This private one-day tour leads us to the Lower Kartli province to explore archaeological site of Dmanisi. Located in the gorge of river Mashavera, Dmanisi stands is one of the most fertile and beautiful regions of Georgia.
Morning pick-up from the hotel. Drive to the town Bolnisi - one of the ancient settlements of the lower Kartli. Visit one of the oldest three-nave basilicas in Georgia - Bolnisi Sioni. The columns of the church are decorated with carvings and pictures of birds and animals. Bolnisi Sioni is also unique because of Georgia's most ancient inscriptions preserved on the walls of churches, which dates back to the late 5th century.
After that, visit Tsugrugasheni Cathedral (13th c) – high-domed church special for its ten windows in the drum of the dome, and is notable for ornaments.
Continue to Dmanisi archaeological site. Dmanisi was an important city from early medieval times. The International Archaeological excavations in Dmanisi have revealed an extraordinary record of the earliest settlement from Africa (1,75-1,8 million years ago). French scientists have reconstructed the skulls of woman and man so realistically, that you can easily imagine them alive.
Picnic lunch at Dmanisi.
After the lunch, visit Dmanisi Sioni (7th c.) and Dmanisi fortress built in the 10th c. Tour includes a visit to the archaeological site, pagan burial, and basilica (6th c.), as well as the ruins of the royal palace.
In the evening, return to Tbilisi.