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Georgia Astronomy tours

Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory

Join Sky & Telescope in Georgia. We’ll visit one of the world’s oldest observatories founded in early 30-ies, see breathtaking landscapes, and observe the crystal-clear night sky. With its high mountains, clear skies, and dry air, Abastumani is a mecca for both professional research astronomy and nighttime stargazing.

About Georgian National Astrophysical Observatory (Abastumani, Georgia)

The history of Abastumani Observatory dates back to the 19th century and is associated with a brother of Russian Emperor Nikolai II, Grand Duke Giorgi Alexandrovich and a famous Russian astronomer Professor Sergei Glazenapp who set up a temporary observatory there, where in 1932 the Georgian National Astrophysical Observatory was founded as the first mountainous astrophysical observatory in the former Soviet Union. The observatory is located 250 km to the west of Tbilisi, on mount Kanobili at 1700 meters above the sea level.

Observatory Coordinates:

Latitude: 41 45’18.”19

Longitude: 42 49 ‘31.”2

Research Areas:

  • Structure and Evolution of Galaxy
  • Extragalactic Objects
  • Variable Stars
  • Stellar Systems and Stars
  • Sun
  • Solar System
  • Early Universe


Comfortable A/C minivan, bus or other transport of your choice.
Twin room accommodation at four-star Hotel in Tbilisi and at a three-star hotel in Akhaltsikhe
Full board catering service. (Excluded for solo travelers & couples)
English speaking guide service for whole the trip (Excluded for solo travelers & couples)
Entrance fees and local guides, and 1 bottles of mineral water without gas per person per day
Any international flights are not included in the tour price. You can organize your flights separately at any point, book your flight with our preferred partner, that we work with –, or simply contact us.
Travel insurance is not include in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. We offer World Nomads, a company recommended by “Lonely Planet”, “Intrepid Travel” and many other travel specialists. You can check out the details here.
Single room supplement
Alcoholic beverages
Service except described

Additional information

PriceBudget Travel


DAY 1.Arrival to Tbilisi. Transfer to hotel from airport.


DAY 2.

You will explore Tbilisi during a half-day city tour with your guide. With historic highlights, culinary delights and local interaction, this tour offers a unique insight into Georgia’s capital. You will be able to take a glance to the history of the city from early centuries to nowadays by walking in narrow streets and explore its religious and secular architecture- churches, synagogues, mosques as well as famous 19th century wooden multicolored balconies and 4th century Narikala castle. Lunch and dinner will be provided at café and restaurant located in the old part of Tbilisi where you will be able to taste delicious Georgian cuisine and wines. The rest of day will be at leisure.


DAY 3.

After a breakfast at hotel, you will drive to Akhaltsikhe (approximately 3 hrs.) that was founded at least 800 years ago, and was a regional administrative center for the Ottomans from the 16th century up to the Russian-Turkish War. On the way to Akhaltsikhe, we may stop at Uplistsikhe Cave Town-Fortress, which history begins in the I-II millennium B.C. or Stalin’s museum in Gori. Lunch will be provided in Gori or Borjomi.

Check-in at Akhaltsikhe’s hotel Gino Wellness Rabat. Afterwards, a tour to the 13th century Rabat Fortress that is a mix of different religions and architecture. In the evening, a dinner will be provided at Gino Wellness Rabat.


DAY 4.

Today, this full day tour will take you to Abastumani (approximately 30 min. from Akhaltsikhe) and will give you a deeper insight into the astronomy in Georgia at the Georgian National Astrophysical Observatory. At observatory, you will learn about its history and scientific achievements at the observatory museum and visit its professional telescopes such as 125-cm Reflector, 70-cm Meniscus Telescope, 40-cm Double Astrograph, 44-cm Schmidt Telescope, and 48-cm Reflector. Afterwards, before a dinner, you will have an opportunity to wander around the observatory territory with your guide to take photos and enjoy its picturesque landscape. Later, in the evening, a resident astronomer will give share with you basic concepts of the universe, the Milky Way, important stars, and solar system and explain what you will  able to observe with the naked eye and through the telescope on that night. Later, at night, a transfer to Akhaltsikhe.


DAY 5.

 After a breakfast at the hotel, a tour to the 2nd century B.C. Khertvisi Fortress, once destroyed by Alexander the Great and a cave monastery Vardzia, the caves of which stretch along the cliff for some five hundred meters and in up to nineteen tiers and which area is believed to be first inhabited during the Bronze Age. Lunch will be provided at one of Vardzia’s guesthouses.

Return to Tbilisi, dinner and check-in at hotel.


DAY 6.Transfer to airport and departure from Tbilisi.

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