Welcome to Vardzia
The 60km drive into the wilderness from Akhaltsikhe to the cave city of Vardzia is as dramatic as any in Georgia outside the Great Caucasus. The road follows the upper Mtkvari River, passing through narrow canyons and then veering south at Aspindza along a particularly beautiful valley cutting like a green ribbon between arid, rocky hillsides. There are several places of interest along the way: taxi drivers are often happy to stop at one or two of them for no extra charge. You can see Vardzia in a day trip from Akhaltsikhe or Borjomi, but the Vardzia area is a magical one, and an overnight (or longer) stay is well worthwhile.