Day one: Tbilisi-Mtskheta-Chargali-Shatili
From Tbilisi we will drive to the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia, Mtskheta, where we will visit Jvari Monastery (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century), both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Before we reach Shatili, we will visit Chargali, situated in the mountainous Pshavi, birthplace of illustrious Georgian poet Vazha-Pshavela. We will be able to see the house he was raised and Vazha-Pshavela Museum. At evening we will arrive in Shatili guest house where we will have dinner with the scenery of old Shatili.
Day two: Shatili-Anatory tombs-Mutso-Ardoti-Tbilisi
After the breakfast we will have a tour around village Shatili, located in the deep Arghuni gorge at approximate 1 400 meters. The village is actually a unique complex of medieval-to-early modern fortresses and fortified dwellings of stone and mortar, which functioned both,- as a residential area and a fortress, guarding the northeastern outskirts of the country. The fortress consists of the terraced structures, dominated by flat-roofed dwellings and some 60 towers, clustering together to create a single chain of fortifications. On the way to Mutso, we will visit the Anatory tombs (According to the legend, when Khevsurians, who were so close to the nature, felt they were dying, used to enter the Anatory tombs themselves). We will continue to the village of Mutso, which was one of the historical custodians and defenders of historical region of Georgia. This castle is situated on the North slope of the Caucasus in the gorge of the river Ardotistkali, at 1880m above sea level. Mutso is built on the vertical terrace of the rock. There are up to 30m high medieval family houses, 4 military fortresses and several ancient structured ruins. Following the gorge down the river, we will visit the village Ardoti, where we will be able to observe the habitual art of Khevsurians and get delighted with the original architecture of medieval village, which is harmonically merged with the nature. This land is reputed as the ‘Sea of Dances and Songs’, where people enjoy these pursuits. At evening we will arrive back in Tbilisi.
Tour duration: 2 days