25th - 29th Sept 2023
Monday 25th September
Accommodation at the Hotel (located in the city centre)
Welcome to Tbilisi, informal reception
Tuesday 26th September
10:00 Gabriadze Clock Tower - One of old Tbilisi’s most emblematic structures is one its newest – the higgledy-piggledy clock tower, like something out of a fairy tale, outside the Gabriadze puppet theatre.
Bridge of Peace – A shell-like pedestrian bridge on Mtkvari River links the ancient historic center of Tbilisi, to the east, with a park on the west side from which the new city begins.
Vakhtang Gorgasali monument & Metekhi viewpont
Abanotubani & Legvtakhevi (waterfall)
1:00pm Lunch at Alubali – in the little hidden courtyard behind a metal mesh entrance, there is a homey botanical patio with bamboo, lilacs, irises, various colorful florets and a half-dozen wooden tables where is served some of the freshest, lightest and most delectable Georgian food in Tbilisi. The menu is minimalistic for a Georgian restaurant with a strong focus on Megrelian, west Georgian cuisine known for its spiciness, gutsiness and for its grits.
Narikala Fortress – Dominating the old Town skyline, Narikala dates right back to the 4thcentury, when it was a Persian Cathedral. Narikala offers some of the best panoramic views over the city.
Mother of Georgia - This 20m-tall aluminum symbol of Tbilisi holds a sword in one hand and a cuo of wine in the other – a classic metaphor for the Georgian character, warmly welcoming guests and passionately fighting off enemies.
7.00pm Dinner at Ninia’s Garden
Wednesday 27th September
Sameba Cathedral – The biggest symbol of the Georgian Orthodox church’s post – Soviet towers on Elia Hill. It is the biggest church in Georgia, which is a massive and lavish expression of traditional Georgian architectural forms in concrete, brick, granite and marble, it rises 84m to the top of the gold-covered cross above its gold-covered central dome.
Dry Bridge Flea Market – In this extraordinary market, you can find the mesmerizing assortment of antiques, jewelry and bric-a-brac on sale.
Hotel London - Former Hotel London decorated in Art Nouveau style is currently an entrance hall in a residential building. The hotel welcomed numerous famous guests, such as a Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun and Russian composer Tchaikovsky.
1.00pm Lunch at Rigi Gastrodouqan – a modern gastronomic douqan (purely Tbilisian style restaurant), with a well-developed gastronomic bazaar, where the Georgian, prevalently Tbilisi-style gastronomic culture and the city character harmonize with the contemporary trends both in terms of serving and the environment.
New Tiflis – The segment of Agmashenebeli Avenue was rehabilitated and turned into pedestrian area. Here you will have the possibility to discover historical buildings, many of which appear to be cultural heritage.
Fabrika – Once a soviet sewing factory has been revived and transformed into a multi-functional urban space bringing together enthusiastic individuals ready to stretch their minds with new exhilarating experiences. The space now continues its life as the popular hotspot that unites urban style cafes and bars, artist studios and shops, educational institutions, co-working space, the biggest in the region hostel, mind blowing open space courtyard, ever changing one-off events and create synergy between them.
Mtatsminda Park – The ride up to the holy Mountain on the recently reconstructed Funicular is spectacular, as are the views from the top.
7.00pm Dinner at Restaurant Shushabandi
Thursday 28th September
B2B workshop session
An opportunity to meet with suppliers from Tbilisi and Georgia in an informal workshop setting
Friday 29th September