Private Tour to Racha from Tbilisi (Shaori, Nikortsminda, Barakoni, Khvanchkara)

Private Tour to Racha includes visiting one of the most distinguished regions of Georgia known with its great wine, diverse nature and hospitable people. Tour includes visiting Shaori Reservoir covered with mixed deciduous trees beautiful in all seasons of the year, Nikortsminda Cathedral with rich ornaments built in the 11th century, Sakinule cave where the temperature is zero degrees at any time of the year, Qvabtkari- the waterfall of love which helps people get married soon, Barakoni Church that is one of the last important monuments of medieval Georgian architecture built in the 18th century and Khvanchkara micro-zone to taste one of the best wines in the world with harmonious taste and varietal aroma. Tour also includes visiting Ambrolauri, administration center of the region and Nakerala Pass, known with its beautiful forest. Tour is appropriate for people who love nature, historical sites and unique wine. Total drive 595 km (370 miles).

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  • What's included :
    • Private transportation
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • WiFi on board
    • Bottled water
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
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    Stop At: Shaori Reservoir, Georgia

    Shaori Reservoir is covered with mixed deciduous trees beautiful in all seasons of the year. However in autumn and spring it is a spectacular sight with various colours of the trees reflected in the lake. Shaori is known for its healing properties with cold winters and cool summers (1100-1200 metres above sea level).

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Nikortsminda Cathedral, Nikortsminda Georgia

    Nikortsminda Cathedral was built in 1010–1014 during the reign of Bagrat III of Georgia and was repaired in 1534 by the King Bagrat III of Imereti. Three-storied bell-tower next to the cathedral was built in the 19th century. It is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nikortsminda has the Georgian cross-dome style of architecture with a massive dome and twelve windows decorated with ornamented architraves. Interior is decorated with frescoes from the 17th century and the rich ornaments, reflecting the mastery of the late-Medieval Georgian ecclesiastic art.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Nikortsminda, Nikortsminda, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Region

    Sakinule Cave is a natural cave where the temperature is zero degrees at any time of the year and the water droplets from the rock turn to ice as soon as they fall to the ground. Ice stalactites and stalagmites can be found in the cave (1200 meters above sea level). You will need to hike 20 minutes to reach the the cave (difficulty level: easy).

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Qvabtkari, Ambrolauris Raioni, Ambrolauri, Georgia

    Qvabtkari- the waterfall of love. If you enter the cave, you will get married soon (legend).

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Ambrolauri, Ambrolauri, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Region

    Ambrolauri is administration center of the Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti region. According to the 2014 census, the city had a population of 2,047. Ambrolauri is first recorded in the 17th century as a place, where one of the palaces of the kings of Imereti was located. It acquired the city status in 1966 and became a self-governing city with its own municipal government in 2014. The name of the city may have been derived from the surname Amarolisdze, while the settlement could have earlier been known as Metekhara. Ambrolauri has museum of fine arts established in 1965 open every day except Monday.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Tsesi, Tsesi, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Region

    Barakoni Church of the Mother of God was built in 1753 by architect Avtandil Shulavreli by the local lord (eristavi) Rostom of Racha (1750-1769), commemorated in the inscription of the eastern façade. It is a domed cruciform church and one of the last important monuments of medieval Georgian architecture. The church was built of neatly trimmed stable stand stones and adorned with rich ornamentation. The church was closed under the Bolshevik rule. It suffered further damage during the earthquake in the 1991, but was quickly repaired.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Khvanchkara, Khvanchkara, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Region

    Khvanchkara is the micro-zone in Racha where a naturally semi-sweet red wine Khvanchkara is made characterized by a dark red color; harmonious taste; velvety, pleasant flavor; fruit tones and varietal aroma. Khvanchkara is considered as one of the best Georgian wines. It is made from Aleksandreuli and Mujuretuli grape varieties. The vineyards are located at 450-750 meters above sea level on the right bank of the river Rioni.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • To prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), tour will be provided according to recommendations and guidelines of Ministry of Health of Georgia and World Tourism Organization.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by SelectGeorgia - For Holiday

Activity ID: V-123892P82

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