Mtskheta, Uplistsikhe & Gori

Explore Georgia's Rich History: From Ancient Ruins To Unesco Sites
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Overview

Difficulty
Main activity
Destination
Experience type
All year round
Period
9 hours
Duration
1+
Group size
6+
Age range
DTST01
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  • Marvel at Uplistsikhe's ancient rock-hewn architecture
  • Explore Gori and delve into Stalin's complex legacy
  • Discover the spiritual majesty of Jvari and Svetitskhoveli, both UNESCO sites

Embark on a spellbinding journey through Kartli, one of Georgia's most historic regions, on this full-day private cultural tour from Tbilisi. Experience the essence of Georgia's rich history as you explore ancient ruins, monumental cathedrals, and the personal histories of significant figures that have shaped this land.

Begin your adventure in the heart of Georgia as you uncover the mysteries of Uplistsikhe, an ancient cave town that stands as a testament to Georgia’s early urban civilization. Here, you will witness the seamless blend of various cultural influences from Anatolia and Iran, evident in the rock-cut architecture that spans centuries.

Continue to Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. This town offers a controversial yet pivotal chapter in Georgia’s history. You can choose to visit the Stalin Museum, where time stands still in the Soviet era, or wander through the town to soak up its modern-day vibe. Enjoy a traditional Georgian lunch at a local eatery, where the flavors tell stories of Georgia's rich culinary heritage.

As the day progresses, you'll journey to Mtskheta, the spiritual heart of Georgia, renowned for its significant religious structures and ancient history. The day culminates with visits to the Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. These monuments are not just architectural wonders but are also pivotal to the Georgian Orthodox faith, holding relics and stories that span over a millennium.

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Your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby in Tbilisi, ready to guide you through this historical and cultural exploration. Your first destination is Uplistsikhe, where you'll delve into Georgia’s pre-Christian era, exploring its impressive rock formations and ancient structures.

Next, the tour takes you to Gori, a town that melds its medieval origins with its 20th-century history as Stalin's birthplace. Here, you can either stroll through the town or delve into history at the Stalin Museum (optional), showcasing the dictator's preserved childhood home and personal railway carriage.

After enjoying a lunch that encapsulates the essence of Georgian culinary traditions, the tour proceeds through the picturesque landscapes of Kartli to Mtskheta. In the late afternoon, visit the UNESCO-listed Jvari Monastery, perched atop a hill with panoramic views that stir the soul. Your day concludes at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, another UNESCO World Heritage site, revered not just for its architectural grandeur but also for its deep spiritual significance.

As the evening descends, you’ll return to Tbilisi, enriched with the profound heritage and mesmerizing tales of Georgia’s cultural heartland. This tour offers more than just visual delights; it promises a deep connection to the history and soul of this enchanting region, making it an unforgettable experience.

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Our tour program's list of attractions is a guide, not exhaustive. Unlisted sites may be visited, and listed ones might be viewed from a distance. Conditions like operating hours, weather, or local rules may affect access. Thank you for your understanding.

Prices

  This experience has open departure and can be organized based on your preferred dates. Remember, prices vary based on the exact group size.

From Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2024 Available from Tuesday to Sunday USD 96 Starting at
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