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Mtskheta Tour Oldest City in Georgia
On your trip to Georgia, you should nohow miss the opportunity to do Mtskheta Tour Oldest City in Georgia and visit the unique city of Mtskheta. The city of Mtskheta and its surrounding area have been one of the most ancient settlements in the territory of Georgia. Two kingdoms were formed on the territory where our country is situated now in the 1st century B.C.: Iberia (Kartli) in the East and Colchis – in the Western part.
Mtskheta used to be the political, economic and religious center of the Iberia Kingdom for over 800 years. It has been a kind of spiritual center of our country Before Christ and especially after Christianity has been declared the state national religion.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral – is the main patriarchate cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox. It is located in the center of Mtskheta, which is 20 kilometres away from Tbilisi. It has been the place of intrusion (entrance) of Catholicos Patriarchs of Georgia. In the yard of the church you will be able to see many of the medieval Georgian kings, their family members and patriarchs buried. The XI century Georgian architectural monument stands as one of the four From great cathedrals (Oshki, Bagrati Cathedral, Alaverdi). Those are the best examples of Georgian history.
During the city tour of Mtskheta, you will be able to see the Svetitskhoveli church. In ancient Georgian, Ckhoveli, aka animal, is live. It is one of the most important and one of the most crucial Christian monuments in Georgia of all time. The first church on the place was built back in the IV century. Mirian the King and Saint Nino started building the church in that place. The initial church has been renovated and restarted several times. According to Georgian hagiography, Elis brought Jesus' robe from Golgotha and then it was buried in the SvetiCxoveli church. History also says that the church would not stand and would always collapse until Jesus’ robe was buried under one of the columns. While visiting the church you can see the robe as well.
Uplistsikhe - The city of God
Uplistsikhe – a cave town, one of the oldest settlements in the Caucasus was most probably built in the VI century. Located on the 10th kilometre east of Gori, in Shida Kartli, on the left bank of the river Mtkvari. Nowadays it is a historical-architectural museum-preserve of Uplistsikhe. During the city tour in Uplistsikhe, you will be able to see the streets, squares, water sewage systems, four gates, a secret tunnel that leads to the river Mtkvari, a fence and many more. Today the city is considered to be an open-air museum.
On this 1 day tour, you have a possibility to visit the heart of Georgia, Mtskheta, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and the surroundings of Kartli Region like Jvari Monastery and Uplistsikhe Rock-Hewn Town
The price indicated on this page for this tour is calculated per group member for 8 people group with starting and ending locations from Tbilisi. For any other inquiries please contact us and our travel agent will calculate the price for you.
- Pickup from any hotel or address
- Airport Transfers
- Comfortable vehicle with air-conditioner
- Professional and experienced driver
- Professional tour guide (Upon Request)
- Entrance fees
- Food and meals
Tour Plan Example
Day 1 - Approximate Schedule
10:00 - Pick up from the hotel
12:00 - Uplistsikhe – Rock-Hewn Town
13:00 - Jvari Monastery
13:30 - Lunch in Mtskheta (Lunch Price is not included in the price.)
15:00 - Mtskheta City Sightseeing – Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
19:00 - Back to Hotel in Tbilisi