Mtskheta, Borjomi, Gori
Varzia presents Twelfth-century cave dwellings in the valley of the Mtkvari River, approximately 270 km west of the Capital of Tbilisi in the Georgian Republic. This is an outstanding monument of the Georgian plastic arts of the Middle Ages. It was built for the most part between 1156 and 1205 (during the reigns of Georg III and his daughter Thamar) as a fortress and monastery for Georgia's southwestern frontier. It consists of several dozen homes, religious buildings, and businesses that have been carved into a sheer cliff of tufa to form tiers of dwellings with interconnecting passageways. There are preserved more than 240 cave rooms out of approximately 400.
On the way to varzia you'll get a chance to visit Joseph Stalin's home-town Gori, early medieval centuries fortress Atskuri, caves of Vani and well preserved fortress of Khertvisi (IVth century B. C). Actually Varzia is one of the most popular places of interest of Georgia and have thousands of visitors every day.
day 1. Tbilisi- Mtskheta: Monastery of Jvari, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, City of Gori(Stalins house) - Borjomi (mineral water square)-
Day 2. Borjomi- Atskuri Fortress, Rabati fortress, Khertvisi Fortress, varzia (Cave city)- Back to Tbilisi through the southern way
Note: tourists are flexible and the route can be slightly changed upon clients decision! :))For instance: they can add couple of more hours, price will be the same, unless route is changed!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Tbilisi hotel
End location: hotel at any place/Airport
Duration: 2 days
4X4 SUV, Mitsubishi, Montero Sport, 2001, 3:0 l
4X4 minivan, Mitsubishi, Delica, 2002 3:0 l
Note: Do not forget - less electronics longer and safer drive in the mountains!
Estimated Local Cash Needed
80 GEL - For Lunch, cold drinks (if needed) and souvenirs.
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Koba thanks for a wonderful experience. It is rare to find a guide that is more concern with business than money and takes the time to truly show the beauty of any land. Great memories and cheers. P.S. stay out of holes that you may not be able to get down from and thanks for the blizzard.