One Day Tour
Itinerary: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Djvari Monastery – Gori – Uflistsikhe – Tbilisi
Today we visit ancient capital and religious center of Georgia Mtskheta. A small town, twenty five km. North from Tbilisi. You can’t get closer to Georgian spirit without visiting this town.
In Mtskheta there is the main chathedral in Georgia, UNESCO World Heritage Site Svetitskhoveli, several monastic complexes. In one of them, according the legend, lived St. Nino, another one, Jvari Monastery, was described in his poem by famous Russian Poet and writer Mikhail Lermontov . Jvari Monasetri is UNESCO World Heritage site as well located at the top of the hill. This is the place where the missionary St Nino erected a cross (“jvari” in Georgian) in the 4th century to mark the coming of Christianity to Georgia.
We continue our way to Uflistsikhe, the oldest cave town in Georgia. Back in the first millennium BC it was a flourishing city situated on the great east-west trade route, the Silk Road. Visitors can still walk among the ancient streets, rock-carved theatre, royal halls, pharmacy, pagan temples and Christian churches, while the remains of granaries and large clay wine vessels give us some clue as to the daily life of the inhabitants.
Close to Uflistsikhe there is 6th century Ateni Sioni Church, beautifully painted inside, with unique ornaments outside.
Our final destination is the town of Gori, Stalin’s birthplace and one of the oldest towns in Georgia (built in 1123 year by the most eminent king in Georgian history David the Builder).
Josef Stalin (1879 – 1953) was Georgia’s most infamous son; the secretary general of the Communist Party from 1922 until his death, he is said to have been one of the cruelest dictators of modern times, although you might hear a different version in Georgia. In Gori you can visit his house and the Stalin Museum which features the famous Stalin statue that was controversially standing in the main square up until June 2010.
Transfer to Tbilisi.
$37 (99 GEL)