Discover the country with outstanding examples of medieval Georgian architecture, millennia traditions, rich culture and history with the 8-day Georgia highlights tour
Duration: 8 Day Distance: 1400 Km
Day 1: Tbilisi-arrival
Arrival in Tbilisi Transfer to the hotel.
DAY 2: Tbilisi tour-Metekhi church-Narikala Fortress-National Botanical Garden-Sulphar Bath houses-Bridge of Peace-Dry Bridge Market-The Holy Trinity Sameba Cathedral-Mtasminda-Saint David's church-funicular complex
Meet your guide to start sightseeing tour in Tbilis. Start at Metekhi church and monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take a cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy breat-htaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the National Botanical Garden of georgia.
Continue to the district of Sulphar Bath houses, then to The Bridge of Peace and Dry Bridge Market where you can find art exhibitions and antique items for sale. visit to the The Holy Trinity Sameba Cathedral one of the largest orthodox cathedrals in the world.
after then go to Mtasminda “The Holy Mountain” is at the altitude of 729 m above the sea level, with a leading position over the city. Near the Saint David's church there is a pantheon of famous Georgian public figures, Above the Holy Mtatsminda mountain there is a park overlooking the city, with nice attractions for children, and different types of restaurants for adults. There is special tram that drives passengers to the park.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Kazbgi tour-jvari-Jhinvali water reservoir-Ananuri-Black Aragvi and White Aragvi rivers-Peace Monument-The Gergeti Trinity Church-Tbilisi
We start our trip by driving to Jvari Monastery Built in the 6th century stands on a mountaintop at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking Mtskheta, the former capital of Georgia.
the next to Jhinvali water reservoir, is located Ananuri-XVI-XVIII centuries castle complex where’s collected and saved cultural, military and secular monuments. Continue to Pasanauri, on the way visit Confluence of Black Aragvi and White Aragvi rivers.
continue driving to Kazbegi. En-route, make a stop at the “Peace Monument” near Gudauri (2196 m above sea level) built in 1983 under Soviet rule. It was dedicated to the Treaty of Georgievsk (a 1783 treaty which paved the way for Russian Imperial expansion into Georgia) and the 200th anniversary of Georgia-Russia friendship, where from you’ll see wonderful view.
On the way of Kazbegi you'll stop and taste Acidic water in Vedza, which comes from the ground and is saturated with minerals and iron. It is useful for the body, especially for the stomach. On this place, stones and sand are rusty and covered with yellow color.
Arrive in Kazbegi, walk to The Gergeti Trinity Church located at an altitude of 2170 m. You will enjoy breath-taking views to the Mount kazbegi and back. Return to Tbilisi.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Tbilisi-Gori-Uplistsikhe-Gelati Monastery-Motsameta Monastery-Bagrati Cathedral
Pick up from the hotel and departure from Tbilisi to Kutaisi region.
Our first stop will be in Joseph Stalin Museum is in Gori, Georgia dedicated to the life of Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, who was born in Gori. The Museum retains its Soviet-era characteristics.
Continue to Uplistsikhe is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia, some 10 kilometers east of the town of Gori, Shida Kartli.
Arrive in Kutaisi and visit Gelati Monastery is a medieval monastic complex near Kutaisi, in the Imereti region of western Georgia. A masterpiece of the Georgian Golden Age, Gelati was founded in 1106 by King David IV of Georgia.
drive to Motsameta Monastery It is a small and very beautiful monastery with round turrets crowned with peaked tent-shaped domes. The monastery is standing above the rough Rioni River and is buried in coastal vegetation. According to the legend the monastery was constructed on the place where Muslim aggressors executed David and Konstantin Mkheidze, Georgian princes, who refused to accept Islam.
Bagrati Cathedral The cathedral was built in 1003 by Bagrat III, with a tall drum and pointed dome resting on four free-standing pillars. In 1692 a Turkish explosion brought down drum, dome and ceiling to leave the cathedral in a ruined state. It was fully renovated between 2009 and 2012, with a mix of old and new stone.
walk in the evening in Kutaisi Enjoy the evening views of such interesting places.
overnight in TWL-guest house.
DAY 5: Sataplia Cave-Prometheus Cave-Okatse Canyon-Tbilisi
After breakfast trip will starts in Sataplia cave-Managed Reserve is located in Tskaltubo municipality, Imereti region, where the footprints of Herbivorous and Raptor dinosaurs of different epochs are found. Sataplia dinosaurs are called “Satapliazaurus” and are different from Europian dinosaurs.
Prometheus Cave is located in Tskaltubo municipality, Imereti region. The length is 1, 8 km and it is located 40 meters below sea level.
Okatse Canyon Natural Monument is located in village Gordi, Khoni municipality, Imereti region.
Return to Tbilisi with unforgettable impressions.
Day 6: Tbilisi-Shuamta-Telavi-Tsinandali-Alaverdi-Gremi-Nekresi
Pick up from the hotel and departure from Tbilisi to Kakheti region.
Shuamta monaster Two of the most important and beautiful architectural monuments of Kakheti are the Dzveli (old) and Akhali (new) Shuamta Monasteries.both of them stand in a forest of deciduous trees, which makes them look even more fascinating.
Telavi is the main city and administrative center of Georgia's eastern province of Kakheti.its population consists of some inhabitants.The city is located on foot-hills of Tsiv-Gombori Range at 500-800 meters above the sea level.
Tsinandali Museum is Kakhetian residence of the 19th century Prince,poet and public figure,Alexandre Chavchavadze.In 1835 he renovated the estate,built a new place and a decorative garden.Here,Chavchavadze frequently entertained foreign guests with music,wit,and most especially the fine vintages made at his estate winery (marani).Prince was familiar with European ways of wine-making and constructed Georgia's oldest and largest winery where he combined European and centuries-long Georgian winemaking traditions.
Alaverdi Monastery is a Georgian Orthodox monastery located near Telavi in the Alazani-River valley in Kakheti region. Founded by the Assyrian monk Joseph Alaverdeli, the monastery dates to the 6th century but the present day cathedral replaces a smaller church and was built in the 11th century by Kvirike III of Kakheti.At a height of over 55 meters, Alaverdi Cathedral is the second tallest religious building in Georgia, after the Holy Trinity Cathedral (Sameba) in Tbilis.
Gremi is a 16th-century architectural monument – the royal citadel and the Church of the Archangels – in Kakheti, Georgia.
Nekresi is a historic town in Kakheti, Georgia, in modern day Kvareli Municipality, near the village of Shilda. The town was established by king Pharnajom. In the 4th century AD, king Thrdat built a church in this place.
Enjoy the evening views of High Caucasus Mountains.
overnight in Kvareli.
Day 7: Winery Khareba-Signagi-Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe-Tbilisi
After breakfast at the Hotel drive to Winery khareba in Kvareli, Take an excursion to wine museum, where the wine fermenting process is presented step by step.
Signagi ancient town also called “City of Love” and encircled by beautiful 18th c. defensive wall. For its romantic location it is called city of love.
Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe (Georgian: ბოდბის წმინდა ნინოს მონასტერი) is located 2 km from Signagi. Associated with St. Nino, the 4th-century female evangelist, the monastery is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia.
Return to Tbilisi with unforgettable impressions.
Day 8: transfer to Tbilisi International Airport
Check-out from the hotel. Free time until transfer to Tbilisi International Airport. End of the tour.