Georgia - Across the County

This tour is only for you! Spend an unbelievable two weeks in Georgia! Try all popular sorts of wine, Khinkali and Khachapuri!

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Tour Plan and Activities

Note: During this tour, all breakfasts (hotel), Lunches (lunchbox/Cafe) and dinners (local restaurants) are included, also alcohol (wine, vodka, beer) degustations in different cities and all entry ticket fees! First three (3) and last two (2) nights you will spend in Tbilisi, two nights in Telavi, Kutaisi, Mestia and Batumi. On your Arrival day, our guide and driver will meet you at Tbilisi International Airport and drive you to the Hotel (Tbilisi). This day you can rest and enjoy with free time. The second day, after breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up and from that moment your journey begins. Our First destination is Holy Trinity Cathedral, one of the largest Orthodox cathedrals in the world. Continue to Metekhi church and monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take the cable car to the statue of Mother of Georgia, then Narikala Fortress to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of Sulphur bathhouses passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Old Town, Sharden area full of narrow streets with cosy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops, and breath in the living past, have a short break for wine degustation and a lunch. After lunch, drive to Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns, the cultural and religious centre of Georgia. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC. Visit Jvari Church, a true architectural masterpiece of the early Medieval Period overlooking the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers from the top of the hill and Svetitskhoveli, the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi. The Third day starts with breakfast in the hotel, after what our guide and driver will meet you and drive you to Borjomi region, where you will be visiting Borjomi National Park, where you’ll be able to try mineral water “Borjomi”. Then Rabati Castle and Vardzia Cave Monastery, which has no analogies in the region and is one of the biggest monastery complexes. After guiding through Rabati Castle and Vardzia monastery complex museums we will drive you back to Tbilisi, but on your way back you will enjoy with local food. Next day - Kakheti - the eastern region of Georgia, famous for stunning landscapes that include snow-covered peaks and curving passes, traditional winemaking in „qvevri“ and gorgeous cities. It’s one of the country’s most diverse areas. So, here are some of the best things you should see and do in Kakheti while visiting Georgia. Discover whole Kakheti province during this one week trip. Venture into Kakheti’s semi-desert landscapes and visit the David Gareja Monastery, set on the Georgia-Azerbaijan border and home to 6th-century monastic caves. Then, visit the medieval Bodbe Monastery near the hilltop town of Signagi. Admire the Alazani valley from Signagi’s watchtowers and enjoy with Kakhetian traditional food and tens sorts of local wine. Dinner and overnight Telavi. The fifth day - you will visit Telavi’s sightseeing, the capital city of the Kakheti region, the first archaeological findings from Telavi date back to the Bronze Age. One of the earliest surviving accounts of Telavi is from the 2nd century AD, by Greek geographer Claudius Ptolemaeus, who mentions the name Teleda (a reference to Telavi). During this trip, you will visit some of the ancient monasteries, as Alaverdi Cathedral, Old and New Shuamta. Continue our tour by visiting Gori to visit the museum of Stalin, the ruins of an ancient fortress "Goristsihe" which is located on a hill in the city centre. After having lunch, the driver will drive you to Uplistsikhe-the most ancient cave city hewed in rock, from IV centuries B.C. which is located at the left bank of Mtkvari River and has been entirely carved into a massive cliff. This is one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. Strategically located in the heartland of the ancient kingdom of Kartli. Built, it contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut culture, the day ends in Kutaisi. The sixth day - After breakfast at the hotel, the day will begin with a trip around Kutaisi, the first is stop at the picturesque monastery of Gelati, which is a monastic complex near Kutaisi. Afterwards, we will travel to the Motsameta Monastery, which offers awe-inspiring views of the river and the surrounding countryside. After a lunch break, we will continue the day by visiting the Bagrati Cathedral. Have a stop at an interesting place for Kutaisi visitors, the Sataflia Cave complex. After a pleasantly tiring trip, you will be enjoying the local food in the local restaurant. We will come back to the hotel late, in the evening, where the guests will stay and overnight. The seventh day -after breakfast, in a few hours we reach Martvili Canyon. Activity includes a boat ride and walking along the riverbank to watch waterfalls. Sightseeing takes about 1 hour. Next site on our list is Enguri Dam, currently being world’s second largest dam – 271.5 m in height. In the evening arrive in Mestia. Dinner and overnight in Mestia. The eighth day - you can enjoy typical Svanetian breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we will explore Upper Svaneti and drive with 4x4 vehicles to Ushguli village – the highest continually inhabited places in Europe. The whole village with its fortifications is included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The way to Ushguli is off-road but very picturesque. On our way, we’ll visit villages: Ipari and Kala to see the churches rich in murals and frescoes. Have a picnic lunch in nature and then we can continue our adventure. Stop by Lamaria church in Ushguli - a sacred place for locals. Take a walk towards Shkhara glacier – the highest peak in Georgia (5068 m). In the evening return back to Mestia. The ninth day - we discover Mestia by Visiting Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography, which houses old Georgian manuscripts, ethnographic and archaeological items, Georgian Orthodox icons painted in Svanetian style, etc. visit villages: Latali and Lemjeri located near Mestia town containing churches decorated with medieval frescoes and murals. Afterwards, we reach Martvili Canyon. Activity includes a boat ride and walking along the riverbank to watch waterfalls. Sightseeing takes about 1 hour. Arrive in Batumi, dinner and overnight there. The tenth day - we will stay in Batumi, walk around, visiting most attractive and interesting sightseeings (Batumi Boulevard, Alphabet Tower, Batumi Piazza, Old Town, Astronomical Clock and etc.) relaxing on the beach, trying some local seafood, having fun and joy. Breakfast in the hotel, lunch and dinner in the local restaurants. The eleventh day - we will be back to Tbilisi, on your way back you will be visiting Petra Castle, have some stop for lunch and after 5-6 hours of driving, you will be back to Tbilisi. The Twelfth day - of our trip, you will be visiting the Kazbegi side. The first step you’ll take is Ananuri Complex, In 2007, the complex has been on the tentative list for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage Site program. Inside the complex, there is a church with old paintings and frescoes, also from the tower you’ll have an opportunity to look at Jinvali Water Reservoir. Next stop is Volcanic Water spring, waterfall and Gergeti Trinity Church, the church is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheri, at an elevation of 2170 meters (7120 feet), under Mount Kazbegi, from where you can enjoy with stunning views on the ravine. Dinner in Kazbegi. At the end of the day, you will be back to Tbilisi, overnight. The thirteenth day - You will have a walking tour around Tbilisi for some shopping and fun. after which you’ll enjoy dinner in a local restaurant in the centre of Tbilisi. You’ll stay in Tbilisi overnight. The fourteenth day - On the last day, our guide will help you to check-out from the hotel, and you will then have some shopping time before the driver and the guide take you to Tbilisi International Airport. See You in Georgia!

