The essentials in a long weekend

 

ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrive

Day 2

Tbilisi

Day 3

Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Gori - Uplistsikhe - Kutaisi

Day 4

Kutasi - Borjomi - Akhaltsikhe

Day 5

Akhaltsikhe - Vardzia - Tsalka - Tbilisi

Day 6

Tbilisi - Departure

 

Day 1
Arrival - Tbilisi

Arrive in Tbilisi, meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 2
Visit the capital of Georgia

Discover the capital of Georgia – Tbilisi, explore its old district with paved streets and traditional houses with wooden balconies, at the bank of Mtkvari river. We visit the landmarks of the city: Metekhi church and its plateau which unfolds a superb view of the old city, Narikala Fortress - the ancient symbol of the city, the district of baths (Abanotubani) known for its Sulphur hot springs. 

In the afternoon we visit the National Museum and its collections of “golden treasure” from the ancient period. At the end of our day we visit Dry Bridge - place which attracts visitors with its flea market.
 

Walking hours: around 3h.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 3
The region with its history since the 1st millennium BC till XX C

Departure for Mtskheta – an old capital of Iberia kingdom, visit Jvari (Cross) monastery perched on a hill and overlooking the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral ("Life-giving column") dated back to the 11tcentury. Shopping of Georgian national handmade souvenirs. Possibility of buying national handcrafted souvenirs. 

Departure for Gori – soviet city and the central part of Georgia, the hometown of J. Stalin, where you can visit the house-museum of Stalin and its armored car ...

Then we discover an abandoned rock-hewn town Uplistsikhe (about 1h30), dug into the rocks dates back to the 2nd century, is overlooking to the river Mtkvari.

Continue to Kutaisi, the West part of the country and the second city of Georgia. 

Transfer: Private vehicle, around 4h30, 270 km.
Walking hours: 4-5 h.
Overnight in Kutaisi.

Day 4
Explore UNESCO sights and balneological resort

Visit Kutaisi and the UNESCO sites: Gelati monastery, which is the illustration of the Georgian culture since X C until the XVIII C, the masterpiece of the Golden Age of medieval Georgia, the center of science and education during that period. After we visit recently renovated Bagrati cathedral – the symbol of the city, dated back to the X century.

Arrive in Borjomi, remarkable with its natural mineral springs, visit Borjomi park, degustation of sour spring.

Arrive in Akhaltsikhe.
 

Transfer: Private vehicle, around 3h, 175 km
Walking hours: around 3 h.
Overnight in Akhaltsikhe.

Day 5
Region of medieval fortresses and lakes

Visit Vardzia Cave Town, located at the left bank of Mtkvari river. The monastery complex caved in a rock, is XII-XIII CC Georgian picturesque monument, high mountains and rock cliffs, special kind of architecture. We visit this site which still requires a good physical shape - the multi-storey caves are connected by narrow tunnels, carved into the rocks.

Return in Tbilisi via Tsalka, on the way visit Poka monastery located on the edge of the alpine lake Paravani. 
 

Transfer: Private vehicle, around 5h, 240 km
Walking hours: around 3 h.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

 

Day 6
Tbilisi - Departure

Transfer to the airport, departure.