Duration: 10-12 hours
Tour programme :
Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Uplistskhe –Borjomi – Tbilisi
Kartli is the largest and most populated province of Eastern Georgia. It includes the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, and two other major city Gori. In the 3rd century BC the ancient Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Kartli, also known as Iberia, was established here. Its king declared Christianity as the official religion of Kartli in 337 AD
Drive to town of Mtskheta, which was the capital of Georgia before establishment of Tbilisi. Mtskheta is approximately 2,500 years-old and because of the abundance of ancient monuments – which are included in the UNESCO Heritage List – the town is sometimes called “Georgian Jerusalem”. Here you will see one of the masterpieces of world architecture – Jvari Church built in the end of VI century. The church harmoniously blends into the landscape and still amazes visitors with its perfect architectural forms. From here the beautiful panorama of Mtskheta, which lies between the peaks and the confluence of two rivers opens before our eyes.
Descending from Djvari you will walk through the picturesque streets of old Mtskheta, past shops with souvenirs and local crafts. Our goal lies ahead – majestic cathedral of XI century – Svetitskhoveli. It is the spiritual symbol of Georgia, under which the tunic of Jesus Christ was buried – a piece of clothing, in which the Saviour was clothed at the time of the crucifixion. Here you will hear the legend of Saint Sidonia and the Holy and Life-Giving Pillar, see graves of kings and ancient frescoes, here you will be able to touch the sacred relics of Georgia. This completes the tour of this day. It is time to return to Tbilisi.
Drive to Gori. A life path of Josef Stalin and his personal belongings will appear before you in a museum in Gori – the hometown of the famous Soviet dictator. There are rooms dedicated to childhood, youth and political career of Josef Dzhugashvili. And near the museum there stands a house where revolutionary “Koba” was born. There you will also see a parked carriage in which Stalin travelled to Tehran and Yalta Conference to address issues of global importance. All this is overlooked from the mountain top by the Gori fortress walls – one of the largest fortifications in Georgia.
After Gori you are transported to 3000 years back. In the valley of the Mtkvari, on the left bank of the main river of Georgia, stands Uplistsikhe – one of the first cities in the country. It is a city carved in the rock cave history of which starts at the beginning of the Iron Age. Uplistsikhe was a religious center and capital of pagan Georgia. Later it became the scene of fierce fighting between the old beliefs and coming Chrisitanity. This unique city had experienced several ups and downs before people finally abandoned it in the XIX century. Remains of architectural and religious structures built over three millennia are still preserved in Uplistsikhe.
Transfer to Borjomi. The Balneological health resort Borjomi is situated in the south-east of Georgia in the Agura river gorge at the height of 800m above sea level. This is a picturesque place with large-leaved and coniferous forests surrounded with majestic the Caucasian mountains. The resort gained its special reputation owing to mineral sources. The Borjomi mineral waters were mentioned for the first time as early as in the XV century. The main Borjomi source is situated in Borjomi Central Park where everybody who wishes can have it.
There are over 200 historical monuments in the Borjomi Gorge: fortresses, churches, monasteries. A special place among historical monuments is occupied by the palace of the Russian Tsars Romanovs, built at the end of the 18th century. a walk in the Borjomi park, where you can taste the healing mineral water directly from the source. Ascent to the plateau, from where a stunning view of the city and the mountains around. A city park must be distinguished from a national park – these are two different things.
Mineral water lives in the city. In the city park with a length of more than 3 kilometers, drink a real “Borjomi” directly from the well, and through the relict forest you will go to a bathhouse with natural mineral water. The pressure created by natural carbon dioxide pushes out water from a depth of about 10 kilometers. Thanks to passing through many earth layers, water is enriched with 60 types of minerals. . The water temperature at the outlet of the pipe is about +35 degrees, but in the pool it cools slightly. We can say that this is such a demo version of Tbilisi sulfur baths, only in nature.
On the cable car you can climb to the Sadgersky forest park, it is located at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level. There is an amusement park, a picturesque waterfall, but most importantly – dizzying views of the green Borjomi gorge.
Return to Tbilisi.
The total price of excursions $ ( US Dollar)
|Number of persons||1-3 per||4-6 per||7-16 per||17 -30 per|
|Mode of transport||Sedan||Minivan||Minibus||Bus|
|Price of excursions||110$||180$||240$||370 $|
Group rates $ (US Dollars)
Sedan: 1 per – 110$; 2 per – 55$; 3 per – 37$.
Minivan: 4 per –45$ ; 5 per – 36$; 6 per – 30$.
Minibus : 7 per – 35$; 8 per – 30$; 10 per- 24$ …….
Bus: 17 per – 22$; 18 per– 19$; 20 per- 19 $ ….
Price Includes: Transport throughout all round, Medical insurance, Service of qualified guide.
*Timetables : on request