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Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Jvari, Gori and Uplistsikhe Day Tour

1. Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Jvari, Gori and Uplistsikhe Day Tour

Explore one of the most mysterious regions of Georgia – Kartli and hear a lot about the country's history. First, visit memorable Uplistsikhe cave-town and dive into the antique life of Georgia. Then, find out more interesting facts in Gori, the hometown of the most famous Georgian, Stalin, and see the unique old capital of Georgia – Mtskheta, where you visit two UNESCO heritage sites Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Your first stop is Uplistsikhe, an antique rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. It contains multiple structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages. It is notable for the unique mixture of various rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran's pagan and Christian architecture coexistence. After exploring Uplistsikhe, you have a chance to have lunch in the region and try delicious local food. After lunch, you have two options, have free time and explore Gori, the hometown of Stalin, or visit Stalin Museum, which is a museum dedicated to the life of Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, who was born in Gori. The Museum retains its Soviet-era characteristics, Stalin's Original house, and Stalin's railway carriage. The next stop is Jvari Monastery. The name of this monastery is translated as the "Monastery of the Cross." Jvari Monastery is the 6th-century Georgian Orthodox monastery near Mtskheta. Along with other historic structures of Mtskheta, it is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Jvari Monastery stands on the rocky mountain top at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking the town of Mtskheta, which was formerly the capital of the kingdom of Iberia. The last site on tour is Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta. UNESCO recognizes Mtskheta as a World Heritage site due to its historical significance and several cultural monuments. It was the capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. Svetitskhoveli is known as the burial site of Christ's robe and has been one of the principal Georgian Orthodox churches and is among the region's most venerated places of worship.

Mtskheta - Jvari - Gori - Uplistsikhe Full Day Private Tour

2. Mtskheta - Jvari - Gori - Uplistsikhe Full Day Private Tour

Explore Kartli, one of the most mysterious regions of Georgia. Visit the cave town of Uplistsikhe, Stalin's hometown of Gori, and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Mtskheta. Start at Uplistsikhe, an antique rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. View its unique mixture of cut-out cultures from Anatolia and Iran's pagan and Christian architecture, then pause for a spot of local lunch (own expense). Next, visit, Gori, the hometown of Stalin. Explore the town or visit the Stalin Museum, which includes the dictator's old house and railway carriage. Follow that with a trip to Jvari Monastery. Admire this 6th-century Orthodox structure which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the view from the rocky mountain top down onto the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. Conclude your tour at the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, another World Heritage Site. Spend some time at a location known as the burial site of Christ's robe, and which is among the region's most venerated places of worship.

Kazbegi: Tour from Tbilisi to the Caucasus Mountains

3. Kazbegi: Tour from Tbilisi to the Caucasus Mountains

Take off from Tbilisi to the Zhinvali reservoir, Kazbegi National Park, Gudauri, and more on this multi-stop guided trip. Take in unbeatable views of local spots, village landscapes, and Mount Kazbegi. The trip starts with a 40-minute drive from Tbilisi to the Zhinvali reservoir. The huge lake around the forest-rich hills offers beautiful landscapes at any time of the year. From here you can already smell the mountains. Not far from the lake, visit the historical sights of Ananuri Fortress. Built in the Middle Ages, this fortress complex served the most important defensive function in the region. This is the only complex in Georgia that has survived to this day and is almost in its original form. Stop near the friendship monument in Gudauri next and get some free time to explore. You can join paragliding with local instructors (costs not included) or just relax and take photos. Enjoy panoramic views of beautiful mountain systems in several directions around. The road continues in the direction of Kazbegi through a pass with a maximum altitude of 2,379 meters above sea level. There, you'll see only high mountains and small villages around. Finally, visit Stepantsminda, the administrative center of the municipality. Choose to visit Gergeti Church, which is not only an important religious place but also a place with scenic views of Kazbegi. Before returning to Tbilisi, you can have a relaxing time on the veranda of a hotel, drink coffee or tea, and see the Mkinvartsveri (Mount Kazbegi).

Georgia: Day-Trip to Mtskheta, Stalin Museum & Uplistsikhe

4. 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. 

Gudauri Paragliding Experience

5. Gudauri Paragliding Experience

Experience the incredible views of mountains of Georgia in a tandem paraglider where the pilot and passenger are seated in comfortable harnesses and suspended below the wing on a number of high strength lines. Flights take off from the mountains near the Gudauri ski-resort. Before takeoff, listen to a short briefing by the pilot. No previous experience or training is required but the pilots are fully qualified and experienced to ensure a safe and joyful flight. Moments later you will be soaring through the air, seated comfortably and wondering why you were so nervous. The actual flight time depends on the weather conditions on the day. Flights generally last anything from 20 to 25 minutes. Depending on the weather conditions and our booking schedule it may be possible to extend your flight. As paragliders need to circle in rising air currents (thermals) to stay up for longer, this is only possible from spring till mid-autumn.

