Welcome to Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region !

Mtskheta-Mtianeti

Mtskheta-Mtianeti is a region in eastern Georgia comprising the town of Mtskheta, which serves as a regional capital, together with its district and the adjoining mountainous areas.

The western part is controlled by the breakaway Republic of South Ossetia since the independence of Georgia.

The region comprises five municipalities: Akhalgori, Dusheti, Tianeti, Mtskheta and Kazbegi

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Gabala – the most ancient city of Azerbaijan

Gabala is one of the most beautiful places in Azerbaijan, which is situated in the lower part of the Caucasus Mountains in the Bazar-Yurt Gorge 250 km from Baku. The history of the city is about two thousand years, and it still surprises scholars.

Modern Gabala is situated 15 km from ancient Gabala, which was the capital of Caucasian Albania for 600 years. There are the ruins of the ancient city. In the 10th century Gabala was included into the state of the Shirvanshakhs; in the 18th century it was a part of the Sheki Khanate. At that time, the Kutkash Sultanate appeared on the territory of Gabala. It was a small feudal state. When the Shekhi Khanate collapsed, the city was a part of the Nukha Country of the Yelisavetpol Province; being inside the Russian Empire, it was renamed Kutkashen, but in 1930 the previous name was returned.

The village of Nidzh, not far from Gabala, is known for a unique architectural monument of the Caucasian Albania – Udin Temple. The udins are absolutely special ethnic group who are considered descendants of Alabanians (only 10,000 of them left). They have managed to preserve their traditions, language, material and spiritual culture up to now.

Gabala is a place where one can enjoy the natural beauty along with modern city atmosphere. Let’s take tour to this tourism paradise.

 

Makhindjauri

Makhinjauri is a coastal, balneo-therapeutic health resort situated 5km north of Batumi. Its elevation near the coastline begins at 15-25m above sea level and eventually goes on to reach 1000-1300m.The climate is humid and subtropical. A series of sulfur baths useful for joints, the peripheral nervous system and gy­necological diseases has been functioning in Makhinjauri since 1904.

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Sarpi, Gonio & Kvariati

Gonio, Kvariati & Sarpi are best resorts of the Black Sea coast of Georgia, on the southern part in 18 km. from Batumi. Surprisingly sharply, the sea landscape is replaced mountain. In 5-30 meters from a beach are Rocky Mountains. You take great pleasure from mountain walks on a fairy forest, from delightful falls and small rivers. Mountains, begin places directly with a beach. In July, the water temperatures in these splen­did resorts averages +25 C. Sarpi, Gonio and Kvariati are favourite destinations for youngsters from all over Georgia as well as other countries.

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Mtsvane Kontskhi

Mtsvane Kontskhi (Green Cape) is one of the most beautiful seaside resorts in Georgia. It is situated 9km from Batumi, 70-92m above sea level. The world-famous Botanical Gardens are also situated on this territory. MtsvaneKontskhi coastline is the best place not only for swimming and sunbath­ing but for diving as well.

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Kobuleti

Kobuleti is a town in Adjara, situated on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. It is visited annually by Georgians and many former Soviet Union residents. The coastline resorts – Kobuleti, Tsikhisdziri and Chakvi – are parts of Kobuleti municipality. Additionally, the protected areas of Kintrishi, Ispani as well as Mtirala National Park have superb eco-touristic potential and are fascinating destinations for nature lovers.

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Anaklia

Anaklia – new Georgian resort, located southeast coast of the Black Sea. Just several years ago, on the place of Anaklia there were only two villages with the population of 2.5 thousand… and today, this is quickly developing resort with comfortable hotels, restaurants and entertainment establishments.

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Tsikhisdziri & Chakvi

Tsikhisdziri is situated 17 km north of Batumi. The unique Tsikhisdziri climate is due to the fact that it represents a mixture of sea and mountain air. The resort of Chakvi is situated 13km from Batumi. Historically it is con­sidered the “homeland” of Georgian tea. It was here that the Chinese scientist Lao Jiao first introduced and grew tea in Georgia.

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Welcome to Tbilisi Georgia !

Travel in Tbilisi Georgia – Unforgettable Experience

TBILISI –  The mix of flourishing culture, ancient history and modern pace of life will capture your imagination. What can be better than to get yourself lost wandering the meandering streets of the Old Town? Once you visit Narikala Fortress, Metekhi Church, Mtatsminda Mountain or take the aerial cable car up, don’t miss a chance to take a picture of the stunning city view. You may also be interested in traditional identity covered by renovated Tbilisi State Opera. Then Sakura can guide you to the sulphur baths where you can let your hair down as Alexander Pushkin did a long time ago. With us, you are offered to create own Georgia Tbilisi tour and get to the heart and soul of the city.

According to legend, the city of Tbilisi was first founded in the mid-5th century by King Vakhtang Gorgasali. He encountered numerous hot springs while hunting in the area and was so impressed by them that decided to build a new city on the site. Thus, the city received its name, Tbilisi, meaning “a warm place” in Georgian.

Archaeological records show that the area around Tbilisi was inhabited well before its official founding by a great ruler. The area was, in fact, likely inhabited as early as the 4th millennium BC. Since its founding, the city has had a capricious fate – one that could rival that of any major city; it has plummeted from golden age to utter ruin and back again with great rapidity over the course of its long history. The city was destroyed and rebuilt some 29 times. Indeed, the city can be best described as a survivor, a living being that has overcome its many conquerors and turned a corner to begin a new chapter of life.

