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The tour in the morning; Stop in Uphlistsikhe and its visit ; Lunch in Kutaisi; Visit Gelati, Bagrati and Motsameta Church views in Kutaisi; Free time; Getting to the hotel and dinner.
Breakfast; Travelling up to Mestia and on the way to it visiting Dadiani palace in Zugdidi and Khobi Monastery, garden and views of the church door; Lunch in Zugdidi, Visit river Enguri views; Traveling to Mestia; Walk around the city; Overnight and dinner. Getting to the hotel and dinner.
Breakfast; Visiting Mestia ethnographic museum and home museum named after Michael Khergiani, Latali and Lenjeri churches; Lunch; Travelling up to Ushguli; The city is listed in UNESCO- World Heritage; Visiting Lamaria church complex (St. Mary – Godmother) located in Ushguli and ethnographic museum; Getting to the hotel and dinner.
Breakfast; Departure from Mestia; Visiting Nokalakevi; Trip in Martvili canyons by boat; Lunch in Kutaisi; On the way back to Tbilisi visiting Mtskheta Svetitskhoveli and Jvari monastery; Return to Tbilisi; End of the tour.
Places you will see
Uplistsikhe – it is located in the cave in the 10th kilometers’ distance from Gori, on the left bank of the Kura river. One of the oldest names of the Caucasus are mentioned in the written sources in the VII century. There is a group of archeological and architectural monuments in Uflistsikhe and its surroundings, the oldest one from them is of the Bronze Age and belongs to the Kura-Araks culture.
Kutaisi – Kutaisi located in Imereti is Georgia’s second largest city with elegant, trees lined streets, 19th-century houses and attractive parks. There are many of the beautiful historic buildings. In Jewish district, there are a number of synagogues, which emphasizes the Georgian Jewish community. The city’s largest synagogue was built in 1886 and 500 worshipers can seat in it. The magnificent medieval churches Bagrati and Gelati are in UNESCO World Heritage Site list, which confirms the importance of the city.
Gelati Monastery – Gelati Monastery is located in the northeast, at 11 kilometers long from Kutaisi. In 1125 the monastery complex was built and it is now among UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List of Records as the most important medieval religious, cultural and educational center. That is, this temple where was buried King David the Builder. Add: village- Gelati.
Bagrati Cathedral – X-XI century church Bagrati Cathedral with its architectural and artistic value takes the special place in the history of Georgian architecture.
Motsameta Monastery – Motsameta Monastery is 6 km away from Kutaisi. In the VIII century monastery assemble was built by of the Holy Martyrs David and Constantine Mkheidzes the princes of Argveti Kingdom. Their holy remains are still preserved in the temple and there is a rumor that if you go under the place where their arts are kept your desire will come true.
Dadiani Palace History and Architectural Museum – The museum complex includes: palaces of the Samegrelo (West Georgia) queen Ekaterine Chavchavadze-Dadiani and Prince Niko Dadiani, court church, and the botanic garden (60-90-ies of the XIX c., architects: G. Rais and L.Vasiliev). In 1850-ies, Prince David Dadiani organized a museum in the palace, where weredisplayed discovered during accidental excavations unique numismatic materials from the Archaeopolis (Samegrelo region, present day village Nokalakevi), theantique period town, as well as Dadiani family collections of medieval European armor and weapons, ethnographic objects, and fine art. At the present in the museum are kept: samples of the I c. B.C. – XIX A.D. goldsmith works (icons, various religious objects, fine art samples).
Mestia – Mestia is the starting point for a trip to the region. It is located 456 km far from Georgian capital Tbilisi at an altitude of 1,500 meters. Here are a range of home hotels, hotels and travel services, which is making it convenient for exploring the area. As well as a new ski, resort will allow the ski or snowboard even in summer.
Svaneti Historic and Ethnography Museum – Svaneti Historic and Ethnography Museum is one of the main attractions ,it was founded in 1936 and it houses archaeological excavations in Svaneti region; Georgian engraved art and unique icons; ancient manuscripts; early and late medieval helmet, iron, silver, copper products, jewelry, pottery, tissue samples; old ethnographic and other items.
Ushguli – Ushguli is located in Mestia district, at the foot of Shkhara, in the connection place of the Enguri and The Shavtskala-Kvishara. Community is made up of 4 villages (Zhibiani, Chvibiani, Murqmeli and Chazha) and its height above sea level ranges from 2060 meters to 2200 meters. Ushguli is considered as the highest settlement in Europe. Community Center in the village of Chazha is declared as a museum and it is in UNESCO World Heritage Monument Site list.
Martvili Canyon – Martvili Canyon located in Samegrelo – Gachedili canyon is located between the village Gachedili and Inchkhuri. The river Abasha crosses the anticline hill and generates Gachedili canyon, which length is 2400 m and the sliding depth – 20-40 m. In several places, there are created stairs and in the middle part, there is created a famous 12 m high well-known waterfall in Martvili. A deep swimming in the canyon is available.
Mtskheta – Mtskheta is in UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Municipal area was settled in the early and middle Bronze Age and was the political center Iberia Kingdom. Only 20 kilometers far from Tbilisi, and at the confluence of the Aragvi and The Kura rivers, the city is located in an ancient trade route. According to the archaeologists’ unearthed evidence Mtskheta is the main trade center.
Greek and Aramaic writings are found in municipal lands, clay dish that you can see in the town museum. Ancient geographer Strabo described Mtskheta as a highly developed city with water supply system, markets and stone houses. Mtskheta was also the religious center, Pantheon, which are then replaced with churches, when St. Nino spread Christianity in Georgia. Although in the 6th century it became the capital of Georgia, Mtskheta remains the center of the Church – Catholic-Patriarch of Georgia here has the residence. Today, this beautiful and old city has a quiet atmosphere.
Bodbe monastery is located few kilometers away from Sighnagi. This beautiful monastery is one of the places where is buried St. Nino, who preached Christianity in Georgia. It is possible to pilgrimage to the grave – people say that the St. Nino can come wishes true.
Walking in the garden of the monastery gives an amazing sense of calm and relaxation. You can also see St.Nino source of healing and dive into the cold water.
Jvari Monastery – VI century Georgian Orthodox monastery- Jvari Monastery stands on a hill, in the opposite side of the old capital of Georgia – Mtskheta, where The Aragvi river connects to the Mtkvari. After acceptance of Christianity from the early years on this place the first Christian King Mirian III put a high wooden cross. In the second half of the VI century, the ruler of Kartli Guarami built a small church next to the cross. The church is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.