Georgian Art Museum - Narikala Fortress - Metekhi Church
Sioni - Svetitskhoveli Cathedral - Jvari Monastery - Stalin Museum - Kharagauli National Park - Gergeti Sameba - David Gareja Monastery - Ikalto Academy - Tsinandali -
Tbilisi Open Air Museum
Upon arrive Tbilisi, meet with our local representative and you will be escorted to your hotel room which is protected for immediate occupancy and rest up for your first day of adventure. After a short break, we shall start our tour.
Georgian Art Museum - The Museum houses the best-known samples of Georgian artwork. Different collections of the Museum preserve approximately sixty thousand objects. The Museum is distinguished for its Georgian goldsmith pieces dated back to the VIII-XIX Centuries. The most significant exhibits are the icon of Zarzma Monastery, the Chalice of Bedia, Anchistkhati and Khakhuli Triptychs, Processional Liturgical Crosses etc.
Overview of the city, excursions in the old part of Tbilisi; the 4th century Narikala Fortress, an ancient citadel on a steep hill overlooking the city; Metekhi Church (13th c.) - the grave of St. Shushanik the Christian martyr is within the church. Sioni - the cathedral of the 6th-7th cc; sulphur baths â€“ a favorite place of Tbilisi citizens and foreign guests
At the end of the tour, transfer back to your hotel. If you want, you can try sulphur bath with massage.
Early in the morning our tour to the regions of Georgia begins.
Mtskheta was the capital of the Georgian kingdom of Iberia during the 4th century BC â€“ 5th century AD. Here Georgians accepted Christianity and the town still remains the center of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church. Visit to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (XI c.) - the largest ecclesiastical construction extant in the country; Jvari Monastery (VI c) - a symbol of Mtskheta;
Then we will g oto Gori where is Stalinâ€™s native city to visit the Stalin Museum. The museum has three sections, all located in the town''s central square. It was officially dedicated to Stalin in 1957. With the downfall of the Soviet Union and independence movement of Georgia, the museum closed in 1989, but has since been reopened, and is a popular tourist attraction.
On our way to Bakuriani, we will have a stop in Uplistsikhe, it is the cave town is situated seven km (4.3 miles) southeast of Gori on the left bank of river Mtkvari and still amazes the visitors by its dimensions, extraordinary position, refined forms and the beauty of decors. You will find huge echoing halls, long meandering corridor-streets, chambers for pagan worship and even the remains of Georgia''s oldest theatre there, and will be impressed by the skill, knowledge, experience and physical and spiritual power of all those, who created this unique monument.
Afterwards, we will head to drive to Bakuriani where is a popular winter and summer resort in the Borjomi district located on the northern slope of the Trialeti Range at 1 700 meters above the sea level. The region is covered by coniferous forests. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and you will be given your room key. Overnight in Bakuriani.
Early in the morning Murtiâ€™s Tour will have an excursion to Vardzia with you. Vardzia is a cave monastery where founded by Queen Tamar in 1185. The monastery was constructed as protection from the Mongols. and consisted of over six thousand apartments in a thirteen story complex. The city included a church, a throne room, and a complex irrigation system watering terraced farmlands. Also we will have a visit to Khertvisi fortress, it is one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia and was functional throughout the Georgian feudal period. It is situated inThe fortress was first build in the 2nd century BC.
On our way back to Bakuriani, we will have a stop in Borjomi to visit Kharagauli National Park. It is a protected area in central Georgia. It also is one of the largest national parks in Europe, it includes six administrative districts stretching from the resort of Borjomi to the town of Kharagauli. Its particular uniqueness is diversity of geographical and ecological zones, landscapes, historical monuments and rich flora and fauna. The park has rapidly developing tourist infrastructure.
Afterwards we will drive back to Bakuriani and transfer you back to hotel. Overnight in Bakuriani.
Today we will drive through Georgian Military Highway by crossing the Main Caucasian Range at Jvari Pass (2395m.) and we drive to Gudauri.
While we driving to Gudauri, we will have a stop at Ananuri Fortress. Ananuri located in the valley of the river Aragvi (north Tbilisi), along the Georgian Military Highway, is a typical feudal fortress complex dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Upon arrive Gudauri where is located on the southern slopes of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. We will transfer you to your hotel and check in. Overnight in Gudauri.
Today we will back to Tbilisi through KAzbegi. We will tthrough Military Highway arrival to Kazbegi. Walk up (1.30 hour trekking) Gergeti Sameba (Trynity) Church, enjoy a pleasant view of Mount Kazbeg (5000). For those who donâ€™t wish to trek there will be waiting a car (4X4) to drive up the hill.
Afterwards, we will continue drive back to Tbilisi. Upon arrival, we will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the evening is leisure. If you want you can join the excursion to attend the folk theatre "Nabadi" which is completely different and almost unique with its essence presents new style performance. The long history of Georgia, the country being a crossroad between Europe and Asia is shown in traditional and modern forms of expression, sense of rhythm, folk dances and songs. During the performance you will be treated with a glass of wine and sweets made of grape juice and nuts (Churchxela, Tatara).Overnight in Tbilisi.
After enjoy your breakfast at hotel, TravelShop Turkey will pick you up and we proceed to visit David Gareja Monastery, the cave town complex (the cradle of Georgian Christian activity of early and medieval period), where monks live and work. It is situated deep in semi-desert about 75 km south-east of Tbilisi. The Monasteries were founded in the 6th century by the Christian Father St. David. Walk up to Udabno to explore some of the fine frescos of the 8th-13th c. and cave architecture. The complex includes hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refectories and living quarters hollowed out of the rock face. The area is also home to protected animal species and evidence of some of the oldest human habitations in the region.
Then we will head to visit Ikalto Academy (XII â€“ XIII cc) and Tsinandali. A visit to Chavchvadzeâ€™s Palace, the residence of the poet and public figure, Kakhetian prince of the 18th c. A. Chavchavadze, English park and the wine cellar (XIXc.) where you will taste wines.
Afterwards, we will depart for Signagi. 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 production of wine and traditional carpets. 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 centre of Georgia''s tourist industry.
In Signagi you are invited to have a dinner and taste Georgian wines, learn about old Georgian wine making traditions and listen to Georgian folk songs. Overnight in Signagi.
After your breakfast in hotel, we will pick you up and drive back to Tbilis. Upon arrive Tbilis, we will visit Tbilisi Open Air Museum where exposes 14 ethnographic zones. Each of them presents the particular historic-ethnographic area of Georgia. Together with the architectural monuments the museum exposes ethnographic materials - different kinds of tools, textile and ceramics. The museum also exposes the V-VI c. basilica of Sioni, as well as a rich collection of the gravestones in relief.
Afterwards, transfer you back to your hotel and check in. The rest of the day is free for you, walk along the city or do little shopping. Enjoy your last night in Georgia. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Today is the end of the tour, itâ€™s time to say goodbye with you. Regarding your flight departure time, we will arrange your transfer to airport for your international flight back home.
Arrival airport transfer from airport in Tbilisi 3 nights accommodation in Tbilis 2 nights accommodation in Bakuriani 1 night accommodation in Gudauri 1 night accommodation in Signagi All Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners during the tour 1 bottle of water per day per person All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary Professional English / German / French speaking guide Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach Return airport transfer to airport in Tbilisi
Tour Does Not Include
Entry VISA to Georgia Travel Insurance Any EXTRA accommodation Museum fees Personal expenses Tips
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1 November, 2016
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