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Tbilisi 6 Days 5 nights Tour
Tbilisi 6 Days 5 nights Tour
Tbilisi 6 Days 5 nights Tour
Tbilisi 6 Days 5 nights Tour
Tbilisi 6 Days 5 nights Tour
Tbilisi 6 Days 5 nights Tour
Tbilisi 6 Days 5 nights Tour
Tbilisi 6 Days 5 nights Tour

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I - Tbilisi

The capital city of the country of Georgia and straddles the banks of the Mtkvari river. The city covers an area of 726km² (280.3 square miles) and has a rapidly growing population of approximately 1,345,000.


Lying in the center of eastern Georgia, in the foothills of the Trialeti mountain range. According to Georgian legends, it was founded in the 5th century by King Vakhtang Gorgasali who, while hunting, shot a pheasant which fell into a warm spring and was either boiled or healed. Either way, the king was inspired to found a city on the site, and the name of the city derives from the Georgian word tbili meaning "warm".


Although the city has been destroyed and rebuilt some 29 times, the layout of the Old Town is largely intact with narrow alleys and big crooked houses built around courtyards.


Sight Seeing


Museums


• G. Chitaia Ethnographical Open-Air Museum.


• Numismatic Museum


• Museum of Art


• Simon Janashia Museum


• Puppet Museum


• Galaktion Tabidze Museum


Art Centres & Galleries


• Tiflis Avenue


Religious Architecture


• Mamadaviti, (south –west of Tbilisi on Mtatsminda). Constructed in 1859-1871, domed in 1879.


• Sioni Church, (upper Kala).


• Sameba Cathedral/Holy Trinity Cathedral Church. Constructed in 2002, the largest church in Georgia and one of the most grandiose orthodox churches. 101 meters high.


• Metekhi Church


• Anchiskhati - constructed by the king Dachi Ujarmeli in VI century


• Kvashveti - Was constructed in 1910 and it is a copy of Samtavisi church of the 11th century


• Synagogue, K. Leselidze street. Functioning synagogue constructed in 1910. Women and men are seated separately.


Other Sights


• Mtatsminda Pantheon of Writers and Public Figures, (Mtatsminda Mountain, in the churchyard around St. David’s Church - Mamadaviti). Many famous writers, as well as the mother of Joseph Stalin, are buried here.


• Old Tbilisi. Perhaps one of the most distinctive pleasures of walking through the Old City, with its old-style balconies, ancient churches, winding streets, and charming shops. Be prepared to see a number of eclectic sights, from the abandoned streetcar near Erekle Street to the art galleries of Chardini Street to the stunning modern art lining Sioni Street. Sub-neighborhoods include Sololaki, with its elegant restaurants and art nouveau architecture, Old Tbilisi proper - with sites ranging from churches to mosques to sulfur baths, Betelmi - housing two of the city's oldest churches and the stunning vistas of the Narikala Fortress - and Mtsasminda, just up the mountain from Rustaveli Avenues, a more sedate, "livable" district filled with charming old houses and a number of families.


• Vake. Located around Chavchavadze and Abashidze avenues, this is one of Tbilisi's posher districts, home to many expats and nouveaux riches. While not quite as atmospheric as Old Tbilisi, Vake is home to some lovely parks, pleasant nineteenth-century architecture, and some of the city's most high-end shopping, including luxe furniture store Missioni. There are also plenty of elegant, if understated, bars and restaurants in this area...In Vake there are two buildings of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi state university. The university is founded by Ivane Javakhishvili in 1918 and is one of the historical buildings in Tbilisi.


• Sulfur Baths. The bath district is called Abanotubani and is on the south side of the Metekhi bridge. It is easy to spot with its small domes on ground level. There are several small baths offering different levels of comfort. The baths are relatively small, and you may have to wait for a pool to become available. English service is not guaranteed. Massages are available; however, they are more like a washing, but well worth it for the experience. You should bring your own towel and beach sandals (available for a small fee). Some travelers have suggested the Royal Baths is a much better alternative to Sulfur Baths (they are next to each other). Sulfur baths tends to double the price at the end of the massage and bath in spite of your original agreed price.


