Duration: 8 -10 hours
Tour programme :
Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Uplistskhe – Tbilisi
Kartli is the largest and most populated province of Eastern Georgia. It includes the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, and two other major city Gori. In the 3rd century BC the ancient Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Kartli, also known as Iberia, was established here. Its king declared Christianity as the official religion of Kartli in 337 AD
Drive to town of Mtskheta, which was the capital of Georgia before establishment of Tbilisi. Mtskheta is approximately 2,500 years-old and because of the abundance of ancient monuments – which are included in the UNESCO Heritage List – the town is sometimes called “Georgian Jerusalem”. Here you will see one of the masterpieces of world architecture – Jvari Church built in the end of VI century. The church harmoniously blends into the landscape and still amazes visitors with its perfect architectural forms. From here the beautiful panorama of Mtskheta, which lies between the peaks and the confluence of two rivers opens before our eyes.
Descending from Djvari you will walk through the picturesque streets of old Mtskheta, past shops with souvenirs and local crafts. Our goal lies ahead – majestic cathedral of XI century – Svetitskhoveli. It is the spiritual symbol of Georgia, under which the tunic of Jesus Christ was buried – a piece of clothing, in which the Saviour was clothed at the time of the crucifixion. Here you will hear the legend of Saint Sidonia and the Holy and Life-Giving Pillar, see graves of kings and ancient frescoes, here you will be able to touch the sacred relics of Georgia. This completes the tour of this day. It is time to return to Tbilisi.
Drive to Gori. A life path of Josef Stalin and his personal belongings will appear before you in a museum in Gori – the hometown of the famous Soviet dictator. There are rooms dedicated to childhood, youth and political career of Josef Dzhugashvili. And near the museum there stands a house where revolutionary “Koba” was born. There you will also see a parked carriage in which Stalin travelled to Tehran and Yalta Conference to address issues of global importance. All this is overlooked from the mountain top by the Gori fortress walls – one of the largest fortifications in Georgia.
After Gori you are transported to 3000 years back. In the valley of the Mtkvari, on the left bank of the main river of Georgia, stands Uplistsikhe – one of the first cities in the country. It is a city carved in the rock cave history of which starts at the beginning of the Iron Age. Uplistsikhe was a religious center and capital of pagan Georgia. Later it became the scene of fierce fighting between the old beliefs and coming Chrisitanity. This unique city had experienced several ups and downs before people finally abandoned it in the XIX century. Remains of architectural and religious structures built over three millennia are still preserved in Uplistsikhe.
Return to Tbilisi.
The total price of excursions $ ( US Dollar)
|Number of persons||1-3 per||4-6 per||7-16 per||17 -30 per|
|Mode of transport||Sedan||Minivan||Minibus||Bus|
|Price of excursions||80$||160$||220$||350 $|
Price of excursion per person $ (US Dollars)
Sedan: 1 per – 80$; 2 per – 40$; 3 per – 27$.
Minivan: 4 per –40$ ; 5 per – 32$; 6 per – 27$.
Minibus : 6 per – 37$; 7 per – 32$; 8 per – 28$; 9 per– 25$; 10 per- 22$ …….
Bus: 16 per – 22$; 17 per – 20$; 18 per– 19$; 19 per – 19$; 20 per- 17 $ ….
*Timetables : on request