Tbilisi, Georgia

(5 days)

Day 1

Tbilisi – Telavi.

Arrival in Tbilisi and transfer to Telavi via Gombori Pass – a mountain range in the Georgian section of Greater Caucasus Mountains. The Gombori range serves as a watershed, separating the Alazani and Iori river valleys. Dinner and night at Rcheuli Marani Hotel.

Day 2

Telavi – Ikalto – Alaverdi – Gremi – Kvareli – Telavi

Breakfast at hotel and then proceed to excursion to Gremi fortress.Gremi was built in the 15th century when Kakheti became a separate kingdom. At that time, it was the summer residence of the Kakhetian kings. The town covered an area of around 40 hectares and consisted of three main parts: the Archangel Church, the king’s residence, and a trading area. Today, part of the fortress, church, and bell tower in Gremi have survived. The church currently functions and is decorated with ancient frescoes. There is also an ethnography museum there.After we move to enjoy Alaverdi cathedral.It is a Georgian Eastern Orthodox monastery located 25 km from Akhmeta, in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia. While parts of the monastery date back to 6th century, the present day cathedral was built in the 11th century by Kvirike III of Kakheti, replacing an older church of St. George.  At a height of over 55 meters, Alaverdi Cathedral is the second tallest religious building in Georgia, after Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi.  Excursion to Kvareli with winery and degustation and lunch at Saperavi restaurant.Transfer to Telavi.Free time.Dinner and overnight at Rcheuli Marani Hotel.

Day 3

Telavi – Tbilisi

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Tbilisi.Pedestrian city tour. Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia and the largest city in the country. According to the chronicles, its history dates back more than 1,500 years. Tbilisi takes good care of its history. Its center has been completely restored, with a solicitous effort to reproduce the architecture of the olden days.  It is full of artists’ workshops, antique shops, and small inviting cafes and restaurants offering a wide range of national and European cuisine and, of course, the world famous Georgian wines.After lunch in the restaurant, we move to Historical Museum.Dinner and night at hotel.

 

 

Day 4

Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Uplistsike – Tbilisi

Breakfast at hotel and departure to excursion to town of Mtskheta.Mtskheta - one of the oldest cities of Georgia.  It was capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia during the 3rd century BC – 5th century AD.  Mtskheta located approximately 20 kilometers north of Tbilisi at the confluence of the Aragvi and Kura rivers. It was a site of early Christian activity, and the location where Christianity was proclaimed the state religion of Kartli in 326.     After Mtskheta we proceed to Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) and Jvari Monastery (6th century) in Mtskheta are amongst the most significant monuments of Georgian Christian architecture, and are historically significant in the development of medieval architecture throughout the Caucasus. This Historical Monuments of Mtskheta became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.Then we move towards Gori in order to visit Stalin Museum there.It is located in Gori, where the leader of the Soviet Union - Joseph Stalin was born. The Museum retained until recent years its Soviet-era characteristics. The museum has three sections: Stalin’s house, Stalin’s museum and Stalin’s railway carriage. All located in the town's central square.  We enjoy the lunch at Nacharmagevi restaurant and move to Uplistsikhe Cave Town. Uplistsikhe is a cave settlement 12 km from the town of Gori that arose on the banks of the Mtkvari River at the end of the 2nd century BC. The town was entirely hewed into the volcanic cliff. It has streets, squares, palaces, churches, residential buildings, a theater, shops, an apothecary, wine cellar, prison, and a plumbing system. In its heyday, it included more than 700 cave structures. Around 150 of them, as well as part of the fortress walls, have been preserved. There is a secret underground passage to the river. In the pre-Christian period, Uplistsikhe was a pagan worship center. After Georgia converted to Christianity, Christian churches began appearing in the town.Transfer back to Tbilisi, dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 5

Tbilisi

Breakfast at hotel.Time for shopping.You may continue your tour of Tbilisi with a visit to the famous flea market called Sukhoi Most (Dry Bridge). Here you will find souvenirs to suit every taste. You will also find antiques here: olden-day weapons, military awards, jewelry, carpets, and crockery. And all at very reasonable prices. aTransfer to airport.

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