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From Tbilisi: Full-Day Tour of Vardzia, Rabati, and Borjomi

1. From Tbilisi: Full-Day Tour of Vardzia, Rabati, and Borjomi

Explore southern Georgia and see the most important monuments, including the Rabati Castle complex or the fascinating Vardzia cave complex. Visit the world-renowned Borjomi Resort. Start your tour at Rabati Castle, a 13th-century medieval castle complex, and admire the influence of different cultures reflected in the architecture. See a mosque, orthodox church, catholic church, and a synagog. Follow along the upper Mtkvari River, traversing narrow canyons at Aspindza along a stunning valley with rocky hillsides. Arrive at Vardzia, famed for its paintings and unique architecture. Tour the bell tower, main church, cave dwellings, rooms, chapels, pharmacy, and wine cellars. Finally, arrive at the Borjomi Resort, a hydro-thermal health spa resort in the southern region of Samtskhe-Javakheti. Walk in the Borjomi Central Park and taste Borjomi mineral water which has unique healing qualities.

Borjomi & Bakuriani: Small Group Full-Day Tour from Tbilisi

2. Borjomi & Bakuriani: Small Group Full-Day Tour from Tbilisi

Meet your guide in front of Avlabari metro station at 8:30 AM and head off for Bakuriani ski resort, one of the best resorts in Georgia. The first stop is Bakuriani, where you will hop aboard the Kukushka, a special, mini train which navigates this lovely place. There are two trains and each of them includes two wagons, each with a carrying capacity of up to 23 people. Today, Borjomi-Bakuriani railway and the legendary "Kukushka" are on Georgia's cultural heritage list. The whole train journey is fantastic and peaceful. Bakuriani ski resort is situated 1,700 meters above sea level on the northern slope of Trialeti Range, at the foot of the breathtaking Caucasus Mountains. For skiers and snowboarders, there are 29 kilometers of slopes available and 15 lifts. The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 1,740 and 2,702 meter. Due to the long winters of 4-5 months, the resort is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders. It is also a superb venue for children to engage in winter sports and activities. The modern developed ski area, Didveli (1,861 meters), and the oldest ski area, Kokhta (2,155 meters), are the beauties of Bakuriani. Different ski routes cater to all levels of skiers and ensures maximum pleasure. Also, there are lots of hotels, hostels, family guest houses, restaurants, and cafes serving up healthy, local food. Bakuriani is the perfect place to have an unforgettable time with family and friends. The resort is an ideal destination not only for recreational purposes but also for sport and nature lovers. Depart Bakuriani at 4:30 PM for the last stop at Borjomi Park, internationally known for its spring mineral water. Take a walk in Borjomi Central Park, taste Borjomi mineral water, and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery. Return to Tbilisi at 9:00 PM.

From Tbilisi: Vardzia, Rabati, and Borjomi Private Tour

3. From Tbilisi: Vardzia, Rabati, and Borjomi Private Tour

From Tbilisi, transfer to Borjomi and visit the Balneological health resort, situated in the south-east of Georgia in the Agura river gorge. Discover this picturesque place and its large-leaved and coniferous forests surrounded by the majestic Caucasian mountains. Borjomi is well known for its mineral waters, the source of which is situated in Borjomi Central Park, where those who wish may sample it.  Then, head towards Akhaltsikhe which is cozily situated on both banks of the small river, Potskhovi. Take a tour of this ancient city and visit Rabati Fortress, a complex consisting of many historical castles, towers, and churches. Pay special attention to the halls and marvel at the ancient Georgian architecture. In the lower part of the fortress, you will find a tourist information center, a restaurant, café, and gift shops which you may visit as you please.  Next, visit Vardzia, a cave monastery site which delves into the rock half a kilometer and rises up thirteen tiers, which are connected to each other with a complex system of tunnels. Here, see the preserved large reception hall, living quarters, book depository, wineries, water, and spring water baths. Visit the Church of the Dormition, the central spiritual and monumental focus of the site. On the same north wall are ancient portraits of the royal founders, King Giorgi III and his daughter Queen Tamar. Then, return to Tbilisi.

