1 day: Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi Hotel. Walking tour in the night Tbilisi with the guide (2 hours, without transport). The capital of Georgia is unique. It is located on the several mountain hills, on which “creep” the old blocks. There is a beautiful river Mtkvari with its picturesque rocky shores, flowing across the whole city. Free time. Overnight.
2 day: 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.
The second part of the day is free for preparation to the New Year Celebration. New Year Celebration is going to be at one of the best restaurants in Tbilisi, where you can enjoy national Georgian food and traditional alcohol drinks. The program includes: New Year Celebration, national Georgian dances and live music. Return to the hotel by yourself. Overnight.
3 day: Tbilisi – Mtskheta
Breakfast. The first part of the day is free. Afternoon excursion (3 hours) in 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.
4 day: Tbilsi – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Arrival to the ” town of everlasting love” Sighnaghi. Visit of the monastery complex of St. George and the grave of St. Nino, that brought Christianity to Georgia in the Bodbe village. Excursion in Sighnaghi. Walk along the ancient town, placed at the top of the ridge, overlooking Alazani valley. Visit of the historic -ethnographical museum with the exhibits of V century BC to XIX c. The museum also exhibits paintings of the famous Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani, the handmade narrow carpets production. Degustation of Georgian wine. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.
5 day: Tbilisi
Free time for buying souvenirs. Transfer to the airport and return home.
Duration of the tour: 5 days
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