Day trip

Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Jvari, Gori and Uplistsikhe Day Tour

Activity provider: Gamarjoba Georgia Tours

Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Jvari, Gori and Uplistsikhe Day Tour

Activity provider: Gamarjoba Georgia Tours
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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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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

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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Date

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
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

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

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 470 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Safety
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It was easy to meet with the guide. He was easy going, had an excellent English and was super friendly. The trip was well organised, no bad surprises, you get what is said. The price was honest and fair. Even the lunch at the local family was great. It was a long day but totally worth it. Thank you Gio for this amazing day and sharing so much about Georgian people and Georgian history and culture!

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1 August 2022

A fantastic tour that lives up entirely to the description. It not only ticked all the boxes, but was such a lovely way to meet new people. I have gone to all of these sites before, but wanted to bring my mom along for a second time. Even so, I wasn’t bored and was glad to have a refresher because our guide brought such great insights. The lunch at the local home was a fantastic touch—don’t miss it!

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30 July 2022

I'm not the type to book tours, normally I would rather try to discover things on my own, but the tour with Lika was great: found out a lot about the history of Georgia, people, used cars, orthodox churches and other things along the way. All this in a natural and relaxed manner. The highlight was the lunch at family garden with great food, folk dancing and smiles all around. Definitely worth the money.

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27 July 2022

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