A private full-day tour to Borjomi and Bakuriani includes visiting the best winter and summer resort Bakuriani at an elevation of 1,700 meters covered by forests and a balneological resort Borjomi, well-known for its mineral water park that dates back to the 1850s.
To appreciate nature, guests will take the Soviet train Kukushka (Russian for "little cuckoo") that connects Borjomi to Bakuriani via the narrow-gauge railway in the deep forest.
Guests will visit Borjomi Central Park to relax, enjoy nature, and taste mineral water. Guests will also visit Mtsvane Monastery built in the 10th century and covered with greenery. Private tour to Borjomi and Bakuriani includes entry tickets to the train and central park. Total drive 370 km (230 miles).
Railway "Kukushka" (Russian "little cuckoo") is a 37.2-kilometer narrow-gauge railway line linking the town of Borjomi (820 m asl) to the village and ski resort of Bakuriani (1,700 m asl). The construction of this 900 mm line began in 1897, when Georgia was still part of the Russian Empire. The difficult terrain caused construction to take four years, and the first train ran in January 1902. Gustave Eiffel was commissioned by the Romanovs to design the bridge over the Tsemistskhali River between the stations of Tsaghveri and Tsemi. Originally, trains were pulled by a steam engine of the "Porter" type, imported from America, and passengers travelled in open carriages protected by handrails. The line was electrified in 1966, when the small steam engine was replaced by an electric "crocodile" locomotive made by the Škoda works in Czechoslovakia. Travel time is 2.5 hours (average speed 15 km/h).
Bakuriani is a village and a skiing resort located at an elevation of 1,700 meters above sea level. The region around Bakuriani is covered by coniferous forests (mainly made up of spruce). The present-day area of the town was built up by lava flows from the nearby Mukhera volcano. The ski area of the resort is split into two separate parts: Didveli and Kokhta/Kokhta-Mitarbi. Mount Kokhta provides a maximum skiable altitude of 2,269 meters, whereas the highest lift in Didveli reaches 2,702 meters.
Borjomi is a resort town with a population of 10,546 and is a balneological and climatic resort. Borjomi has several districts, of which Likani, Papa and Plateau are particularly favorable for treatment. The main treatment of the resort is mineral water used for drinking and balneological procedures. Other treatment factors in Borjomi are climatotherapy, mud treatment. The best time for climatotherapy is June-October. Medical indications: chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and biliary tract, alteration of substances, some diseases of the cardiovascular system. The season lasts all year. Borjomi has striking nature and unique mineral waters. One of the best places visit is “Mineral Water Park”. The park itself dates back to the 1850s and is an attractive destination all throughout the year. Here you can taste the natural Borjomi mineral water and relax in a beautiful environment.
The Chitakhevi church of Saint George is a medieval church. Abandoned for more than two hundred years, the monastery was restored in 2003. The monastery's history is unknown. An upsurge in pilgrimage followed, driven by a belief that stones in the nearby stream acquired a reddish color after a massacre of local monks by the soldiers of the Persian shah Tahmasp I in the 1550s. The Monastery consists of a three-nave basilica, stylistically dated to the late 9th or 10th century, and a two-story bell-tower, likewise dated to the 15th or 16th century. There are remnants of old monastic cells and some accessory structures nearby. The church is built of coarsely hewn ashlar and rubble. Both the internal and external walls are plain, devoid of any significant decoration; traces of frescoes, probably executed in the 12th or 13th century, survive in the apse and on the west wall. A bell-tower stands a few meters southeast of the church. It is a two-storey structure.
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