Welcome to Akhaltsikhe


Until the 19th century the Rabati area around the castle was all there was of Akhaltsikhe. It was celebrated for its ethnic and religious diversity and tolerance, in a frontier area where different empires, kingdoms and peoples met. Rabati today still has Georgian Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic and Catholic churches, a synagogue and a mosque, and Akhaltsikhe still has a large Armenian population.

The newer parts of town are mostly on the south side of the river: cross the bridge near the foot of Rabati and bear right at two forks and you’ll be on the main street, Kostava.


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$149 Private & Custom Tours

Borjomi, Vardzia, Rabat Castle Private Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tours2Georgia, TbilisiTours2GeorgiaDuration: 1 minuteStop At: Borjomi Central Park, Borjomi, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionVisit and Taste Natural Mineral Water BorjomiDuration: 1 hourStop At: Monument to Prometheus, Borjomi, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionMonument To Prometheus, WaterfallDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Rabati Castle, Akhaltsikhe, Samtskhe-Javakheti Regionvisit Rabati Castle Duration: 1 hourStop At: Vardzia, Aspindza, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionExplore Vardzia Cave TownDuration: 1 hour

$850 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Jeep Tour Caucasus Raid from Tbilisi

Day 1 Arrival to Tbilisi International Airport. Transfer to Hotel, resting for morning start of the trip.  Staying in Tbilisi.Day 2 Mtskheta, Tbilisi Surroundings - Didgori Battle Site. Briefing about trip, handing over the jeeps. The group heads to Trialeti Mountain Range. Arrival to Didgori Battle Site. See beautiful nature of Trialeri Range. Arrive at Mtskheta, Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (the Living Pillar Cathedral). Stay at Mtskheta Hotel.Day 3 Ananuri - Kazbegi – Gergeti Trinity Church The first stop is Jinvali water reservoir, Ananuri Fortress complex. Second stop will be by the fascinating views from the top of Jvari(Cross) Pass. Soon the road will enter Kazbegi. The main attraction point in Kazbegi is Gergeti Trinity Church, located on the top of the mountain. Stay overnight in Kazbegi.Day 4 Uplistsikhe –Ateni Valley-Gori Castle Briefing. First location is Uplistikhe ancient rock cave town. After visiting Uplistsikhe, we will visit Ateni valley. Ateni was medieval city. Here is beautifull Gori castle. Staying in Gori.Day 5 Kareli-Kintsvisi-Gujareti-BakurianiBriefing. First stop Kintsvisi Monastery, consists of three churches, built in Golden age of Georgia 13th century.  After Kintvisi monastery long journey through valleys and forests will start. On the way there are several monasteries, beautiful views and rivers. Soon the road will pass by Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park territory. By the evening we will be in Bakuriani. Staying in Bakuriani.Day 6 Lake Tabatckuri-Vardzia-Khertvisi Fortress-Rabat Castle-BorjomiBriefing. The road will go through beautiful forests and reach Tabatckuri Lake. The lake is on the elevation of 1991 meters. After seeing the lake, you will come to Vardzia Cave Monastery Complex, has more than 3000 cave rooms. The road goes by Kertvisi Fortress, built in 2nd century BC. The road goes though rocky valleys to Akhaltsikhe, the group will see the Rabat Castle. Staying in Akhaltsikhe.Day 7 Abastumani Observatory – Sairme – Prometeus CaveBriefing. First destination is Abastumani located on  southern slopes of lesser Caucasus, it is famous of its nature. Here is Queen Tamar Arch Bridge. Next is Sairme Mineral Waters Resort. The road goes through beautiful forests. The last location is the Prometeus cave, its 1420 meters long, with incredible stalactites, stalagmites. Staying in Kutaisi.Day 8 Journey to Tbilisi, Shopping-Wine Gallery-AirportArrival to Tbilisi. Shopping in old Tbilisi. Visiting Wine Gallery, ancient Georgian wines tasting. Free time. Transfer to Tbilisi International Airport. The time and locations can vary depending on flight time.

