Tbilisi City Tour
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Starting point: Hotel – if it is located in the old city, or Metekhi church.
Tbilisi City Tour description
Tbilisi city tour starts at Metekhi plateau, from where is a perfect panoramic view of the old city – Narikala fortress, Bath district, Meidan, Kala district, Betlemi district – so tourists can have a look at the whole old city, which they will explore in the next few hours.
Here is located also a statue of king Vakhang Gorgasali – founder of Tbilisi, and tourists will learn about the history of the city. Cableway connects the new park Rike with Narikala fortress.
A few minutes travel by cableway and enjoy magnificent views of Old Tbilisi. From the top station of the cableway are views of the old city and botanical garden.
The basement of the Narikala fortress belongs to the IV century. You can enjoy stunning panoramic views of Tbilisi from Narikala. In the Bath district itself, archaeologists found remains of Roman-style therms of the same age.
The bath district and Legvtakhevi are the very heart of the city. According to the legend Tbilisi’s history starts from the hot sulfur springs. Archaeologists here also excavated the oldest layers of the city. Via the bath district runs the tiny river Legvtakhevi. Its beautiful canyon was hidden for decades, and only now it was reconstructed – now we can see its historical appearance.
Meidan – the heart of the old city. The central square used to be the trade center of the city and now is surrounded by nice cafes.
Trade and craft district of the city – in Tbilisi were 18 Karavan-sarays – a 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 throughout the whole middle east and are ancestors of modern trade malls. Tourists will see a couple of them.
Synagogue – as Tbilisi used to be a cultural and administrative center not only for Georgia but for the whole Transcaucasia region, it became a very multinational, multireligious, and multicultural city.
Here in one district are located mosques, synagogues, Georgian churches, Armenian churches, and Catholic churches and historically till now people of different nationalities and religions live peacefully beside each other.
Sioni cathedral church – built in the XI century used to be the main cathedral church of Tbilisi. Here is saved one of the most important sacred objects of the Georgian Orthodox Church – the cross of st. Nino – converter of Georgians.
Freedom square – nowadays is the city center, but centuries ago it was the edge of the city. Here is located National Museum’s treasury, which tourists will visit.
Baratashvili avenue – is one of the nicest avenues of the city, in old times it also was the city edge, and now here are remains of the old city walls. During the reconstruction works here were found in city gates dated by XI-XIII centuries, were saved and there are made trails for people to walk around.
Tower clock – a modern bizarre tower built by the head of the puppet theater – Rezo Gabriadze became a favorite attraction for local people and tourists. Anchiskhati church – the oldest building in the city, dates back to the VI century.
Bridge of Peace – a modern walking bridge only for walking in the heart of the old city. A good place to make good photos.
And of course the heart of the modern city – Rustaveli avenue, with cozy cafes, and different and colorful shops.
Here Tbilisi city tour ends. We explored Tbilisi city center. Tourists will learn the history of the city and which interesting places they can visit during their free time for additional sightseeing in Tbilisi.
Legend about Tbilisi
Our capital is a very old city. According to the common legend it was founded by the king of Georgia Vakhtang Gorgasali in the late V century.
King was keen on falcon hunting. One day he and his men were hunting near river Mtkvari. King’s favorite falcon captured a pheasant and injured it. The pheasant managed to fly from falcon, but fell into a hot sulfur spring and got boiled. Falcon, who was cheesing its victim also fell in hot water and didn’t survive.
So kings men found hot sulfur springs near the river. King ordered to build of a new city and called it Tbilisi – as Tbili means warm in Georgian. Tbilisi, by king Vakhtangs order, became the capital of Georgia and so it is now.
One of the best tours, which is never the same. In Tbilisi, everyone will discover something special.
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For those, who want to learn architecture and city rumors of XIX – XX century Tbilisi, we offer special unique tours from our professional guides.
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For more information about special tours in Tbilisi, please contact us.
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Feast and Travel
I did a day tour with Highlander Travel where we covered some notable sights in Tbilisi as well as the former capital of Georgia, Mtskheta. Rusudan from Highlander Travel made sure that I got to see all the main attractions while also giving plenty of information about the history of the places I saw and answering all my questions about the attractions which made my experience even better as my guide was well-informed about each and every place. The tour in Mtskheta was seamless and I saw the Cathedral which is one of the holiest sites in Georgia for Orthodox Christians and is also where members of the Royal family (Including the last King of Georgia) were buried. This along with the Jvari Monastery that overlooks Mtskheta from a high altitude makes it a must visit spot for the scenery, rich history and friendly locals. Highlander Travel is one of the most efficient and accommodating tour operators I’ve come across in Georgia so far and when we returned to Tbilisi for the city tour, I got to see many places which I had not heard of or researched about before traveling to Georgia which is another plus point as their tours are not the normal ones where you only see the main attractions and go but offer a more immersive and Georgian experience! Overall, I’d definitely go on more tours with them in the future when I return to Georgia with my family next time! Less
February 4, 2023
Very nice introduction to the city We had very interesting walking tour in October with Rusudan. Very good experience.
February 4, 2023