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Tbilisi Walking Tour with Free Cable Car, Traditional Bakery

1. Tbilisi Walking Tour with Free Cable Car, Traditional Bakery

Tbilisi is a romantic city, with a rich history, that has attracted hundreds of thousands of travelers from all over the world throughout its existence. The beauty of the mountain region and distinctive Georgian culture makes Tbilisi a city worth visiting. Alongside your local guide explore various fascinating places and hidden gems in the stunning city including Metekhi Church, Monument of Vakhtang Gorgasali, statue of Mother of Georgia, Narikala Fortress, sulfur baths district, Shardeni Street, Sioni Church, Anchiskhati Church, unique clock tower of the Puppet Theater Rezo Gabriadze, the Bridge of Peace, and much more. Your journey starts once you meet your guide in front of the Avlabari Metro Station entrance. Enjoy a nice walk through the old street to Metekhi Church. From there you will continue to explore the city and hear about its 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 reach the great monument of the Mother of Georgia. Then descend from the mountain, through the narrow streets to the Narikala Fortress. From the fortress, you can enjoy magnificant views and take memorable photographs of the old part of Tbilisi: Metekhi Church, Monument of Vakhtang Gorgasali and the sulfur baths district. After your visit the sulfur baths district you will walk to the waterfall, located in the center of the city.

From Tbilisi: Private Tbilisi Walking Tour

2. From Tbilisi: Private Tbilisi Walking Tour

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: Old Town Walking Tour

3. 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: 4-Hour Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

4. Tbilisi: 4-Hour Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

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.

Tbilisi: City Highlights Walking Tour

5. Tbilisi: City Highlights Walking Tour

This city tour will take you through the highlights of Tbilisi. Begin by exploring the Old Town, where you can marvel at the architecture in the city's historic district, boasting a rich display of Georgian, Byzantine, Oriental, and Neoclassical European styles. Tbilisi is compact so you can easily explore the nearby synagogue, Armenian Church, the Mosque, and Georgian Orthodox churches, which are a staple of Georgian culture. The proximity and peaceful co-existence of these religious structures is a testament to Georgian tolerance.  Visit the Metekhi Church and the monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the king of Georgia (Iberia) during the second half of 5th century. Take a cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of sulfur bath houses, passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden area full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops and breathe in the living past. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the clock tower of the famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre. Finally, take the rail lift on the funicular for an unforgettable view of Tbilisi.

Tbilisi: Walking Night Tour through the Old City

6. Tbilisi: Walking Night Tour through the Old City

Discover the magic of Tbilisi at night with this evening walking tour promising the best panoramas of the shining city. In the evening, your tour guide will meet you at your place of residence in Tbilisi from where the walking tour will begin. Tbilisi is the capital city and the largest city of Georgia on the banks of the river Mtkavari.  The city was founded by the famous Georgian king in the 5th century. Due to its strategic location, Tbilisi represents a nice mixture of Western and Eastern cultures. With its diversity of architecture, unique culture and traditions, Tbilisi has become home for many different ethnic groups. The peaceful co-existence of different religions emphasizes the tolerant and hospitable attitude of the Georgian people. During your walking tour, you'll discover all the major highlights with glittering views of the city and that isn't all. Your professional tour guide will give you good recommendations of the best bars, cafés and nightspots.

Tbilisi: Private Photography Tour with Snacks

7. Tbilisi: Private Photography Tour with Snacks

Start your tour in the city center, at Liberty Square. From here you will walk into old Tbilisi. Pass through narrow streets and climb the stairs to Betlemi Church. As you stroll, the photographer will take elegant photos of you from different angles. After visiting the scenic garden at Betlemi, continue walking to Gallery 21, which has amazing windows in different colors. You will also have time to take a photo at the rainbow staircase. Other places where you will stop and have your photo taken are the sulfur baths, a local waterfall, and the parks of Narikala and Rike.

