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.
Arrive in Tbilisi. Transfer to the hotel. Check in.
Here myth and history, culture and traditions, diverse nature and hospitable people; all intermingle with one another, inspired poetry, polyphonic songs and elegant dancing. A blend of cultures, a smell of spices, different nations meeting on street corners, different faiths sharing the same courtyards…. This is Tbilisi, the city that has been dominated by traders, warriors, tyrants and dictators in turn. Take a walk around the old town and breathe in the living past. Today Tbilisi is a modern city with well-known museums and theatres, art galleries, churches and archaeological excavations, Sulphur bathhouses, narrow streets with inner courts, surrounded with balconies decorated with laces, which overhang over abysses.
Today we explore Mtskheta – the ancient capital of Georgia, located at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers and the center of Shida Kartli region – Gori, known as the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
Today we explore Imereti region and afterwards set off for Svaneti. We drive up the Enguri Gorge where the first inhabitants, mainly gold prospectors, settled in the ancient times. It was here that most of the Colchis gold was obtained. For centuries the Svan ethnic group evolved here, cut off from the outside world by the high and inaccessible mountains, their culture preserved almost intact. In earlier centuries Svaneti was a recognized part of the Kingdom of Colchis.
Margiani house-museum where you can see typical Svan house and the tower. Walking tour in Mestia. Historical-Ethnographic Museum of Mestia
Today we explore Ushguli – one of the highest villages in Europe and the architecturally unique Middle Age village-fortification, surrounded by the 5000m giants of the Caucasus Mountain Range. Ushguli and the whole Upper Svaneti is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Typical Svanetian protective towers are found throughout the village. According to the legend, it was in the Ushguli towers that the Georgian monarch and saint, Queen Tamar (12-13th c.) had her summer and winter residences.
Enguri Dam, currently the world’s second highest concrete arch dam with a height of 271.5m. (891ft). Dadiani Palace in Zugdidi.
Ubisi – the 9th-century St. George’s Monastery famous with its beautiful frescos. Borjomi, the town famous for its mineral water industry.
Explore Samtskhe – Javakheti region. The region is named after two of the original Georgian tribes – the Meskh and Javakhs. It is considered as the cradle of Georgian culture. The road leads past arid and stone-terraced landscapes, green valleys littered with centuries old fortresses. The climate and cool water springs are healthy here and landscapes are impressive.
Transfer to the airport. Departure.