Rkoni and Ateni are in Kaspi Municipality, in Shida Kartli Regions, approximately two hours drive from Tbilisi, and there is an interesting, moderately difficult, hiking trail that connects these two villages to one another.
Considering the difficulty of the route and the length of the trail, it takes two days to cover the distance.
The journey starts in the center of Rkoni and at first, the path takes you to John the Baptist Church in Tsiteltskaro Village and then to the village of Luli. The trail goes through a mountainous areas, offering beautiful views around the area. Luli Village is the most convenient campsite for the first day of the journey. Here you will easily find a suitable place for your tent.
From Lula Village, you’ve got around nineteen kilometers to go before you reach Ateni Sioni.
You’ll begin the day by following the path up towards the Razmati Mountain Range, where you’ll behold a truly breathtaking view. After enjoying the view, you’ll continue your journey towards the clifftop St. George Church, finishing your hike with the descent into the Tana River Valley. It is here that you’ll find the famous Ateni Sioni Church.
Ateni Sioni is a mid-7th-century crossed-dome church, whose walls preserve unique Georgian inscriptions from different time periods. You will also find fragments of ancient decoration within.