• Tea Plantation.


• Turtle Lake (Kus Tba), (Take a taxi or walk up from Saburtalo). This lake is located in the hilly outskirts of Tbilisi. A popular weekend getaway for families, the lake offers pedal-boat rentals as well as swimming (deckchairs optional) for reasonable prices. Alright for a hot summer day, and offering views of both the mountains and the city below. Snackbars, restaurants and fruit cocktail shakers are available overlooking the lake. It's about an hour's pleasant walk from the Saburtalo district along country roads, passing the Ethnographical Museum, or a ten-to-fifteen minute (5-10 lari) cab ride from the center. While the lake itself isn't particularly nice, the views from the hike up to the lake makes it a worthwhile excursion.


• Lake Lisi(Lisis Tba). Much further out than Turtle Lake , Lake Lisi is much larger and more remote, with long, winding mountain walks surrounding the lake. Unlike Turtle Lake, the entire Lake Lisi is opened up for swimmers.


• Climb up to the Narikala Fortress. The crumbling ruins of this once-great fortress, standing alongside the Upper Betelmi Churches and the stunning Botanical gardens, offer panoramic views of the city below. But be warned - it's quite a steep climb - and while the lack of bureaucracy and guard-rails can be liberating for some, you may want to pay extra care to watch your step. Now, the best way to visit is by aerial tramway, a exciting experience with stunning views of the city


• Botanical garden. National botanic garden of Georgia, lying in the Tsavkisis-Tskali Gorge near Narikala Fortres, has not only collection of plants, but is also a lovely park with with scenic waterfall which is great for a dip on a hot summers' day, although you need to avoid the guards.


• TV antenna park (high on the hill)


• Paragliding with instructor


Bebris Tsikhe

Borjomi

Sameba

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II - Batumi

The capital city of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara in the country of Georgia. Its coastal location and sub-tropical climate make it a popular city for vacationers across the Caucasus. It's the party capital of the region with a night life to match which increasingly includes big name international DJs on the beach-front clubs. Batumi is distinguished by the abundance of diverse architectural buildings which make the city more modern and beautiful. It should be noted that in 2012 the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences named Batumi as the Best New Destination of the year.


History


Batumi is one of the oldest cities in Georgia founded as early as BCE. Its initial form – Batus – had already been mentioned in the 4th century BCE. The name must have derived from the Greek word meaning ‘deep’. Aristotle (4th c BCE), Pliny (2nd c CE) and others called the place “Pontus Bathea”. In antique times the local population used to have active trade relations with the neighboring as well as distant countries. During the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (2nd c CE) there used to be a Roman military camp on the territory of present Batumi.


Batumi has always been distinguished by favorable natural and strategic location. From 18th century Batumi was under the Ottoman rule. After the Turkish-Russian war of 1877-1878 and the consideration the Berlin Treaty Batumi became the inseparable constituent part of Georgia. In 1878-1886 Batumi Port was announced as “Porto Franco” that fostered the further development of the city. After the construction of Baku – Batumi railway system (1883), reconstruction of the Batumi port and connection to Baku via pipelines (1897-1907) Batumi became an important sea terminal along the Black Sea littoral. The Caspian Sea oil products were transferred from this location to other countries. In 1918 and 1920 the city was governed by the Ottomans and the British respectively.


Interesting historical past has considerably preconditioned architectural diversity of Batumi (a number of interesting projects were accomplished by European architects during the Porto Franco period). During the soviet and post-soviet times it was also turned into a popular seaport and tourist city.


