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From Tbilisi: Private Tbilisi Walking Tour

1. 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

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.

Full-Day Tbilisi & Mtskheta Tour

3. 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 Highlights Half Day Walking Tour

4. Tbilisi Highlights Half Day 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. 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. Complete your 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.

Tbilisi and Mtskheta Private Tour

5. Tbilisi and Mtskheta Private Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Tbilisi. Travel to the first stop of the tour, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, which is one of the largest Orthodox cathedrals in the world. Next, visit Metekhi Church and the monument of Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take a cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses passing by Tbilisi’s mosque. Stroll through the Sharden area with its winding streets, cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, and souvenir shops. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the clock tower of Rezo Gabriadze Theatre. Enjoy a some time for lunch, at your own expense, before beginning the journey to Mtskheta. Upon arrival, explore the cultural and religious center of Georgia. Discover the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia, which has a history dating back to the 3rd century BC. Visit Jvari Church, an architectural masterpiece of the early Medieval period built on a hilltop overlooking the town. Enjoy the views of the confluence of Mtkvari and Aragvi Rivers. Stop at Svetitskoveli, the main cathedral of Mtskheta, a sacred place that is said to contain the robe of Christ. After exploring Mtskheta, be returned to your hotel in Tbilisi.

Tbilisi: Scenic Instagram Tour

6. Tbilisi: Scenic Instagram Tour

Meet your guide and experience the beauty of this city's early-morning streets while the light is perfect for taking pictures. Start your exploration of the city's monuments and breathtaking viewpoints, including a visit to the Orthodox Anchiskhati Basilica, the city's oldest church. You'll 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). The city's compact size means you can easily explore the nearby Synagogue, Armenian Church and Mosque, in addition to the Georgian Orthodox churches which are so fundamental to Georgian culture. Learn about the peaceful co-existence of the various religions in Georgia. Your photographer will share useful photography tips and tricks about composition, framing, settings, and some truly fascinating techniques at each site. If you choose the full-day tour, you'll visit many more places of interest outside of Tbilisi. 

Tbilisi: Private Highlights Tour With Guide

7. Tbilisi: Private Highlights Tour With Guide

Experience the highlights of Tbilisi on this private walking tour. You will be picked up from your accommodation and enjoy comfortable transport with your expert local guide to the tour's first stop. The tour is based on sustainability and so is completely Eco-friendly. You will be able to explore Georgian architecture, culture and traditions, visiting Tbilisi's old town. Narikala Fortress, Sameba Cathedral, Betlemi Church and Rike Park, as well as the opportunity to stop to sample Georgian snacks like Churchkhela and Tklapi. As the country capital and a meeting point between Europe and Asia, as well as having being influenced under both Russian and Persian rule, Tbilisi is a diverse and multicultural city filled with wonder and a wide variety of different art and architectural styles. All of which you can learn about from your professional guide.

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What people are saying about Narikala Fortress

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 :)

Excellent, I highly recommend this tour in the first day of arriving. It will give you everything you need about the city in 3 hours.

A lot of fun and very informative. The tour covered quite a distance and gave a wonderful introduction to the city!

Alexi was very knowledgeable, friendly and gave us a great tour!