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From Tbilisi: Borjomi, Rabati, and Vardzia Guided Day Trip

1. From Tbilisi: Borjomi, Rabati, and Vardzia Guided Day Trip

Visit Borjomi, Rabati Castle, and Vardzia on a full-day guided tour from Tbilisi. Drink healing water in Borjomi Central Park, and learn about Georgian history from your guide throughout the day. Meet your guide at the meeting point in Tbilisi, then board your air-conditioned transportation for the day. Head to Borjomi, a small resort town, first. Once there, enjoy the fresh air and admire the natural surroundings of rivers and woods. Visit Borjomi Central Park and try the area's mineral water, famous for its healing properties, under the park's blue dome. Enjoy free time to take the cable car or engage in other optional activities (at your own expense), like horse riding, rafting, or a quadricycle tour. Next, head to Rabati Castle, a small castle at the highest point in the city of Akhaltsikhe. Hear about the extensive history of the castle, which slowly fell to ruin after being taken by the Russian Imperial Army in the Russo-Turkish War of 1828-1829 before being completely renovated in 2011-2012. Later, continue to Vardzia, a cave monastery complex carved in rock in the 12th-13th centuries. Marvel at one of Georgia's most picturesque monuments, which began construction as a fortress but was designated a fortified monastery by Queen Tamar. Visit the Assumption of Mary Church, one of the monastery's 15 churches. Admire a beautiful mural depicting Giorgi III, Queen Tamar, and other nobles from the time of the monastery's construction. After discovering some of the monastery's 600 storage facilities, refectories, shacks, pantries, backup storages, 25 wine cellars, and 185 wine jars, you'll return to Tbilisi. A stop is made during the day for lunch at a restaurant, at your own expense.

Tbilisi: Bakuriani Ski Resort Tour with Winter Activities

2. Tbilisi: Bakuriani Ski Resort Tour with Winter Activities

Embark on an incredible one-day tour of Bakuriani and Borjomi, two picturesque destinations nestled in the heart of Georgia's breathtaking natural landscapes. Ski, snowboard or just enjoy the snow in Bakuriani, and refresh yourself in the tranquil beauty of Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. Meet welcoming locals and experience genuine Georgian hospitality. Begin your journey in Bakuriani, a charming mountain resort known for its snowy slopes and lush forests. As you explore this winter wonderland, you'll have the opportunity to engage in exciting activities such as skiing, snowboarding, or simply enjoying a leisurely walk amidst the pristine surroundings. Next, venture to Borjomi, a renowned spa town famous for its natural mineral springs. Prepare to be mesmerized by the stunning Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, as you take a leisurely hike through its picturesque trails. Breathe in the fresh air, listen to the soothing sounds of nature, and marvel at the magnificent landscapes that surround you. During your time in Borjomi, you'll also visit the iconic Borjomi Park, where you can taste the world-famous Borjomi mineral water straight from the source. Delight in the refreshing and healing qualities of this natural treasure, believed to have numerous health benefits. Throughout the tour, your friendly and knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into the history, culture, and significant landmarks of both Bakuriani and Borjomi. Take the opportunity to meet welcoming locals and experience genuine Georgian hospitality. As the day draws to a close, take a moment to reflect on the unforgettable beauty and tranquillity of Bakuriani and Borjomi. Return to Tbilisi with cherished memories, rejuvenated spirits, and a deep appreciation for the natural wonders of Georgia.

From Tbilisi: Vardzia Cave Tour with Guide

3. 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 Airport Private Transfer

4. Tbilisi Airport Private Transfer

A private car collection service from Tbilisi Airport. You won't have to share the vehicle with any other party of passengers and you won't have to wait for anyone else to depart from the airport. Your driver will be waiting for you at the arrival hall with a personalized banner stating your name. You will then head directly to your vehicle, with no further stops being made on the direct route to your hotel. Your car will be quite spacious with a capacity ranging from 1-2 passengers, 3-7 passengers, and 8-10 passengers depending on your needs. This is a 24-hour service for your convenience, designed to eliminate all of the regular stresses that arriving and attempting to depart from an airport can provide. It is also provided to those who travel from their accommodation to the airport. You can book transfers to/from - Tbilisi, - Stepantsminda (Kazbegi, Rooms hotel), - Gudauri, - Batumi, - Borjomi or Bakuriani. There may be other options available as well.

Tbilisi Airport Private Transfer service

5. Tbilisi Airport Private Transfer service

Tbilisi Airport Private Transfer: • Convenient and exclusive private car collection service • No sharing with other passengers • Prompt pick-up at the arrival hall with a personalized banner • Direct transfer to your hotel without any additional stops • Spacious vehicles for groups of 1-2, 3-7, or 8-10 passengers • Available 24/7 for both airport arrivals and departures • Transfers to/from Tbilisi, Stepantsminda (Kazbegi), Gudauri, Batumi, Borjomi, and Bakuriani • Additional destinations may be available upon request Enjoy a hassle-free and comfortable journey with our private transfer service from Tbilisi Airport.

