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Getting There & Away

The first marshrutka leaving Akhaltsikhe, at 10.30am, reaches Vardzia around noon, giving you just enough time to see the cave city and catch the last marshrutka back at 3pm (earlier ones are at 9am, 9.30am and 1pm, and there’s one to Tbilisi at 9.45am). 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.