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.

  • Transportation
  • Tour Guiding
  • Cultural Expedition
  • All Local Taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Hotel and Guest House
  • Local Restaurants
  • Fun and Joy
  • Welcome Package
  • Breakfast in The hotel
  • Lunch at the local Restaurant
  • Hotel Pick-Up
  • Hotel Drop-off
  • All Entry Ticket Fees
  • All Lunches
  • All Breakfasts
  • Transfer From Airport
  • Transfer To Airport
  • Jeep Riding (Shatili)
  • Off-Roading
  • Food Degustation
  • Wine Degustation
  • Beer Degustation
  • Vodka Degustation
  • Master Classes
  • Bottle of Water
Whats not included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.

  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight Tickets
  1. City Gori Short History

    Gori is a city in eastern Georgia, which serves as the regional capital of Shida Kartli and the centre of the homonymous administrative district. The name is from Georgian Gora that is, "heap", or "hill". Gori was an important military stronghold in the Middle Ages and maintains strategic importance due to its location on the principal highway connecting eastern and western parts of Georgia. Gori is also known as the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, ballistic missile designer Alexander Nadiradze and philosopher Merab Mamardashvili. Gori is located 86 kilometres (53 mi) west of Georgia's capital Tbilisi, at the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Greater Liakhvi, 588 meters (1,929 ft) above sea level. The territory of Gori has been populated since the early Bronze Age. According to medieval Georgian chronicles, the town of Gori was founded by King David IV (1089-1125) who settled refugees from Armenia there. However, the fortress of Gori (Goris-Tsikhe) appears to have been in use already in the 7th century.

  2. Kutaisi - Gelati Monastery Short History

    Gelati, which is a monastic complex near Kutaisi. It contains the Church of the Virgin founded by the King of Georgia known as David the Builder in 1106 and the 13th-century Churches of St. George and St. Nicholas. The site is renowned for its collection of 12th to 19th-century mosaics, wall paintings, enamels and metalwork. King David the Builder began constructing the monastery and academy in 1106 as a grand tribute to his victory over the Turks. The academy was one of the first institutions of higher education founded in the Middle Ages and became a principal cultural centre in Georgia. In 1994, Gelati was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2006 was included on the list of Immovable Monuments of Georgian Cultural Heritage.

  3. Telavi - Old Shuamta Monastery Short History

    Near Telavi in the village of Shuamta, you will see the fragments of Dzveli-Shuamta and Akhali Shuamta monasteries (old Shuamta and new Shauamta). These two monasteries absolutely differ from each other in architecture and were built at different times. Dzveli Shuamta monastery is more ancient. It is a complex of several ancient churches. The small church standing in the foreground is dated the 5th century, the other two – bigger and smaller domical churches – the 7th century. The bigger church is very similar to Mtskheta Dzhvari temple. The churches have the 12th-century paintings. Akhali Shuamta Monastery was built later in the 16th century. This monastery is still active. The big temple, the bell tower, the fencing parts of the monastery complex. According to the legend the monastery was constructed by Tina, the Kakheti queen. When she was a little girl she had a dream where she was told to build an orthodox temple. In her dream, she saw the site of the future monastery. The place appeared unfamiliar, and only when she married Kakhetian prince Levan, Tina recognized the place during her travel across Georgia. That was how the monastery was founded and later Tina took the veil there.

  4. Telavi - Alaverdi Monastery Short History

    Georgian Eastern Orthodox monastery located 25 km (16 mi) from Akhmeta, in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia. While parts of the monastery date back to 6th century, the present-day cathedral was built in the 11th century by Kvirike III of Kakheti, replacing an older church of St. George. The monastery was founded by the Assyrian monk Joseph (Yoseb, Amba) Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi, then a small village and former pagan religious centre dedicated to the Moon. At a height of over 55 m (180 ft), Alaverdi Cathedral was the tallest religious building in Georgia, until the construction of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, which was consecrated in 2004. However, its overall size is smaller than the cathedral of Svetitskhoveli in Mtskheta. The monastery is the focus of the annual religious celebration Alaverdoba. Situated in the heart of the world's oldest wine region, the monks also make their own wine, known as Alaverdi Monastery Cellar.

  5. Fifth Day - City Telavi Short History

    Telavi, the main city and administrative centre of Georgia's eastern province of Kakheti. The first archaeological findings from Telavi date back to the Bronze Age. One of the earliest surviving accounts of Telavi is from the 2nd century AD, by Greek geographer Claudius Ptolemaeus, who mentions the name Teleda (a reference to Telavi). Telavi began to transform into a fairly important and large political and administrative centre in the 8th century. Interesting information on Telavi is provided in the records by an Arab geographer, Al-Muqaddasi of the 10th century, who mentions Telavi along with such important cities of that time's the Caucasus as Tbilisi, Shamkhor, Ganja, Shemakha and Shirvan. Speaking about the population of Telavi, Al-Muqaddasi points out that for the most part, it consisted of Christians. From the 10th until the 12th century, Telavi served as the capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti and later the Kingdom of Kakhet-Hereti. During the so-called Golden Era of the Georgian State (12th–13th centuries), Telavi turned into one of the most important political and economic centres of the Georgian State. After the disintegration of the united Georgian Kingdom in the 15th century, the role of Telavi started to decline and the city eventually became an ordinary town of trade and crafts. Telavi regained its political importance in the 17th century when it became a capital of the kingdom of Kakheti. By 1762, it turned into the second capital (after Tbilisi) of the United Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Kartl-Kakheti.

  6. Kakheti - City Sighnaghi Short History

    Sighnaghi is located in the Kakheti region of Georgia, settled since the Paleolithic period. Sighnaghi as a settlement is first recorded in the early 18th century. In 1762, King Heraclius II of Georgia sponsored the construction of the town and erected a fortress to defend the area from marauding attacks by Dagestan tribesmen. As of the 1770 census, Signagi was settled by 100 families, chiefly craftsmen and merchants. When Georgia was annexed by Imperial Russia in 1801, Signagi was officially granted town status and became a centre of Signakh within Tiflis Governorate in 1802. In 1812, Sighnak joined the rebellion with the rest of Kakheti against the Russian rule. During the Caucasian War, the town "was considered an important point on account of its proximity to" Dagestan. The town quickly rose in its size and population and became an agricultural centre, but later a major reconstruction project recently launched by the Government of Georgia and co-funded by several international organizations intends to address an increasing tourist interest and modernize infrastructure.

