Spend a whole day
taking in a blend of Georgia’s charming culture and natural beauty on an
excursion to Borjomi and Vardzia. Guided by one of our professionally trained
representatives, this tour focuses on providing the best look at the region’s
ancient and historically-intriguing sights while allowing you to marvel at its
picturesque environment and crisp foliage, along with the opportunity to relish
the world-famous Borjomi mineral water.
Leaving from Tbilisi,
you’ll first head your way out to Borjomi, about 150 kilometers away. At an
altitude of 750 meters on Caucasus Mountains, Borjomi is the country’s biggest
spa resort town. Main attraction is its mineral springs, acclaimed for its
enriching medicinal properties. As per the historical evidences, the water was
utilized for drinking as well as bath purposes as early as 1st
century AD. But its current reputation as the spa town dates back to only 19th
century when the Russian soldiers came to know about the therapeutic goodness
of mineral springs.
refreshing qualities and unique sulfuric taste of mineral springs with a stop
off at the Mineral Water Park. Besides allowing you to drink the water right
from its origin, it further enables you to lose yourself in its pristine
ever-green ambience. Moreover, attractions such as the Museum of Local Lore and
the enchanting Blue Palace which combines Persian and European architectural
styles, offer a glance into the region’s history.
Carry on your trip to
Vardzia, close to the Turkish border. Dating back to 12th century
and completely engraved into Erusheli Mountain, this mysterious cave town was
built by King George III and later completed by Queen Tamara. Developed as a
defense against Mongols, it also thrived as a monastery site and once had over
5000 cave dwellings spread over 10 plus floors, besides several churches and
Major portion of this
cave city was destroyed due to a massive earthquake in the late-13thcentury, which further exposed its deep inner portions including rooms as well
as hallways. Wander around this ancient splendor and explore its remnants
including fresco paintings. Fascinatingly, a small part of this cave city still
functions as a monastery.