Climate


Batumi is distinguished by a seacoast humid subtropical climate. Winters are cold, without snow and summers are warm to hot. The average annual temperature is 15 C, 7 C in January and 23 C in August. Annual precipitation is 2.560 mm. Relative humidity is 81%. There are frequent showers. It rarely snows but melts very soon. The average annual water temperature is 17 C at the shore. Cool breezes blowing from the sea moderate the temperature in the summer. A small natural lake is located in Batumi in the 6 May Park. Various types of subtropical plants are spread throughout in Batumi and its vicinities. There are many cultivated parks, tea plantations and citrus plantations. Indigenous Colchis natural trees and shrubs have still been preserved in select areas around the region. Most Georgians do not use central heating so although the day temperature can be warm, bring warm clothes for sleeping at night.


Cuisine


Local cuisine is distinguished by its diversity and cooking technology, table-laying and relevant rituals. It has always been complemented with fruit, viticulture and bee keeping products as well as local fish. There are almost 150 types of dishes registered in the region. The cuisine has numerous Asian influences. Dairy products are prevalent in the highlands. The most popular local dishes are: borano (cheese melted in butter), chirbuli (breakfast with eggs and walnut) and sinori (a dish with cottage curds and dough plates). Batumi is unimaginable without Ajarian khachapuri distinguished first of all by its shape. It resembles a boat while an egg yolk inside represents the sun. Varieties of local sweet pastry are also famous, especially baklava and shakarlama (sugar pastry).


Museums


• Gonio-Apsarosi Fortress, Gonio (On the way to Batumi-Sarpi boarder), Catch a bus from Tbilisi Square to Sarpi (1 Lari) and tell the driver you want to get out at Gonio. Located at the sea shore the ruins host stunning views and interesting architecture. The museum-reserve was founded in 1994. The area comprises Gonio-Apsaros fortress and its vicinities. Archaeological excavations on this territory discovered materials of Hellenistic period. Public buildings are found together with material items (pottery, bronze, silver, gold, Justinian I coins, etc.). The Gonio hoard is especially significant with its jewels presently preserved at Batumi Archeological Museum.


• Ajara State Art Museum, Ajara State Art Museum is located in one of the historical buildings of Batumi. This monumental building was designed in 1949 by a well-known architect Kakha Javakhishvili. It is distinguished with a refined and strict architecture and modesty of décor. Its façade is embellished with relief freeze of well-known sculptor Tamar Abakelia. The museum was founded in 1998 and is relatively new. It preserves paintings of foreign and Georgian artists. Also, it holds graphic works and sculptures and pieces of decorative art as well.


• Batumi Archeological museum, 77 Chavchavadze str.,. Batumi Archeological museum was founded in 1994. It is one of the most important cultural and scientific centers in the region. Scientific-research and cultural-educational works are conducted here. The museum preserves exponents from different archeological bases as well as rich archeological material found during archeological excavations. Special attention should be paid on archeological exponents belonging to Colchis (5th c. BC), Greek (5th - 4th c. BC) and Hellenistic (4th - 3rd c. BC) period. Gold treasure (1st -2nd cc AD) found on the territory of Gonio Fortress mainly consists of unique items of jewelry and has great archeological value.


• The Nobel Brothers Batumi Technological Museum, 3 Leselidze str., . The Nobel Brothers Batumi Technological Museum was founded in 2007. The museum is located in the same building where a century ago the “Batumi Office” of the Nobel brothers’ oil industry company was placed. The museum preserves a number of interesting exhibits depicting economic and cultural development of old Batumi. You can get acquainted with the history of tea culture and interesting biography of Lao Jin Jao; history of commercial Georgian wines including the church wine history connected with Batumi.


• Khariton Akhvlediani Ajara State Museum, 4 Kh. Akhvlediani str.,. The museum was founded in 1908. It preserves unique archaeological materials of 12th-9th cc BCE and 7th-6th cc BCE including Greek black-glaze crater of antique period, engraved axes, sculpture, Gonio hoard – intaglio depicting Aphrodite and Eros, gold chased bowl of 1st-2nd cc CE, gold figure of a disc thrower, fragments of golden belt, pendants with Helios and stylized images, beads, foils, pendants, cult statues (bronze), various samples of ethnographic, folk and applied art of the turn of 19th-20th cc CE.