  7. Kakheti - Bodbe St. Nino Monastery Short History

    St. Nino’s Monastery is a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe located 2 km from the town of Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia. Originally built in the 9th century, it has been significantly remodelled, especially in the 17th century. The monastery now functions as a nunnery and is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th-century female evangelist of Georgians, whose relics are shrined there. According to Georgian tradition, St. Nino, having witnessed the conversion of Georgians to the Christian faith, withdrew to the Bodbe gorge, in Kakheti, where she died c. 338-340. At the behest of King Mirian III (r. 284-361), a small monastery was built at the place where Nino was buried. The monastery gained particular prominence in the late Middle Ages. It was particularly favoured by the kings of Kakheti who made choice of the monastery as the place of their coronation. Pillaged by the troops of Shah Abbas I of Persia in 1615, the Bodbe monastery was restored by King Teimuraz I of Kakheti (r. 1605-1648). With the revival of monastic life in Bodbe, a theological school was opened. The monastery also operated one of the largest depositories of religious books in Georgia and was home to several religious writers and scribes. In 1924, the Soviet government closed down the monastery and converted it into a hospital. In 1991, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Bodbe monastery was resumed as a convent. Restoration works were carried out between 1990 and 2000 and resumed in 2003.

  8. Kakheti - Gareji Desert Short History

    The complex was founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the thirteen Assyrian monks who arrived in the country at the same time. His disciples Dodo and Luciane expanded the original lavra and founded two other monasteries known as Dodo's Rka (literally, "the horn of Dodo") and Natlismtsemeli ("the Baptist"). The monastery saw further development under the guidance of the 9th-century Georgian saint Ilarion. The convent was particularly patronized by the Georgian royal and noble families. The 12th-century Georgian king Demetre I, the author of the famous Georgian hymn Thou Art a Vineyard, even chose David Gareja as a place of his confinement after he abdicated the throne. Despite the harsh environment, the monastery remained an important centre of religious and cultural activity for many centuries; at certain periods the monasteries owned extensive agricultural lands and many villages. The renaissance of fresco painting chronologically coincides with the general development of life in the David Gareja monasteries. The high artistic skill of David Gareja frescoes made them an indispensable part of a world treasure. From the late 11th to the early 13th centuries, the economic and cultural development of David Gareja reached its highest phase, reflecting the general prosperity of the medieval Kingdom of Georgia. New monasteries Udabno, Bertubani and Chichkhituri were built, the old ones were enlarged and re-organized. The monastery remains active today and serves as a popular destination of tourism and pilgrimage.

  9. Fourth Day - Kakheti Region Short History

    Kakheti - the eastern region of Georgia, famous for stunning landscapes that include snow-covered peaks and curving passes, traditional winemaking in „Kvevri“ and gorgeous cities. It’s one of the country’s most diverse areas. So, here are some of the best things you should see and do in Kakheti while visiting Georgia. Discover whole Kakheti province during this one week trip. Venture into Kakheti’s semi-desert landscapes and visit the David Gareja Monastery, set on the Georgia-Azerbaijan border and home to 6th-century monastic caves. Then, visit the medieval Bodbe Monastery near the hilltop town of Signagi. Admire the Alazani valley from Sighnaghi’s watchtowers and enjoy with Kakhetian traditional food and tens sorts of local wine. Next days you will visit Telavi, the capital town of Kakheti region, the first archaeological findings from Telavi date back to the Bronze Age. One of the earliest surviving accounts of Telavi is from the 2nd century AD, by Greek geographer Claudius Ptolemaeus, who mentions the name Teleda (a reference to Telavi). During this trip, you will visit some of the ancient monasteries, as Alaverdi Cathedral, Nekresi Monastery, and Gremi Monastery.

  10. Borjomi - Rabati Fortress Short History

    is a fortress in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia. Originally established in the 9th century as the Lomisa Castle, it was completely rebuilt by Ottomans. Most of the surviving buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries. According to the Georgian Chronicles the city was established in the 9th century by Guaram Mampal, son of the King of Tao. From the 13th to the end of 14th centuries it was the capital city of Samtskhe-Saatabago, ruled by the Georgian princely family and a ruling dynasty of the Principality of Samtskhe, the House of Jaqeli. In 1393 the city was attacked by the armies of Tamerlane. After the Treaty of Constantinople in 1590, the whole territory of Samtskhe-Saatabago came under the rule of Ottoman Empire. Turks Mostly used to build defensive edifices. In 1752 the first mosque was built in Rabati. After a lot of wars and attacks, the fortress stood up and later it was extensively rebuilt and renovated in 2011-2012 in order to attract more tourists to the area.

  11. Borjomi - Vardzia Short History

    Vardzia is a cave monastery site in southern Georgia, excavated from the slopes of the Erusheti Mountain on the left bank of the Kura River, thirty kilometres from Aspindza. The main period of construction was the second half of the twelfth century. The caves stretch along the cliff for some five hundred meters and in up to nineteen tiers. The Church of the Dormition, dating to the 1180s during the golden age of Tamar and Rustaveli, has an important series of wall paintings. The site was largely abandoned after the Ottoman takeover in the sixteenth century. Now part of a state heritage reserve, the extended area of Vardzia-Khertvisi has been submitted for future inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  12. Third Day - City Borjomi Short History

    Borjomi is a resort town in south-central Georgia, The town is noted for its the World Wide Fund for Nature-site Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park and mineral water industry with unique healing qualities and taste. It’s been known for centuries, that this water was unique, but it really becomes famous during Russian reign in Georgia. Borjomi water won its first gold medal in 1907 in Belgium. The water has been bottled since 1896. Borjomi is also home to the most extensive ecologically-themed amusement park in the Caucasus.

