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Tbilisi Walking Tour with Free Cable Car, Traditional Bakery

1. Tbilisi Walking Tour with Free Cable Car, Traditional Bakery

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.

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Tbilisi: Old Town Walking Tour

2. 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.

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From Tbilisi: Private Tbilisi Walking Tour

3. From Tbilisi: Private Tbilisi Walking Tour

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.

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From Tbilisi: Georgian Highlights in One Day Private Tour

4. 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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Tbilisi and Mtskheta Private Tour

5. Tbilisi and Mtskheta Private Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Tbilisi. Travel to the first stop of the tour, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, which is one of the largest Orthodox cathedrals in the world. Next, visit Metekhi Church and the monument of Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take a cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses passing by Tbilisi’s mosque. Stroll through the Sharden area with its winding streets, cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, and souvenir shops. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the clock tower of Rezo Gabriadze Theatre. Enjoy a some time for lunch, at your own expense, before beginning the journey to Mtskheta. Upon arrival, explore the cultural and religious center of Georgia. Discover the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia, which has a history dating back to the 3rd century BC. Visit Jvari Church, an architectural masterpiece of the early Medieval period built on a hilltop overlooking the town. Enjoy the views of the confluence of Mtkvari and Aragvi Rivers. Stop at Svetitskoveli, the main cathedral of Mtskheta, a sacred place that is said to contain the robe of Christ. After exploring Mtskheta, be returned to your hotel in Tbilisi.

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What people are saying about Sioni Cathedral

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 148 reviews

It is the best walking tour! They have the best local guide. Magda, she’s not only taking you everywhere but she will let you experience the best from the locals. The tour was FUN and very informative. Not to mention it is very cheap and with free cable ride, welcome drinks, wine tasting, free lunch from a century-old bakeshop, honey tasting and much more! Worth the price, so you better give a tip to the guide please.

Sophia was a fantastic guide. She was very knowledgeable and engaging. She managed our small group of five very well. We got a good feel for the history of Tbilisi and Georgia. It was a great way to see such a magnificent city laden with a rich history.

It was extremely well organized. The tour gives you glimpse of the main attraction. The tour guide 'Nia', was exceptionally knowledgeable about the attractions and very friendly. I highly recommend this tour

Amazing walk with the greatest tour guide Khatuna!! Loved it!! Our guide was so knowledgeable and fun with great English language. I highly recommend this walk to old Tbilisi; a lot to see. Thanks Khatuna

Wonderful experience with Katuna .. we did not realize and we completed 3 hours with lot of information + walking visit