5 days tour program

Greet the tourist in the airport by guide and driver. Transfer to hotel and rest.

First day:    Tbilisi city tour

  • Botanical garden
  • Cableway
  • Narikala Fortress
  • Abanotubani
  • Mother of Georgia Monument

Rest in the afternoon. In the evening:

  • Rustaveli street
  • Freedom square
  • Shardeni street
  • Bridge of Peace

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Second day:     Kazbeghi (Stepantsminda) tour

  • Ananuri castle
  • Balcony of Friendship
  • Red-Rock Travertine
  • Gudauri Ski Resort
  • Kazbeghi

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Optional (extra cost):

  • Gergeti Trinity Church
  • Gveleti Waterfall

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Third day:   Borjomi tour

  • Green Monastery
  • Borjomi Park
  • Atskhuri Fortress

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Nearby places (optional with extra cost):

  • Rabati Catsle
  • Sapara Monastery

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Fourth day:     Mtskheta city tour

  • Jvari Monastery
  • Svetitskhoveli Monastery
  • Samtavro Monastery
  • Bebris Fortress (the elder’s fortress)

 

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Fifth day:   Shopping tour

Shopping Tour in popular markets and malls in Tbilisi and transfer to airport (fly back).

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Tour program includes:

  • All transfers on private basis during the tour starting from airport
  • Accommodation of 3*hotel in double/twin room
  • Professional tour guide service (speaks English and Russian)
  • Breakfast
  • 1 bottle water per person
  • All applicable taxes
  • surprise gift from our company

Tour program excludes:

  • Flight tickets
  • Meals except described
  • Travel insurance

Note: Children under age of 6 are free of charge, from 6-15 years 30% of the price.

 

Small information about the places we visit:

