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Tbilisi: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

1. Tbilisi: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Explore the fascinating landmarks and hidden gems of Tbilisi, including Metekhi Church, the Monument of Vakhtang Gorgasali, the statue of Mother of Georgia, the Narikala Fortress, and the sulfur baths district. Embark on a guided tour, ride the cable car, and taste traditional pie. Your journey starts once you meet your guide in front of the Avlabari Metro Station entrance. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the old street to Metekhi Church. From there, you will continue to explore the city and hear about the history and origins of Tbilisi. As you walk through the old Shardeni Street, you will discover an open-air market, Sioni Church, and the unique clock tower of the Puppet Theatre Rezo Gabriadze.  Continue onto the Anchiskhati Church and over the Bridge of Peace to reach Rike Park. Here, enjoy the opportunity to travel by cable car and get to the great monument of the Mother of Georgia. Then descend from the mountain through the narrow streets to the Narikala Fortress. You can enjoy magnificent views from the fortress and take memorable photographs of the old part of Tbilisi: Metekhi Church, the Monument of Vakhtang Gorgasali, and the sulfur baths district. After you visit the sulfur baths district, you will walk to the waterfall, located in the center of the city.

Tbilisi: Old Town Walking Tour

2. Tbilisi: Old Town Walking Tour

Even if you only have a short time in Tbilisi, you have to spend at least a half-day exploring the Old Town. The architecture in the city’s historic district is a mixture of Georgian, Byzantine, Oriental, and Neo-Classical European styles. Among the sites you will visit are the Orthodox Anchiskhati Basilica, the city’s oldest church. You will also see the 13th-century churches of Sioni and Metekhi, the magnificent Narikala Fortress, perched on a hill with superb views of the city below, and the classic Freedom Square. You will then continue to one of Tbilisi’s newest attractions, the Bridge of Peace, which opened in 2010 over the River Mtkvari (also known as the Kura River). Tbilisi’s compact size means you can easily explore the nearby Synagogue, Armenian Church and Mosque, in addition to the Georgian Orthodox churches so fundamental to Georgian culture. This peaceful co-existence of the various religions helps emphasize modern Georgian tolerance.

Tbilisi: Private Walking Tour with Wine Tasting & Cable Car

3. Tbilisi: Private Walking Tour with Wine Tasting & Cable Car

Discover the best of Tbilisi's history, culture, and architecture on this walking tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, enjoy a stroll through the streets of the Old Town towards Metekhi Church and learn all about the history of Tbilisi's formation. In Shardeni Street, discover an open-air carpet market, visit Sioni Church and see the unique clock tower of the Rezo Gabriadze Puppet Theater. You will also discover the fascinating story behind the Anchiskhati Church and get to sample local wine.  Next, ride a panoramic cable car up to the imposing Kartlis Deda monument, from which point you can admire panoramic views of the entire city. Pay a visit to Narikala Fortress before beginning your descent down the mountain. Head to the Sulfur Baths District, stopping to admire impressive views of the Leghvtakhevi Gorge and Vakhtang Gorgasali monument along the way. Finish your walking tour with a romantic stroll along the Bridge of Love to reach a picturesque waterfall located in the center of the city. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the day.

Tbilisi: Walking Tour in Old town with Wine and Cable cars

4. Tbilisi: Walking Tour in Old town with Wine and Cable cars

Enjoy a 4-hour tour of Tbilisi that takes in the highlights of the Old Town, such as Gabriadze Puppet Theater, the Shardeni nightlife district, the glass Peace Bridge and the sulfur baths districts. Get an overview of the area and learn about Georgian history and everyday life. Start out at Freedom Square and see not only the best-known sights, but also some hidden gems and places that are favorites with the locals. Visit a popular old bakery and the shop selling the best ice cream in town. Learn about the Georgian winemaking process and traditions and taste a variety of locally produced wines. At your request, the route can be modified somewhat, according to your interests.

From Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Uplistsikhe, Gori Day Trip

5. From Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Uplistsikhe, Gori Day Trip

Explore the key historical sites of central Georgia, focusing on three different eras: the pagan period, the Christian period, and the Soviet period. Join your guide and a small group to witness the history of Georgia unfold on this full-day tour from Tbilisi.   After pickup from your hotel, your first stop will be the cave town of Uplistsikhe. Its caves and tunnels create a marvelous structure of natural architecture which still holds remnants of its ancient pagan culture.   Then, visit the nearby town of Gori and see the pompous Soviet Museum dedicated to Joseph Stalin, who was born here. After Gori, you’ll drive 1 hour to Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia, where the country’s conversion to Christianity started in the 4th century. See the Svetiskhoveli cathedral and the monastery of Jvari, built on a high hill above the town.   Finally, see the Georgian Stonehenge, an impressive monument of Georgian history off the beaten path. Return to Tbilisi for drop off at your hotel.

