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    Caucasus - Cultural Tour (12 days)


    Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan - the Caucasian land of hospitality. Visit the capitals of these three countries is the perfect introduction to their great culture, rich spirit and diversity. We make the way from Baku, Azerbaijan to Tbilisi, Georgia and Yerevan, Armenia, through the rolling hills and lush valleys, beautiful and scenic Caucasus Mountains and lakes, ancient architectural monuments and fascinating villages. 
     
    Day 1    Arrival in Baku
    Meeting at the airport. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight. 

    Day 2    Baku 
    Start exploring Azerbaijan with a city tour of Baku, which is one of the oldest and biggest cities in the East for antiquity, territory and population. We'll visit the Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower, UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Inner City (Icheri Sheher) has preserved much of its 12th century defensive walls. The 12th century Maiden Tower (Giz Galasy), built over earlier structures dating from the 7th to 6th centuries BC, and the 15th century Shirvanshahs' Palace, one of the pearls of Azerbaijan's architecture. Juma Mosque and the Carpet Museum. We will have a walk in Naberezhny Park and along Baku Boulevard, the second largest one in Europe. On Boulevard we'll get a boat and make trip on it along Baku Bay. We'll be introduced with the interesting facts and legends of the largest lake in the world better known as Caspian Sea. Overnight in Baku. 

    Day 3    Baku / Absheron Peninsula
    Leaving for a tour in Absheron Peninsula. Ateshgah, the Fire Worshippers' Temple is located in the village of Surakhany. It was built on the land where natural gas burned eternally and worshipped by Zoroastrian believers who travelled from the province of Multan in India to visit this sacred place. These ancient fires are believed to have given Azerbaijan its name, which is thought by some researchers to mean the "Land of Fires". Visit also well preserved ancient castles of Absheron Peninsula dated 12th-13th c.c. There are several fine medieval castles - one each at Amirajan and Nardaran and two at Mardakyany - apparently built for defense by the Shirvan Shahs in the 14th century. Overnight at the hotel in Baku. 

    Day 4    Baku / Sheki
    Sheki is one of the most famous and ancient places of Azerbaijan. Situated 700 m (2297 ft.) above sea level like an amphitheatre surrounded by the mountains and forests of oak trees, this ancient city was long famed as a silk centre and an important stop on the Great Silk Route. There is an assumption that the name of the town goes back to the ethnonym of the Saks, who reached the territory of Azerbaijan in the 7th century BC. We'll start our Sheki tour from visiting the 18th century Khan's summer palace with magnificent frescos and exquisite stained glass work. Sheki History museum is famous with artifacts from several periods. Also visit the Albanian church located in Kish village. Legend says that the church was built in 78 AD, but the researchers place it a few centuries later. Upon our checking-in at the hotel, we'll enjoy the farewell dinner, tasting traditional Azeri cuisine dishes. Overnight at the hotel. 


    Day 5    Sheki / Telavi / Sighnaghi
    Depart from Azerbaijan to Georgia. Leave for Telavi, the main city and administrative center of Kakheti, eastern province of Georgia. Arrive in Tsinandali and visit Palace of Al. Chavchavadze, famous Georgian poet. Tasting of the Georgian wine here. We'll visit Telavi State Historical and Ethnographical Museum and Palace of the King Erekle; Shuamta (5th-17th c.c.) and Ikalto (5th c.) monastery complexes. Drive to Sighnaghi. Sighnaghi is situated in the very eastern part of Georgia. Even in the 12th-13th centuries these places had been populous. Sighnaghi faces the Alazani field from the rising ground (750 m elevation), it is combined with the surroundings and it's impossible to forget after having seen it. Overnight in Sighnaghi. 

    Day 6    Sighnaghi / Bodbe / David Gareji / Tbilisi
    On June 1, Orthodox Church of Georgia marks the day of St. Nino's entrance from Cappadocia. Bodbe Monastery keeps her tomb. After visiting the Bodbe Monastery of the 9th century, we'll take our way to David Gareji Monastery Complex, one of the most important landmarks of Georgia. This site is characterized by a unique combination of the historic architecture, prehistoric archaeological sites, rich paleontological fields and important bio-geographical features. Drive to Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel 

    Day 7    Tbilisi / Mtskheta
    Trip to Mtskheta, the capital of the Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd c. BC to the 5th c. AD. (UNESCO Heritage Site). Here Georgians accepted Christianity in 326. Visit Jvari Monastery (6th c.), an outstanding example of the Orthodox architecture in the Caucasus. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.), known as "the Living Pillar." Both Cathedrals show the high artistic and cultural level attained by this ancient kingdom. Continue our way to Ananuri architectural complex. The characteristic architectural design of the late medieval period includes a fortress, two churches, an old watch tower, prison and civic buildings. Located on the famous Georgian Military Highway it stood as a guardian to the Northern boarders of Georgia. A picturesque view of the Zhinvali reservoir is open from the base of the Ananuri Fortress. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight. 

    Day 8    Tbilisi
    Today we'll have a sightseeing tour of Tbilisi, capital and the largest city of Georgia. The city covers an area of 372 km. (144 square miles) and has 1,093,000 inhabitants. Founded in the 5th century AD by Vakhtang Gorgasali, the Georgian King of Kartli (Iberia) and made into a capital in the 6th century, Tbilisi is a significant industrial, social, and cultural center. Narikala fortress, which dates from the 4th c. AD. Metekhi church (13th c.), a central domed building with four free-standing pillars, and three protruding apses. Anchiskhati Basilica of St. Mary, the oldest surviving church in Tbilisi. It dates from the 6th century and has largely preserved its original architecture. Sioni Cathedral of Dormition. The current church is based on the 13th century version with some changes from the 17th to 19th centuries. Sameba (Holy Trinity) church. It is the tallest religious building in Georgia (86 meters in height). After having unforgettable impressions during the day, getting thermal water procedure in Sulphur Baths will be very relaxing part of the tour. Farewell Dinner at the Georgian national restaurant with the folk concert. Overnight at the hotel. 

    Day 9    Tbilisi / Haghpat / Sanahin / Lake Sevan
    Depart to the Georgian-Armenian border. We visit the Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin (UNESCO World Heritage Sites). These two Byzantine monasteries in the Tumanian region from the period of prosperity during the Kiurikian dynasty (10th -13th c.c.) were important centers of learning. Sanahin was renowned for its school of illuminators and calligraphers. The two monastic complexes represent the highest flowering of Armenian religious architecture, whose unique style developed from a blending of elements of Byzantine ecclesiastical and the traditional vernacular architectures of the Caucasian region. Continue our trip to Dilijan. Visit Haghartsin (10th-14th c.c.) and Goshavank Monasteries, magnificent and beautiful ecclesiastic monuments which are the highlight of the medieval Armenian architecture. They are situated in dense oak woods, in the gorges of small but turbulent mountain rivers. The local terrain and scenery determined the compositional peculiarities of these ensembles. Continue the way to Lake Sevan, a huge mountain lake that takes up 5% of Armenia's surface area and is about 2000 meters (6562 ft.) above sea level. Overnight at the hotel. 

