Vardzia in detail

Flights & getting there

The first marshrutka leaving Akhaltsikhe, at 10.20am, reaches Vardzia around noon, giving you just enough time to see the cave city and catch the last marshrutka back at 3pm (5 GEL, 1½ hours). Earlier ones are at 9.30am (from the opposite side of the bridge from the cave city), 10.30am and 12.50pm (both from outside the cave city). But a day trip is more comfortable by taxi, for 50 GEL return trip from Akhaltsikhe, or 120 GEL from Borjomi, with a few stops en route.