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Freitag, 24. Februar 2017

Travel Network News: Unforgettable Georgia

Unforgettable Georgia


Travel Network News inform you about Unforgettable Georgia

Unforgettable Georgia
   
Tbilisi - Bodbe - Sighnaghi - Kvareli - Telavi - Nekresi - Grammy - Tbilisi - Kazbegi / Gudauri - Akhaltsikhe fortress - Vardzia - Borjomi - Kutaisi - Batumi - Gori - Mtskheta - Tbilisi (10 days, 9 nights)
Unforgettable Georgia
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Day 1: Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting with the representatives of the agency. Hotel accommodation. Dinner. Overnight.
  
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Day 2: Tbilisi 
Breakfast.  General sightseeing tour in Tbilisi. The capital of Georgia is unique. It is located on the several mountain hills, on which "creep" the old blocks. 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 can peacefully exist in the Old Town orthodox church, catholic cathedra, synagogue and mosque. Visiting of the synagogue. Lunch.
Visit of Metechi Church ( V c.), Synaxis of Saint Trinity of the temple complex of Tsminda Sameba - the main Cathedral of Georgian Orthodox Church. Walking tour in the city. "Old Town" - is the historic center of Tbilisi, that is located at the root of Mtatsminda (Holy Mount) mountain. Almost all of the buildings of the Old Town are historical and cultural sites, this part of the  city is round - the - clock full of life, here walk alone or in groups tourists, meet lovers near the Clock Tower. Using the newest lift we get to Narikala fortress ( IV c.), during the lifting we can observe the city from the bird's eye view. In the Old Town we will visit Sioni Cathedral (VI-VII c.), Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary, the oldest surviving church. Walk at the Shota Rustaveli avenue. Hotel accommodation. Dinner. Overnight.
   
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Day 3: Tbilisi - Bodbe - Sighnaghi - Kvareli - Telavi
Breakfast. Arrival to the "town of everlasting love" Sighnaghi. Visit in the Bodbe village of the monastery complex of St. George and the grave of St. Nino. Excursion in Sighnaghi, that is placed at the top of the ridge, overlooking Alazani valley. Lunch on the beautiful shores of Lake Elijah. Wine tasting in the wine museum, a master class in cooking Georgian dishes and dinner in this village with Georgian wine, barbecue and khinkali. Hotel accommodation in Telavi. Overnight.
     
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Day 4: Telavi - Nekresi - Gremi - Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion in Telavi - main city and administrative center of Kakhetia, museum - fortress of king Erekle II (XVIII c.), that signed Treaty of Georgievsk with the Russian Empire. Then, visit of Alaverdi Cathedral (XI c.), the second highest building (more than 50 m), and also monastery cellar. Lunch. Excursion in the ancient Ikalto Academy (X-XII c.), where studied the great Georgian poet and philosopher Shota Rustaveli, the author of the worldknown poem "The Knight in the Panther's Skin". Visit of Nekresi - the oldest temple in Georgia of the IV century. Overlook of the Gremi royal fortress (XVI c.). The complex is surrounded by the wall with towers and embrasures. The remains of the secret underground passage, that leads to the river, survived. Arrival to Tbilisi, hotel accommodation. Dinner. Overnight.
   
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Day 5: Tbilisi - Kazbegi / Gudauri - Tbilisi
Breakfast. Int the morning, departure from Tbilisi in the direction of Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). On the way to it, we overlook the picturesque Ananuri fortress (XVI c.), located above Aragvi river, and also the amazing beauty of Zhinvali reservoir. In passing the ski resort Gudauri (2200 m), the stunning trip along Tergi river, through Cross Pass (2400 m), will bring us to Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). Lunch. Excursion in Kazbegi: Holy Gergeti Trinity Church (2170 m above the sea level). When the weather is fair, the stunning view on the mountain Kazbeg (5147 m), one of the highest tops of Georgia, opens. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner. Overnight.
   
