Ancient caves and the castle - a full day tour with a private guide
The Cave City of Vardzia is remarkable. Situated in the European country of Georgia at the juncture of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, it has an over eight hundred year history.
1185 saw a woman, Tamar, on the throne of Georgia. This was a first for the country and extremely unusual in the Europe of the twelfth century. Her reign nevertheless, saw a flowering of culture and she wished to build a monastery.
Vardzia would be a massive construction job now, but in the twelfth century, it was a gigantic.
Altogether, 13 levels were constructed with natural caves being enlarged to contain over 6, 000 dwelling places for monks and for those fleeing invaders.
Fortress Rabat is in Akhaltsikhe. The history of fortress begins with the IX century. From historical data it becomes known that in the XII century the princely family of Dzhakeli constructed the first fortress which turns into the residence of a family of Dzhakeli in Akhaltsikhe.
I will pick up you in the morning.
We'll Drive towards the South-West of Georgia passing Borjomi town. Arrive in Akhaltsikhe for a short tour inside Rabati fortress. The old stone Rabati fortress is standing on the small hill on the very shores of the Potskhovi River.
Continue our tour to Vardzia. En route, short photo-stop at Khertvisi fortress (10-11th century).
Arrive to Vardzia, which was erected in the 12-13th centuries during the rule of George III and his daughter Queen Tamara for the purpose of the southern boundaries of Georgia protection. Vardzia is not just a set of random rooms cut in rocks. It is a multi-storied complex with streets, tunnels and stairs leading to monasteries, temples, fortresses, baths, libraries dwelling houses and so forth.
Drive back to Tbilisi.
About lunch, we will agree during the tour.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Hotel/Airport/Address in Tbilisi.
End location: Hotel/Airport/Address in Tbilisi.
Duration: 10 hours
I use a Toyota Sienna 2009, a very comfortable minivan, with room for 5 people with plenty of space.
I can accommodate up to 6 people, as long as you don't mind having a little less extra space in the vehicle. Please contact me for details.
The car is using petrol for safety, not gas.
The tour price includes guiding, planning, transportation, and fresh Georgia mineral water.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 Gel - per person for a lunch
- Tickets in the museums
There is a Dress code in Georgian Orthodox churches and Monasteries. Ladies need dress and scarfs to cover the body, and men should wear long trousers
you should not enter there during prayer or service. I can provide dress and scarfs for the ladies