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Mtskheta: Day Tour to Oldest City in Georgia

1. Mtskheta: Day Tour to Oldest City in Georgia

Visit Mtskheta, one of oldest cities of Georgia near Tbilisi. Mtskheta was the capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. Here Georgians accepted Christianity in 317 and, today, Mtskheta remains the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church. Experience Jvari Monastery, a Georgian Orthodox monastery of the 6th century near Mtskheta and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name is translated as the "Monastery of Cross." The great church represents the peak of architectural typology. It is a true architectural masterpiece overlooking the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers from the top of the hill. Next, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Built in the 11th century, the site itself is even older and dates back to the early 4th century. It differs in its artistic value, magnificence, harmony and the special role it has played in the history. The monument has an elongated cross which appears to touch the sky. It was the main pilgrimage place on the Silk Road, the burial place of Christ's robe and the tomb place of Georgian Kings. The cathedral is the second largest church building in Georgia and is listed as a UNSECO World Heritage Site along with other historical monuments of Mtskheta. Discover Samtavro Monastery complex, built in the 11th century. It contains the grave of Queen Nana and Mirian III and the King of Iberia, who established Christianity as an official religion in Georgia. The famous Georgian monk Gabrieli is buried inside the Samtavro church as well. Don't forget to stop by Wine Degustation, where you can taste and buy Georgian wine!

Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe Cave Town Day Tour

2. Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe Cave Town Day Tour

During this tour, you will visit the ancient capital city of Georgia – the city of Mtskheta, which is just less than 12 miles (20 km) from Tbilisi. Here you will see two wonderful UNESCO heritage sites. The first being the 7th-century Jvari Monastery, where you will see a beautiful view of two rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi meeting. The second monument is the 11th-century Svetisckhoveli Cathedral which is an architectural masterpiece of Georgian Renaissance. You will then set off for the West of the country to the city of Gori – “the apple capital city” of Georgia. The city is famous for its fertility and moreover is famous as the motherland of Joseph Stalin (Jugashvili). Here you can visit the house-museum of the famous generalissimo before heading to your next stop. After a 20 minute drive, you will arrive at the ancient cave city Uplistsikhe which was founded around the first millennium B.C. Here you will be able to explore the caves and see how peoples used to live from its establishment and the centuries which it was inhabited. Another 15 minutes away you will find the beautiful 7th-century church, Ateni Sioni, which is famous for its unique frescoes.  After you can have lunch and enjoy a wine tasting at one of the best wineries of central Georgia which you can choose. You can visit Iago's Winery, a small but comfortable wine boutique that is famous for its rate wines and perfect atmosphere. Your other option is Nika Vacheishvili winery which has beautiful views of the mountains of Central Georgia.

Tbilisi and Mtskheta: Full-Day Tour

3. Tbilisi and Mtskheta: Full-Day Tour

Meet your guide in your hotel lobby and go for a guided walk around Tbilisi. Visit royal palaces, cathedrals and sulfur baths. Stop for lunch at one of the many bars and restaurants on Jean Chardin Street and take a stroll through Meidan Square. Pick up some souvenirs from one of the art galleries or souvenir stands and wander through its winding streets with cafes, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. Afterward, head to Mtskheta. Visit Jvari Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then marvel at the masterpiece of Georgian Residence, The Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, explore the former residence of Saint Nino, Samtavro monastery. At dinner time, ask your guide for the best place to sample Georgian cuisine before heading back to your hotel in Tbilisi.

Tbilisi: Private Full-Day Tour to Kazbegi

4. 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.

