Visitors to Georgia are
mainly appealed towards its outstanding blend of quaint, historic and spiritual
treasures. Its exquisite natural beauty is also a siren call for many! A
perfect concoction of nature, culture and history, Rayna Tours’ Rabati Tour is
one amazing day trip that satisfies both interests.
With a captivating tour
guide, your approximately two hour drive from Tbilisi will journey you through
some of the Southern Georgia’s illustrious routes, before you arrive at the
quaint town of Akhaltsikhe whose centerpiece is a charming medieval castle,
known as Rabati Fortress. Head inside this approximately seven-hectare castle
complex encompassing many beautifully restored ancient structures on hilltop,
from Jakelis Palace, citadel and dazzling golden dome to a Georgian Orthodox
Church, a synagogue, and a mosque along with an 18th century
madrasah (Islamic school).
Dating back to 12th
century, it lets you grasp the rich Georgian history and culture in a single
site, with deep influences of Russian, Soviet, and Ottoman empires. You’ll be
greeted with the most breathtaking vistas at every turn; climb atop its towers,
take a leisurely walk through its long hallways, and immerse in its remarkable
surroundings made up of lush gardens, beautiful ponds, fountains, colonnaded
towers, and wineries on terraces. For an authentic perspective of the region’s
history, a must-explore here is Ivane Javakhishvili Samtskhe-Javakheti History
Continue your journey
to the striking resort town of Borjomi, lying in the imposing Caucasus
Mountains, along the lush valleys of Mtkvari River. Besides its attractions
such as Iranian Blue Palace and the Museum of Local Lore, this history-drenched
place is particularly well-known for its mineral spring containing therapeutic
elements. Visit the Mineral Water Park to sop up the region’s verdant allure
boasting tall pine trees, waterfalls, pools etc, and of course, relish the
distinguished Borjomi Mineral Water directly from its source.
After a day of classic
sightseeing, we’ll head back to Tbilisi where the tour culminates with a drop
off to your hotel.