Tbilisi city tour
Tbilisi - the capital and largest city of Georgia. Based in the V century AD Vakhtang Gorgasali king of Iberia, and became the capital of the VI century, The combination of the original architecture and natural beauty gives it a unique charm and color.
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Metekhi Temple - At the edge of the rocky banks of the Kura, on the hill is a symbol of the long history of Tbilisi - the temple Metekhi. In the temple is buried a Shushanik, the first Georgian martyr. Next to the church is a monument to the city founder Vakhtang Gorgasali. Metekhi - this is a true symbol of the Georgian faith, culture and history.
Fortress Narikala - fortress complex in Old Tbilisi was founded in the 5th century. Previously a fortress was called "Shuris-Ciche" - "Enviable Fortress".
During the Mongol invasion the fortress was named "Narin Kala" - "Little Fortress" (Mong.). The VII and XI - XII centuries, the fortress was expanded. At that time the city walls went down to the river Kura and thus the citadel controlled the trade routes running along the banks of the river. In the XIX century bastions of the lower castle were demolished.
Old Tbilisi - Walking through the streets of old Tbilisi. Shardeni street with lots of cafes and art salons. Abanotubani - sulfur baths famous quarter, according to legend, Tbilisi owes its foundation to the natural sulfur spring.
Mountain Mtsatminda - At the top of the hill is the recreation park "Bombora" with viewing platforms, rides, ferris wheel, restaurants. The lookouts offer beautiful views of Tbilisi, which lies at the bottom.
On the slope of the hill is the Church of St David (Mama-Dawit). There is a pantheon of "Mtatsminda"
Rustaveli Avenue, Freedom Square Rustaveli Avenue is the heart of Tbilisi. There is a building of the Opera House, the residence of the graph of the Russian king Vorontsov. On Rustaveli Avenue there are numerous cafes, restaurants and shops. Freedom Square – main square of the capital. At various times, they wore the names Erivan, Beria and Lenin. In the center is a statue of St. George. In a park with a fountain stands a bust of A.S. Pushkin.
Excursion to Mtskheta and Borjomi
The ancient capital of Georgia, Mtskheta, is located in a few kilometers from the modern Tbilisi. The city was founded in the 2nd half of the 1st millennium BC. when the territory of modern Georgia was appeared the first state association - Iberia. Mtskheta was the capital of Georgia a little less than a thousand years.
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Svetitskhoveli Cathedral - Svetitskhoveli Cathedral was built in the XI century on the place of the first Georgian Christian Church of the Twelve Apostles, which was built in the IV century.
Collection of Georgian chronicles "Kartli Life" tells the story about the inhabitant of Mtskheta, Elioz which, being in Jerusalem, got Heaton of Jesus Christ. Elioz’s sister - Sidonia - has taken the Heaton, pressed it to his chest and died from her emotions overflowed. Soon, on the grave of Sidonia has grown a large tree - Lebanese cedar. And when King Mirian decided to build a temple at the place where was the buried Heaton of Lord, cedar was cutted down. From the tree was cut seven columns and began to install them in the church. Six columns were installed, but seventh did not given, it was hanging in the air. St. Nino prayed all night, and then this column "without touching a human hand" took his position. Wonderful ointment cured patients from serious ailments. Hence the name of the temple is - Svetitskhoveli, which in Georgian means "The Living Pillar".
Jvari Monastery - At the top of the mountain, on the edge of the cliff stands Jvari monastery which was built in the VI century. On English - "Jvari" means "cross", the full name of the monastery is – “The monastery of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross of the Lord”. According to the legend, Nino Cappadocian on the place where was a pagan idol, put a Holy Cross, marked by the acceptance of Christianity by Georgia.
The resort town of Borjomi - The city is located in the Borjomi gorge- 152 kilometers west of Tbilisi, famous for its mineral water Borjomi. City Borjomi is a spa resort, where people come not only to relax but also to be treated for various ailments. The main source of mineral water Borjomi is located in the central park, where the mineral water, which is now sold in many countries around the world is absolutely free for everyone.
DAY 3-7
Bakuriani ski resort - one of the oldest resorts in Georgia is located 180 km from Tbilisi, at an altitude of 1700 meters above sea level. Weather in Bakuriani- winter mild, the average temperature -7° C. Snow cover more than 50cm. The duration of the ski season from December to late March.
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Today Bakuriani is not only the center of winter sports, but also a recognized family resort. It offers snowmobile rentals and quads, great opportunities for skiing and horse riding, sledding and tubing. Nature - the main decoration of Bakuriani. Surrounded by mountains covered with pine forest, this picturesque corner of Georgia, is filled with crystal clear air with the scent of pine forests.
Kokhta situated at an altitude of 2155 meters above sea level, it is served by double chair lifts and two rope tows. There are red and black ski slopes and descended from the mountain top to the middle be the cable car, you can drive on the blue track for beginners.
Kokhta 2 (Tatra)
Mountain Kokhta 2 (altitude 2255 m) is known as the Tatra in Bakuriani. The length of the red and blue ski slopes is 1.8 kilometers.
25-meter track
25-meter track for beginners is located next to the old 25-meter springboard, from which became its name. Here beginners and children can learn to ski in a safe and pleasant place, surrounded by the Caucasus Mountains. Here you can ride on a sled or sleigh pulled by horses and to take a walk through the ancient forests.
Didveli The track runs along the mountainside Sakvelo, and it’s opened the most amazing views. From here, the lift type like gondola, you can climb the mountainside Sakvelo. The length of the longest ski runs about 4 kilometers.