    Day 10     Lake Sevan / Yerevan / Etchmiadzin
    Drive to Yerevan and start a sightseeing tour of the city with visits to Matenadaran, the Research Institute of Armenia which houses beautiful illuminated manuscripts created by scribes centuries ago. Tsitsernakaberd Monument and Museum, built in 1965, this monument commemorates the 1915 Genocide of Armenians. The monument and its eternal flame are viewed as pilgrimage sites for Armenians all around the world. The Museum of Folk Art, which houses about 12 000 exhibits (embroidery, silver jeweler, wooden, stone and gold objects, ceramic ware, ornamented metalwork, carpets and rugs). They provide a fairly accurate idea about how well various branches of folk art are developed. Visit the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the center of the Armenian Apostolic Church (301-303 AD) and the Holy See of the Armenian Apostolic Church including the Treasury museum and the underground Pagan Altar. Overnight in Yerevan. 

    Day 11     Yerevan / Garni / Gerhar
    We begin our day with a visit to Garni, the Pagan Temple of the 1st century, which was also the residence of Armenian Kings in the 3rd century. Visit the Geghard Cave Monastery, a fantastic sample of Armenian medieval architecture. Back to Yerevan. Overnight.
     
    Day 12     Yerevan / Khor Virap / Noravank / Departure
    Exploring South of Yerevan. Khor Virap Monastery (AD 4th-17th c.c.). It is situated in the Ararat Valley against the Biblical Mt. Ararat (where Noah's Ark cast anchor) on the left bank of the River Araks. We also visit Noravank Monastery ("New Monastery"). It became the center of the Syunik bishopric. The church, completed in 1339, is said to be the masterpiece of the talented sculptor and miniaturist Momik. In modern times the church had a plain hipped roof, but in 1997 the drum and conical roof were rebuilt to reflect the original glory. Back to Yerevan. Farewell dinner at a typical Armenian restaurant with live Armenian music. Transfer to the airport.

    Caucasus - Cultural Tour (20 days)


    The journey through the south Caucasus begins in Armenia, a country whose tiny size belies its importance in the history of this region. Christianity came early to Armenia (in about 301 AD, making it the first Christian nation) and today this mountainous country is dotted with an astonishing number of churches, cathedrals and monasteries, mostly dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries - Armenia's golden age. Arguably the origins of all western church architecture can be traced back to this rugged land. After five days in Armenia, we cross into Georgia. An old Georgian fable tells that when God was distributing the land to the peoples of the earth, the Georgians were drinking hard and arrived late. God told them there was no land left for them, to which they replied they had been lifting their glasses in praise of Him - God was so pleased he gave the Georgians the piece of land he was reserving for himself! Georgia is a remote, mysterious and romantic country, steeped in myths and legends - it was here that Jason found the Golden Fleece, Prometheus was chained to Mt. Kazbegi after he stole fire from the gods, and the fearless women tribe, the Amazons, lived beside the Tergi River. Tucked between Azerbaijan, Turkey and Armenia, Georgia could be described as Europe's final bastion and despite being invaded throughout history, maintains its own unique culture and heritage. You can also lengthen your trip to the Caucasus by adding a five day excursion into Azerbaijan, a fascinating country whose complex history stretches back several millennia. We travel via Sheki, an important silk weaving centre in former years, to the capital Baku, situated on the Caspian Sea. 


    Day 1    Arrival in Yerevan
    Meeting at the airport. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight. 
    Day 2    Yerevan / Garni
    Situated in the shadow of mighty Mt Aragats (4090m) the capital of Armenia is a busy and cosmopolitan city, looking to the future but deeply rooted in its often tragic past. On a clear day there are splendid views across the Ararat Plain to the silhouette of Turkey's Mt Ararat (5165m), once part of 'Greater Armenia' and to many Armenians still symbolic of a glorious past. We firstly visit the remarkable Matenadaran library which houses over 17,000 rare manuscripts. Afterwards we drive up to the extraordinary Roman site of Garni, located in a Nature Reserve east of Yerevan. The main attraction here is the exceptionally well preserved Temple of the Sun, built in AD77. The architecture of Garni, whilst interesting in its own right, seems bizarrely out of place here on the upland plateaux of Armenia, so far from the rest of the Hellenistic world. We also visit the nearby monastery of Gegard before returning to Yerevan. Overnight. 
    Day 3    Yerevan / Holy Echmiadzin
    This morning we visit the ruins of St Gregory's church just outside Yerevan at Zvartnots, one of the earliest churches in Armenia and in its day reputedly one of the most beautiful in the world. Then to Echmiadzin, the former capital, to visit the holiest monastery complex in the country. We hope to see at least part of the Sunday service here before returning to Yerevan. This afternoon we will visit the Genocide Memorial Complex, after which you will be at leisure and there is the chance to stroll through the 'Vernissage', an open air weekend handicraft market. Overnight. 

