Cultural tours

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Cultural tours invites you to experience the magic of Georgia landscapes, folklore, food and traditions. A fascinating journey lets you explore cultural and historical sites. UNESCO World Heritage sites, monastery complexes, cave cities and fortresses await you. The tour is leading us to coniferous forests and nice sceneries.

Amazing tours uses its experienced hosts and local guides to device travel program that focus on engagement with cultural immersion. You will have meaningful exchanges with local people and opportunities to feel the real life of Georgia. The mountainous regions of our country, are full of interesting sites: old living towers in the villages, snow-capped peaks, illuminated icons and armaments in the museums. Let us give you a trip to remember forever!

Cultural tour №1

Day 1: TBILISI. – Early in the morning arrive Tbilisi, meet in the airport, transfer to a hotel. After late breakfast Tbilisi sightseeing tour.

Day 2: TBILISI-DMANISI-TBILISI. Drive to Dmanisi, where the skulls of the first inhabitants of Europe were found (1,7 million years old). The excavations are still ongoing. Later visit tiny Bolnisi church important for its oldest Georgian inscription (5th AD). Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 3: TBILISI-MTSKHETA-GORI-BAKURIANI. We visit the ancient capital of Georgia-Mtskheta with Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral -UNESCO World Heritage sites. Afterwards head to the town of Gori,have a photoshop near Stalin’s house. After lunch drive to Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millenium BC) – the place where thousands of years ago the Great Silk Road used to pass. Continue our way to Bakuriani ski resort. Overnight in Bakuriani.

Day 4: BAKURIANI – VARDZIA-AKHALTSIKHE. In the morning visit the Cave Town of Vardzia, built in the 12-13 centuries by Queen Tamar, one of the most important political, cultural and educational center of the country in the past. On the way we’ll stop to view Khertvisi fortress. After lunch drive to Akhaltsikhe via passing Aspindza and visit Rabati complex (9th century)-the symbol of tolerance. It includes: Jakhelis’residence, castle, Catholic, Armenian, Greek churches, Mosque, museum, ruins of oldest markets. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe.

Day 5: AKHALTSIKHE-KUTAISI. Drive to Kutaisi-the second in the country and visit its historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites-Gelati Monastery and Academy and the splendid Bagrati Cathedral with ruins of castle, that might have been inhabited by King Aeetes and his daughter-Medea.

Day 6: KUTAISI-TSKALTUBO-TBILISI. Drive to visit a natural Sataplia grotto with stunning stalactites and stalagmites shaping out along the millennia and enjoy time in this mystical world. Later continue to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 7: TBILISI-DAVID GAREJA-TBILISI. We start from Tbilisi in the morning and drive to David Gareja cave complex (6th century) located in a stark, semi-desert landscape. First we see lavra Monastery, then walk up for 50 minutes to Udabno Monastery to enjoy its wonderful painted caves and dramatic views across to Azerbaijan. In the evening drive back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Cultural tour №2

Day 1: ARRIVE IN BATUMI. Arrive at Batumi, meet and transfer to a hotel. Later visit Batumi Botanical gardens and enjoy the boulevard.

Day 2: BATUMI-AKHALTSIKHE. We start to follow the routes of the saints by visiting Gonio fortress, where the tomb of apostle Matthias is kept. Then we continue to Meskheti region via beautiful Goderdzi pass (2000 m.). Visit Zarzma monastery standing in the middle of Muslim village and well-known for it’s amazing frescos. In Akhaltsikhe visit the Ethnographic museum.

Day 3: AKHALTSIKHE-VARDZIA-AKHALTSIKHE. We will visit Khertvisi fortress and Vardzia ( see the fresco of the Georgian Queen Tamar). Afterwards we continue to the caves of Vani-used as a nunnery in the 7th century. In the evening return back to Akhaltsikhe.

Day 4: AKHALTSIKHE -MTSKHETA. First we visit Atskuri village where St. Andrew demolished the pagan cults and established Christian church on the place of nowaDays Atskuri fortress (9th century). His missionary work was continued by St. Nino and 13 syrian fathers in the 4th-6th centuries. We also visit Uplistsikhe cave town ( 1st millennium BC) and drive to the ancient capital and religious center of Georgia-Mtskheta (3000 years old). We visit Jvari church, where St. Nino erected the cross in the 4th century and the holy place for all Georgians-Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, where the robe of Christ is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Overnight in Mtskheta.

Day 5: MTSKHETA-BODBE-TELAVI. We visit Samtavro monastery (11th century), where under a blackberry bush St. Nino lived for 6 years (blackberry bush flourishes all the year round). Later drive to Shio-Mghvime monastery founded in the 6th century by St. Shio-one of the 13 Syrian fathers. later continue to Kakheti, visit Bodbe monastery (4th century) holding St. Nino’s tomb and taste the spring water, that is considered miraculous.

Day 6: KAKHETI REGION. We travel to Kakheti where 13 Syrian fathers built many churches. We visit : Alaverdi Cathedral (11th century), Ikalto (6th century) and Nekresi Monasteries (4th century). As Kakheti is wine growing region, famous for it’s food and wine, we visit a farmer’s house for lunch and also see a unique wine cellar and taste Georgian wines.

Day 7: TELAVI-DAVID GAREJA-TBILISI. We drive to David Gareja cave complex (6th century), which was founded by one of the Syrian fathers David. In the past it used to be one of the major spiritual center housing 6000 monks on religious Days. After seeing Lavra Monastery we walk up for about 50 minutes to Udabno Monastery to enjoy wonderful painted caves across to Azerbaijan.

