8 days/ 7 nights
Tour date: check in every Friday
Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Kazbegi – Signaghi – Bodbe – Tsinandali – Borjomi – Vardzia – Rabat – Tbilisi
Day 1. Meeting at Tbilisi airport.
Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Tbilisi
Day 2. Excursion around Tbilisi and Mtskheta.
Breakfast. Excursion around Tbilisi. You will visit all the important sights of the Georgian capital: the sulfur bath complex, the Sioni church, the Tbilisi synagogue, the Metekhi cathedral, climb the cable car to the Narikala fortress, walk around the Tbilisi courtyards and see how ordinary Tbilisiers live, visit the Fig Gorge and admire the waterfall in the botanical garden , climb to Mtatsminda Mountain and see Tbilisi from a bird’s-eye view. Further you will visit the ancient capital of Georgia – Mtskheta, fully included in the UNESCO heritage list, stroll through its ancient streets, visit ancient places of power and monasteries. Go up to the Jvari Monastery, which Lermontov admired in his Mtsyri, admire the fantastic view of the fusion of Aragva and the Kura, which opens with Jvari. At the end of the tour, you will be offered wine tasting from our sommelier in a wine cellar of the 17th century. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 3. Mtskheta – Gori – Uplistsikhe
Our tour will begin with Uplistsikhe. If you believe the legends, the city in the rock decided to cut down the great grandson of Noah himself. We can not say for sure whether this version corresponds to reality, but archaeologists are vouching – Uplistsikhe for about three thousand years.
Houses and temples in the city were carved in a soft rock towering above the left bank of the Kura. The city remained “alive” until the Middle Ages. For a while he was chosen by his residence the famous Queen Tamara. To date, from the ancient city preserved 150 caves and some religious buildings of different eras. Today Gori is a small provincial town, but once it had a capital status. The city is about a thousand years old. About the former greatness we are reminded of the ruins of a powerful fortress, Gorisiche, located on a high hill. From the height of its walls, a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and the winding ribbon of the Kura opens. Further we will go to Gori. In the twentieth century, the town became famous without exaggeration for the whole world, as the homeland of the most controversial leader, Joseph Stalin. Until recently, one of the last monuments of the People’s Leader on the territory of the former USSR stood here. The monument is no longer there, but Stalin’s house-museum welcomes guests with pleasure. We will make the last stop in Mtskheta, the main city of the Kartvelian kingdom, the heart of Georgia. Kartli gave the name to the whole country (in Georgian, Georgia is called Sakartvelo), becoming the center of the unification of Georgian lands. You can not fully understand Georgia, if you do not visit Mtskheta.
Having lost the status of the state capital, the city retained the status of a spiritual capital. Here is the main Georgian Cathedral of Svetitskhoveli, several ancient monastic complexes. In one of them, according to legend, lived an educator of Georgia Saint Nina of Cappadocia. And the other was described in M. Lermontov’s famous poem “Mtsyri”. The town is woven from antiquities of the early Middle Ages, here every building is a cultural monument, not without reason Mtskheta is under the protection of UNESCO. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 4. Free day in Tbilisi.
Day 5. Free day in Tbilisi or an optional trip to Kazbegi.
You will pass almost all the famous military-Georgian road from Tbilisi to the border with Russia. Throughout the trip you will admire from the window magnificent views with stops for photo sessions in the most picturesque places. You will visit Ananuri fortress, where the inhabitants of Tbilisi used to hide in the Middle Ages during the Persian raids, take a look at the Zhinval water reservoir, drink water from mineral springs, see the Gudauri ski resort and climb the jeeps to the foot of the Kazbeg mountain, where a fabulous view of its top is located and visit Gergeti – one of the most high-mountain churches in the world. On the way you will have lunch in a mountain family (for additional paid), where you will get acquainted with the life of the mountain peoples of Georgia and learn how to sculpt khinkali under the guidance of the hostess. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner (for additional charge). Overnight in Tbilisi
Day 6. Excursion to Kakheti.
The city of love – Sighnaghi, the monastery of St. Nino in Bodbe, the holy spring, a dinner in a Kakhetian family with a kebab and a master class in Georgian cuisine with degustation of house wine and chacha (for additional charge). The estate of the princes Chavchavadze – Tsinandali. Kindzmarauli – wine degustation and tour of the wine factory of the same name. Overnight in Tbilisi
Day 7. Free day in Tbilisi or optional trip Borjomi – Vardzia – Rabat.
Borjomi is a small town in the mountains. It does not have many sights built by human hands, but it has become a visiting card of Georgia thanks to amazing mineral water. Her medicinal properties were known even in the ancient era. During the excavations at the Borzhomi springs, stone baths were found. However, later these places were abandoned and reopened already during the reign of the Russian Emperor. The unique power of water and natural beauty attracted the aristocracy. In the gorge near the natural springs a small town grew quickly. On vacation in Borjomi, to improve their health and breathe the purest mountain air, came and members of the imperial house. Especially for the august family in the town built a residence. Not far from Borjomi in the valley of the Kura is one of the most ancient Georgian monasteries of Vardzia. This monastery complex, temples, residential and farm buildings are carved in a rock. Vardzia – a whole cave city, hidden from prying eyes in the thick of soft tuff. Once the monastery-fortress served as a frontier stronghold. In its walls, up to 50 thousand soldiers were quartered. In 1283 a powerful earthquake happened in these places, causing irreparable damage to the complex. Part of the rock crashed into the Kura. The underground city lost its strategic importance, however, and to this day remained a unique architectural monument. Today Vardzia is a functioning monastery.
The city of Akhaltsikhe was as important strategic importance as Vardzia. The new fortress, which was huge at the time, was supposed to protect the southern lands and the whole country from the invasion by the Turks, which constantly infringed upon the Georgian lands. Several centuries to deter enemies was possible. But in 1578 the Ottoman troops still occupied Akhaltsikhe and stayed here for a long time. Today the Akhaltsikhe fortress of Rabat keeps a trace of the presence of both cultures. This is one of the most beautiful medieval fortifications, located on seven hectares. You will see the Turkish baths and the tomb of the Pasha-governor. The mosque is next to the synagogue and Christian churches of Armenians and Georgians. Recently rebuilt Rabat became a kind of symbol of the new Georgia, a country where representatives of many religions and nationalities live, and in which everyone who came with the world is welcome. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 8. Transfer to airport.
Breakfast. Transfer to airport.
• Hotel 3* – $395
• Hotel 4* – $640
• Hotel 5* – $890
• Hotel 3* – $535
• Hotel 4* – $1030
• Hotel 5* – $1455
• All entrance tickets
• English-speaking guide
• Degustation wines in Kakheti
• Sim card of local operator with 4G internet;
• Good mood!
- Early check-in / late check-out to and from the hotel
- Lunches and dinners (average bill: $11 lunch, dinner $16)
- Additional excursion program
- Sim cards of local mobile operators (on request issued upon arrival to Tbilisi airport)
Hotel 3 * – $30
Hotel 4 * – $70
Hotel 5 * – $100
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