Introduction

Short Itinerary

Day 01 Tbilisi sightseeing tour
Day 02 Old Capital of Georgia &Gori
Day 03 Caucasus Mountains tour
Day 04 Departure

Tour Itinerary

Day 01 Tbilisi sightseeing tour

Arrival at the airport, check-in to the hotel, fresh up and proceed to city tour to Tbilisi. Tbilisi is a modern city which homes renowned museums and theatres, art galleries, churches and archaeological excavations, Sulphur bathhouses and narrow streets with inner courts

Sights to visit:

-Metekhi Church of Assumption (13th c.) built by King Demetrius II. II. Resting upon the top of the hill, the church is a good example of cross-domed Georgian Orthodox churches.

-Georgian Synagogue - Jewish prayer house built from 1895 to 1903.

-Sioni Cathedral (6th -19th cc.). The cathedral was the seat of the ruling Catholicos-Patriarchs and is commonly referred to as the “Tbilisi Sioni”, following an old Georgian custom of naming churches after places in the Holy Land.

-Sameba Church

-Peace Bridge

 

-Narikala Fortress - the main citadel of the city where you can enjoy the wonderful views of Tbilisi.

 

-Sulfur Baths - high in Sulphur and other minerals, with a constant temperature of 3 8C to 40C, the waters have long been used as a therapeutic aid for a range of ailments.

 

-Rustaveli Avenue - the central avenue in Tbilisi named after the medieval Georgian poet, Shota Rustaveli.

 

-National Museum of Georgia where you can enjoy the exhibition, ‘The Archaeological Treasury’.

 

-Botanical garden of Tbilisi

 

Day 02 Old Capital of Georgia &Gori

In the morning, proceed to Mtskheta - the ancient capital of Georgia, located at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers.

 

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Jvari, the 6th-century cross-shaped monastery built on the top of a cliff, overlooking the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. At this place St. Nino, a female evangelist erected a large wooden cross on the site of a pagan temple; Svetitskhoveli cathedral is an age-old cathedral dating from the 11th century. It is a sacred place where the Robe of Christ is buried.

 

Drive to the center of Shida Kartli region - Gori, known as the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Visit Stalin’s Museum in Gori where you can see the house, where Stalin was born and his personal railway carriage.

 

Visit Uplistsikhe (“Fortress of God”) rock-hewn town (1st Millennium BC). Uplistsikhe is located on the left bank of Mtkvari river and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures and the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. Here you can see ancient wine presses carved in stone.

Drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 Caucasus Mountains tour

Drive along Georgian Military Highway and visit Ananuri Architectural complex -former residence of Dukes of Aragvi region. Complex featuring churches and tower s dating back to the XVI-XVII cc. is beautifully overlooking Jinvali reservoir.

Arrive in Kazbegi – a small town with the views of Mt. Kazbek - the seventh highest peak in the Caucasus Mountains. Mt. Kazbek is associated with the myth of Prometheus, according to the legend he was chained on the mountain in punishment for having stolen fire from the gods and given it to mortals. Hike to XIV c. Gergeti Holy Trinity Church located at an elevation of 2170 m under Mt. Kazbegi. The walk takes about 3 hours (4WD vehicles can be arranged on a supplementary basis). Drive back to Tbilisi and overnight stay at the hotel

Day 04 Departure

Returnto homebound destinations.

 

Main Highlights of this Tour

Metekhi Church, Georgian SynagogueSioni Cathedral, Sameba Church, Peace Bridge, Narikala Fortress, Sulphur Baths, Rustaveli Avenue, National Museum of Georgia, Botanical garden, Mtskheta, Jvari monastery, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Uplistsikhe, Ananuri Architectural complex, CaucasusMountains, GergetiHoly Trinity Church