GEORGIA – sacred mount of Kazbeg, Tbilisi, rock cities, sea; 14 days

GEORGIA – sacred mount of Kazbeg, Tbilisi, rock cities, sea; 14 days

David Gareja, Tbilisi, Kazbeg, Varzia, Akhaltsikhe, Ajara, Batumi, Kutaisi.

1. day –  DAVID GAREDJA

Arrival – rest in pension in a village Patardzeuli.
Afternoon: rocky David Gareja monastery complex from the 6th century (one way 1.5h, 60 km) on the Azerbaijani border, possible climb at Mt.Udabno (878 meters), on the way back fortified monastery Ninotsminda (575 AD) in Sagarejo.
Night: Patardzeuli, dinner and breakfast included 


2. day – TBILISI

Tbilisi: Fortress Narikala, Turkish baths, Jewish Quarter, Freedom Square, the main artery – Rustaveli street with Parliament, the old town – Agmashenebeli street, Cathedral Sameba.
Night: Patardzeuli, dinner and breakfast included 


3. day – ON THE WAY TO CAUCASUS

Mtscheta (original ancient capital of the Georgian Kingdom of Iberia, Cathedral of Svetitschoveli, UNESCO), the burial place of Samtavro (Late Bronze Age), Ananuri castle, Gudauri (lyž.středisko) a Džvari pass.
Night: Kazbegi-Stěpancminda 4x 


4. day

Kazbegi/Stepancminda 1720m – by 4×4 car to the Gergeti Trinity Cathedral (2170
m.n.m.), climb to Jvari cross (optionally Bethlemi hut in 3650 m.n.m.) – alpine touristic.
Night: Kazbegi-Stěpancminda 


5. day

Canyon Juta (1/2 h by 4×4 car) – beautiful gradual ascend on blooming pastures full
of horses under Chauki mountain.
Night: Kazbegi-Stěpancminda 


6. day

Canyon Truso (1/2 h by 4×4 car) – travertins, mineral springs, Zakagori castle.
Night: Kazbegi-Stěpancminda 


7. day

Way back to Tbilisi (5h, 160 km), night Tbilisi – amusement park on Mtatsminda mountain, restaurant with folk dancing etc.
Night: family hotel Tbilisi 


8. day

Way to Akhaltsikhe (3h, 200 km) over Bordjomi spas, astonishing city carved in the mountain – Vardzia (12. cent.), fortress Khertvisi, biggest in Georgia. If time allows, beautiful small monastery Saphara from 9. cent. hidden in the mountains.

Night: Akhaltsikhe, hotel, breakfast 


9. day

Way to Batumi over Ajara (3h, 140 km) over a pass in 2025 m.n.m. (picturesque reataurant). Fantastic mountain sceneries, skiing centre, mosques, dam.
Night: Batumi, hotel, breakfast 


10. and 11. day

Batumi – main recreation center of Georgia. Batumi is typical for its cosmopolitan architecture influenced by Turkish, British and Russian style. It has a famous night life as well as clean pebble beaches. Optional visit of a botanical garden or tea plantae.
Night: 2x hotel Batumi 


12. day

Return over the second biggest city, center of mythic Colchida, Kutaisi – cathedral Bagrati (former UNESCO site), monastery Gelati, city of Gori, cave city Uplistsiche, important stop on Silk road with preserved roman church and many medieval objects. Without stops 5 h, 300 km.
Night: Tbilisi 


13. day

Free day in Tbilisi, optional trip to Kakheti – land of wine.
Night: Tbilisi


14. day

Departure.


Price: this is a moderately comfortable trip – no 4 stars hotels, but decent accommodation. Long journeys will be overcome by a hired driver with a reliable off-road car. We will stay in family pensions with home cooking (in the mountains this is the only option). In Tbilisi we stay in a newly reconstructed family hotel in the old town (shared bathroom for 2 rooms), with a terrace from which you can see the whole city. The price includes breakfast and two dinners as well as our friendly knowledgeable unobtrusive accompaniment.

The price of all of this is 1100 EUR plus flight ticket. Prices are calculated for 5 persons.

In case you are interested to join us, please contact us by e-mail i.bursikova@volny.cz or tom.kopal@volny.cz.

Or design your program, we will be happy to arrange it for you!