1 day in Mtskheta tour program
Mtskheta is a city in Kartli province of Georgia. One of the oldest cities of Georgia, it is located approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Tbilisi at the confluence of the Aragvi river. Due to its historical significance and several cultural monuments, the “Historical Monuments of Mtskheta” became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. As the birthplace and one of the most vibrant centers of Christianity in Georgia, Mtskheta was declared as the “Holy City” by the Georgian Orthodox Church in 2014.
Tour starts at 10:00 am, driver and guide meets with the tourists at their hotel. Today’s tour includes the following places:
- Jvari Monastery
- Svetitskhoveli Monastery
- Samtavro Monastery
- Bebris Fortress (the elder’s fortress)
This is a full-day tour. Tour ends at around 6-7 pm and transfer back to Tbilisi.
In Mtskheta you can have lunch (or make barbeque) in the nature or in Georgian Restaurant with famous Georgian food.
- 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:
- Svetitskhoveli (The Life Giving Pillar) Cathedral.Svetitskhoveli is one of the most sacred places in Georgia and, along with Jvari Monastery, the clear highlight of a trip to Mtskheta. It was founded in 1010, built on the site of Georgia’s first church, and contains the graves of the ancient Georgian kings, including Sidonia, who was said to have been buried holding Christ’s robe. There are many (unaggressive) beggars at the entrance gate. There is a wedding chapel with helpful personnel.
- Jvari (The Cross) Monastery.The 6th century monastery of Jvari is situated on a cliff above Mtskheta. It is the culmination of a number of artistic and architectural aspiration in early Christian Georgian architecture. The view from above is amazing.
- Samtavro (Place of the Ruler).Samtavro is located to the north up the main road, within easy walking distance from the Svetitskhoveli complex. According to legend, St. Nino actually lived on this site and prayed within the smaller of its two extant churches. This small church dates from the 4th century. The larger church on this site was built in the 11th century and contains the graves of Mirian, the Georgian king who adopted Christianity, and his wife, Nana.
- Bebris Fortress (The Elder’s Fortress).Located further up the main road from Samtavro, the ruins of Bebris Fortress are fun, to climb on for views overlooking Mtskheta and the valley formed around the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers.
- Shio-Mgvime monastery(meaning “the cave of Shio”) is a medieval monastic complex in Georgia, near the town of Mtskheta. It is located in a narrow limestone canyon on the northern bank of the Kura River. According to a historic tradition, the first monastic community at this place was founded by the 6th-century monk Shio, one of the Thirteen Assyrian Fathers who came to Georgia as Christian missionaries