Departure point: Tbilisi (Hotel pick-up included)
Endpoint: Tbilisi (Hotel drop-off included)
Departure time: 9:00
End time: 21:00 – 22:00
During this day, we visit contrasting sites of several historical eras: Vardzia, Rabati, and Borjomi. A professional guide and safe driver with a comfortable car, take you on the adventure in the south part of Georgia.
The guide meets you with our company’s branded flag, in front of the Avlabari metro station at 08:30 am. We have three destinations to visit in southern Georgia: Vardzia cave complex, Rabati castle, and Borjomi.
We start our trip at 09:00. Our guide picks you up from your hotel and takes you to our company head-office to check-in for the tour.
The first stop for 15 minute-break will be on a highway near the Supermarket “Smart” to grab a cup of coffee and use the washroom.
Rabati Castle in Akhaltsikhe
We go on the way to Rabati Castle, which is a medieval castle complex of Asian style in Akhaltsikhe. Built-in the 13th-century, Rabati castle was developed under the influence of different cultures over subsequent centuries and this is reflected in its architecture. The fortress occupies about 7 hectares and is divided into two sections: modern and historical. In the modern part, there is a restaurant, hotel, cafes, and shops. In the old part of the fortress, there is the Ahmediyeh Mosque, church, a family castle of Jakeli and a historical museum. After visiting Rabati castle we will have a lunch break.
Cave monastery site Vardzia
The next point of our journey is Vardzia – cave monastery dating back to the 12th century. The road follows the upper Mtkvari River, passing through narrow canyons at Aspindza along a particularly beautiful valley cutting like a green ribbon between arid rocky hillsides. Excavations have shown that the area of Vardzia was inhabited even earlier during the Bronze Age. Giorgi III did not succeed in completing the building of Vardzia. The construction was brought to an end by his daughter Queen Tamar. During the reign of Tamar, the importance of Vardzia considerably increased and achieved great prosperity, amazing the contemporaries.
Vardzia’s paintings represent a significant monument of the Georgian majestic painting. There you can find a bell tower, main church, cave dwellings, rooms, chapels, pharmacy, and wine cellars. Infrastructure involves access tunnels, water facilities, and provision for protection.
Our last destination is Borjomi. Borjomi is a hydro-thermal health spa resort in the southern region of Samtskhe-Javakheti. Borjomi has an international reputation for its geothermal spring mineral water resources. We walk in Borjomi Central Park and taste the mineral water Borjomi which has unique healing qualities. Borjomi water won its first gold medal in 1907 in Belgium. The water has been bottled since 1896. At the end of the day, we can visit some attractions and enjoy incredible nature in Borjomi Central Park.
In the evening, we drop you off at your hotel.
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