Tour to Vardzia from Tbilisi (Vanis Kvabebi, Khertvisi, Sapara, Rabati, Borjomi)

Private full day tour to Vardzia includes visiting southern Georgia's unique cave city and monastery Vardzia built in 12th century that is the most picturesque monument of medieval Georgia, Vanis Kvabebi cave monastery from the 8th century, fortress of Khertvisi built in the 2nd century BC and destroyed by Alexander the Great, Sapara Monastery from at least the 9th century in a green forested canyon distinguished by its pink and yellow stones, cultural and historical complex Rabati that is a symbol of tolerance established in the 9th century and balneological resort Borjomi, well-known with its mineral waters that dates back to the 1850s. Private tour to Vardzia is suitable for people who enjoy visiting medieval caves, castles, churches and exploring breathtaking Georgian nature. Total drive 540 km (335 miles).

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  • What's included :
    • Private transportation
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • WiFi on board
    • Bottled water
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
    • Entrance fee to Rabati is 2.5$, Entrance fee to Vardzia is 3$, Entrance fee to Borjomi Park is 1$.
    • Entry/Admission - Vardzia
    • Entry/Admission - Rabati Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Borjomi Central Park
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Vardzia, Erusheti Mountain, Aspindza 383770 Georgia

    Vardzia is a cave monastery on the Erusheti Mountain on the left bank of Mtkvari River (12th century). According to the myth, the young Tamar, when out hunting with Giorgi, lost in the caves; when called for, she replied "I am here, uncle" ("aq var dzia"), giving the site its name.The caves stretch for 500 meters and in up to 19 levels. The Church of the Dormition, dating to the 1180s during the golden age of Tamar and Rustaveli. The site was abandoned after the Ottoman takeover in the 16th century. Extended area of Vardzia-Khertvisi has been submitted for future inscription on the UNESCO Heritage List.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Cave Town Vanis-Kvabebi, Gogasheni Georgia

    Vanis Kvabebi is a cave monastery complex that dates from 8th century and consists of a defensive wall built in 1204 and a maze of tunnels running on several levels in the side of the mountain.
    There are also two churches in the complex. A newer stone church stands near the top of the wall, and a smaller, domed church that clings to the rock on the level of the highest tunnels.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Khertvisi Fortress, Vil. Khertvisi, Aspindza 0500 Georgia

    Khertvisi fortress was first built in the 2nd century BC. The church was built in 985, and the present walls were built in 1354. As the legend says, Khertvisi was destroyed by Alexander the Great. It became a town (12th). Mongols destroyed (13th). Jakeli family owned (15th). Turks invaded (16th) and owned during 300 years. Returned and used as military base (19th).

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Sapara Monastery, Akhaltsikhe Georgia

    Sapara Monastery is a Georgian Orthodox monastery that has existed from at least the 9th century.. At the end of the 13th century Sapara became a possession of the Jakeli family, whose leader, Sargis Jakeli, was adept at staying on good terms with the Mongols, which enabled Samtskhe to enjoy a peace unusual for the time. When he grew old, Sargis took monastic orders and changed his name to Saba. His son Beka built the largest of the 12 churches here, St Saba's Church, named after the saint whose name his father had adopted, one of the most architecturally important churches of its time. The 14th-century frescoes inside are of high quality. From the end of the 16th century until the beginning of the 17th century the Sapara Monastery became empty due to the expansion of Ottoman Empire policy into Samtskhe and during this process the monastery's icons and other treasures were taken to more protected areas of Georgia.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Rabati Castle, Akhaltsikhe Georgia

    Rabati Castle originally established in the 9th century as the Lomisa Castle, but was rebuilt by Ottomans. Most of the surviving buildings date from the 17th-18th centuries. The city was established in the 9th century by Guaram Mampal, son of the King of Tao. From the 13th-14th centuries it was the capital of Samtskhe-Saatabago, ruled by dynasty of Jaqeli.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Borjomi Central Park, 50, 9 Aprili Street, Borjomi 1200 Georgia

    Borjomi is a resort town with a population of 10,546 and is a balneological and climatic resort. Borjomi has several districts, of which Likani, Papa and Plateau are particularly favorable for treatment. The main treatment of the resort is mineral water used for drinking and balneological procedures. Other treatment factors in Borjomi are climatotherapy, mud treatment. The best time for climatotherapy is June-October. Medical indications: chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and biliary tract, alteration of substances, some diseases of the cardiovascular system. The season lasts all year. Borjomi has striking nature and unique mineral waters. One of the best places visit is the “Mineral Water Park”. The park itself dates back to the 1850s and is an attractive destination all throughout the year. Here you can taste the natural Borjomi mineral water and relax in a beautiful environment.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport, Tbilisi Georgia
    Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • 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-123892P11

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