Day 1 –Departure to Mtskheta
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral: Cathedral was built in the 11th century. Svetitskhoveli, known as the burial site of Christ's mantle, has long been the principal Georgian church and remains one of the most venerated places of worship to this day. It presently functions as the seat of the archbishop. It is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Samtavro monastery: The first Christian King, Mirian and his wife Nana are buried in the church. The main building of the complex is the great church of Samtavro. The tiny church of St. Nino dates from the 4th c. In the North-west stands a handsome three-storey bell-tower of 13th c. The South-west buildings have functioned both as a nunnery and theological seminary of the Georgian Orthodox Church.
Shiomghvime Monastery: It was founded in the mid-6th century after St. Shio, a monk who had come from Syria, estab¬lished himself here. St. Shio himsetf continued to live alone in a little cave at some distance from the monastery, but spent the last two years of his life and was buried in a dark cavern. There are more than a hundred caves, north of the monastery, where monks had lived ever since the Early Middle Ages.
Overnight In Stepantsminda
Day 2 Breakfasts in the Hotel
Sightseeing Darial Gorge / enjoy views of
Beautiful Mount Kazbegi / Gergeti Trinity Church
Darial Gorge: It is the gorge on the border between Russia and Georgia. Darial was historically important as the only available passage across the Caucasus and has been long fortified — at least since 150 BC. Ruins of an ancient fortress are still visible.
Gergeti Trinity Church: The church is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheri , at an elevation of 2170 meters, under Mount Kazbegi. The Gergeti Trinity Church was built in the 14th century and is the only cross-cupola church in Khevi province. Its isolated location on top of a steep mountain surrounded by the vastness of nature has made it a symbol for Georgia.
Overnight in Stepantsminda
Breakfast in the Hotel
Return to Tbilisi
On the way visiting Jinvali’s Reservoir and Ananuri ensemble
Ananuri- dating from 17th century is located on the left bank of the river Aragvi. Ananuri was a castle and seat of the eristavis of Aragvi, a feudal dynasty which ruled the area from the 13th century. The castle was the scene of numerous battles. In 2007, the complex has been on the tentative list for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage Site program.
Return to Tbilisi