  13. Mtskheta - Jvari Monastery Short History

    Jvari Monastery stands on the rocky mountaintop at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking the town of Mtskheta, which was formerly the capital of the Kingdom of Iberia. According to traditional accounts, on this location in the early 4th century Saint Nino, a female evangelist credited with converting King Mirian III of Iberia to Christianity erected a large wooden cross on the site of a pagan temple. The cross was reportedly able to work miracles and therefore drew pilgrims from all over the Caucasus. A small church was erected over the remnants of the wooden cross in c.545 named the "Small Church of Jvari". The present building, or "Great Church of Jvari", is generally held to have been built between 590 and 605 by Erismtavari Stepanoz I. This is based on the Jvari inscriptions on its facade which mentions the principal builders of the church: Stephanos the patricius, Demetrius the hypatos, and Adarnase the hypatos. Professor Cyril Toumanoff disagrees with this view, identifying these individuals as Stepanoz II, Demetre (brother of Stepanoz I), and Adarnase II (son of Stepanoz II), respectively. The importance of Jvari complex increased over time and attracted many pilgrims. In the late Middle Ages, the complex was fortified by a stone wall and gate, remnants of which still survive. During the Soviet period, the church was preserved as a national monument, but access was rendered difficult by tight security at a nearby military base. After the independence of Georgia, the building was restored to active religious use. Jvari was listed together with other monuments of Mtskheta in 1994 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  14. Mtskheta - Svetitskhoveli Cathedral Short History

    The original church was built in 4th century A.D. during the reign of Mirian III of Kartli (Iberia). St. Nino is said to have chosen the confluence of the Mtkvari (Kura) and Aragvi rivers as the place of the first Georgian Church. According to Georgian hagiography, in the 1st century AD, a Georgian Jew from Mtskheta named Elias was in Jerusalem when Jesus was crucified. Elias bought Jesus’ robe from a Roman soldier at Golgotha and brought it back to Georgia. Returning to his native city, he was met by his sister Sidonia who upon touching the robe immediately died from the emotions engendered by the sacred object. The robe could not be removed from her grasp, so she was buried with it. The place where Sidonia is buried with Christ's robe is preserved in the Cathedral. Later, from her grave grew an enormous cedar tree. Ordering the cedar chopped down to build the church, St. Nino had seven columns made from it for the church’s foundation. The seventh column, however, had magical properties and rose by itself into the air. It returned to earth after St. Nino prayed the whole night. It was further said that from the magical seventh column a sacred liquid flowed that cured people of all diseases. In Georgian sveti means "pillar" and tskhoveli means "life-giving" or "living", hence the name of the cathedral. An icon portraying this event can be seen in the second column on the right-hand from the entrance. Reproduced widely throughout Georgia, it shows Sidonia with an angel lifting the column in heaven. Saint Nino is in the foreground: King Mirian and his wife, Queen Nana, are to the right and left. Georgia officially adopted Christianity as its state religion in 337.

  15. City Mtskheta Short History

    Mtskheta was founded in the 5th century BC. It was capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia (Kartli) from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. It was a site of early Christian activity and the location where Christianity was proclaimed the state religion of Kartli in 337. It remains the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox Church. King Dachi I Ujarmeli (early 6th century AD), who was the successor of Vakhtang I Gorgasali, moved the capital from Mtskheta to the more easily defensible Tbilisi according to the will left by his father. However, Mtskheta continued to serve as the coronation and burial place for most kings of Georgia until the end of the kingdom in the 19th century. The old city lies at the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi. The rare blend of cultural values had ruled in this part of the world since the Bronze Age until prosperous Christian era over the unique eclectic lifestyle creating the mood of the town which is as old as the history of Georgia. Mtskheta is the most religious city of Georgia as it has been the shrine of pagan idols since times immemorial and it is where Christianity in Georgia takes its origin. In recognition of its role in the Georgian Christian history, Mtskheta was granted the status of a "Holy City" by Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia in accordance of the written testament of his 11th-century predecessor Melchizedek I of Georgia.

  16. Tbilisi - Old City Short History

    Abanotubani is the ancient district of Tbilisi, Georgia, known for its sulfuric baths. Located at the eastern bank of the Mtkvari River at the foot of Narikala fort across Metekhisubani, Abanotubani is an important historic part of the city — the place, where according to a legend the King of Iberia, Vakhtang Gorgasali’s falcon fell, leading to a discovery of the hot springs and, subsequently, to founding of a new capital.

  17. Tbilisi - Narikala Fortress Short History

    Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and the Kura River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulphur baths and the botanical gardens of Tbilisi. St Nicholas church is standing in the middle of Narikala Fortress, it was newly built in 1996–1997 and replaced the original 13th-century church that was destroyed in a fire. The new church is of "prescribed cross" type, having doors on three sides.[1] The internal part of the church is decorated with the frescoes showing scenes both from the Bible and history of Georgia.

  18. Tbilisi - Mother of Georgia Short History

    The statue was erected on the top of Sololaki hill in 1958, the year Tbilisi celebrated its 1500th anniversary. Prominent Georgian sculptor Elguja Amashukeli designed the twenty-metre aluminium figure of a woman in Georgian national dress. She symbolizes the Georgian national character: in her left hand she holds a bowl of wine to greet those who come as friends, and in her right hand is a sword for those who come as enemies.

  19. Tbilisi - Metekhi Church Short History

    Metekhi is a history of Tbilisi, Georgia, located on the elevated cliff that overlooks the Mtkvari river. The neighbourhood is home to the eponymous Metekhi Church of Assumption. The district was one of the earliest inhabited areas on the city’s territory. According to traditional accounts, King Vakhtang I Gorgasali erected here a church and a fort which served also as a king’s residence; hence comes to the name Metekhi which dates back to the 12th century and literally means “the area around the palace”. Tradition holds that it was also a site where the 5th-century martyr lady Saint Shushanik was buried. However, none of these structures has survived the Mongol invasion of 1235.

  20. Tbilisi - Trinity Cathedral Short History

    The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi commonly known as Sameba is the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church located in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Constructed between 1995 and 2004, it is the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the world and one of the largest religious buildings in the world by total area. Sameba is a synthesis of traditional styles dominating the Georgian church architecture at various stages in history and has some Byzantine undertones. The construction of the church was proclaimed as a "symbol of the Georgian national and spiritual revival" and was sponsored mostly by anonymous donations from several businessmen and common citizens. On November 23, 2004, on St. George's Day, the cathedral was consecrated by Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II and high-ranking representatives of fellow Orthodox Churches of the world. The ceremony was also attended by leaders of other religious and confessional communities in Georgia as well as by political leaders. Designed in a traditional Georgian style but with a greater vertical emphasis, and "regarded as an eyesore by many people, it is equally venerated by as many others". The Cathedral has a cruciform plan with a dome over a crossing resting on eight columns. At the same time, the parameters of the dome are independent of the apses, imparting a more monumental look to the dome and the church in general. The dome is surmounted by a 7.5-meter tall gilded gold cross. For sure one of the highlights of Georgian churches and Cathedrals.

