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Off-road Tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountain

1. Off-road Tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountain

Go on a one-day tour to the David Gareja Monastery complex. This short but eventful journey will allow you to explore one of the most ancient and important religious sites in Georgia. Davit-Gareja cave city, an extraordinary site with fantastic semi-desert landscapes, is located 100km south-east from Tbilisi, and it was founded in the 6th Century by David (St. David Garejeli). The complex of temples stretches for several kilometers in the south-east of the country and along the border with Azerbaijan. The David Gareja Monastery is unique due to the fact that many of its buildings are cut into a huge tilted rock and some of its temples still preserve millenary frescos. Be ready to walk and climb on uneven ground. The walking route last approximately 8 km (5 miles). On the way back, you will stop at a nice cozy house for lunch (not included) and for a wine tasting.

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Tbilisi: Private Georgian Winter Fairy Tale Adventure

2. Tbilisi: Private Georgian Winter Fairy Tale Adventure

After departing from Tbilisi to Kazbegi early in the morning, you will travel 160 kilometers along the Georgian Military Road. This famous road runs between Tbilisi, Georgia and Vladikavkaz, Russia, and on the way, there are some very interesting places to visit. You will begin by visiting Sabaduri Forest, a place which is breathtaking and is reminiscent of scenery from a children's fairy tale. Afterwards, you will reach the Ananuri Fortress, a 16th-century castle complex on the Aragvi River. The fortress stands beside the famous Georgian Military Highway, overlooking a large Jinvali lake. Its high, turreted stone walls protect two churches, a watchtower, and a reservoir. The main church facade is beautifully carved with animal, floral and Celtic style patterns. Your next stop will be Gudauri, a remarkable ski resort in Georgia. The resort is at the altitude of 2,200 meters-above-sea-level, and offers high-quality skiing opportunities between December and April. In Gudauri, you can enjoy beautiful views, ski, or glide up the mountain with the cable car to a height of almost 1,000 feet. Adrenaline seekers can even try paragliding.

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From Tbilisi: Private Day Trip to Armenia

3. From Tbilisi: Private Day Trip to Armenia

Armenia, with its distinctive culture, its beautiful rocky mountains and ancient history is a must-see when traveling in the Caucasus region. Discover the beauty of Northern Armenia on this day trip from Tbilisi, with your tour starting at 9:00AM, after which you will head for the border. From here the landscape will begin to change, as you drive through the narrow gorges of the Debed River in between the high rocky mountains. The time seems to stand still in this part of the country, with its typical Soviet cars and huge copper factories built in the middle of the mountains, the scenery is full of bizarre beauty. The tour includes several main sightseeing objects of Northern Armenia, such as the historic Lori region, the fortified monastery of Akhtala, a unique example of wonderfully preserved frescoes from the 11th century and the two UNESCO protected monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat. The history of the two monasteries in Alaverdi is connected by a legend of father and son and you can see many similarities, but also differences in their architecture. Both places are known for their beautiful architecture and the unique hachkars, as well as the stone crosses, a signature of Armenian art. Before heading back to Tbilisi you can taste authentic Armenian food in a traditional restaurant by the river.

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Tbilisi: Alternative Walking Tour

4. Tbilisi: Alternative Walking Tour

Meet your tour guide at Gabriadze watchtower and start exploring Tbilisi's hidden places and lesser-known areas on this 3-hour private tour. This will provide a more individual, personalized experience than standard group walking tours.  Discover underground street art in Tbilisi and gain an insight into daily life here as you explore the past, present and future of Georgia's capital. Pass famous flea markets and discover rare antiquarian items that you won't be able to find anywhere else.  Afterwards, enjoy walking and exploring the New Tiflis neighborhood. A combination of old and renovated architecture, lively pedestrian areas with cafe-bars and enjoy conversation with your enthusiastic tour guide makes this a really exciting part of the city to experience.  The tour will end at Fabrika, an exciting, colorful, multi-functional space in the heart of the city Tbilisi.

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Tbilisi: Food and Wine Walking Tour with Tastings

5. Tbilisi: Food and Wine Walking Tour with Tastings

Start your tour with the most iconic Georgian dish in one of the oldest restaurants of the city, while your experienced guide tells you about the history and specifics of Georgian cuisine and gives you tips on how to eat like a local. Proceed through a variety of food spots that are all located in the backstreets of the heart of the city - an area of former splendor, magnificent Art Nouveau architecture in decay and a true Tbilisian vibe. While you try a walnut-spinach paste, a beet and sour plum salad or chicken in garlic and cream sauce,  hear stories about the neighborhood, Tbilisi's history, and modern day life. Feel free to ask your guide questions. Georgian cuisine is not complete without the wines so you will get a chance to taste selected natural wines of Georgia produced by the ancient Qvevri technology and try chacha - a local strong spirit, that Georgians call "liquid happiness".

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Tbilisi: Private Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Hot Pools Day-Trip

6. Tbilisi: Private Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Hot Pools Day-Trip

Enjoy a day trip to the most scenic sight of central and southern Georgia, visiting a local family in their countryside house for a traditional dinner. After the pick-up from your hotel at 9:00AM, you will soon reach the ancient cave town of Uplistsikhe. Here you can walk through the ruins and beautiful rock formations and see the remains of formal ancient glory of what used to be once the center of Pagan culture. Right next to Uplistsikhe lies Gori, the town known as the birth place of Stalin, where you can still see the house where he grew up. After about 1.5 hours, you will reach the cozy resort town of Borjomi, surrounded by the largest national park of Georgia. You can wander through the beautiful central park, taste the legendary mineral water of Borjomi directly from the springs and take a bath in the open air thermal pools in the middle of the forest. You can reach the pools by hiking through the forest or taking a ride with a local car operating this route (at own expense). After the outdoor fun you are invited to be the guest of a Georgian family who lives in a nearby village, where a delicious traditional dinner is waiting for you.

