Tour – Columbus / vacation package

8 Days 

Views and admiring nature characteristic for every part of Georgia in our marvelous vacation package”Columbus tour”.

The cultural tour is about the sightseeing in the following cities and regions: Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Kutaisi, Zugdidi and Svaneti.

Also,a guest can see numerous places of historical and cultural importance; Churches, monastery complexes, museums, and palaces-this is an incomplete list of sightseeing within this tour.

Definitely,Guests will enjoy the beautiful views and admiring nature characteristic for every part of Georgia.  

INCLUDED

Hotels accommodations

Transfer Airport/Hotel/Airport

• Transportation according to the program (From Tbilisi/Mtskheta/Gori/Borjomi/Imereti/Samegrelo/Svaneti). There is availability for domestic flights as well (Tbilisi/Svaneti) depending on the choice of the client.

Lunch and Picnic

Dinner at the hotel or at a local restaurant depending on the location

Dinner at the hotel or at a local restaurant depending on the location

Breakfast is included in Hotel service

Guide to archaeological and architectural places and also accompany the group during the trip

Vehicles equipped for mountain areas

NOT INCLUDED

International flights Any extra or personal expenses
Tips Beverages

Tbilisi –Mtskheta-Gori-Borjomi-Kutaisi-Martvili-Zugdidi–Svaneti                                              

                                                                Duration: 7 nights / 8 days
  • Meals: Full board
  • Accommodation: 3*** 4****
  • Theme: Cultural tours
  • Hardness: Easy
  • Ages: All ages
  • Best season: every season of the year.
  • Number of pax: Starting from 4 pax (individuals / groups)
  • Transportation: Bus

Day 1:   Tbilisi

  • Firstly,meeting at Tbilisi international airport
  • Check-in at the hotel situated in the city center,
  • Dinner at your hotel
  • (Depending on the arrival time) and after some rest sightseeing around Tbilisi. Guests also will have an opportunity to enjoy beautiful views of Tbilisi in the daytime and at night.
  • Finally,overnight in Tbilisi

Day 2:  Tbilisi (Narikala fortress / Holy Trinity Cathedral / Anchiskhati Church / Sioni Cathedral / Metekhi church / Turtle Lake and open air museum of Ethnography / Tbilisi Botanical Garden

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  • Wake up call
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Narikala Fortress :

  • Firstly,Departure to visit Narikala Fortress- one of the most ancient fortresses in Georgia.
  • Obviously, It overlooks the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi.
  • After Narikala you will visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi.
  • Undoubtedly,the Holy Trinity Cathedral also known as “Sameba”.
  • Also,the Georgians built it between 1995 and 2004.
  • Moreover, It is the 3rd tallest eastern orthodox cathedral in the world.
  • Lunch in a typical restaurant in city center
  • After lunch, you will visit “Anchiskhati Church”, oldest surviving church in Tbilisi. King Dachi had built The church in 6th century AD.
  • Sioni Cathedral :

  • Following,in the afternoon, visit the Sioni Cathedral, situated in the historic “SionisKucha”. Sioni Cathedral was the main Georgian cathedral until Sameba cathedral was completed in 2004.
  • Metekhi church :

  • Then,Metekhi church-is situated on the elevated rock and overlooks the River “Mtkvari”. According to the Georgian annals, Vakhtang I Gorgasali built the church in 5th century and used it as the king’s residence.
  • Lunch at the restaurant
  • Turtle Lake and open air museum of ethnography :

  • Secondly,turtle Lake and open air museum of ethnography-This museum situates near the Turtle Lake commonly known as”kusTba”. The museum displays samples of craftwork and folk architecture.in addition of this, Georgians held Concerts and festivals there as well. also they held festivals of wine every year there .
  • Botanical Garden :

  • Tbilisi Botanical Garden-the history of this garden spans more than three centuries.
  • Back to the hotel at night (around 19:00)
  • Finally,dinner and overnight at your hotel

