Breakfast at the hotel. Explore Akhaltsikhe - a historical town and administrative center of Samtskhe-Javakheti region. Visit Rabati district, castle and museum located inside the fort. The castle occupies about 7 hectares and is divided in two parts: modern and historical. In the modern part there is a restaurant, hotel, and shops. In the western part, there are several churches, the Akhmedie Mosque, synagogue, the family castle of Jakeli and a historical museum, which houses different manuscript, book, photo, archaeological and numismatic collections. Excursion will take about 40 minutes
Drive to the south, along the Mtkvari river valley and stop at Khertvisi Fortress (10 th -11 th cc), The fort comprises a powerful well-preserved citadel, small basilica church and a tunnel leading to the river. In 2007 Vardzia-Khertvisi were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Next visit Sapara Monastery hidden in the woods.
Optional* Easy hike through small village Apnia. Distance from Apnia to Vardzia – 3 km.
Finally, arrive to Vardzia Caves, unique monument of mediaeval architecture. The rock-hewn town of Vardzia is spread on 13 levels, approximately 600 rooms, which includes prayers, churches, residential and public areas, stables, barracks, bakeries, wine presses and stores. Vardzia is best known for the 12thc mural paintings of the main church. There are old stony steps upgoing and downwards going in the tunnels. Excursion will take about 1 hour.
Overnight in Valodia’s cottage farm in Vardzia.