Pilgrimage tour in Georgia
We invite you to a pilgrimage tour to the Holy places of Georgia.
Minimum number of participants:
Where to go:
Tbilisi and Mtskheta – heart of Georgia
Any week-ends. Careful or spontaneous. When the long-awaited vacation is still far away and you want to adorn your everyday life
4 days/ 3 nights
This is one of the first States that adopted Christianity in the 4th century. Georgia keeps a large number of shrines to this day.
Arrival to Tbilisi international airport according to the tickets, arrival at 00: 00 local time. We will arrange a transfer to the hotel. We will meet you in the arrival hall with a sign “My Lovely Georgia” after you collect your baggage.
Dinner in the restaurant- Get acquainted with Georgian national cuisine.
Breakfast at hotel
Meeting with the tour guide
Tour of the historical part of Tbilisi, which was founded in the 5th century. Let’s start with a visit to the Metekhi Temple, which is one of the most famous monuments in Tbilisi. This temple was built in the 13 th century at the very edge of the rocky shore of the Kura and in the past was a fortress and residence of Georgian kings. The first Georgian Martyress – the Queen Shushanik Ranskaya wass buried under the arches of Metekhi temple.
Tour of of Tbilisi sulfur baths, which are built in classical Oriental architecture style. These are low, squat buildings, closed at the top with semicircular domes which have large glass hatches in the center, that served as windows illuminating the interior rooms, as the baths themselves are below ground level.
Walk through Maidan square, which was the main trading area of the city and through small streets known collectively as “Sharden”.
. Narikala fortress is the most ancient monument and a unique “soul and heart of the city”. The date of the fortress construction is stated as about 4 th century AD, that is, it has actually been existed from the foundation of the city. in the years that followed, the fortress was expanded several times.
Sightseeing of Anchiskhati – Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary: the Basilica built in the 6th century is the oldest Church in Tbilisi.
Next is a visit to the temple of Zion, it is associated with many historical events, and it houses one of the main shrines of Georgia – the cross of St. Nino – enlightener of Georgia.
Visit to the Grand Cathedral of Sameba, one of the highest in the world.
Tour to the Holy Mountain Mtatsminda, which is associated with the name of one of the 13 Syrian Fathers – David Garejeli. Visit to the Pantheon of writers and public figures of Georgia. It is a kind of necropolis in Tbilisi, where many of the famous writers of scientists and national heroes of Georgia were buried. It is placed in the area around Mamadaviti Church of St. David on the slope of Mtatsminda mountain and was officially opened in 1929. In addition, there are a number of graves of pre-revolutionary time in the Church of St. David. The first significant burial on this place was the burial of the famous Russian writer Alexander Griboyedov and his wife Princess Nino Chavchavadze. Since that time many outstanding Georgians were buried or reburied here.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Meeting with your tour guide and departure from the hotel.
A trip to the ancient capital of Georgia – the city of Mtskheta, which is a Holy and cult place for every Georgian. The city was founded in the second half of the 1 st Millennium BC That is, almost at the same time when Kartli (Iberia), Eastern Georgian Kingdom, was founded on the territory of Georgia. Mtskheta was its capital.
Tour to the Jvari monastery. Jvari temple (“Temple of the Holy cross”), built in the 6th century, stands on a high mountain, offering a beautiful view of the confluence of two majestic rivers – Aragva and Kura. According to a legend, the cross of St. Nino was erected on this very mountain. Jvari is the first world heritage site in Georgia.
Visit to the Cathedral of Svetitskhoveli. According to a legend, the Cathedral, illuminated in honor of the Twelve Apostles was erected at the burial site of Jesus Christ. In Svetitskhoveli, as in the main temple of Georgia, there was a coronation and wedding of Georgian kings. In the temple there are many paintings related to the XVI-XVIII Centuries., some of which were restored in the XIX century . цхета.
Visit to Cathedral of Svetitskhoveli, According to a legend, the Cathedral, consecrated in honor of the Twelve Apostles, was erected at the burial site of Jesus Christ’s Chiton. Svetitskhoveli, as the main temple of Georgia, was the site of coronation and wedding of Georgian kings. The temple has many paintings related to the 16-18th centuries, some of which were restored in the
We will visit Samtavro monastery. It was built in the 6thcentury on the site of “BlackBerry”, the Holy residence and place of enlightenment activities of St. Nino.
Trip to the monastery Shiomgvime – the First monastic community was founded in the 6th century by monk Shio, known as Shio Mgvime – one of thirteen Assyrian fathers. Shio Mgvime means “Cave of Shio”. Externally, it is a low structure with a two-tier dome, crowned with a pointed tetrahedral roof. It is a very peculiar monument, which has no analogues in Georgia. Numerous cells dug by monks in the caves of the surrounding mountains are also of great interest in the monastery.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Meeting tour guide and departure from the hotel.
