Once there were the Argonauts – who, driven by the attraction of the Golden Fleece, and guided by the courageous, and daring Jason set sail and went in search of Colchis. In the imagination of the ancient Greeks, it was a risky challenge as that was the first trip in the history of mankind over the open sea to the end of the known world. Our destination Georgia, on the territory of which the fabled Colchis was situated, for many travelers appears to be similar to its legendary predecessor – situated far away, uncharted and mysterious, mythical and mystical and in the same time legendary and incomparable.
Eastern Europe Georgia
Today you will make your first acquaintance with the Georgian capital Tbilisi. First, you will see the old town on the river Kura and the well-known Metekhi Cathedral from the 13th century. Worth seeing is the Sioni Cathedral, regarded as Georgian sanctuary because of the Princess Nino’s vine cross that is kept here. Also, you will visit an ancient synagogue and the Anchiskhati Church from the 6th century. In the late afternoon, we explore the treasury of the Historical Museum.
In the morning, we explore the cradle of Georgian culture – the oldest city in Georgia Mtskheta.
Mtskheta is the most religious city of Georgia as it has been the shrine of pagan idols since times immemorial and it is where Christianity in Georgia takes its origin. Today, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its many archaeological and historical monuments, it resembles an inhabited open air museum.
Then, we come back to Tbilisi.
Early in the morning, we drive to Kutaisi. On our way visit the cave city Uplistsikhe. The next point of our program is Gori. The city has gone down in history as the birthplace of the bloodthirsty dictator Ioseb Jughashvili, known under the pseudonym Joseph Stalin.
Thus, we will visit the Stalin Museum, where the Soviet exoticism is shown pretty good.
Then, we set off to the village Ateni. Nearby we visit there the Georgian Orthodox Sioni Church, built in the 7th century. In the evening, we reach Tskaltubo.