Mtskheta
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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: Ancient Capital of Georgia Private Half-Day Tour

    2. Mtskheta: Ancient Capital of Georgia Private Half-Day Tour

    Begin your journey at Jvari. Enjoy a beautiful view of the ancient city and its natural beauty. Continue to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, located in the Holy City.  Follow the road to Samtavro Monastery. Visit the urban area of Mtskheta, a renewed, stunning town. Explore the little shops and picturesque architecture. Take the opportunity to relax with a glass of wine.  Travel to the Shio-Mgvime monastery, a medievel monastic complex, located in the forest on the bank of the river Kura. Pass through a limestone canyon on the way. End your trip with lunch on the river bank. 

    Very nice and informative guide Khatuna! The tour is really perfect for sunset because you go to multiple holy places with nice views and gorgeous river view at the end. All the places are open therefore the sunset time is good. We enjoyed it a lot.

  • From Tbilisi: Private Mtskheta and Jvari Monastery Tour

    3. From Tbilisi: Private Mtskheta and Jvari Monastery Tour

    Explore the former capital of Georgia on this half-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to your first stop of the day, Jvari Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just outside Mtskheta. Learn all about the monastery's historical architectural structures and admire the beauty of the surrounding area from the mountaintop where the building is located.  Next, continue to one of Georgia's oldest cities, Mtskheta, another World Heritage Site. Stroll through the narrow streets of the city and admire its unique architecture. Pay a visit to the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and discover the fascinating story behind its construction. You will also visit a 6th-century church where you can admire panoramic views of the city and the point where two rivers converge. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel in Tbilisi.

  • Tbilisi: Ancient Cave Settlement and UNESCO Heritage Tour

    4. 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...

  • From Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Uplistsikhe, Gori Day Trip

    5. From Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Uplistsikhe, Gori Day Trip

    Explore the key historical sites of central Georgia, focusing on three different eras: the pagan period, the Christian period, and the Soviet period. Join your guide and a small group to witness the history of Georgia unfold on this full-day tour from Tbilisi.   After pickup from your hotel, your first stop will be the cave town of Uplistsikhe. Its caves and tunnels create a marvelous structure of natural architecture which still holds remnants of its ancient pagan culture.   Then, visit the nearby town of Gori and see the pompous Soviet Museum dedicated to Joseph Stalin, who was born here. After Gori, you’ll drive 1 hour to Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia, where the country’s conversion to Christianity started in the 4th century. See the Svetiskhoveli cathedral and the monastery of Jvari, built on a high hill above the town.   Finally, see the Georgian Stonehenge, an impressive mon...

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What people are saying about Mtskheta

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 103 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 ❤️

Very nice and informative guide Khatuna! The tour is really perfect for sunset because you go to multiple holy places with nice views and gorgeous river view at the end. All the places are open therefore the sunset time is good. We enjoyed it a lot.

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.

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