3 days to explore 2 capitals of Georgia. Ancient and Modern. Full of diversities and end authenticity.
ItineraryDay 1: Welcome to GeorgiaStop At: Tsminda Sameba Cathedral, TbilisiThe Holy Trinity Cathedral commonly known as Samebais the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox church. Constructed between 1995 and 2004, it is the third-talests Eastern Orthodoxcathedral in the world and one of the largest religious buildings in the world by total area. Sameba is a synthesis of traditional styles dominating the Georgian church architecture at various stages in history and has some Byzantine undertones.The construction of the church was proclaimed as a "symbol of the Georgian national and spiritual revival" Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Rike Park, TbilisiRike park is considered to be the youngest recreational area in Tbilisi. It is situated on the left bank of the river Kura (Mtkvari) and already has become a popular place for both local and international visitors, especially families, and in summer. The Rike park is quite easy to find, as its main entrance is right from the beautiful pedestrian ‘Bridge of Peace’. The park is a host to a numerous entertainment facilities like singing and dancing fountains, artificial climbing wall, children’s maze, mega-chess board, as well as footpaths and quiet corners. The start Point of a newly opened cable car that takes visitors up to Narikala fortress is located in the Rike park, as well as a number of fancy bars and restaurants.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Narikala Fortress, TbilisiBy rope way visiting Narikala. The fortress was established in the 4th century, around the period when the city itself was founded. It was then known as Shuris-tsikhe (Invidious Fort). The name Narikala is said to derive from a Persian word for citadel,but another theory says was the name that Mongols used, meaning “little fortress”. It was expanded considerably by the Arabs during the 7th and 8th centuries. The Arabs built the Emir’s palace within its walls. King David further extended the Builder the fortress in th 11th century. Most of the existing fortifications date from the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1827 it was damaged by an earthquake and was notresorted. St. Nikolos church, inside the fortress walls, dates from the 12th century. It was renovated in 1996. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Abanotubani, TbilisiThe “Abanotubani” is the name given to the district in the Old Town of Tbilisi where there is a whole street (Abanos kucha) of public bathhouses that use the sulphurous waters of the many hot springs in this area.Abanotubani is the place, where according to legend, King Vakhtang Gorgasali’s falcon fell, leading to the discovery of the hot springs and, subsequently the founding of a new capital.The bathhouses are located below ground level with only beehive like domes visible on the surface.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Dzveli Tbilisi Sulphur Waterfall, TbilisiLeghvtakhevi is translated like “Fig Gorge” in Georgian. It is located behind Tbilisi’s renowned Sulphur Baths. Formerly accessible only from within the Botanic Garden, this beautiful waterfall and watering hole for locals is now reachable through a series of paths and bridges behind the baths. A popular location to relax and stroll about especially at night or during hot weekend days, make sure to check out this ancient spot in the centre of Tbilisi after a large meal or to escape the mid-afternoon heatDuration: 20 minutesStop At: The Bridge of Peace, TbilisiIt is a pedestrian glass and steel bridge in a bow-shaped design that sits over the Mtkvari (Kura) river in Georgian capital. It was officially opened in May 2010. The bridge was brought to Georgia from Italy in 200 unassembled components. The bridge is 156 meters long and has more than 10 000 LED bulbs built-in, that are switched on daily 90 minutes before the sunset. The pulsating lights are communicating the message in Morse code; the message says chemical elements from the Mendeleev’s periodic table that make up a human body. The idea of the Italian designer Michele De Lucchi was to broadcast the message which is “the anthem of life and Piece among people and nations”. The Bridge of Peace is a convenient cross Point between the Rike Park and the ‘old’ part of the town. It also provides amazing views of Tbilisi, especially at sunrise, sunset or night.In 2012 the Bridge of Piece in Tbilisi hit the Top-13 most unusual bridges in the world.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theater, TbilisiIn 2010 Rezo Gabriadze built a unique clock tower next to the marionette theatre in Tbilisi old town. Every hour an angel comes out to ring the bell with a small hammer.There is a small mechanical puppet theatre inside the tower and twice a day at noon and at 7pm you can see the show – “The Circle of Life”.Tower is decorated with hundreds of tiles which he designed himself and it instantly became a major architectural attraction of Tbilisi.Duration: 15 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast: at hotelAccommodation included: Overnight in Tbilisi 3* HotelDay 2: Mtskheta - First Capital of GeorgiaStop At: Jvari Church, Mtskheta, Mtskheta-Mtianeti RegionThe VI century Georgian Orthodox monastery is built on a hill opposite Mtskheta, at the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Shortly after the adoption of Christianity, King Mirian III erected an enormous wooden cross on this site. In the 2nd half of the VI century Guaram, the ruler of Kartli, built a small church beside the Holy Cross. The church is included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta, Mtskheta, Mtskheta-Mtianeti RegionMtskheta was the ancient capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom from theIII Century BC to Fifth Century AD. It was also the location where Christianity was proclaimed as the kingdom’s official religion and continues to function as the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox Church. The city is very small and is just a 20 minute drive from the capital of Tbilisi. Here you will find a ticket to the 5th century BC and travel all the way through to mid-antiquity.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Mtskheta, Mtskheta-Mtianeti RegionSvetitskhoveli is the main Christian Orthodox Cathedral in Georgia, built in 1010-1029 cc by the Georgian architect Arsakisdze and represents the high artistic value of Feudal time’s architecture. It was the main pilgrimage place on the Silk Road, the burial place of the Christ’s Robe, the tomb place of Georgian Kings and the most frequently visited place in Georgia. It is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in the historical town ofMtskheta, the former capital of the kingdom of IberiaDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Samtavro Church, Mtskheta, Mtskheta-Mtianeti RegionSamtavro Convent is located in the spiritual center of Georgia, Mtskheta, and is considered the famous landmark of the town. The monastery was built by King Mirian near the blackberry, after the death of St. Nino.King Mirian and his queen Nana were buried in Samtavro, which eventually became the burial vault of the church’s highest hierarchs.Duration: 20 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast: at hotelAccommodation included: Overnight in Tbilisi 3* HotelDay 3: FarewellStop At: East Point, TbilisiShopping MallDuration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast: at hotelNo accommodation included on this day.