Region: Tour to Mtskheta covers Mtskheta – Mtianeti and optionally Shida Kartli.
Mtskheta – ancient capital of east Georgia, from IV century BC. After moving political center to Tbilisi, Mtskheta remained as spiritual center of the country. Once more it became political center – in X – IX centuries, while Tbilisi was still occupied by Arabs and known as Tbilisi emirate. Currently it is little town 20 km from Tbilisi. Here are prechristianity archaeological and Christianity architectural monuments, which are recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites. Trip covers the most important monuments in Mtskheta.
Jvari monastery built in VI century on top of hill, from where is perfect view on town Mtskheta and surroundings.
Bagineti – remains of ancient district of the city, where are remains of palace, temples and roman bath, dated back to I BC – II AD centuries.
Svetitskhoveli cathedral XI century – the most respected holy place in Georgia, also very important architectural monument of Georgia. Also is burial place of Georgian kings and their offspring till modern time.
Samtavro monastery – built in XI century. Here are graves of first christian king and queen of Georgia.
Additional options can be added to the tour to Mtskheta:
Combine Tbilisi and Mtskheta tour.
Ananuri historical complex on the bank of river Aragvi, which was controling Georgian military road.From Mtskheta to Ananuri travel by Georgian military road, around 50 km, pass picturesque Jinvali water reserve.
Uplistsikhe, ancient city carved in the rock, spiritual center of pagan Georgia.City dates back to VI century BC. Open air museum is located near hometown of Stalin – Gori, where tourists may visit also Stalin’s museum. Here also can be added traditional dinner and local wine tasting.
Iago’s winery in village Chardakhi produces bio wines from grape variety Chinuri and Saperavi, according to ancient Georgian technologies, in clay huge pots – Kvevri. Here you will learn about traditional Georgian wine making, taste the real Georgian wines and enjoy traditional Georgian dishes.