• Kemal Turmanidze Art Salon, 5 Melashvili str., It’s a private studio owed by Kemal Turmanidze – a prominent master of a special woodcarving technique and a guardian of the distinctive traditions of living Georgian heritage. Some of Kemal’s works are kept at the Ajara State Museum and his best works have been internationally exhibited. The master will show you his studio and his works, and will demonstrate the techniques for you.


Churches


• Orthodox Church, 25 Chavchavadze str.. At the end of the 19th century, European Catholics along with their consulates requested a church in Batumi. Their prayers were answered in 1897 when the Virgin Nativity Church was built by the Zubalashvili brothers. The church was built in the Neo-Gothic style with three domes. The exterior part is decorated with Gothic ornaments. There are statues of St. Nino and St. Andrew above the main entrance. During Soviet times it was used for various purposes including an archive and a high-voltage laboratory. Later the building was handed over to the Georgian Orthodox Church. In 1989 the Cathedral was consecrated by the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II. Today the Virgin Nativity Cathedral is the main cathedral of the Batumi and Lazeti Dioceses.


• St. Nicolas Church, 24 Parnavaz Mepe str.. Greeks living in Batumi gave a gift to an Ottoman sultan for his jubilee thus earning his approval to build a church on one interesting condition - not to ring the bells. The stones for the St. Nickolas Church were brought from Trabzon and the foundation was laid in 1865. Initially it was considered as a Greek Church but from 1879 it was called a Russian Orthodox Church. In 2012 the building was rehabilitated and today it is one of the main churches in the city.


• Catholic Church, 54 Gogebashvili str.. The Batumi Catholic Church of Holy Ghost was built in 2000 by Catholics living in Batumi. The church was consecrated by Giuseppe Pasotto, the Ordinary of the Apostolic Administration of Caucasus. The church is often visited by the Ambassador of Vatican to Georgia and ceremonial liturgy is delivered. There are approximately 50,000 Catholics in Georgia.


• Armenian Church, 25 K. Gamsakhurdia str.. The Batumi Armenian Apostolic Church was built in 1873.In 1885 the original wooden church was destroyed and a new church was built by local donations under the supervision of the Austrian architect Manfred. The church also ceased existence during the Soviet rule. A planetarium was opened in the building that saved it from destruction. In 1992 with the request of the Armenian Diaspora in Batumi, the church regained its previous functions. The Planetarium was moved to Batumi State University and the liturgical services were resumed in the church structure.


• Old Mosque, 19 Kutaisi str.. The Orta mosque was built in 1886. Like other religious shrines, the mosque ceased existence in 1930 during the Soviet rule. The service was resumed in 1990's. Restorations were also made in the yard, square and nearby territory.


• Synagogue, 33 Vazha-Pshavela str.. In 1899 the Jews of Batumi received permission from the Russian Emperor to construct a synagogue in the city. Designed by Leo Volkovich in 1904, it was opened the same year. In 1929 the Soviets mandated that the synagogue cease functioning, along with the other religious sites. The congregation met in sports venues during that time. The Jews returned their shrine only in 1998. The building was renovated the same year.


Landmarks


• Alphabetic Tower, Miracle park (Near Radisson Blu Hotel). 130 - meter high iron construction embossed with 33 Georgian letters represents the sample of architecture similar to DNA cell.


• Astronomical Clock, 44 K. Gamsakhurdia str. (Europe square). Astronomical clock equipped with special mechanisms is located on a building of unique architecture. Besides ordinary time, the clock gives the chance to find out some astronomical information.


• Colonnades, Batumi boulevard. Colonnades are one of the most interesting constructions in Batumi. The colonnades used to act as a gate for seaside zone, from which the sea shore was nearer compared with current location.


