Day 8: Borjomi- Vardzia Caves-Borjomi (260km)

In the morning we will explore Georgia’s southernmost frontiers as we drive down to the town of Akhaltsikhe. Following narrow countryside roads along  the upstream of the Mtkvari river,we will pass towering Khertvisi fortress erected on the top of the cliff and rich Vardzia- the largest man made cave-city in Europe which is fully cut into a towering cliff face. Founded by King George III in the 12th century as a support point for the Georgian army against different enemies  Vardzia, as a monastic complex mainly  developed by his daughter and successor Tamar. Damaged after a devastating earthquake in the 15th century, complex features over 600 caves including refectories , churches, wine-cellars and halls.

After our adventurous visit to the caves we drive back to our hotel in Borjomi for the night.

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