9 days in Georgia
Airport – Tbilisi – Sightseeing tour of the old city
Arrival in Tbilisi. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel, free time.
Walking tour of old Tbilisi begins with the region of sulfur baths Abanotubani, where the history of Tbilisi has began. According to legend, the city of Tbilisi was founded in this place . Walk to the mysterious waterfall in the Fig Tree, where you will see amazing buildings. Climbing the cable car to the Narikala Fortress (4 in), from where a beautiful panorama of Tbilisi opens, especially at night. Descent to Rike Park. Walk through the park and the footbridge of the World, built by the Italian architect Michele de Lucca.
Visiting the temple of Sioni, where the relic is stored “The Cross of St. Nino”. Walk along Charden Street, named after the French Catholic missionary. It is a cult place in Tbilisi and a very pleasant street for walks. Overnight at the hotel.
Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Jvari – Ananuri – Kazbegi – Stepantsminda
The trip to the first capital of Georgia Mtskheta, located about 20 kilometers north of Tbilisi, at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. The city is the religious center of Georgia. This was the place where Christianity in Georgia was proclaimed the official religion in 337. The city-museum of Mtskheta is under the auspices of UNESCO. Visit to the cathedral of St. Svetitskhoveli (11th c.), Svetitskhoveli is one of the largest Christian churches in Georgia. It was built in the 11th century. on the spot where the first Georgian church of the 4th century was located. Visit the Jvari Monastery (the “Holy Cross” temple), which is immortalized in literature by Mikhail Lermontov (the poem “Mtsyri”). This is the oldest monument built at the dawn of Georgian Christianity in the 6th century (586-605). The temple stands on a high mountain, from where a beautiful panorama of the merging of two majestic rivers – Aragvi and Mtkvari – opens. The monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A tour of the fortress of Ananuri, which became the arena of numerous battles. It is an ancient capital of Dusheti. From the huge complex to our days came the stone walls with the main quadrangular and several round towers, two domed churches, a bell tower and other buildings. Continuation of the road to Kazbeg, the town – Stepantsminda, located near the mountain Kazbegi – the most famous mountain of Georgia. Above the city, stands the monastery of the Gergeti Trinity. The monastery is located at an altitude of 2,170 meters above sea level. (Optionally, you can get there by off-road vehicles for an additional fee). Overnight at hotel in the village of Stepantsminda.
Stepantsminda – Gori – Stalin’s Museum – Uplistsikhe – Borjomi
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the city of Gori. Visit to the Stalin House-Museum. The museum features Stalin’s personal railroad car-carriage.
Visiting Uplistsikhe is an ancient cave town-fortress, one of the first cities on the territory of Georgia. It is carved in a rock located 12 km east of the town of Gori, on the left bank of the river. The city emerged at the end of II – in the beginning of I millennium BC, experienced several ups and downs, is a multilayered archaeological site, one of the most important monuments of Georgian culture. The only above-ground monument of the ancient period, which has survived to this day. City museum under the open sky.
Visit the city of Borjomi – a sightseeing tour of the famous balneological resort town. Visit the central park and tasting mineral water directly from the spring.
Overnight at hotel in Borjomi.
Borjomi – Rabat – Vardzia – Khertvisi – Akhaltsikhe
A trip to the city of Akhaltsikhe. Excursion around the complex Rabat, which in former times was the palace of the rulers of Akhaltsikhe. In the complex, there are modern institutions of various types, churches, cells and a mosque,. HerTvisi is one of the first settlements on the territory of Georgia that arose in ancient times, but was destroyed after the arrival of Alexander Great.
In the south-western part of Georgia, on the territory of Akhaltsikhe region, there is the cave city of Vardzia. This is one of the significant monuments of the ancient material culture of Georgia. The construction of this complex and the monastery was started under the reign of King George III (1156 – 1184) and completed in the reign of his daughter – Queen Tamar (1184 – 1213).
Excursion to the fortress of Hertvisi. It is considered one of the oldest and most functional fortresses in Georgia. Khertvisi is one of the first settlements on the territory of Georgia, originated in ancient times, but destroyed after the arrival of Alexander the Great. The church on the territory of the fortress was built in 985, and the walls – in 1354. The fortress was repeatedly destroyed. In the XVI century, the entire southern region of Georgia was captured by Turkey, and for 300 years the fortress belonged to the Turks. Return to Akhaltsikhe. Overnight at the hotel.
Akhaltsikhe – Gelati – Kutaisi
Breakfast. Departure to Kutaisi – the residence, founded in the X century.
Tour of the Gelati Monastery. Gelati is a symbol of the Georgian Golden Age. The monastery of Gelati was founded and built by King David Agmashenebeli (Builder) in 1106 on a hill overlooking the valley of the River, not far from Kutaisi. In 1994, the Monastery was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Accommodation in hotel in Kutaisi. Walking tour of Kutaisi. Overnight at the hotel.
Kutaisi – Sataplia – Prometheus Cave – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Departure to the Sataplia Nature Reserve, located near Kutaisi on Mount Sataplia. One of the attractions of the protected mountain Sataplia are represented in the form of petrified dinosaur tracks. Scientists have established that these ancient animals lived in the Caucasus about 70 million years ago. Excursion to the cave of Prometheus. A natural cave with an underground river, an underground lake and even an underground waterfall. The entire walk through the cave, consisting of 6 large halls and transitions between them, takes about 1.5 hours. The length of the tourist route is 1600 m at a depth of 80 m below sea level.
Return to Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel.
Tbilisi – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Kindzmarauli – Kvareli
Breakfast in the hotel. Next direction eastern Georgia – Kakheti.
Bodbe – a monastery built in the 4th century, in honor of the aspiration of the Georgian baptist Saint Nino Cappadocian of Equal-to-the-Apostles. The grave of St. Nino is in the church, and not far from the forest where Nino prayed, there is a spring and a bath with healing water.
Sighnaghi is an ancient town, famous for its fortress wall, where a very beautiful view of the Alazani Valley opens. It is also called the “city of love”.
In Sighnagi we will have , a master class for cooking Georgian traditional food , for example,churchkhela and Georgian bread – shoti. After we will go the city of Kvareli. Visit one of the largest wineries in Georgia – the Kindzmarauli corporation. You will have a tour of the plant, wine tasting. Overnight at hotel in Kvareli.
Kvareli – Gremi – Nekresi – Tsinandali – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Drive to Gremi. The city of Gremi, located 20 kilometers from Telavi, was the capital of the Kakheti region in the 16th-17th centuries. Founded by Levan Kakheti, the capital was the royal residence and bustling trading city of the Great Silk Road. Now in Gremi there are only fortress walls, the church, a bell tower and a three-story palace, from the roof of which there is a magnificent view of the valley.
The monastery of Nekresi, preserved in the valley of the Alazani River, consists of several religious buildings of different times. The earliest building is a small basilica of the end of the 4th century. It was built shortly after the proclamation of Christianity as the official religion of the state.
Visit the museum-estate of Chavchavadze. Here at one time there were such outstanding personalities as Pushkin, Griboyedov, Lermontov, Dumas. The house-museum is surrounded by a magnificent park with a chapel, in which Alexander Griboyedov and Princess Nina Chavchavadze were married. Alexander Chavchavadze was the first who brought a carriage and a grand piano to Georgia. Return to Tbilisi, overnight in hotel.
Tbilisi – Transfer to the airport.
Breakfast at the hotel. Airport transfer.
(The excursion program of the first and last days will depend on the time of your arrival and departure, as well as on the days of the week).
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