  • Botanical garden- TheNational Botanical Garden of Georgia, formerly the Tbilisi Botanical Garden is located in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, and lie in the Tsavkisis-Tskali Gorge on the southern foothills of the Sololaki Range (a spur of the Trialeti Range). It occupies the area of 161 hectares and possesses a collection of over 4,500 taxonomic groups.
  • Cableway- On 23 June 2012 a new aerial tramway opened in Tbilisi. It connects the newly constructed Rike Park, that sits just across the Mtkvari river from the Old Town, with Narikala, the fortress that overlooks the city. The terminus at Rike Park with the Bridge Of Peace in the Background
  • Narikala Fortress- Narikalais an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi and the Kura  The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulphur baths and the botanical gardens of Tbilisi. On the lower court there is the recently restored St Nicholas church. Newly built in 1996–1997, it replaces the original 13th-century church that was destroyed in a fire. The fortress was established in the 4th century as Shuris-tsikhe. (i.e., “Invidious Fort”)
  • Abanotubani-Abanotubani is the ancient district of Tbilisi, Georgia, known for its sulfuric baths. Located at the eastern bank of the Mtkvari River at the foot of Narikala fort across Metekhisubani, Abanotubani is an important historic part of the city — the place, where according to a legend the King of Iberia, Vakhtang Gorgasali’s falcon fell, leading to a discovery of the hot springs and, subsequently, to founding of a new capital.
  • Mother of Georgia monument– Kartlis Deda was erected on the top of Sololaki hill in 1958, the year Tbilisi celebrated its 1500th anniversary. Prominent Georgian sculptor Elguja Amashukeli designed the twenty-metre aluminium figure of a woman in Georgian national dress. She symbolizes the Georgian national character: in her left hand she holds a bowl of wine to greet those who come as friends, and in her right hand is a sword for those who come as enemies.
  • Rustaveli street- Rustaveli Avenue, formerly known asGolovin Street, is the central avenue in Tbilisi named after the medieval Georgian poet, Shota Rustaveli.The avenue starts at Freedom Square and extends for about 1.5 km in length, before it turns into an extension of Kostava Street. Rustaveli is often considered the main thoroughfare of Tbilisi due to a large number of governmental, public, cultural, and business buildings that are located along or near the avenue.
  • Freedom square- Freedom Square, (formerly known as Erivan Square, under Imperial Russia and Lenin Square under the Soviet Union) is located in the center of Tbilisi at the eastern end of Rustaveli Avenue.
  • Shardeni Street- Street is located in old part of city and is well known with nice restaurants, bars and clubs. Pedestrian street in the old district of the city and has always been a hub of cultural life. After reconstruction in the 19th century, it was named in honor of the famous traveler Jean Chardin. This street continues to be a favorite place for tourists and residents of Tbilisi.
  • Bridge of Peace- The Bridge of Peaceis a bow-shaped pedestrian bridge over the Kura River in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. The bridge which stretches 150 metres (490 ft) over the Kura River. The official opening took place on May 6, 2010. The bridge stretches over Kura River providing a unique view of Metekhi Church, Narikala Fortress and statue of city’s founder Vakhtang Gorgasali on one side, and Baratashvili Bridge and Presidential Office on the other.
  • Ananuri is a castle complex on the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi.  It was built by the Dukes of Aragvi and its earliest parts date from the 13th century. In 2007, the complex has been on the tentative list for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The friendship monument is located on the military road, on the way to Kazbegi. The monument which was built in the 80’s is pretty worn, but the scenery and views from the balconies are just unbeatable.
  • The rock is covered by yellowish-red minerals, delivered by mineral water to the surface. Hereby is a specially installed tap to take this healthy mineral water for drinking. There are just some this kind of places in Georgia, because this kind of formation takes a long time and its very unique thing by nature.
  • Gudauri is a ski resort located on the south-facing plateau of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. The resort is situated in the Stepantsminda District at an elevation of 2,200 meters (7,200 ft.) above sea level. Gudauri lies 120 km (75 mi) to the north of the capital Tbilisi. The resort offers high quality skiing The ski season lasts from December to April.
  • Stepantsminda (formerlyKazbegi) is a village in the north of Georgia, popular for the trekking opportunities in the visually spectacular surrounding mountains, its views of the mighty Mount Kazbek, and for the beautiful view from the town of the Holy Trinity Church outlined against Mount Kazbek itself. Kazbeghi is known for its scenic location in the Greater Caucasus mountains, and is a center for trekkers and mountain climbing.
  • Gergeti Trinity Church is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheri (the left tributary of the river Terek), at an elevation of 2170 meters, under Mount Kazbegi. The church is a popular waypoint for trekkers in the area, and can be reached by a steep 3 hour climb up the mountain, or around 30 minutes by jeep up a rough mountain trail.
  • Gveleti waterfall is located in village Gveleti,7 km from the town of stepantsminda. Gveleti means “Place of Snakes” in Georgian. You can take a car from Kazbeghi and it will drop you to a point,from there you have to hike up the mountain for 1km approximately.
  • Green Monastery-The Green Monastery, the same St. George Cathedral was built in Chitahevi by apprentices of St. Grigol Khandzteli, Christopher and Theodore in about the IX century.  Built on the right bank of the River Kura, the monastery complex includes a single-nave church of roughly crushed stone and a bell tower of XV-XVI century. In the XVI century, during the Shah – Tamaz invasions, the monastery was captured by the enemy and dozens of monks were wounded, tortured and killed. The riverbed flowing in the monastery is full of rocks of reddish color, which were called the “bloody stones.” Pilgrims believe that the blood of monks killed in XVI century remained on these stones. It is said that these stones with traces of redness have abnormal healing power – in winter and summer the “blood” of the stones is visible and if the faithful do not pray, the blood is “erased.”
  • Borjomi Park– Stretched along the Borjomula river, citypark contains the source of the Borjomi mineral water. First part of park contains park amusements and cafes. Distant part of the park is great for a walk, about 2km to a natural pool that’s popular with locals for a picnic. Near the entrance there is an option to use cable car to get up to plateau, where there’s a ferris wheel.
  • Atskhuri Fortress- Atskhuri is a feudal period fortress, it is located on the right bank of the Mtkvari river. The castle is first mentioned in the 10th. The builders chose the terrain of a high hill and constructed an interesting and inaccessible fortress. The only access to the fortress is the narrow rock-cut path. An internal part of the fortress was well defended and inaccessible for an enemy, even if they attacked via tunnels,they were not able to defeat the guards.Today, the fortress consists of  the different layers built in  different times. There are ruins of Cathedral (domed) church of St. Mary the Virgin (XIII-XIV c) near the Fortress. Many scribes and calligraphers lived and worked in  Atskhuri.
  • Rabati Castle– According to the Georgian Chronicles the city was established in the 9th century by Guaram Mampal, son of the King of Tao. From the 13th to the end of 14th centuries it was the capital city of Samtskhe-Saatabago, ruled by the Georgian princely family and a ruling dynasty of the Principality of Samtskhe, the House of Jaqeli. After the Treaty of Constantinople in 1590, the whole territory of Samtskhe-Saatabago went under the rule of Ottoman Empire. Turks Mostly used to build defensive edifices. In 1752 first mosque was built in Rabati. A mosque, a minaret, a synagogue, a Christian church, the Jakelis’ Palace, a museum and a citadel are the restored antique buildings, which can be seen at the renovation site.
  • Sapara Monastery– Saphara Monastery complex – is one of the most interesting monuments of Georgian architecture. It is located close to Akhaltsikhe, deep in a gorge, hidden by the mountains and away from residential areas. First records of the monastery date from the 10th century and by 13th century it became the residence of one of the local nobles, rulers of Samtskhe – Jakeli. In the 13th-14th centuries the monastery included 12 churches and chapels.
  • Svetitskhoveli (The Life Giving Pillar) Cathedral. Svetitskhoveli is one of the most sacred places in Georgia and, along with Jvari Monastery, the clear highlight of a trip to Mtskheta. It was founded in 1010, built on the site of Georgia’s first church, and contains the graves of the ancient Georgian kings, including Sidonia, who was said to have been buried holding Christ’s robe. There are many (unaggressive) beggars at the entrance gate. There is a wedding chapel with helpful personnel.
  • Jvari (The Cross) Monastery. The 6th century monastery of Jvari is situated on a cliff above Mtskheta. It is the culmination of a number of artistic and architectural aspiration in early Christian Georgian architecture. The view from above is amazing.
  • Samtavro (Place of the Ruler). Samtavro is located to the north up the main road, within easy walking distance from the Svetitskhoveli complex. According to legend, St. Nino actually lived on this site and prayed within the smaller of its two extant churches. This small church dates from the 4th century. The larger church on this site was built in the 11th century and contains the graves of Mirian, the Georgian king who adopted Christianity, and his wife, Nana.
  • Bebris Fortress (The Elder’s Fortress). Located further up the main road from Samtavro, the ruins of Bebris Fortress are fun,  to climb on for views overlooking Mtskheta and the valley formed around the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers.
  • Shio-Mgvime monastery (meaning “the cave of Shio”) 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 Kura River. 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.


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