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The whole Georgia spread out before you
Tbilisi - David Gareji - Bodbe - Sighnaghi - Nekresi - Gremi - Telavi - Gudauri - Kazbegi - Gori - Uplistsikhe - Kutaisi - Batumi - Zugdidi - Mestia - Ushguli - Akhaltsykhe - Vardzia - Borjomi - Mtskheta - Tbilisi (12 days, 11 nights)

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Day 1: Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting with the representatives of the agency. Hotel accommodation. Excursion in the capital of Georgia.    
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 there are 2-3-storey houses, built of brick and stone, and of 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 cathedra, synagogue and mosque.
During the excursion, visit of: Metekhi  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 at the Shota Rustaveli avenue. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel in Tbilisi.
Day 2: Tbilisi - David Gareji - Bodbe - Sighnaghi
Breakfast. Excursion in David Gareji - the complex of Georgian cave monasteries of the VI century. Many churches and refectories of the complex preserved frescoes (VI-IX c.), including the portrait of Queen Tamara. Arrival to the " town of everlasting love" Sighnaghi.  Visit the monastery complex of St. George and the grave of St. Nino, that brought Christianity to Georgia in the Bodbe village. Upon request, bathing in the holy waters of the increate spring, that heals the sick and make miserable people happy. Degustation of Georgian wine in the 300 years old wine cellar, where the wine is stored in clay jars buried in the ground. Hotel accommodation in Sighnaghi. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 3: Sighnaghi - Nekresi - Gremi - Telavi - Tbilisi
Breakfast. Arrival to Tbilisi. On the way, visit of Nekresi- the oldest temple of Georgia of IV c. Then, excursion in Gremi royal fortress (XVI c.). The complex is surrounded by the wall with towers and embrasures. The remains of the secret underground passage, that leads to the river, survived.
Here is also located the complex of Church of Archangels (XVI -XVII c.). Excursion in Telavi - main city and administrative center of Kakhetia, museum - fortress of king Erekle II (XVIII c.), that signed Treaty of Georgievsk with the Russian Empire. Then, visit of Alaverdi Cathedral (XI c.), the second highest building (more than 50 m), and also monastery cellar. Excurison in the ancient Ikalto Academy (X-XII c.), where studied the great Georgian poet and philosopher Shota Rustaveli, the author of the worldknown poem "The Knight in the Panther's Skin".
Hotel accommodation in Tbilisi. Dinner. Overnight.

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Day 4: Tbilisi - Kazbegi
Breakfast. In the morning, departure from Tbilisi in the direction of Stepantsminda (Kazbegi).On the way to it, 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: Holy Gergeti Trinity Church (2170 m above the sea level). When the weather is fair, the stunning view on the mountain Kazbeg (5147 m), one of the highest tops of Georgia, opens. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 5: Tbilisi - Gori - Uplistsikhe - Kutaisi
Breakfast. Arrival to Gori. Visit of Stalin museum. Museum consists of three blocks - museum, house and railway carriage. Excursion to the ancient Goristsikhe fortress, placed on the hill in the city center. Visit of the ancient cave town Uplistsikhe ( I millenium BC), that was under the finished building stage for centuries, and consisted 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 Kutaisi. Hotel accommodation. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 6: 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. Overlook of the Bagrati Cathedral and "monastery of accomplishment of desires" Motsameta. Excursion in the Sataplia castor cave - plateau with many clear original dinosaurs traces of prehistoric reptiles. Then,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 7: Batumi
Breakfast. Arrival to Batumi.  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. Optional, overlook of 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.  Optional, excursion in the Botanic Garden, that has more than 5 thousand exotic plants, icluding roses garden, with 1200 sorts of roses. Walk along the boulevard. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel in Batumi.  
Day 8: Batumi - Zugdidi - Mestia
Breakfast. Arrival to Zugdidi.The treasure of Zugdidi is graceful patrimonial palace of Dadiani princes, with great park. At the present time, it is a museum with uncommon historical collection, icluding the death mask of Napoleon Bonaparte. The oldest aristocratic family of Dadiani princes is known for its relations with Napoleon Bonaparte. In Vlakherna church, in Zugdidi, is kept one of the most precious Christian relics - Cincture of the Virgin Mary - christian relic, that belonged to Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. On the way to Mestia, we can enjoy the fantastic views of four waterfalls and three mountain peaks of the Caucasus - Ushba, Mazera, Shkhelda. Hotel accommodation in Mestia. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 9: Mestia - Ushguli - Kutaisi
Breakfast. Excursion in Mestia, that is included to the in the number of World Heritage sites by UNESCO.Visit of the historic- ethnographical museum, medieval church and fortification districts of Mestia. Arrival to Ushguli. Excursion in Ushguli - Svanetian village located at an altitude of 2200m above sea level, the most high-mountain permanent settlement in Europe, included to the World Heritage sites List of UNESCO. Visit of Lamari church (2300 m above sea level), Ushguli museum of icons, Towers of Queen Tamara, Ushguli Ethnographic Museum. Arrival to Kutaisi. Hotel accommodation in Kutaisi. Dinner. Overnight.  

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Day 10: Kutaisi - Akhaltsykhe - Vardzia - Borjomi - Tbilisi
Breakfast. Arrival 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. 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. Arrival to Borjomi. Tasting of the worldknown mineral water Borjomi from the spring. Arrival to Tbilisi. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 11: Tbilisi - Mtskheta
Breakfast. Excursion in the ancient capital of Georgia- Mtskheta - the town-museum,  included to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. 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. Visit of the ancient temple - monastery Jvari (VI c.). Arrival to Tbilisi. Walking in the city, souvenirs buying. Free time.
Closing dinner with national dances and songs. Overnight.
Day 12: Tbilisi
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your flight to back home. 

Tour price in Euro p/p:
Surcharge for single occupancy
The price includes:
- Accommodation in a 3* hotels: 5 nights in Tbilisi, 2 nights in Kutaisi, 1 night in Sighnaghi, 1 night in Mestia, 2 nights in Batumi; standard double rooms;
- Half board: 11 breakfasts and 11 dinners, including a closing dinner with songs and dances;
- Transport services according to the program;
- English speaking guide according to the program;
- Entrance tickets;  
- One gratis for TL in single room.

The price does not include:
- Optional tours from Batumi;
- Wine degustation in Sighnaghi - 20 Euro p/p;
- Lunches;
- Services not listed above;
- Personal expenses.
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