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Tbilisi Walking Tour with Free Cable Car, Traditional Bakery

1. Tbilisi Walking Tour with Free Cable Car, Traditional Bakery

Tbilisi is a romantic city, with a rich history, that has attracted hundreds of thousands of travelers from all over the world throughout its existence. The beauty of the mountain region and distinctive Georgian culture makes Tbilisi a city worth visiting. Alongside your local guide explore various fascinating places and hidden gems in the stunning city including Metekhi Church, Monument of Vakhtang Gorgasali, statue of Mother of Georgia, Narikala Fortress, sulfur baths district, Shardeni Street, Sioni Church, Anchiskhati Church, unique clock tower of the Puppet Theater Rezo Gabriadze, the Bridge of Peace, and much more. Your journey starts once you meet your guide in front of the Avlabari Metro Station entrance. Enjoy a nice walk through the old street to Metekhi Church. From there you will continue to explore the city and hear about its history and origins of Tbilisi. As you walk through the old Shardeni Street you will discover an open-air market, Sioni Church and the unique clock tower of the Puppet Theatre Rezo Gabriadze.  Continue onto the Anchiskhati Church and over the Bridge of Peace to reach Rike Park. Here, enjoy the opportunity to travel by cable car and reach the great monument of the Mother of Georgia. Then descend from the mountain, through the narrow streets to the Narikala Fortress. From the fortress, you can enjoy magnificant views and take memorable photographs of the old part of Tbilisi: Metekhi Church, Monument of Vakhtang Gorgasali and the sulfur baths district. After your visit the sulfur baths district you will walk to the waterfall, located in the center of the city.

Tbilisi: Private Walking Tour with Wine Tasting & Cable Car

2. Tbilisi: Private Walking Tour with Wine Tasting & Cable Car

Discover the best of Tbilisi's history, culture, and architecture on this walking tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, enjoy a stroll through the streets of the Old Town towards Metekhi Church and learn all about the history of Tbilisi's formation. In Shardeni Street, discover an open-air carpet market, visit Sioni Church and see the unique clock tower of the Rezo Gabriadze Puppet Theater. You will also discover the fascinating story behind the Anchiskhati Church and get to sample local wine.  Next, ride a panoramic cable car up to the imposing Kartlis Deda monument, from which point you can admire panoramic views of the entire city. Pay a visit to Narikala Fortress before beginning your descent down the mountain. Head to the Sulfur Baths District, stopping to admire impressive views of the Leghvtakhevi Gorge and Vakhtang Gorgasali monument along the way. Finish your walking tour with a romantic stroll along the Bridge of Love to reach a picturesque waterfall located in the center of the city. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the day.

Tbilisi: Scenic Instagram Tour

3. Tbilisi: Scenic Instagram Tour

Meet your guide and experience the beauty of this city's early-morning streets while the light is perfect for taking pictures. Start your exploration of the city's monuments and breathtaking viewpoints, including a visit to the Orthodox Anchiskhati Basilica, the city's oldest church. You'll also see the 13th-century churches of Sioni and Metekhi, the magnificent Narikala Fortress, perched on a hill with superb views of the city below, and the classical Freedom Square. Continue to one of Tbilisi's newest attractions, the Bridge of Peace, which opened in 2010 over the River Mtkvari (also known as the Kura River). The city's compact size means you can easily explore the nearby Synagogue, Armenian Church and Mosque, in addition to the Georgian Orthodox churches which are so fundamental to Georgian culture. Learn about the peaceful co-existence of the various religions in Georgia. Your photographer will share useful photography tips and tricks about composition, framing, settings, and some truly fascinating techniques at each site. If you choose the full-day tour, you'll visit many more places of interest outside of Tbilisi. 

