What to do and see in Samtskhe-Javakheti Region, Georgia: The Best Places and Tips

August 17, 2017 Almeta Stockton

Discover the best top things to do in Samtskhe-Javakheti Region, Georgia including Vardzia, Rabati Castle, Borjomi Central Park, Green (Mtsvane) Monastery, Sapara Monastery, Khertvisi Fortress, Monument to Prometheus, Cultural Heritage Monument Firuza, Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Borjomi Local Lore Museum.
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1. Vardzia

Erusheli mountain near Aspindza, Aspindza 383770, Georgia +995 595 64 23 46
Excellent
84%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 381 reviews

Vardzia

Reviewed By malgosiamatusiewicz - Brussels, Belgium

A settlement in a mountain. Living quarters made in the side of a mountain. Only part is still visible as a big portion was destroyed by earthquakes. Take a good look at acient icons on the monastery, take a walk via narrow corridors to experience it fully. There is a buss to take visitors front parking up , so do not worry. Place not adopted for disabled

2. Rabati Castle

Akhaltsikhe, Georgia
Excellent
58%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 278 reviews

Rabati Castle

Reviewed By Randall K - Canberra, Australia

This is quite a large place, with lots to explore, so allow at least 2 hours. I understand that it has been renovated and restored, so a lot of it looks quite new. It was still very interesting to walk around and appreciate all of the different sections within the castle.

3. Borjomi Central Park

50, 9 Aprili Street, Borjomi 1200, Georgia +995 367 22 90 10
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 442 reviews

Borjomi Central Park

Reviewed By EvainAbuDhabi - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The park was next to our hotel. We were there in the winter time, so it was very quiet, lots of snow, and fairly empty. Overall it, we had a nice long walk along with the river stream. Some abandoned looking children's playground. Some looked spooky or abandoned. But a pleasant experience nevertheless. I wouldn't go out of my way for it though. Come if you have time, but this wouldn't be the highlight of Borjomi.

4. Green (Mtsvane) Monastery

Borjomi, Georgia
Excellent
69%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 73 reviews

Green (Mtsvane) Monastery

Reviewed By JGDynamo - Halifax Region, Canada

Be sure to check out the Mtsvane Monastery if you are trekking into the Borjomi Nature preserve. We did so last week and it was a beautiful setting on the Chitakhevi River. It is surrounded by the beautiful Forests, very peaceful and serene and you will probably end up taking a hundred photos as we did but none will truly capture the beauty here.

5. Sapara Monastery

Akhaltsikhe, Georgia
Excellent
74%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Sapara Monastery

Reviewed By Guilljea - Munich, Germany

This monastery is totally lost into nature!
The interior is amazing with wonderful paintings on the walls, that have mostly disappeared because of the russian soldiers that were obliged to erase religious facts...
You can reach the monastery with your own car, SUV else...
No public transport are going, so if you don't have a car, you should hire a driver.

6. Khertvisi Fortress

Vil. Khertvisi, Aspindza 0500, Georgia
Excellent
27%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 90 reviews

Khertvisi Fortress

Reviewed By DaveCAHU1966 - Debrecen, Hungary

Nice view from below but not necessary to climb as nothing inside. We stayed in a nice but simple guest house just 200 feet from the castle. Was great to be able to see it from below.

7. Monument to Prometheus

Borjomi Park, Borjomi, Georgia
Excellent
39%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 45 reviews

Monument to Prometheus

Reviewed By Yitzchak M - Ramat Gan, Israel

I admit it. I am not an art appreciator. To my untrained artistic eye, the statue of Prometheus in the center of Borjomi Central Park (see my Tripadvisor review) is just alright. Not fantasic. Not terrible. 3 stars on its own merits. However, the tall and very pretty waterfall directly behind the statue gets a full 5 stars - for an average of 4 stars. In my opinion it is not the statue that should be listed as an attraction on Tripadvisor, but it's the waterfall that should be.

8. Cultural Heritage Monument Firuza

Baratashvili St. 3, Borjomi 383720, Georgia
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Cultural Heritage Monument Firuza

Reviewed By JGDynamo - Halifax Region, Canada

The Cultural Heritage Museum/Monument is right at the entrance to Borjomi Central Park and was commissioned by the Iranian king at the time in the 19th century. The building is beautiful and worth a walk around and take some pictures as it is lovely.

9. Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Borjomi, Georgia +995 577 64 04 80
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Reviewed By JGDynamo - Halifax Region, Canada

Did a bit of exploring in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park last week when in the area and it was majestic. There are a few short hiking trails and one was not very accessible when we were there but the views and were amazing and being up close with the flora and fauna was a lot of fun. It’s not expensive to get a permit and you can do some camping here too if you want but we didn’t allocate time for that so we will have to come back again and do it next time.

10. Borjomi Local Lore Museum

St. Nino St. 5, Borjomi 383720, Georgia
Excellent
74%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Borjomi Local Lore Museum

Reviewed By Richard R

The museum is on 3 floors. It is basically an old house or structure. The ground floor has things from early settlements, such as pottery, arrows, etc. The second floor has things from the Romanov palace here in Borjomi. There are mainly plates and other service items that belonged to the Tsar's brother. The third floor has stuffed real animals and its more of a natural history of Georgia. We were the only visitors there so I am assuming that they do not get lots of visitors. They lady would close the lights after we entered and left a room :)

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