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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.

Mtskheta - Jvari - Gori - Uplistsikhe Full Day Private Tour

3. Mtskheta - Jvari - Gori - Uplistsikhe Full Day Private Tour

Explore Kartli, one of the most mysterious regions of Georgia. Visit the cave town of Uplistsikhe, Stalin's hometown of Gori, and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Mtskheta. Start at Uplistsikhe, an antique rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. View its unique mixture of cut-out cultures from Anatolia and Iran's pagan and Christian architecture, then pause for a spot of local lunch (own expense). Next, visit, Gori, the hometown of Stalin. Explore the town or visit the Stalin Museum, which includes the dictator's old house and railway carriage. Follow that with a trip to Jvari Monastery. Admire this 6th-century Orthodox structure which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the view from the rocky mountain top down onto the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. Conclude your tour at the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, another World Heritage Site. Spend some time at a location known as the burial site of Christ's robe, and which is among the region's most venerated places of worship.

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: Walking Sightseeing Tour

8. Tbilisi: Walking Sightseeing Tour

Your Tbilisi sightseeing tour will begin as your guide meets you at the reception of your hotel. The city of Tbilisi offers a wide variety of sights, most of them very ancient. Starting at the church of Metekhi, you will walk to the brick domes of the sulfur baths, before advancing onward to the spectacularly located Narikala’s fortress. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia, and overlooks the Mtkvari river gorge. Following this, you will visit the synagogue and the Sioni and Anchiskhati churches, which both mark the end of the Old Town. You will then visit the treasury of the National Museum of Georgia (Georgian Archaeology from 8th millennium B.C.), walking along Rustaveli Avenue, which is the main street in Tbilisi. You will also visit the treasury or the Georgian Museum of Fine Arts. Here you will learn that the treasury preserves and presents works from the Bronze Age, Antic-Hellenistic, and Medieval periods, as well as significant modern artifacts up through the 20th century. Your tour will then conclude with a visit to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, which is the third-biggest church in the world.

Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Jvari and Tbilisi Private Full-Day Tour

9. Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Jvari and Tbilisi Private Full-Day Tour

With the comfort of a private car and a professional guide by your side, you will visit all the main sights of the two cities of Mtskheta and Jvari, as well as uncover some hidden gems. The first half of your tour focuses on Tbilisi, where you will cover most of the Old Town by walking through its narrow streets and seeing key sites. You will encounter such attractions as the Gabriadze Puppet Theater, the Anchiskhati Basilique, the Old Mosque and the Grand Synagogue, the sulfur baths, Metekhi and of course the famous Narikala Fort, which provides a fantastic panoramic view of Tbilisi. The Tbilisi tour also includes some sites that can be easily reached by car, such as the Trinity Church Sameba, the Fabrika urban space and the Chronicles of Georgia Monument. After a traditional lunch in a popular countryside restaurant, you will proceed to Mtskheta where you will visit the main cathedral of Georgia, Svetitskhoveli, also known as the "Second Jerusalem". Your final stop will be to the UNESCO protected Jvari Monastery from the 6th century, which has one of the most beautiful panoramic views in Georgia.

Tbilisi: City Sightseeing and Wine Tour with Tasting

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Old Town Tbilisi

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 182 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 :)

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.

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

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