Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Jvari, Gori and Uplistsikhe Day Tour

Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Jvari, Gori and Uplistsikhe Day Tour

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Discover the fascinating heritage of Georgia and visit some of the area's most iconic and influential landmarks including the old town of Mtskheta, the Jvari monastery, and the ancient rock complex of Uflistsikhe.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Russian

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the main Cathedral of Georgia, Svetitskhoveli
  • Learn the history of the Jvari Monastery
  • Marvel at the confluence of the rivers Aragvi and Mtkvari
  • Discover Uplistsikhe cave town
  • Explore Gori and the Museum of Stalin
  • Enjoy a traditional Georgian lunch
Full description
The tour starts at 9am heading to the eastern part of Georgia, 96 km from Tbilisi towards Mtskheta. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC, and is one of the oldest towns and the cultural and religious center of Georgia. Next, visit the Jvari monastery, a true architectural masterpiece of the early medieval period built on a hilltop. From the hill, gaze down to the merging Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers below, and enjoy a stop to take photos. With your local guide, continue onto Gori, the homeland of Stalin, to visit Stalin’s house, museum and train wagon. At the Stalin museum, learn about the life of the infamous dictator at the exhibit which includes unique photos, gifts and furniture. After the museum there’s time for lunch in the city of Gori, with the option to choose between dining at a Georgian restaurant, or having lunch with a local family with private wine cellar to taste traditional Georgian wines. After lunch head to the cave town of Uplistsikhe, named “Fortress of the Lord”, situated on a rocky mount on the left bank of the river Mtkvari. The fortress is mentioned in chronicles dating back to the earliest of times, and its history began in the I-II millennium B.C. Uplistsikhe was an important religious, political and cultural center in the Hellenistic and the late Antique periods, and it has been identified as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. Enjoy an interesting walking tour here of the rock-cut structures, including and amphitheater. Lastly, visit the Svetitskhoveli cathedral, a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept, a masterpiece of the Early Middle Ages, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Includes
  • 1 bottle of water
  • Transportation
  • Guide service
  • Foods and drinks (optional)
  • Entrance fee to Museum of Stalin in Gori (5 USD per person) (optional)
  • Entrance fee to Uplistsikhe (USD $5 per person)
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Avlabari metro station - A guide meets you at 09:00AM in front of the inscription Avlabari Metro station the left side of the entrance.

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    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card
    • Comfortable shoes

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    • Pets

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    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Vegetarian option is available
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 241 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Transportation
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.8/5
    • Safety
      4.9/5
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    I had this tour today with amazing guide.. George (Goldman).. He was most informative and entertaining throughout the journey.. Really enjoyed his company and all the lovely places. The arrangements were smooth hassle free and everything was easy from booking to traveling with the guide and driver. Subuhi ( Saudi Arabia)

    July 24, 2021

    Amazing experience and definetly the highlight of the trip is the lunch we had with a local family. The food was delicious and to top that they even had their own cultural dance which was awesome. Our tour guide was Mariam and she was amazing, friendly and full of energy.

    July 19, 2021

    Our guide was Miriam and she was so wonderful! She was super knowledgeable about all of the history and she was just a lot of fun. Very energetic. This tour allows you the option of lunch with a local family. Hands down the highlight of my entire time in Georgia. Don't hesitate to do this! Only tiny hiccup was that we left 30 minutes late and there was no communication in the office. I'm a bit older (early 40s) and find the office to be crowded and disorganized in the morning. We were told to arrive at 8:30 even though tours don't leave until 9 AM.

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    July 2, 2021

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