Kakheti is certainly one of the most popular destinations in eastern Georgia. The homeland of winemaking with picturesque vineyards, historical monuments, monasteries and nature reserves.
Traveling in Kakheti by car is very convenient. You can choose the wineries of interest to you, plan a route to historical places, visit a nature reserve or spend a weekend in the sun near the lake.
Signagi - the pearl of Kakheti, a very cozy and small town will not leave you indifferent. It is very difficult not to fall in love with its winding streets, carved gates and unforgettable views. There is a wide choice of restaurants and cafes offering traditional Georgian cuisine and natural Kakhetian wine. There is even a museum in the center of the city where you can get acquainted with the history, culture and paintings of Georgia.
The world-famous Bodbe Monastery is in a 10-minute drive from Signagi. There is the grave of St. Nina, the spring of her name and a healing bath, to which many miracles and magical healings are attributed.
A Cypress garden surrounds the monastery, with an unforgettable view of the Caucasus Mountains.
The monastery complex David Gareji, VI century, is also located in Kakheti. The monastery is a place of pilgrimage for believing Christians. The cells in the rock of David Garedji stretch for several kilometers in the desert. The road to the monastery has been recently asphalted, so it is easy to get there by car.
Kakheti is distinguished by numerous wine routes. Many wineries, Chateaux and large wine factories provide an opportunity for those wishing to follow the entire route of the drink from the vineyard to your glass and to taste the traditionally delicious Georgian cuisine.
Furthermore, there are two popular resorts on the lakesides of Lopota and Kvareli in Kakheti.
If you are limited in time, you still should not deprive yourself of the pleasure to travel. You can go on short routes near Tbilisi on a picnic or on the weekend. For example, an excellent route goes up to the church of Jvari where you can enjoy an unforgettable view of the Aragvi and Kura rivers, as well as the town of Mtskheta lying below.
Mtskheta is the old capital of Georgia, a cozy town with small streets, large temples and centuries-old history. It is pleasant to walk along it. Here you can find a lot of interesting souvenirs, wine, churchkhelas and other Georgian dishes.
There is also a nearby monastery of the 6th century - Shio Mgvime. There is a good place for a picnic between Mtskheta and the monastery in the pine grove where you can fry a shish kebab and have a nice day.
In addition, the Ananuri church is close to Tbilisi. Here, at any time of the year, you will have a beautiful view of the Zhinvali water reservoir and the mountain landscape.
The city in the rock - Uplistsikhe with 3000 years of history is worth noting among the sights near Tbilisi. It is located 10 km from the town of Gori. On your own car you can drive directly to the foot of the mountain along an asphalt road.
On the way back to Tbilisi, you can stop in the area of Mtskheta and Natakhtari for dinner in one of the restaurants. Many of them can boast not only exquisite Georgian and European cuisine, but also an interesting music program.
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