A land of endless wonders, unspoiled by modern tourism and still retaining its authentic character this is Amazing Georgia. The traditions of the East and West meet in Georgia to form a culture unlike any other in the world.
Meeting at the airport. Transfer to Tbilisi hotel. Overnight at Tbilisi hotel.
Today, our tour starts from Mtskheta, the city, which was the capital of Georgia from III century BC to IV century AD. It is listed in UNESCO’s heritage and includes following sights: Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Jvari Church. Svetitskhoveli (“live-giving pillar”), the Cathedral of XI century, is an essential part of Christian history and Georgian people, as it’s a place, where Jesus Christ’s robe was buried. Next sightseeing is Holy Cross Church – Jvari Monastery of VI century. The church stands on the hill, overlooking the conjunction of Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. The monument is interesting for its history of foundation as in the IV century St Nino erected there sacred wooden cross, before she converted Mtskheta to Christianity.
After Mtskheta trip we return to Tbilisi. Tbilisi city tour includes following sights: Tbilisi Sameba Cathedral (Trinity Cathedral), the greatest Cathedral in the Caucasus region; Metekhi Church, built on a cliff and overlooking Mtkvari River. The famous Georgian Sulfur Baths, located in Old Tbilisi district, on the other embankment of the river, opposite the Darejani Palace; Then we lift by the cableway on the Narikala Fortress, where we’ll visit Narikala St. Nikolas Church of IV century, furnished with the scenes from the holy book – the bible and murals of the martyrs. Then, we get around the Leselidze Street, where we come upon Armenian Church and Jewish Synagogue. Walking, also, across the Shardeni Street, with its comfy cafes, restaurants and art galleries. In the same district, we’ll visit Sioni church and near of it Anchiskhati church, which keeps the miraculous ikon of Jesus Christ. After all sights, the tour leads you to the central street of Tbilisi Rustaveli Avenue, where you’ll observe: the former Parliament building, Rustaveli Theatre, Opera and Ballet Theatre, various art galleries. Also, visit Tbilisi National Museum to see golden treasury of Georgia.
We overnight in Tbilisi.
In the morning, travel to visit Gori, founded by David the Builder, the greatest king of Georgia (1089-1125). Here we will make a visit to Museum of Joseph Stalin. Then we go to Shida Kartli region and visit Uplistsikhe (“Lord’s fortress”), an ancient town built in a rock. The stone complex contains various constructions dating from II ML BC to the Middle Ages. Then continue way to Kutaisi, the capital of antique kingdom of the Colchis in the II millennium BC, as the archaeological facts indicates. It is considered by historians, that Kutaisi was the residency of King Aeëtes and the last destination of Argonauts, during their fabled journey to Colchis. Overnight in Kutaisi city.
After breakfast, Kutaisi city tour. The tour contains following: visiting Bagrati Temple; Gelati Church, which is also in UNESCO’s heritage; the parliament building, as Kutaisi became parliament town of Georgia in 2012 and finally Sataplia cave.
Afterwards, begins the most thrilling part of the tour – journey to Svaneti, the place of the glaciers and the highest mountains, where local people abide ancient traditions. Before departure, we can take some snack for the long trip to Mestia. En route, visit Enguri Dam, highest reservoir in the world, with stunning view of Samegrelo region and Svaneti Mountains. Arrival in Svaneti, Mestia and dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Mestia village.
In the morning drive by jeeps to Ushguli (UNESCO’s heritage), Upper Svaneti, where the highest apex Shkhara is located. Visiting: Lagami St. George’s temple; the oldest towers; St. George chapel in Nakipari and Ethnographic Museum. Ushguli area is considered as the highest inhabited place in Europe on the elevation of 2200 ASL. Returning to Mestia village and overnight there.
After breakfast, visit single-nave basilicas: Latali and Lenjeri of the 8th-14th c.c., decorated with frescoes and built without ornamentation by stone. Then travel to the Black seacoast. En route, visit beautiful Dadiani Palace in Zugdidiand former residence of Dadiani Dynasty. The Dadianis were deeply involved in public life and the museum keeps 41000 unique and invaluable exhibits of Georgian and foreign art. Continue the way to Batumi, the most beautiful city of Georgia. In Batumi visit: Ali and Nino Statue, which alters its position after ten minutes until merge into one, then it separate again and the return process begins; Statue of Medea, reminds visitors’ myth about Colchis and the Golden Fleece; Apollo Statue makes the city more interesting. Here, from every alley pours life energy. Walk across the shore in Batumi Boulevard. Overnight in Batumi.
After breakfast, drive to Batumi Botanical Garden near Mtsvane Kontskhi. Afterwards drive to Borjomi town. Stop to taste natural mineral water and walk in Borjomi Park. Drive to Akhaltsikhe (“New fortress”), the city in southwestern part of Georgia, Samtskhe-Javakheti region. Visit the Rabat this magnificent castle was built in XII century. The complex consists: synagogue, Armenian temple and catholic temple. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe town.
After breakfast, drive to Vardzia, hewn in the stone town. (XII-XIII c.c). The complex has a substantial role in political, educational, cultural and moral life of Georgia. Also, temple of Assumption, furnished with murals, is placed in the center of the complex. Then drive to Georgian – Armenian border Bavra. Pass border formalities, then change transport and guide. Afterwards, drive to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Transfer to Tbilisi airport. Return back.