Vardzia & Borjomi

Vardzia & Borjomi

Category: Excursions from Kutaisi
Tour type: Under request
Duration: 1 day
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Arrival: Kutaisi International Airport
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Duration: full day

Tour type: daily excursion

Itinerary: Kutaisi - Vardzia - Akhaltsikhe - Borjomi - Kutaisi

Samtskhe-Javakheti is a historic southern region of Georgia. The region's diverse landscape and natural resources include mountainous terrain, several highland volcanic plateaus, mountain steppes, alpine and sub - alpine vegetation, canyons, rivers, large and small lakes, as well as wetland marshes. Thanks to the wetlands, Javakheti is a place great for bird-watching as many migratory birds comes here, most of which are included in the IUCN Red Book.

Departure from Kutaisi early in the morning.
Visiting Vardzia caves: Today the place is maintained by a small group of zealous monks. About three hundred apartments and halls remain visitable and in some tunnels the old irrigation pipes still bring drinkable water.
Departure from Vardzia to Akhaltsikhe and sightseeing tour around the Rabati fortress: Built in the 13th century, forpost Rabat developed under the influence of deferent cultures over subsequent centuries and this is reflected in its architecture. Within the 7 hectares castle complex there is a Church, a Mosque, a Minaret and a Synagogue. In the 13th-16th centuries the castle and its town of Akhaltsikhe had been the residence of the Jakhelyprinces. During the following two centuries it was part of the Ottoman Empire and in 19th-20th centuries it became part of the Russian Empire. The reconstruction period started in autumn 2011 and completed in August 2012.
On the way back to Kutaisi we will make a stop for dinner in Borjomi and taste mineral water. Arrival bacj to Kutaisi in the late evening hours.

Special note for visitors: the tour can be organized for 2 days, with the visiting of the same sites and with the overnight in Akhaltsikhe town.


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