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  • Mtskheta, Gori, and Upliscikhe Private Tour

    1. 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...

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

    2. 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

    3. 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...

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

    4. 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. ...

  • Gori and Upliscikhe Private Tour

    5. Gori and Upliscikhe Private Tour

    In Gori-Uplistsikhe, visit several sites from different periods of Georgian history, including Uplistsikhe cave town, Joseph Stalin’s home museum, and Gori fortress. Uplistsikhe, translated to Fortress of the Lord, is a cave town fortress situated on a rocky massif on the bank of the river Mtkvari. Dating back to the first and second millennium BC, Uplistsikhe was an important religious, political, and cultural center in the Hellenistic and the late Antique periods. Take a walk among the ancient streets, rock-carved theatre, royal halls, pharmacy, pagan temples, and Christian churches, while the remains of granaries and large clay wine vessels give clues as to the daily life of the inhabitants.  Continue to the Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori. Stalin was originally Georgian and the secretary general of the Communist Party during the second world war. He is one of the most influential dicta...

  • From Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Uplistsikhe, Gori Day Trip

    6. 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...

  • From Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Gori, Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Tour

    7. From Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Gori, Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Tour

    Begin your tour with pickup at your accommodation in Tbilisi and make your way to the historic town of Mtskheta, to the northwest of the Georgian capital. Discover Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, an Eastern Orthodox cathedral that is the second largest building in Georgia, after the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Admire this masterpiece of the Early Middle Ages, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Next, head to the rocky mountaintop at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragi Rivers to visit the 6th century Georgian Orthodox Jvari Monastery, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about traditional accounts of this place with your guide, and hear how Saint Nino, a female evangelist credited with converting King Mirian III of Iberia to Christianity, erected a large wooden cross on the site of a pagan temple here in the 4th century. Continue your journey to the Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori...

  • Gori: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

    8. Gori: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

    This special time of year brings magic to the city of Gori. Get into the Christmas spirit on this professionally guided walking tour. Visit the most beautifully decorated places and learn local Christmas stories and legends. On this tour filled with Christmas cheer, visit a fairytale-like Christmas tree, get a chance to taste local holiday products, and much more. Prepare to be spellbound by the city’s charming Christmas atmosphere, something you can only experience this time of year.

  • Gori: Guided Walking Tour

    9. Gori: Guided Walking Tour

    Walk along streets full of history on a guided tour of Gori. Enjoy its beautiful architecture and let your guide teach you about the city. Explore the Old Town of this vibrant city and immerse yourself in the rich history of the Caucasus. Visit the fascinating Joseph Stalin Museum, hike to Gori Fortress, and learn about the Soviet history of Georgia.

  • Gori: Romantic Walking Tour

    10. Gori: Romantic Walking Tour

    Experience the charming and romantic atmosphere of Gori on this romantic guided walking tour. Together with a professional local guide, visit the most romantic places in the city and learn local stories and legends with a romantic twist. As one of the oldest cities in Georgia, Gori is filled with historical love stories hidden in the streets, buildings, parks. Discover local love stories from the heartbreaking and tragic to the hilarious and spicy. Hear the story behind the ancient Gori fortress constructed on a hill, learn the tragic story about star-crossed lovers Ali and Nino, and more. These legends are bound to flutter everyone’s heart. As you explore, get an insider look at the best places to have a date in the city and where to take the loveliest photos. Prepare to be spellbound by the charming city atmosphere that’s all around.

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What people are saying about Shida Kartli

This excursion is without doubt one of the most interesting that we have done. The history of the country, its relation to religion, agriculture and wine is told to you in detail. The visit of the caves with its history with the invasion of Genghis Khan and subsequently the Soviet troops ... Everything is to be taken with very interesting anecdotes. The price is it derisory compared to the quality of the excursion. I end with a visit to the vineyard with a winemaker of incredible generosity! Marie was a fantastic guide! I wish you to meet her.

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.

I enjoyed a lot. The guide Alex was very gentle, kind, helpful and knowledgeable. He knew the history of Georgia well. He was always ready to help. It was a real leisure trip. He was a good driver too.

It was very helpful to have Lhasa on our tour. He was so friendly and we had vey interessting conversations.

I recommend

All on time and professionally. Great places visited.