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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: Mtskheta, Gori, Stalin Museum, and Uplistsikhe

    3. 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...

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

    4. 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.

  • Uplistsikhe and Stalin's Museum in Gori: Full-Day Tour

    5. Uplistsikhe and Stalin's Museum in Gori: Full-Day Tour

    Spend a day exploring some of the most fascinating attractions in Georgia, starting with the ancient town of Uplistsikhe, considered once of the oldest urban settlements in all of George and dating back to the 200 B.C. The ancient rock-hewn town, on the list for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage program, contains a bulk of rock-cut structures and is connected to the southern part via a narrow rock-cut pass and a tunnel, with narrow alleys and sometimes staircases radiating from the central "street" to its various structures. After exploring Uplistsikhe, continue the tour to Joseph Stalin's Museum in Gori, established as a local history museum but clearly intended to become a memorial to Stalin. The main building of the complex is a large palace in Stalinist Gothic style. Enshrined within a Greco-Italianate pavilion is a small wooden hut, in which Stalin was born in 1878 and spent...

  • Day Tour to Gori, Uplistsikhe and Mtskheta from Tbilisi

    6. 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

    7. 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. ...

  • Tbilisi: Guided Mtskheta, Gori, and Uplistsikhe Tour

    8. Tbilisi: Guided Mtskheta, Gori, and Uplistsikhe Tour

    Your tour will begin in the morning as you are picked up from your hotel, after which you will begin with a drive through the fertile lands of the Kartli region. Your first stop is the 6th-century Jvari Monastery, which is located 19 kilometers away from Tbilisi. Here you will receive an introductory story of the area, whilst enjoying the wonderful panorama of the conjunction of the two rivers Aragvi and Mtkvari, the Armazi Mountains, and the city of Mtskheta. You will then drive 88 kilometers west of Tbilisi to Gori, a city in the Kartli province. Gori was an important military stronghold in the Middle Ages, and at the foot of a sand-stone hill stands the Medieval Gori Fortress Tskhra-kara. You will do a short walk around the area, before then continuing to the Stalin Museum. Excursions in Joseph Stalin's museum will take about 30 minutes, with the museum consisting of 3 sites. Follow...

  • 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.

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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.

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