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Private tour to Medieval fortresses Rabati, Vardzia and Khertvisi

Availability: Everyday
Duration: 12 hours
Language: English, Russian
Mobile voucher accepted
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  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage cave town in Georgi
  • See the mix of Asian styles featured in the Rabati castle complex
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage medieval fortress khertvisi
What to expect

Following private pick-up service from your hotel travel in a comfortable vehicle to see the Medieval fortresses of Rabati, Vardzia and Xertvisi.

Locatedin In Akhaltsikhe, the Rabati fortress was founded in the XIII century and since the XVI century it was ruled by the Ottoman Empire. In the XIX century it came under the patronage ofthe Russian Empire and then returned to the rightful owners - the Georgians. For this reason the architecture of Rabati features a mix of different countries and cultures. The fortress entered the XXI century in a very depressing state until 2011 when it was fully restored to its original appearance. The territory of the Rabati fortress on 7 hectares, which are divided into 2 parts: Lower (modern) and Upper (historical).

In the lower part are located: an information center with a cashregister, wine terraces (vineyard) and a shop with related products, an alley of love, a hotel, several restaurants, a souvenir shop, a puppet theater, towers.

In the upper part of the Rabati fortress there is a mosque ofHaji Ahmed Pasha with gilded domes, a small Christian church, theSamtskhe-Javakheti museum, directly the Jakeli castle itself and the tomb ofthe pasha.

Next travel to see the ensemble of the monastery of Vardzia, created mainly in the XII - XIII century, during the reign of George III and his daughter, Queen Tamara. Located on the south western border of Georgia, the monastery-fortress blocked the gorge of the Mtkvari River (Kura) from the invasion of Iraniansa nd Turks from the south. At that time, all the premises of the monastery werehidden by a rock; only three underground passages connected them to thesurface, through which large groups of soldiers could appear completelyunexpectedly for the enemy.

The cave complex of Vardzia consists of 13 floors, carved up to600 rooms: churches, chapels, living cells, storerooms, baths, refectory,treasuries, libraries.

Finally explore the UNESCO World Heritage Khertvisi Fortress - a Medieval fortress in the village of Khertvisi representing the city's active strength throughout the feudal period.

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What's included
  • Guide
  • Private transportation
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
What's not included
  • Entrances fees: Rabati entrance (7 GEL); Vardzia entrance (7 GEL)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Where
Meeting point:

Meet your private tour guide at your hotel.

What to remember
  • Note entrance fees are not included in the price of this tour: Rabati entrance (7 GEL); Vardzia entrance (7 GEL)
  • Minimum of at least 2 guests at booking
  • Provide the name and address of your hotel at checkout for pick-up service
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When
  • Daily at 8.00am. 9.00am and 10.00am
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Provider
Phoenix Tours Georgia
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 2 days before the activity begins. If you cancel up to 1 day before, you can still receive a 30 % refund.

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