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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.

  • From Tbilisi: Georgian Highlights in One Day Private Tour

    2. 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...

  • Tbilisi: Ancient Cave Settlement and UNESCO Heritage Tour

    3. 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, Gori, Stalin Museum, and Uplistsikhe

    4. 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...

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

    5. 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

    6. 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.

  • Day Tour to Gori, Uplistsikhe and Mtskheta from Tbilisi

    7. Day Tour to Gori, Uplistsikhe and Mtskheta from Tbilisi

    In the morning your driver meets you at the place of your stay in Tbilisi from where your trip to Central Georgia starts. First stop on the way is Jvari monastery that overlooks the ancient capital Mtskheta. From Jvari there is a nice panoramic view of the confluence of two rivers, Mtkavri and Aragvi. Then, continue your way for Uplistsikhe, an ancient cave city in Central Georgia 110 kilometers away from Tbilisi. Uplistsikhe complex is considered as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia by archeologists. After exploring Uplistsikhe, drive to Gori where the museum of Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Soviet Union, is located. At the museum you can see items owned by Stalin, including some of his office furniture, documents and photos. Outside of the museum you can find his personal train carriage which weighs 83 tons. He used that carriage to attend the post-war conferences at Teh...

  • Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe Cave Town Day Tour

    8. Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe Cave Town Day Tour

    During this tour, you will visit the ancient capital city of Georgia – the city of Mtskheta, which is just less than 12 miles (20 km) from Tbilisi. Here you will see two wonderful UNESCO heritage sites. The first being the 7th-century Jvari Monastery, where you will see a beautiful view of two rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi meeting. The second monument is the 11th-century Svetisckhoveli Cathedral which is an architectural masterpiece of Georgian Renaissance. You will then set off for the West of the country to the city of Gori – “the apple capital city” of Georgia. The city is famous for its fertility and moreover is famous as the motherland of Joseph Stalin (Jugashvili). Here you can visit the house-museum of the famous generalissimo before heading to your next stop. After a 20 minute drive, you will arrive at the ancient cave city Uplistsikhe which was founded around the first millennium B...

  • From Tbilisi: Full-Day Tour to Uplistsikhe, Gori & Borjomi

    9. From Tbilisi: Full-Day Tour to Uplistsikhe, Gori & Borjomi

    The tour departs from the meeting point in Tbilisi at 9:00 AM and heads to the first stop of the day, Uplistsikhe, an ancient town carved out of rock. Explore this fascinating complex and learn about its history, which dates from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages. Marvel at the various styles of rock-cut formations and learn about the influence of Paganism and Christianity here. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a traditional lunch at a local family’s home. Get a sense of Georgian culture and listen to the family share their story alongside delicious home-cooked food. Arrive in Gori next, the birthplace of Stalin. Visit the Stalin Museum to learn about the former leader of the Soviet Union, or enjoy free time to explore the town on your own. In the late afternoon, visit one of the most famous places in the Samtskhe Javakheti region, Borjomi Mineral Water Park. ...

  • From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to Vardzia

    10. From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to Vardzia

    1 Day: Tbilisi-Paravani Lake - Vardzia - Rabat Fortress - Borjomi (Driving distance 250 kilometers) Begin the tour from Tbilisi and have a stop at Paravani Lake (2.073 meters). Get pleasure from delightful views at Paravani, the largest and deepest lake in Georgia. Next stop will be Vardzia, grandiose cave city, one of the favorite destinations of Queen Tamar. Here, not far from the border with Turkey, see all the splendor of this tiered cave city where there are hundreds of dwellings, transitions, ladders, churches, library, dining, warehouses, workshops and where urban residents had running water and entertainment. Fifty thousand persons were able to live in this cave city. Continue your way towards Rabat fortress in Akhaltsikhe. The complex of the 9th-century was developed under the influence of different cultures over subsequent centuries and this is reflected in its...

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What people are saying about Shida Kartli

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.

Georgia was an amazing guide and the trip was fantastic value and had an incredible lunch and panoramic views.

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