Breakfast at the hotel. Explore Akhaltsikhe - a historical town and administrative center of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region.
Visit Akhaltsikhe Castle in Rabati district and museum located inside the fort. The castle occupies about 7 hectares and is divided into two parts: modern and historical. In the modern part, there is a restaurant, a hotel, cafes, and shops. In the old part, there are several churches, the Akhmedie Mosque, synagogue, the family castle of Jakeli, and a historical museum, which houses different manuscripts, books, photos, archaeological and numismatic collections. The excursion will take about 40 minutes.
Drive to the south by Mtkvari river valley and stop at fortress Khertvisi (10 th -11 th cc), The fort complex comprises a powerful citadel, fortified walls, a small basilica church, and a tunnel leading to the river. In 2007 Vardzia-Khertvisi was 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, we arrive at Vardzia Caves, a unique monument of medieval 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 12th c mural paintings of the main church. There are old stony steps up and down going inside the tunnels. The excursion will take about 1 hour.
Overnight in Valodia’s cottage farm house in Vardzia village.