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Travel Network News: The history of the centurie-old friendship

The history of the centurie-old friendship


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The history of the centurie-old friendship
Tbilisi - Bodbe - Sighnaghi - Grammy - Napareuli - Telavi - Tbilisi - Kazbegi / Gudauri - Akhaltsikhe fortress - Bardziya - Borjomi - Kutaisi - Batumi - Mtskheta - Tbilisi (9 days, 8 nights)

Day 1: Tbilisi
 Arrival to Tbilisi. Meet with the representative of the company. Hotel accommodation. Dinner. Overnight. 
 
Day 2: Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion in the city. The capital of Georgia is unique. It is located on the several mountain hills, on which the old blocks "creep". Tbilisi – is a beautiful river Kura with its picturesque rocky shores that flows across the whole city. Tbilisi is one of the rare places in the world, where Orthodox Church, catholic cathedral, synagogue and mosque can peacefully exist in the Old Town. Visit Methekhi Church (V c.), Sioni Cathedral (VI-VII c.), Synaxis of Saint Trinity of the temple complex of Tsminda Sameba – the main Cathedral of Georgian Orthodox Church. By recently constructed funicular way reach Narikala fortress (V c.). There you can observe the city from a bird's flight. Lunch.
"Old Town" – is the historic center of Tbilisi that is located at the root of Mtatsminda (Holy Mount) mountain. Almost all of the buildings in the Old Town are historical and cultural sites, this part of the city is full of life, here tourists walk alone or in groups, lovers meet near the Clock Tower. Visit synagogue. The old Jewish quarter of Tbilisi. Visit of sephardic or ashkinazi synagogue. Get Familiar with the history of the Jews of Georgia. If possible meet with the representatives of the Jewish community in Tbilisi. Visit the newly opened museum of Jewish history behalf Baazov.
Free time. Dinner. Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.
 
Day 3: Tbilisi - Bodbe - Sighnaghi - Napareuli - Telavi - Tbilisi
 Breakfast. Departure to the "town of everlasting love" – Sighnaghi. Visit Bodbe village and the monastery complex of St. George and the grave of St. Nino, who brought Christianity to Georgia. Upon request, the ablution in the holy water of the increate spring near the monastery that heals the sick and make miserable people happy. Excursion in Sighnaghi located at the top of the ridge overlooking Alazani Valley. Lunch on the beautiful shores of Lake Elijah. Excursion in Gremi - royal fortress (XVI c.). The complex is surrounded by the wall with towers and embrasures. The secret tunnel connecting to the river is still preserved there. Excursion in Telavi - main city and administrative center of Kakheti region with museum in the fortress of king  Heraclius II (XVIII c.). He signed Treaty of Georgievsky with the Russian Empire. Wine tasting in the wine museum, a master class in cooking Georgian dishes and dinner in this village with Georgian wine, barbecue and khinkali. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner. Overnight.
 
