After breakfast, start sightseeing Akhaltsikhe. First, visit Rabati. Rabati is a medieval complex that integrates a castle, fortification, museum, a synagogue, church, and other different interesting attractions. Its museum presents the cultural heritage of Javakheti region and various types of artifacts collected from this historical province: old manuscripts, archaeological exhibits, ethnographic material, collection of old carpets, rugs, and etc. Rabati also includes a castle, 18th c.
After sightseeing Rabati continue the trip and drive to the south part of the country along the Mtkvari river gorge where you can enjoy hilly landscapes and several old fortresses. Make a short stop by the Khertvisi fortress.
Continue to Vardzia – a cave monastic complex dating back to the 12th-13th cc. Vardzia is carved in the slopes of the Erusheti Mountains, stretched along the 500 meters on a cliff and consists of 19 different tiers. Georgian Queen Tamar is credited for establishing this monastery during her reign in the 12th c. Nowadays monks still live in caves.
Have hot trout barbeque and picnic lunch near the site.
Drive back to Tbilisi passing through the Javakheti Plateau and Tsalka.