Mtskheta, Old Capital of Georgia
Mtskheta, Old Capital of Georgia
Rabati Fortress, Samtskhe-Javakheti
Rabati Fortress, Samtskhe-Javakheti
TBILISI (7 hours tour)

Tbilisi is the capital and the largest city of Georgia. The city covers area of 726 km2 in the both sides of Mtkvari river. Tbilisi was founded in the 5th century AD by Vakhtang Gorgasali, the Georgian King of Karti and made into a capital in the 6th century. Today Tbilisi is a large cultural and economical center of not only Georgia but the whole Caucasus. According to the latest data, the number of Tbilisi population is about 1.5 million people.
The impressions received from this city have been reflected in the dairies of a many traveler, while many writers have dedicated lines of admiration to it. The Russian Alexander Pushkin, the Frenchman Alexander Dumas and the Norwegian Knut Hamsun traveled in Georgia at various times, each depicting this colorful city in his own way. Each must have found what he looked for but none stinted words of enthusiasm.

Several interesting places include:

Sameba Cathedral
Holy Trinity Cathedral, called as “Millenium Building”. Sameba is the greatest Orthodox Cathedral in Georgia and Caucasus. It represents the synthesis of cross-domed and central-comed churches. It is 100 meters in height.

Metechi church of Holy Virgin
Built in 5th century and rebuilt in 13th century. Royal palace was situated here before moving to Narikala Castle. Metechi is a central-domed church

Tbilisi National Museum. 
The Museum houses the best-known samples of Georgian artwork. The permanent exhibitions displays artworks from medieval times up to twentieth century, there are also some collections of pre-Christian times. The Museum is distinguished for its Georgian goldsmith pieces dated back to the VIII-XIX Centuries. Also unique are the exhibits of cut-enamel, jewelry and art textiles from VIII-XV cc. The funds of Georgian art are kept samples of medieval architecture fragments, wall painting, mosaic, sculpture, icons, woodcuts. The museum stores the works of famous Georgian artists Niko Pirosmanishvili (146 items), Gigo Gabashvili, Iakob Nikoladze, Lado Gudiashvili, Elene Akvlediani, DavidKakabadze and others. The museum also hosts collections of XVIII-XIX c.c. Russian, Western Europe and Oriental (parentlyPersian) artworks.

Mtatsminda (Holy Mountain)
Father David’s church – it is named after St. Father David Garejian, who was one of those Assyrian Fathers, who came to Georgia in 6th Century to strengthen Christianity. The church was built in 6th century. Nowadays a pantheon of famous Georgia writers and public figures is also situated here.

Narikala Fortress
Exists here since the middle of the 4th century. It was occupied by Iranian, North Caucasian and Byzantine, Arab conquerors in Various periods of time. Royal palace was also resided here. Church of St. Nikoloz was built within the castle in 13th century. It was rebuild in the latter half of 20th century.

Abanotubani – Sulfur Bathes
The “Abanotubani” is the name given to the district in the Old Town of Tbilisi where there is a whole street (Abanos kucha) of public bathhouses that use the sulphurous waters of the many hot springs in this area.
Abanotubani is the place, where according to legend, King Vakhtang Gorgasali’s falcon fell, leading to the discovery of the hot springs and, subsequently the founding of a new capital.
The bathhouses are located below ground level with only beehive-like domes visible on the surface.

Package includes:

  • Transportation – comfortable minibus
  • Excursion guide
  • Museum entrance fee
  • Lunch

* More details available upon request

SIGHNAGHI & BODBE (1 day tour)

Kakheti is well-known for wines. It’s located on the eastern part of Georgia, bordered by the small mountains province of Tusheti and mountain-range of Greater Caucasus of the north, Azerbaijan on the east and the south, and the Goergian province of Kartli to the west.

Sighnaghi
Sighnaghi is a town in Georgia’s easternmost region of Kakheti and the administrative center of the Sighnaghi Municipality. It is one of the country’s smallest towns with a population of 2,146 as of the 2002 census. Sighnaghi’s economy is dominated by the production of wine, traditional carpets and Georgian traditional food Mcvadi. The town and its environs are also known for their landscapes and historical monuments. Sighnaghi has recently undergone a fundamental reconstruction program and has become an important center of Georgia’s tourist industry. It is called City of Love.

Bodbe
The Monastery of St. Nino  is a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe located 2 km from the town of Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia. Originally built in the 9th century, it has been significantly remodeled, especially in the 17th century. On June 1, Orthodox Church of Georgia marks the day of St. Nino’s entrance from Cappadocia. Her tomb is still shown at the Bodbe Monastery in Kakheti region, eastern Georgia. St. Nino has become one of the most venerated saints of the Georgian Orthodox Church and her attribute, a Grapevine cross, is a symbol of Georgian Christianity.
The Bodbe Monastery is nested among tall Cypress trees on a steep hillside overlooking the Alazani Valley, where it commands views of the Greater Caucasus mountains.

