The tour “Cultural Gems of Georgia” that includes sites such as Vardzia, Uplistsikhe, Kakheti, and Dmanisi is ideal for tourists who are interested in exploring the rich cultural and historical heritage of Georgia. These sites offer a glimpse into the country’s ancient past, with Vardzia and Uplistsikhe showcasing remarkable cave cities carved into rock formations, and Dmanisi featuring prehistoric ruins and artifacts. Kakheti, on the other hand, is known for its picturesque landscapes, vineyards, and wineries, making it a perfect destination for wine enthusiasts. Overall, this tour is ideal for travelers looking to immerse themselves in Georgia’s fascinating history, architecture, and culture.
Start your day at the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, also known as Sameba. This is the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church and is one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. The cathedral is located on Elia Hill, which offers great views of the city. Then visit the National Museum of Georgia, which is located in the center of Tbilisi. The museum is one of the oldest and largest museums in Georgia and houses a vast collection of artifacts from Georgian history. Visit the treasury exhibition at the National Museum of Georgia. The exhibition features some of the most important and valuable items from Georgian history, including gold and silver jewelry, coins, and religious objects. After visiting the museum, head to the Old Town of Tbilisi. Explore the narrow streets, old churches, and traditional houses with their characteristic balconies. Take a cable car and go to Narikala Fortress, which overlooks the Old Town. The fortress dates back to the 4th century and has been an important landmark of Tbilisi throughout its history. From Narikala Fortress, stroll down to the sulfur baths, which are located in the Abanotubani district of Tbilisi. The sulfur baths have been used for relaxation and healing for centuries and are a unique and memorable experience.Top of Form
Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi
Drive to Kakheti the main wine producing region of east Georgia. Visit Tsinandali, a village located in the Kakheti region of Georgia. This village is famous for its vineyards and wineries. Visit the beautiful garden and the palace of the noble family of Aleksander Chavchavadze. Indulge in the splendor of nature and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the noble family of Aleksander Chavchavadze by visiting their exquisite garden and palace. Marvel at the stunningly intricate architecture and revel in the serene beauty of the meticulously manicured gardens. Drive to Alaverdi Monastery which dates back to the 11th century. Admire the stunning architecture and the frescoes inside the monastery. - Visit Lili's Folk House where you can explore handmade carpets, socks, and other traditional Georgian crafts. Take a tour of the wine cellar. Have the lunch and taste the homemade liquors and Chacha, made from locally grown grapes. Enjoy the warm hospitality of the hosts and learn about Georgian traditions and culture. Return to Tbilisi Head back to Tbilisi, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Georgian countryside along the way.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Meet your guide and driver in Tbilisi. Drive to Kazbegi. Along the way, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Georgian Military Highway, including views of the Zhinvali Reservoir, Ananuri Fortress, and the Gudauri Ski Resort. Stop at the Gergeti Trinity Church, one of the most iconic and picturesque landmarks in Georgia. Hike up to the church if you're feeling adventurous or take a 4x4 jeep up the mountain for an additional fee. Enjoy a traditional Georgian lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the Gveleti Waterfall and take a short hike to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of this area. Drive back to Tbilisi, stopping at any additional viewpoints or landmarks along the way.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Start the day with breakfast at your hotel in Tbilisi. Depart Tbilisi for Gori, a city located about 80 km away from the capital. Arrive in Gori and visit the Stalin Museum, which is dedicated to the life of Joseph Stalin, who was born in the city. The museum has a collection of personal belongings, photographs, and documents related to Stalin's life and work. Depart Gori for Uplistsikhe, an ancient rock-hewn town that dates back to the 6th century BC. Arrive in Uplistsikhe and explore the town, which is known for its ancient cave structures, including a theater, a palace, and a church. You can also enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Depart Uplistsikhe for Bakuriani, a popular ski resort town located in the Borjomi district.
Overnight in Bakuriani.
After breakfast you'll be picked up from your hotel in Bakuriani by your tour guide and driver, and begin your journey towards Vardzia. After a scenic drive through the Georgian countryside, you'll arrive at Vardzia cave town, that dates back to the 12th century. Your guide will lead you through the complex of caves, tunnels, and churches that make up this historic site, and give you an overview of its fascinating history. After exploring Vardzia, you'll have lunch at a local farmers’, where you can try traditional Georgian cuisine. Departure from Vardzia After lunch, you'll begin your journey back to Bakuriani.
Overnight in Bakuriani
Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral After lunch, visit the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, another UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Mtskheta. This 11th-century cathedral is known for its beautiful architecture, intricate Depart from Bakuriani for Mtskheta. Visit Jvari Monastery Your first stop will be the Jvari Monastery, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located on a hill overlooking the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers, this 6th-century monastery is one of the most significant religious and cultural landmarks of Georgia. After exploring Jvari Monastery, you head to the nearby town of Mtskheta, which is a short drive away. Mtskheta is the ancient capital of Georgia and is famous for its historical landmarks and traditional cuisine. You can have a traditional Georgian lunch at one of the local restaurants. frescoes, and historical significance. It is one of the most important religious sites in Georgia and is believed to house the robe of Christ. Visit Samtavro Monastery Your next stop will be the Samtavro Monastery, which is located in the heart of Mtskheta. This monastery is known for its beautiful gardens, ancient damaged fragments of frescoes, and historical significance. It is also the burial place of the first Christian King and Queen, Mirian and Nana.
Overnight in Tbilisi
Start your day early and meet your tour guide at the hotel. You'll then head towards Bolnisi and Dmanisi, which are both located about 100 kilometers from Tbilisi. Upon arrival in Bolnisi, you'll visit the Bolnisi Sioni Church, which dates back to the 5th century. The church is a beautiful example of Georgian medieval architecture and features intricate carvings and frescoes. Dmanisi Next, you'll drive to Dmanisi, a small town located at the confluence of two rivers. Dmanisi is famous for its archaeological site, where the remains of some of the earliest known humans have been discovered. You'll visit the Dmanisi Museum-Reserve, where you can see the archaeological finds and learn about the history of the area. After exploring Dmanisi, you'll enjoy a picnic lunch in a scenic spot in the countryside. After lunch, you'll head back to Tbilisi. Once you're back in Tbilisi, you'll have some free time to explore the city on your own.
Overnight in Tbilisi.