# 4 Birtvisi Canyons and Betania Monastery

# 4 Birtvisi Canyons and Betania Monastery

1 day Departure

(The fee starts 30 minutes before the bus leaves)

21:00 from Kislovodsk (the Stadium);

21:40 from Yessentuki (from the entrance to the spa park, opposite the railway station);

22:30 from Pyatigorsk (stop Bus station (on the other side)

2 day

Arrival in the capital of Georgia. Accommodation in hotel. Rest.

A sightseeing bus tour with sightseeing of new and old Tbilisi. Walking tour of the streets of old Tbilisi. Visit the restaurant, (at the request of guests) where the guests of the capital can taste fine Georgian dishes, as well as see national dances performed by professionals. Late at night return to the hotel.

3 day

Breakfast at the hotel.

This tour is a journey through the legendary places. From Tbilisi we leave through the southern gate and go towards the municipal center of Tetritskaro. We pass interesting settlement Asureti (in the past Elizabethtal), known for the fact that until the 40s of the XX century it was inhabited by Germans. If desired, you can make a stop and see a few houses still bearing the traces of the German architectural style. Birtwice canyons: incredible by its unusual and beautiful natural place, rugged rocks, high stone boulders and waterfalls, in the very depths of which people built a huge fortress, considered impregnable. And the monastery complex Bethany: one of the most beautiful in Georgia, incredibly forgotten and discovered again in the middle of the XIX century - one of the few surviving lifetime frescoes of Queen Tamar can be seen in his main temple.

Departure from Tbilisi no later than 9.00. Entry into the canyon approximately at 10.00. We begin with the "dry part" of the canyon and take a course on the path leading to the Birtwis fortress. The road to the top citadel and return takes about 2.5-3 hours, after which we arrange a picnic on the "glade". The route is track (6 kilometers round trip), on rough terrain (forest and rocks). Complexity is easy and medium.

After a picnic we go to inspect the lower waterfalls of the canyon. Approximate time for completion of the first part of the excursion is 16.00.

The second part is devoted to the visit of the monastery of Betania. We go to him on a short dirt road (good condition) along the canyon and we leave on the road in the village of Orbeti. We move towards Tbilisi and turn off onto another dirt road 7 kilometers long, which will lead us to the monastery.

Return to Tbilisi at about 20.00.

Notes: You have to take your comfortable shoes and plashevku in case of rain.

4 day

Breakfast at the hotel. Release of rooms. 1st half of the day:

Free time, a walk through old Tbilisi, an independent visit to shopping centers, shops, bazaars (buying souvenirs, mineral water, wine, cabbage, etc.)

Mtskheta is a religious center and a unique city-museum, ranked among UNESCO's cultural heritage. On the way to the city you will meet with the monastery of Jvari. This is a temple, which is a masterpiece of early Georgian architecture. Then you will visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. It is in it is the mantle of Jesus Christ.

2nd half of the day:

 The road from Tbilisi to Russia, the military-Georgian road - A source of inspiration for the great Russian writers and the well-being of the Caucasus region. Visit the ancient fortress of Ananuri. Lunch with dishes of Georgian cuisine. Zhinval water reservoir-Gudauri-Kazbegi.


Departure to Pyatigorsk.