lifetime to taste directly from the source.”
You might not know much of Georgia, or why it’s 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 Leslie & Nicholas, and the timeless grace of Georgian hospitality
3 Reasons to Travel with Leslie & Nicholas
Nicholas and Leslie Goellner are the passionate duo behind Kansas City's The Antler Room. Nicholas is not your typical chef. He trained as an Olympic fencer, and worked as a congressional aide before switching gears and attending the French Culinary Institute in New York. Leslie managed top NYC and SF restaurants before returning home to Kansas City where she met Nicholas. One night while watching Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, they discussed Nick working at Noma in Copenhagen. It was the beginning of a whole new chapter, one that left them ready to take on their next globetrotting adventure.
Small Country. Big Impact.
“My favorite types of food cultures are the ones where you have something familiar—you've had these spices before—but you've never had them used this way before,” says Nicholas. “That to me is what I love about Georgian food. I mean, it's a tiny country. But man, it's has a loud voice when it comes to food.”
Only in Georgia
“We’re going to taste wines that aren’t exported at all, because they're only made for one family's consumption. That’s one of the coolest things you could possibly taste, something that's so unique to the place that unless you go, you're not going to experience it.”
Back to the Beginning
The Georgian mother of a childhood friend opened Nicholas up to the world of cuisine. “I realized that if I'm going to cook for a living, the kind of food I want to make is the kind of food that you need to keep on coming back. Georgian food is all of those things to me.”
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.
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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Reserve your spot today with a $1,000 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
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What does the price include?
Six 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.
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?
You may cancel on or before June 26, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after June 27, 2022, there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after August 25, 2022, 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).