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Tbilisi and Kakheti (Tsinandali, Telavi, Signagi)

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TBILISI

Located on the cross roads of Europe and Asia Tbilisi is a year round destination offering its guests uniqueness of attractions and cultural as well as architectural diversity. Best place to feel the real spirit of the city is its old part. Relaxed and welcoming with its wooden houses, old churches, charming cafés and shops, narrow, cobbled streets and sulfur bath houses, the capital has retained this mood for centuries.

SIGHTS TO SEE:

DAY 1

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Rike Park

Rike Park is a public recreation area of the city, popular with families especially in summer. It sits on the left bank of the Mtkvari River, under the gaze of the Presidential Palace. The park is easy to access from the Old City via the glass and steel pedestrian Peace Bridge.

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Narikala Fortress

Narikala Fortress overlooking the old part of the city and the banks of the Mtkvari River stands proudly on a hill as a sentinel of Tbilisi. Climb up on the fortress or ride a cable car to enjoy panoramic views over the old city.

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Sulfur Baths

Fed by naturally hot mineral waters the sulfur baths have been an essential part of life in Tbilisi for centuries. The brick-domed underground baths were built in the 17th century and produce 3 million liters of water every day. To make your visit complete, make sure to have the invigorating massage. High in sulfur and other minerals, with a constant temperature of 38oC to 40oC, the water have long been used as a therapeutic aid for a range of illnesses including skin conditions and arthritis.

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Legvtakhevi Waterfall

It is hard to imagine that next to the bustling Old part of Tbilisi, within just several meters from the Sulfur Baths houses you can discover Legvakhevi gorge free from city noise, nice place to relax. Only noise you can hear in the gorge is sound of waterfall flowing from over 20 miters height making the gorge cool and pleasant especially during summer days.

DAY 2

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Open Air Museum of Ethnography

Open Air Museum encompasses 14 ethnographic zones and houses more than eight thousand artifacts brought from all over Georgia. The museum frequently hosts folk exhibitions and festivals.

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Mtatsminda Park

Mtatsminda Park is an amusement facility located on the top of the mountain of the same name. It is the highest point in Tbilisi offering various attractions such as carousels, water slides, a roller-coaster, and a big Ferris Wheel at the edge of the mountain with a splendid view over the city. You can find a fancy restaurant here and spend pleasant evening.

DAY 3

Discover Kakheti

Kakheti is unquestionably a must-see for any visitor to Georgia. With its generous landscape and people, Kakheti offers and unforgettable experience to its first-time visitors and those who are well acquainted with its heart-warming culture.

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Tsinandali

The complex in Tsinandali, former property of one of the prominent Georgian noble family of Chavchavadze, embraces the memorial house, a landscape garden, a historical winery, wine cellar, hotel and a café. In XIX century the estate used to be very important cultural center and gathering place for Georgian noblemen. Nowadays it frequently hosts various exhibitions, concerts, cultural events and master classes.

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Overnight in Chateau Mere

Hotel Chateau Mere is located close to Telavi, within only an hour drive from Tbilisi. Three storey castle with wooden balconies and towers offer spectacular views over Caucasus Mountains and Alazani Valley. The hotel is furnished with antique furniture and is the best example of mélange of past and modernity. Unique landscape, fresh air, Kakhetian cuisine, exclusive wines and Georgian hospitality – all these create best conditions for you to spend unforgettable time here.

DAY 4

Signagi

Perched on the hill Signagi is probably one of the most fascinating towns not only in Georgia, but in the world. Encompassed with the wall it is the pleasant place to walk and enjoy spectacular views on the Alazani Valley. Handmade local souvenirs displayed in the streets make the streets of the city more colorful and enjoyable. The city is called “City of Love” and there is reason to it –24/7 marriage registration service is available in Signagi public service hall.

Departure and overnight in Tbilisi

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Shopping

After sightseeing it is time for shopping, so here are some recommendations where to head to in order to find some international brands or stores of local designers and Georgian craftwork and souvenirs. There are two shopping malls in Tbilisi - East Point and Tbilisi Mall. A shopping gallery, Merani, can be found right on Rustaveli Avenue, and you'll also find shops and among them ones of Georgian designers sprinkled around Freedom Square and the Vake area, Rustaveli and Agmashenebeli Avenues, Kote Abkhazi and Pekini Streets.