    Day 4    Amberd Fortress
    Leaving the capital, we head northwest and make an excursion to the Amberd Fortress on the southern flank of Mount Aragats. Its construction began in the 7th century and continued through into the 11th century. The Fortress is surrounded by cliffs on three sides, which protected it for a long time, until Tamerlane managed to sack it in the 14th century. We take a short walk and on a clear day the views over the Ararat Plain are spectacular. The highlight however is the view of Mt Ararat, the legendary resting place of Noah's Ark. Overnight. 
    Day 5    Khor Virap / Noravank
    Monastery, Selim Pass to Chambarak We depart Yerevan and travel south through the plains of Ararat to visit Khor Virab Monastery. Mount Ararat rises behind the monastery providing a great opportunity for photos. Our next stop is Noravank Monastery, situated on the hill of a twisted gorge. The Noravank Monastery is not only a place of breathtaking natural beauty but also an architectural delight. We take the road over the Selim Pass - a thoroughfare since the medieval ages when the Silk Road was operating. Continuing on we reach the turquoise blue waters of Lake Sevan, located 1900m above sea level and famous both for its ever changing hues and fresh fish. We overnight on its shores at Chambarak. Overnight. 
    Day 6    Trip to Tbilisi
    On our last morning in Armenia we drive across rugged, mountainous terrain to the Dilizan Nature Reserve, where we visit on foot the remote monastery of Haghartsin. Constructed over a period of 300 years, this remarkable monastery blends harmoniously with the hills and forests that surround it. Continuing our journey north we stop at the Monastery of Haghpat: a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its outstanding ecclesiastical architecture. Crossing the border in the afternoon, we arrive in Georgia and continue to the capital, Tbilisi. Time permitting, there may be the opportunity to take a stroll up to the Narikala Citadel for fine views over the city or perhaps take a relaxing sulphur bath for which Tbilisi is famous. Overnight. 
    Day 7    Tbilisi
    The capital of Georgia is an ancient and cosmopolitan city; there is a synagogue, a mosque, a Georgian basilica, an Armenian church and a Zoroastrian Fire-Worshipper's temple all within a 15 minutes walk. One of Europe's most fascinating capitals, we include a half day orientation tour on foot which takes in the important Church of Metecki, Siohi Cathedral and the State Museum of Georgia, allowing plenty of time free to wander the boulevards and back streets of the city, absorbing its unique ambience. Overnight. 
    Day 8    Tbilisi / Mtskheta / Kutaisi
    We leave the capital this morning and drive to Mtskheta, the spiritual heart of Georgia. Here we visit what is considered to be the most sacred place in Georgia, the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. The 9th century basilica contains the grave of Sidonia, who was said to have been buried holding Christ's robe. We also visit the 6th century Jvari church before driving via Khosuri and Surami into the hills towards the Rikoti Pass, claimed to be a watershed between Asia and Europe. Here the road winds through narrow, forested valleys before dropping onto the fertile plains of the Rioni, Georgia's most important river. Arriving in Kutaisi, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Colchis, we check into our guesthouse for a two night stay. It was here that Jason stole King Aeetes the Golden Fleece when he fell in love with the king's daughter Medea. Kutaisi has always been an important town throughout the ages and for many years was the capital of Georgia, when Tbilisi was occupied by the Arabs. The period between the reigns of King Bagrat and Queen Tamar (roughly 900 - 1200) was the golden age for Kutaisi and most of the significant buildings date from this time. Now it is the main city of the Imereti region and here the people are renowned for their sense of humour and also a special kind of 'khachapuri' - the cheese bread unique to Georgia. Overnight 
    Day 9    Kutaisi / Gelati / Motsameta / Gelati / Bagrati
    This morning we drive to the magnificent monastery complex at Gelati, which consists of a variety of churches and the Academy building. It was founded in 1106 by King David the Builder in gratitude to God for his victories over the Turks. The King wanted it to serve as a centre of Christendom, so as well as scholars many religious artists studied here. Many of the treasures which were made here have been lost over the centuries, however the buildings and frescos in them are extremely well preserved, and the setting of the monastery on a hillside with views over to the distant Caucasus peaks is attractive. Later we drive via the smaller monastery of Motsameta, spectacularly sited on a cliff-edge, back to our guesthouse in Kutaisi. During free time this afternoon, it is possible to walk from our guesthouse through the attractive back streets to Bagrati Cathedral, completed in 1003. As with many cathedrals, it has been added to throughout the ages and today maintains grandeur and nobility despite its ruined state. Overnight 
    Day 10    Kutaisi / Bakuriani
    We appreciate the amazing diversity of landscape in this small country during today's drive. Heading for the alpine meadows of Bakuriani we retrace our route before turning south to drop into the majestic deciduous forests of the Borjomi Gorge. Stopping briefly at Ubisi church, well known for its 14th century murals, this small complex dates back to the 9th century. We then continue on to the picturesque mountain resort of Bakuriani which will be our base for the next two nights. There is plenty of time this afternoon to explore the area independently. Overnight. 
    Day 11    Bakuriani / Vardzia
    The first stop on our excursion today is a visit to Khertvisi Fortress, dramatically situated on a cliff above the confluence of two major rivers. Later we enjoy a leisurely visit to one of Georgia's most significant sites: the cave town of Vardzia. Established by King Giorgi III in the 12th century as a stronghold against the Turkish Sultanate (the Turkish border is only 10km away), Vardzia was subsequently developed by his daughter, Tamar (later to become Queen Tamar), who created a cave monastery that became a centre of Georgian culture. This network of caves above the Mtkvari (Kura) river once numbered 3,000, with up to 19 tiers in some places. Much of it was destroyed after a huge earthquake in 1456 and only 550 caves have been discovered. There are numerous churches, meeting halls, refectories and wine cellars, all interconnected by tunnels and stairways. Return to Bakuriani. Overnight. 
    Day 12    Bakuriani / Gudauri
    Leaving the mountains behind we continue our journey, stopping at Gori, where perhaps Georgia's most famous son, Stalin, was born. Here we visit the museum and learn much about his life. Interestingly he initially began training as a priest in the Georgian Seminary, before abandoning religion to become a brigand and join the new Bolshevik movement. It has been suggested too that Georgia escaped the worst horrors of Stalin's regime because he was afraid of his conservative, Christian mother! Later we drive to the 'cave town', Uplistikhe. Here an entire town of streets, churches, palaces and residential buildings has been carved into the mountainside. Dating from the first millennium BC, it gradually grew to be an important city on the trade route linking Byzantium with India and China. We drive east and then north into the snowy Caucasus. Driving up the Georgian Military Highway, a highly important strategic link across the mountains to the northern Caucasus. This route has been an important trade route from the earliest times and was described by Strabo as 'the dangerous mountain route'. En route we'll pay a visit to the Ananuri architectural complex. We reach Gudauri and check into our hotel for a two night stay. Overnight. 
    Day 13    Gudauri / Kazbegi
    The Kazbegi region is very picturesque, with alpine meadows and towering snow-capped mountains behind - Gudauri itself is a ski resort in the winter. The day is spent exploring this region. We plan to walk from Kazbegi town through Gergeti village and up to the Church of the Holy Trinity, stunningly located on a hilltop overlooking the snowy peaks of the Caucasus Mountains, (approx. 3 hours walk). The area is a treasure trove of mythology - it was to Mt Kazbegi, (the highest peak in this region standing majestically at 5047m), that Prometheus was chained. This part of the Caucasus is a protected area, and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Georgia has over 100 different mammals, and although the European bison and Caucasian leopard have become extinct, there are still wolves and bears in the mountains. Overnight. 
    Day 14    Kazbegi / Telavi
    The Kakheti region is famous for its wine production and today we pay a visit to a local winery that has been operating for over 300 years. We'll have the chance to sample both red and white wines before continuing to the town of Telavi. Overnight. 
    Day 15    Telavi / Alaverdi / Sheki
    Telavi is the main town for the Kakheti province, a wide and fertile valley overlooked by the snowy peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. From Telavi we discover the elegant Alaverdi Cathedral, dedicated to St George. In the afternoon we cross the border into Azerbaijan at Lagodekhi and drive on to Sheki. Overnight. 
    Day 16    Sheki
    Lost In the folds of the forested slopes of the Caucasus foothills, Sheki has for centuries been an important market town on the eastwest trading route running across the Caucasus from the Caspian Sea in the east to the Black Sea in the west. A further trade route across the mountains to Dagestan in the north turned Sheki into a thriving commercial centre - especially during the 18th and 19th centuries, when there were no fewer than five working caravanserais providing safe lodging to merchants and traders. We stay in a converted caravanserai and visit on foot the Palace complex including the museum. In the afternoon we visit the nearby village of Kis, from where there is an attractive walk through deciduous woods to the ruined remains of Gelersen Gorasen ('come and see') castle, so named because in the 1740s the Khan of Sheki defied the ruling Persians, challenging them to come and see the strength of the fortifications for themselves. Overnight. 
    Day 17    Drive to Baku
    We travel the historic trade route from Sheki to Baku, on the Caspian Sea, a scenic if winding journey in the shadow of the mighty Caucasus stopping en route at Samaki. The land is incredibly varied: from lifeless deserts at one extreme to dense green forests at the other. Overnight. 
    Day 18, 19    Baku Old City Tour
    The history of Baku is long and fascinating, not least its recent past since the 'oil boom' of the early 20th century, when Azerbaijan produced more than half the world's supply of oil and the capital Baku grew uncontrollably. On our first morning however we walk through the delightful winding alleys of the Old City, whose old mosques, caravanserais and overhanging wooden balconies tell of a quieter era in Baku's history. We see the Maiden's Tower, a powerful, eight-storey fortress, and the Shirvanshah's Palace complex, parts of which date back to the 15th century. In the afternoon we make a trip by bus to the Absheron peninsula, to visit its remarkable Zoroastrian Atesgah (fire temple). The second day has been left free for personal exploration in this fascinating city, perhaps a visit to the renowned Carpet Museum or old Baku's antique and carpet shops. An optional excursion can be taken south of the city to the amazing petroglyphs of Qobustan, which date back to the Iron and Stone Ages, but also include some grafitti etched by a Roman soldier - said to be the easternmost Latin inscription yet found. Also in this region are dozens of so called 'mud volcanoes' no more than a few feet high these curious geological formations spew liquid mud into the air. Overnight. 
    Day 20    Departure Transfer to the airport.

