9 May: Victory Day in Georgia (8 days, 7 nights)
04.05 – 11.05.2015
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Day 1 (04.05.2015): Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting with the representatives of the agency. Hotel accommodation. 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. 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. Stroll along Shota Rustaveli Avenue. Evening landscapes – the "city of light." Overnight.
Day 2 (05.05.2015): Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion in Tbilisi: "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. 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. Overnight.
Day 3 (06.05.2015): Tbilisi – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion in Sighnaghi. 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. 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 museum with 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 4 (07.05.2015): Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Tbilisi
Breakfast. Excursion in the ancient capital of Georgia Mtskheta – the town-museum, included to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Visit of the ancient temple – monastery Jvari (VI c.). On the top of the mountain where the temple is placed, opens a fantastic view on the place of junction 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, one of the most important sacred artifacts of the New Testament that after the crucifixion of Christ was brought to Mtskheta by Elioz – one of the witnesses of his death on the cross, and it is also 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 Mirian and queen Nana to adopt Christianity in Georgia. Woderworking icon of Iberian Mother of God, woderworking icon of St. Nino, grave of St. king Mirian and queen Nana, hallows of St. Abibos Nekreseli, St. Shio Mhvimskoho are inside. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight.
Day 5 (08.05.2015): Tbilisi-Akhaltsykhe – 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 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. Overnight.
Day 6 (09.05.2015): Tbilisi – Gori – Tbilisi
9 May: Victory Day
Breakfast. Drive to Gori. Visit of Stalin museum. Museum consists of three blocks – museum, house and railway carriage. Open air celebration ib the Vake Park at the Memorial of Eternal Flame and grave of the unknown soldier, where during the Victory Day gather almost the whole city – veterans and young people of the city. Festive dinner. Overnight.
Day 7 (10.05.2015): Tbilisi
Breakfast. Free day. Dinner. Overnight.
Day 8 (11.05.2015): Tbilisi
Breakfast. Free time. Farewell with guests, transfer to the airport.
- Accommodation in 3* hotel with breakfast; double standards;
- H/B: 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners including festive dinner;
- Excursion with guide according to the program;
- Transportation according to the program;
- Entrance tickets;
- Wine degustation in Sighnaghi;
- 1 free of charge (head of a group).
Price does not include:
- Personal expenses;
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