Day 8: TBILISI. Tbilisi sightseeing tour. We visit Mama Daviti Church on Mt. Mtatsminda (meaning Holly Mountain).

Day 9: DEPARTURE. Leaving Georgia full of positive impressions.

Cultural tour №3

Day 1: TBILISI-GUDAURI-MTSKHETA-GUDAURI. Arrival to Tbilisi, we drive to Gudauri Ski Resort, northeastern Georgia. On the way we visit the ancient capital Mtskheta, which is rich in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We visit the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and 6th century Jvari Monastery. After visiting Mtskheta, we follow the military road and get to Ananuri Castle. The monument belongs to the 17th century and consists of a fortification and two churches. It overlooks Aragvi Gorge. Breathtaking views from the site, its carvings and frescoes attract attention. Afterwards we arrive to Ski Resort Gudauri and overnight there in a hotel.

Day 2: SNO-JUTA-KAZBEGI-GUDAURI. ToDay we explore Sno and Jutta Valleys, Dariali Gorge and hike up to Gergeti Trinity Church, located at 2 100 m. altitude. The church was built in the 14th century and is guarded by Mt. Kazbek. The church was. Mt. Kazbek is the third highest peak of Georgia. We overnight in a hotel in Gudauri.

Day 3: GUDAURI-GORI-BORJOMI-BAKURIANI. We drive to Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin and visit Stalin’s House Museum. Afterwards we visit Uplistsikhe Cave Complex. The complex was shaped from the fifth century BC to the late middle ages and shows various trends in architecture. After visiting Uplistsikhe we head for Borjomi in western Georgia. Borjomi is rich in indigenous flora and fauna. We overnight in a hotel in Bakuriani.

Day 4 : BAKURIANI-VARDZIA-AKHALTSIKHE. We drive to Vardzia, Samtskhe-Javakheti Region. This rock-hewn monument was built in the 12th century in the era of Kind Tamar, Golden Age of Georgia. Vardzia has preserved parlours, churches, kitchens, refectories. We overnight in a hotel in Akhaltsikhe.

Day 5: AKHALTSIKHE-KUTAISI. ToDay we visit Kutaisi, the second largest city of Georgia. Its sites include Gelati Monastery Complex, Bagrati Cathedral, Motsameta Church and Sataplia Caves. Gelati Monastery Complex was built during the reign of King Davit Aghmashenebeli in the 12th century. Having its own academy, Gelati Monastery Complex was Georgia’s noteworthy cultural and educational centre. Bagrati Cathedral was built by the King Bagrati III, the fist unifier of Georgia, 11th century. The cathedral is the symbol of Georgia’s unity. Motsameta Church was named after two martyr brothers David and Konstantine, who were noblemen. If you climb under the stone arch of the church, your dreams come true, according to the locals. Sataplia Caves offer interesting stalactites and stalagmites and nice views of the surroundings. Footprints of dinosaurs can be seen here! We overnight in a hotel in Kutaisi.

Day 6 : KUTAISI-MESTIA. From Kutaisi we drive to the mountainous province of Svaneti, northwestern Georgia. On the way we stop in Zugdidi, visit dam on the Enguri River. Finally we arrive to Mestia – administrative centre of Svaneti province. The area is known for its centuries-old towers and artifacts. We overnight in a hotel in Mestia.

Day 7: MESTIA-MAZERI-MESTIA. This Day we will explore Mestia townlet. We will visit the towers which belong to the period of 9th-17th centuries. Next stop is Mestia Historical and Ethnographical Museum, which casts light upon the local culture and lifestyle. Various icons, instruments and handicrafts are on display. Mazeri is a small village at 1 699m altitude. It is located at the bottom of Mt. Ushba (4 710 m.) and offers stunning scenery. We walk, see the surroundings and then return to Mestia. We overnight in a hotel in Mestia.

Day 8: MESTIA-USHGULI-MESTIA. Ushguli is the highest settlement in Europe, towering from 2 086-2 200 m. The village is called as an open-air museum with its towers and Mt. Shkhara (5 200 m., the highest point in Georgia). Ushguli Ethnographical museum also displays some artifacts of the local lifestyle. We overnight in a hotel in Mestia.

Day 9: MESTIA-KUTAISI. This Day we return from Mestia to Kutaisi, driving down through mountainous paths and nice views. On the way we stop several times to enjoy the nice landscapes. We arrive to Kutaisi late in the evening and overnight there in a hotel.

Day 10: KUTAISI-TBILISI. ToDay we drive to Tbilisi. Upon arriving to Tbilisi, we will have Tbilisi City Tour which encompasses Old Tbilisi area. In Old Tbilisi one can see Jewish synagogue, Turkish mosque, Roman Catholic, Georgian Orthodox and Armenian Gregorian churches standing side by side. Sulphur Baths with natural sulphur sptings are worth visiting. Statue of the founder of Tbilisi, Kind Vakhtang Gorgasali, stands in front of Metekhi Church, opposite side of Old Tbilisi, at Europe Square. Walking down the cobbled Leselidze Street of Old Tbilisi, one has to drop in on Shardeni Street. It is known for its fashionable art-cafes and galleries. In the evening the travellers will see Georgian traditional dances and listen to Georgian folk songs at the restaurant in Tbilisi. Overnight in a hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 11-DEPARTURE. Leaving Georgia full of positive impressions.

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