Highlights & Tour Itinerary
- Wander in the Old Town of Tbilisi.
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage of Mtskheta
- Walk to the Gergeti Trinity Church under the Kazbegi.
- See the High Mountains of the Caucasus.
- Explore the caves in Uplistsikhe and Vardzia.
Schedule 2021: The tour operates every second Friday, starting 23 Apr, 07 May, 21 May, 04 Jun, 18 Jun, 02 Jul, 16 Jul, 30 Jul, 13 Aug, 27 Aug, 10 Sep, 24 Sep, 08 Oct. The tour is guaranteed if minimum 2 persons sign up, the maximum group size is 15 persons.
4 nights in Tbilisi.
1 night in Gudauri.
2 nights in Akhaltsikhe.
Day 1 (Fri): Tbilisi Airport – Tbilisi Hotel
Welcome to Georgia! In the arrival hall meet your driver who will take you for around 30 minutes to your hotel in Tbilisi. Overnight at 3* ZP Hotel or similar.
Day 2 (Sat): Tbilisi City Tour – Tbilisi Hotel
At 10:00 join the group for the full-day Tbilisi city sightseeing tour. It starts from the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, known as Sameba. It is one of the tallest Orthodox churches in the world and the tallest in Georgia. From the cathedral we take a walk through Shardeni and Erekle II streets, where you can spot many cafes and bars. On our way in the old town see the Sioni Cathedral from the 13th century. From here we are going to cross the glass Bridge of Peace and take the cable car from Rike Park to the Narikala fortress to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Walk down to the old city to see the Juma Mosque and the little waterfall in the Legvtakhevi area. Continue to the sulfur bath houses in Abanotubani and the Maidan Square. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 3 (Sun): Tbilisi Hotel – Mtskheta – Ananuri – Gudauri Hotel
Today, drive around 1 hour to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia. Here visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, important examples of Georgian Christian architecture: the Jvari Monastery from the 6th century and the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral from the 11th century. From Mtskheta we drive towards the Caucasus Mountains through the Georgian Military Highway. Short stop to see the Ananuri Architectural Complex, built in 16-17th century. The complex that stands near the Aragvi River and Zhinvali Reservoir, is comprised of churches, fortifications and residential buildings of local feudal dynasty of Aragvi. Continue towards the Greater Caucasus mountains and arrive at your hotel at the ski-resort Gudauri, which lies at an elevation of 2196 meters. Overnight at 3* Gudauri Hut or similar.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Driving Distance: 130 km
Day 4 (Mon): Gudauri Hotel – Kazbegi – Tbilisi Hotel
Start a full-day exploration of the Caucasus Mountains. We will reach 2,395 m level on the Cross Pass, where we can make several stops to taste mineral waters, as well as to observe waterfalls and snowy peaks of the mountains around. We will visit the peak of the Mount Gergeti and the Holy Trinity Church – located above Kazbegi town and under the Kazbegi glacier (5033m) at the same time. Finally, after our trip in the mountains we will drive back to your hotel in Tbilisi.
Driving distance: 185 km
Day 5 (Tue): Tbilisi Hotel – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Borjomi – Akhaltsikhe Hotel
Drive towards the town Gori, the heart of Kartli region, and the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The Stalin museum in Gori consists of the memorial house with collection of Stalin’s personal belongings. From Gori we head for an excursion in the ancient Uplistsikhe cave complex. Uplistsikhe is one of the oldest rock-hewn urban settlements in Georgia dated back to the 1st millennium BC. The town is cut in rock and has many secret tunnels and passes connecting ancient chambers and halls. Our next stop is at Borjomi, a town famous for its mineral sparkling water. Stroll in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, one of the largest protected areas in Europe, which covers 5300 sq. km. The park is unique because of its wildlife, interesting historic sites and different ecological and geographical zones. In the evening we arrive at the hotel in Akhaltsikhe. Overnight at 3* Hotel Tiflis or similar.
Driving distance: 250 km
Day 6 (Wed): Rabati Castle – Vardzia – Akhaltsikhe Hotel
Visit in Akhaltsikhe the Rabati Castle, once from strategic importance. Established in the 9th century, it was destroyed by Tamerlane and later rebuilt by the Ottomans. After the excursion at Rabati Castle, we will drive to Vardzia. Vardzia, a rock-hewn cave monastery on the left bank of the river Mtkvari, was founded in the 12th -13th c.c., during the reign of Giorgi III and Queen Tamar. 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. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe or Vardzia Resort (depends on availability).
Driving distance: 126 km
Day 7 (Thu): Akhaltsikhe Hotel – Paravani Lake – Tsalka – Tbilisi Hotel
On the final day of the tour, we will depart for Tbilisi. Pass through the volcanic Javakheti Plateau, close to the Armenian border. We will make several stops along the route passing grassland plains and alpine lakes. Stop at Sagamo and Paravani, the biggest in the country. See also the Tsalka reservoir, the largest water reservoir of Georgia in an altitude of 1,500 meters, in the gorge of the river Khrami. In the evening we arrive at your hotel in Tbilisi. Overnight at 3* ZP Hotel or similar.
Driving distance: 268 km
Day 8 (Fri): Tbilisi Hotel – Tbilisi Airport
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out latest at 12:00 pm. Dependent on departure time transfer to Tbilisi Airport to say farewell.