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Georgian cuisine Cafes & restaurants

Authentic and very specific to the country, Georgian cuisine is the natural extension of a rich landscape – fed by the pure waters of the Caucasus Mountains. The cuisine offers a variety of dishes, high in herbs and spices and mix of vegetarian and meet dishes. Boutique cafes and fancy restaurants in Tbilisi and other destinations offer traditional Georgian as well as international cuisine.

PRICES & SERVICES INCLUDED


  • Transfers from/to the airport
  • Transportation per the tour program
  • Guiding service
  • Cable car and funicular fees
  • Museum tickets
  • Accommodation

Tbilisi – 4 nights (BB)
Kakheti – 1 night (BB)

Prices are given for double/twin rooms per pax (double occupancy)

HOTELS

AMBASSADORI TBILISI

BILTMORE

ROOMS HOTEL TBILISI

MERCURE TBILISI OLD TOWN

HOLIDAY INN TBILISI

HOTEL COSTE

ZP PALACE

IBIS STYLE TBILISI CENTER

6 Day Pilgrim Tour

As the second nation to convert to Christianity in the 4th century, Georgia’s architectural inheritance is exceptionally rich. There are over 12 000 historical monuments in the country. 6th century churches standing guard on mountaintops, unique cave cities carved into the rock – these are just few marvels to mention.

SIGHTS TO SEE:

DAY 1 - TBILISI

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Anchiskhati Basilica

The Anchiskhati Basilica is the most ancient monument in Tbilisi and the first ecclesiastical structure that has survived. According to the old Georgian annals, the church was originally built in the 6th century, receiving the name it has today in the 17th century when the treasured icon of the Savior created by the twelfth-century goldsmith was transferred here from Anchi Church. Currently the icon is kept at the Georgian State Museum of Art.
There are 17th century murals in the chapel and those of the 19th century on the vault.

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Sioni Cathedral

According to Georgian annals the Sioni Cathedral had been built by King Vakhtang Gorgasali in the 5th century, with chronicles attesting to a big construction project between the 6th-7th centuries. After many times of being destroyed and rebuilt Archbishop of Tbilisi had the current domed church built in the 17th century. The vine cross weaved by St. Nino and the skull of St. Thomas the Apostle are the most precious relics that are kept at the church as well as the graves of those who have been canonized as saints.

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Metekhi Church

The Church of the Mother of God at Metekhi or simply Metekhi is located on the left bank of the Mtkvari River, on a small cliff. According to tradition the relicts of St. Shushanik the Martyr have been buried at Metekhi Church. The cliff at Metekhi is the place where the patron saint of Tbilisi St. Abo was martyred in the 8th century. The current domed church was built in the 13th century, being restored in the 16th and 18th centuries.

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The Trinity Cathedral

The Holy Trinity Patriarchal Cathedral is located on Elia Hill in Avlabari District. It was built during the years 1995-2004 to mark the 1500th anniversary of the autocephaly of the Georgian Orthodox Church. The main domed church of a complex layout is accompanied by a number of minor churches, a baptismal font, monastery building, public spaces, etc. Numerous sacred relics are housed in the church, among them the Stone of Grace brought from Jerusalem by St. David Garejeli in the 6th century.

DAY 2 - TBILISI & MTSKHETA

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Shalva Amiranashvili Art Museum

One of the main units of the National Museum of Georgia, it is the greatest state repository and museum in Georgia for works of art. It was founded in 1932. Works of art from the most ancient times to the 20th century are featured in the treasury, halls and depositories of the museum: archeological items, Georgian repousse and painted icons from the Middle Ages, works of cloisonné, jewelry art, stone or wooden reliefs, mural painting and embroidery.

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Departure to Mtskheta

Located only 20 km north of Tbilisi, ancient capital Mtskheta is of paramount importance for every Georgian. At the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Mtskheta is the cultural and religious center of Georgia. Due to its significance and myriad historical monuments the city became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Explore the streets of the city, visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and later drive up on the top of the hill adorned with 6th century Jvari Church overlooking the old capital offering spectacular views on the city and its surroundings..

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Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Twelve Apostles at Mtskheta, “Svetitskhoveli” – the life giving pillar, the most important monument of Georgian culture, art and architecture, is distinguished not only through its artistic value, magnificence and harmoniousness, but also by the special role it fulfilled in the history of the Georgian people. The first wooden church was built here in the 4th century in the spot, where according to Church tradition, the robe of Jesus Christ had been buried. Basilica of considerable size was built here in the 5th century. Present cathedral was erected in the 11th century, though it was destroyed and restored many times.

