Pilgrimage tour

Day 1

Arrival in Tbilisi. Transfer to  hotel. Breakfast.

 

Tbilisi tour 

Anchiskhati Basilica (VI c)

Metekhi Church (XII c) - the site where Abo Tbileli was tortured. Abo came from Arabia. He was raised in the Muslim religion and entered the service of Nerses, the prince of Kartli in the I century. Abo converted to Christianity. That time Kartli was invaded by  Arab invaders. Despite being demanded to convert to Muslim religion again, Abo still did not betray Christianity, for what he was  tortured and then beheaded.

The Sioni Cathedral (VI c)

Kashueti Church, Mamadaviti Church

Open air museum of ethnography

Dinner at a restaurant (Georgian fasting and non-fasting food)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2

Kakheti Tour 

Gurjaani Kovladtsminda

Bodbe Monastery – the grave of St. Nino-the enlightener of Georgia and the miraculous spring nearby

Alaverdi Church (XI c.) The primary church was founded by Joseph Alaverdeli in the VI century. Joseph Alaverdeli was one of the 13 Assyrian Fathers who came to Georgia to preach Christianity and strengthen Christian faith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3

Gareji Tour

A monastery complex carved into the rock. The building of David Gareji monastery complex lasted from the VI to the XVII centuries. The founder of the monastery complex was David Garejeli, one of the 13 Assyrian Fathers who came to Georgia to preach Christianity and strengthen Christian faith.

Ioane Natlismtsemeli Monastery

David Gareji Lavra – the grave of Holy David and the stone, brought from Jerusalem

Udabno Monastery

 

Day 4

Mtskheta Tour

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (XI c.). Based on historical sources, the cathedral is built at the burial site of Jesus’ robe. The source relates that the mantle of prophet Elijah, brought by Jewish people 26 centuries ago, is buried under the fence of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral  

Jvari Monastery (VI c.)

Samtavro Convent (XI c.). The burials of first Christian king Mirian and queen Nana, the tomb of  St. Gabriel . He passed away in 1995 and  was canonized  as a saint  by Georgian church . His sacred grave  is  miraculous. 

Shiomghvime, Zedazeni with impressive views over Mtskheta and almost all the plains of  Kartli.The firs builders of these monasteries were hole men from Assyria (present  Syria), they came to Georgia to strengthen Christian  faith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5

West Georgia Tour

Motsameta and Gelati (XII c.). Gelati Academy was the most important centre of culture and education.

Tsageri – the grave of  St.  Maxim, the confessor. Holy father and the great Orthodox scholar, was persecuted by the iconoclasmers  in Byzantium. He was exiled to the mountainous area of the Kingdom of Egrisi/Lazika and died there.

Muri fortress (views over Tsageri)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6

Martvili Monastery (X c.). The church was built on the cultic site. According to sources in pagan times people (mostly infants) were sacrificed there. Episcopacy and the Patriarchal residence is located nearby

Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church (XIII c.)

Zugdidi Dadiani Palace and its attached church (the site  where the robe of  Holy Virgin is kept and taken out before parish to venerate at Vlakernoba holiday on the 15th of July)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7

Arrival in Tbilisi, dinner, transfer to the airport

 

1 day, 2 day or several day tours are also available if desired