Arrival in Tbilisi. Transfer to hotel. Breakfast.
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)
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.
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
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.
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)
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)
Arrival in Tbilisi, dinner, transfer to the airport
1 day, 2 day or several day tours are also available if desired