Day 1: Arrival in Tbilisi
Pick up from Tbilisi international airport at 11:30.
Start a few unforgettable hours of familiarization with the capital. All the places of interest are very close to each other, within a few minutes’ walk. Start our excursion from The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi – commonly known as Sameba – it is the main Georgian Orthodox Cathedral and the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox Cathedral in the world. Then visit Metekhi (13th century) plateau, before reaching Narikala Fortress (4th century) which dominates the skyline of the Old Town. Continue to explore brickdomed underground sulphur baths (17th century) – the district of naturally hot mineral waters, cafe street Shardeni, Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral and the most ancient Basilica in Tbilisi Anchiskhati (6th century). Walk across the Bridge of Peace which is a stunning design as well as convenient crossing between the newly constructed Rike Park and the Old Town. It also provides superb views over the city. Hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 2: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Borjomi – Akhaltsikhe (260 km) (B/L/D
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Mtskheta – an ancient capital of Georgia, important religious centre and city-museum which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Along the way, we will stop to visit Jvari Monastery (6th century). This well-known monastery is located on the top of the mountain, at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. Then head to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) which is known as a place where Christ’s robe was buried. Walk along the narrow streets of Mtskheta with souvenir shopping possibility. Then proceed to Borjomi famous for its mineral waters. Quick stroll in the park and savour the famous water of Borjomi. Then drive to Akhaltsikhe. Hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight in Akhaltsikhe.
Day 3: Akhaltsikhe – Khertvisi – Vardzia – Rabati Castle – Akhaltsikhe (120 km) (B/L/D
After breakfast at the hotel start our drive to Vardzia – the magnificent cave town of the Golden Age. En route photo-stop at Khertvisi Fortress (10th century) – the ancient clifftop fortress and admire the stunning view over the confluence of two major rivers. Arrive in Vardzia cave town – one of the most impressive historic monuments in Georgia that offers the opportunity to step back in time. The cave complex stretching over half a kilometre once was a hiding place for 50 000 people. It has got a church hewn out in rock with unique 12th century frescos. The complex also includes dwellings quarters, small hall - type churches, refectories, wine cellars, etc. In the evening drive back to Akhaltsikhe. Visit Rabati castle. Admire the high columns, views from the fortification walls and the very cosy atmosphere. Dinner, hotel accommodation and overnight at the hotel in Akhaltsikhe.
Day 4: Akhaltsikhe – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Tbilsi (280 km) (B/L/D
After breakfast at the drive to Gori – A little town situated along the famous Silk Road is also famous as the birthplace of the Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin. Visit the museum of Stalin and continue to the cave town Uplistsikhe (1st millennium BC) – one of the first cities in Georgia carved into the rock. The caves were the site of pagan rituals, before Georgia became a Christian country. After inspecting the cave town, drive to Tbilisi. Dinner, hotel accommodation and overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 5: Tbilisi – Sighnaghi – Bodbe – Shumi – Tbilisi (280 km) (B/L/D
After breakfast head to Kakheti region – Georgia’s premier wine-producing area as well as home to hundreds of historical and architectural monuments. Visit Sighnaghi – a small beautiful town that opens to visitors the magnificent views of the Great Caucasus Range. This little town is a rare example of historic city, which kept its style during the centuries with open traditional balconies, cobblestone pavements, wine cellars that produce an unforgettable impression upon the visitors of the town. Afterwards visit Monastery of Bodbe – final resting place of Saint Nino, "Enlightener of Georgians", who preached Christianity in Georgia with a vine cross in her hand. Afterwards visit winery Shumi and enjoy lunch and degustation of 2 types of Georgian wine. Drive to Tbilisi. Hotel accommodation and overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.
Day 6: Departure (B/-/-)
Transfer to Tbilisi International Airport and departure.