- Feb 27, 2016
( 7 days and 7 nights of advanture )
Explore the ancient spirit, discover the fabulous and experience the spectacular ! Georgia represents a fairytale itself : The cradle of wine, the Argonauts treasure, First Europenas, Architectural Marvel, Christian Bedrock, The Black Sea, The Great Caucasus, Unesco World Heritage and the list is endlessly continious.tour short description
Day 1 / - Kutaisi– Tbilisi ( 240km)
Arrival in Kutaisi international airport. Pick up from Kutaisi international airport and travel to Tbilisi. One stop on the road for breakfast at a restaurant. After a breakfast we carry on our way towards Tbilisi. Arrival in Tbilisi, Check in a hotel for one hour rest. The short rest will be followed by The Tbilisi-city tour. The spectacular views of Old and Modern Tbilisi combination will break into your mind. As this charming town is built in the 5th century along the twisting valley of the Mtkvari River. Where up-dated infrastructure is chained to the ancient one. What is more, the fine places in old part of Tbilisi are located side-by-side and it is easily walkable. We will start tour from the 13th century Metekhi church. Continue to the Synagogue, Syoni Cathedral and Anchiskhati Basilica. Afterwards we will approach the 4th century Narikala Fortress, on the cable cab, from which you can enjoy a picturesque panoramic view of Tbilisi. And the walk to the brick-domed Sulfur Baths and botanical garden. After all the activities we will be able to take some welcome dinner at a restaurant and have an opportunity to get acquainted with the traditional Georgian feast, watch the professional performance of colorful Georgian folk dances and listen to the Georgian traditional polyphonic singing. Overnight at the same hotel.
Day 2 / - Tbilisi-Jvari- Ananuri-Kazbegi ( 156km)
After a breakfast at the hotel. We’ll start our unforgettable drive to the mountainous region of Georgia (Mtskheta-Mtianeti).On a hill, near ancient capital and religious center of Georgia – Mtskheta, is located Jvari ( cross) Monastery. One of the masterpieces of Georgian architecture was built in the 6th century. Jvari now represents the one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Moreover, our way leads us up through the High Caucasus Mountains along the Georgian Military Highway, which is the major route linking Georgia with Russia. En route we’ll visit Ananuri, a 17th century architectural complex, overlooking the Zhinvali reservoir. The sight from here is also marvelous. Arrive in Kazbegi – the main town in the region. From here we plan to get to the Gergeti Trinity church on the vehicles. The church is (14th century) located on top of the mountain (2170m) and one of the country’s most iconic images. If the weather support us, we may also be able to catch a glimpse of one the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mkinvarcveri (5047m). ( As on the high like this there are clouds most of the time) To the end of the day we are going to have an evening dinner and check in a hotel for a good rest.
Day 3 / -Kazbegi -Tbilisi-Mtskheta-Zedazeni-Tbilisi ( 150 km )
Breakfast at the hotel. Returning to Tbilisi, on our way we can stop at a Phasanauri for rafting ( if there is a will for this activity )Before reaching Tbilisi , we arrive in Mtskheta, one of Georgia’s ancient cities (3000 years old) and see its historical place Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th cen.) Where the Robe of Christ is buried. This monument is also under a UNESCO protection. From here we continue road to the north-east of Mtskheta to Zedazeni Monastery founded by the one of Assyrian monks in the 540s. From this hill spreads a spectacular view of Aragvi and Mtkvari river estuary . Then we arrive in Tbilisi and have a free evening.
Day 4 / - Tbilisi-David Gareji-Sighnaghi ( 135 m )
After a breakfast at the hotel drive to David Gareji, which is a historical-architectural museum-reserve located on the half-desert slopes of Mount Gareji, some 105 km south-east of Tbilisi. This is a remarkable rock-hewn monastery complex including 16 medieval architectural monuments. The first monastery was founded in the 6th century by David, one of the thirteen Assyrian monks who came to Georgia for strengthening Christian faith. The complex includes hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, misericords and habitation hollowed out of the rock face. The healthy 30 minutes climb uphill to chalk-stone caves is worth of it as when reaching the peak the breathtaking views are scattered from there. The view seems endless. Towards the south are the plains of Azerbaijan and down below is the huge canyon in which resides the main area of Davit Gareji. Then we proceed to Sighnaghi – one of Georgia’s historic city which kept its original style during the centuries with open traditional balconies, unique fortress with churches and towers built in it and narrow beautiful streets to walk along. Sighnaghi is also known as “a city of love”, overlooks the Alazani valley and opens to visitors the magnificent views of the Great Caucasus Range. Here we can also visit Sighnaghi historical and ethnographical museum visualized with collection from the Second Millennium B.C. and Late Bronze Age ceramics, adornments and weapons. And many more ancient ethnographic object or masterpieces by famous Georgian painters. After a long day we’re able to have some relaxation in one host-farmer’s residence by tasting the different sorts of wine combined along with chees and traditional sweets. Afterwards we stay in a hotel at Sighnaghi and have some free time until morning.
