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Georgia with Eastern accent Tours in Georgia » Group tours » Themed tours » Pilgrimage tours » Muslims in Caucasus Region
"Georgia with Eastern accent"
 
Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Ananuri – Gudauri – Kazbegi – Akhaltsykhe – Vardzia – Borjomi – Kutaisi– Batumi — Gori — Uplistsikhe — Tbilisi (7 days, 6 nights)

Day 1: Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting with the representatives of the agency. Hotel accomodation.
Excursion in Tbilisi. The capital of Georgia is unique. It is located on the several mountain hills, on which "creep" the old blocks. Tbilisi – is a beautiful river Kura with its picturesque rocky shores, that flows across the whole city. "Old Town" – is the historic center of Tbilisi, that is located at the root of Mtatsminda (Holy Mount) mountain. Almost all of the buildings of the Old Town are historical and cultural sites, this part of the city is round – the – clock full of life, here walk alone or in groups tourists, meet lovers near the Clock Tower. This amuzing Tower appeared here recently, built by the Puppet Theatre director Rezo Gabriadze. Here artists exhibit their paintings, artisans offer numerous souvenirs. Basically here are 2-3 storeyed houses, built of brick and stone, that have a particular Tbilisi architecture, distinguished by narrow streets, galleries and carved wooden balconies. Tbilisi is one of the rare places in the world, where can peacefully exist in the Old Town orthodox church, catholic cathedral, synagogue and mosque.
Muftiyat of Georgia is unique - there are two mufti! One - a Sunni, the other - the Shiites. In Tbilisi, there is still a unique situation - there pray together Sunnis and Shiites. But imam is always Sunni.
The mosque was built in Tbilisi in 1723-1735
by the Ottomans. In the 1740s the mosque was demolished by Persians. In the years 1846-1851 it was restored by project of Giovanni Skudieri, but in the XIX century it was again destroyed. On its place was built a new, which stands to this day and is the only mosque in Tbilisi.
Islamic cultural center "Al al-Bayt" in
Tbilisi engaged in public awareness campaign and collecting donations for charity, assistance for the construction of mosques, to needy families.
Optional visiting the famous sulfur baths.
Overnight in the hotel.
 
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Day 2: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Ananuri – Gudauri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion to Mtskheta. Visit of temple- monastery Jvari ( VI c.). At the top of the mountain, where the temple is located, opens a fantastic view on the place of confluence of two rivers – Kura and Aragvi. There also opens a beautiful view on the ancient capital of Georgia – Mtskheta. Visit of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (1010-1029), at the bottom of which is buried one of the major Christian relics Lords chiton, as well as the burial place of many of the Georgian kings. Here is also the part of life-giving pillar. Visit of Samtavro monastery, where year round grow, flower and fruit blackberry bush, near of which in the IV century lived and preached St. Nino- enlightener, the first preacher of Christianity in Georgia. Woderworking icon of Iberian Mother of God, woderworking icon of St. Nino, grave of St. Tsar Merian and Tsarina Nani, hallows of St. Abibos Nekresky, St. Shio Mhvimskoho are placed inside. Then, we overlook the picturesque Ananuri fortress (XVI c.), located above Aragvi river, and also the amazing beauty of Zhinvali reservoir. In passing the ski resort Gudauri (2200 m), the stunning trip along Tergi river, through Cross Pass (2400 m), will bring us to Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). Excursion in Kazbegi. From the central square of the city, a pleasant 1.5 hour walk along the mountain slope, will lead us to the Holy Gergeti Trinity Church (XIV c.), towering at a height of 2200m. When the weather is fair, one can enjoy the stunning view on the mountain Kazbeg (5147 m), one of the highest tops of Georgia. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.