Tbilisi: Guided Mtskheta, Gori, and Uplistsikhe Tour

6. 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

7. 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.

Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe Cave Town Day Tour

8. 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.

1 Day Tour to Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe From Tbilisi

9. 1 Day Tour to Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe From Tbilisi

In the morning, at 9:00 am, you meet at your hotel and drive to Mtskheta. You will visit Jvari Monastery – the early medieval age church (VI-VII centuries) that was built on the top of the hill where St. Nino erected a wooden cross in the 4th Century. The church overlookes the confluence of two rivers and amazes its visitors with its beautiful facades and geographical locations. Next up, Mtskheta – the ancient capital of the early Georgian kingdom located 20 km away from Tbilisi and offering visitors lovely streets, shops and houses with balconies for exploring and enjoyment. The city’s history dates to the 4th Century BC and includes various historical monuments. You can explore an archeological site where excavations found the ruins of old baths, king’s palaces, and a mediaeval fortress designed to protect Mtskheta from invasions and mediaeval churches. Then of to Svetitskhoveli cathedral, literally the “Life’s giving pillar", an 11th Century church and one of the most important churches or architectural monuments in Georgia. The burial place for Jesus’ mantle, the birthplace of Christianity in Georgia and various legends links to the cathedral. See its beautiful architecture, facades and frescoes that leave an astonishing impression. Visit Stalin’s Museum afterwards, the birthplace of the Soviet dictator and leader, Joseph Stalin. Explore his family house where he lived as a child and teenager and visit a museum dedicated to Stalin’s life. The museum includes different photos, gifts and documents linked to Stalin’s life. Walk into the railway coach which was used as a Stalin’s private coach after World War II. Finally, go to Uplistsikhe – literally "the lord's fortress", an ancient rock-hewn town which was carved in the 1st millennium BC. It was a main religious site for paganism and later became an important Christianity site. A mixture of different cultures, civilizations and religions that gives visitors the chance to travel across centuries. As a visitor, you can walk around and explore the ancient theater, wine cellar, altars, pharmacy, prisons, pagan temples, ritual pits, and secret tunnels.

From Tbilisi: Mtskheta & Uplistsikhe Guided Tour

10. From Tbilisi: Mtskheta & Uplistsikhe Guided Tour

Your tour starts at 10:00 AM in Liberty Square in Tbilisi upon meeting your friendly local guide. After a short meet-and-greet, set-off on a scenic drive to the Jvari Monastery as your guide entertains you with fascinating information about this country and the itinerary ahead.  You will eventually arrive at the first destination of the day, the Jvari Monastery. This monastery stands on top of a large hill, overlooking the confluence of two rivers. Guests will get to enjoy breathtaking views of the two rivers and the stunning landscape. Whilst here, you'll also get to visit an old church and take a look around. Continue on your tour to Mtskheta, the city museum listed as a UNESCO heritage site. In the city, your guide will take you to visit the grandiose cathedral of Svetsitskhoveli, known as the 'life giving pillar', it is said according to legend that this is where Christ's robe was buried. Be fascinated by the history of the church and learn of kings who were buried in the cathedral.  The last stop on your tour is the famous Uplistsikhe, an ancient cave dating back to the 8th to 10th century BC. You'll receive 1.5 hours to explore the cave and be in awe of its perseverance. After your visit to the cave, you'll head back to Tbilisi after a full day of adventure.

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What people are saying about Mtskheta-Mtianeti

My family had a great time on this tour with our guide Giuna and intern Maria. The guides were so helpful and enthusiastically answered our questions and told us so much information. We really enjoyed the lunch stop with a local family, and that was a great opportunity to get to know the other travellers in our group. Even though the weather was pretty terrible, the guides kept everyone in high spirits and we had a fantastic day.

I had a brilliant experience with Gamarjoba Tours. They are very professional and friendly. The tour was extremely well organised. The guide Catherine explained the history of the sights we saw in a very interesting manner. The lunch was the highlight of the tour - we got to experience a traditional home made Georgian food (with unlimited homemade Georgian wine) in a Georgian home. I would highly recommend them.

Join the tour with Tamuna (our lovely tour guide) on the 13 April. She was lovely, very knowledgeable, and enthusiastic ❤️❤️❤️ So lucky to have her on the day. Tour went according to the itinerary as per website smoothly. 100% recommended!

Perfectly organized. Various places of interest to see- historical, cultural, beautiful landscapes and ancient churches The lunch in a lical family was a great social event with Georgian home made lunch and wine

It was a great trip. A very full day. Our guide Katherine was wonderful.