Tbilisi city tour: Start at 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 cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden area full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops, and breathe in the living past. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica,and the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre. Cross the Bridge of Peace to Rike Park and head to Open Air Museum of Ethnography, a miniature model of Georgia*.
The first location is Signagi, one of the most beautiful cities of Georgia. This small, mid -century city is famous with its old wine culture. Signagi otherwise is called “city of lov e”. It is surrounded by defensive walls and towers. You can see church of holy Stephen built in the fortress of the town.
From Signagi there is beautiful view on the Alazani valley, boundless space stretching to the horizon.Also you will visit the Bodbe Monastery (built in 9th century) of Saint Nino (the saint, who preached Christianity in Georgia), which is 2 km away from Signagi.
Here is the grave of Saint Nino and her holy spring – the sites visited by believers from all over the world. It is believed that anyone with strong belief, having bath in the spring, will be cured from all diseases and dreams be fulfilled. Continue exploring to Gremi architectural complex, 16th century royal residence and the capital of Kakheti Kingdom. Gloomy and monumental, the Gremi castle is one of the most visited tourist points in Georgia.
Next stop will be at Gvirabi (which means tunnel in English) is carved in the rock of the Caucasus Mountain Range. The tunnel was opened in 1962 for the World Wine Congress. In the beginning, it belonged to the government and wine from the entire Kakheti region was stored here. Nowadays, it is the “Winery Khareba” cellar, used to age wine. Here you will have Georgian wine tour and dinner.
Tour begins with a visit to Jvari Church (6th -7th cc), the most important religious center and architectural masterpiece of mediaeval Georgia. Enjoy breathtaking view from the church that towers over the city of Mtskheta .From the slopes of the hill on which was erected monastery Jvari, you can see merging steams of two rivers: Aragvi and Kura (Mtkvari). Continue to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, known as the burial site of Christ’s robe and the second largest church building in the country. After seeing Cathedral you can take a walk in the city. Mtskheta is one of the oldest cities of the country and its first capital. The historical monuments of Mtskheta are a Unesco World Heritage Site. It has a number of very important Georgian religious, historical and cultural sites so this is why the city is often referred as “Second Jerusalem”. It was a site of early Christian activity, and place where Christianity was proclaimed the state religion of Georgia.
Next stop is at lake in Ananuri, there are two different churches in the above complex, one tower and a protecting fence. The complex is situated near Zhinvali water reservoir that makes its views most beautiful for tourists. Afterwards, passing skiing resort Gudauri, through so-called Georgian-Russian military road you will get to the village Kazbegi in Stepantsminda, which lies on the root of mountain Kazbegi. You will go up to the church of Saint Trinity on top of mountain Gergeti (height 2200 m). From here you can enjoy viewing spectacular mountain scenes and panorama. About nightfall we will return to Tbilisi.
Drive to Gori and visit Stalin Museum. The museum includes more than 60,000 artifacts, the tiny house where Stalin was born, and impressive bulletproof train Stalin used to travel to Yalta and Potsdam. After you will visit Uplistsikhe- 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.
Next stop is Borjomi, here you will take a walk in Borjomi-Kharagauli National park. Its particular uniqueness is diversity of geographical and ecological zones, landscapes, historical monuments and rich flora and fauna. The park has rapidly developing tourist infrastructure.
Over night in 5* Rixos Borjomi Hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
You will have tour in the Romanovs palace, which is referred to as the Fourth Department, is dated from the nineteenth century. Once this was a place for wheat threshing. Mikhail Romanov’s son liked the area of Likani, and decided to use it for his summer residence. Under the order of Nicholas Romanov, the palace was built by the architect Leontin Benua in 1892 – 1895. The residence then became a tourist resort. During Soviet times, a lot of tourists from different countries visited the palace.
Next stop is Vardzia 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 metres 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.
Comming back to Borjomi.
Overnight in 5* Rixos Borjomi Hotel.
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