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Tour to Dashbashi Canyon&Poka Nunnery from Tbilisi (Manglisi, Gorelovka,Asureti)

Private full day tour to Dashbashi Canyon&Poka Nunnery includes visiting cathedral of Manglisi constructed in 6th-7th century, hiking to Dashbashi Canyon, well-known with its cascade of small waterfalls, visiting Poka Nunnery, connected to St. Nino who started preaching the Christian faith from village Poka and exploring Ethnographic Museum of Gorelovka, village near Georgia - Armenia border, founded by Dukhabors, Christian spiritual religious group of Russian origin. Tour includes visiting lakes: Tsalka, Paravani, Saghamo, Bugdasheni and Madatapa. In Poka Nunnery, guests can buy organic cheese with European technology, sweets, alpine products (honey, unrefined oil, vinegar), bread, handmade candles, cloisonne enamel and confectionery products. Guests will also visit former German colony of Asureti (Elizabettal). Private tour to Dashbashi Canyon&Poka Nunnery is appropriate for people who like hiking, eating organic food and enjoying stunning lake views. Total drive 385 km (240 miles).

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  • What's included :
    • Private transportation
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • WiFi on board
    • Bottled water
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Manglisi, Manglisi, Kvemo Kartli Region

    Manglisi Sioni Cathedral was constructed in 6th-7th century and restored in 11th century. The first church was built in 4th century during the proclamation of Christianity as the state religion. The temple is a tetraconch but unusually inserted into an octagon. Byzantine Imperor Constantine gifted to King Mirian abundant treasures and parts of the Holy Cross of Christ and sent Bishop John (Ioanne) to build churches in Georgia. Before he arrived in Mtskheta, he stopped in Manglisi and started building a temple.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Dashbashi Canyon, Dashbashi Georgia

    Algeti National Park was founded as a state reserve in 1965. The highest point is Mount Kldekari (2,000 m). Dashbashi Canyon is in Algeti National Park on Khrami River (1,110-1,448 m). The canyon has astounding cascading waterfalls that take exotic emerald colour and form dozens of frozen waterfalls in the winter. The plants of the canyon create micro-climate and specific fauna. You will need to hike 30 minutes to reach the canyon (difficulty level: easy). Dashbashi St. George Church near the canyon was built in 10th-11th Centuries.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Poka Nunnery of St. Nino, Poka Georgia

    Phoka Nunnery of St. Nino - In 1988 the Catholicos-Patriarch visited Foka, where St. Nino stayed for two days after she entered Georgia via crossing the mountains of Javakheti. She started preaching the Christian faith, followed river Mtkvari and reached Mtskheta. Next to the 11th century basilica of St. Nino, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II bought a house where in 1992, the Mother's Monastery was opened. In 1989, Patriarchate of Georgia received 22 hectares of land in Foka where an openchurch and fathers monastery were built. The tradition of 40-day pilgrimage of St. Nino started in 1989. The monastery has a missionary role, representing for years the only Georgian-speaking island in an alienated environment. The nunnery produces cheese, candles, cloisonne enamel and confectionery products.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Paravani Lake, Ninotsminda Georgia

    Paravani Lake (2 073 m) is the largest lake with 38 area with depth of 3 meters. From mid-autumn to mid-spring it is covered with ice.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Sagamo Lake, Saghamo Georgia

    Saghamo Lake (1996 m) with depth of 2.3 m receives water from rain, snow and underground springs.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Gorelovka, Georgia

    Gorelovka to visit Ethnographic Museum. The village was founded by Dukhabors, Christian spiritual religious group of Russian origin. They rejected the secular government, priesthood, the use of icons, and all church rituals. They do not follow any customs other than marriage. Women are equal to men in the family. They were relocated from Russia during the reign of Emperor Nicholas I and 5,000 Doukhobors were resettled to Georgia between 1841 and 1845.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Bughdasheni Lake, Georgia

    Guests will visit Bugdasheni Lake (2042 m) and Madatapa Lake (2108 m), ideal for fishing and bird-watching.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Asureti, Asureti, Kvemo Kartli Region

    Asureti (760-800 m) - With the initiative of King Alexander I of Russia, about 1,400 families, up to 7,000 German colonists were settled here in 1817. In honor of his wife Asureti was renamed Elizabettal- Elizabeth Settlement. After living for almost 125 years, in 1941 Stalin deported Germans from Georgia to Central Asia. Only those who were married to Georgians were allowed to stay. After German deportation, Rachvelians settled in Elizabettali. The durability of the houses built without cement and nails, oak balconies, sulfur bath and wine cellar still amaze people. In Asureti there is an old Georgian vine variety "Shala" found in the forest by a German farmer Shalma. The village has a Lutheran church built in 1871 and a cemetery. The church, restored in 2020, was destroyed by communists and by the fire.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport, Tbilisi Georgia
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Ladies need to wear head scarves and dresses in Georgian orthodox churches. Short trousers for men are also forbidden. Scarves and dresses can also be found near church entrances for men and women to enter churches.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • To prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), tour will be provided according to recommendations and guidelines of Ministry of Health of Georgia and World Tourism Organization.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by SelectGeorgia - For Holiday

Activity ID: V-123892P12

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