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The once ancient kingdom of Colchis, Georgia has long been linked with the Greek legends attributed to Jason and his band of Argonauts. Sandwiched between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, this mythical land today provides us with one of the last hidden gems left in Europe.
This journey takes you from its charming capital, Tbilisi and through forested valleys and snow-capped mountains, where ancient cave towns and clustered rural villages, rich in heritage that can trace its origins back to late antiquity. You will visit some of Georgia’s most famous and important religious sites including Mtskheta and Gelati, as well as the stunning cave town of Vardzia.
You’ll also pay a visit to Gori, birthplace of Joseph Stalin, and journey into the World Heritage landscapes of Upper Svaneti to trek amongst the villages and mountains of one of the last untouched regions of Eastern Europe.
DAY 1: Tour starts in Tbilisi
DAY 2: Tbilisi
DAY 3: Tbilisi- Davit Gareja - Telavi
DAY 4: Telavi - Kazbegi
DAY 5: Kazbegi – Mtskheta – Gori
DAY 6: Gori - Kutaisi
DAY 7: Kutaisi – Ushguli
DAY 8: Ushguli – Mestia
DAY 9: Mestia – Lakhiri – Mestia
DAY 10: Mestia
DAY 11: Mestia – Batumi
DAY 12: Batumi – Vardzia
Today we make the journey to Vardzia, travelling up the coast and then towards to Sairme before joining the Zekari pass to Akhaltsikhe. This is one of the most spectacular roads in Georgia and makes our long journey (approx 7.5h hours) today worth it. Akhaltsikhe is crowned by a fully restored fortress, the Rabat, one of the only Ottoman complexes in the country. In the afternoon we’ll drive on to the cave city of Vardzia, a magnificent 12th century cave town carved out of the hillside in the Golden Age of Georgia, and is one of Georgia’s highlights.
DAY 13: Vardzia
DAY 14: Vardzia - Tbilisi
DAY 15: Tour ends in Tbilisi