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Tbilisi: Non-tourist Tour

7. Tbilisi: Non-tourist Tour

Meet your guide either at your accommodation or another central location that is convenient for you and embark on your walking tour. Head to the Ministry of Roads Building, which is a unique monument of Soviet architecture. Then visit Georgian Stonehenge, a monumental building on the shores of the Tbilisi Sea. The Tbilisi twin towers were built in the last century. What is their uniqueness? They are connected by bridges to each other so of course, take a walk along them at a height of 70 meters above the ground. Then visit the so-called suicide bridge. The bridge is located above the river Vera and City Hall tries to decorate it but the story does not change. Next, explore the Museum of Archeology, which is now an abandoned building. See the Technical College Auditorium also known as Batman's residence.

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1-Day Tour to Kazbegi & Gergeti Trinity Church

8. 1-Day Tour to Kazbegi & Gergeti Trinity Church

This one day tour to Kazbegi & Gergeti Trinity Church offers stunning natural landscapes with must-see cultural sights. You will travel to the Ananuri castle complex which unites two medieval defensive towers, two churches, and defensive walls. Afterwards, you travel to Gudauri and enjoy panoramic views over the Caucasus mountains. From here, you depart for Kazbegi town and take a 4X4 drive to Gergeti Trinity Church or take an optional hike to the church (Distance 10 km). You also visit Gveleti waterfalls in Dariali gorge near the Russian border. In the evening, you travel back to Tbilisi. 

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David Gareji Monastery and Signagi Wine Tasting Private Tour

9. David Gareji Monastery and Signagi Wine Tasting Private Tour

Depart Tbilisi and travel to a dry desert region surrounded by hills and only inhabited by a few shepherds. Arrive at the historic David Gareji Monastery complex, founded by hermits who chose a secluded life in the early Middle Ages. Take an optional hike to the top of the hill separating Georgia and Azerbaijan, and get stunning views of the surroundings as you look for more of the abandoned caves. Continue to the small town of Signagi overlooking the Alazani Valley and Caucasian Mountains. Stroll the narrow streets to buy souvenirs and enjoy lunch at leisure. Sample the local Marani wine and an authentic chacha (brandy) at a traditional winery and learn the history of wine making in Georgia. Visit the nearby convent at Bodbe, famed as an important site of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians. Return to Tbilisi via a village that makes the local churchkhela candies to try some of the best sweet treats in Georgia!

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Chiatura: Soviet Cable Cars Full–Day Tour

10. Chiatura: Soviet Cable Cars Full–Day Tour

See the other side of Georgia on this full–day trip to Chiatura. Take the alternative route away from the touristic places, leading into the region of Imereti, through Sachkhere, which is famous for its mines. Chiatura was once the world leader in manganese and the Soviets believed in the bright future of the industrial town - they created a large system of cable cars to connect the mine mountains with the residential areas. Even now, when most mines are closed and people are leaving the town, it holds the world record in the highest number of ropeways for public transportation. Take a ride in one of the so-called iron coffins, as the locals name the cable cars; see the abandoned houses, the splendid theater with a dedication to Stalin and the severe beauty of a hidden monastery in the cliff.

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What people are saying about Tbilisi

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 35 reviews

Great experience. Alex, the tour guide, has an amazing knowledge about the history and Georgian culture and you can tell he is passionate about organizing those trips. The trip was very relaxing, Alex gave us a lot of space to make decisions about where we want to go and what we want to see. The David Gareja destination is one of the kind, off-the beat. If you're looking for a hidden gem in Georgia, this is it! Nobody knows about this place, but locals. Enormous landscape with colorful mountains, you take a hike there away from any civilization and you feel like on another planet. On our way back we stopped by an amazing winery with delicious food.

This is a great way to see parts of Armenia if you’re in Tbilisi. Very organized, punctual and knowledgeable tour. Our guide was Irakli. Very friendly, we had wonderful conversations. He showed us some nice hidden spots. He took us to an amazing Armenian restaurant. Irakli was very knowledgeable, understanding and just a great guide. It felt like a day spent with a friend. I do recommend this tour to see beautiful views, impressive churches and try great food. You’ll be lucky to have Irakli as your guide.

10/10 Amazing experience! Very different from the other tours from Tbilisi. Very unique and very recommended. Aleksi was very nice and very passionate about the tour. The view of the mountains and the whole area was so breathtaking and so worth it. i would definitely try it again if i come back to Georgia. Recommending good shoes as there is a little bit of hiking. Thank you very much Aleksi for an amazing tour!

We had a lovely evening! Levan is such a friendly and knowledgeable guide who really made us feel welcome. So much great authentic Georgian food; we were absolutely stuffed at the end of the evening. The wine and cha cha tastings were fun and educational. Would absolutely recommend this trip to anyone

Beautiful tour... Full of adventure.. Aleksi was a spectacular guide. Full of information. He was extremely attentive to our needs....allowed us to enjoy the tour at our pace. I highly recommend this tour and more importantly Aleksi as a guide.