Spring Break to Georgia
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Arrival at Tbilisi International Airport. Meet and greet by company representatives. Explore Old Tbilisi with its famous healing Sulphur Baths, Sameba Cathedral – the biggest religious building in the Caucasus, old churches of Metekhi (VI c.) and Anchiskhati (VI c.), Blue Mosque of Tbilisi with its beautiful Persian-influenced façade, beautiful clock tower with mechanical puppet theatre inside with an angel ringing the bell every hour, narrow streets of Old Tbilisi with small colourful houses, cozy cafes, bars, and gift shops. You will take a ride on the aerial cable car to the ancient fortress of Narikala (IV c.) and enjoy magnificent views on Tbilisi. Transfer to the hotel.
After breakfast departure to Mtskheta – one of the oldest cities and the capital of the Early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. Visiting Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (IV c. AD / XI c.) – iconic cathedral first built in the 4th century after Georgia was converted to Christianity. Visiting another significant attraction Jvari Monastery (VI c.) located on the rocky mountaintop and boasting a stunning view on the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi and the town of Mtskheta. Both monuments are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visiting the ancient fortress of Ananuri and enjoy breathtaking views on Zhinvali Reservoir. Departure to Kazbegi and visiting Gergeti Trinity Church (XIV c.) located at an elevation of 2170 meters, under Mount Kazbegi. Due to its unique location on the top of the mountain and picturesque panoramic views, it is one of the most visited places in Georgia. Departure to Tbilisi for overnight.
After breakfast departure to Sighnaghi – one of the most charming towns in the historical wine region of Kakheti. Located on a steep hill, the town overlooks Alazani Valley and faces the Caucasus Mountains. Sighnaghi is distinguished with its beautiful architecture, picturesque landscapes, pastel houses, and narrow, cobblestone streets. Being a popular wedding destination it is also called “the City of Love”. Visiting Bodbe Monastery – one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th century evangelist of Georgians, whose relics are shrined there. Departure to Kvareli and visiting local wine factory “Chateau Kvareli”, where you will have a possibility to taste delicious local wine, bake Georgian bread, make national desert Churchkhela and familiarize with local winemaking traditions. Overnight at the hotel in Kvareli.
After breakfast departure to Alaverdi Monastery (XI c.), one of the most important religious monuments of Georgia. Visiting Tsinandali Estate – a beautiful palace, picturesque garden and wine cellar belonged to the noble Chavchavadze family and served as one of the cultural centers for 19th century noble society of Georgia. During the excursion you will have the opportunity to discover numerous interesting and tragic stories about one of the noblest family and their role in Georgian politics, enjoy walking in a beautiful garden and taste delicious local wine. Back to Tbilisi.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Airport. Departure.