Week-end to Samtskhe-Javakheti Region
Start the voyage towards the Lesser Caucasus via valleys of Kartli province. On the way visit the old Capital of Kartli - Iberia Kingdom - Mtskheta, known as a political and cultural center from 3rd century BC. Explore the most important Architectural monuments of early and middle medieval period – Jvari, Svetiskhoveli and Samtavro churches. After lunch at local restaurant drive to Uplistsikhe rock-cut city, known from the 1st millennium BC. On the way back to the main highway a short visit to Stalin museum in Gori and Ateni Sioni church of 7th century.
Next morning drive farther to the south-western region of Samtshke-Javakheti province, nearby of Turkey border. The road takes to the Khertvisi Castle - one of the oldest and most impressive fortresses in Georgia and cave city Vardzia dating from 12th century. This spectacular rock cut monastery of mediaeval period overlooks Mtkvari River with well preserved frescoes, including famous portrait of Queen Tamara. Return back to Tbilisi
Day 1 - Drive to Mtskheta. Continue via Gori to Bakuriani (-/L/D)
Day 2 - Visit cave complex Vardzia. Return back to Tbilisi(B/L/-)
* Optional visit to Samtavisi Cathedral.
Mtskheta - an ancient capital of Georgia /UNESCO World Heritage Site/;
Svetistkhoveli Cathedral of 11th century;
Jvari church dating from 6th century;
Uplistsikhe cave city from 1st mill BC;
Ateni Sioni church of 7th century with frescoes;
Khertvisi Castle from 10th century;
Akhaltsikhe Castle of 18th century;
Vardzia the rock-cut monastery complex of 12-13th centuries;
Transportation - coach/on foot
Meals - as listed in the detailed itinerary. B -Breakfast, L-Lunch/Picnic, D-Dinner.
Lunch boxes will be prepared for Vardzia trip;
Explore Leader: English/French/German/Italian speaking
Beverages and items not on the menus.