    5 Day Cultural Tour


    Day 1    Pick-up from Tbilisi International Airport. Transfer to the hotel.
    Day 2:    Tbilisi- Mtskheta Tour

    Visiting sightseeing in Tbilisi:

    First destination of Tbilisi excursion is modern Trinity cathedral, Built in 1995-2004 years. Tour will continue Metekhi Church (13th century)  visit   Sulphur baths (Middle Ages),with the roap way visit  Narikala Fortress (4th century) , walk in old tbilisi streets and visit Sioni Cathederal (7th - 19th centuries) Bazilika of Anchiskhati, (6th - 18th centuries) . And Ethnographic Museum of Georgia. 

    Drive to the old capital of Georgia (65 KM)  - Mtskheta, first point will be cross monastery situated on the top of the mountain and from there is  fantastic view to the city Mtskheta , that’s the point where two rivers Aragvi and Mtkvari meats each other . after that drive to  see Svetitskhoveli Cathedral Church, (11th century), close to Svetickhoveli is another church called : Samtavro  (11th - 13th centuries. 
    Overnight in Tbilisi.

    Day 3:    Kakheti tour
    Drive to Kakheti - the motherland of wine. Visiting Bodbe monastery (6th - 7th centuries) where St. Nino's cemetery lies, Visit Signaghi – called Love City mwhere you can have a walking tour , visit Sighnaghi Museum and enjoy with nice view to Alazani . Alaverdi Church (11th century) Academy of Ikalto, Ensemble of Monasteries (6th - 9th - 10th- 18th centuries). Visiting Tsinandali, the place of unique sorts of the oldest wines. Tasting Kakhetian wines and traditional dishes.

     Departure to Tbilisi. 

    Overnight in Tbilisi 

    Day 4:    Kazbegi Tour
    Drive  to Kazbegi  on the way visit  residential Ensemble of Ananuri (15th - 18th centuries),  via Gudauri resort arrive to  Stepantsminda and visit  Trinity of Gergeti (14th century) - church is located under the glacier (5033 m. high). Drive to Gveleti water fall amd visit Dariali pass.
    Departure to Tbilisi.

    Overnight in Tbilisi 

    Day 5:    Departure

    Service includes:
    -Transportation;
    - Accommodation;
    - meals: Breakfast; 
    - Guide assistance;
    - Folk show and dinner at a restaurant in Tbilisi.

    7 Day Cultural Tour


    Day 1    Pick-up from Tbilisi International Airport. Transfer to the hotel

    Day 2:    Tbilisi- Mtskheta Tour

    Visiting sightseeings in Tbilisi:

    First destination of Tbilisi excursion is modern Trinity cathedral, Built in 1995-2004 years. Tour will continue Metekhi Church (13th century)  visit   Sulphur baths (Middle Ages),with the roap way visit  Narikala Fortress (4th century) , walk in old Tbilisi streets and visit Sioni Cathederal (7th - 19th centuries) Bazilika of Anchiskhati, (6th - 18th centuries) . And Ethnographic Museum of Georgia. 
    drive  to the old capital of Georgia (65 KM)  - Mtskheta to see Svetitskhoveli Cathedral Church, (11th century), Samtavro Church (11th - 13th centuries) Shiomgvime, (6th century), Ethnographic Museum of Mtskheta and Cross Monastery. 

    Overnight in Tbilisi.

    Day 3:    Kakheti tour
    Drive to Kakheti - the motherland of wine. Visiting Bodbe monastery (6th - 7th centuries) where St. Nino's cemetery lies, Visit Signaghi – called Love City  m where you can  have a walking tour , visit Sighnaghi Museum and enjoy with nice view to Alazani . Alaverdi Church (11th century) Academy of Ikalto, Ensemble of Monasteries (6th - 9th - 10th- 18th centuries). Visiting Tsinandali, the place of unique sorts of the oldest wines. Tasting Kakhetian wines and traditional dishes.

     Departure to Tbilisi.

    Day 4:    Kazbegi Tour
    Drive  to Kazbegi  on the way visit  residential Ensemble of Ananuri (15th - 18th centuries),  via Gudauri resort arrive to  Stepantsminda and visit  Trinity of Gergeti (14th century) - church is located under the glacier (5033 m. high). Drive to Gveleti water fall amd visit Dariali pass. 
    Overnight in Kazbegi

    Day 5:    Meskhet – Javakheti Tour
    After breackfast drive to Borjomi-Kharagauli reserve, the world renowned mineral resort Borjomi, Stalin's summer residence in Borjomi,  visit the Church of Timotesubani, (18th century).  Free time in the evening.
    Accomodation in Bakuriani

    Day 6:    After breackfast drive to axalcikhe and visit rabath Fortress. Drive to Vardzia historical rock monastery and on the way visit town of Khertvisi (12th century),
    Drive to Bakuriani
    Overnight in Bakuriani.