  21. Second Day - City Tbilisi Short History

    Legend says, that the present-day territory of Tbilisi was uninhabited and covered by forest as late as 458 AD, the date medieval Georgian chronicles assign to the founding of the city by King Vakhtang I Gorgasali of Iberia (or Kartli, present-day eastern Georgia). Archaeological studies of the region have however revealed that the territory of Tbilisi was settled by humans as early as the 4th millennium BC. The earliest written accounts of the settlement of the location come from the second half of the 4th century AD when a fortress was built during King Varaz-Bakur's reign (ca. 364). Towards the end of the 4th century, the fortress fell into the hands of the Persians but was recaptured by the kings of Kartli by the middle of the 5th century. According to one account, King Vakhtang Gorgasali (r. 447-502) went hunting in the heavily wooded region with a falcon. The king's falcon caught a pheasant, but both birds fell into a nearby hot spring and died. King Vakhtang was so impressed with the discovery that he decided to build a city on this location. The name Tbilisi derives from the Old Georgian word "Tpili", meaning warm. The name Tbili or Tbilisi ("warm location") therefore was given to the city because of the area's numerous sulfuric hot springs, which are still heavily exploited, notably for public baths, in the Abanotubani district. This mythical foundation account is still popular, but archaeological evidence shows that Vakhtang revived, or rebuilt parts of the city (such as Abanotubani, or the Metekhi palace, where his statue now stands) but did not found it.

  22. First Day - Arrival and Accommodating Airport and Hotel

    When you arrive, our guide and driver will meet you at Tbilisi International Airport and drive you to the Hotel (Tbilisi).

  23. Kutaisi - Bagrati Cathedral Short History

    the Bagrati Cathedral is frequently used as the symbol of the city of Kutaisi. It was built during the reign of King Bagrat III (hence the name) in the 11th-century but was severely devastated in 1692 during the Ottoman invasion. The Bagrati Cathedral sits on a hill just above Kutaisi and offers a magnificent view of the city. It was a Unesco World Heritage Site listed in 1994.

  24. Sixth Day - City Kutaisi Short History

    Kutaisi was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis. Archaeological evidence indicates that the city functioned as the capital of the kingdom of Colchis in the sixth to fifth centuries BC. It's believed that, in Argonautica, a Greek epic poem about Jason and the Argonauts and their journey to Colchis, author Apollonius Rhodius considered Kutaisi their final destination as well as the residence of King Aeëtes. Later it was capital of the kingdom of Lazica until being occupied briefly by the Arabs. An Arab incursion into western Georgia was repelled by Abkhazians jointly with Lazic and Iberian allies in 736, towards c.786, Leon II won his full independence from Byzantine and transferred his capital to the Kutaisi, thus unifying Lazica and Abasgia via a dynastic union. The latter led the unification of Georgian monarchy in the 11th century. From 1008 to 1122, Kutaisi served as the capital of the United Kingdom of Georgia, and from the 15th century until 1810, it was the capital of the Imeretian Kingdom. In 1508, the city was conquered by Selim I, who was the son of Bayezid II, the sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Kutaisi was a major industrial centre before Georgia's independence in 1991. Later in 2012th, the new Parliament building was opened in Kutaisi, this fact made Kutaisi more active. Kutaisi is located along both banks of the Rioni River. The city is surrounded by deciduous forests to the northeast and the northwest. The low-lying outskirts of the city have a largely agricultural landscape. The city centre has many gardens and its streets are lined with high, leafy trees. In the springtime, when the snow starts to melt in the nearby mountains, the storming Rioni River in the middle of the city is heard far beyond its banks.

  25. Twelfth Day - Kazbegi Region Short History

    Kazbegi is a district of Georgia, in the region of Mtskheta-Mtianeti. Kazbegi Municipality is situated in the upper valley of the Terek River, which goes on to traverse the Georgia–Russia border to the north and eventually drains into the Caspian Sea in Dagestan, Russian Federation. By the conventional definition of the Europe-Asia boundary as following the watershed of the Caucasus, this places Kazbegi Municipality geographically in Europe, thus making Georgia a transcontinental country. The main settlement is Stepantsminda, The town is located along the banks of the Terek River, 157 kilometres (98 mi) to the north of Tbilisi at an elevation of 1,740 meters (5,710 feet) above sea level. The town is dominated by large mountains on all sides. The most notable mountain of the region, Mount Kazbek 5,047 m (16,558 ft)  lies immediately to the west of town.

  26. Gori - Cave Town Uplistsikhe Short History

    Uplistsikhe is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia, some 10 kilometres east of the town of Gori, Shida Kartli. Built on a high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran, as well as the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. Uplistsikhe is identified by archaeologists as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. Strategically located in the heartland of the ancient kingdom of Kartli, it emerged as a major political and religious centre of the country. The town’s age and importance led medieval Georgian written tradition to ascribe its foundation to the mythical Uplos, son of Mtskhetos, and grandson of Kartlos. The Uplistsikhe complex can tentatively be divided into three parts: south (lower), middle (central) and north (upper) covering an area of approximately 8 hectares. The middle part is the largest, contains a bulk of the Uplistsikhe rock-cut structures, and is connected to the southern part via a narrow rock-cut pass and a tunnel. Narrow alleys and sometimes staircases radiate from the central "street" to the different structures. The majority of the caves are devoid of any decorations, although some of the larger structures have coffered tunnel-vaulted ceilings, with the stone carved in imitation of logs. Some of the larger structures also have niches in the back or sides, which may have been used for ceremonial purposes.

  27. Gori - Gori Fortress Short History

    Gori Fortress is a medieval citadel in Georgia, standing above the city of Gori on a rocky hill. The fortress first appears in the 13th-century records but archaeological evidence shows that the area had already been fortified in the last centuries BC. The fortress controlled major strategic and economic routes and accommodated a large garrison. In the 16th century, the Ottomans captured it to overawe Tbilisi. In 1598 the Georgians besieged it to no avail; in 1599 they feigned a relaxation of the siege for Lent before launching a surprise attack at night to regain the citadel. The fortress continued to change hands between the Georgians and the Persians in the 17th century. Gori Fortress was significantly damaged by the earthquake in 1920. The best-preserved structure is Tskhra-kara, which looks to the west, and is adjoined by the supplementary walls on the south and east.

