Samtskhe – Javakheti
This 2-day tour takes in the highlights of the most visited region of Georgia. It is a true combination of castles, health resorts, medieval cave cities and colorful villages providing the traveler with unrivalled opportunities to enjoy picture-postcard Georgia.
Our first stop is the world famous health resort Borjomi noted for its mineral water and one of the largest national parks in Georgia. If you have a little more time, we can plan a one or two day hike from Borjomi to discover some of Georgia’s rugged scenery. We are sure the stunning views will take your breath away at every turn as we meander along The Panorama Trail. You can check out another hiking possibilities by clicking here. On our way to the south-west we will visit a 9th-century christian monastery hidden deep into the woods that is why we call as a ,,Green Monastery”.
We continue our drive to the south-west where we shall enjoy a tour of Rabati Castle in a small town Akhaltsikhe. Rabati is considered to be one of the most beautiful castle in Georgia. It was built in 12th century previously known as Lomisa Castle and has deep influence of different cultures and religions, which is well reflected in its architecture. Among other interesting buildings, there is a museum that houses the significant part of the region’s historic, cultural, archaeological, numismatic and ethnographic heritage.
Inasmuch as we choose Akhaltsikhe as our overnight stay, in the evening we can visit one of the nearby places: Saphara Monastery, with the fantastic lunar landscapes and commanding views over the town or Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory, that offers the perfect opportunity to gaze at the stars (subject to weather conditions).
Next day we are heading to the south-east along the bewitching Kura River canyon, where the main highlights are Khertvisi Fortress and Vardzia Cave City. Khertvisi is one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia, dating back to the 2nd century BC. Our last destination is Vardzia, a remarkable cave city with over eight hundred years history. Both sites are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. After making a short photo stop at the majestic Tmogvi Castle we return back with memories that will truly last a lifetime as this past 2 days have been an inspiring insight to the beauty that is Georgia. We make sure you get the best value for your money on your two day tour.
The price depends on the size of the group, tour duration and package. Please feel free to contact us and plan your tailor made tour in the oldest castles, fortresses and caves region of the world.