Approx. driving distance: 2 hr 49 min (132 km)
Breakfast in the morning
"Get ready for an action-packed day of adventure and exploration as you embark on a journey from Akhaltsikhe to Saro and Vardzia.
Your first stop will be at the historic Rabati Fortress, where you will delve into the rich history and culture of this ancient monument. Rabati Fortress is a medieval castle located in the city of Akhaltsikhe, Georgia. It was built in the 9th century and has been reconstructed and rebuilt several times throughout history. It features a citadel, a palace, a mosque, a madrasa, and a church. The fortress played an important role in the region's history, serving as a military stronghold and as a center of political, cultural, and economic activity. It has also been a site of many battles and sieges.
From there, You will continue on to Saro and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Saro is an adventure seeker's paradise! Nestled in the heart of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region, this charming village offers a unique blend of history, culture and natural beauty. The old stone houses and defensive towers scattered throughout the village are a testament to its rich history, while the proximity to the Kura River provides endless opportunities for outdoor activities.
Take a little hike to the 13th-century St. George's Church this offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Explore the ancient architecture and learn about the village's rich past.
Saro is a place where immerse yourself in the local culture. With its serene landscapes, charming architecture and friendly locals, it's the perfect destination for those looking for an authentic and off-the-beaten-path adventure.
Next, you will make your way to the hidden gem of Vardzia, a cave town dating back to the 12th century. Here, you will have the opportunity to explore the intricate network of caves, admire the ancient frescoes, and learn about the rich history of this fascinating site. After a full day of exploring, you'll head back to Akhaltsikhe to rest and reflect on our unforgettable journey."
Overnight in Akhaltsikhe