$250 Day Trips & Excursions

Borjomi-Akhaltsikhe-Vardzia Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Borjomi Central Park, Borjomi, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionBorjomi is one of the famous mineral water healthy resorts of Georgia. Borjomi is famous by its naturally warm sulfur spring waters, evergreen forest reserve and National Park. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Khertvisi Fortress, Aspindza, Samtskhe-Javakheti Region11th Century fortresses located in the hilltop in the joining of two rivers. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Vardzia, Aspindza, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionVardzia is a rock cut cave city of 12th century, carved during the reign of Queen Tamara, in the "Golden Age" of Georgia. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Akhalkalaki Castle, Akhalkalaki, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionDuring the day we shall visit the medieval era fortress in city Akhaltsikhe. This is one of the biggest fortresses of Georgia. Duration: 30 minutes

$330 Cultural & Theme Tours

Rabati borjomi Healthy Tour

We continue our way to Vardzia cave town (12th century). Vardzia is one of the highlights of the trip and stretches over half a kilometer along the river Mtkvari, with 19 tiers. There used to be about 3000 caves here, but now there are just over 500. It has a church hewn out of rock with amazing 12th century frescoes. The Complex also includes living quarters, small hall-type churches, and refectories, wine cellar, etc. Not far from Borjomi in the valley of the Kura is one of the most ancient Georgian monasteries of Vardzia. This monastic complex, temples, residential and farm buildings are carved in the rock. Once the monastery-fortress served as a frontier stronghold. In its walls were housed up to 50 thousand soldiers. In 1283 a powerful earthquake happened in these places, causing irreparable damage to the complex. Part of the rock collapsed into the Kura. Today Vardzia is an active monastery. Borjomi is the small town in mountains. There are many beautiful places to visit there, but most famous the town became because of mineral water Botjomi, with unique healing qualities and taste. It’s been known for centuries, that this water was unique, but it really become famous during Russian reign in Georgia. Russian built here resort, palaces, and found out about mineral water itself. Borjomi water won its first golden medal in 1907 in Belgium. The water has been bottled since 1896. Continue towards the town of Akhlatsikhe (Rabati Fortress) that always has had strategic importance. That’ why the fortress Rabat has been built here in IX century, it’s been called the fortress inside the fortress. It was guarding Georgia for centuries, but there were periods, when enemies took over. The fortress keeps traces of both times, giving us unforgettable impression. The fortress has been renovated several years ago. Here you can see the Georgian church, mosque and Madrasa – Islamic school, citadel, and unique museum. The Rabati fortress is one of the highlights of this region.The city of Akhaltsikhe was as important strategic importance as Vardzia. The new fortress, which was huge at the time, was supposed to protect the southern lands and the entire country from the invasion by the Turks, which constantly infringed upon the Georgian lands. Several centuries to deter enemies was possible. But in 1578 the Ottoman troops still occupied Akhaltsikhe and stayed here for a long time. Today, the Akhaltsikhe fortress of Rabat keeps a trace of the presence of both cultures. This is one of the most beautiful medieval fortifications, located on seven acres. You will see the Turkish baths and the tomb of the Pasha-governor. The mosque adjoins here with a synagogue and Christian churches of Armenians and Georgians.  We visit Beautiful Pharavani lake and enjoy great beauty of south Georgia. After, we visit Ninothsminda, Green Monastery and Saphara. We go back to Tbilisi.

