Private tour Vardzia caves-Rabati castle

If you’re traveling to Georgia and want to see something really special and prominent – Vardzia is number one on your list. Spend a day trip in the southern regions of Georgia to explore the stunning cave city of Vardzia – city built completely within caves, boasting streets, churches, dining halls, gathering places, kitchens, baths and more – Vardzia was originally 13 floors carved on top of each other – within the mountain.

On the way to Vardzia, we will also make stops at the biggest castle in Georgia – Rabati in Akhaltsikhe. Built in the 9th century, it was the central fortification of the southern Georgia. It was recently rehabilitated and now it is a stunning sight to visit – with breathtaking views, interesting history and a well-kept museum with medieval artifacts.

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12 to 13 hours


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • Private transportation
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Rabati Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Vardzia
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Pass By: Tbilisi, Georgia

    At 08:00 AM Your Driver and Guide will pickup you up from the address of your choice to start the Rabati & Vardzia Tour.

    Stop At: Rabati Castle, Akhaltsikhe Georgia

    Rabati Castle used to be the throne-hall for the rulers of this region. The history of it begins in the 9th Century AD. Rabati Castle covers an area of 7 Hectares and boasts 2 inner fortresses.

    With the recent rehabilitation of the castle, now walking through the small streets feels like time-travel – you’ll get to relive the stories of the labyrinths, towers, churches, mosques, a synagogue, an amphitheater, the citadel, the dungeons and more.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Akhaltsikhe, Akhaltsikhe, Samtskhe-Javakheti Region

    Once we’re done exploring the Rabati Fortress, we’ll head out to one of the best local restaurants to explore the Georgian cuisine.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Vardzia, Erusheti Mountain, Aspindza 383770 Georgia

    Vardzia Cave city, the region of historic Meskheti. This rock-hewn city-monastery was made in the second part of the 12th century AD.

    You will enjoy exploring Vardzia with a guide or on your own – getting to know it’s history and stopping at all the important attractions of the monastery. This usually takes about 2 hours in total.

    Vardzia stretches over half a kilometer in width and boasts 13 floors. Located at 1300 meters from sea level, this city covers a territory of 40 000 square meters.

    Since 2007 Vardzia is a UNESCO World Heritage Sight.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Tbilisi, Tbilisi

    After the long and memorable trip, we will return to Tbilisi and our team will drop you off at your hotel in Tbilisi.

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    we pick up from any hotel in TbilisiAirports
    • Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport, Tbilisi Georgia
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • 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
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • 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 Journey to Georgia

Activity ID: V-60747P20

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