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$149 Day Trips & Excursions

Borjomi, Vardzia, Rabat Castle Private Tour

Departure from Tbilisi at 10:00am from your hotel at the direction of Borjomi (160km). Borjomi is a resort town where is national park and worldwide famous mineral water "Borjomi". Here you can taste Borjomi mineral water strait from the springs.  After visiting borjomi we will visit Vardzia. Vardzia was built in rock by King George III in 1156-1184. Here, not far from the border with Turkey, see all the splendour of this tiered cave city where there are hundreds of dwellings, transitions, ladders, churches, library, dining, warehouses, workshops, and where urban residents had running water and entertainments. 50.000 persons were able to live in this cave city. Next stop will be impressive Rabat castle in Akhaltsikhe. The fortress is called the symbol of tolerance it has in its complex a church, mosque, minaret and synagogue. The city is first mentioned in the chronicles in the 12th century. After excursion the driver/guide will drop you off at your place of stay in Tbilisi.

$45 Day Trips & Excursions

Vardzia, Rabati, and Borjomi Sightseeing Tour from Tbilisi

• Borjomi is a small town in the mountains. There are many beautiful places to visit there, but the most famous is the town because of mineral water Borjomi with unique healing qualities and taste. It’s been known for centuries, that this water was unique, but it really becomes famous during Russian reign in Georgia. Russian built here resort, palaces, and found out about mineral water itself. Borjomi water won its first gold medal in 1907 in Belgium. The water has been bottled since 1896. • We continue our way to Vardzia cave town (12th century). Then we visit Khertvisi Fortress (10th century) before moving to the magnificent Vardzia. 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. • Continue towards the town of Akhaltsikhe (New Fortress) that always has had strategic importance. That’s why the fortress Rabat has been built here in IX century, so 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 an 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.

$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.

$250 Cultural & Theme Tours

Step In Samtskhe-Javakheti

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Liberty SquareStarting Point Optional - according to the Hotel / Accommodation Address Stop At: Borjomi Central Park, Borjomi, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionVisit the city of Borjomi, famous of its mineral water which pumps right from the ground. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Rabati Castle, Akhaltsikhe, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionExplore Rabath Fortress, one of the few Ottoman buildings in the country. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Vardzia, Aspindza, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionHave an insight of the cave city of Vardzia, a complex of around 500 caves where once there were 3000. Duration: 3 hoursPass By: Liberty SquareTake drive back to Tbilisi / Starting Point.

$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 vineyardWine manufacturing tour Wine making - you will participateTasting 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.

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