$1055 Cultural & Theme Tours

6 days Svaneti private tour ( Mestia, Ushguli, Varzia-hiking)

ItineraryDay 1: Tbilisi- Mtskheta city (Jvari monastery)- Uplistsikhe cave city - Gori- Kutaisi - Bagrati temple- Night stay in KutaisiStop At: Jvari Church, Mtskheta, Mtskheta-Mtianeti RegionThis monastery is located close to the old capital city of Georgia and belongs to UNESCO list. this place offers to it`s visitors magnificent views on the old capital city as well as surrounding area and it`s famous because of the first cross ever risen in Georgia.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Uplistsiche Cave Town, Gori, Shida Kartli RegionUplistsikhe cave town is one the most ancient historical heritage of Georgia. The place is over 2600 Y.O. and it`s located close to Stalin`s home town Gori, which is a great opportunity for you to visit even Stalin`s museum.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Gelati Monastery, Kutaisi, Imereti RegionGelati monastery, the same time early 12th century academy area, is located close to Kutaisi city and belongs to UNESCO list since 1994 Y. This place of interest attract visitors not only because of its age and historical significans, but also the views extended from the monastery backyard.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Motsameta Monastery, Kutaisi, Imereti RegionMotsameta monastery is also, located close to Kutaisi right over a top of the canyon, at the spectacularly beautiful location. The place, also, has got rich historical background, which starts after 8th century. Duration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Kutaisi- Bagrati cathedral - Prometheus cave - Zugdidi - Enguri dam - Mestia townStop At: Bagrati Cathedral, Kutaisi, Imereti RegionBagrati cathedral, is 11th century cultural heritage of Georgia and the same time belongs to UNESCO list since 1994 Y. This place of interest is located is located in old Kutaisi, on the hill fortress named as Ukimerioni.Duration: 35 minutesStop At: Prometheus Cave, Kutaisi, Imereti RegionPrometheus cave is one of the Karst caves of Georgia and presents one the longest underground walking routs in the cave. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: River Enguri, Zugdidi, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionThe Enguri Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Enguri River in Georgia. Currently it is the world's second highest concrete arch dam with a height of 271.5 metres (891 ft). It is located north of the town Jvari. It is part of the Enguri hydroelectric power station (HES) which is partially located in Abkhazia.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Mestia ResidenceMestia town is center of Upper Svaneti region. The region is surrounded by the highest mountains in Georgia and whole region is located along the main range of the great Caucasus. We can walk around Mestia in the late evening.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Mestia- Ipari pass - Kala community - Ushguli- MestiaStop At: Ushguli Ethnographic Museum, Ushguli, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionThe day 3we`ll be traveling to Ushguli community (includes 3 tower villages). Distance between Mestia and Ushguli is 45 km. On the way to Ushguli we`ll drive by the following places - Mulakhi, Ipari and Kala communities. the road goes mostly in a wild. In Ushguli we can:1. take a hike to the Shkhara mountain glacier (moderate level of hiking)2. Take a walk around tower villages3. visit Lamaria monastery4. Visit the local museum of Ethnography5. Or just discuss what else to do...Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Mestia - Chalaadi Glacier - Hatsvali ski resort - Mestia tower blocksStop At: Chaladi Glacier, Mestia, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionChaladi glacier is located close to Mestia town, in about 9km away from the town center. We`ll drive around 6 km, stop at a parking and continue hiking (light to moderate level) to the glacier. stay there as long as you want and come back the same way... Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Hatsvali Ski LiftHatsvali ski resort is located in 8 km from Mestia. we`ll drive to the ski lift station, get some tickets and take ride all the way up the top of Zuruldi mountain where, there is located nice restaurant with a large view veranda. We`ll have nice, 270 degree views of all around and short walk around the top, just see some views from the other side of the mountain.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Mestia Tourism Information CentreWe`ll take a walk around Mestia city tower blocks and visit one of the local regional museums.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 5: Mestia- Nokalakevi - Martvili or Okatse canyon - Borjomi city - Borjomi parkPass By: Town-Fortress Nokalakevi, Senaki, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionNokalakevi village is famous because of the ancient fortress also, known as Archaeopollis. We`ll stop there in two cases: 1. fits in our timing 2. Short stop for PhotosStop At: Martvili Canyons, Martivili, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionMartvili canyon is located close by Senaki town. This is small, but incredibly beautiful canyon with a cleaned mountain river. It`s possible to rent boats or just take a short walk in the small canyon with a volcanic rock river channel.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Borjomi Central Park, Borjomi, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionBorjomi city is still famous resort of mineral springs and pine pollen, mostly among the travelers from the former USSR. Visitors can enjoy walking around the local Park (in the canyon) and taste the natural mineral spring of borjomi.Duration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 6: Borjomi - Fortress of Rabat - Khertvisi fortress - Varzia cave city- TbilisiStop At: Rabati Castle, Akhaltsikhe, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionRabati castle is located in Akhaltsikhe city, which is situated on the ancient silk road (Alexander the great`s road). The castle was recently reconstructed and attract many visitors around the world.Duration: 45 minutesPass By: Khertvisi Fortress, Aspindza, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionKhertvisi fortress is also, situated on the ancient silk road and could be considered as one the best remained historic sites of Georgia. Stop At: VardziaVarzia is one the cave cities of Georgia. This place is not as old as other cave cities, but it`s the biggest in Georgia and unique in the world. Varzia was built less than 900 Y. ago, but still looks great amazingly nice.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesPass By: Tbilisi MallAfter finishing with visit to Varzia, we`ll return back to Tbilisi city, through the southern highway and see several beautiful lakes and totally different landscape than before. No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$999 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Central Georgia Food Tour

