PILIGRIM TOUR TO WESTERN GEORGIA
Arriving in Tbilisi / Checking in Hotel.
Overnight in Tbilisi,
Breakfast in Hotel and the Program of the day.
Metekhi Church – an ancient family church for Georgian kings, here we keep the relics of St. Shushanic. She was an early medieval Armenian Christian martyr, who was murdered by her husband Varsken for defending her right to profess Christianity, it happened in town of Tsurtavi, Georgia.
Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral, place where the Cross of St. Nino, evangelist of Georgia is kept. It was initially built in the VI and finished in the VII centuries. Since then, it was destroyed by foreign invaders and reconstructed several times. The current church is based on version from the XIII century with some changes from the XVII to XIX centuries. Sioni Cathedral was the main Georgian Orthodox Cathedral and the seat of Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II until the Holy Trinity Cathedral was consecrated in 2004.
Anchiskhati – The oldest church in Tbilisi. (VI BC)
Museum of Golden Foundation, Museum of Art. Here you find: Khakhuli, Tsilkani and Atskuri icons of Mother Maria, miraculous image of Jesus Christ from Anchiskhati and many more.
Overnight in Tbilisi,
Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Jvari Monastery – Svetitskhoveli Cathedral – Samtarvo Monastery – Kutaisi
Mtskheta - Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) and Jvari Monastery (6th century) in Mtskheta are amongst the most significant monuments of Georgian Christian architecture, and are historically significant in the development of medieval architecture throughout the Caucasus.
Samtavro Temple – here the first Georgian Christian King Mirian and Queen Nana are buried. It was built on site of kings’ luxury garden by King Mirian, the garden where St. Nino the evangelist of Georgia lived and preached. In her memory King Mirian built a chapel, still well-maintained nowadays. There are a lot of relics of saints saved in Samtavro temple, among them are relics of St. Father Gabriel Ugrebadze, who was canonized on December 20th of 2012.
Jvari Monastery (Monastery of the Cross) This monastery complex was constructed in the 6th century, near the confluence of the Mtkvari (Kura) and Aragvi rivers. It owes its name to the grapevine cross which St Nino planted here to mark Georgia’s conversion to the new faith.
Departure transfer to Kutaisi
Overnight in Kutaisi
Kutaisi – Bagrati Cathedral – Gelati Monastery – Akhatlsikhe
Bagrati Church – (11th c). It is an old architectural monument of Kutaisi. Nowadays only ruins are left from the church. One of the UNESCO heritage sites.
Gelati Complex comprises the churches of the Virgin (the main church), of St Nicolas, of St. George, as well as the academy which was the centre of cultural and spiritual life. The Gelaty monastery complex was founded by King David the Builder in the 12th c. It is noted by the finest examples of Georgian mural painting. Among them is the only surviving portrait of King David the Builder whose grave can be found at the gateway of the monastery. The giant 12th century mosaic of the Virgin with Child is completely unique. Drive to Akhaltsikhe
Overnight in Akhaltsikhe
Akhaltsikhe – Varzia cave monastery – Rabat Fortress
Vardzia – cave monastery ensemble, XII – XIII centuries Georgian cultural monument. Located in the historic Javakheti, Aspindza (aspindzin to 30 km). River. On the left bank of the river.
The monastery complex was built in the years 1156-1203. On August 15, 1185 settlement Tamar’s reign (1184-1213) was consecrated. Royal Monastery significant role in the political and cultural life.
Rabat complex dates back to the 9th century, and seven hectares of land which includes the historic monument’s residence, fortress, ruins of ancient caravanserai, museum, Greek, Armenian and Catholic churches. The mosque is located. Its architectural diversity of the various conquerors of the great civilizations of that time and the impact of the evidence
Overnight in Tbilisi
Tbilisi Free Day
Overnight in Tbilisi
Departure from Tbilisi
OUR PRICE COVERS:
1. Hotel accommodation;
2. Breakfast, lunch
3. Land transportation with AC vehicles ;4. Tours and transfers (meet and greet at airports) ;5. Guide service ;6. Entrance fee to all sightseeing destinations ;