Day 5 / – Sighnaghi-Tsinandali-Gremi – Old Shua Mta – Tbilisi ( 140 km )
Early in the morning after a breakfast at a hotel drive to Tsinandali Museum located in the place of the well-known Georgian poet Alexander Chavchavadze. The house and the spectacular garden of Chavchavadze patrimonial is full of objects and views representing poet’s aristocrat life. You will have a possibility to walk under a “love alleyway”. Beside that, in 1835 there was built one of the first wine cellars in Georgia , where is kept a unique collection of wine and you have an opportunity to visit this caller and taste some never-before-tasted wine. Next we drive to a totally different cultural surrounding at a Gremi church place. Gremi performs a historical-architectural museum-reserve( 15th c. monument- a king’s hall and three floor tower with bell-tower). There are displayed objects unearthed in the reserve area. Continuing our way we fall in a 5th to 7th century primitiveness with still untouchable, wild and beautiful nature. The old medium mountain- “Dzveli Shuamta” is located in a deep forest, 7km from town Telavi (45km from Sighnaghi city) . The complex of ancient fane consists of three churches , one namely a 5th century basilica, a 7th century church (similar to Mtskheta Jvari) and a 7th century minor domed church. After a small sneak in the nature (well organized), at night we return to Tbilisi and check in a hotel.
Day 6 / – Tbilisi - Akhaltsikhe – Borjomi ( 265 km )
Breakfast at the hotel , check out and travel to Akhaltsikhe. Akhaltsikhe ( “ old castle” ) is located in south-western region of Georgia Samtskhe – Javakheti . The first mentioning of this small town draws us back to 12th century. In the areas of Akaltsikhe trough Aspindza, except the different and colorful relief there are represented the Roman and medieval periods artifacts as well as, attested human occupation on this territory in the Early Bronze Age ( 4th Millenium BC ) and later. The main highlight of Akhaltsikhe is an old stone Rabat fortress. Which nowadays calls to be a small town with modern and old parts in a town. The Rabat Fortress is a cultural and historical complex that shows us Akhmedye mosque 18th century old; an orthodox church 19th century old ; History museum ; Djakeli palace and many more historical pales and turrets from where you can see a picturesque views of Javakheti range.
The modern part of this small town in a town – which was reconstructed in 2012 suggests you a fashionable shops , restaurants and cafes along the line. And we are able to have a lunch in one of this restaurants. Our last but not least destination for the day is Borjomi - one of the famous resort towns of Georgia. Borjomi is known with it’s flora and fauna as well as, with it’s mineral water. Borjomi town’s major source of income is bottling of that mineral water , coming from water springs. Especially with this notable mark in addition to fresh air and nature, town is needful and useful for people with health problems. Nowadays Borjomi represents the one of the balneological - ecological resorts in whole of the Caucasus region. We check in a hotel have an evening dinner and afterwards can enjoy being in the nature having there free time, walking along the water springs and tasting them as much as you like. Overnight in the hotel in Borjomi.
Day 7 / – Borjomi -Kutaisi – Prometes Mgvime - Okatse – Kutaisi ( 237 km )
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and travel to Imereti Region. We arrive in a capita of Imereti Region – Kutaisi. Check in a hotel, for a lunch and one hour rest. Afterwards, we continue our way to the north-east of Kutaisi to Bagrati Cathedral which is 11th century cathedral and has been the home of Colchis kings since antiquity . Since 1994 this monument was in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as a single entity. But after a reconstruction in 2012 it has been removed , by reason of reconstruction against the will of UNESCO. But still this cathedral is worth to see it, with it’s beauty and proud, which overlooks Kutaisi and the river Rioni . From here we move to Gelati Monastery Complex which dates back to 12th century. It was founded by King David IV - The Builder in 1106. Gelati academy and monastery complex in 12th to 13th century was one of the biggest religious, educational, cultural and scientific centers of Georgia. Nowadays there are represented the main cathedral of the Virgin , the church of St. George , belfry , gates and the building of the academy. At the main entrance of southern part cathedral is the grave of David the Builder. This was the kings will, to be buried in a place where all people coming to the monastery would step on his grave. Than we drove to a different surrounding to Tskaltubo city from where spreads the road (7km) to “Prometheus cave” one of the richest and astonishingly beautiful caves in Europe. It is characterized by the variety of underground rivers and fairest landscapes located side-by-side with different surfaces and shapes. It counts 16 halls representing natural, tectonic architectural masterpiece. You are able to pass the part of the route by boat ( in additional payment ) which is another fascinating adventure, selling through hall to hall in an underground rivers. After a charged emotions we will continue our way to another marvelous place towards - Okatse Canyon, which represents a natural monument of Georgia. There you can find a several waterfalls the high of one 70 meters. Okatse Canyon is 2 kilometers in long, 3 to 6 meters in width and 10 to 20 meters deep. It is undoubtedly a masterpiece of the nature located in the east part of Georgia. After that, we proceed to Kutaisi. Check in a hotel, have an evening dinner in a restaurant and overnight in a hotel.
Day 8 /– Kutaisi - Departure
Transfer from the hotel to Kutaisi international airport and departure .