Samtskhe-Javakheti distinguishes itself in our diversity: a million new experiences await visitors across a vast region. Whether you spend the afternoon in a quiet forest bird watching, fill up on traditional Georgian food and wine, walk in the footsteps of St. Nino who first brought Christianity to Georgia, or soak up hundreds of years of ancient architecture and history – your experience will be infinite in variety.

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Infinite Adventure Awaits in Samstskhe-Javakheti​

Samtskhe-Javakheti, one of the most important historical and ethnographic regions of Georgia, is rich with variety: distinct diversity of microclimates, from snow-packed mountains to lush forests, with pristine rivers and lakes unlike anywhere else on earth; the most ethnically diverse region of Georgia, with rich history dating back to ancient empires; and a wide variety of man-made and natural wonders to explore.

Six distinct regions comprise the whole of Samtskhe-Javakheti: Meskheti, Akhaltsikhe, Adigeni, Aspindza, Akhalkalaki and Ninotsminda districts, and the historic Tori-Borjomi region. Infinite adventure awaits you.


Don’t know where to begin? Here are the top experiences we believe every traveler must have while visiting Samtskhe-Javakheti.

Akhaltsikhe Castle

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Akhaltsikhe Castle

Located in the ancient district of Rabati, Akhaltsikhe Castle will guide you through the history of the Region. Various architectural monuments and buildings depict the diverse culture of the city. In one space you can discover the remnants of different ethnic, religious, and cultural background that creates the multicultural atmosphere of Akhaltsikhe.


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With over 29 kilometers of slopes and 20 transport lifts to choose from, the Bakuriani ski resort offers skiing, night, skiing, snowboarding, winter hiking, and tobogganing during its four to five month extended winter season.

Borjomi Central Park

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Borjomi Central Park is situated in the heart of the town and features well-maintained gardens, walking paths, and various recreational facilities. Visitors can take leisurely strolls, have picnics, and enjoy the fresh air. The park is a lovely spot to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and immerse oneself in nature.

Javakheti National Park

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Javakheti National Park located in the Ninotsminda Municipality near the tri-national frontier of Georgia, Armenia, and Turkey is a part of Javakheti Protected Areas. The park boasts the rich biodiversity of the Javakheti Plateau.

Saro Village

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The historical village of Saro is located a few kilometers from the Akhaltsikhe-Vardzia road. The indigenous Meskhetian culture and architecture of Meskheti is probably the best preserved in Saro.

Paravani Lake

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The unanswered mysteries of Lake Paravani capture the interests of even the most avid travelers as they explore the largest lake in Georgia, around 37.5 square kilometers.


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Abastumani resort has been a distinguished therapeutic bath resort in the South of Georgia since the XIX century. Abastumani is famous for its fresh air, healing waters, and sulfur baths.

Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory

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Starry-eyed travelers will have a field day at the Soviet-era Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory atop Mount Kanobili. The journey begins with the option between an hour-long hike or a cable car ride to the observatory.

Sapara Monastery

Samtskhe - Javakheti

Take a step back into medieval times by visiting the Georgian Orthodox Sapara Monastery, located in Samtskhe-Javakheti. Believed to be built during or before 10th century, the monastery was once the residence of the prominent Jakeli family.


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Vardzia is a monastery dating back to the 12th century AD, located on the banks of the river Mtkvari, and it is one of the most important historical sites in Georgia. The location, in the middle of a huge gorge, offers unforgettable views. Even today some monks still live in those caves.

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Samtskhe-Javakheti is full of majestic places to see, so be ready to take on one of our hiking trails!


Route Length: 2.2 km.
Route Duration: 1 hrs. 10 min.
Min./Max. Height: 1113/1446m.
Total Ascent/Descent: 356/25 m.
Route Type: Connecting
Difficulty level: Moderate

Patara Samsari

Length: 15.3 km. (return back 15.3 km.)
Duration: 7 hrs. (return back 6 hrs. 10 min.)
Min./Max. Height: 2003/ 3271 m.
Total Ascent/Descent: 1360/793 m.
Type: One-way
Difficulty level: Moderate


Length: 33.3 km. (return back 33.3 km.)
Duration: 11 hrs. 25 min. (return back 10 hrs. 50 min.)
Min./Max. Height: 1986/3084 m.
Total Ascent/Descent: 1424/854 m.
Type: One-way
Difficulty level: Moderate

Okro Fortress

Length: 3.5 km. (return back 3.5 km.)
Duration: 1 hr. 45 min. (return back 1 hr. 10 min.)
Min./Max. Height: 1414/1731 m.
Total Ascent/Descent: 367/100 m.
Type: One-way
Difficulty level: Moderate


Route Length: 14 km
Route Duration: 5 hrs. 20 min.
Min./Max. Height: 919/1323 m.
Total Ascent/Descent: 940/872 m.
Route Type: Connecting
Route category of complexity: Moderate


Length: 26.7 km. (return back 26.7 km.)
Duration: 9 hrs. 20 min. (return back 8 hrs. 45 min.)
Min./Max. Height: 2027/2894 m.
Total Ascent/Descent: 1379 /840 m
Type: One-way
Difficulty level: Moderate


Route Length: 25.5 km
Route Duration: 11 hrs. 55 min.
Min./Max. Height: 1052/2533 m.
Total Ascent/Descent: 1917/2064 m.
Route Type: Connecting
Route category of complexity: Moderate

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