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  2. Tbilisi
  3. Jvari Monastery

Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Jvari, Gori and Uplistsikhe Day Tour

Product ID: 213894
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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 Uflistsikhe.
About this activity
Duration 9 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, Russian
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
  • Enjoy a traditional Georgian lunch
Full description
The tour starts at 9am heading to the eastern part of Georgia, 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 private wine cellar to taste traditional Georgian wines.

After lunch 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 I-II 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
  • 1 bottle of water
  • Transportation
  • Guide service
What’s Not Included
  • Foods and drinks (optional)
  • Entrance fee to Museum of Stalin in Gori (5 USD per person) (optional)
  • Entrance fee to Uplistsikhe (2,5 USD per person)
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Avlabari metro station - A guide meets you at 09:00AM in front of the inscription Avlabari Metro station the left side of the entrance.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• Vegetarian option is available
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.8 / 5
based on 112 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.8/5
Organization
4.8/5
Value for money
4.8/5
Safety
4.9/5

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Gamarjoba Georgia Tours

Product ID: 213894