Vardzia Travel Guide

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    A monk at Vardzia monastery
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Vardzia Things to Do

  • Visit Khertvisi Castle

    It is built on a cliff where two rivers join. From the 10th century. Inside you will only find cows and smell some of their products. No entrance, no other tourists. It's next to the road between Vardzia and Akhaltsikhe

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  • Explore the caves

    The medieval cave city was built by Queen Tamara. It can be reached by car in one day from Borjomi, but the road is very bad for the last 12 kilometer. Entrance fee 5 dollar. It's incredible beautiful but a lot of climbing too. Take food and drinks with you. You cannot buy anything overthere, it can be very warm in summer.

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  • Explore the caves

    Aside from the Church of the Assumption and the monks' cells, the rest of the Vardzia complex consists of empty rooms. It is fun to explore though, stairways and tunnels connecting rooms on different levels, some rooms enormous and bare, others tiny yet detailed. In a few places, the steps have worn down and the rock has begun to fall away, so it...

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  • Chat to the monks

    Take along a Georgian phrasebook (available in Prospero's Bookshop on Rustavelis in Tbilisi)...this will enable you to chat to the monks, who probably don't get so many foreigners to talk to. Of course, you are never going to be able to debate the meaning of life with just a phrasebook, but with a bit of crafty language work and many a hand...

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  • Church of the Assumption

    If a monk spots you, he may unlock the Church of the assumption for you. This is the only church still functioning...there were several more, but earthquakes, attacks and vandalism have seen to those. Look out for the frescoes on the walls, especially the one of Queen Tamar. There is a donation box inside, and it is worth putting a few coins and...

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  • Entrance to Vardzia

    After buying you ticket, head up the twisting path passed a few derelict caves...you can look inside these if you want, but they are unfortunately filled with cigarette ends. After about ten minutes or so, you'll reach a belltower and a gate...this is the entrance to the monastery.

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Vardzia Transportation

  • white minibus to Vardzia

    The minibus comes from Tbilisi, ,,Didube" station,every day at 10 o'clock.It arrives there at 3 o'clock and comes back to Tbilisi the other day,at 9:20.Price:15 lari. The bus is comfortable. Drivers name is Alex. phone: 899 74 99 73.

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  • The daily bus

    Buses from Akhaltsikhe run to suit local villagers, and mean that independent travellers cannot visit Vardzia as a day trip. A minibus leaves Akhaltsikhe for Vardzia at around 3pm or when full, returning the following day some time in the morning seemingly at the whim of the driver. As you leave the bus, arrange a time for him to collect you the...

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Vardzia Tourist Traps

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    by JLBG Written Nov 14, 2011

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    I was in Georgia at the end of April 2011 and planned to visite Vardzia. The monastery complex stands between 1500 and 1700 meters of elevation in southern Georgia. We went to several other places in the country and found that everywhere, there was a lot of snow remaining at 1200 meters. I got several advices that said that it might be possible to reach Vardzia but that it would be difficult to visit efficiently. May be that 2011 had an abnormally late snow fall but be warned that if you visit in spring, the later the best.

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Vardzia What to Pack

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    by maykal Written Dec 19, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even in June, it was surprisingly chilly, so bring some warm clothing for nights. Strong shoes are useful for negotiating the narrow paths and stairways in the monastery complex. Swimming gear for those who wish to brave the sulphur pool at the hotel!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A torch could come in handy for exploring some of the caves, and for going to drink from "Tamar's Tears". The hotel doesn't have electricity, so candles and/or a torch are necessary here.

    Miscellaneous: Bring food! There are no shops in Vardzia, no restaurants, nothing. The hotel owners provide a simple meal in the evening, but only a cup of tea in the morning, so bring some bread or biscuits or something to keep you going until Akhaltsikhe.

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