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Country: Georgia
Duration: 6 Day(s) - 8 Night(s)
Tour Category: Festival Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1: Departure for Tbilisi

Day 2: Tbilisi

Tbilisi sightseeing program.

Day 3: Wine tour

We travel to Kakheti – the famous wine-growing region. In a local village we visit a farmer’s house to see a unique wine-cellar. We get acquainted with the Georgian way of wine-making, quite different from the European one. Later we visit Bodbe Monastery (4th century) where the grave of St. Nino, the maiden who brought Christianity to Georgia, is kept. Then we see fortified town of Sighnaghi and drive back to Tbilisi.

Day 4: Passion Thursday

Passion Thursday is connected to the Last Supper when Jesus Christ washed his apostles’ feet and when Judah betrayed him. According to the New Gospel Last Supper ceremony takes place after service. Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia washes feet to twelve priests juts like Christ did with Apostles. We attend the ceremony and later visit an enamel workshop and see how cloisonné enamel is made.

Day 5: Good Friday

Good Friday is connected with Crucifixion, lamentation and burial of Jesus Christ. The Georgian church conducts deposition and lamentation in a special way. A cross is put in front of an altar and a special ritual follows. We attend this ritual in Svetistkhoveli Cathedral. That’s the place where Christ’s Robe is buried. We can participate in the process and also visit the ancient capital of Georgia – Mtskheta. Another process we attend is that of painting eggs red symbolizing the resurrection of Christ.

Day 6: Holy Saturday

We visit Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC) where the Great Silk Road used to pass. This is an old and interesting complex with dwelling quarters, wine cellars, bakeries, a three-nave basilica church hewn out in rock and even an antic theatre. Afterwards drive along the famous Georgian Military Highway and visit Ananuri complex (17th century). The two churches and the fortress overlook the Zhinvali reservoir. Return back to Tbilisi and have free time before going to the church for Easter ceremony. In the late evening before

the midnight we go to the church and together with the all Georgians meet the Easter.

Day 7: EASTER

Drive to David Gareja cave monastery (6th century) located in semi-desert. After seeing Lavra Monastery we walk up for about 50 minutes to Udabno Monastery to enjoy its wonderful painted caves and dramatic views across to Azerbaijan. In the monastery we acquaint with ascetic life of hermits in a deserted place.

Day 8: Departure

 

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