Day3: Mtskheta (Jvari monastery/Svetitskhoveli cathedral/Shio-mgvime monastery/Samtavro chapel)

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  • Wake up call
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • At the beginning,Departure from Tbilisi to Mtskheta, which is one of the ancient cities in Georgia.
  • Jvari Monastery :

  • Firstly,we can begin our trip by visiting “Jvari Monastery” on the top of the rocky mountain.
  • Additionally,the monastery is overlooking the confluence of two rivers-“Mtkvari” and “Aragvi”. Its history is connected with St. Nino, who erected wooden cross at this place able to work miracles.
  • Svetitskhoveli monastery :

  • Additionally,after “Jvari monastery”, visit “Svetitskhoveli” According to the existing legend Christ’s mantle is buried there. “Svetitskhoveli” is a seat of archbishop and Catholicos-patriarch of all Georgia
  • Picnic in Nature
  • Shio-Mghvime monastery :

  • Secondly,Next destination of our day, is visiting”Shio-Mghvime” monastery.
  • Obviously,It is a monastic complex Monk Shio established it in the 6th century by one of the 13 Assyrian fathers who came to Georgia.
  • Samtavro Orthodox church :

  • Last but not least,after Shio-Mghvime monastery, visit Samtavro Orthodox church in the center of the city.
  • Foremore,it is a Nunnery of St. Nino. King Mirian III of Iberia built The church in 4th century.
  • Following,after that,it was reconstructed several times throughout the history. The famous Georgian monk Gabriel is buried in the yard of the church.
  • Back to Tbilisi
  • Dinner at the restaurant
  • Finally,overnight in Tbilisi

Day 4: Gori-Borjomi (Uplistsikhe/Stalin’s museum/ Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park/Mtsvane monastery)

  • Wake up call
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Firstly,departure for Gori, which is a city in eastern Georgia and also capital of Kvemo Kartli
  • Uplistsikhe :

  • Visit Uplistsikhe, a rock-hewn town situated in Eastern part of Georgia. It is about 100 km western from Tbilisi. scientists is regarding This cave city as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia.the place is connecting by its history to the mythical Uplos, which was a son of Mtskhetos.
  • Joseph Stalin’s Museum :

  • Following,after Uplistsikhe you will visit Joseph Stalin’s Museum in Gori, the soviet union established it in 1951 as a memorial to Stalin. In the museum a guest can see many items connected to the leader.
  • Among them are: wooden hut in which Stalin was born and spent his 1st four years, his office furniture, gifts made to him, personal items, railway carriage etc. As for the building itself it has stalinist gothic style.
  • Picnic in the nature
  • Borjomi :

  • Secondly,departure for Borjomi, located at the confluence of three rivers- Mtkvari, Borjomula and Gujaretistskali.
  • Undoubtedly,It is a climatic and balneological resort.
  • Also,It is worth mentioning,that all the world know Borjomi by its mineral water industry.
  • We will drink Borjomi water rising from the depth of 8-9 kilometers.
  • Furthermore,We will also visit Borjomi-Kharagauli national park stretching over 5.3 thousand square meters.
  • Mtsvane monastery :

  • Thirdly,visit “Mtsvane monastery” near Borjomi. According to a group of scientists this monastery was built by disciples of Gregory of Khandzta, Theodore and Christephore in 9th .
  • Obviously,the monastery complex includes a basilica church and bell tower. 
  • Without doubt,during the invasions of Shah-Tamaz in XV century, he undoubtedly almost destroyed completely The Monastery.
  • In addition of that,It was restored in 20th century. although, we must consider it as one of the most impressive archeology in georgia.
  • Romanov Palace :

  • Also,Visit Romanov Palace located near Borjomi, in resort Likani.
  • Obviously,it was built in 19th century for Russian Emperor.
  • Also,it is said that may be this Palace will become a museum
  • Dinner in Borjomi
  • Finally,overnight in Borjomi (family hotel)