  28. Kutaisi - Motsameta Monastery Short History

    Motsameta Monastery is smaller and quieter than the one in Gelati, although its cliff-edge setting is more spectacular by far. It is located 6km out of Kutaisi, off the Gelati road. In the 11th century, King Bagrat III built a monastery on the foundations of the destroyed eighth-century church in honour of the two brothers, now national heroes and saints in the Georgian Orthodox Church. Their tomb rests on two carved lions at the top of a side altar in the church. The lions are connected with the legend of David and Constantine Mkheidze, for it is believed that they appeared to bring the bodies of the brothers up from the river to the church. Believers also hold that if you walk three times through the small passage beneath the saints' tomb without touching the walls, your prayers will be answered. Take the turning marked by a photo of the church and follow this track for a couple of kilometres. This little monastery has a spectacular setting on a cliff-top promontory above a bend of the Tskhaltsitela River. Situated dizzily high above the ravine of the Tskhaltsitela River, the monastery offers awe-inspiring views of the river and the surrounding countryside from any number of buildings and points on the grounds. Extremely isolated and seldom visited by tourists, this place will give you an unadulterated taste of the monastic life. As you walk to the monastery, you'll see strips of coloured cloth tied to the myrtle bushes and fig and pomegranate trees that flank the lane. These are votive offerings, placed there in hopes that prayer might be granted.

  29. Kazbegi - Gergeti Trinity Church Short History

    is a popular name for Holy Trinity Church near the village of Gergeti in Georgia. The church is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheri, at an elevation of 2170 meters (7120 feet), under Mount Kazbegi. The Gergeti Trinity Church was built in the 14th century and is the only cross-cupola church in Khevi province. The separate belltower dates from the same period as the church itself. Its isolated location on top of a steep mountain surrounded by the vastness of nature has made it a symbol for Georgia. The 18th-century Georgian author Vakhushti Batonishvili wrote that in times of danger, precious relics from Mtskheta, including Saint Nino's Cross were brought here for safekeeping. During the Soviet era, all religious services were prohibited, but the church remained a popular tourist destination. The church is now an active establishment of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church. The church is a popular waypoint for trekkers in the area and can be reached by a steep 1 1/2 hour climb up the mountain, or around 30 minutes by jeep up a rough mountain trail.

  30. Kazbegi - Gveleti Waterfall Short History

    Gveleti Waterfall is a natural waterfall in wild nature, nearby to the Russian border.

  31. Thirteenth Day - Tbilisi Your Hotel

    This Day you'll spend in Tbilisi. Having Some different Activities like shopping (Souvenirs, Georgian Wine, Sweets and etc.) Dinner in the restaurant, where you can enjoy with Georgian folk dance and songs.

  32. Kutaisi - Sataplia Caves Short History

    Sataplia is known for its dinosaur traces which were discovered by Kutaisi environmentalist P. Chabukiani, who detected there a settlement of the primitive man, together with the footprints of a dinosaur. The Sataplia karst cave begins from the north and leads to the east, it lies 6 kilometres northwest of Kutaisi within Sataplia state preserve. The 300 meters long, 10 meters high and 12-meter wide karst cave abounds in stalactites and stalagmites and spring winds along its bottom. The air and water temperatures in the Sataplia karst cave are nearly equal ( 12 to 13 Celsius). There is a speleological museum near it now.

  33. Seventh Day - Svaneti Region Short History

    Mestia, the main regional centre of Zemo (Upper) Svaneti, is situated 456 km from Georgia’s capital city, Tbilisi, and is 1,500 meters above sea level. It is the starting point for most trips to Svaneti, with a range of hotels, guesthouses and local travel services, and makes a convenient base for exploring the area. From the centre of Mestia, it is possible to hike up to the glaciers at the foot of mount Ushba or take horses into the pristine alpine meadows. New ski resorts Hatsvali and Tetnuldi attract the attention of winter sports lovers who are looking for new places and challenges. Tourists interested in religious history will find plenty of examples of wall paintings, frescoes and icons from the Middle Ages in the churches around Mestia. Within Mestia, the Church of Saint George contains well-preserved crosses and icons from the XII century. Additionally, Pusdi Church still contains fragments of XIII century wall paintings. Nearby and in Mestia you can visit several ethnography museums, Tower of love, Ushguli and lots of old churches.

  34. Svaneti - Martvili Canyon Short History

    Martvili canyons used to be a bathing place for Dadiani family. Now people visit it to enjoy the scenery, its waterfalls and take a boat trip in the river with deep green colour. New visitors Centre was built in Martvili in summer, 2016 and serve thousands of tourist during the season!

  35. Svaneti - Enguri Dam Short History

    Engrui Dam is the world's second largest Dam, this place is a beautiful spot for photo shooting (height of 271.5 metres).

  36. Eighth Day - City Mestia Short History

    Mestia, the main regional centre of Zemo (Upper) Svaneti, is situated 456 km from Georgia’s capital city, Tbilisi, and is 1,500 meters above sea level. It is the starting point for most trips to Svaneti, with a range of hotels, guesthouses and local travel services, and makes a convenient base for exploring the area. From the centre of Mestia, it is possible to hike up to the glaciers at the foot of mount Ushba or take horses into the pristine alpine meadows. New ski resorts Hatsvali and Tetnuldi attract the attention of winter sports lovers who are looking for new places and challenges. Tourists interested in religious history will find plenty of examples of wall paintings, frescoes and icons from the Middle Ages in the churches around Mestia. Within Mestia, the Church of Saint George contains well-preserved crosses and icons from the XII century. Additionally, Pusdi Church still contains fragments of XIII century wall paintings. Nearby and in Mestia you can visit several ethnography museums, Tower of love, Ushguli and lots of old churches.

  37. Svaneti - Ushguli Short History

    Ushguli is located in the municipality of Mestia, at the bottom of mountain Shkhara, near the confluence of rivers Inguri and Shavtsqala-Kvishara. The community is comprised of 4 villages (Zhibiani, Chvibiani, Murqmeli and Chazhashi) and their height ranges from 2060 meters to 2200 meters above sea level. This makes Ushguli the highest settlement in Europe. The centre of the community, Chazhashi, has been declared a museum and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  38. Svaneti - Tower Of love Short History

    According to the legend, long ago, there was a young man and a woman who lived in an upper and lower village on the Enguri river fell in love. As both villagers did not consent to their marriage. They made their house (this tower) on this river bank between the villages and lived. The residents of this village, Bogreshi village-Iphari Community, are their descendant now.