Package includes:

  • Transportation – comfortable minibus
  • Excursion guide
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees

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SAMTSKHE-JAVAKHETI (2 days tour)

Rabati
Built in the 13th century, Rabati castle developed under the influence of different cultures over subsequent centuries and this is reflected in its architecture. Within the 7 hectares castle compex there is a Church, a Mosque, a Minaret and aSynagogue.

Sapara Monastery
Sapara Monastery is a Georgian Orthodox monastery in the Akhaltsikhe District of Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia.
It has existed from at least the 9th century, and has numbered among its monks many important figures in Georgian ecclesiastical history.

Khertvisi fortress
Khertvisi fortress is one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia and was functional throughout the Georgian feudal period. It is situated in Southern Georgia, in Meskheti region. The fortress was first build in the 2nd century BC. The church was built in 985, and the present walls build in 1354. As the legend says, Khertvisi was destroyed by Alexander the Great.

Vardzia
Vardzia is a cave monastery site in southern Georgia, excavated from the slopes of the Erusheti Mountain on the left bank of the Mtkvari River, thirty kilometres from Aspindza. The main period of construction was the second half of the twelfth century. The caves stretch along the cliff for some five hundred metres and in up to nineteen tiers. The Church of the Dormition, dating to the 1180s during the golden age of Tamar and Rustaveli, has an important series of wall paintings. The site was largely abandoned after the Ottoman takeover in the sixteenth century. Now part of a state heritage reserve, the extended area of Vardzia-Khertvisi has been submitted for future inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Poka
The establishment of Poka Monastery is credited to St Nino of Cappadocia who is said to have brought Christianty into Georgia.Saint Nino came to Georgia through Javakheti and stooed near Pharavani Lake where she had a vision of an angel who gave her a letter addressed to the pagan King. In the 11th century a cathedral was built at this very spot.

As a result of invasions in the 17th century, Javakheti, and the cathedral were destroyed but you can still see the remains of the original stone church, including fragments of the original frescos. In the early19th century Georgia re-gained the territory and two orthodox Christian monasteries were founded in Poka in the end of the 20th century. The St Nino Nunnery and a monastery located one and a haif kilometres from the village. Both monasteries are still open and in use.

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  • Transportation – comfortable minibus
  • Accommodation
  • Excursion guide
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Cheese tasting
  • Entrance fees

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DAVID GAREJA (1 day tour)

David Gareja is a rock-hewn Georgian Orthodox monastery complex located in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia, on the half-desert slopes of Mount Gareja, some 60–70 km southeast of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi. The complex includes hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refectories and living quarters hollowed out of the rock face.

Package includes:

  • Transportation – comfortable minibus
  • Excursion guide
  • Lunch

* More details are available upon request

KAZBEGI (2 days tour)

Ananuri
Ananuri is a castle complex on the Aragvi River inGeorgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi. Ananuri was a castle and seat of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi, a feudal dynasty which ruled the area from the 13th century. The castle was the scene of numerous battles.

Darial Gorge
The Dariali Gorge is the gorge on the border between Russia and Georgia. It is at the east base of Mount Kazbek, pierced by the river Terek for a distance of 8 miles between vertical walls of rock (1800 m/5900 ft) is located south of present-day Vladikavkaz.
Gergetis Sameba (Gergeti Trinity)
Gergeti Trinity Church is a popular name for Holy Trinity Church near the village of Gergeti in the Georgia. The church is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheri (the left tributary of the riverTerek), at an elevation of 2170 meters, under Mount Kazbegi.
The Gergeti Trinity Church was built in the 14th century, and is the only cross-cupola church in Khevi province. The separate bell tower dates from the same period as the church itself. Its isolated location on top of a steep mountain surrounded by the vastness of nature has made it a symbol for Georgia.
Kazbegi Museum
The museum building used to be memorial house of well-known Georgian writer Alexander Kazbegi (1848-1890). There are kept personal belongings and library of the writer, and ethnographic and craft collections of material culture, documents characteristic for Khevi (name of the mountainous region) and more widely – for Caucasian culture, for example household objects, accessories, crockery, kilims, saddle-bags (XIX c. and beginning of the XX c.), archaeological collection (numismatics, fragments of weapons and implements, adornments, decorations, earthenware, etc.), religious objects, works of local artists.

Sno Castle
Sno castle Is situated in the village Sno on the right side of river Snostskali.

