|TBILISI – MTSKHETA – BORJOMI
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Tbilisi sightseeing tour
- During the tour you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the sights of the city, visit the architectural and historical monuments that reflect the 1500-year history of the capital. The old city is characterized by a peculiar architecture, residential buildings are distinguished by balconies with Georgian carvings, narrow, cobbled streets. It is significant that in the old city, there are temples of six different faiths.
Today you will see the architectural wonders of the capital:
- Metekhi Cathedral, founded in the 13th century. In the temple is the burial place of St. Shushaniki, the first Georgian martyr. And next to the church there is a monument to the founder of the city Vakhtang Gorgasali.
Metekhi is a true symbol of the Georgian faith, culture and history. A visit to the building of the Italian architect, the face of modern Tbilisi – Peace Bridge.
- On the left bank of the bridge is the temple of Sioni, laid back in the 6th century. The venerable age of the temple is also evidenced by the fact that its floor now lies almost three meters below the surface of the pavement.
- Moving to Mtskheta city-museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Visit Samtavro – The Transfiguration Church and the convent of St. Nino are some of the oldest Christian monasteries (IV c). The chapel on the site of the cell of St. Nino, bramble of St. Nino, grave and cell of the elder St. Gabriel (Urgebadze), the tomb of the holy kings Mirian and Nana.
Jvari (VI c.), The temple of the Holy Cross on the top of the mountain at the confluence of the Kura and Aragvi, where, according to legend, the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Nina erected the cross, one of the masterpieces of world architecture and the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Georgia.
In the main cross of the temple is kept a particle of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord.
Svetitskhoveli (1010-1029), at the base of which is buried one of the main Christian shrines Chiton of the Lord, as well as the burial place of many Georgian kings. There is also a part of the life-giving pillar.
- Lunch in Mtskheta
- Transfer to Borjomi. Borjomi is a resort city in Samtskhe-Javakheti, a region in southwestern Georgia. The city is famous for its Borjomi mineral water, which occupies the first export position in Georgia. Located in the Borjomi Gorge of Kura, at an altitude of 800-850 meters above sea level. This is a resort surrounded by mountains that are covered with forests. The name of the city comes from the words “Borzh” (“fortress wall”) and “Omi” (“war”). According to an ancient legend, Borjomi was founded as a natural fortress, the walls of which were the Caucasus Mountains. To protect against enemies, watchtowers were built on the slopes of the gorge, the remains of which exist to this day.
- Arrival in Borjomi. Walk around the famous Borjomi park, where you can drink Borjomi mineral water directly from the sources.
A short walk around the city with a visit to the Chitachevsky Monastery of St. George – Green Monastery. In the Borjomi Gorge, in a beautiful place is the Chitachevsky Monastery of St. George. People lovingly call it the “Green Monastery”, since all the trees in the gorge are distinguished by shades of green, as are the stones from which the monastery is built. They are all green, but some are dark and others are light. According to scientists, the church was built by students of the famous Georgian leader St. Grigol Hanzteli – Christopher and Theodore. In the 16th century, during the invasion of Shah Tamaz, the monastery was looted. Dozens of monks were killed or tortured. The stones shed by the monks were absorbed by stones thrown into the Chitakhevi River. These bloody stones lie almost along the entire length of the river flowing through the territory of the monastery. For centuries, worship in the temple has not been held. In the 80s of the last century, the temple was restored. And in 2002, after many centuries, a man’s monastery began to operate.
- Guest house check-in