Vardzia. Lake Paravani, Khertvisi & Lomisa castle, Rabati

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Embark on a breathtaking journey to Georgia's most stunning cave city, carved between the 12th and 13th centuries. En route, we'll witness the mesmerizing beauty of Javakheti Zegani, and catch a glimpse of the magnificent Abuli mountain and the colossal Paravani Lake - the biggest lake in Georgia. After exploring Vardzia, we'll head to the Khertvisi castle, strategically located on a hill, between two rivers. And, for lunch, we'll savor some local delicacies, including Qvevri beer. Later, we'll visit the Rabati castle, the biggest preserved castle in Georgia, boasting a palace, church, mosque, fountains, pools, and museum. Our return to Tbilisi, through Borjomi, will offer us stunning views and an entirely different landscape. Don't miss out on this adventure of a lifetime, where you'll witness Georgia's remarkable history and natural beauty.

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Stop At: Paravani Lake

Paravani Lake is a stunning high-altitude lake in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia. Its crystal-clear waters and serene atmosphere make it a popular destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. At over 2,000 meters, Paravani Lake is one of the highest lakes in Georgia, surrounded by picturesque Lesser Caucasus Mountains. The lake's unique ecosystem is home to diverse flora and fauna, and the surrounding landscapes are equally breathtaking with rolling hills and rugged mountains, creating an awe-inspiring backdrop. Paravani Lake is also an excellent spot for hiking and camping with numerous trails and campsites in the area. The lake's rich history, cultural significance, and traditional customs preserved by the local community make it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in nature, hiking, camping, and cultural heritage in Georgia.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Vardzia

Vardzia is a stunning cave monastery in southern Georgia with a unique architecture that will leave you awestruck. Was actually first carved into the cliffside during the reign of King Giorgi III in the 12th century, and it was later expanded and developed under the reign of his daughter, King Tamar. As a defensive structure, it played a significant role in Georgia's history and was later transformed into a cave monastery. Today, Vardzia remains an active monastery and a popular destination for those interested in history, architecture, religion, nature, and adventure. The site's unique architecture, religious significance, rich history, and natural beauty make it a must-visit destination in southern Georgia.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Khertvisi Fortress

Khertvisi Castle is a historic fortress near Aspndza, in the southern region of Georgia. Dating back to the 2nd century BC, it's one of the oldest and most well-preserved castles in the country. The castle played a crucial role in Georgia's history, protecting the country from invasions by various empires. Its unique architecture is a mix of styles from different eras, including medieval, Ottoman, and Persian influences, and the castle's many towers, walls, and chambers are filled with ancient frescoes and inscriptions. Visitors can also enjoy stunning views of the Mtkvari River and the rugged mountains that surround the castle. The nearby town of Akhaltsikhe is also worth exploring, with several historic sites and cultural attractions. Overall, Khertvisi Castle is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history and architecture in Georgia.

Duration: 30 minutes

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The Atskuri Qvevri Beer Maker is a unique family-run business in Atskuri that combines the traditional Georgian qvevri winemaking method with artisanal beer brewing. Visitors can enjoy delicious beer made using qvevri, a traditional Georgian clay vessel, which gives the beer a distinct flavor and aroma. The brewery also serves delicious Georgian cuisine, including hearty meat dishes and vegetarian options, in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. The location, in the heart of the Atskuri countryside, offers stunning views and a peaceful setting to enjoy a meal with friends and family. The brewery offers tours of the facility where visitors can learn about the qvevri winemaking process, sample the beers, and enjoy traditional Georgian dishes. The Atskuri Qvevri Beer Maker is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in experiencing the unique flavors and traditions of Georgia.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Rabati Castle

Lomisa Castle, or Rabati Castle, in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia, is a historic and biggest fortress dating back to the 9th century. The castle has been destroyed and rebuilt several times, with the latest renovation completed in 2011. It now serves as a cultural and tourism center with unique architecture reflecting Ottoman, Georgian, and European influences. Visitors can explore the castle's many towers, walls, and courtyards, as well as several museums and exhibition halls showcasing Georgian art and history. The castle also features a mosque, a synagogue, and a Christian church, highlighting the region's diverse cultural and religious heritage. Visitors can enjoy the bustling marketplace and taste delicious Georgian cuisine. Lomisa Castle is a must-visit destination for those interested in history and culture in Georgia.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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