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Short Trip Vardzia 2 Days

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January to December 2 - 12 enquiry »

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duration: 2 days / 1 night
tour guide: English-speaking
catering: Half board
difficulty: 2

Effortless, short hikes (up to 2 hours)

The two-day short trip takes you along the ancient Silk Road via Gori, Borjomi and Akhaltsikhe to Vardzia, a gigantic cave-city at the Turkish border. The route back runs along the highlands of the Lesser Caucasus passing bythe Armenian villages and volcanic lakes.

Highlights

  • Borjomi Resort 
  • Akhaltsikhe
  • Rabat Fortress
  • Cave-city Vardzia 12th c. 
  • Lake Paravani 

Program

1Lesser Caucasus & Rabat Fortress

Gori, Borjomi resort, Akhaltsikhe, Rabat

Journey south to the Lesser Caucasus via Gori, where we take a short look at Stalin’s birth house (Stalin Museum visit only upon request). En route we take a short walk in the Borjomi Park, where the most well-known Georgian natural mineral water comes from. Borjomi was once the spa garden of the Russian Tsars. Afterwards, we continue our journey southwest. Before arriving in Vardzia, we also visit the recently rebuilt Rabat Fortress and the Rabat Museum. Among its very well preserved exhibits this local branch of the National Museum houses some of the most important findings from the region Samtskhe-Javakheti, one of the oldest settlement area of Georgia.  Dinner and overnight stay at “Valodia’s Cottage” in Vardzia, located in delightfully quiet atmosphere at the river bank.

Driving distance: approx. 270km, time: approx. 5-6 hrs.
Overnight stay in Vardzia (-/-/D)

2Cave-city Vardzia

Vardzia, Armenian villages, Paravani Lake, Tbilisi

After breakfast we sightsee Vardzia, a cave-city of the 12th c. near the border to Turkey. The almost 500 m high rock wall towers the riverbank. Network of numerous hand-carved caves extends throughout multiple floors interconnected via stairways, terraces and galleries. At its time the cave complex contained streets, tunnels, residential premises and cupolas, libraries and baths. The absolute highlight of the site is the medieval fresco art of the cave-churches, i. a. you can view one of the rarest pictorial representations of Queen Tamar depicted by her contemporaries. The tour proceeds across the high plains of the Lesser Caucasus passing by a number of volcanic lakes and Armenian villages.

Driving distance: approx. 250km, time: approx. 5-6 hrs.
Overnight stay in Tbilisi (B/-/-)

Services

Transfer:

  • According to the programme, in a comfortable minibus

Guide:

  • English-speaking GEORGIA INSIGHT guide

Accommodation:

  • Vardzia, family-run Hotel 1x
  • Room with own shower/WC

Board:

  • Dinner on day 1
  • Breakfast on day 2
  • One bottle of water a day

Entrances:

  • According to the programme

Info

Travel component

The travel offer is meant as a component possible to be done separately or to be integrated in a longer itinerary with other travel components to your choice. Therefore, the standard version of the travel offer does not include the accommodation in Tbilisi. 

Price list

participants price per person
6 150 €
5 170 €
4 200 €
3 240 €
2 330 €

all prices incl. a double room
surcharge for a single occupancy: 20 € per person