- Duration: 5 days
- Difficulty: easy/moderate
- Price: 300 USD/person
- Bicycle rental
- Vehicle support
- Travel insurance (required)
Former capital of Georgia (the Kingdom of Kakheti at that time) and administrative center of Kakheti region nowadays. With the population slightly above 20 000 people, Telavi is a pleasant and culturally rich stop on our cycling path.
Both Telavi and its neighborhood provide beautiful views on the Greater Caucasus range and the Alazani Valley. The area is also rich in historical places and monuments of architecture.
This tour was tailored to highlight the rural life of Georgia, historic architecture and landscapes. The route leads through peaceful villages and includes such architecture pearls like Alaverdi Monastery. Each kilometer brings new, breathtaking views.
Ikalto is famous not only for its monastery but also for the ruins of the medieval academy belonging to it. The monastery complex dates back to the VI century while the academy was established probably in VIII-IX centuries. But both were heavily destroyed and rebuild through the centuries.
Ikalto used to be one of the most significant academic centers in medieval Georgia. One of its famous students was Shota Rustaveli (XII – XIII century). Most important Georgian poet. The main street in Tbilisi was named after him. The most important dzieło of Rustaveli – “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” was the base for codifying Georgian language.
One of the pearls of Georgia’s sacral architecture. Alaverdi Cathedral was the tallest one in all Georgia, until only recently (2004) Tsminda Sameba in Tbilisi was consecrated. The monastery is heavily fortified, what further emphasizes the impression it makes. The complex is located on a plain with mighty Caucasus mountains in distance and surrounded by famous Kakhetian wineries.
The “dress code” is followed very strictly here, and the Monks pay attention so the tourists behave in a quiet and respectful way. Unlike many other monasteries, you can really contemplate here in silence.
Origins of the cathedral date back to VI, but most of it was rebuilt in XI century.
Built in XVI century by King Levan who made it the capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti. Gremi was a vibrant trading town and served as the capital for about 150 years, until Persian conquest. After fell of Gremi, the capital was moved to Telavi.
What brings tourists here are the royal residence and the Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The complex is located on a hill, which provides also spectacular views on the area.
City of wine. City of lovers. A city with charming architecture and magnificent views of the Greater Caucasus mountains and the Alazani Valley. The well-preserved fortification walls are a superb place to look at the city from above.
Sighnaghi is one of the most popular touristic spots in all Georgia, but with a bicycle, it is always easy to escape the crowds and find a peaceful corner to contemplate the views.
A few kilometers from the center of the town lies another important attraction – the Bodbe Monastery. It’s one of the holiest places for Georgians. It’s here, where Saint Nino, who brought Christianity to Georgia was buried.
Bodbe Monastery complex is not only a place rich in history and splendid architecture but offering picturesque landscapes too. It might get quite crowded sometimes, but usually, you will easily find a peaceful, cozy corner just for you. A place to rest, think about everything you didn’t have time to think about for too long now and admire the views.