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Day 6: Tbilisi - Akhaltsikhe fortress - Vardzia - Borjomi - Kutaisi
Breakfast. Arrival to recently reconstructed Akhaltsykhe fortress, the motherland of Charles Aznavur, the ancient center of Catholicism in Georgia. In the complex, together with Orthodox Church of St. Marina, are placed mosque, catholic church and monastery of Benedictine Sisters, synagogue and Armenian church. Lunch/ Visit of Vardzia cave monastery complex (XII- XIII c.) - 19 stepped rock town. For 900 m along the left bank of Kura river, in the plumb wall of the mountain, around 600 buildings are cut out - churches, chapels, parrocks, pantries, baths, libraries. There preserved secret passages, remains of plumbing, and irrigation system. Vardzia - is the site of the era of Golden Age. More than thousands of monks lived there, and when being attacked, to 20 thousand of people could shelter there. Arrival to Borjomi. Tasting of the worldknown mineral water Borjomi from the spring. Arrival to Kutaisi. Dinner. Overnight.
  
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Day 7: Kutaisi – Batumi
Breakfast. Excursion in the ancient city Kutaisi, that is more than 3 thousand years old. Visit of Gelati monastery and academy, established by the great Georgian tsar David IV the Builder, that is included to UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Lunch. Excursion to the Prometheus castor cave, where, according to the legend, Prometheus gave the fire to people, and because of that he was enchained to the rock. Arrival to Batumi. Dinner. Overnight.
      
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Day 8: Batumi
Breakfast. 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 visiting 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), world known dolphinarium, Argonauts square with Medea statue. Walk along the boulevard. Dinner. Overnight in Batumi.
We offer optional programs
  • Gonio Apsar fortress - the oldest fortress in Georgia, on the board with Turkey. The fortress was built in I-II century AD, and served as citadel of Roman at first, and then of the Byzantine Empire. Total length of fortress is 900 m, walls height - 5 m, the height of each of the eighteen towers is 7 m.
  • Botanical Garden - there are more than 5,000 exotic plants, including rose garden, where are about 1,200 varieties of roses.
  • Travel to Adjara - one of the best choices of environmental and ethnic tourism. There is much to see. Valley of Chorokhi river and Adjaristskali are dotted with many small villages, where a centuries-old way of life is currently preserved, traditions and customs of ancestors are still respected. On the slopes of the mountains, in Makhuntseti and Dandalo you can see arched bridges constructed from the period of Queen Tamara, enjoy Makhuntseti waterfall and visit the monument of Georgian architecture - church of Zvare, in the interiors of which there are fragments of the primary painting. The church is located on the top of the mountain, offering stunning views of the surroundings.
  • Excursion to Makhuntseti waterfall and you can see the arched bridges, visit the church of Zvare and the fortress on top of a mountain. From the top of the mountains you have an enchanting mountain scenery. Next, visit the wine house " Adjaris Tskali", which produces ​​a rare and exclusive wine "Chkhaveri", some kinds of Chacha and varieties of seasoned coffee and berries. Wine degustation.

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Day 9: Batumi - Mtskheta - Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion in the ancient capital of Georgia Mtskheta - the town-museum, included to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Visit of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (1010-1029), at the bottom of which is buried one of the major Christian relics Lords chiton, as well as the burial place of many of the Georgian kings. Here is also the part of life-giving pillar. Visit of Samtavro monastery, where year round grow, flower and fruit blackberry bush, near of which in the IV century lived and preached St. Nino- enlightener, the first preacher of Christianity in Georgia. Woderworking icon of Iberian Mother of God, woderworking icon of St. Nino, grave of St. Tsar Merian and Tsarina Nani, hallows of St. Abibos Nekresky, St. Shio Mhvimskoho are placed inside. Visit of the ancient temple - monastery Jvari (VI c.). Return to Tbilisi. Free time. Closing dinner with national dances and songs. Overnight.
 
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Day 10: Tbilisi
Breakfast. Free time. Transfer to the airport.
   
Tour price per person in USD:
20+1 pax
25+1 pax
30+1 pax
Surcharge for single occupancy
782
744
720
150
 

The price includes:
  • Accommodation in 3* hotels: 5 nights in Tbilisi, 1 night in Kutaisi, 1 night in Telavi, 2 nights in Batumi; standard double rooms;
  • Full board: 9 breakfast, 9 lunches and 9 dinners, including dinner in georgian village with wine, barbecue and khinkali and closing dinner with songs and dances;
  • Wine tasting and master class;
  • Transport services according to the program;
  • Jeeps in Kazbegi;
  • English or Hebrew speaking guide according to the program;
  • Entrance tickets.
 
The price does not include:
  • Services not listed above;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Optional tours from Batumi;
  • Wine degustation.
    

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