After breakfast visit Akhaltsikhe
The Castle is a
mediavel fortress in Rabati district in Akhaltsikhe.
Established in the 9th century and later rebuilt by innumerous times, today it
represents the favorite venue of festivals and events. Amphitheater, fountains,
gardens, museum, castle, hotel, souvenir shop and courtyard overlook the city
from the hilltop and you can observe beautiful panorama of lesser Caucasus
mountains. Excursion takes about one hour.
After the excursion at Akhaltsikhe
Castle, we drive to Vardzia–
a rock-hewn cave monastery on the left bank of the river
Mtkvari. Initially planned as a town-fortress in the 12th -13th
c.c., during the reign of Giorgi III and Queen Tamar, the complex became a
well-fortified monastery, which had a significant role in political, cultural,
educational and spiritual life of the country. We follow the rocky steps upwards
to the main cave hall beautifully painted in 12th c and well preserved up to the
modern dates. Some hidden tunnels connect 5th floor to 8th, some goes deep to
the spring. there is one long and half-ruined downhill tunnel, which goes out of
the town to the riverside. Excursion takes about one and half hours.
From Vardzia we drive back
Overnight in Akhaltsikhe.