Day 1: Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi Hotel. Dinner and Overnight.
Day 2: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion in the capital of Georgia (3 hours). “Old Town” – the historic center of Tbilisi, that is located at the root of Mtatsminda (Holy Mount) mountain. Almost all of the buildings of the Old Town are historical and cultural sites, this part of the city is round – the – clock full of life, here walk alone or in groups tourists, meet lovers near the Clock Tower. This amusing Tower appeared here recently, built by the Puppet Theatre director Rezo Gabriadze. Here artists exhibit their paintings and the artisans offer numerous souvenirs. There are 2-3 floor houses, built of brick and stone, that have a particular Tbilisi architecture, distinguished by narrow streets, galleries and carved wooden balconies. Tbilisi is one of the rare places in the world, where can peacefully exist in the Old Town orthodox and catholic churches, synagogues and mosques. During the excursion, visit of Mechetian Church ( V c.), Narikala fortress ( IV c.), Sioni Cathedral (VI-VII c.), Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary, the oldest surviving church, Synaxis of Saint Truinity of the temple complex of Tsminda Sameba – the main Cathedral of Georgian Orthodox Church.
Then, excursion in Mtskheta-the ancient capital of Georgia Mtskheta – the town-museum, included to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Visit of temple- monastery Jvari ( VI c.). At the top of the mountain, where the temple is located, opens a fantastic view on the place of confluence of two rivers – Mtkvari and Aragvi in ancient capital of Georgia – Mtskheta. Visit of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (1010-1029), at the bottom of which is buried one of the major Christian relics Lords chiton, this church is also a burial place of many of the Georgian kings. Here is also the part of life-giving pillar. Visit of Samtavro monastery, where whole year grow a blackberry bush, near of which in the IV century lived and preached St. Nino-enlightener, the first preacher of Christianity in Georgia. Return to Tbilisi. Free time. Overnight.
Day 3: Tbilisi – Achaltsykhe – Vardzia – Borjomi – Tbilisi
Breakfast. In the moring drive to Borjomi. Arrival to recently reconstructed Akhaltsykhe fortress, the motherland of Charles Aznauri, the ancient center of Catholicism in Georgia. In the complex, together with Orthodox Church of St. Marina, are placed mosque, catholic church and monastery of Benedictine Sisters, synagogue and Armenian church. Visit of Vardzia cave monastery complex (XII- XIII c.) – 19 stepped rock town. For 900 m along the left bank of Kura river, in the plumb wall of the mountain, around 600 buildings are cut out – churches, chapels, par rocks, pantries, baths and libraries. There are preserved secret passages, remains of plumbing, and irrigation system. Vardzia- is the site of the era of Golden Age of Georgia. More than thousands of monks lived there, and when being attacked, the could shelter at about 20 thousand people. Drive to Borjomi. Taste of the world known mineral water Borjomi from the spring. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.
Day 4: Tbilisi
Breakfast. Free time for souvenirs buying. Transfer to the airport. Return home.
Duration of the tour 4 days
Accommodation in 3-4-5* hotels, standard rooms with breakfast
Excursions according to the program with the English speaking guide
Transport according to the program
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