Today, Tbilisi is a dense city of approximately 1.5 million people lying on both banks of the Mtkvari River.  Its eternal charms of a dramatic setting in the deep valley of the swift Mtkvari River, picturesque architecture, an ever-lively arts and cultural scene, and the welcoming Georgian lifestyle have been added a whole new 21st-century dimension of inviting cafes and restaurants, up-to-date lodgings from backpacker hostels to international five-stars, funky bars and clubs, museums, galleries, parks, plazas and whole streets, modernized transport and eye-catching contemporary architecture.  But its heart is Old Town that is home to the city’s old medieval churches and atmospheric old homes with decorative balconies, winding lanes, leafy squares, all overlooked by the 17-centuries-old Narikala Fortress.

Modern and ancient, Tbilisi Georgia remains the beating heart of the South Caucasus and should not be missed by any visitor.

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Welcome to Armenia !

Armenia Tour – Never-To-Be-Forgotten Experience!

Have you ever wondered about the eastern out-of-the-ordinary style of life? It’s hardly a surprise. Who would not want to take a glance at picturesque landscapes and breathtaking mountains? Sakura travel agency offers you the Armenia tour package to enjoy eye-catching snow-capped peaks to the full. An unimaginable number of mountains are scattered all over the country. It is something that has to be seen. These views take every person’s breath away. You should not lose your chance.

In addition to magnificent sceneries, you can get yourself familiar with famous Armenian social traditions. Being extremely emotional and hot-tempered, Armenians are known for their conservatism of family relations, hospitality and tolerance when expressing varied opinions. Local residents are remarkably friendly and have got a strong sense of self-worth, which is transferred to every guest of the country.

Why Should You Choose Armenia Holiday Package?

The Sakura tour operator offers you a wide range of sightseeing attractions in Armenia. Our clients can be 100% sure to witness a widely-known Armenian art of toasting and ancient churches of the first nation which has adopted Christianity. If such words as succulent khorovats, sweet-smelling dolma and delicious khash sound ridiculous to you, you have to book an individual or group tour without any loss of time. Those odd expressions are considered to be specific features the country is worth visiting for!

At our website you have an opportunity to find more details on destinations of the Armenia tour:

  • Lake Sevan is deservedly regarded as the natural wonder of Armenia. The high-altitude lake possesses a rich history and fresh water sources. Adjoining to the sky, Sevan provides all the visitors once-in-a-lifetime chance to have a picture taken in front of the monastery, the lake and snowy mountain in a row. Just one thing to add, Lake Sevan is the largest lake in the Caucasus region.
  • Echmiadzin (or Vagharshapat) is the heart of the Armenian religious life. Being on the World Heritage List, the city will strike its visitors by undreamt-of beauty. How can it be otherwise if the main cathedral is situated on the site pointed by Christ?
  • Zvartnots Cathedral remained buried for a long time. However, today you can enjoy its splendor and ancient spirit with your own eyes.
  • Dilijan – a spa town in the North-East of Armenia. The location is renowned for its mineral water-rich resources and masterpieces of architecture. Moreover, Dilijan is one of the most popular resorts in Armenia undergoing high-speed urbanization.
  • Erevan – both the capital and the cultural soul of Armenia. If you want to clear your mind while immersing in the handsomeness of Ararat, it’s the best possible solution. Tours in Erevan (Armenia) allow you to feast eyes on the unique mixture of the modern pace of life and antiquity of the old world.

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How to get to Armenia

Armenia Travel Guide

Travel By plane

Zvartnots International Airport (IATA: EVN) [1], 10 km west of Yerevan is the country’s main airport.

The national carrier was Armavia (now defunct), and served destinations across the CIS, Europe and the Middle East. Some West Asian airlines (Syrian, Iranian, etc.) also serve the airport.

There are very frequent flights from across the CIS. Russian airlines include: Aeroflot, S7, Ural, Polet, Kuban Airlines, Saravia, Tatarstan, UTAir and Yamal. Others include Belevia (Belarus), Dniproavia (Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine) and SCAT (Kazakhstan).

Several European airlines also serve Yerevan: Czech Airlines, Air France, Austrian, LOT.

Shirak Airport (IATA: LWN) in Gyumri has a few flights from Russia.

Armenia travel By train

There is an overnight train once every other day to Tbilisi, Georgia. The train links with Turkey and Azerbaijan are severed.

Travel in Armenia By car

It is possible to drive to Armenia via Iran or Georgia. The borders with Turkey and Azerbaijan are closed.

Local travel agents can arrange transport to the border; some Georgian agents can arrange transport all the way through to Tbilisi.

Although more expensive than a train or bus, a private car may be more comfortable and can be used for some sightseeing along the way.

Travel in Armenia By bus from Georgia

As of 2014 there is a comfortable Mercedes Vito minibus (marshrutka) service from Tbilisi to Yerevan for about US$17 (30GEL). Marshrutkas leave from the parking lot in front of the railway station (old name: vagzlis moadeni; new name and name of the metro stop: sadguris moedani) at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. Reservations can be made under +995 598 57 12 12 in Russian, Georgian and possibly basic English, too. From this service, it is also possible to get out at Alaverdi (closest major town to Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries).