Historical and geographic region of Samtskhe-Javakheti is located in southern Georgia. Akhaltsikhe, main town of the region, houses one of the most popular tourist attractions in Georgia – Rabati Fortress. In 2010-2012, the fortress was completely renovated to represent a synthesis of European and Asian cultures. Local history museum boasts pieces of ancient weapon, tools and household items, discovered in Samtskhe-Javakheti, as well as medieval manuscripts and ethnographic materials.
One of the main cultural sites of Georgia – cave monastery Vardzia - is also located in Samtskhe-Javakheti. The complex was founded in the 12th-13th centuries AD during Queen Tamara’s reign. In 2007, Vardzia was inscribed on UNESCO Tentative List.
Vanilla Sky offers a one-day air trip to Samtskhe-Javakheti by ALOUETTE III helicopter (1 pilot, 5 passengers):
Flight duration – 2 hours and 50 minutes.
09:00-Transfer from Tbilisi to the Natakhtari airdrome
10:00-Flight from Natakhtari to Vardzia (flight duration 1 hour 10 minutes)
11:20- Vardzia Monastery
13:00- Lunch in Vardzia
14:00- Flight from Vardzia to the Rabat Fortress (flight duration – 20 minutes)
14:20- Rabat Fortress
15:30- Samtskhe-Javakheti History Museum
17:00- Flight to Natakhtari (flight duration - 1 hour 20 minutes)
18:20- Natakhtari airdrome, transfer to Tbilisi
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