Route: Tbilisi - Gombori - New shuamta - Old shuamta - Ikalto - Alaverdi - Telavi - Tsinandali Museum - Tbilisi
Tour Type: Cultural - cognitive
Tour Duration: 1 day;
A detailed description of the tour:
Direction: Tbilisi - Gombori - New Shuamta - Old Shuamta - Ikalto - Alaverdi - Telavi - Tsinandali Museum - Tbilisi;
Places to see :
Gombori - is a mountain range in the Georgian section of Greater Caucasus mountains. It is located in the province of Kakheti, eastern Georgia, and stretches to the distance of 107 km, with the highest mountain being at 1.991 m above sea level.
Shuamta Monastic Complex (Old and New Shuamta monasteries) - are the most important and most beautiful architectural monuments of Kakheti :
Old Shuamta - is a complex of several ancient churches.The small church is dated from the 5th century, the other two – bigger and smaller domical churches – the 7th century.
New Shuamta Monastery - was built in the 16th century by Tinatin Gurieli. It was built of brick; the inner walls were decorated with paintings and some of the portraits of the founders have been preserved.The complex includes also a bell-tower and some minor buildings.
Alaverdi Monastery - is a Georgian Eastern Orthodox monastery located, in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia. While parts of the monastery date back to 6th century, the present day cathedral was built in the 11th century by Kvirike III of Kakheti, replacing an older church of St. George.
Ikalto - this monastery,beautifully situated in a grove of cypresses 8km northwest of Telavi, was one of two famous medieval Georgian academies, the other being Gelati. Shota Rustaveli, the national poet, is thought to have studied here.
Telavi - the city is known from the I century BC. It was an important trading center on the caravan route from the Middle East to Europe. In the XI and XVII to the XVIII century was the capital of Kakheti kingdom.
Tsinandali museum and wine tasting- the museum is located in the palace of the well-known Georgian poet, where one can see objects representing both the poet's life and creative work were at the end will be held wine testing.