Vardzia and Rabati Fortress Tour

Rabati, Akhaltsikhe, Georgia (0)
from/per person 30
  • History and Culture
  • 1 Day
  • Groups
  • Transfers


Description

Samtskhe – Javakheti is a highly scenic region whose biggest attractions are the spectacular cave city of Vardzia, Rabati Castle and beautiful Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, which offers good mountain hiking. Landscapes are very varied, from the alpine forests and meadows around Borjomi and Bakuriani to the bare volcanic canyons of the Vardzia area.

Vardzia and Rabati Fortress Tour

Samtskhe – Javakheti is a highly scenic region whose biggest attractions are the spectacular cave city of Vardzia, Rabati Castle and beautiful Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, which offers good mountain hiking. Landscapes are very varied, from the alpine forests and meadows around Borjomi and Bakuriani to the bare volcanic canyons of the Vardzia area.

Rabati Fortress – Historical Fortress in Samtskhe-Javakheti Administrative Center, Akhaltsikhe, in “Rabat” historical district. It is located on the bank of the river Potskhovi. Rabati Castle-Complex is now rehabilitated, it consists of various periods of medieval times. Fortress-complex was the most important defensive structure of the region, and its walls are reminiscent of many hard fights. For centuries there was a residence of Akhaltsikhe owners. The fortress had three fences surrounded by an underground tunnel.

Fortress history begins in the IX century. In the XII-XIII centuries the fortress became a residence of Jakels, it was rebuilt and expanded. From this time there is a toponym “Akhaltsikhe”. In 2011-2012 during the restoration of the fortress, citadel, IX-X c. Orthodox Cathedral, Haji Akhmed-Pasha Jakeli’s mosque, Medresi, Minareti and Jakeli Palace, where exhibition hall of Samtskhe-Javakheti History Museum were renovated.

Vardzia – Cliff Monastery Ensemble, XII-XIII Centuries Georgian culture monument. Located in historical Javakheti, Aspindza region 300 km from Tbilisi. The river On the left bank of the river Mtkvari. 1300 meters above sea level. Vardzia’s extreme upper cave is at 1462 m above sea level.

The construction of the fortress began with King George III in the 12th century and graduated by his son King Tamar, who replaced him with the purpose of the original military fortress and presented it as a huge fortified monastery complex. There are 15 churches in Vardzia complex. There are George III, Tamar king and other nobles remarkable icons on the walls of the churches.

Tour Highlights

In this 1 day tour, you have a possibility to see: Akhaltsikhe – Rabati Castle, Vardzia Rock-hewn Town.


What’s included

  • Comfortable car with air-conditioner
  • Professional and experienced driver
  • Professional Tour Guide – English, Russian language (8 or more Pax)



Schedule

09:00- Pick up from the hotel
12:00- Rabati Castle
14:00- Lauch in Akhaltsikhe (Launch price is not included)
16:00- Vardzia rock-hewn complex
18:30- Road to Tbilisi
21:00- Back to Hotel in Tbilisi


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