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Tbilisi: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

1. Tbilisi: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Tbilisi is a romantic city, with a rich history, that has attracted hundreds of thousands of travelers from all over the world throughout its existence. The beauty of the mountain region and distinctive Georgian culture makes Tbilisi a city worth visiting. Alongside your local guide explore various fascinating places and hidden gems in the stunning city including Metekhi Church, Monument of Vakhtang Gorgasali, statue of Mother of Georgia, Narikala Fortress, sulfur baths district, Shardeni Street, Sioni Church, Anchiskhati Church, unique clock tower of the Puppet Theater Rezo Gabriadze, the Bridge of Peace, and much more. Your journey starts once you meet your guide in front of the Avlabari Metro Station entrance. Enjoy a nice walk through the old street to Metekhi Church. From there you will continue to explore the city and hear about its history and origins of Tbilisi. As you walk through the old Shardeni Street you will discover an open-air market, Sioni Church and the unique clock tower of the Puppet Theatre Rezo Gabriadze.  Continue onto the Anchiskhati Church and over the Bridge of Peace to reach Rike Park. Here, enjoy the opportunity to travel by cable car and reach the great monument of the Mother of Georgia. Then descend from the mountain, through the narrow streets to the Narikala Fortress. From the fortress, you can enjoy magnificant views and take memorable photographs of the old part of Tbilisi: Metekhi Church, Monument of Vakhtang Gorgasali and the sulfur baths district. After your visit the sulfur baths district you will walk to the waterfall, located in the center of the city.

Tbilisi: Private Walking Tour with Wine Tasting & Cable Car

2. Tbilisi: Private Walking Tour with Wine Tasting & Cable Car

Discover the best of Tbilisi's history, culture, and architecture on this walking tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, enjoy a stroll through the streets of the Old Town towards Metekhi Church and learn all about the history of Tbilisi's formation. In Shardeni Street, discover an open-air carpet market, visit Sioni Church and see the unique clock tower of the Rezo Gabriadze Puppet Theater. You will also discover the fascinating story behind the Anchiskhati Church and get to sample local wine.  Next, ride a panoramic cable car up to the imposing Kartlis Deda monument, from which point you can admire panoramic views of the entire city. Pay a visit to Narikala Fortress before beginning your descent down the mountain. Head to the Sulfur Baths District, stopping to admire impressive views of the Leghvtakhevi Gorge and Vakhtang Gorgasali monument along the way. Finish your walking tour with a romantic stroll along the Bridge of Love to reach a picturesque waterfall located in the center of the city. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the day.

Tbilisi: Walking Tour in Old town with Wine and Cable cars

3. Tbilisi: Walking Tour in Old town with Wine and Cable cars

Enjoy a 4-hour tour of Tbilisi that takes in the highlights of the Old Town, such as Gabriadze Puppet Theater, the Shardeni nightlife district, the glass Peace Bridge and the sulfur baths districts. Get an overview of the area and learn about Georgian history and everyday life. Start out at Freedom Square and see not only the best-known sights, but also some hidden gems and places that are favorites with the locals. Visit a popular old bakery and the shop selling the best ice cream in town. Learn about the Georgian winemaking process and traditions and taste a variety of locally produced wines. At your request, the route can be modified somewhat, according to your interests.

Tbilisi: Old Town Walking Tour

4. Tbilisi: Old Town Walking Tour

Even if you only have a short time in Tbilisi, you have to spend at least a half-day exploring the Old Town. The architecture in the city’s historic district is a mixture of Georgian, Byzantine, Oriental, and Neo-Classical European styles. Among the sites you will visit are the Orthodox Anchiskhati Basilica, the city’s oldest church. You will also see the 13th-century churches of Sioni and Metekhi, the magnificent Narikala Fortress, perched on a hill with superb views of the city below, and the classic Freedom Square. You will then continue to one of Tbilisi’s newest attractions, the Bridge of Peace, which opened in 2010 over the River Mtkvari (also known as the Kura River). Tbilisi’s compact size means you can easily explore the nearby Synagogue, Armenian Church and Mosque, in addition to the Georgian Orthodox churches so fundamental to Georgian culture. This peaceful co-existence of the various religions helps emphasize modern Georgian tolerance.

Tbilisi: City Highlights Walking Tour

5. Tbilisi: City Highlights Walking Tour

This city tour will take you through the highlights of Tbilisi. Begin by exploring the Old Town, where you can marvel at the architecture in the city's historic district, boasting a rich display of Georgian, Byzantine, Oriental, and Neoclassical European styles. Tbilisi is compact so you can easily explore the nearby synagogue, Armenian Church, the Mosque, and Georgian Orthodox churches, which are a staple of Georgian culture. The proximity and peaceful co-existence of these religious structures is a testament to Georgian tolerance.  Visit the Metekhi Church and the monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the king of Georgia (Iberia) during the second half of 5th century. Take a cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of sulfur bath houses, passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden area full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops and breathe in the living past. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the clock tower of the famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre. Finally, take the rail lift on the funicular for an unforgettable view of Tbilisi.

Tbilisi: Scenic Instagram Tour

6. Tbilisi: Scenic Instagram Tour

Meet your guide and experience the beauty of this city's early-morning streets while the light is perfect for taking pictures. Start your exploration of the city's monuments and breathtaking viewpoints, including a visit to the Orthodox Anchiskhati Basilica, the city's oldest church. You'll also see the 13th-century churches of Sioni and Metekhi, the magnificent Narikala Fortress, perched on a hill with superb views of the city below, and the classical Freedom Square. Continue to one of Tbilisi's newest attractions, the Bridge of Peace, which opened in 2010 over the River Mtkvari (also known as the Kura River). The city's compact size means you can easily explore the nearby Synagogue, Armenian Church and Mosque, in addition to the Georgian Orthodox churches which are so fundamental to Georgian culture. Learn about the peaceful co-existence of the various religions in Georgia. Your photographer will share useful photography tips and tricks about composition, framing, settings, and some truly fascinating techniques at each site. If you choose the full-day tour, you'll visit many more places of interest outside of Tbilisi. 

