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1-Day Georgia: Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe

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1 Day

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Daily Tour

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DESCRIPTION: In only one day, visit UNESCO World Heritage sites in Mtskheta, learn about Joseph Stalin’s birthplace, and explore the remarkable cave town of Uplistsikhe.


  • Mtskheta
  • Gori
  • Uplistsikhe


Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Uplistsikhe
Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Uplistsikhe

Pick up from the hotel in Tbilisi and drive to Mtskheta.

Have a short city tour around the former capital of Georgia. We will visit two of Mtskheta's UNESCO World Heritage Site churches. The first stop will be the Jvari monastery, built in the sixth century on a hill overlooking the picturesque confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Continue to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, the second-largest church of Georgia. The whole complex includes the church, a gate, a bell tower, castles, and clerical homes. The building also houses the mantles of Christ and the Prophet Elijah, as well as the tombs of Georgia's Great Kings. Stroll through Mtskheta's picturesque streets and shop for local goods and handmade crafts.

Drive to Gori, the city where Joseph Stalin was born. Visit Stalin's house-museum and make a photo stop at Gori Fortress. You will see the house where Stalin was born and spent his childhood, a defense pavilion, Stalin's armour-plated train carriage, and a museum.

Our final destination for the day is Uplistsikhe cave town, located 15 kilometres from Gori on the left bank of the Mtkvari River. It dates back to the first and second millennia B.C. Uplistsikhe played a prominent role in politics, religion, and culture during the Hellenistic and Late Antique periods, as well as being an important trade center on a route connecting Asia and Europe. It was destroyed by Mongols in the thirteenth century. The complex contains several significant cave structures, including the "Theatre," a temple from the first or second centuries AD, the pre-Christian Temple of Makvliani, the large hall known as the Hall of Queen Tamar, Uplistsuli Church, the triple-church basilica on top of the hill, and a long tunnel leading down to the Mtkvari river.

Drive back to Tbilisi.


  • Transportation by a comfortable vehicle
  • English / Russian speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • 0.5 ml water per person each day
  • Pick up and drop off from/at the hotel
  • Lunch; Dinner
  • Tips
  • Insurance

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