After breakfast check out and drive to Vardzia. Vardzia cave monastery was established in the 12th c., during the Georgian Golden Age. The caves are cut in soft volcanic layer and are spread on thirteen levels on the cliff over the river Mtkvari. We follow up and down steps inside the dark echoing corridors connecting fifth floor to eight. Dwellings, storages, refectories, wine cellars, 15 churches and prayers could accommodate garrison. The famous fresco of Queen Tamar – the first woman king and her father is well preserved in the main church. Excursion lasts about 1,5 hour.
Continue to Samtskhe-Javakheti region along Kura river gorge. Very picturesque area! A Lot of medieval fortresses are presented here: Vanis Kvabebi and Zemo Vardzia – the most secret ones, Tmogvi – the biggest one, Khertvisi – the best preserved one, Atskhuri – the smaller one and Akhaltsikhe – newly renovated and the most developed one for contemporary life.
Akhaltsikhe fort integrates medieval castle, amphitheater, churches, watchtowers, a museum and a mosque. We have guided excursion here about 40 minutes.
After sightseeing Akhaltsikhe, head towards the next stop - Borjomi spa-resort. We make easy and pleasant walk in Borjomi central park and taste natural bubbling mineral waters directly from the hot springs. This Mineral water are bottled and sold in many countries around the globe.
Overnight in Borjomi.