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Mtskheta, Gori and Uplistsikhe tour covers the most notable site seeings of Shida kartli and is mostly focused around the most important site – carved in the rock ancient town Uplistsikhe, dated by VI century BC. Duration of tour is up to 4 – 5 hours. Uplistsikhe tour can be part of any tour on western direction, or tour to Vardzia.
First of all we will visit 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.
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.
Town Gori is famous as birthplace of soviet dictator Stalin. It is administrative center of Shida Kartli region.
Uplistsikhe cave town – the most important and interesting monument in Kartli region. Carved in rock ancient town, built in VI BC, used to be spiritual center of pagan Georgia. Here are remains of amphitheater, several temples and market place. Town has been abandoned since XIII century.
Optional wine tasting and dinner in local winery.