15 days, 14 nights
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Day 1. Arrival in Tbilisi.
Transfer to the hotel. Free time.
Night in Tbilisi.
Day 2. Excursion in old Tbilisi.
Breakfast in the hotel.
The excursion begins from Metekhi Curch rock platform, from where we make first glimpse over the ancient district of the capital. The first special thing we see is a Mosque, Synagogue, Georgian, Armenian, Latin Churches and even the ancient worship house of Zoroastrianism standing together peacefully, as a sign of Georgian tolerant nature. We continue our route up to the Narikala Castle and overlook Tbilisi from the opposite sight. Here we observe one more peculiarity of Tbilisi – the harmony of city life and nature. One step back and we see Tbilisi Botanic Garden, a nice recreation place with green trees, river, waterfalls…
Generally, Tbilisi contains a marvelous combination of hills, mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, rocks, ancient castles and churches, amazing old narrow streets and unique squares, great examples of historical buildings of a of Neoclassicism, Gothic, Renaissance, Modern and Soviet architectural style.
Visit Bath District, where it is possible to have hot natural sulfur water procedures with special massage, after which you will feel yourself like a newborn baby.
Evening walk in nice streets.
Welcome dinner in a restaurant with Folk Program, including Georgian dances and singing.
Night in Tbilisi.
Day 3. Mtskheta, Ananuri, Kazbegi.
Breakfast in the hotel. Excursion to Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia, recent religious centre. The town is included in the list of UNESCO. Here, in the 4th century, Georgia was officially converted to Christianity by Saint Nino, a young woman from Jerusalem. Under the main church Svetitskhoveli (the life giving pillar) is buried the Robe of the Christ, one of the most important relic of Christian world. Because of this and many facts Mtskheta has a role of the main pilgrimage cites of Georgia.
Ananuri Ensemble – contains two churches and two towers surrounded by defensive walls. Down to the complex there’s a former settlement called Ananuri and also former main road, which is now covered by artificial Jinwali lake. In old times, a residency of feudal usually stood high up of the road. Ananuri served as main fortified residency of Aragvi Feudals.
Visit small town Kazbegi. From the centre you can drive up to the high hill to visit Gergety Trinity Monastery to overlook Kazbegi areas. On the other side Kazbegi mountain overlooks you. This is one of the highest peak in Georgia, eternally covered with the snow.
Night in Kazbegi.
Day 4. Breakfast in the hotel.
This day we will cross Jvari pass and beyond one of the main ridges of Caucasian Mountains and visit “mineral mountain” with mineral water,
Sno gorge. Sno is a small village,in a very beautiful place. Here was born and grown Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II. Near village we can see castle of XVI century, which locked the gorge from in old times. From this place a very hard going tracks goes up to Khevsurety highlands.
Truso gorge. Here is possible to have nice walking in a river Truso gorge and enjoy beautiful nature.
Night in Kazbegi (guesthouse).
Day 5. Gori – Uphlistsikhe – Bakuriani
Breakfast in the hotel.
Gori is a small town, which is famous for the fact that world famous Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was born here. It is possible to visit the museum of Stalin.
Continue to the west to see Uphlistsikhe.
According to the historical sources Uphlistsikhe was main town-fortification of ancient east-Georgian kingdom Iberia. Unfortunately main part of it is ruined either of earthquakes or enemy invasions. Only we can see there, are remains of old glory.
Bakuriani — (1700 m. above sea level) is the most famous winter resort in Georgia. It is a nice settlement, surrounded by mountains. Bakuriani is excellent place for skiing, as well it is brilliant also in summer time.
night in Bakuriani
Day 6. Vardzia
Breakfast in the hotel
Vardzia is situated in south Georgia just at the border of Turkey. At the beginning (XII-XIII centuries) it was a town and was built by king Giorgi the III and his daughter Tamar. After her father, she became a king of Georgia and this period is called as “Golden Age”. Vardzia is one of the clear examples of the golden age. It is six floor complexes of caves, tunnels, a monastery, bathes, libraries…
Khertvisi fortress was built in ninth century. It is one of the best preserved fortification. Stands high up on the rock at the connection of two rivers Pharavani and Mtkvari.
Historically, in the epoch of mighty centuries of Georgia, south parts were best fortified and strengthened to defend from the Ottoman Empire, rapid-growing aggressor neighbor. We can only witness the shadow of those brilliant times.
Green Monastery (IX) is situated near Borjomi. According to historical data, this monastery was built by disciples of famous monk, saint Grigoli Khandzteli.
Overnight in Bakuriani.
Day 7. Excursion to Kutaisi, west Georgia.
Breakfast in the hotel in Bakuriani.
Kutaisi – The ancient capital of western Georgian kingdom of Kolkhety. The full day city tour, including the sightseeings of old Kutaisi Bagtari Cathedral.
Nearby Kutaisi there are other sightseeings:
Gelaty Monastery with the academy which was prosperous religious and secular educational centre from the 12th century. There was built academy in 12th century. It was one of the old educational centre in Europe.
Motsameta Monastery, with amazing natural view from the hill.
Day 8. Svaneti. Mestia
Dinner in the hotel in Kutaisi. Drive to north-west. Arrive to Mestia. Free time.
