May Day meeting in Georgia! (8 days, 7 nights)
29.04 – 06.05.2016
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Day 1 (29.04.2016): Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting with the representatives of the agency. Hotel settlement. Excursion in Tbilisi. The capital of Georgia is unique.It stands 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 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. Walking tour in the city.Take a walk at the Shota Rustaveli avenue. An evening landscape – "the city of light." Supper. Overnight.
Day 2 (30.04.2016): Tbilisi – Mtskheta
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. The official adoption of Christianity in Georgia in 324 is associated with the name of St. Nino, with the assistance and participation of the King St. Miriam and Queen St. Nana. It was St. Nino who persuaded the king Miriam and queen Nana to adopt 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 inside. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.
Day 3 (01.05.2016): Tbilisi – Ananuri fortress – Gudauri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi
1 May – an unforgettable May Day meeting in 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: church of the Most Holy Gergeti Trinity (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. Shashlik, wine, cheese, beautiful mountain air and fantastic photos for memory – is a lovely memorable May Day meeting! Festive dinner. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.
Day 4 (02.05.2016): Tbilisi – Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia – Borjomi – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Arrival to recently reconstructed Akhaltsikhe 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. Return to Tbilisi. Supper. Overnight.
Day 5 (03.05.2016): Tbilisi – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi
Breakfast. On the way, visit in the Bodbe village of the monastery complex of St. George and the grave of St. Nino, that brought Christianity to Georgia. Upon request, bathing in the holy waters of the increate spring, that heals the sick and make miserable people happy. The ablution from this spring, in Georgia, is likend to the Holy Communion. Optional for an extra charge wine degustation in one of Sighnaghi cellars. Excursion in the ancient city Sighnaghi " city of everlasting love" that is placed at the top of the ridge, overlooking Alazani valley. Now it is fully restored to its original form. Visit of historical and ethnographic museumwith exhibits from the V century BC to the XIX century. The museum also houses paintings by the famous Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani. Visit of the museum – workshop of the handmade carpets and narrow carpets production. You can participate in the process of weaving and buy the carpet you liked. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.
Day 6 (04.05.2015): 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. 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. Drive to Kutaisi. Hotel accommodation. Overnight.
Day 7 (05.05.2015): Kutaisi – Tbilisi
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 for desires accomplishment" Metsameta.
Excursion to the cave of Prometheus, where we recall the legend of Prometheus. According to the legend, Prometheus gave the fire to people, and because of that he was enchained to the rock. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.
Day 8 (06.05.2015): Tbilisi
Breakfast. Free time. Farewell with guests, transfer to the airport.
Prices for children accommodation in Tbilisi hotels.
- Accommodation in 3* hotels: 6 nights in Tbilisi, 1 night in Kutaisi;
- H/B: 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners, including dinner in Kazbegi;
- Excursion with guide according to the program;
- Transportation according to the program;
- Jeep-tour in Kazbegui;
- Entrance tickets;
- 1 free of charge (for tour leader).
Price does not include:
- Wine degustation in Sighnaghi (23 Euro per person);
- Personal expenses;
- Optional programs.
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