Gudauri and Kazbegi: Private Day Trip from Tbilisi

5. Gudauri and Kazbegi: Private Day Trip from Tbilisi

Kick off your 10-hour day trip with a pick-up from your hotel anywhere in Tbilisi. Visit Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia, and the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Afterwards, you will have the chance to visit Jvari monastery and enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the ancient capital. Moving forward, you will drive on a Georgian military road towards Kazbegi/Stepantsminda. On the way, you will visit Ananuri fortress on Jinvali dam. Pass by Gudauri Ski Resort, and stop at the Georgian Russian "friendship" monument, Cross Pass, and Kazbegi. Enjoy lunch on a wonderful terrace at Rooms Hotel Kazbegi, which overlooks the glacier of Kazbegi, or at typical Georgian restaurant with traditional food. For your last stop, travel via a 4x4 vehicle towards the Trinity Monastery at 2,200 meters above sea level. Your day trip will conclude with drop off back at your hotel.

From Tbilisi: Private Trip to Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe

6. From Tbilisi: Private Trip to Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe

Explore 3 well-known Georgian towns on a private day trip from Tbilisi. Learn the history behind these places while traveling in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. A break for lunch or dinner provides the perfect opportunity to try a typical Georgian meal. The day starts with hotel pickup in Tbilisi. From here, set off for Mtskheta, one of Georgia's oldest cities and former capital. Here, admire the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Samtavro Monastery, and old cobbled streets filled with souvenir shops and cafés. A tour of this city would not be complete without a visit to the Jvari Monastery, perched above the city and rivers below. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site and admire the rural countryside surrounding it. The next stop of the day is in Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. Wander through a museum dedicated to this former Soviet leader and take time to admire the city streets and monuments named in his honor. At some point during the tour, the guide will provide a break for lunch. Ask your guide to recommend some Georgian favorites and savor them with a glass of local wine. The last stop of the tour will be in Uplistsikhe, an abandoned rock-hewn town a few kilometers away from Gori. One of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia, you'll enjoy exploring the labyrinth of caves and imagining life in the Early Iron Age. The local partner does its best to ensure socially responsible and sustainable tourism. This includes providing an insurance policy for guests and implementing the highest standards possible for its tours, ensuring that your trip to Georgia will be one to be remembered!

Tbilisi: Mtskheta & Tbilisi Tour with Wine and Lunch

7. Tbilisi: Mtskheta & Tbilisi Tour with Wine and Lunch

Your tour will begin as you are picked up from your accommodation at 9:30AM. The tour is divided into two parts, with the first part dedicated to Mtskheta and the second part dedicated to Tbilisi. In between the 2 halves of your tour, you will also enjoy a delicious Georgian lunch. Mtskheta is just a 20-minute drive from Tbilisi, and both of the historical sights of this town are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will discover here the Jvari Monastery (a 16th-century monastery), and the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (an 11th-century cathedreal). Mtskheta has always been one of the most important towns for Georgians, who have tried their best to maintain the value of the city and preserve it. After you have enjoyed visiting the old capital, you will drive back to Tbilisi. Your guide will then park your car at the starting point, before you head towards Tbilisi on a walking tour. Your walking tour will last for approximately 3-4 hours depending on how fast or slow you walk. Once you feel hungry throughout your walk, you will enter a Georgian restaurant to enjoy some typical Georgian cuisine. Your tour will eventually end in the center of the city, with your guide more than happy to take you to your accommodation or another part of town upon request.

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What people are saying about Mtskheta

Amazing Private Tour (5 stars for sure)!

The itinerary was well planned. The guide definitely knows his way around making sure that I got see the best spots. The lunch was a pleasant surprise traditional Georgian homemade food in a lovely restaurant. The wine tasting was awesome in a small cozy winery. The experience as a whole was amazing.

The driver and driver were thoughtful, competent, considerate, well structured. However, the ruins shown on the advertising image of Mtcheta were not shown. There was, however, a wine tasting included, which was superfluous for me because it did not fit and I do not drink wine in the afternoon.

No trip to Georgia is complete without a visit to Mtskheta and monasteries. Mtskheta, Jvari Monastery, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Samtavro Monastery complex: half day trip is enough to get a grip on history.

Very nice tour informative you get to see the holy places and fast tour thank you

Was good experience. Short trip from Tbilisi. Nice transportation