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Vardzia Weekend Tour

Vardzia Cavetown Viewpoint, Gogasheni, Georgia


2 days 1 night

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

16 people




This weekend tour in Vardzia takes place in a region of Samtskhe-Javakheti. It is an amazing opportunity for an unforgettable experience in your life. On this tour you will visit:

  • Rabati Castle
  • Khertvisi Castle
  • Cave town Vardzia

Weekend Tour in Vardzia

The main site of this tour is the Vardzia cave monastery complex. In medieval times, it was on the main transit road between central Georgia and Turkey. So, this place used to play important role in Georgian politics, economics, and culture. On the way to this gorgeous ancient cave town, we will stop and enjoy nature. Moreover, in the town of Akhaltsikhe, you will discover a completely restored Rabati fortress. Don’t miss the chance to visit one of the most prominent historical sights of the South Caucasus.

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  • Cities: Borjomi, Akhaltsikhe
  • Monasteries: Green monastery, Sapara
  • Sightseeing: Rabati castle, Khertvisi, Vardzia
  • Lakes: Paravani, Sagamo


Day 1: Borjomi - Green monastery -Rabati - Sapara - Saro
Drive from Tbilisi to the north-west, by main highway. First destination – town Borjomi – resort town in Borjomi gorge. The place with famous mineral water springs. Walk in Borjomi park, taste famous mineral water. Visit Mtsvane (green) monastery. Drive to administrative center of the region – town Akhaltsikhe. Visit renovated Rabati fortress. Visit Sapara monastery, located near the city Akhaltsikhe, in a forest, built in X century. Complex is in good condition and most frescoes are preserved. Saro – village, with ruins of ancient fortress, a church of Archangel (IX c.) where the style of most houses hasn’t changed during last centuries, so it looks like an open air ethnographic museum. Overnight in farmhouse "Tirebi" village Nakalakevi.
Day 2: Tsunda - Tmogvi - Vardzia - Khertvisi - Paravani lake - Tbilisi
Tsunda church and lake – this church is the only building left on the place of ancient town Tsunda, (opposite side of the river, which flows from Tmogvi). The town tsunda dates back to IV century BC, and the church is of VII century. The town was abandoned after X century when Tmogvi became the center of the region. The lake is near the church.

Vardzia – the most popular place in the valley. Cave monastery complex built in second half of XII century, during the reign of King George III and King Tamar. There are up to 300 caves distributed on eight levels. In main church of Vardzia original frescoes of XII century are still preserved.

Khertvisi fortress – one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia. It was functional throughout the Georgian feudal period. It is situated in Southern Georgia, in Meskheti region. The fortress was first built in the 2nd century BC. The church was built in 985, and the present walls – in 1354. Sagamo lake – located next from Paravani lake, on altitude 1996 m, surface area of 4.8 km². Its maximum and average depths are 2.3 and 1.6 meters respectively.

Paravani lake – located on Javakheti plateau between Abul-Samsari and Javakheti Ranges. Altitude 2073 m above sea level, surface area of 37.5 km². The lake is frozen during wintertime and the thickness of the ice ranges from 47 to 73 centimeters. From the southern part of Paravani lake starts the Paravani river, which is connected to the Mtkvari from the right. Return to Tbilisi – end of tour to Vardzia.


  • Transportation with an English or Russian-speaking driver
  • Museum entrance fees to sights as per itinerary
  • Guesthouse “Tirebi”, double rooms, HB meals
  • Mineral water (0,5 l per person)  
  • Professional guide
  • Price for souvenirs
  • Price for other additional costs

Tour's Location

Vardzia Cavetown Viewpoint, Gogasheni, Georgia


What is the best season for tour?
Tour is available all year, but the best time is from March till November.
What is total distance?
Around 600 km
What about dress code?
We will visit several churches and monasteries, so please bring modest clothes and good walking shoes.


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