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Akhalts'ikhe (Georgia)

Practical information about Akhalts'ikhe

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Castle and fortress
  • Place or Historical Monument
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2 and a half hours by road from Tbilissi
When to go
May through October
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Akhalts'ikhe

Timothée D. Travel writer
285 travel articles

In the south of Georgia is the small town of Akhaltsikhé which only has a limited interest for tourist, except for its old town centre and attractive fortress.

My suggestion:
As well as Vardzia monastery, Akhaltsikhé is also close to Sapara monastery. This last, is hidden in a green forest is overlooked by an imposing 13th century fortress which only reinforces how picturesque the place is.

In the heart of a historical Armenian region, Akhaltsikhé is a Georgian town in the south of the country, that has a large Armenian population. The very peaceful, or sleepy, town, is nestled between green hills. Fortunately there is little evidence of the Soviet history but the town also doesn't have much in the way of historic sites, other than the fortress which shelters an attractive mosque that is worth a visit.

The most intersting thing at Akhaltsikhé is the fact that is it very close to Vardzia monastery. Which is an impressive monastic complex that has been dug into the rock - a reason by itself for coming to the region. It's an exceptional site which you shouldn't miss during a trip to Georgia.

The centre of town, Akhaltsikhé