1 day in Borjomi tour program
Borjomi is a resort town in south-central Georgia with a population of 10,546. It is one of the districts of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region and is situated in the northwestern part of the region in the picturesque Borjomi Gorge on the eastern edge of the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. The town is famous for its mineral water industry (which is the number one export of Georgia), the Romanov summer palace in Likani, and the World Wide Fund for Nature-site Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. Borjomi mineral water is particularly well known in those countries which were part of the former Soviet Union; the bottling of mineral water is a major source of income for the area. Because of the supposed curative powers of the area’s mineral springs, it is a frequent destination for people with health problems. Borjomi is also home to the most extensive ecologically-themed amusement park in the Caucasus.
The tour program starts at 10:00 am. Distance from Tbilisi to Borjomi 161km and takes around 2 hours to drive. We will visit the following places:
- Green Monastery
- Borjomi Park
- Atskhuri Fortress
Nearby places (optional with extra cost):
- Rabati Catsle
- Sapara Monastery
In the evening around 6-7 pm come back to Tbilisi.
- All transfers on private basis during the tour starting from airport
- Professional tour guide service (speaks English and Russian)
- 1 bottle water per person
- All applicable taxes
- 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:
- 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 10thThe 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.