Colors of Georgia
DAY 1. TBILISI
Arrival to Tbilisi. Transfer to hotel.
Tbilisi walking sightseeing tour. You will visit the area of sulfur baths, Narikala fortress, Bridge of Peace, Anchiskhati Basilica (one of the oldest churches in Georgia), Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theater, Sioni Cathedral. You will learn about the history of Tbilisi creation, pass through the ancient streets, which still preserves its charm and see how modernity comfortably rhymes with antiquity. (Tour duration: 3-3.5 hours)
Hotel accommodation. Visiting the Sulphur baths.Free time.
DAY 2. TBILISI-MTSKHETA-TBILISI
Breakfast at the hotel. Exclusive Tour "Bourgeoisie Tbilisi". Walking tour of XIX century Tbilisi. You will dip into the atmosphere of past centuries with architect Tata Lortkipanidze. You will see the preserved frescoes of the front entrances and learn history and hear legends of each house in the Sololaki district. (Tour duration: 3.5-4 hours) Lunch and Wine tasting in Iago’s Winery. Here is produced Chinuri wine in the traditional way in clay jugs - kvevri. For the first time in 20 years, London’s Ritz-Carlton hotel has changed the wine list in order to add this wine. Visit to the ancient capital of Georgia, the city of Mtskheta. Nowadays, it is a city-museum and is included in the UNESCO Heritage Site. In this city, in Svetitskhoveli cathedral (XI century), which also is included in UNESCO Heritage Site, saint relic of all Christians - the robe of Christ is being kept. Walk around the city. Visit to the Jvari Church (VI-VII century). Here, the great Russian writer Lermontov wrote his famous work Mtsiri. Return to Tbilisi.
DAY 3. TBILISI-BORJOMI
Breakfast in the Hotel. Transfer to Borjomi. On the way the excursion is in the house-museum of Joseph Stalin in Gori, where the famous armored train of the leader of nations is located. In Borjomi: the cable car riding for an excellent view of the park and town. Walk around the city. Visit to the Borjomi Park (warm mineral spring, waterfall). Here you can taste the real Borjomi mineral water. Visit to the open sulfur pools in the forest. Swimming in the pools in the open air. Hotel accommodation. Free time.
DAY 4. BORJOMI – RABATI - VARDZIA – BORJOMI (220 km)
Breakfast in the Hotel. Transfer to the rock city of Vardzia, which was the residence of Queen Tamar in the XII century. It was consisted of 13 floors and 3000 rooms. The monastery and the church of St. Tamar are located here now. Nowadays, the complex is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Trial List. On the way to Vardzia, guests will visit the Rabat fortress, which is considered as one of the most tolerant places on the territory of Georgia. Since the 9th century, representatives of different confessions peacefully coexisted on this place, as evidenced by the placement of various churches of all confessions on the territory of Vardzia. Lunch in the restaurant of the hotel "Vardzia Resort". Return to Borjomi. Free time.
DAY 5. BORJOMI – KAZBEGI
Breakfast in the Hotel. Transfer to Mtskheta-Mtianeti region. On the way there, guests will visit Ananuri castle, the largest reservoir of eastern Georgia - Jinvali, pass along the Georgian Military Highway through the Gudauri ski resort. Lunch in the restaurant HB Pasanauri. Accommodation in Kazbegi. Free time.
DAY 6. KAZBEGI
Breakfast at the hotel. Trekking to Stepantsminda Trinity Church in Gergeti, which is located at an altitude 2200 meters above sea level and affords spectacular view of Kazbegi Mountain, at 5047 meters above sea level. Transfer to the Darial Gorge. Visit to village Tsdo, which has only 5 citizens and where old Georgian rituals still preserved. We will see two waterfalls Gveleti (small and big). The last point of our expedition will be a complex of monasteries, which is located near the border with Russia. On the way back to Kazbegi (Stepantsminda) we will have several stops at observation platforms.
Light lunch in “Maya's family”. Return to the hotel. Free time.
DAY 7. KAZBEGI-TBILISI
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Tbilisi. Exclusive Tour "The Story of One Street". In the first half of the 20th century, famous Russian poets stayed in Tbilisi - Yesenin, Bulgakov, Gumilyov, Zabolotsky, Mandelstam, Mayakovsky. Each of them has interesting and funny stories connected with Tbilisi, and all these poets are united by the one Tbilisi street. Where they spent their time, what sorts of fun they had, who were their friends, tragicomic stories, curiosities and fond memories, and this is not all with what you will get acquainted during our travel along one of the oldest streets of Tbilisi - Machabeli. (Tour duration 2-2.5 hours)
Transfer to the airport.