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Mtskheta: Day Tour to Oldest City in Georgia

4.4 / 5

12 reviews

Mtskheta: Day Tour to Oldest City in Georgia

From $41 per person

Visit the oldest city of Georgia on this Mtskheta day trip. During the tour, you can enjoy panoramic aerial views of the mountains around Jvari Monastery and observe the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers.

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Duration 4 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover Mtskheta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the burial place of Christ's robe
  • Explore the city where Georgians accepted Christianity in 317
Full description
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!
Includes
  • Live commentary
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Kote Abkhazi Street 44

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  • Ladies need to please take a scarf to cover their heads when they visit the monastery
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Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 12 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Was good experience. Short trip from Tbilisi. Nice transportation

June 25, 2021

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.

September 27, 2019

There is not a lot to see

Hundreds of years of barbarians have stripped these monuments of most distinctive features. I realize that they are important for Georgians, but thanks to the Soviets in those before them there are only traces of murals left, and a few crypts. The winetasting visit was boring, wine being standard at best and the attendant inattentive . Finally, the sound system on the bus was such that it was difficult to understand the guide; he was informative when speaking without a microphone, however with it one largely heard a buzz.

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September 20, 2019

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