Depending on your flight you can fly from Batumi International Airport or transfer back to Tbilisi to fly from there.

In the late morning we will visit historic quarter of Batumi and its sea-front promenade, then continue to the fort of Aphasarus (3rd century  AD)-Roman style citadel where, according to historians, Matthew, one of the apostles of Christ, was buried.

Evening at leisure.

Overnight in Batumi

In the morning we will visit local ethnographic museum of Mestia located inside one of the towers and get familiar with local lifestyle in the Middle Ages. Then we start to drive down to the southern frontiers of Georgia towards the Black Sea town of Batumi- a modern, summer capital of Georgia to feel the cultural contrast of neighbouring regions. On our way we explore local botanical gardens and then check in at our hotel.

Overnight in Batumi

Today we will enjoy our adventurous drive in a 4 WD  through deciduous forests to the highest permanently inhabited village of Europe-Ushguli. En-route we stop at the village of Ipari to visit its 12th century church of St. George which features pagan animal carvings as well as different beautiful frescos.

The village of Ushguli, sheltered under the feet of the highest mountain of Georgia -Shkara (5200m) looks like a picture from the Middle Ages where dozens of dark brown towers give a mystical silhouette to a small settlement. After lunch we visit Lamaria (St. Mary) church on the top of the mountain and take a short walk in the alpine meadows towards the glacier.

We arrive  back to Mestia in the early evening and enjoy dinner at our hotel.

After breakfast  we  will start our morning tour by visiting the local open-air peasants’ market where we will enjoy the multi-scented ambiance of different herbs, spices, sugar dusted dried fruits, seeds and a variety of chili powders.

Leaving Kutaisi, we continue to drive to the land of mysterious fabled land of Svaneti-the northwestern part of Georgia where hundreds of tall defensive stone towers are dotted throughout the Medieval villages, erected to protect locals in times of invasion between the 9th-12th centuries. It is due to their towers, the surrounding mountains and extreme topography that local people retained their unwritten language, unique culture and ancient traditions.  The Upper Svaneti region was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991.

We make our way up to the snow-capped glaciers of the Great Caucasus passing by roaring mountain  rivers, medieval archways and winding roads till we arrive in the administration centre of the region-Mestia. Here, we visit the local History  museum which displays a fascinating collection of old books as well as ancient gold and silver icons, triptychs and enamel.

Dinner and overnight  in a hotel in Mestia.

Today we will leave the capital of Georgia to visit the spiritual heart of Georgia- at Mtskheta- the first capital of Georgian empire from the 3rdcentury BC to the 5th century AD. First we drive up to the mountains to visit one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mtskheta – 6th century Jvari (Holy Cross) monastery where we can see one of the best samples of the early-medieval Georgian ecclesiastical art  and enjoy the spectacular views of Mtskheta and the confluence of the two rivers below.

Then, we drive down to the town dominated by the impressive 11th century cathedral called  “ Life-Giving Pillar” or Svetitskhoveli  in old Georgian language. According to ancient legend, the first church (4th century AD) was built on the burial site of Christ’s robe.

We continue to drive to West Georgia via the Rikoti Pass which is said to be the borderline between Europe and Asia and head to the town of Kutaisi which is believed to have been the capital of the Dazzling Empire of the sun -Colchis around 3000 years ago  where ,according to Apollonius of Rhodes and Euripides, a group of the Greek heroes led by Jason arrived in search of the Golden Fleece.

First, we make our way to the 12th century Gelati Academy-one of the country’s most treasured religious and cultural landmarks. Built by the famous king of Georgia, David the Builder, as great memorial of his victory over the Turks, the academy was one of the first institutions of higher education founded in the Middle Ages. This UNESCO World Heritage Site of Georgia is renowned for its Academy building and several churches with beautiful mosaics and rich frescos.

Overnight in at our hotel in Kutaisi.

Today we will explore the tremendous heritage of Georgia’s capital city as we walk through its narrow, cobbled streets, ancient twisted pathways and boulevards, marvelling at the 1500 year history of this great city.

Throughout its history, Tbilisi has been a crucial location for many different trade routes and has been famous for its multi religious  and multicultural character.  Its diversity and cultural richness can be seen in the magnificence of Tbilisi’s architecture which been influenced by Byzantine, European and Oriental art. In the heart of the old town we will find churches, synagogues, mosques, Caravanserai, and even a Zoroastrian temple  as well as the famous  Sulphur Baths and glorious ruins of Narikala castle- which was the main fortification of Tbilisi.

After lunch we will continue to visit the treasury of Georgian State museum which displays artifacts in gold and silver from the 2nd millennium B.C.   Later, we will take a walk along   Rustaveli Avenue-one of the major arterial streets of Tbilisi and we will wonder at elegance of  19th century palaces, secular and spiritual buildings.  We will then be able to enjoy some free time in this lovely and relaxed city.

Overnight in our hotel in Tbilisi.