 

Day 5:  Kutaisi (Gelati monastic complex/Bagrati cathedral/Sataflia Nature resort/Motsameta church)

  • Wake up call
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Departure for Kutaisi
  • Gelati monastery :

  • Firstly,visit Gelati monastery, a monastic complex situated in Kutaisi, Imereti.on the other side, It was one of the most important cultural and intellectual centers in Georgia. also,outstanding Georgian scientists and philosophers worked there in this academy for a long time .
  • Also,The complex itself contains three churches.
  • In addition of that,David the Builder in 12th century has built One of them “church of the Virgin” . St. George and St. Nicholas churches dating back to 13th .
  • Bagrati Cathedral :

  • After Gelati monastery you will visit recently renovated Bagrati Cathedral, in the middle of the town of Kutaisi as well.
  • It is worth mentioning,Georgians built it on the high hill called “Ukimerioni”.
  • Moreover,Bagrat III (hence the name “Bagrati Cathedral) had  built The cathedral in the 11th century during his reign .
  • Indeed,the Ottoman troops invading the kingdom of Imereti had devastated The cathedral in 17th century .
  • Also,In 2012 Georgian government rebuilt Bagrati Cathedral again .
  • Picnic in the nature or lunch at restaurant in Kutaisi
  • Sataflia Nature resort :

  • After picnic (lunch) visit “Sataflia” Nature resort. From ancient volumes, inhabited bees at this place and the local population collected honey from this place.
  • That’s why it is called “Sataplia” (place of honey). “Sataplia” has a complex character.
  • Definitely,this city gained its fame because of its unique caves.
  • In these caverns there are stalactites and stalagmites which astonish visitors. In cave one can find a spring as well flowing in the wall.
  • Also,it should be noted,that”Sataplia” resort was established to protect these geologic, paleontological, speleological and botanical monuments.
  • Motsameta church :

  • Visit Motsameta church. the georgian built the church in the same place where the arabes invaders executed Georgian princes David and Konstantin Mkheidze.
  • Also,it should be noted,it is a small church situating above the rough of the River Rioni and buried in coastal vegetation.
  • Following,Bagrat III reconstructed The building  in 10th century, and also, in 19th century Georgians reconstructed The building for the second time as well.
  • Dinner
  • Finally,overnight in Kutaisi

Day 6: Zugdidi (Gchedili Canyon/Dadian’s palace)

  • Wake up call
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Firstly,departure for Martvili
  • Martvili Canyon :

  • Firstly,one of the most beautiful views and important part of our Columbus tour vacation package,is the visit of Martvili Canyon.which is a place of great historical importance.
    – Furthermore,Archeological researches conducted here revealed the remains of pre-historic humans and animals among them are bones of bear and bison. According to this Gachedili (Martvili Canyon) is considered as the third discovery in the world.
    – Moreover,It is possible to sail into the canyon on a boat.
  • Also, Gahcedili ,and in the center of Zugdidi, you will visit Dadian’s palace .
  • Additionally, The house of Dadiani– the dynasty that was a ruling the western province of Samegrelo. It was a house of princes, nobles, dukes etc.
  • Dinner in Zugdidi
  • Finally,overnight in Zugdidi

Day 7:  Svaneti (Mestia/Ushguli)

  • Wake up call
  • Firstly,Breakfast at the hotel
  • Ushguli :

  • Importantly,Departure for Svaneti, Ushguli, which is one of the ancient and highest populated village in the Western Europe.
  • Additionally,in the local Ethnographic museum , a guest can also see ancient artifacts discovered in Svaneti.
  • Back to Mestia, visit recently renovated and redeveloped town.
  • Dinner
  • Finally,ovenight in Mestia

Day 8: Departure

  • Wake up call
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Finally,Transfer Back to Tbilisi International Airport or Take flight from Mestia International Airport.

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