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 following day, aotherwise you'll be stranded for another night. For admiring the scenery, sit on the right-hand side on the journey there, the left on the return journey.
The bus passes through Aspindza, which seems a sleepy place, but has a remote castle on a crag overlooking the river. You could attempt to get a bus here in the morning, and try to catch the Vardzia bus as it passes through. Alternatively, hire a taxi for a day.
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
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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- Religious Travel
- Family Travel