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Mtskheta - Jvari - Gori - Uplistsikhe Full Day Private Tour

Product ID: 223344
Discover the fascinating heritage of Georgia and visit some of the area's most iconic and influential landmarks including the old town of Mtskheta, the Jvari monastery, and the ancient rock complex of Uplistsikhe.
About this activity
Duration: 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Russian

Pickup included

Any hotel located in Tbilisi or Mtskheta
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the main Cathedral of Georgia, Svetitskhoveli
  • Learn the history of the Jvari Monastery
  • Marvel at the confluence of the rivers Aragvi and Mtkvari
  • Discover Uplistsikhe cave town
  • Explore Gori and the Museum of Stalin
Full description
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, there’s time for lunch in the city of Gori, with the option to choose between dining at a Georgian restaurant, or having lunch with a local family with a private wine cellar to taste traditional Georgian wines.

After lunch, you will head to the cave town of Uplistsikhe, named “Fortress of the Lord”, situated on a rocky mount on the left bank of the river Mtkvari. The fortress is mentioned in chronicles dating back to the earliest of times, and its history began in the first millennium B.C. Uplistsikhe was an important religious, political and cultural center in the Hellenistic and the late Antique periods, and it has been identified as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. Enjoy an interesting walking tour here of the rock-cut structures, including and amphitheater. Lastly, visit the Svetitskhoveli cathedral, a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept, a masterpiece of the Early Middle Ages, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Includes
  • Transportation
  • Guide service
  • 1 bottle of water
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks (optional)
  • Entrance fee to Museum of Stalin in Gori (5 USD per person) (optional)
  • Entrance fee to Uplistsikhe (2.50 USD per person)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Operates in all weather conditions
• Please dress appropriately
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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Tour was great!! We had George as our tour guide.He is very gentle and nice man and good driver too.He made sure that we are comfortable throughout the tour.George gave us good insight of Georgian way of life.Uplistsikhe caves and Mtskheta church was highlight of toure.For lunch gorge took us to some locals place and food was home cooked and delicious. Overall it was amazing experience. 5 STARS from me to George.

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December 27, 2019

Great private tour of Mtskheta - Jvari - Gori - Uplistsikhe

Strongly recommended. Wonderful sites. The cave town and Mtskheta cathedral our favourites. Katherine was a great personal tour guide! The lunch at a small local restaurant in Gori was exceptional! Would go back just for that! For some reason after hotel pick-up, we had to stop at the office to "register" - but it was really a "hello, enjoy your trip". Unnecessary stop in our view.

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September 30, 2019

Wonderful and highly recommendable experience!We were picked up from our flat in the morning at exact time. Our lovely guide Keti and excellent driver Gocha answered our constant questions about nowadays Georgia. Keti was very competent in historical, archeological and architectural matters. Lunch in a private garden and back at Tbilisi. Thanks very much for a superb day Gudrun and Ian.

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September 4, 2019

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Gamarjoba Georgia Tours

Product ID: 223344