Day 1: Tbilisi
Old City tour: explore history of the city from early centuries by walking through narrow streets with churches, synagogues, mosques, famous 19th century colored houses of unique architectures with modern cafes, fashionable art galleries, souvenirs shops. Visit Abanotubani – Sulphur Bath District. Drive to Metekhi church and enjoy panoramic view of the city. Cross the river Mtkvari walking through The Bridge of Peace. Visit Georgian historical museum. Drive to the largest Trinity Cathedral of the whole Caucasus.
Day 2: Ananuri-Kazbegi
Then we drive up the famous Georgian Military Highway, ending route visiting the Ananuri fortress, which is a XVI century castle complex on the Aragvi River. The Fortress overlooks a large Jinvali Lake and its high, turreted stone walls protect two churches, a watch towel and a reservoir. The main church façade is beautifully carved with animal, floral and Celtic style patterns. Kazbegi is famous for its amazing views and the Gergeti Trinity Church. The Church built in 14th century and it’s located on 1,800 meters above sea level. It seems an impossible experience to climb up to it, but in fact ascent goes quite easy taking only an hour walk up the serpentine road and a thorny forest. Those who prefer not to walk it’s possible to drive up in 10 minutes. At night we will stay in Kazbegi.
Day 3: Mtskheta – Tbilisi – Depart
Drive from Kazbegi to old capital of Georgia – Mtskheta has significant cultural and religious value for georgians. It’s place where ancestors of georgians accepted christianity and where robe of Christ is buried. According to legend, Elias, who brought the robe in Georgia, was met by his sister, Sydonia. On seeing the sacred robe, Sidonia was so overcome with emotion that she clutched it to her breast and died. It was impossible to take the robe away, so it was buried with her. After the centuries, royal cathedral of Georgia, Svetitskhoveli was built on her grave. When st.Nino first came in Mtskheta, she saw the sacrifice ritual to Georgian pagan god – Armazi. She prayed to The Lord to help her and take down Armazi, so statue was destroyed by nature and visitors can still find this site to dive in mysterious history. After this peaceful place we’ll go back in Tbilisi.