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Jvari Monastery

Jvari Monastery is located east of Mtskheta, at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi Rivers, on top of a rocky mountain. King Mirian and St. Nino had a wooden cross erected here at this spot, when accepting Christianity in the 330s which was venerated by Christians all throughout the Caucasus. A domed church was built over the wooden cross in the 6th-7th centuries. The church represents a type of central-domed composition well-known only in the South Caucasus. Built of hewn stone and adorned with stone carved ornamentation and figure reliefs, it is one of the rare examples of a perfect synthesis of architecture with the environment.

DAY 3 – DAVIT GAREJI

Discover David Gareji

Rock-hewn monastery complex of David Gareja is one of the most remarkable of Georgia’s historical sites. The complex was founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the thirteen Assyrian monks. Later it was extended and developed. Despite the harsh environment, the monastery remained an important centre of religious and cultural activity for many centuries. The complex includes hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refectories and living quarters hollowed out of the rock face. Uniqueness of the monastery is heightened by semi desert landscape that turns green and blooms with flowers in early summer. The monastery remains active today and serves as a popular destination of tourism and pilgrimage.

DAY 4 SIGNAGI & BODBE

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Signagi

Perched on the hill Signagi is probably one of the most fascinating towns not only in Georgia, but in the world. Encompassed with the wall it is the pleasant place to walk and enjoy spectacular views on the Alazani Valley. Handmade local souvenirs displayed in the streets make the city more colorful and enjoyable. Signagi is called “City of Love” and there is reason to it –24/7 marriage registration service is available in Signagi public service hall.

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Bodbe Monastery

The Bodbe Nunnery is one of the most important spiritual, educational and diocesan centers in Eastern Georgia located within few kilometers from Signagi. After the burial of St. Nino, the Enlightener of the Georgians, spiritual significance of Bodbe had considerably increased. Present church of Bodbe is constructed over the grave of St. Nino. There are two springs by the monastery, with one of them being located to the north. It is called St. Nino’s spring. It has the power of blessed water, possessing healing properties.

DAY 5 NEKRISI & GREMI

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Nekresi Monastery

Nekresi Monastery is built on the forested slope of a mountain a few kilometers from the town of Kvareli. Over the centuries it was an influential center of the diocese. From an artistic-historical standpoint, the complex consists of exceptionally important buildings from different periods fulfilling different functions. Here you can find the earliest preserved miniature Christian chapel in Georgia from the 4th century, a 7th century three-church basilica, in which 16th century murals are preserved, 9th century domed church, as well as a 9th century episcopal palace, a 16th century tower, a wine cellar, cells for the monks, etc.

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Gremi Church

16th century architectural monument of Gremi – the royal citadel and the Church of the Archangels is located southwest of the present-day village of the same name, in the Kvareli district, on an elevated spot. The complex is what has survived from the once flourishing town of Gremi that was the capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti in the 16th and 17th centuries. The monument is one of the best examples of the late medieval Georgian architecture dating the 16th century.

DAY 6 ALAVERDI

Alaverdi

The Church of St. George at Alaverdi was initially constructed by Assyrian Father, St. Joseph of Alaverdeli, in the 6th century, whereas in the first quarter of the 11th century one of the largest domed cathedral in Georgia was erected at the same spot. Its monumental facades have been designed in the laconic style characteristic of Kakhetian architecture. Various  buildings from different periods and serving different functions survive on the church territory, surrounded by the 17th-18th wall. Alaverdi is the highest among the old churches of Georgia. It was an important spiritual, cultural and educational center for many centuries.

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TELAVI

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TELAVI

PRICES & SERVICES INCLUDED

  • Transfers from/to the airport
  • Transportation per the tour program
  • Guiding service per the tour program
  • Museum fee
  • Accommodation

Tbilisi – 4 nights (BB)
Signagi – 2 nights (BB)
Telavi – 1 night (BB)

Prices are given for double/twin rooms per pax (double occupancy)

HOTELS

AMBASSADORI TBILISI

BILTMORE

ROOMS HOTEL TBILISI

MERCURE TBILISI OLD TOWN

HOLIDAY INN TBILISI

HOTEL COSTE

ZP PALACE

IBIS STYLE TBILISI CENTER

TELAVI HOTELS

CHATEAU MERE

SAVANETI

EREKLE II

SIGNAGI HOTELS

KABADONI

BRIGITTE