Meet the guide and driver at a specified pickup location in Tbilisi and drive towards South Caucasus. Begin the tour with a visit to Joseph Stalin’s house/museum, dedicated to the life of the leader of Soviet Union. The museum consists of the house, where Stalin was born and spent the first four years of his life; an exposition building, where the leader’s personal items are presented, and his personal train carriage with interior.
After an informative visit to the museum, drive to the ancient, rock-hewn cave town of Uplistsikhe, dating back to the 1st millennium BC. The town is identified as one of the oldest settlements in Georgia and is remarkable for the combination of Anatolian and Iranian cultures. The museum includes rock streets and squares, halls, secret tunnels, remains of ancient churches, and a museum building where valuable items that have been excavated in Uplistsikhe are presented.
After a lunch break in one of the nearby restaurants, continue to the Javakheti region.
The next stop is Borjomi, a town famous for its sparkling mineral waters. The artesian springs are fed by waters coming from glaciers and it rises to the surface without pumping. Enjoy a taste and walk through Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, one of the largest protected areas in Europe. Continue and arrive in Akhaltsikhe town and have dinner at a local restaurant with traditional dishes. After dinner, check-in at the hotel and take a rest.
Overnight: Hotel Lomsia or Hotel Gino Wellness Rabath in Akhaltsikhe
Day Two: Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia – Tsalka – Tbilisi
After breakfast at the hotel, explore the Rabati Fortress Complex. The museum presents the major part of the cultural heritage of the Javakheti region, such as old manuscripts, archaeological exhibits, ethnographic material, collection of old carpets, rugs, and more. Rabati also includes an 18th-century castle, a mosque, and ruins of Islamic school.
Continue along the Mtkvari River gorge, enjoying the views of hilly landscape rich with old fortresses en route to Vardzia, a cave city dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Vardzia is carved into the slopes of the Erusheti Mountain, stretching along the 500-meter-wide cliff and consisting of 19 tiers. The Georgian Queen Tamar is credited for establishing a monastery in Vardzia during her reign in the 12th century. During its rise, the city contained numerous apartments, a throne room, and a large church with a bell tower.
After this excursion, enjoy a picnic lunch with a hot trout barbeque near the site and drive back to Tbilisi via Tsalka, passing lakes Saghamo, Paravane, and Tsalka along the way.
The journey to the Javakheti region ends with an evening drop off at any hotel in Tbilisi.
Accommodation at 3-star hotel Lomsia or Gino Wellness Rabath in double/twin rooms
One dinner at the hotel
One breakfast at the hotel
Two lunches at local restaurants with traditional dishes
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private vehicle
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Please advise of any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
A moderate amount of walking is involved
In case there are an odd number of people booking the tour, one person will be accommodated in single room
Infants aged 0-2 will share beds with their parents
Children aged 3-12 will be accommodated in an extra bed
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Traveling via Tsalka Road is subject to favorable weather conditions during the winter months. If this route is unavailable due to poor weather, travel by main highway
Hotel in Tbilisi
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.