A trip to the Historical region – Kakheti. Visit to David Gareji Monastery Complex. The complex included about 20 monasteries carved into the rocks. Many churches and refectories of the monastery have preserved frescoes of the 8—14th centuries with portraits of historical figures. David Lavra ancient monastery complex, founded at the beginning of 6th century by Syrian monk David, one of 13 Syrian fathers, who settled in the natural cave of Gareja.In the same 6th century his disciples and followers Dodo and Lucian founded two monasteries — Dodo (Dodos Rka) and Natlis-Mameli (John the Baptist). In 9th century Illarion Kartveli constructed Transfiguration Church and refectory, which subsequently were improved by David the Builder’s son Dmitry. In the 11th century, the monastery was conquered by Seljuk Turks, in the 13th century it was sacked by the Mongols, in the late 14th — early 15th centuries it was devastated by Tamerlane, in 1615 the monastery was devastated again by the Persian Shah Abbas I. At the moment the complex is an operating monastery.
Visit to Bodbe monastery, where the Saint Nino was buried, whose name is associated with Christianity adoption in Georgia. Before her death, St. Nina retired to the town of Bodbe and there, having served for some time, she was buried. Soon, at the request of king Mirian, a Church in honor of St. George, the heavenly patron of Georgia, was built over the grave of St. Nina, and a monastery appeared near it.Over time, the monastery became a real cultural center of the people enlightenment and the center of Bodby diocese. However, the real prosperity of St. Nina monastery dates back to the 15th century. The kings of the Kakheti Kingdom always favored the monastery and even chose it as a place for coronation.
Arrival in Sighnaghi. Walk around the city, which is famous for namesake fortress, included in the list of Georgia’s most famous and largest fortresses. The walls of Sighnaghi fortress miraculously survived and today surround the old part of the city and go far beyond the city borders. All round the walls there are 28 watchtowers, which offer a wonderful view of Alazani valley.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Meeting with your tour guide and departure from the hotel
A trip along the Georgian Military road. This is the historical name of the road through the main Caucasian ridge, connecting the cities of Vladikavkaz and Tbilisi . The road ascends the valley of Terek river, crosses the Rocky ridge in the Darial gorge, then along the gorge of Baydarka river goes up to the Cross pass (height of 2384 m), and then descends into the valley of White Aragvi river and along the right bank of Kura river approaches Tbilisi.
Tour to Ananuri architectural complex, built in the 16th-17th centuries. Ananuri Fortress is located in Georgia on the Georgian Military road 70 km from Tbilisi, where small Vedzathevi river flows into Aragvi. Ananuri served as a main base for Aragvi eristavis, the rulers of this land. The fortress complex includes the Upper fortress (17-18th centuries), the Lower fortress (18th century), the Church in the name of the Savior and in honor of the Assumption of the Virgin.
Arrival in Kazbegi (Stepantsminda) – administrative center of the mountainous region of Hevi. Visit to Gergeti Trinity Church, located at an altitude of 2170 m. above sea level at the foot of Kazbek mountain. The Shrine built in the 14th century is the only cross-domed temple in Hevi area. There is a medieval bell tower preserved near the Church.
Trip to the Zedazeni monastery, which is one of the most ancient monuments of Georgian architecture. This ancient monastery was founded by Assyrian Father John in the 40s of the 6th century. Later on, a small Church was built over the grave of the monastery’s founder. Here under a huge stone canopy there is a tomb of Abbot John of Zedazeni (501-531). The walls of the Basilica are decorated with frescoes dating back to the 17th century.
Visit to Samtavisi-Cathedral of the 11th century, which is considered a reference model of Georgian medieval architecture. The history of Samtavisi dates back to the 5th century AD, when the first temple was built. Its fragments are now under the Cathedral’s floor. Later, in 1025-1030 the current Cathedral was built on the site of the Basilica. The Church is one of the first places in Georgia in terms of richness and quality of carving. This is the first Cathedral of Georgia, which used decor rich in ornament -a composition of a large ornamental cross, carved casing of the main window and ornamental squares below it. Since 2007, Samtavisi Cathedral has been included in the preliminary list and is a candidate for inclusion in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.
Visit to Kintsvisi monastery in the Kareli district of Shida Kartli, former monastery of St. Nicholas of Myra. It consists of several buildings of different eras, with the main building being the Church of St. Nicholas, built in the early XIII century. This means that the temple belongs to the Golden Age of Georgian history and architecture, and has somehow relates to the personality of Queen Tamar. When you enter the temple, you will see the altar on the left, where on the northern wall you will see the famous fresco of Queen Tamar. Thus, the image of Queen Tamara turns out to be lifetime, although it is not excluded that she died during the construction of the temple. There are very few preserved images of the Queen. These frescoes date back to 1205, and at that time they could be called one of the most beautiful paintings of the time. Among the survived paintings you can see the famous Angel of Kintsvi.
Arrival in Uplistsikhe, Cave Town – Fortress. The history of the settlement dates back to the 1st -2nd Millennium before the birth of Christ. It is an important religious, cultural and political centre of Hellenistic and Ancient periods of history. The caves are arranged in groups, which are connected by transition paths. One part of the caves (Central ensemble, Palace complex, churches) is rich in ornamentation. There are preserved ruins of a theatre building dated back to the 2nd – 3rd centuries.