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Day 3: Tbilisi – Akhaltsykhe – Vardzia – Borjomi – Kutaisi
Breakfast. In the moring drive to recently reconstructed Akhaltsykhe fortress, the motherland of Charles Aznavur, the ancient center of Catholicism in Georgia. In the complex, together with Orthodox Church of St. Marina, are placed mosque, catholic church and monastery of Benedictine Sisters, synagogue and Armenian church.
A very tragic fate of the founder of the mosque - Vizier Ahmed Pasha, who was the representative of the noble Georgian family Jakeli accepted Islam during the conquest of the region by the Ottoman Empire. In particular, when the temple was ready, Ahmed Pasha ordered to arrange there a special elevated place for themselves, contrary to Islamic canons. But Constantinople saw in such actions an insult sovereign rights of the sultan. Ahmed Pasha was convicted of treason and sentenced to death by suffocation. Vizier took this decision with awe, and he took his own life with the sacred thread. Locals Vizier's ashes majestic honors. In the vast courtyard they were erected two modest monument enclosed by a lattice. One of the monuments carved inscription: "Here lie the remains of Vizier Ahmed Pasha, who died in 1173 Edzhry" and the other specifies the grave monument of wife Ahmed Pasha - Aysha Aliyeva. The fate of the fortress Rabat (Akhaltsikhe fortress) and mosques Ahmediya (Mosque Haji Ahmed Pasha) in the town of Akhaltsikhe, which were recovered by the Georgian authorities in 2012, was the main topic of the negociations between Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the visit of Georgian leader to Turkey at the beginning of 2013. Following the negociations, Turkish prime minister agreed with the proposal of Saakashvili to leave the golden color of the dome of the main mosque complex.
Visit of Vardzia cave monastery complex (XII- XIII c.) – 19 stepped rock town. For 900 m along the left bank of Kura river, in the plumb wall of the mountain, around 600 buildings are cut out – churches, chapels, parrocks, pantries, baths, libraries. There preserved secret passages, remains of plumbing, and irrigation system. Vardzia – is the site of the era of Golden Age. More than thousands of monks lived there, and when being attacked, to 20 thousand of people could shelter there. Drive to Borjomi. We will taste of the worldknown mineral water Borjomi from the spring. Departure to Kutaisi. Overnight.
 
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Day 4: Kutaisi – Batumi
Breakfast. Excursion in the ancient city Kutaisi, that is more than 3 thousand years old. Visit of Gelati monastery and academy, established by the great Georgian tsar David IV the Builder, that is included to UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Excursion to the Prometheus castor cave, where, according to the legend, Prometheus gave the fire to people, and because of that he was enchained to the rock. Arrival to Batumi. Dinner. Overnight.
 
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Day 5: Batumi
Breakfast. Excursion in the city. Batumi - is a "Georgian Singapore", the most famous Black Sea resort of Georgia, with the population of 120 000 people. A visiting card of Batumi is a popular place of residents and visitors of the city, - it is Batumi Piazza, built in 2009. In 2010, a new, 7 meters high, moving sculpture of Love became the adornment of the city. The statue is a figure of a woman and a man. They seek to each other, in 8-10 minutes they move in a original and beautiful way towards each other and eventually merge as one. Excursion in Batumi: animated fountains (laser show), worldknown dolphinarium, Argonauts square with Medea statue. Walk along the boulevard.
Ortadzhame Mosque gets its name from its location between two other Muslim temples (in Turkish "Horta" - average). It was built in the 1880s and today it is the only surviving mosque in Batumi. Together with other religious buildings had been closed during the Soviet era. In 1990 restoration works were held and the mosque has renewed its spiritual and cultural life.
Optional excursion to:
Gonio Apsar fortress - the oldest fortress in Georgia, on the board with Turkey. The fortress was built in I-II century AD, and served as citadel of Roman at first, and then of the Byzantine Empire. Total length of fortress is 900 m, walls height - 5 m, the height of each of the eighteen towers is 7 m.
Botanic Garden, that has more than 5 thousand exotic plants, icluding roses garden, with 1200 sorts of roses.
Dinner. Overnight in Batumi.
 
Day 6: Batumi — Gori — Uplistsikhe — Tbilisi
Breakfast. Departure to Tbilisi. On the way to it, excursion in Uplistsikhe ( I millenium BC) - the ancient cave town, that was under the reconstruction stage for centuries and consists of more than 700 caves and buildings, including wine cellars, bakeries, antique theater, hall of receptions of Queen Tamara, preserved to this day. Arrival to Tbilisi. Closing dinner with national dances and songs. Overnight.
 
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Day 7: Tbilisi
Breakfast. Free time. Souvenirs buying. Transfer to the airport for your flight to back home.
 
Tour price in Euro p/p:
20+1
25+1
30+1
Surcharge for single occupancy
490
473
452
173
 
The price includes:
Accommodation in 3 * hotels: 3 nights in Tbilisi (Georgia), 2 nights in Batumi (Georgia), 1 night in Kutaisi (Georgia), standard double rooms;
• Half board:
6 breakfasts,6 dinners including closing dinner with national dances and songs;
English speaking guide according to the program;
Transportation services according to the program;
Entrance fees;
One free of charge for TL in single room.
 
The price does not include:
Optional excursions;
Lunches
• Services not mentioned above;
• Personal expenses.
 
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