Top Choice Monastery in Vardzia


The remarkable cave city of Vardzia is a cultural symbol with a special place in Georgian hearts. King Giorgi III built a fortification here in the 12th century, and his daughter, Queen Tamar, established a cave mon…
Castle in Akhaltsikhe

Rabati Castle

The eastern end of this large, impressive castle (the first part inside the main entrance) includes a hotel, restaurant, tourism information centre and a couple of shops. Tickets are only needed to go up into the mo…
Park in Borjomi

Mineral Water Park

Borjomi’s mineral water park, dating back to 1850, occupies a narrow, wooded valley. To find it, cross the little Borjomula River just east of Borjomi Park train station, turn right along 9 Aprili and go 600m. The o…
Monastery in Samtskhe-Javakheti

Sapara Monastery

Sapara has a dramatic position clinging to a cliff edge about 12km southeast of Akhaltsikhe, and rivals Vardzia as one of the most beautiful places in the region (and receives a fraction of Vardzia's visitors). In e…
Museum in Akhaltsikhe

Samtskhe-Javakheti History Museum

The Samtskhe-Javakheti History Museum has well-displayed exhibits ranging from archaeological finds from the 4th-millennium-BC Kura-Araxes Culture to Christian stone carvings, Ottoman and Georgian weaponry, and regi…
Museum in Borjomi

Borjomi Museum of Local Lore

Housed in the former Romanov offices, off the western end of Rustaveli, this diverse collection includes the first-ever bottle of Borjomi mineral water (1890) and other displays on the waters, plus china and glass f…
Cable Car in Borjomi

Cable car

A cable car beside the Mineral Water Park entrance carries you up to a hilltop Ferris wheel and the pine woods of the Borjomi Plateau (nice for a walk)
National Park in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

The ranges of the Lesser Caucasus in southern Georgia are less well known and less high than the Great Caucasus, but they still contain some very beautiful and wild country. Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park provides…
Monastery in Vardzia

Vanis Qvabebi

About 4km south of Tmogvi village and 2km before Vardzia, a track heads 600m up from the road to this cave monastery that predated Vardzia by four centuries. It’s almost as intriguing as Vardzia itself and far less …
Fortress in Vardzia

Tmogvi Castle

Eleven kilometres past Khertvisi Fortress towards Vardzia, atop a high rocky hill across the river (which flows far below in a gorge), the remains of the once near-impregnable Tmogvi Castle date back at least a mill…