Archaeology

Archaepolice city at Nakalakevi

 

Include excavation of Archaeopolis city at Nokalakevi archaeological site

This Program gives unparallels opportunity to develop new, fundamental knowledge about Georgia, known from the earliest time as a geographically advantageous crossroad country, a homeland of Golden Fleece and wine.
This exclusive tour will introduce you to the most of important cities and monuments of Western and Eastern of Georgia, ancient kingdoms of Iberia and Kolkheti, explore the rich cultural heritage and highlands; But also will give a chance to visitor to participate in the excavations of a fortified city Tsikhegoji – Archaeopolis at Nokalakevi Archeological site, one of the most important political end economical centers of Western Georgia between the 4th -6th cc AD.
During 4 days visitor will be involved in the excavations and exploration of surrounding architectural monuments together with Georgian archaeologists and specialists, lead by Professor David Lomitashvili and Beso lortkifanidze
Alongside the excavations, visitor will learn the aspects of early Human Developments from 2nd millennium – 1st AD, the historical relationship of the cities throughout the Near East and Caucasus hold on with slide show interactive lectures and seminars; be acquainted with the earliest hominid of 1.7 million years old founded in Dmanisi medieval city.
During this voyage you will cross nearly all Georgia from fertile valleys and spectacular gorges to the snowy mountains of upper Svaneti region with the highest villages in Europe;
And finally, you will taste traditional healthy food and wine in the warm hospitable atmosphere.

Better to see it once with your own eyes then hear about it a hundred times!


DRAFT ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrival
Day 2 - Tbilisi city tour & Museums
Day 3 - Explore Mtskheta - UNESCO World Heritage site & Ananuru Architectural complex
Day 4 - Drive to Nokalakevi via ancient cave city Uplistikhe
Day 5 - Exploration and excavations of Nokalakevi area (out of 20 hectares 1/7 unexplored territory)
Day 6 - Exploration and excavations of Nokalakevi area (out of 20 hectares 1/7 unexplored territory)
Day 7 - Archaeological excavations of Vani photo fixation of archeological materials, seminar
Day 8 - Drive to Kutaisi. Visit Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Academy complex
Day 9 - Depart for Kutaisi. Visit Bagrati & Gelati Cathedrals
Day 10 - Explore Kutaisi and Vani Archaeological site
Day 11 - Explore Kutaisi and Vani Archaeological site
Day 12 - Drive to Tbilisi via Gori. Visit Stalins museum, visit Samtavisi church
Day 13 - Explore the Tsikheagora, Dzalisi archaeological sites and Tsilkani church
Day 14 - Day trip to Dmanisi medieval city & Archaeological site. Visit Bolnisi Sioni & Tsugrugasheni
Day 15 - Departure


GENERAL

The tour provides package service, BB and HB in Tbilisi, FB in countryside. The program is also flexible and can be adjusted to clients demands and requirements.
Accommodation & Meals
Hotels/guesthouses/archeological base/ local families BB (1night), HB (5night), FB (8nights) as listed in the detailed program.
Mode of travel: coach/minibus/4WD/on foot.
Tour Staff & Support: Explore Guide, Expedition leader, assistant, driver (s), cook and some local guides.
Group size: up to 14 participants (please ask for details in case of larger group)

 
SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Tbilisi City Tour: State Museum of history and art-treasuries of Georgia, Old Town;
Narikala Fortress 4th century; Metekhi church 13th century; Anchiskhati basilica 6th century;
Sulfur bathes; Sioni Cathedral; Old Synagogue;
Mtskheta - an ancient capital of Georgia /UNESCO World Heritage Site/;
Svetistkhoveli Cathedral of 11th century;
Uplistsikhe cave city from 1st mill BC;
Ubisi church of 9th century;
Nokalakevi - Archaeopolis, from 4th-6th AD Political center of Western Georgia.
Gelati Academy 12th century, mosaics and murals from 12-17th centuries;
Bagrat Cathedral built in 1007;
Mestia the heart of Svaneti;
Latali & Lenjeri villages;
Kala & Ipari villages;
Lagami a church of 13th century;
Museum of History & Ethnography in Mestia;
Ushguli Highest village in Europe with medieval towers;
La Maria Church complex of 12th century;
Vani - Archeological site from 700 BC to 100 AD;
Stalins Museum and house of Birth;
Ateni Sioni church of 7th century with frescos;
Tsikheagora Zoroastrian Temple from 3nd millennium BC -1AD;
Dzalisi Hellenistic architectural site from 1BC - 1AD;
Tsilkani church of 6th century;
Bolnisi basilica of 5th century;
Tsugrugasheni church of 13th century;
Dmanisi medieval city and archeological site;

For detailed program and practical information contact at: info@exploregeorgia.com




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