Tbilisi: Private Photography Tour with Snacks

7. Tbilisi: Private Photography Tour with Snacks

Start your tour in the city center, at Liberty Square. From here you will walk into old Tbilisi. Pass through narrow streets and climb the stairs to Betlemi Church. As you stroll, the photographer will take elegant photos of you from different angles. After visiting the scenic garden at Betlemi, continue walking to Gallery 21, which has amazing windows in different colors. You will also have time to take a photo at the rainbow staircase. Other places where you will stop and have your photo taken are the sulfur baths, a local waterfall, and the parks of Narikala and Rike.

Tbilisi Highlights Half Day Walking Tour

8. Tbilisi Highlights Half Day Walking Tour

Even if you only have a short time in Tbilisi, you have to spend at least a half-day exploring the Old Town. The architecture in the city’s historic district is a mixture of Georgian, Byzantine, Oriental and Neo-Classical European styles. It dates back more than 1,500 years and was founded by Vakhtang Gorgasali, King of Georgia (known as Iberia at the time) in the second half of the 5th-Century AD. The name derives from the Georgian word for warm, “T'pili.” Sliced by the River Mtkvari, which divides the city west and east, the lovely setting is ripe for exploring. Among the sites you will visit is the Greek Orthodox Anchiskhati Basilica, the city’s oldest church. You will also see the 13th-Century Churches of Sioni and Metekhi, the magnificent Narikala Fortress, perched on a hill with superb views of the city below, and the classical Freedom Square. Continue to one of Tbilisi’s newest attractions, the Bridge of Peace, which opened in 2010 over the River Mtkvari (also known as the Kura River). Tbilisi’s compact size means you can easily explore the nearby Synagogue, Armenian Church and Mosque, in addition to the Georgian Orthodox churches so fundamental to Georgian culture. Peaceful co-existence of the various religions helps emphasize Georgian tolerance. Complete your tour with a visit to the sulfur baths quarter of Abanotubani to see the most famous bath, Chreli Abano. According to legend, it was when King Vakhtang Gorgasali’s falcon companion fell that Tbilisi’s “warm” sulfur springs were discovered; helping to give it its Georgian name.

Tbilisi: City Walking - Night Tour in Old City

9. Tbilisi: City Walking - Night Tour in Old City

Discover the magic of Tbilisi at night with this evening walking tour promising the best panoramas of the shining city. In the evening, your tour guide will meet you at your place of residence in Tbilisi from where the walking tour will begin. Tbilisi is the capital city and the largest city of Georgia on the banks of the river Mtkavari.  The city was founded by the famous Georgian king in the 5th century. Due to its strategic location, Tbilisi represents a nice mixture of Western and Eastern cultures. With its diversity of architecture, unique culture and traditions, Tbilisi has become home for many different ethnic groups. The peaceful co-existence of different religions emphasizes the tolerant and hospitable attitude of the Georgian people. During your walking tour, you'll discover all the major highlights with glittering views of the city and that isn't all. Your professional tour guide will give you good recommendations of the best bars, cafés and nightspots.

From Tbilisi: Georgian Highlights in One Day Private Tour

10. 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 a hill opposite Mtskheta at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Jvari Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Continue to the Shida Kartli region where you’ll visit Uplistsikhe, an ancient cave town and one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. Uplistsikhe — literally “Fortress of God" — is an ancient town that played a significant role in Georgian history over a period of approximately 3,000 years. Archaeological excavations have revealed extraordinary artifacts dating from the late Bronze Age all the way up to the late Middle Ages. The next stop will be at Borjomi Central Park, home to the most remarkable virtues of Borjomi with its striking nature and unique mineral waters. One of the best places to experience this is Mineral Water Park. The park itself dates back to the 1850s and is an attractive destination throughout the year. Here you can taste the natural Borjomi mineral water and relax in a beautiful environment, or you can try riding the cable car up to the top of the park. After this last stop, your guide will drop you off in Borjomi or Bakuriani, or you can return to your accommodation Tbilisi.

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based on 405 reviews

We had a wonderful tour! Mariam was so knowledgeable and made sure we are welcome. Gamarjoba Team was so hands on as they took time sending us a heads up a day before our tour. Of all our travels, this Team I could say is the best! Will definitely recommend them. Look for Mariam, she’s the best tour guide and so genuine. Tamuna was helpful too! Kudos to this Team!

Highly recommended. A great introduction to Tbilisi and to Georgia. Our guide, Khatuna, was amazing. Thanks to her excellent knowledge of Georgian history, culture, great sense of humour, we were able to enjoy this tour and discover both the known and lesser known parts of and things about Tbilisi. Many thanks to the team for this amazing experience.

Excellent excellent excellent one of the best tours I've been in Tbilisi lika the guide explained in English understands all the important and beautiful things in Tbilisi. I'm glad she was my guide. And glad I chose this office.

What a great tour! Our guide Lika was nice, informative, and attentive. Information was easy to understand and the route is acceptable for most fitness levels. Thanks for taking care of us!

Great walking tour. Lots of stops at the best spots for photos, and a lot of great information and history.