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Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Jvari, Gori and Uplistsikhe Day Tour

Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Jvari, Gori and Uplistsikhe Day Tour

From £21.86 per person

Discover one of the most historical places of Georgia, including the ancient rock complex of Uplistsikhe, Stalin Museum, and 2 UNESCO heritage sites Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in the old capital of Georgia, Mtskheta.

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Duration 10 hours
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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
Explore one of the most mysterious regions of Georgia – Kartli and hear a lot about the country's history. First, visit memorable Uplistsikhe cave-town and dive into the antique life of Georgia. Then, find out more interesting facts in Gori, the hometown of the most famous Georgian, Stalin, and see the unique old capital of Georgia – Mtskheta, where you visit two UNESCO heritage sites Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Your first stop is Uplistsikhe, an antique rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. It contains multiple structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages. It is notable for the unique mixture of various rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran's pagan and Christian architecture coexistence. After exploring Uplistsikhe, you have a chance to have lunch in the region and try delicious local food. After lunch, you have two options, have free time and explore Gori, the hometown of Stalin, or visit Stalin Museum, which is a museum dedicated to the life of Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, who was born in Gori. The Museum retains its Soviet-era characteristics, Stalin's Original house, and Stalin's railway carriage. The next stop is Jvari Monastery. The name of this monastery is translated as the "Monastery of the Cross." Jvari Monastery is the 6th-century Georgian Orthodox monastery near Mtskheta. Along with other historic structures of Mtskheta, it is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Jvari Monastery stands on the rocky mountain top at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking the town of Mtskheta, which was formerly the capital of the kingdom of Iberia. The last site on tour is Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta. UNESCO recognizes Mtskheta as a World Heritage site due to its historical significance and several cultural monuments. It was the capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. Svetitskhoveli is known as the burial site of Christ's robe and has been one of the principal Georgian Orthodox churches and is among the region's most venerated places of worship.
Includes
  • 1 bottle of water
  • Transportation
  • Guide service
  • Food and drink
  • Entrance fees
Not suitable for
  • 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 at 8:30 AM. One of the local partner's representatives will meet you in front of Avlabari Metro Station and hold a branded orange color flag.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • 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 362 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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The trip was literally amazing. The guides, Ika & George Goldman, was fantastic, he is very well educated and he will help you with whatever is required. The driver, Zaza AKA Toretto, is very talented and his driving is safe and responsible. The staff is very polite and hosting. The lunch was an exquisite experience featuring home made food and traditional Georgian family experience! The trip is 10/10 truly recommended, will fill up your jar with great memories and experience!

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1 December 2021

This was the tour I booked to kill time, not thinking much of it, and wow was I wrong. The cave town is impressive, and grants some beautiful views of the georgian countryside. The Stalin museum regardless on where you stand on your political views, is the perfect place to start a conversation about life in the former Soviet Union and what it has meant to gain independence. The Jvari monastery and Mtshketa were a surprise, visiting the tombs of kings and relics of an apostle and Jesus himself (his mantle is preserved here). BUT, the highlight if the trip, not just the tour but my entire trip, was having lunch with a local family, and seeing tradition folk dance. This tour quickly became my favorite day in Georgia. Book now. Nika was also the perfect guide, he explained everything both from historical facts and also his impressions as a local. Amazing. All of it.

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17 November 2021

As our first day trip to discover mountains was really nice, we’ve tried another one to discover cultural sites and it was a perfect trip too ! Lot of things to learn and a perfect way to discover a lot and to meet Georgia with inside point of view !

11 November 2021

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