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2 Day to Samtskhe-Javakheti from Kutaisi

City Breaks

From: 223 €

Vardzia caves

Rabati, Akhaltsikhe Castle

Rabati, Akhaltsikhe Castle

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Astrophysical Observatory in Abastumani

Astrophysical Observatory in Abastumani

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Overview

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Starts from: Kutaisi

Available: All year through Rikoti pass (through Zekari pass May-OCT)

Type: Private city break 2 days

Total Distance: 376 km

Two-day private Samtskhe-Javakheti tour from Kutaisi is available to run in all seasons. In summer, we offer round trip through two passes: Rikoti (995 m) on the Likhi range and Zekari (2,182 m) on Meskheti Range. In winter, when Zekari pass is not passable, we conduct this tour through Rikoti in and out without skipping any attractions (except Zekari pass).

Tour is all inclusive and covers main cultural highlights of Samtskhe-Javakheti region: Borjomi Park, Akhaltsikhe Castel in Rabati, Astrophysical Observatory in Abastumani and Vardzia caves. Visit two wineries – Valodia’s cottage on the first day and Vartsikhe Marani in Bagdadi on the second day.

Have a great trip!

Sights to Visit

Itinerary


Day to day

Driving Distance: 210 km (3 h 52 min)

The tour starts at 09:00

The guide will pick you up from the lobby of Kutaisi hotel.

Drive east through the picturesque Rikoti Pass between the Likhi Range, a natural watershed of river basins of the Black and Caspian seas. On the way, we can make a short stop at the honey, mushroom and pottery market in the village of Shrosha. Within a few minutes from the pottery market, visit the Ubisa Basilica (9th c), painted by the great local master Damian in the 14th century. These gorgeous frescoes are the best and rare example of Palaeologus art in Georgia.

The ride to the Rikoti Pass takes about an hour and ends through a 1,772 m long tunnel. After tunnel, locals call the area East Georgia. Drive along the river Mtkvari to the spa-town Borjomi. Borjomi is famous for Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park and its mineral waters. Take a walk in the Central Park, taste bubbling mineral waters coming right from the springs and have lunch at local restaurant.

Continue the trip to Akhaltsikhe, the main town in Samtskhe-Javakheti municipality. Visit historical district Rabati, Castle and fortress. Samtskhe-Javakheti History Museum is located inside the fortress and has wonderful collection of manuscripts, archaeological, numismatic and ethnographic artifacts. The tour will take about forty-five minutes.

Follow the road along the river Mtkvari. We can see ruined mediaeval fortresses on the way – Atskuri and Tmogvi. Make a stop for pictures at well preserved Khertvisi Fortress.

The next site to visit today is Vardzia caves. Established in the 12th century, Vardzia cave monastery represents the culmination of spiritual inspiration during the reign of lady King Tamar, Goldan age of Georgia. The frescoes from that time depicts her together with her father, king George III Bagrationi dynasty.

In the evening check in at Valodia’s cottages, surrounded by family farm.

Wine tasting and dinner will be served by hosts.

Overnight in Vardzia.

Driving Distance: 166 km (4 h 50 min)

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Check out and leave for Abastumani.

The health resort and spa town Abastumani (1,340 m altitude) is surrounded by forested mountains. This place was chosen for construction of first observatory in early Soviet times because of the clear sky and stable weather conditions. Guided tour will take about 30 minutes.

If Zekari Pass is open, start the gravel, unpaved serpentine through the Meskheti Range, Lesser Caucasus, bordering the Imereti and Samtskhe-Javakheti regions. From October to late May, this road is generally impassable. The highest point of the path is 2182 m above sea level, from where a fantastic panorama of the whole Georgia opens up to the Greater Caucasus Mountains.

Next stop is Vartsikhe Marani in Bagdadi municipality. This wine cellar is prominent for Organic, high-quality wines, which are based on traditional technology, fermented and aged in qvevri (the pitcher burred underground). Host family will provide wine tasting and serve late lunch.

In the evening drive back to Kutaisi.

Drop off to the hotel.

Inclusions


Included

Transportation:

  • Private transportation with comfortable A/C car

Staff:

  • Professional private guide service
  • Professional private driver service

Accommodation: 

  • 1 x overnight in Vardzia, Valodia’s cottage or Chachkari guesthouse 

Meals:

  • 1 x breakfast
  • 2 x lunches 
  • 1 x dinner

Wine tasting:

  • Valodia’s Wine Cellar
  • Vartsikhe Marani in Baghdati 

Other:

  • 2 x bottles water per person daily
  • All local taxes

Excluded

  • Personal expenses and services, not mentioned in this program

Price


Price

Group size

Price per adult

Solo

€ 601

2 people

€ 373

3-5 people

€ 287

6-7 people

€ 249

8-9 people

€ 224

10-15 people

€ 223

*Online booking deposit: 

€ 30

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More Info


More Info

OPTIONAL SERVICES:

  • Single room supplement: 25 €
  • Kutaisi airport private pick up service: 23 €
  • Kutaisi airport private drop off service: 20 €
  • Kutaisi airport private transfer double way: 38 €

To arrange airport transfers and hotel overnights, contact us at tours[at]georgianholidays.com


Cancellation is free of charge prior to 5 days of the starting day.

  • The booking deposit 30 Euro is non-refundable. 

If the Tourist cancels the booked tour for some reasons not depending on Tour Operator, the following sums are kept back as a fine:

  • 50% of the total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 5 days or less prior to the tour;
  • 100% of the total cost of the tourist product due to the Tourist's failure to appear.

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