  39. Svaneti - Kvirike and Ivlita Church Short History

    A sacred shrine Lagurka known by its miracle making power is situated in the Kala community. "Lagurka" is a Svan word meaning a holy place. The church is built on the top of a high hill and bears the name of St Kvirike and St. Ivlita. The holiday is commemorated on June 28. The people from the whole west Georgia gather here. There are many pilgrims today as well. In old sources, the church is referred to as the Monastery "where the princess Thekla was admitted to a veil". The royal painter Theodore painted the church in 1111. Fresco images of Kvirike and Ivlita are repeated many times. The church harbours many precious old icons and crosses and other sanctuaries. So-called - Shaliani icon is especially remarkable. The icon made by an enameled gold and silver engraving technique represents the crucifixion. The icon is a sample of the Byzantine art and represents an icon of holy relics, namely, the Life-Giving Cross of Our Savior. The icon is said to make many miracles. The last several years the liturgy is offered on the holiday of the icon on June 28. The believers can approach and pay the honour to the holy relics. At the foot of the church, on the other bank of the river, there is a small temple of the great martyr Barbara. The temple belongs to the XII century and is beautified with fresco paintings.

  40. Svnaeti - Ushguli Ethnography Museum Short History

    The Ethnographic Museum has a superb collection of gold, silver and wooden icons and crosses dating back to the 12th century from Ushguli’s seven churches, medieval prepossess metalwork, and icons, as well as learn how people lived in those defensive towers you see everywhere in the region.

  41. Ninth Day - Mestia Ethnography Museum Short History

    The museum was founded in 1936 and houses historic artefacts from the Svaneti region, including unique icons and engravings, a rich collection of manuscripts, medieval weaponry, iron, silver and copper ornaments, jewellery, pottery, and a collection of textile items, ethnographic artefacts depicting ancient life in Svaneti, and more.

  42. Svaneti - Village Latali Short History

    The most famous churches in Latali are Matskhvari, Matskhovari Church (village Matskhvarishi), Taringzeli - the Archangel's Church (village Matskhvarishi), Jgragi - Saint George's Church (village Lankvami) and Ieni (in village Iena). There are about; most of them ruined. The Matskhvari Church is built on heights, at the foot of which passes the main road. The church was built in XI-XII centuries, while its bell tower constructed on four pillars belongs to XVII - XVIII centuries. The Matskhvari is Latali's main Church. The Matskhvari was painted in the 1142 year by Michael Maghlakelidze. Here beside traditional subjects from the gospel, you can see an interesting and unique fresco.

  43. Samegrelo - Dadiani Palace Short History

    Is a Georgian national museum located in Zugdidi, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, Georgia. The Dadiani Palaces History and Architecture Museum are considered to be one of the most eminent palaces in the Caucasus. The first exhibition, of archaeological excavations of the ancient city of Nakalakevi, was prepared by Megrelian prince David Dadiani and took place in 1840. Three palaces form the modern museum complex, parts of which are also Blachernae Virgin Church and Zugdidi Botanical Garden. The Dadiani Palaces History and Architecture Museum houses some exhibits of natural cultural heritage of Georgia – Tagiloni treasure materials, Mother of God holy vesture, the icon of queen Bordokhan – mother of Queen Tamar of Georgia, manuscripts from 13th – 14th centuries, miniatures, memorial relics of Dadiani dynasty, and objects connected to emperor of France Napoleon Bonaparte – brought to the palace by the husband of David Dadiani's daughter, Prince Achille Murat, grandson of Napoleon's sister, Carolina. The palace was fully transformed into a museum on May 1, 1921.

  44. Tenth Day - City Batumi Short History

    Batumi is the second-largest city of Georgia, located on the coast of the Black Sea in the country's southwest. Situated in a subtropical zone near the foot of the Lesser Caucasus Mountains, Batumi is a popular tourist destination known for its varying weather–it is a bustling seaside resort during warm seasons, but can get entirely covered in snow during winter. Much of Batumi's economy revolves around tourism and gambling, but the city is also an important seaport and includes industries like shipbuilding, food processing and light manufacturing. Since 2010, Batumi has been transformed by the construction of modern high-rise buildings, as well as the restoration of classical 19th-century edifices lining its historic Old Town.

  45. Batumi - Batumi Boulevard Short History

    Batumi Seaside Boulevard is one of the charms of the city. It was established in 1881. It stretches along the seashore like a green line, to the north-west of Batumi. Its length is about 1,5 km. The original project of the seaside park was created by Reseller, a famous German gardener. He did not live long enough to carry out the project and his work was continued by the French gardener D’Alphonse. In the boulevard, it is possible to fulfil such recreational activities as walking along the seaside, biking on a new bicycle path, trying delicious cuisine in a variety of cafes and restaurants, watching French dancing and Musical Fountains, etc. One can start by watching fountain shows with a background of classical and traditional music, walk in five parallel alleys in the park, feel the unique microclimate of boulevard which has a comforting and recreational impact and breathe in a cocktail saturated with an exotic aroma of pine trees. As well as that, the Sea Side Park entertainments include Aqua-Park, Ferry’s wheel, night clubs and bungalows.

  46. Batumi - Alphabet Tower Short History

    The Alphabetic Tower is a 130-meter-high structure in Batumi, Georgia. The tower symbolizes the uniqueness of the Georgian alphabet and people. The structure combines the design of DNA, in its familiar double helix pattern. Two helix bands rise up the tower holding 33 letters of the Georgian alphabet, each 4 meters tall and made of aluminium. The tower is composed of eleven modules of cantilever trusses of steel tubes which make up two bodies, the interior containing the communication core panoramic elevators and stairs, the exterior which supports the whole structure and defines the skin with the big characters. Each of the 10.8 m. cores are bonded by diaphragms in a star pattern. At the top stands a glass sphere made of triangle elements fixed over steel profiles and sealed. The sphere consists of a hollow circular section structure. This light space hosts several rooms, distributed on different floors within the sphere. The first floor is called the transfer floor. It can be reached by the two main panoramic lifts. From the transfer floor, you may reach other lifts which serve the other floors. The second floor hosts a TV studio, next to the kitchen and the restaurant which is on the third floor, designed like a revolving ring. This ring, which goes around 360 degrees in an hour, offers visitors a panoramic view of the city and the Black Sea while they are enjoying their meal. The fourth floor has been conceived as an observatory deck, to enjoy the unique views from the Alphabetic Tower. This floor leads to the fifth one, which is designed to allow visitors to see how the tuned mass damper works. The tuned mass damper is a fifty-ton device mounted in structures to reduce the amplitude of mechanical vibrations.

