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  1. Georgia
  2. Mtskheta
  3. Jvari Monastery

Tbilisi: Guided Mtskheta, Gori, and Uplistsikhe Tour

Product ID: 252497
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Explore Mtskheta, the religious center of Georgia which is a former capital town famous for its two UNESCO Site monuments. You will then move on to Gori, the birthplace of J. Stalin, and Uplistsikhe, a village home to several ancient caves.
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the 6th-century Jvari Monastery
  • See the 11th-century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
  • Tour through the 3 areas of Joseph Stalin’s Museum
  • Witness the Uplistsikhe Caves
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Private transportation
  • Private professional guide
  • 2 half-liter bottles of mineral water per person
  • All entrance fees as mentioned per program
  • Taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Optional services
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments