Ancient caves and National Park - 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 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.
The Borjomi mineral water park is a very popular attraction with tourists who visit Borjomi. This is the place where the "famous" mineral water was first produced.
I will pick up you in the morning.
We'll Drive towards the South-West of Georgia passing Borjomi town and visit national Park of BorJomi, where we can drink mineral water.
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 Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection
End Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection
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.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 Gel - per person for a lunch
- Personal Expenses
There is a Dress code in Georgian Orthodox churches and Monasteries. Ladies need a 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
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I travelled to Georgia with my partner and 2.5 year old son and booked private tour with Levan to take us to Jvari, Ananuri, Jinvali, Uplistsikhe and Mtskheta. Levan was very punctual, friendly and particularly great with my son. The tour itself was well organised with enough time spent in each place and Levan was also very informative and knowledgeable. There was also enough time to stop for a great lunch in Gori. I'd highly recommend his services and would definitely book him again if I ever go back