Tbilisi: A Private Walking Tour Tailored to Your Interests

6. Tbilisi: A Private Walking Tour Tailored to Your Interests

Unravel the rich tapestry of Tbilisi, the vibrant capital of Georgia, with “Tbilisi Unveiled: The Insider's Private Walking Tour”. This meticulously curated 3-hour journey is your golden ticket to the city's soul. Unlike the generic crowd-swallowed tours, this intimate experience ensures your time is valued and your curiosities are satisfied. As you meander through the cobblestone streets of Old Tbilisi, your knowledgeable guide will breathe life into the city’s tales. The tour will take you through a labyrinth of history, where each turn reveals a new layer of Tbilisi’s past and present. Sightseeing Highlights: • Narikala Fortress: Stand atop this ancient fortress and drink in the panoramic views of Tbilisi. Don’t miss the chance to take stunning photos! • Sulfur Baths: Learn about the therapeutic qualities of these historical baths and the legends that surround them. • Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theater and famous clock tower: Admire the whimsical clock tower and hear the stories behind this iconic puppet theater. • Metekhi Church: Visit this historic church perched on a hill and learn about its significance in Georgian history. • Shardeni Street: Stroll down this lively street lined with cafes, bars, and galleries. • Kartlis Deda (Mother of Georgia): This symbol of Tbilisi holds a sword in one hand and a cup of wine in the other – a classic metaphor for the Georgian character • Bridge of Peace: Marvel at this modern glass bridge and learn how it blends with Tbilisi’s ancient architecture. • Anchiskhati Basilica: Discover the oldest surviving church in Tbilisi and its historical significance. • and more! Your guide, a Tbilisi insider, will not only narrate history but also share coveted secrets - the best local haunts to savor authentic Georgian cuisine, the hidden art galleries, and the quaintest cafes. This is not a monologue but an interactive experience. Feel free to ask anything; your guide is an open book! This is not a one-size-fits-all tour. It’s an experience crafted for those who want to make the most of their time in Tbilisi. It’s for the discerning traveler who seeks more than just a cursory glance at a new place.

Tbilisi: (All-inclusive Tour) Did It All - Top 6 Districts

7. Tbilisi: (All-inclusive Tour) Did It All - Top 6 Districts

Covering six different neighborhoods, this is the most comprehensive Tbilisi tour available. You'll get to see how diverse Tbilisi truly is when we show you classic Orthodox and multi-communities, and grand historic homes. Tbilisi's old architecture as well as the 'hipster' side of Tbilisi, street art and food and vintage shops, traditional and modern restaurants, wine bars and shops, parks, amazing city views, Legendary, popular, and hidden bars. To be able to show you as much of this giant borough as possible, we are using public transport three times on the tour, but this will give you time to sit down and take a break between exploring the various neighborhoods on foot. Other things to note - If you book a private tour, I can accommodate specific requests for neighborhoods/sights to include. - Wear comfortable shoes - We cover 3-4 Miles

Mtskheta and Tbilisi: Full-Day Tour

8. Mtskheta and Tbilisi: Full-Day Tour

Discover the wonders of Mtskheta and Tbilisi on a multi-stop guided trip. Visit sights such as Jvari Monastery, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Chronicles of Georgia near the Tbilisi sea, also Open Air Museum of Ethnography(Optional). Head out in the morning to take advantage of the best time to take pictures in Mtskheta. Before Mtskjeta, visit the monument on a small hill near the Tbilisi sea called the Chronicle of Georgia. This monument depicts the religious and historical events of Georgia. On to Mtskheta, visit the Jvari Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the architectural sample of the 6th century and enjoy the beautiful view of the city of Mtskheta. A walking excursion is waiting for you in this city full of red-roofed houses. Visit the 11th-century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral next, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral is built on the site where the robe of Jesus Christ is kept. After lunch in Mtskheta, return to Tbilisi and visit the Tbilisi Ethnographic Museum in the modern part of the city. In the open air and on the territory of the big green strip, the ethnography museum offers real samples of traditional houses from different parts of Georgia. Every home features traditional household items and clothing. Along with the usual houses, there is also a sample of a Svan tower. In summer, this place hosts an ethnographic music festival.