 

Package includes:

  • Transportation – comfortable minibus
  • Accommodation
  • Excursion guide
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Entrance fees

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KAKHETI (1 day tour)

Trip to Kakheti region (famous wine making region of Georgia). Kakheti is considered as a cradle of wine. Telavi is the Capital of Kakheti.

Old and New Shuamta
Two of the most important and most 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. It is 7-kilometre from Telavi. The Old Shuamta architectural ensemble includes three churches. The three-nave basilica, dating from the V century, is a remarkable specimen of the early Georgian Christian architecture. The VII century domed church belongs to Mtskheta Holy Cross type monuments, but is smaller, the depth of its apses and bemas is shallower, the significance of the dome drum is greater in relation to the floor space and the architectural masses, thestructure of squinches is more evident. The third church, also dating back to the VII century, is a tiny, domed structure of the same type, but it doesn’t have the corner chambers end, with the absence of bemas, both of its axes are equal. All three churches are built of cobble stone, and their corners are trimmed with pumice. The churches, like other Kakhetian monuments, have no embellishments, neither do they have any inscriptions.

King Erekle II Palace in Telavi
“Batonis Tsikhe” (fortress of master) in Telavi, in Kakheti region is considered to be the best preserved medieval royal palace in Georgia. Built by King Archil in 1667-1675, it was the residence of Kakhetian kings during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Tsinandali (wine testing)
Tsinandali is a village in Kakheti, Georgia, noted for the estate and its historic winery which once belonged to the 19th-century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze (1786–1846). It is situated in the district of Telavi, 79 km east of Tbilisi.

Ikalto
Ikalto is a village about 10 km west of the town Telavi in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia. It is mostly known for its monastery complex and the Ikalto Academy.
The Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. It was known as one of the most significant cultural-scholastic centres of Georgia. An academy was founded at the monastery during king David the Builder by Arsen Ikaltoeli (Ikaltoeli meaning from Ikalto) in the early 12th century. The Academy of Ikalto trained its students in theology, rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry chanting but also more practical skills such as pottery making, metal work, viticulture and wine making and pharmacology. According to a legend the famous 12th century Georgian poetShota Rustaveli studied there.

Alaverdi
Alaverdi Monastery is a Georgian Eastern Orthodox monastery located 25 km from Akhmeta, in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia.
The monastery was founded by the Assyrian monk Joseph (Yoseb, Amba) Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi, then a small village and former pagan religious center dedicated to the Moon. At a height of over 55 meters, Alaverdi Cathedral is the second tallest religious building in Georgia, after Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, which was consecrated in 2004. Its overall size is also smaller than the cathedral of Svetitskhoveli inMtskheta. The monastery is the focus of the annual religious celebration Alaverdoba.

Gremi
Gremi was the capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti in the 16th and 17th centuries. Founded by Levan of Kakheti, it functioned as a lively trading town on the Silk Road and royal residence until being razed to the ground by the armies of Shah Abbas I of Persia in 1615. The town never regained its past prosperity and the kings of Kakhetitransferred their capital to Telavi in the mid-17th century.

Package includes:

  • Transportation – comfortable minibus
  • Excursion guide
  • Wine tasting
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Entrance fees

* More details are available  upon request

KUTAISI (2 days tour)

Bagrati Cathedral
The Cathedral of the Dormition, or the Kutaisi Cathedral, more commonly known as Bagrati Cathedralis the 11th-century cathedral church in the city ofKutaisi, the region of Imereti, Georgia. The cathedral, rebuilt officially on September 16, 2012 after heavy damage ages ago, served as a masterpiece in the history of modern and medieval Georgian architecture

Gelati Monastery
Gelati is a monastic complex near Kutaisi, Imereti, western Georgia. It contains the Church of the Virgin founded by the King of Georgia David the Builder in 1106, and the 13th-century churches of St George and St Nicholas.

Motsameta Monastery
Motsameta Monastery (8th-11th cc) is beautifully situated between the valleys of two rivers near Kutaisi. In the 8th century, brothers David and Konstantine Mkheidzes, the Lords of the region, were assassinated here by Arabs, for refusing to convert to Islam. The old church was destroyed. A present monastery complex was bilt on the site of the old church by King Bagran in the 11th century. “Motsameta” monastery meand “monastery of martyrs”. The sacred remains of the brothers are kept in the Crypt of the church.

Sataplia cave
Sataplia Cave is a rather small one, famous for fine speleothems and the dinosaur footprints nearby. The tour enters the through-cave on one hillside, crosses the hill underground and then goes back on the surface past the dinosaur footprints.

