Route: Tbilisi – Kakheti-Shuamta-Alaverdi-Bodbe-Signagi-David Gareji-Tbilisi-Gori-Uplistsikhe-Bakuriani-Vardzia-Tbilisi
Type: Spring Tour
Duration: 8 days
Day 1 : Thursday – Tbilisi-Cathedral Church Arrival in Tbilisi, Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
After the accommodating tourists will attend the evening prayer at SAMEBA Cathedral church. The Tbilisi Holy Trinity Cathedral commonly known as Sameba is the main Georgian Orthodox Christian cathedral, located in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Constructed between 1995 and 2004, it is the largest religious buildings in Georgia and the Caucasus.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 2 :Friday – Tbilisi/Kakheti/Shuamta/Alaverdi
After having breakfast the group will attend the morning prayer at Sioni church. The “Sioni” Cathedral of the Dormition is a Georgian Orthodox cathedral in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Following a medieval Georgian tradition of naming churches after particular places in the Holy Land, the Sioni Cathedral bears the name of Mount Zion at Jerusalem. It is commonly known as the “Tbilisi Sioni” to distinguish it from several other churches across Georgia bearing the name Sioni. It was initially built in the 6th-7th centuries. Since then, it has been destroyed by foreign invaders and reconstructed several times. The current church is based on a 13th-century version with some changes from the 17th to 19th centuries. The Sioni Cathedral was the main Georgian Orthodox Cathedral and the seat of Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia until the Holy Trinity Cathedral was consecrated in 2004. After prayer group will start journey in Kakheti. Kakheti region is rich with the monasteries and churches. First we will visit the two of the most important and most beautiful architectural monuments of Kakheti, the Old and the New Shuamta Monasteries. The Old Shuamta is the 5th century basilica, and New Shuamta of 16th century. After Shuamta complex we will visit Alaverdi Cathedral (11th century), The monastery was founded by the Assyrian monk Joseph (Yoseb, Amba) Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi, in a small village at the beginning of the 11th century.
Overnight in Telavi.
Day 3 : Saturday – Bodbe/Signagi/Davit Gareji/Tbilisi
After having the breakfast the group starts journey and the first place where they will visit is the grave of St. Nino held here in a Bodbe monastery (4th century) and taste the water from the spring which is considered to be miraculous. Near Bodbe we will visit fortified town of Signagi (17th century) and enjoy the splendid views of the Great Caucasus Mountains. The next place to visit is David Gareji cave complex, located in a stark, semi-desert landscape. This monastery was founded in 6th century by one of the Syrian fathers David. Later on it grew and consisted of 19 monasteries. It was one of the major spiritual centers which used to house even 6000 monks on special religious days. Afterwards the group will return back to Tbilisi. Have a rest at hotel and meet the Easter in Sameba Cathedrals. The day will be finished with the Easter Celebration party at ,,Maspindzelo” restaurant.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 4 : Sunday – Mtsxeta/Jvari/Sveticxoveli/Samtavisi/Gori
Trip to Mtskheta, old capital of Georgia town museum, the city where the holy fathers were met by Georgian King Parsman and Catholicos Evlavios. Visit Jvari monastery (6-7 cc.), located at the top of the hill and is the place where the missionary St Nino herself erected a cross (“jvari” in Georgian) in the 4th century to mark the coming of Christianity to Georgia. Two centuries later, this monastery was built on the same spot. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11 c.) where The holy fathers venerated the myrrh-streaming wood of the Living Pillar and the Robe of Christ; Visit Samtavisi which is an eleventh-century Georgian Orthodox cathedral in easter Georgia, in the region of Shida Kartli. According to a Georgian tradition, the first monastery on this place was founded by the Assyrian missionary Isidore in 572 and later rebuilt in the 10th century. Neither of these buildings has survived however.
Overnight in Gori.
Day 5 : Monday – Gori/Ateni Sioni Church/Ufliscixe/Tomothe`s Ubani/Bakuriani.
Visit the Orthodox cathedral in Gori, and the Gori fortress in the hilltop. The territory of Gori has been populated since the early Bronze Age. According to the medieval Georgian chronicles, the town of Gori was founded by King David IV (r. 1089-1125) who settled refugees from Armenia there. However, the fortress of Gori (Goris-Tsikhe) appears to have been in use already in the 7th century, and archaeological evidence indicates the existence of an urban community in Classical Antiquity. Drive to Ateni Sioni Church which is an early 7th-century Georgian Orthodox church some 10 km (6 miles) south of the city of Gori, Georgia. It stands in a setting of the Tana River valley known not only for its historical monuments but also for its picturesque landscapes and wine. The name “Sioni” derives from Mount Zion at Jerusalem. Afterwards the group will visit Ufliscixe Cave Town (1st millennium BC), that’s the place where the Great Silk Road used to pass. St. Andrew’s missionary work was continued by St. Nino (4th century) and 13 Syrian fathers (6th century). Visit the Timothe`s Ubani, XI-XII century monastery and drive to famous Georgian ski resort Bakuriani.
Overnight in Bakuriani
Day 6 : Tuesday – Xertvisi/Atskuri Temple/Vardzia/Tbilisi
The day starts with visiting Xertvisi, one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia. It is located in the South Georgia, was built in 985y. After visiting Xertvisi, the group will be led to Atskuri temple, fortress, located in the southern part of Georgia; Atskuri Temple – Fortress was built in the tenth century. It is situated near the Mtkvari River valley. The last destination the group will visit this day is cave town Vardzia, a rock-hewn complex on the left bank of the river Mtkvari was founded in the 12th -13th c.c., during the reign of Giorgi III and Queen Tamar. Initially planned as a town-fortress, the complex became a well fortified monastery, which had a significant role in political, cultural, educational and spiritual life of the country. In the middle of the complex there is a Church of Assumption, richly decorated with mural painting. Drive to Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 7 : Wednesday – Visiting Tbilisi churches and sightseeings.
Visiting Tbilisi monasters and Churchs. Metekhi, Anchixati, Narikala, Father Davit`s church on the holly mountain. In the evening Tourists will be able to enjoy the evening Tbilisi, Old Tbilisi Sulfur Baths, Next to Sioni Church tourist can discover Shardeni Street with its fashionable cozy cafes and art galleries.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 8 : Thursday – Transfer to International Airport of Tbilisi. Departure home.
The price includes:
Accommodation at the hotel, double room