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  • Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Jvari, Gori and Uplistsikhe Day Tour

    1. Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Jvari, Gori and Uplistsikhe Day Tour

    Explore one of the most mysterious regions of Georgia – Kartli and hear a lot about the country's history. First, visit memorable Uplistsikhe cave-town and dive into the antique life of Georgia. Then, find out more interesting facts in Gori, the hometown of the most famous Georgian, Stalin, and see the unique old capital of Georgia – Mtskheta, where you visit two UNESCO heritage sites Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Your first stop is Uplistsikhe, an antique rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. It contains multiple structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages. It is notable for the unique mixture of various rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran's pagan and Christian architecture coexistence. After exploring Uplistsikhe, you have a chance to have lunch in the region and try delicious local food. After lunch, you have two options, have free time and ex...

    George was a wonderful guide, very helpful full of great energy and information for the entire duration of the trip. Fantastic way to discover Georgia. Thank you.

  • Mtskheta - Jvari - Gori - Uplistsikhe Full Day Private Tour

    2. Mtskheta - Jvari - Gori - Uplistsikhe Full Day Private Tour

    Your private tour will begin at a comfortable time for you, from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM when you will be picked up from your accommodations. You will head to the eastern part of Georgia, 60 miles (96 km) from Tbilisi towards Mtskheta. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC and is one of the oldest towns and the cultural and religious center of Georgia. Next, visit the Jvari Monastery, a true architectural masterpiece of the early medieval period built on a hilltop. From the hill, gaze down to the merging Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers below, and enjoy a stop to take photos. With your local guide, continue onto Gori, the homeland of Stalin, to visit Stalin’s house, museum and train wagon. At the Stalin museum, learn about the life of the infamous dictator at the exhibit which includes unique photos, gifts, and furniture. After the museum, th...

    Great experience- we will recommend it to everyone! We really got to see many places and had a great time! Unforgettable day, didi madloba!

  • From Tbilisi: Georgian Highlights in One Day Private Tour

    3. From Tbilisi: Georgian Highlights in One Day Private Tour

    Your guide will pick you up in the morning in a comfortable car and head first to the Tbilisi sea. You might be surprised by the existence of a sea in the Georgian capital, but in fact, the Tbilisi sea is the unofficial name of the reservoir created in 1952 to serve the city with water. The Tbilisi reservoir is located at a height of more than 500m above sea level and it is a pleasure to spend time here during the summer heat. Here, you’ll also visit a monument that amazes with its size. Known as the Georgian Stonehenge, the monument is officially titled the Chronicle of Georgia and was created by the Georgian-Russian painter, sculptor, and architect Zurab Tsereteli. The memorial was erected in order to celebrate 3,000 years of Georgian sovereignty and 2,000 years of Christianity in Georgia. The next stop will be the Jvari Monastery, the 6th-century Georgian Orthodox monastery built on...

  • Mtskheta, Gori, and Upliscikhe Private Tour

    4. Mtskheta, Gori, and Upliscikhe Private Tour

    Escape the crowds and visit the oldest city of Georgia, Mtskheta, which used to be the capital in the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd-century BC to the 5th-century BC. Enjoy panoramic aerial views of the mountains around the Jvari Monastery, which was Georgian Orthodox in the 6th-century. The name translates as the Monastery of the Cross. It represents the peak of architectural typology as a true masterpiece of the early Medi period. It overlooks the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers from the top of the hill.  Journey back to the early centuries at the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Samtavro Church. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral was built in the 11th-century but the site itself is even older, dating back to the early 4th-century. It differs in artistic value and the special role that it has played in history. The monument has an elongated cross which appears to touch th...

  • Tbilisi: Ancient Cave Settlement and UNESCO Heritage Tour

    5. Tbilisi: Ancient Cave Settlement and UNESCO Heritage Tour

    Head to one of the oldest settlements of the Caucasus, Uplistsikhe. It is a city carved in rock, which was supposedly founded in the 1st millennium B.C. The name of the place literally translates as Lord’s Fortress, and it is a place which played one of the most important political and economic roles in the history of Georgia. Archaeologists have unearthed numerous temples and findings relating to a sun goddess, worshiped prior to the arrival of Christianity. You can explore the vicinity and find out how an ancient wine cellar was functioning, or how the ancient Georgians used to have complex irrigation systems. The complex counts around 150 cave rooms of different purposes. After exploring Uplistsikhe your journey will continue towards Mtskheta, which was once the capital of the old Georgian kingdom Iberia. Here Christianity became an official religion in 337. Mtskheta boasts two UNES...

  • Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe Full-Day Tour

    6. Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe Full-Day Tour

    You will be picked up from your hotel at 10:00 AM and will travel to Mtskheta, the previous capital of Georgia. Mtskheta is an ancient town of extraordinary importance to the Georgian nation and is located about 20 km out of Tbilisi. It was the capital of the eastern Georgian kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. It was also the site of Georgia's adoption of Christianity in 334 and remains the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Mtskheta is of primary interest to any travelers interested in Georgian history or Orthodox Christianity. During the tour, you will see Svetitskhoveli Orthodox cathedral, located in the historic town and built in the 11th century. Walk in the old city, and visit Djvari monastery, built in the 6th century. You have the opportunity to take photos with a very beautiful view of Mtskheta.  At 1:30 PM, you will visit Gori town wher...

  • From Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Gori, Stalin Museum, and Uplistsikhe

    7. From Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Gori, Stalin Museum, and Uplistsikhe

    The adventure begins in Mtskheta, Georgia's former capital and home to various UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enjoy the views from the Jvari monastery and explore fine examples of Georgian Christian architecture in the small town. Snap pictures of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral where Christ’s robe is believed to be buried.    Continue to Gori to visit the Joseph Stalin Museum. Learn about the dictator's life and view items collected from his past. Next, head 20 kilometers East to explore the ancient city of Uplistsikhe, literally translated as the "Fortress of the Lord." This city carved out of stone dates back to the 6th Century BC and is mentioned in the chronicles of the 1st Century AD. Wander through echoing halls, long meandering corridor-streets, and chambers for pagan worship and even see the remains of the oldest theatre in Georgia, all carved into the rocky plateau. After the visit...

  • Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe Caves: Full-Day Private Tour

    8. Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe Caves: Full-Day Private Tour

    Start your full-day tour with a drive to Mtskheta, the previous capital of Georgia. Visit the Svetitskhoveli Orthodox cathedral, dating from the 11th century. Take a walk in the old city and visit Djvari Monastery, built in 6th century. Enjoy the views of Mtskheta from this site as well. Afterwards, continue to Gori, the town that is home to the Joseph Stalin Museum. Head to Uplistsikhe, an ancient rock-town in Eastern Georgia, some 10 kilometers east of the town of Gori. Uplistsikhe is identified by archaeologists as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. It was strategically located in the heartland of the ancient kingdom of Kartli.

    One thing I noticed with all tours in Tblisi, You have no special health warnings for people who might have health issues.

  • Tbilisi: Private Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Hot Pools Day-Trip

    9. Tbilisi: Private Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Hot Pools Day-Trip

    Enjoy a day trip to the most scenic sight of central and southern Georgia, visiting a local family in their countryside house for a traditional dinner. After the pick-up from your hotel at 9:00AM, you will soon reach the ancient cave town of Uplistsikhe. Here you can walk through the ruins and beautiful rock formations and see the remains of formal ancient glory of what used to be once the center of Pagan culture. Right next to Uplistsikhe lies Gori, the town known as the birth place of Stalin, where you can still see the house where he grew up. After about 1.5 hours, you will reach the cozy resort town of Borjomi, surrounded by the largest national park of Georgia. You can wander through the beautiful central park, taste the legendary mineral water of Borjomi directly from the springs and take a bath in the open air thermal pools in the middle of the forest. You can reach the pools by...

  • Georgia: Day-Trip to Mtskheta, Stalin Museum & Uplistsikhe

    10. Georgia: Day-Trip to Mtskheta, Stalin Museum & Uplistsikhe

    Start your tour at your accomodation in Tbilisi where your driver/guide will be waiting to meet you. After a short meet and greet you will set-off to your first location, starting your sightseeing adventure for the day! After a short and scenic drive your first stop will be Jvari Church (6th -7th cc), the most important religious center and an architectural masterpiece of medieval Georgia. Enjoy the breathtaking view from the church that towers over the city of Mtskheta. Continue on to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, known as the burial site of Christ's robe and the second largest church building in the country. The Cathedral has long been the principal Georgian church and remains one of the most venerated places of worship to this day. Take an excursion to Uplistsikhe Cave Town, an ancient cave town and one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. The town represents a complex of variou...

    We had a really great day with Alexiv. The sights were very interesting, especially in the early morning sunlight of sunrise and Alexiv did a wonderful job of explaining them to us. He was a safe driver, very friendly and patient and a pleasure to be with. The cave sight was cool to visit but you have to be in good shape, have great balance and be a good climber to do it.

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4.8 / 5

based on 319 reviews

Lucky enough we had Giorgi again as our tour guide. The tour was super organized, the lunch with the local family felt warm, and the folk dance was beyond amazing. In Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, we felt a serenity that we cannot express in words. It was just amazing! Madloba ❤️

George was a wonderful guide, very helpful full of great energy and information for the entire duration of the trip. Fantastic way to discover Georgia. Thank you.

Great experience- we will recommend it to everyone! We really got to see many places and had a great time! Unforgettable day, didi madloba!

We had the best time with our guide Catherine. The trip was amazing.

Beautiful views and you great way to begin with Georgia’s history