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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

    Travel to southern Georgia, where Rabati Castle, Vardzia Cave Complex, and Borjomi Resort await you. Your first stop is Rabati Castle, a medieval castle complex in an Asian style from the 13th century. It was developed under the influence of different cultures over subsequent centuries, reflected in the architecture, where you'll see a mosque, orthodox church, catholic church, and synagog. The next part of the journey takes you to Vardzia, a cave monastery dating back to the 12th century. The road follows the upper Mtkvari River, passing through narrow canyons at Aspindza along a stunning valley, cutting like a green ribbon between arid, rocky hillsides. Vardzia’s paintings represent a significant part of Georgian painting. There's a bell tower, main church, cave dwellings, rooms, chapels, pharmacy, and wine cellars. The last site of the day is Borjomi Resort, a hydro-thermal health s...

    We went on the full-day Vardzia tour as a couple and our guide was Niko. The guide was very friendly and informative, the driver was very careful and steady, and the tour itself was very fun. Overall we think it was a great value, and we are open to trying other tours offered by Gamarjoba Georgia Tours!

  • From Tbilisi: Vardzia, Rabati, and Borjomi Private Tour

    2. 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...

    Aleksi is a great sociable tour guide we had fun checking out the places with him and he was very accommodating, historical information was also good! Especially in vardzia! Hopefully in our future trips to Georgia we would book with him again! Maybe on the historical content i would like to have to know extra information and maybe just go to places separately to enjoy them more all in all great experience we had fun and good food in rabati!

  • Kutaisi: Vardzia Cave City and Rabati Castle Private Tour

    3. Kutaisi: Vardzia Cave City and Rabati Castle Private Tour

    Start the tour heading to the South of Georgia to discover the town-monastery of Vardzia, an incredibly unique sample of rock-cut architecture built as a residential quarters complex. Vardzia was mainly constructed in the second half of the 12th century and is made up of a complicated design arranged over 13 floors. Next, head to Vanis Qvabebi, another cave monastery complex that dates back to the 8th century and consists of a defensive wall built in 1204 and a maze of tunnels running on several levels into the side of the mountain. There are also two churches in the complex, one is built from newer stone and still stands in good shape, the other is a small, domed church that clings to the rock on the level of the highest tunnels. In the afternoon, visit the magnificent Rabati castle, built in the 9th century with a rich representation of Asian and European culture. This medieval castl...

  • From Tbilisi: Vardzia Cave Tour with Guide

    4. 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.

    Transportation is great. Tour guide is really cool and our driver is great. Great experience. Need to be prepared for Vadzia Cave (eat and drink at short stop).

  • Kutaisi: Day Tour to Rabati, Vardzia, & Borjomi

    5. Kutaisi: Day Tour to Rabati, Vardzia, & Borjomi

    Wander around the biggest cave city in Georgia, and experience the astonishing Rabati Castle. Then, breathe in the fresh air of Borjomi Forest, and taste its famous spring water.

    Your experience begins as your guide meets you at the Best Western Hotel in Kutaisi at 8:30 AM. Depart from Kutaisi, stopping for a 15-minute break on the highway to grab a cup of coffee. At 12:45 PM, arrive at the Asian-style 13th century Rabati Castle in Akhaltsikhe, with its striking and varied architecture. Enjoy its modern amenities like cafes and shops, or explore its ancient area including the Ahmediyeh Mosque, Jakeli Castle, and Historical Museum. Next, continue your trip to the 12th-century Vardzia Cave complex. Pass through narrow canyons, see the monastery with its ancient paintings, and marvel at other features like the bell tower and wine cellars. Complete your excursion with a v...

  • From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to Vardzia

    6. From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to Vardzia

    1 Day: Tbilisi-Paravani Lake - Vardzia - Rabat Fortress - Borjomi (Driving distance 250 kilometers) Begin the tour from Tbilisi and have a stop at Paravani Lake (2.073 meters). Get pleasure from delightful views at Paravani, the largest and deepest lake in Georgia. Next stop will be Vardzia, grandiose cave city, one of the favorite destinations of Queen Tamar. Here, not far from the border with Turkey, see all the splendor of this tiered cave city where there are hundreds of dwellings, transitions, ladders, churches, library, dining, warehouses, workshops and where urban residents had running water and entertainment. Fifty thousand persons were able to live in this cave city. Continue your way towards Rabat fortress in Akhaltsikhe. The complex of the 9th-century was developed under the influence of different cultures over subsequent centuries and this is reflected in its...

  • Tbilisi: Private Vardzia, Rabati, and Borjomi Tour

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

    Departing from Tbilisi, your first stop is Rabati Castle, a medieval castle complex of Asian style in Akhaltsikhe. Built in the 13th century, Rabati Castle developed under the influence of different cultures over subsequent centuries. This is reflected in its architecture; the modern section including a restaurant, hotel, cafes, and shops, and the ancient section including the Ahmediyeh Mosque, the church, the family castle of Jakeli, and the historical museum. The trip continues to Vardziai - a cave complex that was excavated from the slopes of the Erusheti Mountain in the 12th century. Following that, pass through the narrow canyons at Aspindza along a particularly beautiful valley to dsicover Vardzia. This is a place with a royal history where you can observe the monastery with its Assumption Temple, as well as the ancient paintings of the king and queen of the time. Other intriguing...

  • From Tbilisi: Day Trip to Vardzia, Rabati and Borjomi

    8. 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 yo...

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What people are saying about Vardzia

Aleksi is a great sociable tour guide we had fun checking out the places with him and he was very accommodating, historical information was also good! Especially in vardzia! Hopefully in our future trips to Georgia we would book with him again! Maybe on the historical content i would like to have to know extra information and maybe just go to places separately to enjoy them more all in all great experience we had fun and good food in rabati!

We went on the full-day Vardzia tour as a couple and our guide was Niko. The guide was very friendly and informative, the driver was very careful and steady, and the tour itself was very fun. Overall we think it was a great value, and we are open to trying other tours offered by Gamarjoba Georgia Tours!

It was an amazing tour! So many beautiful views and sights. Our guide Nika was amazing! I definetely recommend this.

Great and professional service! The team is super professional and helpful.

Professional tour guiding,transportation,organisation.