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Catholic places in Georgia (7 days)

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Catholic places in Georgia (7 days)
 
Tbilisi Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Mtskheta – Borjomi – Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia – Ananuri – Gudauri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi (7 days, 6 nights)
 
Day 1: Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting with the representative of the agency. Hotel accommodation. Dinner and overnight.
 
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Day 2: Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion in the capital of GeorgiaThe capital of Georgia is unique. It is located on the several mountain hills, on which the old blocks "creep". 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 full of life, here tourists walk alone or in groups, lovers meet near the Clock Tower. This amusing Tower appeared here recently, built by the Puppet Theatre director Rezo Gabriadze. Here artists exhibit their paintings, artisans offer numerous souvenirs there. Basically, there are 2-3 storied 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. If possible – meeting with a representative of Catholic church.
During the excursion, visit of Methekhi Church (V c.), Narikala fortress (IV c.), Sioni Cathedral (VI-VII c.), Anchiskhati Basilica of St. Mary, the oldest surviving church, Synaxis of Saint Trinity of the temple complex of Tsminda Sameba – the main Cathedral of Georgian Orthodox Church. Walk on Rustaveli Avenue. Night Tbilisi. Dinner. Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.
 
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Day 3: Tbilisi – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Departure to the Kakheti regionOn your way, visit Bodbe village and the monastery complex of St. George and the grave of St. Nino who brought Christianity to Georgia. Excursion in "town of everlasting love"- Sighnaghi located at the top of the ridge overlooking Alazani Valley. Degustation of Georgian wine (optional) in the 300 years old wine cellar, where the wine is stored in clay jars buried in the ground. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner. Overnight.
 
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Day 4: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Borjomi – Akhaltsikhe
Breakfast. Attend morning catholic service in Tbilisi (according to the time).  Excursion in ancient capital – Mtskheta – the town-museum, included to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (1010-1029), at the basement of which one of the major Christian relics – Lords Tunic is buried, brought in Georgia by Ellious, Jewish citizen of Mtskheta who witnessed crucifixion. This is the burial place of many Georgian kings too. Visit Samtavro Monastery, where the blackberry bush grows, flowers and fruits whole year round. St. Nino – the enlightener of IV century – lived and preached nearby. Wonderworking icon of Iberian Mother of God, wonderworking icon of St. Nino, grave of St. King Mirian and Queen Nana, hallows of St. Abibos Nekreseli, St. Shio Mgvimeli are located inside. Visit Temple-Monastery Jvari (VI c.). 
Departure to Borjomi. Taste famous Borjomi water from the spring. Departure to the Akhaltsykhe fortress, the motherland of Charles Aznavour, 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 Evangelical church. Hotel accommodation in Akhaltsikhe. Dinner. Overnight.
 
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Day 5Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Attend morning  service in the Catholic Church (according to the time). Next, visit Vardzia cave monastery complex (XII- XIII c.) – 19 stored rock town. 900 m along the left bank of Kura river, in the plumb wall of the mountain, around 600 buildings are cut out there – among them churches, chapels, parrocks, pantries, baths, libraries. There are preserved secret passages, remains of plumbing, and irrigation system. Vardzia – is the site of Golden Age. More than thousands of monks lived there, and when being attacked, 20 thousand of people could find shelter there. Departure to Tbilisi. Hotel accommodation. Dinner. Overnight.
 
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Day 6: Tbilisi – Ananuri – Gudauri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi
Breakfast. In the morning, departure from Tbilisi in the direction of Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). On the way, we visit the picturesque Ananuri fortress (XVI c.), overlooking the Aragvi river and also, attracting visitors with the beauty of Zhinvali reservoir . Leaving behind the ski resort Gudauri (2200 m), enjoy the stunning trip along Tergi River through Cross Pass (2400 m). Visit Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). Excursion in Kazbegi:  church of the Holy Trinity of Ghergeti (2170 m. above the sea level). With fair weather condition there is a chance to enjoy stunning mountain Kazbek (5147 m), one of the highest tops of Georgia. Return to Tbilisi. Farewell dinner. Overnight.
 
Day 7: Tbilisi
Breakfast. Free time according to the flight schedule. Souvenir purchase. Transfer to the airport for your flight to back home.
 
 
Tour price in Euro p/p:
Hotel
10+1 pax
20+1 pax
30+1 pax
40+1 pax
Surcharge for single occupancy
3*
458
415
376
360
160
4*
690
585
538
520
210
 
Price includes:
  • Accommodation in 3* or 4* hotels: 5 nights in Tbilisi, 1 night in Akhaltsikhe; standard DBL rooms;
  • Half board: 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners including a farewell dinner ;
  • English speaking guide according to the program;
  • Transport service according to the program including jeeps in mountains;
  • Entrance fees;
  • One free of charge for group leader.
 
Price does not include:
  • Flight tickets;
  • Wine tasting in Sighnaghi – 12 euros p/p;
  • Lunches;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Insurance.
 
 
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