Samtskhe–Javakheti
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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.

From Tbilisi: Vardzia Cave Tour with Guide

2. 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.

Tbilisi: Private Vardzia, Rabati, and Borjomi Tour

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

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 the upper Mtkvari River through narrow canyons at Aspindza along a valley. 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.

From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Vardzia, Rabati and Borjomi

4. From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Vardzia, Rabati and Borjomi

Be picked up from your hotel in Tbilisi and start your day trip through southern Georgia. Your guide will be with you throughout the day as you explore 3 different locations and experience the beauty of Georgia. Your first stop will be the cave monastery site, Vardzia. While in Vardzia, you’ll see the bell tower, church, chapels, wine cellars, and cave dwellings. After Vardzia, your next stop will be Rabati Castle. The Rabati Castle is a medieval fortress in Akhaltsikhe. The fortress was constructed in the 9th century. In 2011, many of its destroyed buildings were restored. Your last stop will be Borjomi. Borjomi is a famous resort town known for its mineral water. If you wish, you’ll be able to visit a traditional Georgina restaurant and taste national dishes and wine. Once your visit to Borjomi is complete, you’ll begin the journey back to Tbilisi, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Samtskhe–Javakheti

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 29 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.

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.

It was a great day in Vardzia. The monastery reminded me of Cappadocia in Turkey. The tour was very well organised. However, be prepared for a very long drive. Გმადლობთ.

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