Georgian Holy Land

Georgian Holy Land

Category: Pilgrimage tours
Tour type: Under request
Duration: 7 days
Cities for visit:
Arrival: Kutaisi International Airport
Departure: Tbilisi International Airport


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The Georgian Apostolic Autocephalous Orthodox Church is an autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Church.  It asserts apostolic foundation, and its historical roots can be traced to the conversion of the Kingdom of Iberia to Christianity in the 4th century AD. Historically, adoption of Christianity by the kingdom of Georgia (Iberia) is traced to the missionary efforts of St. Nino of Cappadocia beginning in early fourth century. The Christianization of Georgia progressed over the next several centuries.

Itinerary: Kutaisi - Chiatura - Borjomi - Akhaltsikhe - Vardzia - Uplistsikhe - Mtskheta - Tbilisi    

Tour Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

Arrival: Kutaisi International Airport 
Departure: Tbilisi International Airport

 

Day one

Welcome to Georgia 
Meeting at Kutaisi International airport and transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation at the hotel.
Welcome dinner in traditional restaurant. 
Overnight in Kutaisi hotel.  

Day two

Kutaisi & surrounings
Kutaisi was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis.  It is widely believed by historians that when Apollonius Rhodius was writing about Jason and the Argonauts and their legendary journey to Colchis, Kutaisi/Aia was the final destination of the Argonauts and the residence of King Aeëtes. Nowadays, it is cozy and quiet city, with fascinating atmosphere and monuments of historic architecture, ancient monasteries, temples and richest archaeological museums and other sites under the protection of UNESCO. 
Breakfast and departure for the sightseeing tour around Kutaisi, which includes visits to: Bagrati Cathedral, Gelaty Monastery and Motsameta church. 
Visiting Sataplia or Prometheus Cave
Overnight in Kutaisi. 

Day three

Chiatura & Borjomi 
After breakfast departure to Chiatura. a small town, located inland, in mountain valley on the banks of Kvirila river. The main highlight of the place is:
Katskhi pillar - a natural limestone monolith located at the village of Katskhi, near Chiatura. The rock, with visible church ruins on its top surface of around 150 m2, has been venerated by locals as the Pillar of Life, symbolizing the True Cross, and has become surrounded by legends.  Its mythical aura made it a place of worship since humans settled this area. Prior to the arrival of Christianity, the pillar served as a pagan holy place for a long time and was most likely used for fertility rites.  The length of the pillar rises upto 42 meters. Women are not allowed to climb to the top. 
Departure to Borjomi & short sightseeing around. Tating Borjomi mineral water. 
Dinner and overnight in Akhaltsikhe hotel.
 
Day four 

Vardzia & Rabat
After breakfast departure to Cave City of Vardzia (XIII c.) - the largest cave complex in Georgia with 3000 caves.
Arrival to Vardzia cavs and sightseeing tour around the place. After Vardzia, visiting Akhaltsikhe museum, recently completely renovated Rabati castle complex. During the following two centuries it was part of the Ottoman Empire and in 19th-20th centuries it became part of the Russian Empire.
Dinner and overnight in Akhaltsikhe hotel.

Day five

Uplisttsikhe & Mtskheta  
Breakfast and departure to Tbilisi.  
En route to Tbilisi visiting Mtskheta & Uplistsikhe
Uplistsikhe - is identified by archaeologists as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia.
Mtskheta is an ancient capital of Iberia Kingdom. Walking around cozy Mtskheta streets. Visit to the following monasteries: JvariSvetitskhoveli and Samtavro Monasteries. 
Arrival to Tbilisi. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi hotel. 

Day six 

Tbilisi & surroundings
After breakfast sightseeing tour around Tbilisi, which inludes visits to: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Metechi church with panoramic views over the old part of the city, Sioni cathedral, Anchiskhati Church, Narikala fortress, Pantheon on Mtatsminda Mount, The Catholic church and more other sites of the city...
Farewell dinner in traditional Georgian restaurant. Overnight in Tbilisi. 

Day eight
 
Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Tbilisi international airport. 
See you soon in Georgia!


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