    Day 7:    Drive to Kartli Region –Fortress of Gori (12th century) Stalin's apartment in Gori, Sioni of Ateni, (7th - 11th century), and the oldest town shaped in rock - Uplistsikhe (AD 2nd century).
    In the evening we invite you to a farewell party in Tbilisi.  Departure.

    Service includes:
    - Accommodation;
    - Transportation;
    - Guide assistance;
    - meals: BB in Tbilisi; HB in regions.
     

    9 Day Cultural Tour


    Day 1:    Pick-up at Tbilisi International Airport /Transfer to the hotel / Leisure time 

    Overnight in Tbilisi.
    Day 2:    Tbilisi / Mtskheta / Tbilisi 

    Visit the capital of Georgia - Tbilisi founded in 5th century AD. Nowadays Tbilisi is the main cultural, social and industrial center of Georgia. The oldest district of the city - Old Tbilisi and famous Sulfur Baths. Narikhala fortress built in 4th century. Metekhi Church - It was first built in 5th century when Vakhtang Gorgasali was the king of Kartli. There are breathtaking views of Old Tbilisi from the church. Trinity Church -is the biggest cathedral not only in Georgia, but also in whole Caucasus region. The height of cathedral is 100 meters. Great ecclesiastical relics are kept there. Georgian National Museum -Lots of specimen of cultural heritage of Georgia are kept in the museum. One of the most amazing exhibits are the prehistoric human remains/skulls found in Dmanisi region. 

    Mtskheta is considered to be the centre of Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral - First church was built in 4th century. Afterwards during the centuries it became the largest and the most impressive church of Georgia. Christ's mantle is buried here, which was brought here from Jerusalem. The church is in UNESCO world heritage sites. Jvari Monastery - is a Georgian Orthodox monastery of the 6th century. There are picturesque views of both Tbilisi and Mtskheta from monastery territory. 
    Overnight in Tbilisi.
    Day 3:    Tbilisi / David Gareja / Bodbe Monastery / Sighnaghi / Wine tour to Gurjaani / Tbilisi 

    David Gareja Monastery 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 desert to explore some of the frescos of the 8th-13th c. and cave architecture. The area is also home to protected animal species and evidence of some of the oldest human habitations in the region. 
    Bodbe Monastery built in 9th century - the cemetery place of of St. Nino's tomb that is still shown at the Bodbe Monastery in Kakheti region. 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. 

    Sighnaghi is situated in the very eastern part of Georgia faces the Alazani field from the rising ground (750 m elevation), it is combined with the surroundings. The city of love is impossible to forget after having seen it. 
    Georgia is considered to be a wine homeland. Feel the best flavors of centuries' of wine-making technology and explore the pleasure of finest Georgian cuisine with wine tours to Kakheti region. Departure to Tbilisi. 
    Overnight in Tbilisi.
    Day 4:    Tbilisi / Gudauri / Kazbegi / Gergeti Trinity Church / Darial Gorge / Gveleti Falls / Gudauri 

    Gudauri is a ski resort located on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. The resort is situated in the Stepantsminda District, along the Georgian Military Highway near the Cross Pass, at an elevation of 2 196meters (7 200ft) above sea level. 

    Kazbegi is very popular for the trekking opportunities in the visually spectacular surrounding mountains, its views of the mighty Mount Kazbeg, and for the beautiful view from the town of the Holy Trinity Church (14th century) outlined against Mount Kazbeg itself. It is the monument built on the highest spot in Europe. Center of the region is Stepantsminda village, situated at the foot of Mount Kazbek. 
    Darial Gorge - known as well as Iberian gates or Caucasian Gates is at the east base of Mount Kazbek, pierced by the river Terek for a distance of 8 metres between vertical walls of rock (1800 m/5900 ft) 
    Departure to Gudauri / Overnight in Gudauri.
    Day 5:    Gudauri / Kutaisi / Bagrati Chathedral / Gelati Monastery / Sataplia / Kutaisi 

    Kutaisi, the second largest city of Georgia in its west part founded about III AD, former capital of the west Georgian Kingdom Colchis, to which is related the myth of Golden Fleece and Argonauts. 

    Bagrati Temple (11th c.) and Gelati Monastery (12th c.), both are the UNESCO Heritage sites. 
    Sataplia Cave where one can observe footprints of Dinosaurs. 
    Overnight in Kutaisi
    Day 6:    Kutaisi / Mestia / Mestia surroundings / Mestia State Museum 

    Mestia is a highland small town (daba) in northwest Georgia, at an elevation of 1,500 meters in the Caucasus Mountains. Historically and ethnographically, Mestia has always been regarded a chief community of Zemo, or Upper Svaneti province. Despite its small size, the town was an important centre of Georgian culture for centuries and contains a number of medieval monuments - churches and forts - included in a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

    Mestia State Museum collection description: The museum houses more than 4.000 items: archaeological objects discovered in Svaneti region, unique samples of engraved and painted icons (of special interest are X-XII c.c. icons), religious objects (IX-XIV c.c.), manuscripts (XI-XIII c.c.), weapons and armor, iron and cooper items, wooden ethnographic objects, adornments, silverware, textiles, etc. 
    Overnight in Mestia.

    Day 7:    Mestia / Chalaadi Glacier / Ushguli / Mestia 
    Chalaadi glacier is one of the most spectacular views in Svaneti region. The Glacier. The north face is considered the most difficult climb in the Caucasus. 
    Ushguli is considered to be the highest inhabited village in Europe at 2200m above sea level. Also the villages of Ushguli contain buildings that are part of the UNESCO Heritage site of Upper Svaneti. Laghami Saint George's church (7th - 12th c.c) and Svan dwelling complex. Visit to the church of St. George in Nakipari (1130 AD) and Ethnographic museum in Ushguli. 
    Overnight in Mestia.
    Days 8:    Mestia / Gori - Joseph Stalin Museum / Uplistsikhe / Tbilisi / Folk Show and a dinner at a restaurant 

    Gori - Joseph Stalin Museum - The main corpus of the complex is a large palazzo in Stalinist Gothic style, begun in 1951 ostensibly as a local history museum, but clearly intended to become a memorial to Stalin, who died in 1953. The exhibits are divided into six halls in roughly chronological order, and contain many items actually or allegedly owned by Stalin, including some of his office furniture, his personal effects and gifts made to him over the years. There is also much illustration by way of documentation, photographs, paintings and newspaper articles. 
    Uplistsikhe - "the lord's fortress", which is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. Built on a high rocky left bank of Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the 2nd ML BC to the Late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures.
    Departure to Tbilisi. In the evening we invite you to a dinner with Folk show at a restaurant. 
    Overnight in Tbilisi. 