  47. Batumi - Piazza Square Short History

    Piazza Square – one of the most amazing squares in Georgia has already become a symbol of Batumi. It is distinguished by its mosaic and stained glass windows and attracts lots of tourists. The construction of the square was finished in 2010. The main architect of the squire is Vazha Orbeladze, the author of the stained glass windows – Estonian artist Dolores Hofman. Piazza offers all the necessary relevant facilities café, restaurant and hotel. Notably, on Piazza Square, they often perform concerts of worldwide musicians like Placido Domingo, Chris Botti, Sting, Michel Legrand and Tamar Gverdtsiteli, etc.

  48. Batumi - Old Town Short History

    Growth and development of modern Batumi began in Porto Franco period in XIX century and continued more rapidly later on. Batumi, with its first rank port and well-developed industry, held a significant place in Georgia and the Caucasus as one of the most important transits and industrial. In 1903 29 factories functioned here. A lot of European commercial and industrial companies such as, “O.F.Gillard”, “Siemens and Halske”, “Schuft and Zimmerman”, “Varneke and Company”, ”Nobel Brothers” were doing their business in Batumi.

  49. Batumi - Astronomical Clock Short History

    Made in Germany, the Astronomical Clock in Europe Square in the city of Batumi adorns the restored facade of the former National Bank building. A chime indicates the full hour, a single ring the half-hour. Apart from the time of day, the clock also shows astronomical information – the placement of the sun and the moon, the moon phase, the meridian and the horizon.

  50. Arrival in Tbilisi Your Hotel

    We will be back in Tbilisi at 09:00 PM.

  51. Kazbegi - Ananuri Fortress Short History

    Ananuri was a castle and seat of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi, a feudal dynasty which ruled the area from the 13th century. The castle was the scene of numerous battles. In 1739, Ananuri was attacked by forces from a rival duchy, commanded by Shanshe of Ksani and was set on fire. The Aragvi clan was massacred. However, four years later, the local peasants revolted against rule by the Shamshe, killing the usurpers and inviting King Teimuraz II to rule directly over them. However, in 1746, King Teimuraz was forced to suppress another peasant uprising, with the help of King Erekle II of Kakheti. The fortress remained in use until the beginning of the 19th century. In 2007, the complex has been on the tentative list for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage Site program.

  52. Kazbegi - Gudauri Panorama Short History

    Gudauri is a ski resort located on the south-facing plateau of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. The resort is situated in the Stepantsminda District, along the Georgian Military Highway near the Cross Pass, at an elevation of 2,200 meters (7,200 ft.) above sea level with skiable area enjoying maximum exposure to the sun. Gudauri lies 120 km (75 mi) to the north of the capital Tbilisi and two hours drive from the Tbilisi International Airport or even a short helicopter flight from the capital. The Gudauri Resort area and Mount Kazbek massif are excellent for Ski touring - is a great way to access nature as it was intended to be seen. The lifts provide easy access to the mountain wilderness that makes this region special.

  53. Kazbegi - Kobi Volcanic Water Short History

    The mineral volcanic water reservoir is located near to the village Kobi. The mountain is cover with red-brown minerals and salt. This makes it unique and attractive to tourists. Visitors can climb on the hill without any difficulties.

  54. Fourteenth Day - Departure Tbilisi International Airport

    On the last day, our guide will help you to check-out from the hotel, and you will then have some shopping time before the driver and the guide take you to Tbilisi International Airport.

  55. Batumi - Medea Statue Short History

    The Medea statue is a monument to Medea, a Colchian Princess of the Greek mythology erected in Batumi, Georgia. It was unveiled on 6 July 2007. In Greek mythology, Medea is the daughter of King Aeëtes of Colchis, a niece of Circe and the granddaughter of Helios, the sun god begat by the Titan Hyperion. Medea figures in the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, appearing in Hesiod's Theogony around 700 BC, but best known from a 3rd century BC literary version by Apollonius of Rhodes called the Argonautica. Medea is known in most stories as a sorceress and is often depicted as a priestess of the goddess Hecate.

  56. Eleventh Day - Petra Castle Short History

    Petra Fortress is located in the village of Tsikhisdziri in the Kobuleti district of Ajara. Built during the 6th century A.D. it held an important strategic position at the crossroads of the route linking Georgia with Iran and Armenia. The fortress is one of the most significant monuments on the entire eastern coast of the Black Sea. Situated on a rocky outcrop beside the shore of the Black Sea, Petra was considered to be an impregnable fortress. Its name originated from the Greek word “Petra” – meaning rock, stone. Some historians consider the fortress to be the “Hell’s Castle” referred to in the famous “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” poem by Shota Rustaveli. Archaeological excavations have revealed that the site has been settled since at least the Late Bronze Age. Although the fortress is in ruins today, the remains of a small hall-style 10th-century church can be found in the centre of the complex. A larger basilica-type church did exist on the site and is believed to be Petra Cathedral Church, which dates to the 6th century.


Location

Where tour will take place

City Tbilisi

City Tbilisi

City Mtskheta

City Mtskheta

City Borjomi

City Borjomi

City Sighnaghi

City Sighnaghi

City Telavi

City Telavi

City Kutaisi

City Kutaisi

City Mestia

City Mestia

City Batumi

City Batumi

City Gori

City Gori

Transport, Accommodation and Meeting Point

Price includes accommodation in a cosy hotel in the centre of Tbilisi, Telavi, Kutaisi, Mestia and Batumi. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a TV, Free WiFi, desk, 24 Hour Reception, Heating, Hairdryer, Wake-up Service, Tasty Breakfast, Comfortable Bed, Private Bathroom and etc. All meals, Breakfast in the hotel, Lunchboxes and Dinner in local restaurants, are included! Transportation is included as well, type and capacity of transportation depend on the number of tourists. Our drivers are experienced and professionals. Wish you a comfortable stay and a safe trip. Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Accommodation Hotel In Kutaisi
Accommodation  Hotel In Kutaisi
Accommodation Hotel In Tbilisi
Accommodation  Hotel In Tbilisi
Bus For Big Groups
Bus For Big Groups
Mini Bus For Medium Groups
Mini Bus For Medium Groups
Minivan For Small Groups
Minivan  For Small Groups

We ensure you in safety if you follow all instructions.

Yes, Price includes breakfast in the hotel.

Yes. You will have dinner in local restaurants during whole tour.

Yes. We provide lunch boxes and soft drinks/water.

Yes, price includes degustation of several Georgian wines, beers and Vodka (Chacha).

No, this service is additional and please contact tour manager.

just for protections

Yes, price includes tickets for standing places.

We recommend to bring comfortable shoes

We suggest that you bring along with you Sun burn cream.

Yes of course. He/she has few years of practies.

Yes of course. He/she has few years of practies.

Please check cancelation policy.

In case of questions, please contact your tour manager.

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