Winter Wander in Georgia
Winter Break to various cities and corners of Georgia filled with warm hearts, sun, and hospitality
Arrival in Tbilisi. Meet and greet with company representatives at the airport. Transfer to the hotel and check. Overnight.
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. Due to its importance, the cathedral was almost destroyed as a result of numerous invasions and the building was constructed in the XI century. Preserving numerous valuable frescoes and serving historically as the official burial place for the Royal Family, the monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visiting another significant attraction Jvari Monastery (VI c.) also listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The monastery distinguished with unique architecture stands on the rocky mountaintop and boasts a stunning view on the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi and the town of Mtskheta. Departure to Tbilisi and explore Old Tbilisi with its famous healing Sulphur Baths, 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. Back to the hotel. Overnight.
After breakfast departure to the ancient rock-hewn town of Uplistsikhe identified as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. The earliest trace of the human presence in Uplistsikhe dates back to the end of the 2nd millennium BC. After exploring the town drive to Borjomi – one of the most famous spa resorts of Georgia distinguished with its stunning natural setting. Visiting Borjomi Central Park with a beautiful waterfall and Prometheus sculpture giving fire to humans. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Borjomi.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the town of Akhaltsikhe and visiting the most popular local attraction Rabati Castle. Built in the 9th century, the castle is located in the western part and is visible from every corner of the town. During centuries the castle survived various invasions, was significantly destroyed, but at the same time preserved the traces of different cultures and influences. Rabati Castle was fully reconstructed in 2012 and became a cultural centre of the city with a church, mosque, synagogue, small park, historical museum, various shops, and a hotel. Departure to Tbilisi. Transfer to the hotel.
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. Visiting the museum of Niko Pirosmani – internationally recognized Georgian artist famous for his unique “naïve” style of painting. Back to Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Departure.