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Country: Georgia
Duration: 7 Day(s) - 9 Night(s)
Tour Category: Pilgrimage Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Batumi

Arrive at Batumi International Airport, meet and transfer to a hotel. Afterwards visit Batumi Botanical Gardens. In the evening enjoy the boulevard.

Day 2: Batumi – Akhaltsikhe

We start to follow the routes of the saints that came to Georgia for preaching Christianity. First we visit Roman style Gonio fortress (1st century), here is the grave of the apostle Matthias that accompanied St. Andrew in Georgia during one of his visits. Afterwards we continue our way and arrive in Meskheti region via Goderdzi pass (2000 m), on the way we enjoy the breathtaking views. According to the historical sources, St. Andrew made many miracles in this region and converted people to Christianity. In Akhaltiskhe we visit the Ethnographic museum.

Day 3: Akhaltsikhe – Khertvisi – Vardzia – Vanis Kvabebi – Akhaltsikhe

In the morning we start exploring Meskheti region, we travel towards the cave town Vardzia (12th century) en route visiting Khertvisi fortress (10th century). Later visit Vardzi – one of the highlights of the trip. There used to be about 3000 caves and 50 000 people could live there. It has got a church hewn out in rock with amazing 12th century frescos. Here we can see the fresco of the most beloved Georgian queen – Queen Tamar (12th century) later canonized by Georgian Synod as the saint. Afterwards we continue to the caves of Vani – used as a nunnery in 7th century.

Day 4: Akhaltsikhe – Uplistsikhe – Mtskheta

In the morning we drive to the village of Atskuri where St. Andrew demolished the pagan cults and established Christian church here. We visit Atskuri fortress (9th century), probably this is a place where Christian church was founded by St. Andrew. Later on his missionary work was continued by St. Nino (4th century) and 13 Syrian fathers (6th century). Today we also visit Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC) – the place where the Great Silk Road used to pass. Afterwards we drive to visit the ancient capital and religious center of Georgia – Mtskheta (3000 years old). This town keeps a lot of memories from the time when Georgia officially got converted to Christianity by St. Nino. We visit Jvari church (meaning cross in Georgian. 6th century) where the maiden from Cappadocia erected the cross in the 4th century. Later we visit the holiest place of all Georgians – Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Day 5: Mtskheta – Bodbe – Telavi

In the morning visit Samtavro monastery (11th century) where under a blackberry bush St. Nino used to live for 6 years (the blackberry bush still flourishes there). Afterwards we drive to Shio-Mghvime monastery found in the 6th century by St. Shio, one of the Syrian fathers’ who arrived in Georgia in 6th century and played a big role in the strengthening of Christianity. In the monastery we have a chance to see a well where St. Shio spent last few years of his life.

Afterwards we continue our way to Kakheti region which is rich with the monasteries and churches founded by Syrian fathers. Alongside you can visit the grave of St. Nino held here in a Bodbe monastery (4th century) and taste the water from the spring which is considered to be miraculous. Close to Bodbe we visit fortified town of Sighnaghi (17th century) and enjoy the splendid views of the Great Caucasus Mountains.

Day 6: Kakheti region

We travel to Kakheti where 13 Syrian fathers built many monasteries and visit couple of them – Alaverdi Cathedral (11th century), Ikalto monastery (6 century), Nekresi Monastery (4th century). Most of these churches hold the graves of St. Fathers. As Kakheti is wine growing region and is famous for its food and wine we visit a farmer’s house for lunch to enjoy the hospitality of the local people and sample some delicious home-made food. We will also visit a farmer’s house to see a unique wine-cellar, get acquainted with the Georgian way of wine-making and taste typical Georgian red and white wines.

Day 7: Telavi – David Gareja – Tbilisi

In the morning we drive to David Gareja cave complex located in a stark, semi-desert landscape. This monastery was founded in 6th century by one of the Syrian fathers David. Later on it grew and consisted of 19 monasteries. It was one of the major spiritual centers which used to house even 6000 monks on special religious days.

Day 8: Tbilisi

In the morning we have Tbilisi Sightseeing program. As the final spot of our tour tracing the saints in Georgia we visit Mama Daviti Church situated on Mt. Mtatsminda (meaning Holly Mountain). The church is built on a place where David Garejeli (6th century) – one of the most famous Syrian Fathers used to live before he went to live in a desert.

Day 9: Departure

 

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