Tbilisi, Georgia

(4 days)

Day 1. Tbilisi

Arrival in Tbilisi and transfer to hotel Astoria.

Dinner and night at Astoria Hotel.

Day 2. Tbilisi – Mtskheta - Tbilisi

Breakfast at hotel and departure to excursion to town of Mtskheta. Mtskheta - one of the oldest cities of Georgia.  It was capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia during the 3rd century BC – 5th century AD.  Mtskheta located approximately 20 kilometers north of Tbilisi at the confluence of the Aragvi  and Kura rivers. It was a site of early Christian activity, and the location where Christianity was proclaimed the state religion of Kartli in 337 AD. 

After Mtskheta we proceed to Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) and Jvari Monastery (6th century) in Mtskheta are amongst the most significant monuments of Georgian Christian architecture, and are historically significant in the development of medieval architecture throughout the Caucasus. This Historical Monuments of Mtskheta became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

Lunch at Salobie restaurant and transfer back to Tbilisi.

Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia and the largest city in the country. According to the chronicles, its history dates back more than 1,500 years. Its center has been completely restored, with a solicitous effort to reproduce the architecture of the olden days.  It is full of artists’ workshops, antique shops, and small inviting cafes and restaurants offering a wide range of national and European cuisine and, of course, the world famous Georgian wines.

Visit to Narikala Fortress. Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi and the Mtkvari  river. It was established in the 4th century.

Dinner and night at hotel.

Day 3. Tbilisi – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Tbilisi

After breakfast, we depart to Stalin Museum.

The museum is located in the town of Gori, where the leader of the Soviet Union - Joseph Stalin was born. The museum has three sections: Stalin’s house, Stalin’s museum and Stalin’s railway carriage. All located in the town's central square. 

We enjoy the lunch at Nacharmagevi restaurant and move to Uplistsikhe Cave Town. Uplistsikhe is a cave settlement 12 km from the town of Gori that arose on the banks of the Mtkvari River at the end of the 3nd century BC. The town was entirely hewed into the volcanic cliff. It has streets, squares, palaces, churches, residential buildings, a theater, shops, an apothecary, wine cellar, prison, and a plumbing system. In its heyday, it included more than 700 cave structures. Around 150 of them, as well as part of the fortress walls, have been preserved. There is a secret underground passage to the river. In the pre-Christian period, Uplistsikhe was a pagan worship center. After Georgia converted to Christianity, Christian churches began appearing in the town.

Transfer back to Tbilisi, dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 4. Tbilisi

Breakfast at hotel.

Time for shopping.

You may continue your tour of Tbilisi with a visit to the famous flea market called Sukhoi Most (Dry Bridge). At one time, the River Kura ran under the bridge. But at the end of the 19th century, its channel was diverted several hundred meters and the bridge was left “dry.” Here you will find souvenirs to suit every taste. You will also find antiques here: olden-day weapons, military awards, jewelry, carpets, and crockery. And all at very reasonable prices.

Transfer to airport.

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