Day 3 (Monday): Gudauri - Kazbegi - Tbilisi
After breakfast at the hotel, start a full day exploration of the Caucasus Mountains. We will reach 2395 metres level on the Cross Pass, where we can make several stops to taste mineral waters, as well as to observe waterfalls and snowy peaks of the mountains around. Visit the peak of the Mount Gergeti and the Holy Trinity Church, located above Kazbegi town and under the Kazbegi glacier (5033m) at the same time. Finally, after the trip in the mountains, drive back to Tbilisi in the evening. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 4 (Tuesday): Tbilisi - Gori - Uplistsikhe - Borjomi - Akhaltsikhe
After breakfast, drive towards Samtskhe, passing through Kartli region. Along the way, make several stops in Kartli. First, at Gori town, the heart of the Kartli region and the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Stalin museum in Gori consists of the memorial house with collection of Stalin’s personal belongings. From Gori we head for an excursion in the ancient Uplistsikhe cave complex. Uplistsikhe is one of the oldest rock-hewn urban settlements in Georgia dated back to the 1st millennium BC. The town is cut in rock and has many secret tunnels and passes connecting ancient chambers and halls. Our next stop is at Borjomi, a town famous for its mineral sparkling water. Here we can taste Borjomi mineral sparkling water and take a walk through Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, one of the largest protected areas in Europe, which covers 5300sq. km. The park is unique because of its wildlife, interesting historic sites and different ecological and geographical zones. In the evening we arrive in Akhaltsikhe. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe.
Day 5 (Wednesday): Akhaltsikhe - Akhaltsikhe Castle - Vardzia - Akhaltsikhe
After breakfast, visit Akhaltsikhe Castle. Rabati Castle is a fortress in Akhaltsikhe, established in the 9th century and later rebuilt by the Ottomans. After the excursion at Rabati Castle, drive to Vardzia. Vardzia, a rock-hewn cave monastery on the left bank of the River Mtkvari, was founded in the 12th -13th c.c., during the reign of Giorgi III and Queen Tamar. Initially planned as a town-fortress, the complex became a well fortified monastery, which had a significant role in political, cultural, educational and spiritual life of the country. From Vardzia we drive back to Akhaltsikhe. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe.
Day 6 (Thursday): Akhaltsikhe - Tsalka - Tbilisi
On the final day of the tour, after breakfast at the hotel, depart for Tbilisi. On the drive back to Tbilisi, pass through the Javakheti Plateau. Along the way make several stops at the Alpine Lakes of Sagamo and Paravani and Tsalka Reservoir. In the evening we arrive in Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 7 (Friday): Depart Tbilisi
After breakfast at the hotel, check out by 12:00pm. End of services.
- 6 nights' Accommodation in 3* hotels
- Breakfast daily
- Pick up/drop off from/to Tbilisi Hotel
- Transportation service all days except day 7
- 1 x local jeep in Kazbegi on day: 3
- English speaking Guide /Driver service all days
- Entrance fees per program
- 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day
- All taxes
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Air tickets
- Airport transfers on Arrival & Departure days Accommodation in a single room
- Hotel night on the last day of the Land Only itinerary
- Alcohol beverages unless mentioned in the itinerary
- Breakfast on the final day if departing earlier than 8 am
- Any Meals not mentioned above.
Hotels or similar:
- Tbilisi hotel ZP or Brigitte
- Gudauri hotel Gudauri Hut or Alpina
- Akhaltsikhe hotel Tiflis
Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and cruises are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (gh)