Tbilisi: Private Old City Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

9. Tbilisi: Private Old City Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

Step into a world of wonder and Explore the Treasures of Old Tbilisi with a local guide and enjoy the taste of Georgian wines. Our team of knowledgeable local experts will be your trusted companions, revealing the secrets and captivating stories that lie within this historic city. We begin our tour at Metekhi Church, offering breathtaking views. Then we will use the cable car to go up to the iconic Mother of Georgia statue, standing tall atop Sololaki Hill, with a sword in one hand and a bowl of wine in the other, symbolizing hospitality and protection and explore Narikala Fortress steeped in history. Walking down from the fortress, enjoy the serenity at Legvtakhevi waterfall and Sulphur Baths in Abanotubani. Indulge in Meidan Bazaar's vibrant colors and stroll through Shardeni Street's charming lanes. Finally, cross the modern Peace Bridge blending old and new. Unforgettable moments await in Georgia's heart! But the adventure doesn't end there. A delightful Georgian wine-tasting experience awaits, allowing you to indulge in the flavors of this ancient land. We will taste different sorts of wine and feel Georgia as a homeland of wine. Uncover the hidden treasures of Old Tbilisi, guided by local experts who know the city inside out. Let the captivating stories and rich flavors of Georgian wines transport you to a world of magic and wonder. Join us on this extraordinary adventure, and let the essence of Old Tbilisi captivate your heart and soul.

Tbilisi: Guided History, Culture & Architecture Walking Tour

10. Tbilisi: Guided History, Culture & Architecture Walking Tour

Welcome to Tbilisi, the energetic and active capital of Georgia! Take a walking tour to discover the rich history, cultural diversity and architectural wonders that make this city so unique. Our tour starts on Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi's main artery, and you will be fascinated by the combination of old and new. Marvel at the elegant facades of the 19th century buildings, adorned with ornate balconies and decorations. Along the way, we will pass the National Museum of Georgia, a treasure trove of historical artifacts that offer a glimpse into Georgia's fascinating past. Our next stop is in the heart of the city at Freedom Square, the central square of Tbilisi. It is an important historical and cultural landmark. Take a moment to admire the statue of St. George slaying the dragon in the center of the square. From here, continue through charming streets and narrow alleys where a story is waiting to be discovered at every corner. We head to the old part of the city, where Tbilisi's unique architecture is at its best. We walk through the stunning Old Town with its streets and charming courtyards. We will visit the clock of Rezo Gabriadze, Inside the tower there is a puppet theater. Here you can see the performance "Circle of Life". We will definitely also visit Anchiskhati Cathedral, which is one of the oldest churches in Tbilisi and dates back to the 6th century. Here you can really travel back in time. One of the most important places of our tour is Narikala Castle. This ancient castle is located on a hill and offers a panoramic view of the city and the winding river Mtkvari. Before reaching the famous Abanotubni district, we can enjoy the picturesque landscape for a while. In Abanotuban, the quarter of baths, there are the famous sulfur baths that gave Tbilisi its name (tbili means "warm" in Georgian). Here you will be told the story of the founding of Tbilisi. Admire the characteristic domed roofs of the baths and breathe in the soothing scents wafting through the air. If you feel adventurous, relax in one of these traditional baths known for their healing properties. Our tour ends with a visit to the Peace Bridge. This modern marvel spans the river and connects the old and new parts of the city. Walk along the bridge and marvel at its stunning design, which is especially fascinating when illuminated at night. Throughout the tour you will have the opportunity to taste the culinary specialties of Tbilisi. Don't forget to try khachapuri, a delicious bread filled with cheese, and drink a glass of locally produced wine, known for its unique taste. Whether you're fascinated by historical sights, interested in cultural heritage or just want to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, our Tbilisi Walking Tour promises an unforgettable experience. So put on your walking shoes, bring your curiosity and let's explore the charming streets of Tbilisi together!

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4.9 / 5

based on 419 reviews

We had a wonderful tour! Mariam was so knowledgeable and made sure we are welcome. Gamarjoba Team was so hands on as they took time sending us a heads up a day before our tour. Of all our travels, this Team I could say is the best! Will definitely recommend them. Look for Mariam, she’s the best tour guide and so genuine. Tamuna was helpful too! Kudos to this Team!

Highly recommended. A great introduction to Tbilisi and to Georgia. Our guide, Khatuna, was amazing. Thanks to her excellent knowledge of Georgian history, culture, great sense of humour, we were able to enjoy this tour and discover both the known and lesser known parts of and things about Tbilisi. Many thanks to the team for this amazing experience.

Great tour even in snow conditions!!! Pretty flexible and extremely knowledgeable guide, drastically improved my experience and would definitely recommend to anyone who is interested in doing a similar tour

What a great tour! Our guide Lika was nice, informative, and attentive. Information was easy to understand and the route is acceptable for most fitness levels. Thanks for taking care of us!

Great walking tour. Lots of stops at the best spots for photos, and a lot of great information and history.