• Piazza, arnavaz Mepe str.,. It is spread on 5700 sq/m and is distinguished by its painting, as well as by its exquisite mosaics and stained glass windows. The main architect of the square is Vazha Orbeladze, while Estonian artists Dolores Hoffman is the author of stained glass windows. Piazza Square is already the venue of entertaining and cultural events.


• Batumi Cable Way, Gogebashvili str.. The cable way is 2.586 m. in length with 9 gondolas each with capacity for 8 people. It takes approximately 10 minutes to cover the one way distance. During an hour the cable way serves about 245 people.


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III - Sighnaghi

Sighnaghi (Signagi) (Georgian: სიღნაღი) is a town in Georgia's easternmost region of Kakheti and the administrative center of the Sighnaghi District. It is one of the country's smallest towns with a population of about 3000.


• XVIII century Sighnaghi town wall, (Take the cobbled road down to Tsnori, enter through the tower at the arch.). Sighnaghi's fortifying wall is one of the biggest in Georgia, its area occupies 40 hectares. Town wall has 23 towers, each one named for a nearby town, and 6 gates, its width is 1.5 m, height 4.5 m and total length is 4.5 km. A small section of the wall has been restored for tourism. You can enter this portion through the tower at the gate on the road to Sakobo/Tsnori where there is also a restaurant. This "tourist track" as the signs call it, will spit you out on the same road, above where you entered.


• XVII century St. Giorgi church.


• St.Stephen church in Sighnaghi fortress, (take the road to the left of Hotel Sighnaghi at the highest square. The church is up the road on the right.). The church tower commands an excellent view of Sighnaghi's surrounding areas and tourists can climb over the fortifications. There is often an old man here who tries to extract a fee from visitors, but there is no price for admission to the church or the tower.


• Bodbe Convent, (Located 2 km outside of Sighnaghi it is one of the most important places of pilgrimages. St.Nino, IV c. apostle of Georgia is buried here. Monastery itself was constructed in the end of V century by Vakhtang Gorgasali. Bodbe monastery was reconstructed in XIX century.).


• St.Nino spring, (If you go down the hill from Bodbe Convent you'll find St.Nino spring. You can wash your self in holy and allegedly healing water here).


• Khornabuji fortress, (Located near Dedoplitskaro this is an ancient fortification on the rocks, first mentioned in V century. It was invaded by Mongols in XIII century).


• Pirosmani museum, (Neighboring the square at the summit of Sighnaghi, can be reached by taking the stairs to the left of the large building with a clocktower.).Working hours 11.30-18.30. The ground floor holds an impressive exhibit of archeological artifacts, many of which were discovered locally. The upper floor features 16 original paintings by the famous Georgian folk artist Nikolos Pirosmani, as well as a gallery for special exhibitions. Ticket 3 gel, 1 gel for students.


• Sunday market in Bodbiskhevi, village of Bodbiskhevi, adjoining Tsnori (Marshrutkhas to Tsnori currently are not running from Sighnaghi on the weekends. You can hire a taxi to take you to the market and bring you back for 15 gel or less if not shared with other passengers.). morning. The largest market in the region, Bodbiskhevi offers the traditional Soviet Sunday market day experience. At Bodbiskhevi market the prices and variety of goods are unmatched, selling such things as fresh produce, meats, cheeses, crafts, clothes, livestock, and house and farm goods. If you've been to the bazaar around Tbilisi Railway station then you won't be missing much if you skip this.


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Package Inclusions:

Accommodation in Standard Rooms on Bed & Breakfast basis including VAT.

Meet & Assist.

Transfer from/to Hotel to Tbilisi Airport in A/C vehicle.

One City tour "Tbilisi Highlights 1" in A/C vehicle.

English Speaking guide on tour day.

Entry fees & recreational transportations.


Package Exclusions:

Flight tickets & visa issuing cost.

Travel insurance policy.

All meals that are not mentioned on the program.

Additional personal purchases and/or onsite entertainment.

Tipping


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