Tbilisi - tour covers most highlights of the city, old and new parts, includes a bit walking and Georgian national museum – the national treasury. First destination of City tour in Tbilisi is modern Trinity cathedral. It was built in 1995 – 2004 in celebration of 2000 years from Jesus birth and 1500 years of Georgian church autocephaly. It’s the biggest church in Georgia – it’s height from bottom to top is 86,1 meters. Actually, Trinity is whole complex, where are 9 churches, and other buildings, like theological seminary, museum, conference hall, etc. Complex is Located on the hill Elia, from where is good view over the whole city.
Next stop is at Metekhi plateau, from where is perfect panoramic view to the old city – Narikala fortress, Bath district, Meidan, Kala district, Betlemi district – so tourists can have a look at the all old city, which they will explore next in the few hours. Here stands the statue of king Vakhang Gorgasali – founder of Tbilisi, and tourists will learn about history of the city.
Narikala fortress – ancient fortress on the hill with impressive view. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulfur baths and the botanical gardens of Tbilisi. On the lower court there is the recently restored St Nicholas church. From here walk to Bath district, and pass Tbilisi mosque.
Abanotubani – district of natural hot sulfide bathes. Abanotubani is an important historic part of the city — the place, where according to a legend the King of Iberia, Vakhtang Gorgasali’s falcon fell, leading to a discovery of the hot springs and, subsequently, to founding of a new capital.
Walk to Meidan – the center of old Tbilisi and walk towards trade and craft district of the city – in Tbilisi were 18 Karavan-sarays – kind of hotel for traveler traders. Here they were living and on the first floor selling their goods. Such Karavan-Sarais – in Georgian Karvasla – were spread in whole middle east and are predecessors of modern trade malls. Tourists will see couple of them. It is modern Shardeni street and its surroundings. Here several surprises are expecting tourists.
Sioni Cathedral is situated in historic Sionis Kucha (Sioni Street) in downtown Tbilisi, with its eastern facade fronting the right embankment of the Mtkvari River. It was initially built in the 5th century. Since then, it has been destroyed by foreign invaders and reconstructed several times. The current church is based on a 12th-century version with some changes from the 17th to 19th centuries. Drive to National Art museum, where is National Treasury exhibition.
After visiting museum drive via Baratashvili avenue – one of the central avenues of the city, where are kept remains of the city walls. Anchiskhati church of VI century, one of the oldest buildings of Tbilisi. Tower clock – modern bizarre tower built by head of puppet theater – Rezo Gabriadze became favorite attraction for local people and tourists. New bridge of Peace – modern walking bridge only for walking in the heart of the old city. Good place to make good photos.
Liberty square – central square of the modern city. statue of st. George in the center and buildings of XIX and XX centuries around. Rustaveli avenue – the heart of modern Tbilisi. Most part of avenue is built in the second half of XIX century, but there are buildings of XX and XIX centuries too. Here is located Opera house, Several theaters, many cafes and shops. Avenue ends at Rustaveli square.
David Agmashenebeli avenue on the left bank of river Mtkvari.
Travel from Tbilisi to Kazbegi by famous Georgian military road. On the way view the largest water reservoir in east Georgia – Jinvali and Ananuri medieval fortress and church. Cross the Cross pass on great Caucasus range – altitude 2395 m. Near the pass is mineral spring, water here contains a lot of iron. From village Kobi drive to Truso valley. Hike in the valley. Drive to downtown Stepantsminda. On the way visit tower of Vardisubani, typical to this region. Continue driving to the town Stepantsminda, where it is possible to have lunch. Drive to Dariali gorge, to Georgian – Russian border. Hike to Gveleti waterfalls. Return to Stepantsminda.
Dinner and overnight stay in a guesthouse in Stepantsminda
. Visit the town of Gori – city in eastern Georgia, meaning “hill” in English. An important military stronghold in mmiddle ages and a birthplace to leader of the soviet Union Joseph Stalin.. Excursion to Uplistsikhe - ancient cave town town in eastern Georgia. Built on a high rocky bank of mtkvari river, it contains various structures dating from the early iron age to middle ages and is known for unique combination of varous styles of rock cut cultures from Anatolia to Iran. As well as co-existence of both pegan and Christian architecture. Return to Tbilisi