“If you have just a bit desire of Georgia, visit Svaneti,” advised great Georgian writer Ilia Chavchavadze to nex generations. It was extremely hard to go there in early times. The main road was just a track for horses. Because of it Svaneti was unreachable for the enemies and many things preserved. “The place of thousand towers”, this is the region, also famous with amazingly beautiful nature, high snowy peaks, wild rivers and hospitable people.
Overnight in Mestia.
Day 9. Excursion in Mestia
Breakfast in the guesthouse.
Mestia – Administrative centre of Svaneti Region, with 2600 inhabitants. The town lies on both sides of river Mestiachala and Mulakhura on height of 1500 m above sea level. There are several mineral springs in Mestia. One of them is in the centre, an one more is on the edge of river Malakhuri.
Overnight in Mestia.
Breakfast in Guesthouse.
Visit Ushguli. This is the highest settlement in Georgia (more than 2200 metres above sea level). Here you cen enjoy with the highest mountain ridge in Georgia Shkhara and river Enguri gorge.
In this village there preserved also many churches, towers and other unique buildings and Museums.
Drive back to Mestia.
Night in Mestia.
Day 11. Drive back to Tbilisi. On the road visit Zugdidi.
breakfast In the guesthouse in Mestia.
Zugdidi is administrative centre of Samegrelo region. Here we visit palace and museum of Dadiani Feudal Family, who ruled Samegrelo for centuries.
There are two things in Dadiani Palace Museum, which may make you interested. Both of them are original ones. 1. The robe of the Saint Virgin, which at first was kept in Constantinople, and in 1453, after fall of Byzantine Empire, was transferred to Georgia. 2. The bronze mask of Napoleon Bonaparte, copy of his face after death, made by his private doctor in 1833. You will also know, that Dadiani and Bonaparte families were relatives.
Night in Tbilisi
Day 12. Davidgareji, Signagi, Tbilisi.
Breakfast in the hotel in Tbilisi.
This day an eastern region of Georgia, Kakheti, is waiting for us.
There are about 2000 sorts of wine in the world. More than 500 sorts (i.e. 1.4) come from Georgia. The word itself “gvino” (wine in Georgian) is considered as a root for any foreign equivalent. The oldest wine vessel found in Georgia dates back to 6th millennium BC. So, Georgia supposedly is a cradle of wine in the world. Kakheti region is the cradle of wine in Georgia itself.
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Davidgareji Monastery. Just at the border of Georgia and Azerbaijan, It was the largest monastic complex in Georgia, opened in 25 square km and dwelling for thousands of monks. It was severely ruined by Iranians at the beginning of 17th century. There tourists will see old caves with frescoes high up on the hill, overlooking Azerbaijan areas.
The next destination is convent Bodbe. The monastery is very important for Georgians, because there is the tomb of Saint Nino, enlightener of Georgia.
Signagi, (a town of love) a nice touristic town with amazing view of river Alazani Valley and Caucasian mountains. Here the wedding house is always open. So that, you can make your love relationship official any time.
Signagi is Turkish word meaning “a shelter”. It was built in 18th century by a famous king of Kakheti erekle II to defend surrounding villages from North Caucasian Muslim peoples.
Nowadays there is no danger of attacking any invaders. It was newly restored and renovated just for you pleasure.
Telavi - After destroying Gremi, Telavi became main town of Kakheti and residence of King’s family. Now it is an administrative centre of Kakheti region. The main sightseeing is the palace – museum of King Erekle II.
Night in Telavi.
Day 13.Tsinandali – Gremi – Nekresi - Alaverdi – Shuamta
Tsinandali. Visit the house-museum of local nobleman Alexandre Chavchavadze. Here we will find out that in Georgia, in XIX century, European oriented culture was not something strange even in the regional place. Afamous poet and diplomat Alexander Griboedov was son in low of Alexandre Cavchavadze. His famous comedy in verse “Woe from Wit” Griboedov wrote in Tsinandali. He and his beautiful wife Nino Chavchavadze, who widowed in 17 after several months of their marriage and never married again, are buried in Tbilisi, at the entrance of Mtatsminda Pantheon.
Gremi - one day Gremi was the main town of Kakheti Kingdom and residence of Kakhetian kings. Lying on merchant road, which connected Middle East to Astrakhan and other northern commercial points, It was rich and flourished town. Gremi was totally ruined and destroyed by Abbas the II, greatest shah of Iran at the beginning of 17th century. Nowadays the main church and Tower, the coronation place and dwelling of the kings are available for the visitors.
Nekresi – is a monastery situated high up on the mountain, from which opens wonderful view of Alazani Valley.
Alaverdi - a monastery founded in VI century by one of Assyrian fathers, who came to Georgia to strengthen monastic traditions. Alaverdi is the second higher monastery standing grandiosely on open area. Here, in the massive wall is built a residency of Kakhetian bishop.
Return to Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 14. Tbilisi
Breakfast in the hotel. Free time in Tbilisi.
Day 15. Tbilisi
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport. The end of the service.
Transport service throughout the trip (save free day in Tbilisi)
Meals: FB according to the program in Kazbegi, Kutaisi, Mestia, Bakuriani
Guide (Russian speaking) service throughout trip (save free day in Tbilisi)
Breakfasts in the hotels in Tbilisi and Telavi
Price does not include:
Museum tickets (between 3-10 $ for a person) for Tsinandali, Mestia, Signagi, Telavi, Gremi
Transportation up to Nekresi Monastery by local microbus. Transport from out forbidden
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