1 day in Gori tour program
Gori is a city in eastern Georgia, which serves as the regional capital of Shida Kartli and the centre of the homonymous administrative district. The name is from Georgian gora, that is, “heap”, or “hill”. Gori was an important military stronghold in the Middle Ages and maintains a strategic importance due to its location on the principal highway connecting eastern and western parts of Georgia. In the course of its history, Gori has been invaded by the armies of regional powers several times. The city was occupied by Russian troops during the 2008 Russia–Georgia war. Gori is also known as the birthplace of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, ballistic missile designer Alexander Nadiradze and philosopher Merab Mamardashvili.
Tour starts at 10:00 am. The car and guide will meet with the tourists in the hotel to starts the tour. We will visit the following places:
- Uplistsikhe Cave Town
- Stalin Museum
- Gori Fortress
- Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
Nearby places (optional with extra cost):
- Sergi Makalatia Gori Historical and Ethnographical Museum
In the evening we come back to Tbilisi and transfer to the hotel.
- All transfers on private basis during the tour starting from airport
- Professional tour guide service (speaks English and Russian)
- 1 bottle water per person
- All applicable taxes
- Flight tickets
- Meals except described
- Travel insurance
Note: Children under age of 6 are free of charge, from 6-15 years 30% of the price.
Small information about the places we visit:
- Uplistsikhe Cave Town-Located in Eastern Georgia, Uplistsikhe (literally “Lord’s Fortress“) is an abandoned rock-hewn town, which once have played an important role in Georgian history. The place was founded in the late Bronze Age, around 1000 BC, and continued to be inhabited until 13th century AD. Between the 6th century BC and the 11st century AD, Uplistsikhe was one of the most important political and religious centers of pre-Christian Kartli – one of the predecessors of the Georgian state.
- Stalin Museum– Museum complex consists of memorial house, where Stalin was born, exposition building with tower and Stalin’s personal coach with interior, by which he hadtravelled to Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam. Museum houses Stalin’s personal things, study room of Kremlin, manuscripts, gifts from over the world, Stalin’s mask (author:Manizer), paintings (U. Japaridze, L. Gudiashvili, E. Akhvlediani, G. Totibadze, K. Magalashvili, A, Kutateladze, A. Bletkin, V. Serov, D. Maisashvili, S. Semenov )
- Gori Fortress- Gori Fortressis a medieval citadel in Georgia, standing above the city of Gori on a rocky hill. The fortress first appears in the 13th century records but archaeological evidence shows that the area had already been fortified in the last centuries BC. The fortress controlled major strategic and economic routes and accommodated a large garrison.
- Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin (Gori Cathedral Church)– In 1920, an earthquake damaged the building. The interior was painted in XIX century II half. During Soviet times,in the church was placed in Gori Music School. In 1950 the interior walls were whitewashed, which covered the painting (icons). In the 1990s, the building was given to the Orthodox Church. In 2003, the temple was renewed, which caused the destruction of well-known Catholic Icon of Virgin Mary.
- Sergi Makalatia Gori Historical and Ethnographical Museum– Museum collection description: The museum housesarchaeology collection from local sites IV-III Millennium B.C. (ceramic family seals, collection of adornment, weapons), numismatic collection; collection of XVIII-XIX ethnography (Georgian and Karabagh carpets and rugs, textiles, golden thread embroidery for religious clothes; collection of XVII-XIX cc. weapons etc.