My Tbilisi : Capital Weekend

This weekend tour is designed in such a way that you can enjoy the best historical places of Tbilisi and is a combination of walking and other transport.
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Description
 

Day 1 Tbilisi City Tour

Friday kicks off with a moderate amount of sightseeing by walking through the most historic part of the city, starting at Abanot-ubani where according to local legend King Vakhtang Gorgasali's pheasant fell, leading to the discovery of the hot springs and subsequently the founding of Tbilisi. We continue on our excursion to old Tbilisi and visit ancient Narikala Fortress perched high on the mountain which provides a spectacular view over the city. During the tour you visit the most important churches in the city, medieval Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral (c1112) and the ancient Anchiskhati Basilica dating back to c534. Walking along the café-streets of Shardeni and Erekle will give visitors the opportunity to experience fully the rhythm, fascinating atmosphere and the beauty of the capital of Georgia. After lunch we visit the Georgian National Museum which houses a variety of fantastic collections. In the evening dinner is arranged at a traditional Georgian restaurant with a folk show program. Hotel accommodation and stay overnight in Tbilisi.


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Day 2 Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Uplistsikhe - Tbilisi

Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before we head off to Mtskheta which is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Mtskheta was also the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Iberia, and an important religious centre and museum city that is on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are a number of very significant archaeological and religious monuments in and around the town. We visit the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral known as the burial site of Christ’s Mantle. This has long been the principal Church of Georgia and remains one of the most venerated places of worship to this day. It presently functions as the seat of the archbishop of Mtskheta and Tbilisi, who is at the same time Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia. We get to visit Jvari Monastery which was founded in the early 4th century by Saint Nino, a female evangelist credited with converting King Mirian III of Iberia to Christianity who erected a large wooden cross on the site of a pagan temple. The cross was reportedly able to work miracles and therefore drew pilgrims from all over the Caucasus. A small church was erected over the remnants of the wooden cross in c.545 and named the "Small Church of Jvari".
We then travel to Gori, one of the oldest cities in Georgia and birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. In Gori we visit the house where Stalin was born, his personal railway carriage and the Stalin Museum. After lunch we drive further to the Cave Town of Uplistsikhe, one of the main points along the Silk Road. It contains various structures dating back to the Early Iron Age and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran, as well as the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. Uplistsikhe was also a special site for pagan rituals before Georgia became a Christian country. Enjoy dinner in a traditional Georgian restaurant and return to Tbilisi for overnight stay.


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Day 3 Tbilisi – Signagi – Bodbe – Tbilisi

After breakfast at the hotel we depart for Signagi, a rare example of a historic city which kept its style during the centuries with open traditional balconies, a unique fortress with churches and towers built into it and beautiful narrow streets to walk along. Signagi, also known as "the city of love", overlooks the Alazani valley and offers visitors magnificent views of the Great Caucasus Range. Enjoy a traditional lunch in Signagi and experience a true Georgian wine tasting, which is optional. Another important site to visit here is Bodbe Monastery, the final resting place of Saint Nino, "Enlightener of Georgians". According to legend Saint Nino from Cappadocia came to Georgia carrying a cross of vine branches bound together with strands of her own hair. As a result of her mission in 337 King Mirian declared Christianity the official religion of Georgia. In the late afternoon we return to Tbilisi for dinner in the restaurant, and overnight stay at the hotel.

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 Price includes  Price doesn't include

• Transportation according to the tour program; 
• Accommodation on a Full Board basis; 
• Museum entrance fees; 
• Tour guide service; 
• Excursions mentioned in the program; 
• 1 bottle of water per day.

 

• Optional activity: wine tasting (from 6 USD); 
• Travel insurance.

 

 

 

 

 

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