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From Mountains To Sea Tour

Country: Georgia
City: Tbilisi
Duration: 10 Day(s) - 9 Night(s)
Tour Category: Adventure Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival To Tbilisi

Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting in airport. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Tbilisi

 

Day 2: Tbilisi city tour

Breakfast at hotel.

Tbilisi sightseeing tour – the Old Town and the New City. The city offers a wide variety of sights, most of them very ancient. We begin our visit just a few minute walk from the hotel in the compact area of Old Tbilisi. Starting at the church of Metekhi, we walk to the brick domes of sulfur baths and then on to spectacularly located Narikala’s fortress – one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia, overlooking Mtkvari river gorge. After that we visit the synagogue, and the Sioni and Anchiskhati churches, which mark the end of the Old Town. After that walking along Rustaveli Avenue – the main street of Tbilisi. Visit the holy trinity cathedral, the third biggest church in the world.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

 

Day 3: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Ananuri – Stephantsminda - Tbilisi

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast in the hotel, we visit the ancient capital and the religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta (3000 years old) and see its historical sites: Jvari monastery (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli cathedral (11th century), where it is said, Christ’s shroud is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Then we visit the ancient ruins of the city and drive north towards the Northern Caucasus along the well-known Georgian Military Road. On the way we visit Ananuri – a 17th century architectural complex. And we will tell you about secrets and legends fortress Ananuri. On our way to Gudauri we will see a picturesque Friendship arch, which is one of the most amazing and wonderful view of this area. An exciting drive from Gudauri along the Terek River will take us to Kazbegi – the main town in the region. From Kazbegidrive visit to Gergeti Trinity church located at 2170m. in good weather you can see for a moment one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – the mountain Kazbegi (5047m). We go back to the Tbilisi.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

 

Day 4: Tbilisi – Gori – Borjomi - Akhaltsikhe

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast at hotel, you will drive to Akhaltsikhe. It was founded at least 800 years ago, and was a regional administrative center for the Ottomans from the 16th century up to the Russian-Turkish War. On the way to Akhaltsikhe, we have a stop at Uplistsikhe Cave Town-Fortress, which history begins in the 1-2 millennium B.C. then you can have a stop to take photos next to the Stalin’s museum in Gori. Afterwards, a tour to the 13th century Rabat Fortress that is a mix of different religions and architecture. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe

 

Day 5: Akhaltsikhe – Khertvisi – Vardzia - Kutaisi

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, a tour to the 2nd century B.C. Khertvisi Fortress, once destroyed by Alexander the Great. According to legend, a master stonemason and an apprentice entered a competition held by Queen Tamar to see who could build the best tower. The apprentice won and the dejected master stonemason jumped from one of the towers and died impaled on the knife in his belt. And a cave monastery Vardzia, the caves of which stretch along the cliff for some five hundred meters and in up to nineteen tiers and which area is believed to be first inhabited during the Bronze Age. Lunch will be provided at one of Vardzia’s local restaurant. After lunch you go to Kutaisi.

Overnight in Kutaisi.

 

Day 6: Kutaisi – Sataplia - Mestia

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast Sightseeing tour of Kutaisi it is the capital of the western region of Imereti. Visit Bagrat Cathedral - this majestic cathedral is towering over Kutaisi and visible from any point of the city. This greatest culture and architecture monument of Georgia, was constructed in the 10 th – 11 th centuries. Gelati Monastery - is a masterpiece of the Golden Age of medieval Georgia, a period of political strength and economic growth between the 11th and 13th centuries. Visit the amazing caves Sataplia. The Sataplia Nature Reserve is a place where you can see very interesting natural sights, walk in nature and enjoy with magnificent views. Also the guests can find footprints of ancient animals – Dinosaurs. This is the place where the footprints of Herbivorous and Raptor dinosaurs of different epochs are found. Sataplia dinosaurs are called “Satapliazaurus” and are different from Europian dinosaurs.

Evening – arrival in Mestia.

Overnight in Mestia

 

Day 7: Mestia

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast Exploring Mestia which has always been regarded a chief community of Upper Svaneti province. It was formerly known as Seti. Despite its small size, the town let was an important centre of Georgian culture for centuries and contains a number of medieval monuments – churches and forts – included in a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 
We will visit historic-ethnographic museum in Mestia, we will enjoy the picturesque panoramic views of Tetnulti. Walk around to see old dwelling houses and towers which shows an old traditional Svanetian way of living.

Overnight in Mestia

 

 

Day 8: Mestia - Batumi

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast we travel from Mestia to the seaside city of Batumi. On the way we will see Dadiani Palaces Historical and Architectural Museum in Zugdidi wich was established in 1921 and contains 41000 items. The museum complex includes: palaces of the Samegrelo queen Ekaterine Chavchavadze-Dadiani and Prince Niko Dadiani, court church, and the botanic garden. In 1850 Prince David Dadiani organized museum in the palace and displayed unique numismatic materials from the present day village Nokalakevi, the antique period town and Dadiani family collections of medieval European armor and weapons, ethnographic objects and fine art. Continue way to Batumi - the pearl of Georgia.

Overnight in Batumi

 

Day 9: Batumi

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast in the morning Exploring Batumi Botanical Garden which is unique as it contains flora from nine phyto-geographic areas: East Asia, North America, New Zealand, South America, the Himalayas, Mexico, Australia, the Mediterranean, and the Caucasian humid subtropics. Garden was established in 1912 by the prominent botanist and geographer Andrey Krasnov. The garden collection includes 2037 taxonomic units of plants, including 104 of Caucasian origin. Batumi city tour - Ali and Nino statue; Area of the Piazza; Area of Europe; Having some rest on the black sea beach.

Overnight in Batumi

 

Day 10: Batumi to Tbilisi and departure

Breakfast at hotel.

Departure from Batumi to Tbilisi International Airport.

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