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Day 4: Tbilisi – Kazbegi/Gudauri – Tbilisi
 Breakfast. In the morning, departure from Tbilisi in the direction of Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). On the way, we visit the picturesque Ananuri fortress (XVI c.), overlooking the Aragvi river and also, attracting visitors with the beauty of Zhinvali reservoir. Leaving behind the ski resort Gudauri (2200 m), enjoy the stunning trip along Tergi river through Cross Pass (2400 m). Visit Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). Lunch - famous mountain khinkali. Excursion in Kazbegi: church of the Holy Trinity of Gergeti (2170 m. above the sea level). With fair weather condition there is a chance to take a look of the stunning mountain Kazbegi (5147 m), one of the highest tops of Georgia. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 5: Tbilisi - Akhaltsikhe fortress - Vardzia - Borjomi - Kutaisi
Breakfast. Departure to recently reconstructed Akhaltsykhe fortress, the motherland of Sharl Aznavur, the ancient center of Catholicism in Georgia. In the complex, together with Orthodox Church of St. Marina, mosque, Catholic Church and monastery of Benedictine Sisters, synagogue and Armenian Church are placed. Visit synagogue. Lunch - freshly caught trout roasted on a spit, and more.
Visit Vardzia cave monastery complex (XII- XIII c.) – 19 stored rock town. 900 m along the left bank of Kura river, in the plumb wall of the mountain, around 600 buildings are cut out – among them churches, chapels, parrocks, pantries, baths, libraries. There are preserved secret passages, remains of plumbing, and irrigation system. Vardzia - is the site of Golden Age. More than thousands of monks lived there, and when being attacked, 20 thousand of people could find shelter there. Arrival to Borjomi. We will taste the worldknown mineral water Borjomi from the spring. Departure to Kutaisi. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 6: Kutaisi
Breakfast. Excursion in the ancient city Kutaisi that is more than 3 thousand years old. Visit Gelati monastery and academy (XII c.), established by the great Georgian king David IV the Builder. Gelati monastery and Academy is included to the list of World Heritage sites of UNESCO. Visit Bagrati cathedral and the "monastery of accomplishment of desires" — Motsameta. Lunch.
Visit “Big Synagogue”, the Jewish quarter. If possible meet with the representative of the Jewish community of Kutaisi.
Excursion to the cave of Prometheus. According to the legend, Prometheus gave the fire to people, and because of that he was enchained to the rock. Dinner. Overnight in Kutaisi.
 
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Day 7: Kutaisi – Batumi
Breakfast. Arrival to Batumi. Excursion in the city. Batumi is a "Georgian Singapore", the most famous Black Sea resort of Georgia, with the population of 120 000 people. A visit card of Batumi is a popular place of residents and visitors of the city - it is Batumi Piazza, built in 2009. In 2010, a new, 7 meters high, moving sculpture of Love became the adornment of the city. The statue is a figure of a woman and a man. They seek to each other, in 8-10 minutes they move in a original and beautiful way towards each other and eventually merge as one. Excursion in Batumi: animated fountains (laser show), Argonauts square with Medea statue. Walk in boulevard. Lunch. 
Visit Synagogue. Get familiar with the history of Jews in Georgia. If possible meet with the representatives of Jewish community in Batumi. Dinner. Overnight.
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Day 8: Batumi – Mtskheta – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion in ancient capital – Mtskheta – the town-museum, included to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (1010-1029), at the basement of which one of the major Christian relics – Lords Tunic is buried, brought in Georgia by Ellious, Jewish citizen of Mtskheta who witnessed crucifixion. This is the burial place of many Georgian kings too. The part of life-giving pillar is located there too. Visit Samtavro Monastery, where the blackberry bush grows, flowers and fruits whole year round. St. Nino – the enlightener of IV century – lived and preached nearby. Wonderworking icon of Iberian Mother of God, wonderworking icon of St. Nino, grave of St. King Mirian and Queen Nana, hallows of St. Abibos Nekreseli, St. Shio Mgvimeli are located inside. Visit Temple-Monastery Jvari (VI c.). Return to Tbilisi. Farewell dinner with Georgian folk songs and dances. Overnight.

Day 9: Tbilisi
Breakfast. Free time. Souvenir purchase. Transfer to the airport.

Tour price per person in USD:
20+1 pax
25+1 pax
30+1 pax
Surcharge for single occupancy
693
660
639
130

The price includes:
  • Accommodation in 3* hotels: 5 nights in Tbilisi, 2 nights in Kutaisi, 1 night in Batumi, standard double rooms;
  • Full board: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners, including farewell dinner in Georgian restaurant with folk dances and songs and one dinner in village with wine, barbecue and Khinkali;
  • Transport services according to the program;
  • Jeeps in Kazbegi;
  • English or Hebrew speaking guide according to the program;
  • Entrance fees;
  • Wine degustation and master class

The price does not include:

  • Optional tours;
  • Services not listed above;
  • Personal expenses.
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