Arrival in Tbilisi
Meeting at the Tbilisi International Airport.
Tbilisi city tour
Tbilisi (literally "Warm Spring") is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Mt'k'vari River. Founded in the 5th century by Vakhtang Gorgasali, the Georgian King of Iberia, and made into a capital in the 6th century, Tbilisi is a significant industrial, social and cultural centre. Located strategically at the crossroads between Europe and Asia and lying along the historic Silk Road routes, Tbilisi has often been a point of contention between various rival powers and empires. The history of the city can be seen by its architecture.
Places to visit:
Old town: Metechi church and the statue of king Vakhtang Gorgasali (founder of Tbilisi -5th century); Abanotubani – is the ancient district of Tbilisi, known for its sulfuric baths; Narikala fortress; Sharden street, Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica – is the oldest surviving church in Tbilisi (6th century), The Holy Trinity Cathedral, commonly known as Sameba is the main Georgian Orthodox Cathedral and it is listed among the largest Orthodox churches in the world. Shota Rustaveli Avenue.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Mtskheta – Ananuri – Kazbegi
Drive to Mtskheta - one of the oldest cities of the country of Georgia, was capital of the early Georgian kingdom of Iberia during the 3rd century BC - 5th century AD and it was the site of early Christian activity. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) and Jvari Monastery (6th century) in Mtskheta are among the most significant monuments of Georgia architecture, and are historically significant in the development of medieval architecture throughout the Caucasus. Drive to Ananuri. Visit Ananuri (17th century) is a castle complex on the Aragvi River. Tour along hiostorical Georgian Military Road. Drive to kazbegi – extra, 1700 m., by crossing the “Jvari Pass” (2379 m. above the sea level) . Explore the area – the beautifully situated on the hill. Hire 4X4 vehicles to get to Gergeti Holy Trinity Church is a remarkable monument of Georgian architecture, near the village of Gergeti, situated at an elevation of 2170 meters, under Mount Kazbegi (elevation 5033)
Drive back to Tbilisi.
Drive to eastern part of Georgia- Kakheti region, known almost exclusively for its vineyards and wineries. Visit Sighnaghi – one of the beautiful towns of the kakheti region. Sighnaghi and its environs are home to several historical and cultural monuments. The town is walled with the remnants of 18th century fortifications. At the elevation of about 790 m above sea level, the town overlooks the Alazani valley and faces the Greater Caucasus Mountains.
Wine and Chacha tasting at the winery, with a very interesting and impressive stories about wine and wine making traditions. Drive to Bodbe – Georgian Orthodox monastic complex (9th century).
Drive back to Tbilisi.
Departure. Transfer to the Tbilisi International Airport.