Vardzia And Borjomi
A day trip to Vardzia requires a long drive, but it's totally worth it. Explore this unique medieval cave settlement, which is a clear evidence of so called ''Golden Age'' in the history of Georgia. Walk in the Central Park of Borjomi and visit Saghamo and Paravani lakes on the way back to Tbilisi
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP: BORJOMI PARK, KHERTVISI FORTRESS, VARDZIA CAVE MONASTERY, MURALS IN THE CHURCH OF THE DORMITION, PARAVANI AND SAGHAMO LAKES
Duration: 10 - 11 hours
We drive from Tbilisi to the south-west of Georgia. On the way to Vardzia we visit the Borjomi park and taste their world-famous mineral water. This area, the Borjomi Kharagauli national park, is one of the larges national parks in Europe. After a walk in the park, we continue our way and stop to visit the Khertvisi fortress, located at the confluence of two rivers: Mtkvari and Paravani. Khertvisi is one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia, dating from 2nd C BC. After Khertvisi, we drive 16 km and reach Vardzia. We first visit an eatery, run by a local family, which serves only organic food and wine produced by them. After lunch, we start an hour's walk into the caves of Vardzia. Initially built as a cave town in 12th century under one of the greatest rulers of Georgia, Queen Tamar, Vardzia became a monastery, a spiritual, political, cultural and educational center of the country. Even though only 15% remains, it's still astounding because of its architecture, scale and preserved murals in the church of the Dormition. After exploring Vardzia, we drive back to Tbilisi via the Paravani and Saghamo lakes.
End of the trip.
Price of the tour depends on the size of the group. For more details, please contact us.