    Days 9:    Transfer to Tbilisi International Airport / Departure
    Service includes:
    - Accommodation; 
    - Transportation;
    - Guide assistance;
    - Meals: BB in Tbilisi; HB in regions.
     

    12 Day Cultural Tour


    Day 1:    Pick-up at Tbilisi International Airport. Transfer to the hotel.
    Day 2:    Tbilisi / Mtskheta / Tbilisi 

    Visit the capital of Georgia - Tbilisi founded in 5th century AD. Nowadays Tbilisi is the main cultural, social and industrial center of Georgia. The oldest district of the city - Old Tbilisi and famous Sulfur Baths. Narikhala fortress built in 4th century. Metekhi Church - It was first built in 5th century when Vakhtang Gorgasali was the king of Kartli. There are breathtaking views of Old Tbilisi from the church. Trinity Church -is the biggest cathedral not only in Georgia, but also in whole Caucasus region. The height of cathedral is 100 meters. Great ecclesiastical relics are kept there. Georgian National Museum -Lots of specimen of cultural heritage of Georgia are kept in the museum. One of the most amazing exhibits are the prehistoric human remains/skulls found in Dmanisi region. 

    Mtskheta is considered to be the centre of Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral - First church was built in 4th century. Afterwards during the centuries it became the largest and the most impressive church of Georgia. Christ's mantle is buried here, which was brought here from Jerusalem. The church is in UNESCO world heritage sites. Jvari Monastery - is a Georgian Orthodox monastery of the 6th century. There are picturesque views of both Tbilisi and Mtskheta from monastery territory. 

    Overnight in Tbilisi.
    Day 3:    Tbilisi / David Gareja / Bodbe Monastery / Sighnaghi / Wine tour to Gurjaani / Tbilisi 

    David Gareja Monastery 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 desert to explore some of the frescos of the 8th-13th c. and cave architecture. The area is also home to protected animal species and evidence of some of the oldest human habitations in the region. 
    Bodbe Monastery built in 9th century - the cemetery place of of St. Nino's tomb that is still shown at the Bodbe Monastery in Kakheti region. 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. 

    Sighnaghi is situated in the very eastern part of Georgia faces the Alazani field from the rising ground (750 m elevation), it is combined with the surroundings. The city of love is impossible to forget after having seen it. 


    Georgia is considered to be a wine homeland. Feel the best flavors of centuries' of wine-making technology and explore the pleasure of finest Georgian cuisine with wine tours to Kakheti region. Departure to Tbilisi. 

    Overnight in Tbilisi.
    Day 4:    Tbilisi / Gudauri / Kazbegi / Gergeti Trinity Church / Darial Gorge  / Gveleti Falls / Gudauri 

    Gudauri is a ski resort located on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. The resort is situated in the Stepantsminda District, along the Georgian Military Highway near the Cross Pass, at an elevation of 2 196meters (7 200ft) above sea level. 

    Kazbegi is very popular for the trekking opportunities in the visually spectacular surrounding mountains, its views of the mighty Mount Kazbeg, and for the beautiful view from the town of the Holy Trinity Church (14th century) outlined against Mount Kazbeg itself. It is the monument built on the highest spot in Europe. Center of the region is Stepantsminda village, situated at the foot of Mount Kazbek. 

    Darial Gorge – known as well as Iberian gates or Caucasian Gates is at the east base of Mount Kazbek, pierced by the river Terek for a distance of 8 metres between vertical walls of rock (1800 m/5900 ft) 

    Departure to Gudauri / Overnight in Gudauri.
    Day 5:    Gudauri / Gori – Joseph Stalin Museum / Uplistsikhe / Borjomi National Park / Bakuriani 

    Gori - Joseph Stalin Museum – The main corpus of the complex is a large palazzo in Stalinist Gothic style, begun in 1951 ostensibly as a local history museum, but clearly intended to become a memorial to Stalin, who died in 1953. The exhibits are divided into six halls in roughly chronological order, and contain many items actually or allegedly owned by Stalin, including some of his office furniture, his personal effects and gifts made to him over the years. There is also much illustration by way of documentation, photographs, paintings and newspaper articles. 

    Uplistsikhe - "the lord's fortress", which is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. Built on a high rocky left bank of Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the 2nd ML BC to the Late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures. 

    The history of the park dates back to Medieval times when it was used primarily by the local aristocracy for hunting. 

    Bakuriani is a ski resort. The region around Bakuriani is covered by coniferous forests. The resort lies 30km from Borjomi and is located within the so-called Bakuriani Depression/caldera. Highest mountain of the resort used for skiing is called Mount Kokhta at around 2 200 meters above sea level. 

    Overnight in Bakuriani
    Day 6:    Bakuriani / Borjom-Kharagauli  National Reserve / Khertvisi fortress / Vardzia / Bakuriani 

    Borjomi-Kharagauli National Reserve  is a protected area in central Georgia 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. The total area of the park is 5, 3 thousand square kilometers, i.e., 7.6% of the total territory of Georgia. Its particular uniqueness is diversity of geographical and ecological zones, landscapes, historical monuments and rich flora and fauna. 

    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. 

    Visit to Vardzia (12th c.) – a rock-hewn complex on the left bank of the river Mtkvari. Initially planned as a town-fortress, the complex became a well fortified monastery, which had a significant role in political, cultural, educational and spiritual life of the country. In the middle of the complex there is a Church of Assumption, richly decorated with mural paintings. 

    Overnight in Bakuriani.
    Day 7:    Bakuriaini / Kutaisi / Gelati  Monastery / Bagrati Chathedral / Sataplia / Kutaisi 

    Kutaisi, the second largest city of Georgia in its west part founded about III AD, former capital of the west Georgian Kingdom Colchis, to which is related the myth of Golden Fleece and Argonauts. 

    Bagrati Temple (11th c.) and Gelati Monastery (12th c.), both are the UNESCO Heritage sites. 
    Sataplia Cave where one can observe footprints of Dinosaurs. 

    Overnight in Kutaisi.

    Days 8:    Kutaisi / Mestia / Mestia surroundings / Mestia State Museum 

    Mestia is a highland small town (daba) in northwest Georgia, at an elevation of 1,500 meters in the Caucasus Mountains. Historically and ethnographically, Mestia has always been regarded a chief community of Zemo, or Upper Svaneti province. Despite its small size, the town was an important centre of Georgian culture for centuries and contains a number of medieval monuments - churches and forts - included in a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

    Mestia State Museum collection description: The museum houses more than 4.000 items: archaeological objects discovered in Svaneti region, unique samples of engraved and painted icons (of special interest are X-XII c.c. icons), religious objects (IX-XIV c.c.), manuscripts (XI-XIII c.c.), weapons and armor, iron and cooper items, wooden ethnographic objects, adornments, silverware, textiles, etc. 

