After breakfast, check out and head to Akhaltsikhe castle.
First, visit Rabati district. Rabati is historical part of Akhaltsikhe town around the medieval fort that integrates a castle, fortification, museum, mosque, synagogue, church, and other different interesting attractions. Akhaltsikhe museum presents the cultural heritage of Javakheti region and various artifacts collected from this historical province: old manuscripts, archaeological exhibits, ethnographic material, collection of old carpets, rugs, and etc. Rabati also includes noblemen Jakeli family castle, 18th c.
After sightseeing Rabati ,drive to the south part of the country along the Mtkvari river gorge, where you can enjoy hilly landscapes and several old fortresses. Make a short stop by the Khertvisi Fortress.
Continue to Vardzia – a cave monastic complex dating back to the 12th-13th cc. Vardzia is carved in the slopes of the Erusheti Mountains, stretched along the 500 meters on a cliff and consists of 19 different tiers. Georgian Queen Tamar is credited for establishing this monastery during her reign in the 12th c. Nowadays monks still live in caves.
Have hot trout barbeque lunch at Valodia's farm near the site.
Drive back to Tbilisi passing through the Javakheti Plateau, Phoka Monastery and Tsalka lake is summer season.
In winter, we just drive back the same way as we came through the Borjomi-Akhaltsikhe highway.
Evening arrival to Tbilisi.