Cultural & Sightseeing Tours
From: 1203 $
Starts from: TBILISI every second Saturday
Type: SMALL GROUP tour
Distance: 908 km
Duration: 7 DAYS/6 nights
Visit Georgia is escorted small group tour with fixed dates. In a 7-day time period tour covers three regions: Kartli, Khevi and Samtskhe-Javakheti; cities and towns Tbilisi, Gori, Stepantsminda, Borjomi, Akhaltsikhe and ancient town of Mtskheta, Caucasus mountains, Borjomi-Kharagauli and Kazbegi National Parks - contrasting environments and sites: from the historical downtown of Tbilisi to the high mountains of Caucasus, from medieval UNESCO churches of Mtskheta to the house-museum of Joseph Stalin, the ancient cave complexes of Vardzia and Uplistsikhe and more sites.
Have a great trip!
The tour takes off on every next Saturday, at 10:00 AM.
Participants will join the group for the full-day Tbilisi city sightseeing.
After breakfast at the hotel, Georgian Holidays will organize your pick up service.
Start from the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi (Sameba), the main cathedral and one of the tallest Orthodox church in Georgia. From the cathedral take a walk to the garden around and view the city from the left bank of the river.
Visit Metekhi plateau, start wondering in Tbilisi Historic District along Shardeni and the King Erekle II streets. On the way visit Sioni Cathedral, built in the 13th c. Cross the glass Bridge of Peace and take the cable car from Rike park to ride up on the hill to Narikala Fortress, built in 4th c., where the best panoramic views of the city are available to observe. From the fortress go downhill by foot to the old city, see 19th c mosque, little canyon LegvtaKhevi and the waterfall. Continue to the sulfur bath house square - Abanotubani. Tbilisi walking city tour ends at the Maidan square.
One-hour break for lunch in Shardeni area.
After lunch drive to Visit the National Museum of Georgia.
The rest of the day continue sightseeing by car: Rustaveli avenue, Hero’s square, Agmashenebeli avenue and Liberty square - this is a small circle around the town.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Driving distance: 142 km (3 h 5 min)
Check out and drive to Mtskheta – the former capital of ancient Georgia.
Before leave the city, visit Chronicle of Georgia - Memorial of Georgian Kings. Huge bronze Soviet monument overlooks Tbilisi and Tbilisi Reservoir.
In Mtskheta visit two of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Jvari Monastery (6th c.) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.). Walk around the town, find cozy cafe for lunch and drive towards the Caucasus mountains through the Georgian Military Highway.
On the way to Gudauri ski-resort make a short stop to see the Ananuri castle (16-17th cc) and Zhinvali reserve. The complex stands near the Aragvi River and an artificial reservoir, it comprised of three churches, fortifications and residential tower of local feudal dynasty of Aragvi Eristavi.
After visiting Ananuri, drive towards the Greater Caucasus Mountains and arrive at the ski-resort Gudauri, which lies at an elevation of 2196 meters.
Dinner and overnight in Gudauri.
Driving distance: 208 km (4 h 12 min)
After breakfast at the hotel, start exploration of the Caucasus mountains. The road reaches its culmination on 2395 m level on the Jvari Pass. Make several stops and taste mineral waters, as well as to observe waterfalls and Snowy peaks of the mountains around. Observation platform from Soviet times so called Gudauri Panorama is the best place for panoramic views on Aragvi river valley.
Visit the peak of the Mount Gergeti (2000 m) and the Gergeti Trinity Church 14th c – this brilliant medieval monastery is located on a very attractive spot - on the top of the town Stephantsminda and same time, on the foothills of His Majesty the Kazbegi pick (5054m). The panoramic view from here is emotional.
Next, visit Gveleti waterfall, Darialy Canyon, Sno valley and finally, after the trip to the mountains drive back to Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Driving distance: 250 km (4 h 4 min)
After breakfast, check out and drive towards Samtskhe-Javakheti passing through the Kartli region. On the way, make several visits in Kartli.
Gori town, the heart of the former kingdom of Kartli, trade center of the Great Silk Road, has long history. In 20th c it became prominent as the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was born (21.12. 1878). Stalin museum in Gori consists of the memorial house, train and museum building with a collection of his personal belongings.
Head for the ancient Uplistsikhe Caves. Uplistsikhe is one of the oldest rock-hewn urban settlements in Georgia dated back to the 1st millennium BC. The town was cut in rocks and had theatre, markets, places of worship, roads, channels for clean and wasted water, jails, secret tunnels and passes connecting ancient chambers and halls. Only one third is unearthed.
Next stop is Borjomi – a town famous for its mineral sparkling healing water and forested mountains around. Taste Borjomi water and take a walk through 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 arrive in Akhaltsikhe.
Overnight in Akhaltsikhe.
Driving distance: 60 km (1 h 12 min)
After breakfast visit Akhaltsikhe Castle.
Akhaltsikhe castle is a medieval fortress in the historical district Rabati. Established in the 9th century and later rebuilt by innumerous times, today the castle represents a favorite venue of festivals and events. Amphitheater, fountains, gardens, museum, castle, hotel, souvenir shop and courtyard overlook the city from the hilltop and you can observe beautiful panorama of lesser Caucasus mountains. Excursion takes about one hour.
After the excursion at Akhaltsikhe Castle, drive to Vardzia – a rock-hewn cave monastery on the left bank of the river Mtkvari. Initially planned as a town-fortress in the 12th -13th c.c., during the reign of the king Giorgi III and Queen Tamar, the complex became a well-fortified monastery, which had a significant role in political, cultural, educational and spiritual life of the country. Follow the rocky steps upwards to the main hall beautifully painted in 12th c. The image of the king, queen and ktetor has survived to this day. Some hidden tunnels connect 5th floor to 8th, some goes deep to the spring. There is one long and half-ruined downhill tunnel, which goes out of the town to the riverside. Excursion takes about one and half hours.
Overnight in Vardzia.
Driving distance: 223 km (3 h 58 min)
On this final day of the tour, after breakfast at the hotel, check out and depart for Tbilisi.
Drive through Ninotsminda and the Javakheti Plateau. Along the way towards Tbilisi, make several stops at the alpine lakes of Sagamo and ParaVani and Tsalka reservoir. In the evening arrive in Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Those taking an extension trip to Armenia will be transferred to Gyumri after visiting Vardzia.
Those taking extension trips to Georgia will start their tour the next morning after breakfast.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out untill 12:00 pm. End of service.
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The deposit for this trip is: 300$
If you book early (6 months before your landing) you will receive a 10% discount.
Flights should be booked individually.
Flights should not be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and "Guaranteed" is displayed on the trip.
To arrange airport transfers and additional hotel overnights, contact us trips[at]georgianholidays.com
0-6 years - Free
7-11 years – 50% discount
12 years and over - Adult price
Cancellation is free of charge prior 14 days of the starting day.
If Tourist cancels the booked tour for some reasons not depending on Tour Operator, the following sums are kept back as a fine: