In the morning, at 9 am, we will meet you at your hotel and drive for
Mtskheta. We will visit:
- Jvari Monastery – the early medieval age church (VI-VII centuries) was built on the top of the hill where St. Nino erected a wooden cross in 4th century. The church overlookes the confluence of two rivers and amazes its visitors with its beautiful facades and geographical locations.
- Mtskheta – The ancient capital of early Georgian kingdom is located 20 km away from Tbilisi and offers visitors lovely streets, shops and houses with balconies for exploring and enjoyment. The city’s history dates to 4th century BC and includes various historical monuments. You can explore an archeological site where excavations found the ruins of old bathes, king’s palaces; a mediaeval fortress designed to protect Mtskheta from invasions and mediaeval churches.
- Svetitskhoveli cathedral – literally the “Life’s giving pillar- 11th century build church is one of the most important church and architectural monument in Georgia. The burial place for Jesus’ mantle, the birthplace of Christianity in Georgia and various legends links to the cathedral. Beautiful architecture, facades and frescoes leaves an astonishing impression.
- Stalin’s Museum – a birthplace of Soviet dictator and leader – Joseph Stalin. Explore his family house where he lived as a child and teenager and visit a museum dedicated to Stalin’s life. The museum included different photos, gifts and documents linked to Stalin’s life. Walk into the railway coach which was used for a Stalin’s private coach since the World War II.
- Uplistsikhe – literally "the lord's fortress" is an ancient rock-hewn town which was carved in the 1st millennium BC. It was a main religious site for paganism and later became an important Christianity site. A mixture of different cultures, civilizations and religions gives a visitor chance to travel across centuries. A visitor can walk and explore ancient theater, wine cellar, altars, pharmacy, prisons, pagan temples and ritual pits, and secret tunnels.