Day 1Tbilisi. Airport pickup, transfer to hotel. Sulfur baths relaxation. Dinner will be served in a restaurant, pre-selected by our local contacts, hence not a touristy spot. Important: international flights usually arrive at night. Make sure you consider time difference and tour scheduling to be in Tbilisi on Day 1 of your selected tour. Day 2Sameba cathedral. Breakfast at the historic cafe "Lagidze Water" with amazing khachapuri.Our plan for the day and the afternoon is our meat itinerary. We'll meet with a professional butcher and chef, go to the market, learn all about meat and spices selection and cook under his supervision. The meat will be consumed with sauces, vegetables, tarkhun (local herb soda) and wine. Rest and have dinner at a famous pedestrian street of old Tbilisi.Day 3Breakfast at hotel. Morning at the bakery, where we will learn to make a traditional dough-based dish. Then trip to Mtskheta, ancient capital of Georgia. You can explore the city of Tbilisi till the evening. Dinner in a rustic wine cellar.Optional (not included) - hop-on/hop-off tour.Day 4Breakfast at hotel. We'll then head to the milk farm. We'll tour it, taste milk and cheese, as well as partake in a traditional farm feast with our hosts. You can feed the animals and explore the technique of making traditional Georgian cheese. At the evening we'll be on our way to Sighnaghi. Dinner and lodging in a unique guesthouse.Day 5Breakfast at Nana's. Trip to Kindzmarauli factory, one of the most renowned wine makers in Georgia. Next up - Pirosmani world. You'll paint under supervision of a specialist outside or at the museum. You'll tour the museum where many works of Pirosmani are displayed, take a lunch break, and will be able to tour Sighnaghi on your own at night. Visiting several wine cellars is a must. Dinner at a neighboring eatery.Optional (not included) - Bodbe monastery visit.Day 6Breakfast. After that we'll visit the Alazani valley wine country and see how wine is made at an organic biowinery. Our wine experience includes: • Grape harvesting in a privately owned vineyard • Wine manufacturing tour  • Wine making - you will participate • Tasting and traditional Georgian feast! Day 7Breakfast, depart for Akhaltsikhe. Our host has written two culinary books about Caucasus and its fascinating food and she can make amazing pine cone jam. We're in good hands with her. She will offer 2 culinary classes to the group, as well as jam tasting in the evening and all meals. Day 8Breakfast. Rabat castle and Vardzia cave monastery visit. Departure for Tbilisi. Lunch. Natural soap-making class. Dinner, airport transfer and departure. Important! Please make sure your flight departs no earlier than 9 pm local time.