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  1. Georgia
  2. Imereti
  3. Kutaisi
  4. Rabati Castle

Kutaisi: Vardzia Cave City and Rabati Castle Tour

Product ID: 212157
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Discover Georgia’s unique sample of rock-cut architecture on this visit to the Vardzia and Vani Qvabebi cave cities. Then explore the magnificent Rabati castle, representing a rich mix of Asian and European culture.
About this activity
Duration 14 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore labyrinth of caves and tunnels at the Vardzia Cave City
  • Marvel at the church sheltered in the curves of the rocky mountainside
  • Enjoy a unique mixture of European and Asian culture at Rabati castle
Full description
Start the tour heading to the South of Georgia to discover the town-monastery of Vardzia, an incredibly unique sample of rock-cut architecture built as a residential quarters complex. Vardzia was mainly constructed in the second half of the 12th century and is made up of a complicated design arranged over 13 floors.

Next, head to Vanis Qvabebi, another cave monastery complex that dates back to the 8th century and consists of a defensive wall built in 1204 and a maze of tunnels running on several levels into the side of the mountain. There are also two churches in the complex, one is built from newer stone and still stands in good shape, the other is a small, domed church that clings to the rock on the level of the highest tunnels.

In the afternoon, visit the magnificent Rabati castle, built in the 9th century with a rich representation of Asian and European culture. This medieval castle was initially known as the Lomisa Castle until it was conquered by Ottomans. 
Includes
  • Transport
  • Guide
  • Bottle of water
  • Wifi on board
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fees
  • Food

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Meeting point

Kutaisi located Hotel - Pick up

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Important information
What to bring
  • Food and drinks
  • Hiking shoes
Know before you go
• Hiking shoes recommended
• Student card allows for a discount