    Overnight in Mestia.
    Days 9:    Mestia / Ushguli / Chalaadi Glacier / Mestia 

    Ushguli is considered to be the highest inhabited village in Europe  at 2200m above sea level. Also the villages of Ushguli contain buildings that are part of the UNESCO Heritage site of Upper Svaneti. Laghami Saint George’s church (7th – 12th c.c) and Svan dwelling complex. Visit to the church of St. George in Nakipari (1130 AD) and Ethnographic museum in Ushguli. 

    Chalaadi glacier is one of the most spectacular views in Svaneti region. The Glacier. The north face is considered the most difficult climb in the Caucasus. 

    Overnight in Mestia.


    Day 10:    Mestia / Kobuleti / Batumi / Gonio / Green Cape / Batumi 

    Kobuleti is a town in Georgia's southwestern region of Ajaria. It is situated on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. 

    Batumi is a seaside city in Black Sea coast and capital of Adjara region. Batumi serves as an important port and a commercial center. It is situated in a subtropical zone. 
    Gonio fortress  is a Roman fortification in Adjara, on the Black sea, 15 km south of Batumi, at the mouth of the Chorokhi river. The village sits 4 km north of the Turkish border. The oldest reference to the fortress is by Pliny the Elder in the Natural History (1st century AD). In the 2nd century AD it was a well-fortified Roman city within Colchis. The town was also known for its theatre and hippodrome. 

    Green Cape is a well-tended area displaying a wide range of plants labelled with their botanical names. It may contain specialist plant collections such as cacti and succulent plants, herb gardens, plants from particular parts of the world, and so on. You will visit greenhouses, shadehouses, again with special collections such as tropilcal plants, alpine plants or other exotic plants. 

    Overnight in Batumi.

    Day 11:    Free day in Batumi.

    Day 12:    Batumi / Tbilisi / Transfer to Tbilisi International Airport / Departure

    Service includes:
    -Accommodation; 
    -Transportation;
    -Guide assistance;
    -Meals: BB in Tbilisi; HB in regions.
     

    14 Day Cultural Tour


    Day 1:    Pick-up at Tbilisi International Airport. Transfer to the hotel.

    Day 2:    Tbilisi / Mtskheta / Tbilisi 

    Visit the capital of Georgia - Tbilisi founded in 5th century AD. Nowadays Tbilisi is the main cultural, social and industrial center of Georgia. The oldest district of the city - Old Tbilisi and famous Sulfur Baths. Narikhala fortress built in 4th century. Metekhi Church - It was first built in 5th century when Vakhtang Gorgasali was the king of Kartli. There are breathtaking views of Old Tbilisi from the church. Trinity Church -is the biggest cathedral not only in Georgia, but also in whole Caucasus region. The height of cathedral is 100 meters. Great ecclesiastical relics are kept there. Georgian National Museum -Lots of specimen of cultural heritage of Georgia are kept in the museum. One of the most amazing exhibits are the prehistoric human remains/skulls found in Dmanisi region. 

    Mtskheta is considered to be the centre of Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral - First church was built in 4th century. Afterwards during the centuries it became the largest and the most impressive church of Georgia. Christ's mantle is buried here, which was brought here from Jerusalem. The church is in UNESCO world heritage sites. Jvari Monastery - is a Georgian Orthodox monastery of the 6th century. There are picturesque views of both Tbilisi and Mtskheta from monastery territory. 

    Overnight in Tbilisi.
    Day 3:    Tbilisi / David Gareja / Bodbe Monastery / Sighnaghi 

    David Gareja Monastery 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 desert to explore some of the frescos of the 8th-13th c. and cave architecture. The area is also home to protected animal species and evidence of some of the oldest human habitations in the region. 


    Bodbe Monastery built in 9th century - the cemetery place of of St. Nino's tomb that is still shown at the Bodbe Monastery in Kakheti region. 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. 

    Sighnaghi is situated in the very eastern part of Georgia faces the Alazani field from the rising ground (750 m elevation), it is combined with the surroundings. The city of love is impossible to forget after having seen it. 


    Overnight in Sighnaghi.
    Day 4:    Sighnaghi / Telavi / Ikalto / Alaverdi / Gremi / Nekresi / wine tour in Gurjaani / Back to Tbilisi 

    Telavi is the main city and administrative center of Georgia’s eastern province of Kakheti. Its population counts some 21 800 inhabitants (as of the year 2002). The city is located on foot-hills of Tsiv-Gombori Range at 500-800 meters above the sea level. The landscape of Telavi is scenic. The city is wrapped in picturesque landscapes from all sides. Telavi faces the Tsiv-Gombori Range to the south and south-west and borders on Alazani Valley to the north and east. The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range, which runs to the north of the Alazani Valley, can be seen from most of Telavi.

    Ikalto is a village about 10 km west of the town Telavi in Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia. It is mostly known for its monastery complex and the Ikalto Academy. An academy was founded at the monastery during king David the Builder by Arsen Ikaltoeli (Ikaltoeli means “from Ikalto”) in the early 12th century. The academy of Ikalto trained its students in theology, rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography chanting but also more practical skills such as pottery making, metal work, viticulture and wine making and pharmacology. 

    Alaverdi is a Georgian Orthodox monastery located 25 km from Akhmeta, in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia. Parts of the monastery date back to 6th century. The present day cathedral dates to the 11th century. 

    Gremi is a 16th century architectural monument – the royal citadel and the Church of the Archangels – in Kakheti, Georgia. The complex is what has survived from the once flourishing town of Gremi and is located east of the present-day village of the same name in the Kvareli district, 175 kilometers east of Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. 

    Nekresi is a historic town in Kakheti, Georgia in modern day Kvareli Municipality, near the village Shilda. The town was established by King Pharnajom (around 2nd-1st centuries BC). In 4th century AD, King Thrdat built a church in this place. This church became a refuge to one of the Assyrial fathers, Abibus, in the late 6th century. Around this time, Nekresi Episcopility was established, which existed until 19th century. 

    Georgia is considered to be a wine homeland. Feel the best flavors of centuries' of wine-making technology and explore the pleasure of finest Georgian cuisine with wine tours to Kakheti region. Departure to Tbilisi. 


    Overnight in Tbilisi.
    Day 5:    Tbilisi / Gudauri / Kazbegi / Gergeti Trinity Church / Darial Gorge  / Gveleti Falls / Gudauri 

    Gudauri is a ski resort located on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. The resort is situated in the Stepantsminda District, along the Georgian Military Highway near the Cross Pass, at an elevation of 2 196meters (7 200ft) above sea level. 

