As one of the first European countries to embrace Christianity, Georgia has a host of unique churches and monasteries that have survived the rise and fall of numerous empires over the centuries, as well as the region's harsh climatic conditions. This 9-day itinerary explores some of Georgia's most renowned monuments, including the cave monasteries of Uplistsikhe and Vardzia, as well as the ancient city of Mtskheta and the rock-hewn monastery of David Gareja. This private journey focuses on the southern and central regions of the country, where most of the religious sites are located.
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Afternoon flight from London Gatwick to Tbilisi, via Kiev, with Ukraine International Airlines. Transfer to the Courtyard by Marriott / Holiday Inn for 3 nights. (N)
Morning city tour of the capital of Georgia, including the 4th-century Narikala Fortress, the State and Art Museums and the 5th-century Metechi Church, considered the first church in Tbilisi. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L)
Morning visit to Mtskheta, the spiritual heart of Georgia. Visit the Jvari and the Samtavro Church, and the Cathedral of Svetitskhoveli, built on the grave of Sidonia, who died clutching Christ's robe. Continue north to the Georgian Military Highway for a visit to the Ananuri Fortress. (B, L)
Drive west from Tbilisi to Kutaisi visiting Gori, the birthplace of Josef Stalin, en route. View the house where he was born and the museum dedicated to his life. Continue to Uplistsikhe to visit the cave town, which has been inhabited since pre-Christian times. Stay at the Bagrat Hotel / Aeetes Hotel for 1 night. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the Gelati Monastery, which was formerly the main cultural and learning centre in Georgia. Drive from Kutaisi through the Samtskhe-Javakheti region via the spa town of Borjomi to Akhaltsikhe. Stay at the Lomsia Hotel / Rabath Hotel for 2 nights. (B, L, D)
Morning tour of Rabti Castle, which contains a church, synagogue and mosque. Continue to visit the Vardzia Cave Complex, which is the largest in Georgia. Return to Akhaltsikhe visiting the Khertvisi Fortress, which is said to have been visited by Alexander the Great in his conquest of the Persian Empire. (B, L, D)
Morning drive from Akhaltsikhe to Tbilisi via the Poka Monastery and Paravani Lake. Transfer to the Courtyard by Marriott / Holiday Inn for 2 nights. (B, L)
Full-day visit to David Gareja, a complex of 22 monasteries carved into the rock. Visit Lavra Monastery and Udabno, located on a ridge overlooking Azerbaijan and housing exquisite frescoes. (B, L)
Early morning transfer to the airport and fly to London Heathrow, via Kiev, with Ukraine International Airlines. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
It is possible to extend your stay in Tbilisi or alternatively travel to Yerevan in Armenia for 2-night post-tour extension. Please speak to a Cox & Kings consultant for further details.
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GHOG2018: 8 Nights
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