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Vacation Activities ID: 2709
Short Tour to Tbilisi and Vardzia
Offered by partner: ID 3843
Country : Georgia
Destination's: tbilisi (Dushet'is Raioni), mts'khet'a (Dushet'is Raioni), borjomi (Borjomis Raioni), akhalts'ikhe (Akhalts'ikhis Raioni), vardzia (Kharagaulis Raioni)
Duration: 4 day(s)
Minimum Price: $263 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price: $491 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Private,Customized
Season : All Year Round
Categories : City Tours, Classic Tours
Vacation Activities Highlight
Tbilisi holds more than 1500 year’s history as the capital, and because of strategic and economic advantages has always been in the center of battlefield during invasions. In the old city you feel the mix of multi-ethnic cosmopolitan traditions, which create incomparable and unforgettable charm of Tbilisi. You will also discover the ancient capital Mtskheta. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral 11th c and Jvari monastery 6th c. The next day explore Javakheti region during this 2 days city break to South Caucasus. Visit Rabat fortress and museum in Akhaltsikhe and travel to Vardzia caves excavated from the slopes of the Erusheti Mountain and built as a defensive gate to the country.
Vacation Activities Detail Information
Day 1: Tbilisi

Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting with the representatives of the agency. Hotel accommodation. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Tbilisi

Breakfast. Excursion in Tbilisi. The capital of Georgia is unique. It is located on the several mountain hills, on which "creep" the old blocks. Tbilisi – is a beautiful river Kura with its picturesque rocky shores, that flows across the whole city. "Old Town" – is 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 amazing Tower appeared here recently, built by the Puppet Theatre director Rezo Gabriadze. Here artists exhibit their paintings, artisans offer numerous souvenirs. Basically here are 2-3 storeyed 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 church, catholic cathedra, synagogue and mosque. During the excursion, visit of Metekhi 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. Walking tour in the city. Then, excursion in Mtskheta. 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 – Kura and Aragvi. There also opens a beautiful view on the 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, as well as the burial place of many of the Georgian kings. Here is also the part of life-giving pillar. Visit of Samtavro monastery, where year round grow, flower and fruit blackberry bush, near of which in the IV century lived and preached St. Nino – enlightener, the first preacher of Christianity in Georgia. The official adoption of Christianity in Georgia in 324 is associated with the name of St. Nino, with the assistance and participation of the King St. Miriam and Queen St. Nana. It was St. Nino who persuaded the king Miriam and queen Nana to adopt Christianity in Georgia. Wonder working icon of Iberian Mother of God, wonder working icon of St. Nino, grave of St. Tsar Merian and Tsarina Nani, hallows of St. Abibos Nekresky, St. Shio Mhvimskoho are inside. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.
Day 3: Tbilisi – Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia – Borjomi – Tbilisi

Breakfast. In the moring drive to Borjomi. Arrival to recently reconstructed Akhaltsikhe fortress, the motherland of Charles Aznavur, the ancient center of Catholicism in Georgia. In the complex, together with Orthodox Church of St. Marina, are placed mosque, catholic church and monastery of Benedictine Sisters, synagogue and Armenian church. Visit of Vardzia cave monastery complex (XII- XIII c.) – 19 stepped rock town. For 900 m along the left bank of Kura river, in the plumb wall of the mountain, around 600 buildings are cut out – churches, chapels, parrocks, pantries, baths, libraries. There preserved secret passages, remains of plumbing, and irrigation system. Vardzia - is the site of the era of Golden Age. More than thousands of monks lived there, and when being attacked, to 20 thousand of people could shelter there. Drive to Borjomi. We will taste of the worldknown mineral water Borjomi from the spring. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.

Day 4: Tbilisi

Breakfast. Free time for souvenirs buying. Transfer to the airport. Return home.
Notes for price Information
Price includes:

• 3* hotel accommodation with breakfast, standard double rooms;
• Excursions according to the program with guide;
• Transportation according to the program.

Price Excludes:

• Flight;
• Meals;
• Personal expenses;
• Insurance.
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