From Tbilisi: Borjomi City Tour and Thermal Baths

4. From Tbilisi: Borjomi City Tour and Thermal Baths

Start your tour at the popular Liberty Square, where you will meet your guide in front of the City Assembly Building. After your short meet-and-greet, you'll hop aboard your tour vehicle and set-off to your destination.  Your first location of the day is the stunning Borjomi Central Park, spread over a vast area and rich with pine and spruce trees. This location is home to the famous mineral water springs that flow from the tap constantly, boasting waters with a temperature equivalent to that of the human body.  Your second location for the day is the Borjomi Sulfur pools, a short distance from the central park. Deep in the forest, you can find three open pools where people take rejuvenating thermal baths. There are three pools to choose from and you can feel free to swim in whichever one suits your needs. The pools are equipped with dressing rooms and restrooms. On the way back to the original pickup location, you'll get to stop by a restaurant and try a delicious Georgian meal.

From Tbilisi: Vardzia Cave Tour with Guide

5. From Tbilisi: Vardzia Cave Tour with Guide

Discover the historical Vardzia Cave, excavated from the slopes of the Erusheti Mountain, which dates back to the 12th century. Explore the wonders of the cave including monk cells, a grand foyer, a treasury and even a cathedral. Trace the steps of Georgia’s first female sovereign, Queen Tamar, as you learn about the many battles that took place there. Then explore the Rabati Castle, a complex Asian-style military building that was erected in the 13th century. Learn about the sieges over the centuries that have destroyed the castle, and how it has absorbed the traces of different cultures and religions.  Continue on to the picturesque town of Borjomi to marvel at the beautiful natural landscapes of this National Park and taste the mineral water, Georgia’s number one export, that Borjomi is famous for.

From Tbilisi: Georgian Highlights in One Day Private Tour

6. From Tbilisi: Georgian Highlights in One Day Private Tour

Your guide will pick you up in the morning in a comfortable car and head first to the Tbilisi sea. You might be surprised by the existence of a sea in the Georgian capital, but in fact, the Tbilisi sea is the unofficial name of the reservoir created in 1952 to serve the city with water. The Tbilisi reservoir is located at a height of more than 500m above sea level and it is a pleasure to spend time here during the summer heat. Here, you’ll also visit a monument that amazes with its size. Known as the Georgian Stonehenge, the monument is officially titled the Chronicle of Georgia and was created by the Georgian-Russian painter, sculptor, and architect Zurab Tsereteli. The memorial was erected in order to celebrate 3,000 years of Georgian sovereignty and 2,000 years of Christianity in Georgia. The next stop will be the Jvari Monastery, the 6th-century Georgian Orthodox monastery built on a hill opposite Mtskheta at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Jvari Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Continue to the Shida Kartli region where you’ll visit Uplistsikhe, an ancient cave town and one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. Uplistsikhe — literally “Fortress of God" — is an ancient town that played a significant role in Georgian history over a period of approximately 3,000 years. Archaeological excavations have revealed extraordinary artifacts dating from the late Bronze Age all the way up to the late Middle Ages. The next stop will be at Borjomi Central Park, home to the most remarkable virtues of Borjomi with its striking nature and unique mineral waters. One of the best places to experience this is Mineral Water Park. The park itself dates back to the 1850s and is an attractive destination throughout the year. Here you can taste the natural Borjomi mineral water and relax in a beautiful environment, or you can try riding the cable car up to the top of the park. After this last stop, your guide will drop you off in Borjomi or Bakuriani, or you can return to your accommodation Tbilisi.

Borjomi National Park: 2-Day Hike - Lomi Mountain

7. Borjomi National Park: 2-Day Hike - Lomi Mountain

Day 1: Tbilisi, Borjomi, Likani (by car) - Likani Guard Station-Lomisma touristic shelter Walking Distance 15km, 6 hours, starting elevation 930m, maximum 2080, ascent 1150m. Depart to the Borjomi town which is situated in the central part of Georgia. The city is well-known of its mineral waters. You can taste absolutely natural mineral waters from the spring in the central park of Borjomi. The hiking starts at Likani guard station (930 m). Pass by the Likani River valley where you may come across rare species included in the Red List of Georgia. Afterward, head up and reach the tourist shelter of Lomismta. Stay overnight in the wooden cottage. Day 2: Lomi Mountain, Likani, Tbilisi Walking Distance 18km, 7 hours, maximum elevation 2180, ascent 400m, descent 1500m. Visit St George Church, located on Lomismta. Here, in addition to beautiful views, there are flourishing rhododendrons in May and June. After exploring surrounding hills of Lomi Mountain, head back to the Lomismta shelter before setting off back towards Likani, and eventually to Tbilisi.