    Kazbegi is very popular for the trekking opportunities in the visually spectacular surrounding mountains, its views of the mighty Mount Kazbeg, and for the beautiful view from the town of the Holy Trinity Church (14th century) outlined against Mount Kazbeg itself. It is the monument built on the highest spot in Europe. Center of the region is Stepantsminda village, situated at the foot of Mount Kazbek. 

    Darial Gorge – known as well as Iberian gates or Caucasian Gates is at the east base of Mount Kazbek, pierced by the river Terek for a distance of 8 metres between vertical walls of rock (1800 m/5900 ft) 

    Departure to Gudauri / Overnight in Gudauri.
    Day 6:    Gudauri / Gori – Joseph Stalin Museum / Uplistsikhe / Borjomi National Park / Bakuriani 

    Gori - Joseph Stalin Museum – The main corpus of the complex is a large palazzo in Stalinist Gothic style, begun in 1951 ostensibly as a local history museum, but clearly intended to become a memorial to Stalin, who died in 1953. The exhibits are divided into six halls in roughly chronological order, and contain many items actually or allegedly owned by Stalin, including some of his office furniture, his personal effects and gifts made to him over the years. There is also much illustration by way of documentation, photographs, paintings and newspaper articles. 

    Uplistsikhe - "the lord's fortress", which is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. Built on a high rocky left bank of Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the 2nd ML BC to the Late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures. 

    The history of the park dates back to Medieval times when it was used primarily by the local aristocracy for hunting. 

    Bakuriani is a ski resort. The region around Bakuriani is covered by coniferous forests. The resort lies 30km from Borjomi and is located within the so-called Bakuriani Depression/caldera. Highest mountain of the resort used for skiing is called Mount Kokhta at around 2 200 meters above sea level. 

    Overnight in Bakuriani.
    Day 7:    Bakuriani / Borjom-Kharagauli  National Reserve / Khertvisi fortress / Vardzia / Bakuriani 

    Borjomi-Kharagauli National Reserve  is a protected area in central Georgia 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. The total area of the park is 5, 3 thousand square kilometers, i.e., 7.6% of the total territory of Georgia. Its particular uniqueness is diversity of geographical and ecological zones, landscapes, historical monuments and rich flora and fauna. 

    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. 

    Visit to Vardzia (12th c.) – a rock-hewn complex on the left bank of the river Mtkvari. Initially planned as a town-fortress, the complex became a well fortified monastery, which had a significant role in political, cultural, educational and spiritual life of the country. In the middle of the complex there is a Church of Assumption, richly decorated with mural paintings. 

    Departure to Bakuriani / Overnight in Bakuriani.
    Day 8:    Bakuriaini / Kutaisi / Gelati  Monastery / Bagrati Chathedral / Sataplia / Kutaisi 

    Kutaisi, the second largest city of Georgia in its west part founded about III AD, former capital of the west Georgian Kingdom Colchis, to which is related the myth of Golden Fleece and Argonauts. 

    Bagrati Temple (11th c.) and Gelati Monastery (12th c.), both are the UNESCO Heritage sites. 

    Sataplia Cave where one can observe footprints of Dinosaurs. 

    Departure to Kutaisi / Overnight in Kutaisi.
    Day 9:    Kutaisi / Mestia / Mestia surroundings / Mestia State Museum 

    Mestia is a highland small town (daba) in northwest Georgia, at an elevation of 1,500 meters in the Caucasus Mountains. Historically and ethnographically, Mestia has always been regarded a chief community of Zemo, or Upper Svaneti province. Despite its small size, the town was an important centre of Georgian culture for centuries and contains a number of medieval monuments - churches and forts - included in a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

    Mestia State Museum collection description: The museum houses more than 4.000 items: archaeological objects discovered in Svaneti region, unique samples of engraved and painted icons (of special interest are X-XII c.c. icons), religious objects (IX-XIV c.c.), manuscripts (XI-XIII c.c.), weapons and armor, iron and cooper items, wooden ethnographic objects, adornments, silverware, textiles, etc. 

    Overnight in Mestia.

    Day 10:    Mestia / Mestia grove / Ushguli / Mestia 

    Ushguli is considered to be the highest inhabited village in Europe  at 2200m above sea level. Also the villages of Ushguli contain buildings that are part of the UNESCO Heritage site of Upper Svaneti. Laghami Saint George’s church (7th – 12th c.c) and Svan dwelling complex. Visit to the church of St. George in Nakipari (1130 AD) and Ethnographic museum in Ushguli. 

    Departure to Mestia / Overnight in Mestia.

    Day 11:     Mestia / Nokalakevi / Batumi 

    Nokalakevi, also known as Archaeopolis, is a village and archaeological site in the Senaki municipality, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region of Georgia.Nokalakevi played a pivotal part in the major wars fought between the Byzantines and Sasanians in the South Caucasus during the sixth century AD. It was one of the key fortresses guarding Lazika (modern Mingrelia) from Sasanian, Persian and Iberian (East Georgian/Kartlian) attack. 

    Batumi is a seaside city in Black Sea coast and capital of Adjara region. Batumi serves as an important port and a commercial center. It is situated in a subtropical zone. 

    Overnight in Batumi.

    Day 12:    Batumi / Green Cape / Gonio fortress / Sarpi / Batumi 

    Green Cape is a well-tended area displaying a wide range of plants labelled with their botanical names. It may contain specialist plant collections such as cacti and succulent plants, herb gardens, plants from particular parts of the world, and so on. You will visit greenhouses, shadehouses, again with special collections such as tropilcal plants, alpine plants or other exotic plants. 

    Gonio fortress  is a Roman fortification in Adjara, on the Black sea, 15 km south of Batumi, at the mouth of the Chorokhi river. The village sits 4 km north of the Turkish border. The oldest reference to the fortress is by Pliny the Elder in the Natural History (1st century AD). In the 2nd century AD it was a well-fortified Roman city within Colchis. The town was also known for its theatre and hippodrome. 

    Sarpi is a border village on the coast of the Black Sea, about 12 km south of Batumi  on the border between Turkey and Georgia. It is inhabited by the Laz. 

    Departure to Batumi / overnight in Batumi.

    Day 13:    Free day in Batumi

    Day 14:  Batumi / Tbilisi / Folk show and a dinner at a restaurant in Tbilisi 

    Overnight in Tbilisi

    Day 15:    Transfer to Tbilisi International Airport / Departure


    Service includes:
    -Accommodation; 
    -Transportation;
    -Guide assistance;
    -Meals: BB in Tbilisi; HB in regions.