Tbilisi to Borjomi,Bakuriani (Ski) GuidedTour

6. Tbilisi to Borjomi,Bakuriani (Ski) GuidedTour

Embark on a Borjomi to Bakuriani tour designed for tourists, allowing ample free time for both skiing enthusiasts and those seeking scenic views. Enjoy the journey from Borjomi to Bakuriani, soaking in the natural beauty of the region. Upon reaching Bakuriani, take advantage of the free time to explore the ski slopes, offering a thrilling experience for skiing enthusiasts. Revel in the winter wonderland, whether you're a seasoned skier or a beginner eager to try this exciting sport. For those preferring a more relaxed pace, relish the breathtaking views of Bakuriani. Capture the snow-covered landscapes and immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of this charming town. Explore local cafes or take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque surroundings. The tour is tailored to accommodate both adventure and relaxation, ensuring a memorable experience for all participants. As the day unfolds, appreciate the flexibility to choose between skiing adventures and enjoying the tranquil vistas. The tour concludes, providing you with a perfect blend of winter sports and the natural beauty of Bakuriani.

Tbilisi to Borjomi, Rabati & Vardzia Cave GuidedGroupTour

7. Tbilisi to Borjomi, Rabati & Vardzia Cave GuidedGroupTour

Locations you visit · Vardzia · Rabati · Borjomi Georgia's Green Paradise: Borjomi, Rabati, and Vardzia Expedition" Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of nature and captivating history on this full-day journey. Our adventure begins in Borjomi, where you'll quickly understand why this region and its surroundings are often referred to as a "green paradise." As we make our way, breathtaking vistas of the lushly forested Borjomi Gorge will unfold before you. During the tour, you'll delve into the discovery of the region's mineral springs, learn about significant archaeological excavations in these lands, and understand the development of the resort town of Borjomi. In Borjomi's city park, you'll have the opportunity to admire a picturesque waterfall, hear tales of the Georgian Prometheus, and, of course, savor the famed mineral water in an ornate pavilion. Our journey continues to the medieval fortress of Rabat, where you'll encounter one of Georgia's most expressive and colorful monuments. This fortress serves as a unique bridge between two worlds, absorbing the energy of both Christian and Muslim cultures as a crucial transit point. You'll explore the palace's halls, adorned in the old Georgian style, and be awestruck by the fortress's grandeur and intricate ornamentation. Moving forward, we'll reach the remarkable Vardzia caves—a testament to the 12th-century monastic history. This cave fortress is not merely a collection of rock-hewn rooms; it's a multifaceted city that spans 13 levels and comprises over 500 rooms, including churches, chapels, residential cells, storerooms, baths, refectories, treasuries, and libraries. Its captivating history is sure to leave a lasting impression. Throughout the journey, you'll be accompanied by an English and Russian-speaking guide who will ensure your enjoyment and immerse you in the extraordinary history of this corner of Georgia. Please note that the tour begins at 07:30 and concludes at 20:30, promising a full day of exploration and discovery.

Tbilisi Airoport Private Transfer Service

8. Tbilisi Airoport Private Transfer Service

Experience seamless transfers from Tbilisi airport to enchanting destinations such as Kazbegi, Gudauri, Kakheti, Bakuriani, Borjomi, Signaghi, and Telavi. Our reliable service offers a spacious and well-maintained car equipped with free WiFi, seven comfortable seats, and additional luggage space. Benefit from the convenience of a multilingual driver fluent in Georgian, Russian, German, and English, ensuring a comfortable and stress-free journey tailored to your preferences. Choose us for a travel experience that combines comfort, reliability, and linguistic versatility.

From Tbilisi: Vardzia, Rabati, and Borjomi Private Tour

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

From Tbilisi, transfer to Borjomi and visit the Balneological health resort, situated in the southeast 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 cosily situated on both banks of the small river, Potskhovi. Take a tour of this ancient city and visit Rabati castle, 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.

Vardzia, Rabati, and Borjomi Ancient Georgia Group Tour

10. Vardzia, Rabati, and Borjomi Ancient Georgia Group Tour

Rabati is a medieval fortress that has been rebuilt and restored over the centuries, and it offers visitors a unique blend of Islamic and Orthodox architecture. The complex also includes a bazaar and a mosque, giving visitors a chance to experience Georgian culture from a different perspective. Borjomi, on the other hand, is a beautiful town located in central Georgia, surrounded by the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, the largest national park in the country. Visitors can explore the park's beautiful natural scenery and taste the famous Borjomi mineral water, which is said to have healing properties.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 29 reviews

Guide was great, gave us various insights on history of Georgia, It was easy to find the location of the meeting point. The guide gave a tour in Russian and English languages so all of the group could receive the same information equaly. Definitely worth the price, the guide gave us needed breaks during long rides, it does say that it takes 10h, but realistically it will be around 12h. No need to bring snacks, as there will be plenty of stops at gas station, shops and restaurant to get enough food in you for the whole day. The actual tour it self will give you very life changing experience on history and is worth the trip. Absolutely recommend.

The guide Emili was very attentive at all times, giving us explanations of everything and very correct. As for the excursion itself, I consider that Vardzia, although it is far away, is one of the essential places to visit in Georgia. As for the organization, I think that the stop in Borjomi is unnecessary, since we arrived almost at night to visit the Rabati Castle due to how long it took to serve us at the restaurant. Keep in mind that for this excursion in winter time it is necessary to distribute the times better.

Absolutely stellar tour experience with George! 🌟 His deep knowledge of Georgia's history and culture made every moment enlightening. From hidden gems to iconic landmarks, George ensured we saw it all with enthusiasm and professionalism. 🏰🚶‍♂️ Highly recommend his tours for an unforgettable journey through this captivating country! 👍

Was perfect trip! Amazing guide and driver! Best team I think was today! See you next time!

Great tour and my guide George was amazing and very knowledgeable.