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Mtskheta, Gori, and Upliscikhe Private Tour

1. Mtskheta, Gori, and Upliscikhe Private Tour

Escape the crowds and visit the oldest city of Georgia, Mtskheta, which used to be the capital in the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd-century BC to the 5th-century BC. Enjoy panoramic aerial views of the mountains around the Jvari Monastery, which was Georgian Orthodox in the 6th-century. The name translates as the Monastery of the Cross. It represents the peak of architectural typology as a true masterpiece of the early Medi period. It overlooks the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers from the top of the hill.  Journey back to the early centuries at the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Samtavro Church. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral was built in the 11th-century but the site itself is even older, dating back to the early 4th-century. It differs in artistic value and the special role that it has played in history. The monument has an elongated cross which appears to touch the sky. It was the main pilgrimage place on the Silk Road, the burial place of the Christ"s Robe, and the tomb of Georgian Kings. The cathedral is the second largest church building in Georgia and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Samtavro monastery complex was built in the 11th-century. It contains the graves of queen Nana and Mirian III King of Iberia, who established Christianity as an official religion in Georgia. The famous Georgian monk Gabrieli is also buried inside the Samtavro church. Complete your tour of Mtskheta with a Georgian wine degustation. In Gori-Uplistsikhe, visit several sites from different periods of Georgian history, including Uplistsikhe cave town, Joseph Stalin’s home museum, and Gori fortress. Uplistsikhe, translated to Fortress of the Lord, is a cave town fortress situated on a rocky massif on the bank of the river Mtkvari. Dating back to the first and second millennium BC, Uplistsikhe was an important religious, political, and cultural center in the Hellenistic and the late Antique periods. Take a walk among the ancient streets, rock-carved theatre, royal halls, pharmacy, pagan temples, and Christian churches, while the remains of granaries and large clay wine vessels give clues as to the daily life of the inhabitants.  Continue to the Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori. Stalin was originally Georgian and the secretary general of the Communist Party during the second world war. He is one of the most influential dictators of modern times. The museum features Stalin’s home, a hut where he was born, his armour plated railway carriage, and a statue that controversially stood in the main square of Gori until 2010. In addition, see many items owned by Stalin, including some of his office furniture, his personal belongings, and gifts given to him over the years. Gori Fortress is a medi citadel in Georgia. It stands above the city of Gori on a rocky hill. Archaeological evidence shows that the area was already inhabited in the final centuries BC. The fortress controlled major strategic and economic routes and accommodated a large garrison.

Tbilisi: Gori and Upliscikhe Private Tour

2. Tbilisi: Gori and Upliscikhe Private Tour

In Gori-Uplistsikhe, visit several sites from different periods of Georgian history, including Uplistsikhe cave town, Joseph Stalin’s home museum, and Gori fortress. Uplistsikhe, translated to Fortress of the Lord, is a cave town fortress situated on a rocky massif on the bank of the river Mtkvari. Dating back to the first and second millennium BC, Uplistsikhe was an important religious, political, and cultural center in the Hellenistic and the late Antique periods. Take a walk among the ancient streets, rock-carved theatre, royal halls, pharmacy, pagan temples, and Christian churches, while the remains of granaries and large clay wine vessels give clues as to the daily life of the inhabitants.  Continue to the Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori. Stalin was originally Georgian and the secretary general of the Communist Party during the second world war. He is one of the most influential dictators of modern times. The museum features Stalin’s home, a hut where he was born, his armour plated railway carriage, and a statue that controversially stood in the main square of Gori until 2010. In addition, see many items owned by Stalin, including some of his office furniture, his personal belongings, and gifts given to him over the years. Gori Fortress is a medi citadel in Georgia. It stands above the city of Gori on a rocky hill. Archaeological evidence shows that the area was already inhabited in the final centuries BC. The fortress controlled major strategic and economic routes and accommodated a large garrison.

1 Day Tour to Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe From Tbilisi

3. 1 Day Tour to Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe From Tbilisi

In the morning, at 9:00 am, you meet at your hotel and drive to Mtskheta. You will visit Jvari Monastery – the early medieval age church (VI-VII centuries) that was built on the top of the hill where St. Nino erected a wooden cross in the 4th Century. The church overlookes the confluence of two rivers and amazes its visitors with its beautiful facades and geographical locations. Next up, Mtskheta – the ancient capital of the early Georgian kingdom located 20 km away from Tbilisi and offering visitors lovely streets, shops and houses with balconies for exploring and enjoyment. The city’s history dates to the 4th Century BC and includes various historical monuments. You can explore an archeological site where excavations found the ruins of old baths, king’s palaces, and a mediaeval fortress designed to protect Mtskheta from invasions and mediaeval churches. Then of to Svetitskhoveli cathedral, literally the “Life’s giving pillar", an 11th Century church and one of the most important churches or architectural monuments in Georgia. The burial place for Jesus’ mantle, the birthplace of Christianity in Georgia and various legends links to the cathedral. See its beautiful architecture, facades and frescoes that leave an astonishing impression. Visit Stalin’s Museum afterwards, the birthplace of the Soviet dictator and leader, Joseph Stalin. Explore his family house where he lived as a child and teenager and visit a museum dedicated to Stalin’s life. The museum includes different photos, gifts and documents linked to Stalin’s life. Walk into the railway coach which was used as a Stalin’s private coach after World War II. Finally, go to Uplistsikhe – literally "the lord's fortress", an ancient rock-hewn town which was carved in the 1st millennium BC. It was a main religious site for paganism and later became an important Christianity site. A mixture of different cultures, civilizations and religions that gives visitors the chance to travel across centuries. As a visitor, you can walk around and explore the ancient theater, wine cellar, altars, pharmacy, prisons, pagan temples, ritual pits, and secret tunnels.

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Great program, very skilled guide!

The guide and setup were top notch, but the driver was a bit harsh on the accelerator. This was especially true on the way home from the trip, when he lay behind a bus and tried to squeeze past. We experienced this as risky. The car was not one of the fastest either. On such a wonderful and expensive trip, one should not have to worry about whether a serious accident will happen.