Day 1: Pick-up at Tbilisi International Airport. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: After Breakfast drive to Kakheti Region (famous wine making region of Georgia, rich of various sorts of wine). Palace of Kings Erekle in Telavi. Alexander Chavchavadze’s (Prince of Kakhetia) Palace in Tsinandali village, surrounded with beautiful garden. Visit local Wine Cellar. Tasting unique sorts of Wine. The beautifully restored town of Sighnaghi, Visit Museum and Wine Testing in Sighnaghi wine Factory. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 3: Visit Vardzia (12th c.) a rock-hewn complex on the left bank of the river Mtkvari was founded in the 12th-13th. Initially planned as a town-fortress, the complex became a well fortified monastery, which had a significant role in political, cultural, educational and spiritual life of the country.
- Khertvisi fortress is one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia. Located in the southern part of the country north of the town Khertvisi.
- Georgian National Astrophysical Observatory (GENAO), known as Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory. The Observatory is the first high-altitude astrophysical observatory in former Soviet Union. Overnight in Borjomi.
Day 4: Borjomi National Park Drive to Gudauri. Gudauri is a ski resort located on the southern slopes of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. The resort is situated in the Stepantsminda District, along the Georgian Military Highway near the Cross Pass, at an elevation of 2,196 meters (7,200 ft.) above sea level.
- Residential Ensemble of Ananuri dating from the 17th century is located on the left bank of the Aragvi River, along the famous original Georgian military highway. It incorporates a circuit wall with turrets, a porch, a large church, a minor Church of Gvtaeba, a tower with a stepped pyramidal roof of Svanetian type, a single-nave Church Mkurnali, Tower Sheupovari, a bell-tower, a spring and a reservoir. The facade is richly adorned with the fine relief. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 5: After Breakfast flay to Batumi City - Gonio fortress is a Roman fortification in Adjara, on the Black sea, 15 km south of Batumi, at the mouth of the Chorokhi River. The village sits 4km north of the Turkish border. Batumi Park. Overnight in Batumi (we can offer Diving/fishing).
Day 6: Arrive by Air in Tbilisi. Sightseeing City Tbilisi: Tbilisi is the capital and the largest city of Georgia. Founded in the 5th century AD by Vakhtang Gorgasali, the Georgian King of Kartli (Iberia) and made into a capital in the 6th century, Tbilisi is a significant industrial, social, and cultural center. Several interesting places include: Mtatsminda Beautiful Park, Narikala Castle - exists here since the middle of the 4th century. - The Sulfur Baths are located in Old Tbilisi and are known for their tranquillizing effect.
A deep sulfur spring feeds the city with naturally heated mineral water, and bath houses have proliferated across the city for more than a thousand years, offering residents and visitors the opportunity to wash away the stresses of the day. A soak in a sulfur bath is still very much a Tbilisi ritual, a tribute to the pheasant boiled in the naturally hot water spring, which gave start to the city and its name as well (‘tbili’ meaning ‘warm’ in Georgian).
Day 7: Botanical Garden .Occupying the area of 161 hectares, its history spans more than three centuries. It was first described in 1671 by the French traveler Jean Chardin as royal gardens which might have been founded at least in 1625. Its extremely rich collection includes floral species from the Mediterranean, North America, China and Japan, the Himalayas, Turkey and Siberia, as well as rare species, such as dark red Maiko peonies and Iberian irises that are virtually no longer extant in the wild nature.
Tbilisi Mosque: The eight angled Minaret of the brick mosque draws the attention even from the far distance and is perceived in a different ways from the various sides. The originally Sunni mosque, located at the end of the Botanical garden is the only functioning mosque in Tbilisi at present, after the Shiite Mosque on the other bank of the Mtkvari was destroyed by communist rulers. Now it serves Shia as well as Sunni Muslims which is extremely rare in any country of the world. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 8: Transfer to airport.
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