Tbilisi: City Highlights Walking Tour

4. Tbilisi: City Highlights Walking Tour

This city tour will take you through the highlights of Tbilisi. Begin by exploring the Old Town, where you can marvel at the architecture in the city's historic district, boasting a rich display of Georgian, Byzantine, Oriental, and Neoclassical European styles. Tbilisi is compact so you can easily explore the nearby synagogue, Armenian Church, the Mosque, and Georgian Orthodox churches, which are a staple of Georgian culture. The proximity and peaceful co-existence of these religious structures is a testament to Georgian tolerance.  Visit the Metekhi Church and the monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the king of Georgia (Iberia) during the second half of 5th century. Take a cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of sulfur bath houses, passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden area full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops and breathe in the living past. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the clock tower of the famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre. Finally, take the rail lift on the funicular for an unforgettable view of Tbilisi.

Tbilisi: Walking Tour in Old town with Wine and Cable cars

5. Tbilisi: Walking Tour in Old town with Wine and Cable cars

Enjoy a 4-hour tour of Tbilisi that takes in the highlights of the Old Town, such as Gabriadze Puppet Theater, the Shardeni nightlife district, the glass Peace Bridge and the sulfur baths districts. Get an overview of the area and learn about Georgian history and everyday life. Start out at Freedom Square and see not only the best-known sights, but also some hidden gems and places that are favorites with the locals. Visit a popular old bakery and the shop selling the best ice cream in town. Learn about the Georgian winemaking process and traditions and taste a variety of locally produced wines. At your request, the route can be modified somewhat, according to your interests.

Tbilisi: City Sightseeing and Wine Tour with Tasting

6. Tbilisi: City Sightseeing and Wine Tour with Tasting

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in a private vehicle as you set out for a day of exploration, sight seeing and wine tasting. The first part of the tour focuses on visiting the city’s landmarks, and the first stop of the day is a panoramic cable car ride to the Narikala Fortress. Afterwards, head to the well-preserved courtyard of St. Nicholas Church and then stroll through the narrow streets in the Old Town to discover the blend of mosques, churches, and synagogues. Once you’ve seen a few of the sights, drive to the Chateau Mukhrani wine studio and meet your master sommelier. Listen to the sommelier tell the charismatic story of the chateau’s history while you enjoy a selection of premium white and red wines. Continue onto Shuchmann Winery next for another tasting session of fine local wines. When you’ve finished up with your tasting session, take a ride on the Funicular Tramway on Chonkadze Street and travel to the top of the mountain that overlooks the city. This famous landscaped park with a giant ferris wheel offers splendid views across Tbilisi and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing evening walk before returning to your hotel.

Tbilisi: Old Town Walking Tour

7. Tbilisi: Old Town Walking Tour

Even if you only have a short time in Tbilisi, you have to spend at least a half-day exploring the Old Town. The architecture in the city’s historic district is a mixture of Georgian, Byzantine, Oriental, and Neo-Classical European styles. Among the sites you will visit are the Orthodox Anchiskhati Basilica, the city’s oldest church. You will also see the 13th-century churches of Sioni and Metekhi, the magnificent Narikala Fortress, perched on a hill with superb views of the city below, and the classic Freedom Square. You will then continue to one of Tbilisi’s newest attractions, the Bridge of Peace, which opened in 2010 over the River Mtkvari (also known as the Kura River). Tbilisi’s compact size means you can easily explore the nearby Synagogue, Armenian Church and Mosque, in addition to the Georgian Orthodox churches so fundamental to Georgian culture. This peaceful co-existence of the various religions helps emphasize modern Georgian tolerance.

Tbilisi: Private Photography Tour with Snacks

8. Tbilisi: Private Photography Tour with Snacks

Start your tour in the city center, at Liberty Square. From here you will walk into old Tbilisi. Pass through narrow streets and climb the stairs to Betlemi Church. As you stroll, the photographer will take elegant photos of you from different angles. After visiting the scenic garden at Betlemi, continue walking to Gallery 21, which has amazing windows in different colors. You will also have time to take a photo at the rainbow staircase. Other places where you will stop and have your photo taken are the sulfur baths, a local waterfall, and the parks of Narikala and Rike.