Tbilisi to Borjomi - Kharagauli National Park Day Tour

8. Tbilisi to Borjomi - Kharagauli National Park Day Tour

Start your tour after breakfast from your hotel in Tbilisi. During the tour, you will visit the ancient capital of Georgia – Mtskheta. Here you will see wonderful UNESCO heritage monuments. the first being Jvari Monastery from the 7th-century, where the beautiful view on the confluence of two rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi can be seen from. Then go to the Svetisckhoveli Cathedral from the 11th-century – the architectural masterpiece of Georgian Renaissance. Then drive to Borjomi, which is situated in the central part of Georgia. The city is well-known for its mineral waters. You can taste natural mineral waters from the spring in the central park of Borjomi. After Borjomi Park, you will visit the beautiful forest of pine, hornbeam, and beech in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. Explore one of the easiest trekking routes – “National Park Information Tail”. The route starts from the administration building. After an initial hard ascent, the trail straightens out allowing for an easy trek that takes about 1.5 hours to complete.

Tbilisi: Private Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Hot Pools Day-Trip

9. Tbilisi: Private Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Hot Pools Day-Trip

Enjoy a day trip to the most scenic sight of central and southern Georgia, visiting a local family in their countryside house for a traditional dinner. After the pick-up from your hotel at 9:00AM, you will soon reach the ancient cave town of Uplistsikhe. Here you can walk through the ruins and beautiful rock formations and see the remains of formal ancient glory of what used to be once the center of Pagan culture. Right next to Uplistsikhe lies Gori, the town known as the birth place of Stalin, where you can still see the house where he grew up. After about 1.5 hours, you will reach the cozy resort town of Borjomi, surrounded by the largest national park of Georgia. You can wander through the beautiful central park, taste the legendary mineral water of Borjomi directly from the springs and take a bath in the open air thermal pools in the middle of the forest. You can reach the pools by hiking through the forest or taking a ride with a local car operating this route (at own expense). After the outdoor fun you are invited to be the guest of a Georgian family who lives in a nearby village, where a delicious traditional dinner is waiting for you.

Tbilisi: Guided Gori Fortress, Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Tour

10. Tbilisi: Guided Gori Fortress, Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Tour

Take the chance to visit Uplistsikhe, a cave town fortress situated on a rocky massif on the left bank of the river Mtkvari. Dating back to the 1st and 2nd millennium B.C., Uplistsikhe was an important religious, political and cultural center in the Hellenistic and late Antique periods. The place was founded in the late Bronze Age, around 1000 B.C., and continued to be inhabited until the 13th century A.D. Between the 6th century B.C. and the 11th century A.D., Uplistsikhe was one of the most important political and religious centers of pre-Christian Kartli, one of the predecessors of the Georgian state. Visitors can still walk among the ancient streets, rock-carved theater, royal halls, pharmacy, pagan temples and Christian churches, while the remains of granaries and large clay wine vessels give us some clue as to the daily life of the inhabitants. You can also visit Joseph Stalin’s Museum in Gori, Stalin (originally Georgian) was the secretary general of the Communist Party during World War II. The museum features Stalin’s house (a hut where he was born), his armor plated railway carriage and a statue that was controversially standing in the main square of Gori up until 2010. Afterwards, discover Gori Fortress, a medieval citadel in Georgia which stands above the city of Gori on a rocky hill. Following this, you will venture to Borjomi, a picturesque resort town in south-central Georgia located on the edge of the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. It is one of the districts of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region and is situated in the northwestern part of the region in the picturesque Borjomi Gorge, on the eastern edge of the National Park. The town is famous for its mineral water, which is the number one export of Georgia. Borjomi is also home to the most extensive ecologically themed amusement park in the Caucasus. Due to the supposed curative powers of the area's mineral springs, it is a frequent destination for people with health problems.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 258 reviews

The communication before this trip from Baia was great. My guide Zurab was absolutely fantastic; friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We spoke at great lengths on the history, politics, food and culture in Georgia, he was very perceptive in working out what you’re interested in and providing the information to suit. Our driver was also very friendly and drove safely. The trip itself was great and the views were phenomenal.

A well organized trip. Convenient means of transport. Friendly English-speaking guide. A properly selected trip plan - beautiful and interesting stopping places. A program tailored to the participants of the trip - enough time everywhere. There is time to admire the views, take pictures, and enjoy your meals in a leisurely manner. Really worth.

We had the most wonderful experience, with beautiful scenic places, skiing and also a Soviet era cable car ride. The tour guide was warm and welcoming with good knowledge and lot of patience Specially handling a large group .

Vardzia and Rabati was an amazing sight and experience. We didn't get to see much of Borjomi as we only arrived at Borjomi after it was dark and most of the shops were closed.

what a great excursion. guide Niko is incomparable, charisma, knowledge, experience. I am very grateful to him and the company.