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Mtskheta: Ancient Capital of Georgia Private Half-Day Tour

1. Mtskheta: Ancient Capital of Georgia Private Half-Day Tour

Begin your journey at Jvari. Enjoy a beautiful view of the ancient city and its natural beauty. Continue to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, located in the Holy City.  Visit the urban area of Mtskheta, a renewed, stunning town. Explore the little shops and picturesque architecture. Take the opportunity to relax with a glass of wine.  Then visit the Chronicle of Georgia monument, stunning modern creation of Georgian architects. Enjoy a fantstic sight of Tbilisi from this viewpoint, before heading back to the starting point.

From Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Uplistsikhe, Gori Day Trip

2. 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 monument of Georgian history off the beaten path. Return to Tbilisi for drop off at your hotel.

From Tbilisi: Private Tour to Jvari Monastery and Mtskheta

3. From Tbilisi: Private Tour to Jvari Monastery and Mtskheta

Explore the former capital of Georgia on this half-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to your first stop of the day, Jvari Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just outside Mtskheta. Learn all about the monastery's historical architectural structures and admire the beauty of the surrounding area from the mountaintop where the building is located.  Next, continue to one of Georgia's oldest cities, Mtskheta, another World Heritage Site. Stroll through the narrow streets of the city and admire its unique architecture. Pay a visit to the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and discover the fascinating story behind its construction. You will also visit a 6th-century church where you can admire panoramic views of the city and the point where two rivers converge. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel in Tbilisi.

Tbilisi: Guided Mtskheta, Gori, and Uplistsikhe Tour

4. 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. Following your museum tour, you will drive to the ancient temple town of Uplistsikhe. Translated as the “Fortress of the Lord“ and dating back to the 6th century B.C., this town is mentioned in the "Chronicles of the 1st Century A.D". Here the echoing halls, long meandering corridor-streets, chambers of pagan worship, and even the remains of the oldest theater in Georgia are all carved into the rocky plateau and waiting to be explored. You will then drive back to Tbilisi passing through the ancient capital Mtskheta, which presents a living museum including the UNESCO Heritage Listed Site of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, as well as other architectural landmarks. You can take a walk through the historical part of town, and enjoy a relaxing evening tasting local sweets at the souvenir shopping rows.

From Tbilisi: Georgian Highlights in One Day Private Tour

5. 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.

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 various structures dating from the 12th-century. BC to the 17th-century. AD. Finish your tour at the Stalin Museum in Gori, dedicated to the life of Joseph Stalin. This museum is the perfect location for any Stalin or politic enthusiasts. End your day in comfort with a relaxing car ride back to your accomodation in Tbilisi. 

From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to Mount Kazbegi

7. From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to Mount Kazbegi

Day 1: Tbilisi - Jvari - Ananuri - Jinvali lake - Gudauri - Cross Pass - Stepantsminda (1740 meters) Depart from your hotel in Tbilisi at 09:30, driving a distance of 180 kilometers. Begin your tour by visiting Jvari Monastery (6th-century), built on the top of the hill above Mtskheta and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After visiting Jvari Monastery, drive further through Georgian Military Road to Ananuri Fortress (14th to 18th-century) situated at the bank of the picturesque Jinvali Lake. Enjoy great panoramic views. This Ananuri architectural complex belonged to the House of the Eristavi of Aragvi - a violent local ruler. The characteristic architectural design of the late medieval period includes a fortress, two churches, an old watch tower, prison and civic buildings. On the way to Stepantsminda visit Gudauri Ski Resort, located on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range, along the Georgian Military Highway near the Crosss Pass, at an elevation of 2,196 meters above sea level. Arrive to the village Stepantsminda (1.740 meters) at the foot of Mount Kazbegi (5.047 meters). Here, you can either hire a 4WD car and drive up to the Gergeti Trinity Church (2.170 meters) or one can go for a walk and reach the church (it takes about 1 to 1.5-hours for a walk). Gergeti Trinity (Sameba) Church was built in the 14th-century. From the church on one side, you can explore the summit of Mount Kazbegi and from other side, find a wonderful view of the river Tergi Gorge and its surrounding area. Overnight in Stepantsminda. Either in a family type guesthouse or 3-star/plus hotel. Day 2: Stepantsminda - Beautiful Waterfalls - village Juta - Stepantsminda - Mtskheta - Tbilisi (approximately 180 kilometers) Visit beautiful waterfalls near Kazbegi and continue your way towards the village Juta (on 4WD car), one of the highest villages in Europe (2100 meters).The main attraction in this area, except for the above mentioned village, is a mountain Range Chaukhi. On the way back to Tbilisi, visit old capital of Georgia, Mtskheta. Some monuments found in the city are UNESCO World Heritage Site listed. In Mtskheta, visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, built in the 11th-century, the main church of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept. Though the site itself is even older dating back to the early 4th-century and surrounded by a number of legends associated primarily with the early Christian traditions. At the end of the tour, arrive back to Tbilisi and be dropped off at your hotel in Tbilisi.