Tbilisi: City Sightseeing and Wine Tour with Tasting

8. Tbilisi: City Sightseeing and Wine Tour with Tasting

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in a private vehicle as you set out for a day of exploration, sight seeing and wine tasting. The first part of the tour focuses on visiting the city’s landmarks, and the first stop of the day is a panoramic cable car ride to the Narikala Fortress. Afterwards, head to the well-preserved courtyard of St. Nicholas Church and then stroll through the narrow streets in the Old Town to discover the blend of mosques, churches, and synagogues. Once you’ve seen a few of the sights, drive to the Chateau Mukhrani wine studio and meet your master sommelier. Listen to the sommelier tell the charismatic story of the chateau’s history while you enjoy a selection of premium white and red wines. Continue onto Shuchmann Winery next for another tasting session of fine local wines. When you’ve finished up with your tasting session, take a ride on the Funicular Tramway on Chonkadze Street and travel to the top of the mountain that overlooks the city. This famous landscaped park with a giant ferris wheel offers splendid views across Tbilisi and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing evening walk before returning to your hotel.

Full-Day Tbilisi & Mtskheta Tour

9. Full-Day Tbilisi & Mtskheta Tour

Even if you only have a short time in Georgia, you have to spend at least a half-day exploring Tbilisi’s Old Town. The architecture in the city’s historic district is a beautiful mixture of Georgian, Byzantine, Oriental and Neo-Classical European styles. It dates back more than 1,500 years and was founded by Vakhtang Gorgasali, King of Georgia (known as Iberia at the time) in the second half of the 5th-Century AD. The name derives from the Georgian word for warm, “T'pili.” Sliced by the River Mtkvari, which divides the city west and east, the lovely setting is ripe for exploring. Among the sites you will visit is the Greek 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 classical Freedom Square. 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. Peaceful co-existence of the various religions helps emphasize Georgian tolerance. End your Tbilisi walking tour with a visit to the sulfur baths quarter of Abanotubani to see the most famous bath, Chreli Abano. According to legend, it was when King Vakhtang Gorgasali’s falcon companion fell that Tbilisi’s “warm” sulfur springs were discovered; helping to give it its Georgian name. Continue in the afternoon to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mtskheta, capital of Georgia (formerly Iberia) from the 3rd-Century BC until the 5th-Century AD. It was the site of early Christian activity, and the place where Christianity was proclaimed as the state religion of Georgia in 319. Located about 12 miles (20 kilometers) northwest of Tbilisi at the confluence of the Rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi, Mtskheta remains the center of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church. After a drive to Mtskheta by comfortable air-conditioned coach you will explore the restored streets of the Old Town and visit the most important architectural monuments, such as the 6th-Century Jvari Monastery erected on a hill that overlooks the town. Take in the stunning views of the town and the merging of the rivers. Continue to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, the main seat of the Catholic Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church. The cathedral contains an important masterpiece of Christian church wall painting that you must peek inside to see. You will then be transferred back to Tbilisi for your hotel drop-off.

Tbilisi: Walking Tour with Lunch and Gabriadze Theater Visit

10. Tbilisi: Walking Tour with Lunch and Gabriadze Theater Visit

Discover a myriad of sights on this tour, from ancient churches to world-renowned cultural institutions. Meet your guide at your hotel and head out on your sightseeing tour of Tbilisi's Old Town. Starting at the Metekhi Church, stroll past the brick domed sulfur baths towards the spectacularly located Narikala Fortress, one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia, overlooking the Mtkvari River gorge. Later, visit the synagogue, as well as the Sioni and Anchiskhati churches, which mark the end of the Old Town. Break for lunch at the unique and cozy location of Cafe Gabriadze before heading to the Gabriadze Puppet Theatre, home to the Gabriadze Theater Company. Admire its fairytale-like architecture and maybe even get to witness a puppet show by this internationally-renowned company.

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What people are saying about Narikala Fortress

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 278 reviews

Beautiful tour, every little thing in the city has a story behind it, and Alex our guide gave us a great time walking around and telling us the entertaining stories. Definitely a must get tour.

Lika was amazing with her charming personality and she was very nice and gave us a lot of information about Tbilisi and made us fall in love with the city and history. Madloba Lika :)

Great tour, fun but very chill and lots of interesting facts about the city and all it's tiny nooks. Definitely recommend!

Great walking tour within the city with Magda! I didn't even notice the time passed. Great scenes, beautiful places

it was a very good experience. the guide was very interactive and helpful.