Akhaltsikhe

Borjomi and Akhaltsikhe trip

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A quick day trip (with an overnight stay) to Borjomi and Akhaltsikhe in beautiful Georgia In this drone video footage - Saint George Church and Monastery (sometimes referred just as that lovely women monastery up there somewhere in Borjomi), Atskuri fortress, the gem of Samtskhe Javakheti region - Safara monastery; and of course Rabati complex (there is a nice hotel actually located inside the complex). Music by Scott Holmes - Epic Cinematic! Taken September 25 and 26, 2020 with DJI Mavic…


Weekend trip to Borjomi and Akhaltsikhe

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Weekend trips to Borjomi and Akhaltsikhe are quite possible and easily doable.  I just love to visit Borjomi an area during the fall season, the scenery can turn very spectacular, leaves are turning yellow, orange.. see Autumn in Borjomi So did happen at the of September 2020, we decided to for an easy weekend trip to Borjomi, booked a nice family-run hotel in Borjomi - hotel Rustaveli  Once arrived on site, it turned out we are the only guests, got complimentary wine from the hotel owner…


Postcards from Rabati Fortress

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I first visited Rabati Fortress in Akhaltsikhe, Republic of Georgia, in Summer of 2014, during a two day rafting drive on river Mtkavri, next time we booked a lovely hotel inside fortress complex at the start of 2015, during our stay here I created a lot of pictures and crafted an article about Rabati fortress Castle featuring 48 pictures. (You think its a lot? I have an article from Keukenhof's tulip garden in the Netherlands with 136 images). At the end of 2015 we visited this site for the…


Sergos Duqani restaurant in Akhaltsikhe

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Sergos Duqani is a lovely restaurant in Akhaltsikhe, serving traditional Georgian cuisine. Located just in the footsteps of Rabati Fortress complex. We first discovered and met lovely owners of this place, when stayed in hotel in Rabati (Hotel Rabath & Gino Wellness) and were looking for some local place to have dinner. Frankly speaking sashlik served here is among the best I have ever tried in Georgia (and price for them are ridiculously low  - about 6 lari per skewer.) Segos Duqani…


16 Places To Visit In Georgia And Tbilisi

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More than 10 years ago I first landed at the Tbilisi airport and for the first time took a step on Georgian land.  That happened on April 1st, 2011 - I like this data - it's known Worldwide as a Fool's day.  With this article, originally I was celebrating my fourth year living in Georgia. But now, the article has grown into one of the most popular articles about travel destinations in Georgia.  In this list, I have listed 16 must-see / must-do places while in Georgia that I have personally…


Rabati Fortress Complex in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia

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Georgia will never end to surprise you (at least - me). Few years ago a major tourist attraction was renovated and opened to the public, some would call it a Jewel in the Crown, while others would call it a Georgian Disneyland (appealing that like in Disney land, everything here is a butaforie). My subjective opinion will stay somewhere in middle. Yes it's kinda of butaforie, built from lightweight materials in less than 15 month almost from scratch, but still, it's a jewel in the crown.…


Hotel Rabath & Gino Wellness Review in Akhaltsikhe

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Back in summer of 2014, we took a 2 day rafting trip, during which we visited Rabati Castle Complex for about an hour. in such short time we hadn't much chance to explore the so called "Jewel in the Crown" - Rabati Castle complex, renovated just couple of years ago, and aimed to become as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Georgia.  Back then (in summer of 2014) we noticed a hotel located at the heart of Rabati castle complex, and we decided we should come back again, stay at local…


Tbilisi - Akhaltsikhe by Minibus: Cost, Time & Distance

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As an indie traveler, I prefer to travel in Georgia by mini buses, they are cheap and most often the fastest way to get from one point in Georgia to another. Not always, but most often (for example, I would prefer railway to travel from Tbilisi to Batumi over minibus). My first time when I visited Akhaltsikhe was in July 2014, during our 2 day rafting trip. Back then we had a little time to explore Akhaltsikhe and I decided - we must return here another time for a longer stay. That day came…