From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to Vardzia

8. 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 architecture such as rare examples of traditional Georgian houses from the 13th-century, a mosque from 1752 and the ruins of a medrese (Islamic school). The Rabati also has a synagogue, an Armenian church and a Catholic church. Rabat was reconstructed in 2012. At the end of the day, arrive and overnight in Borjomi in either a family type guesthouse or 3-star hotel. 2 Day:  Borjomi - Gori - Uplistsikhe - Mtskheta - Tbilisi (Driving distance 250 kilometers) Tour starts from Borjomi - a spa resort famous with mineral water springs. This place is known far beyond the borders of Georgia. Go on a 1-hour walk in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, located in central Georgia and creates an eastern border with the lesser Caucasus Mountains. Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is one of the oldest and largest of the protected areas in Georgia and became a member of the European network of protected areas. In the beginning of the 20th-century, the Russian Tsar Nikolai II built in the park his summer residence. On the way to Uplistsikhe, you will visit Joseph Stalin Museum. There is also a small house where one of the cruelest world tyrants of 20th-century was born and raised. Everything is still kept. After Gori, your next stop will be Uplistsikhe - an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia, built on a high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the early Iron Age to the late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran, as well as the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. At the summit of the complex is a Christian basilica built of stone and brick in the 9th to 10th-centuries. Uplistsikhe cave city is the oldest populated place in Georgia. On the way back to Tbilisi, visit Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia. Some monuments of the city are UNESCO World Heritage Site listed. In Mtskheta, visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, built in the 11th century, the main church of Mtskheta is a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept. Visit Jvari Monastery (6th to 7th-century), located on top of a hill above Mtskheta. The monument for its architectural and historical importance is included into the UNESCO list. Located at the precipice of a vertical cliff, Jvari Monastery is a remarkable sacred landmark visible from the ancient city Mtskheta. The building techniques and high standards of engineering, as well as the diverse decorative program of the landscaped monastery exemplify exceptional centuries - old Georgian building practices alongside a wide range of Eastern and Western aesthetic traditions. The church represents the peak of this architectural typology and serves as a model for numerous other churches. Jvari has been an important pilgrimage site since its founding and is considered one of the most sacred places in all of Caucasus.

Tbilisi: Private Full-Day Tour to Kazbegi

9. Tbilisi: Private Full-Day Tour to Kazbegi

Start with pickup from your hotel in Tbilisi and meet your professional guide. Travel north of Tbilisi and first visit the historic capital city of Georgia, Mtskheta. See the main cathedral of the city, Svetitkhoveli, and the monastery complex of Jvari as you learn about the strategic importance of the city. Continue the journey to the Kazbegi region. Enjoy the panoramic views of Ananuri Castle and the Jinvali Water Reservoir, with some stops along the way to take some photos. There will also be an opportunity to taste some traditional Georgian traditional snacks during the day. Finally, hike to the scenic Gergeti Trinity Church. Admire the amazing scenery that surrounds you on all sides as you stand at this remote location. Finilize the Georgian by tasting traditional food and glass of wine typical for the region visited. Afterward, return to Tbilisi in the evening.

From Tbilisi: Private Tour to Tbilisi and Mtskheta

10. From Tbilisi: Private Tour to Tbilisi and Mtskheta

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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based on 63 reviews

Absolutely loved this tour! Such an amazing way to learn about Georgia's history and culture on a short span of time. Thank you to our tour guide Alex and driver Meisha who were the best guides ever! Alex recommended a bunch of good things to do and they even called restaurants to make our reservations for us. So helpful!

"Alex" our guide has a great personality and very knowledgeable. We had great talks and the tour was very lovely. He made sure we take our time enjoying everything in the tour. Definitely recommend tours with him.

This tour was a great choice. It was a beautiful trip and very interesting if you enjoy religious history. The guide was very knowledgeable and I very much enjoyed the tour I would definitely choose them again

Beautiful monasteries and worth the visit for sure. Ask as little or as much as you like, the information is there and the views are spectacular. Mtskheta is a beautiful and quaint town worth seeing!

Khatuna was a lovely and amazing guide. We thoroughly enjoyed the half day we spent with her. The trip itself was a very nice and interesting day tour from the city. Would highly recommend.