Samtskhe Javakheti

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Samtskhe-Javakheti is a region in the southern part of Georgia. It is split by the mountains, so that half of it is in the western, and the other half in the eastern part of the country. Existence of mountains obviously affects the landscape - from the springs of Borjomi to the ancient cave city of Vardzia. The region is very diverse - mountainous, traversed by ravines, springs, and lakes, as well as large and fast rivers.

Samtskhe-Javakheti’s location at the crossroads of three civilizations contributed to the intense development of relations between the ancient cultures of Georgia, Asia Minor, and the Middle East. Archaeological remains show that the area was particularly advanced by the Bronze Age and developed further through the medieval period. Today many monuments still stand to tell they're remarkable stories. (source Samtskhe-Javakheti is great for horse-riding, mountain biking, rafting, hiking and skiing (cross country and downhill as well as off-piste). Getting to the region from Tbilisi became also easier recently - new road means one can get there in just about two hours from Tbilisi.

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