Package includes:

  • Transportation – comfortable minibus
  • Accommodation in hotel (twin rooms)
  • Excursion guide
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees

* More details available  upon request

SIGHNAGHI - City of Love (1 day tour)

Sighnaghi is a town in Georgia’s easternmost region of Kakheti and the administrative center of the Sighnaghi Municipality. It is one of the country’s smallest towns with a population of 2,146 as of the 2002 census. Sighnaghi’s economy is dominated by the production of wine, traditional carpets and Georgian traditional food Mcvadi. The town and its environs are also known for their landscapes and historical monuments. Sighnaghi has recently undergone a fundamental reconstruction program and has become an important center of Georgia’s tourist industry. It is called city of love.

Sighnagi Museum
Signagi Museum was established in 2007. It is the first high standard museum in Georgia. Signagi Museum exhibits Archeology, Ethnography and Medieval expositions. The first archeological digs in Georgia are affiliated with the Caucasus Museum founded in 1852. Intensive archeological activities started in Kakheti in the60-ies of the 20th c. Majority of the unearthed items such as household and cultic articles ranging in time from the Stone Age to the 1st c. BC, are now displayed at the Signagi Museum. Signagi Museum features diverse ethnographic material: musical instruments, weapons, vestments and items reflecting the lifestyle of this town. Medieval exposition features samples of the 4th-18th cc. city life from the settlements of eastern Iberia such as Beri, Rustavi, Khoranta, Nekresi, Khornabuji, Gavazi, Areshi, Gremi, and Bazari.Special place at the Medieval exposition is granted to archeological finds from David Gareja monastic complex. Signagi Museum exhibits 16 paintings by Niko Pirosmanashvili. Pirosmani was born in Kakheti’s village of Mirzaani, therefore early period of his artistic career is affiliated with Kakheti.

Hands on training in making Khinkali, Kachapuri and Churchkhela.

Sighnaghi Wall. View on Alazani valey

Balloon Rides (optional)

Package includes:

  • Transportation – comfortable minibus
  • Excursion guide
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees

* More details are available  upon request

MTSKHETA - SHIO MGHVIME (1 day tour)

Mtskheta is a city in Kartli province of Georgia. One of the oldest cities of Georgia, it is located approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Tbilisi at the confluence of the Aragvi and Kura rivers. Mtskheta is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The city has a population of 19,423 (2008) and is the administrative center of the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region.
Due to its historical significance and several cultural monuments, the “Historical Monuments of Mtskheta” became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. As the birthplace and one of the most vibrant centers ofChristianity in Georgia, Mtskheta was declared as the “Holy City” by the Georgian Orthodox Church in 2014.

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Built in the 11th century. Thought the site itself is even older dating back to the early 4th century and is surrounded by a number of legends associated primarily with the early Christian traditions. Svetitskhoveli, known as the burial site of Chist’s mantle, has long been the principal Georgian church and remains one of the most venerated places of worship to this day. The church is in UNESCO world heritage sites.

Jvari Monastery
Jvari monastery is a sixth century Georgian Orthodox monastery near Mtskheta, eastern Georgia. Along with other historic structures of Mtskheta, it is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Jvari Monastery stands on the rocky mountaintop at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking the town of Mtskheta. The name is translated as the Monastery of the Cross.

Shio-Mgvime Monastery
The Shio-Mgvime monastery is a medieval monastic complex in Georgia, near the town of Mtskheta. It is located in a narrow limestone canyon on the northern bank of the river Mtkvari (Kura), some 30 km from Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital.
According to a historic tradition, the first monastic community at this place was founded by the 6th-century monk Shio, one of the Thirteen Assyrian Fathers who came to Georgia as Christian missionaries. St. Shio is said to have spent his last years as a hermit in a deep cave near Mtskheta subsequently named Shiomghvime (“the Cave of Shio”) after him.

Ananuri Fortress
Ananuri is a castle complex on the Aragvi River inGeorgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi.
Ananuri was a castle and seat of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi, a feudal dynasty which ruled the area from the 13th century. The castle was the scene of numerous battles.

Package includes:

  • Transportation – comfortable minibus
  • Excursion guide
  • Lunch

* More details are available  upon request

DMANISI - First Europeans (1 day tour)

Finding of the first European in Dmanisi gives evidence that Georgia was located on a crossroads of migration routes and a man from Africa got to Europe exactly via Georgia. After this discovery it is without any doubt that Georgia is a motherland of the first European.

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  • Transportation – comfortable minibus
  • Excursion guide
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees

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Tbilisi, Capital of Georgia
Tbilisi, Capital of Georgia
Signagi, Kakheti
Signagi, Kakheti
David Gareji
David Gareji