If you love Nature, Culture & History this tour to Mtskheta & Gori is for you. On this day trip from Tbilisi you will get to know the history of Georgia by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sights in Mtskheta Svetitskhoveli Cathedral & Jvari Monastery, The Stalin Museum in Gori and the Cave city of Uplistsikhe.
You will explore this locations with our knowledgeable guides who will tell you all the interesting facts about past and present of Georgia. (Note: Tour can be also taken without a guide)
Our driver will meet you at your hotel and lead you to your car to begin the Mtskheta, Gori & Uplistsikhe tour.
Visit Mtskheta the former capital of Georgia, where you’ll find the famous Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, a true wonder of medieval architecture. It is believed that the robe of Jesus Christ is burried here.
Afterwards, drive up to the Jvari monastery to see a 6th century church and an amazing view of the junction of Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers.
Head out to Gori, where you’ll have a very special experience visiting the Stalin’s museum in it’s original soviet look. You can take a walk inside the personal train carriage of Joseph Stalin which he used to go to Tehran for the big three meeting.
Stop for a lunch with a local family to explore the local cuisine made from local products. The last stop for the day is the cave city of Uplistsikhe built somewhere in 4th century B.C!
Finally, We’ll head back to Tbilisi and our driver will drop you off at your hotel.
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Jvari Monastery is one of the oldest churches in Georgia. History of this complex begins in the 4th century when Christianity became the main religion of Georgia.
Place where Jvari Monastery is located had been a place of worship of pagans. Idols stood tall overlooking the city of Mtskheta and remind everyone of their pagan believes.
This changed with the conversion to Christianity. King Mirian and Saint Nino destroyed pagan idols and erected a cross in their place. It quickly became the main place of worship not only for Georgians but also recently Christian northern Caucasian tribes.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is located in the former capital of Georgia(Iberia) Mtskheta. The building that stands here now is from the 11th century, however the history of this cathedral goes a lot further into the past.
The first church was built here in the 4th century when Georgia(Iberia) converted to Christianity. We’ll explore all the interesting parts of this cathedral and later walk through the streets where you’ll have an opportunity for souvenir shopping.
Here’s a very awkward piece of History – Stalin Museum. Stalin or Ioseb Jugashvili to be more accurate, was born in a small town of Gori, Georgia.
He was born in a small district, in a family of a shoe-maker. In 1937 this district Soviets completely erased this district except of the tiny house were Stalin was born. A protective monument was built to protect his house. Next to it they built a huge museum.
The Stalin Museum is still functioning here today in the same exact form. With the only difference being the pitch of the museum guides. Now they can actually tell the real stories of Stalin and what it was like back in the USSR – pun very much intended 🙂
After all the history, it’s time to have a short break and enjoy the delicacies of Georgian Cuisine. We’ll stop at a family to enjoy an authentic lunch cooked for us.
The cave city of Uplistsikhe was founded between 6th and 4th Centuries BC by pagan tribes. It’s located in 90 KM from Tbilisi, on the left bank of Mtkvari River.
Today, it has become a big attraction for travelers. Uplistsikhe is a full scale city carved into rock. Here you’ll find temples, churches, wineries, a pharmacy and even a theater! It’s a must see location for history, nature and photo lovers!
We’ll explore the complex for about 1 hour to get a full understanding of what the life was like here 2000 years ago!
At around 18:00 we’ll return to Tbilisi and our team will deliver you to your hotel.
We took this trip because we love history and were interesting to learn the Georgian Part of it. The knowledge of the Guide just blew us away!
One of the most interesting tours We’ve attended EVER!