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Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Jvari, Gori and Uplistsikhe Day Tour

1. Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Jvari, Gori and Uplistsikhe Day Tour

Explore one of the most mysterious regions of Georgia – Kartli and hear a lot about the country's history. First, visit memorable Uplistsikhe cave-town and dive into the antique life of Georgia. Then, find out more interesting facts in Gori, the hometown of the most famous Georgian, Stalin, and see the unique old capital of Georgia – Mtskheta, where you visit two UNESCO heritage sites Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Your first stop is Uplistsikhe, an antique rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. It contains multiple structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages. It is notable for the unique mixture of various rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran's pagan and Christian architecture coexistence. After exploring Uplistsikhe, you have a chance to have lunch in the region and try delicious local food. After lunch, you have two options, have free time and explore Gori, the hometown of Stalin, or visit Stalin Museum, which is a museum dedicated to the life of Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, who was born in Gori. The Museum retains its Soviet-era characteristics, Stalin's Original house, and Stalin's railway carriage. The next stop is Jvari Monastery. The name of this monastery is translated as the "Monastery of the Cross." Jvari Monastery is the 6th-century Georgian Orthodox monastery near Mtskheta. Along with other historic structures of Mtskheta, it is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Jvari Monastery stands on the rocky mountain top at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking the town of Mtskheta, which was formerly the capital of the kingdom of Iberia. The last site on tour is Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta. UNESCO recognizes Mtskheta as a World Heritage site due to its historical significance and several cultural monuments. It was the capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. Svetitskhoveli is known as the burial site of Christ's robe and has been one of the principal Georgian Orthodox churches and is among the region's most venerated places of worship.

From Tbilisi: Uplistsikhe Caves and Mtskheta Town Day tour

2. From Tbilisi: Uplistsikhe Caves and Mtskheta Town Day tour

Visit the sights that reflect the historical significance of the Kartli region on a guided tour with included tickets to Uplistsikhe. The region was the crossroads of the Old Silk Road and the birthplace of the spread of Christianity in Georgia. Embark on a journey through the Kartli region from the period of the Kingdom of Iberia to present day. The first place you'll visit is Jvari Monastery, built on a high hill near Mtskheta in the sixth century. Jvari is one of the rare sights preserved in Georgia with its important religious purpose and architectural solidity. The monastery is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. From this place is an unobstructed view above the city of Mtskheta. The next stop is for a walking tour in Mtskheta. Visit another World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO: the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Through the centuries it represented the religious center of Christian Georgia. In the cathedral is buried the Robe of Jesus Christ. The next city to visit is Gori, where you'll see a medieval citadel of the city. If you wish, you can visit the museum of Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union (entry fees not included). After lunch, travel even further in history to explore the Uplistsikhe cave town. The city was carved out of rock and is one of the oldest settlements in the Caucasus. There are archaeological monuments kept around Uplistsikhe, of which the oldest one belongs to the Early Bronze Age and Mtkvar-Araksi culture. The whole complex of caves served a variety of household purposes: residence, cellar, storehouse, chapel, prison, etc. It is impossible to correctly describe in words what the ancient people created at the cost of labor.

Gori: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

3. Gori: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

This special time of year brings magic to the city of Gori. Get into the Christmas spirit on this professionally guided walking tour. Visit the most beautifully decorated places and learn local Christmas stories and legends. On this tour filled with Christmas cheer, visit a fairytale-like Christmas tree, get a chance to taste local holiday products, and much more. Prepare to be spellbound by the city’s charming Christmas atmosphere, something you can only experience this time of year.

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What people are saying about Shida Kartli

This was our third tour with Gamarjoba Georgia Tours and once again without fail they were on top of their game and did a splendid job. Once again the tour guide was really cheerful and full of energy. She was really down to earth and explained every single place we visited with all the details required for anyone to understand and appreciate the place. The tour group was again nice and friendly so me and my friend had a good time getting to know other travelers from other countries which was really great. I would again stress to anyone visiting Georgia to go for this tour also and ensure you guys go with this travel agency.

Excellent trip. Megrela was a fantastic guide who was very enthusiastic and informed. We went to the cave city first and this was lots better than I expected. It was very interesting to see and nice to take lots of photos. Then we had lunch in Gori. Then the Stalin museum where Megrela told us what really happened in great detail. Then the two cathedrals with amazing views. A nice day out and not too much travelling.

We had a super nice experience with the guide and the group. Very nice people that set the mood of the trip. We got to know a lot about the Georgian history. Uplistsikhe required a bit more effort - especially for elderly and people who may be afraid of highs. Jvari and Mtskheta are a must see and Gori was super interesting. The lunch and wine tasting worth it. Highly recommend tour!

Both May & our driver were competent & knowledgeable. May knew all the important details of the many places we visited & was always open to questions.

This tour was great! Super interesting and our guide Shoti was amazing!