Tbilisi Highlights Half Day Walking Tour

9. Tbilisi Highlights Half Day Walking Tour

Even if you only have a short time in Tbilisi, you have to spend at least a half-day exploring the Old Town. The architecture in the city’s historic district is a mixture of Georgian, Byzantine, Oriental and Neo-Classical European styles. It dates back more than 1,500 years and was founded by Vakhtang Gorgasali, King of Georgia (known as Iberia at the time) in the second half of the 5th-Century AD. The name derives from the Georgian word for warm, “T'pili.” Sliced by the River Mtkvari, which divides the city west and east, the lovely setting is ripe for exploring. Among the sites you will visit is the Greek Orthodox Anchiskhati Basilica, the city’s oldest church. You will also see the 13th-Century Churches of Sioni and Metekhi, the magnificent Narikala Fortress, perched on a hill with superb views of the city below, and the classical Freedom Square. Continue to one of Tbilisi’s newest attractions, the Bridge of Peace, which opened in 2010 over the River Mtkvari (also known as the Kura River). Tbilisi’s compact size means you can easily explore the nearby Synagogue, Armenian Church and Mosque, in addition to the Georgian Orthodox churches so fundamental to Georgian culture. Peaceful co-existence of the various religions helps emphasize Georgian tolerance. Complete your tour with a visit to the sulfur baths quarter of Abanotubani to see the most famous bath, Chreli Abano. According to legend, it was when King Vakhtang Gorgasali’s falcon companion fell that Tbilisi’s “warm” sulfur springs were discovered; helping to give it its Georgian name.

From Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Uplistsikhe, Gori Day Trip

10. From Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Uplistsikhe, Gori Day Trip

Explore the key historical sites of central Georgia, focusing on three different eras: the pagan period, the Christian period, and the Soviet period. Join your guide and a small group to witness the history of Georgia unfold on this full-day tour from Tbilisi.   After pickup from your hotel, your first stop will be the cave town of Uplistsikhe. Its caves and tunnels create a marvelous structure of natural architecture which still holds remnants of its ancient pagan culture.   Then, visit the nearby town of Gori and see the pompous Soviet Museum dedicated to Joseph Stalin, who was born here. After Gori, you’ll drive 1 hour to Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia, where the country’s conversion to Christianity started in the 4th century. See the Svetiskhoveli cathedral and the monastery of Jvari, built on a high hill above the town.   Finally, see the Georgian Stonehenge, an impressive monument of Georgian history off the beaten path. Return to Tbilisi for drop off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Narikala Fortress

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4.9 / 5

based on 346 reviews

It was a great decision to get this tour on my first day in Georgia. It’s so worth the money with an activity and a snack included! Despite being late due to my delayed flight, they were still very accommodating and even arranged for me to catch up with the group. Naniko, was a superstar with her knowledgeable spiels about the city’s landmarks. She made sure everyone was taken care of, entertained questions with elaborate answers and had lots of suggestions for activities and cuisines. Even went the extra mile and take shots for the group. As a lone traveller, I loved that she mostly offered first as some of us tend to be shy when asking others. The Gondola ride was a bliss. The Georgian bakery was great and would definitely go back to try more before leaving. Thanks for a fun first day in Georgia!

This was a fun tour and really great for getting to know Georgia and Tbilisi. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We highly recommend this tour and guide (Magda). In just a few hours you get a fantastic tour and lesson on Georgian history and culture. It is well worth the time and money. Georgia was a great place to visit, even now, and Georgians like Magda made the visit a great success!

Very nice and relaxed tour with a delicious treat from the bakery. Our guide Marina was very kind and helpful and she madr sure everyone was having a good time and she shared with us so much information about the history. Highly recommended.

The best thing to do in your first day in Tbilisi is to take this tour, my round was with Kat, the lovely professional guide !

Perfect experience and Lika was so friendly, helpful, and professional