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Day Tour in Mtskheta

Mtskheta, Georgia


1 day

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

15 people




A day tour to Mtskheta covers the most notable places of the city. You will see important sites – Jvari Svetitskhoveli, and Shio Mgvime monasteries.


First of all, we will visit Mtskheta. It’s been the ancient capital of East Georgia since the IV century BC. After moving the political center to Tbilisi, Mtskheta remained a spiritual center of the country. It became a political center – in the X-IX centuries, while Tbilisi was still occupied by Arabs and known as the Tbilisi emirate. Currently, it is a little town 15 km from Tbilisi. The trip covers the most important monuments in Mtskheta:

  • Jvari monastery was built in the VI century on top of the hill. It has a perfect view of the town of Mtskheta.
  • Svetitskhoveli cathedral was built in the XI century. Since it is the most respected holy place and an important architectural monument in Georgia. It is the burial place of Georgian kings and their offspring till modern time.
  • Samtavro monastery– built in the XI century. Here are the graves of the first Christian king and queen of Georgia.

Monastery of Shio Mgvime

Shio Mgvime monastery is located 15 km from Mtskheta. The first monastic community at this place was founded in the 6th-century by monk Shio. Therefore, he was one of the Thirteen Assyrian Fathers who came to Georgia as Christian missionaries. St. Shio spent his last years as a hermit in a deep cave named Shiomghvime (“the Cave of Shio”) after him. This place quickly turned into the largest monastic community in Georgia. By the end of the 6th century, more than 2000 monks were living here. According to history, enemies destroyed this monastery several times. Nevertheless, it is still functional and attracts many pilgrims and tourists.

After an interesting day Day tour to Mtskheta Gori and Uplistsikhe finishes and we return to Tbilisi.

In case of request, you can also have a wine tasting in Iago’s winery. The owner produces bio wines according to ancient Georgian technologies. Here you will learn the history of Georgian winemaking. Also, will be able to taste wines, and enjoy real Georgian ‘supra’.

To see other activities please check the link for Day tours from Tbilisi.

Additional options can be added to the tour to Mtskheta:

  • Ananuri complex on the bank of river Aragvi, which was controlling the Georgian military road. From Mtskheta to Ananuri travel by Georgian military road, around 50 km, passing the picturesque Jinvali water reservoir.
  • Zedazeni Monastery – located on the Zedazeni mountain in the hills of Saguramo, northeast of Mtskheta, and to the east side of the Aragvi River.
  • Uplistsikhe, an ancient city carved in the rock, is the spiritual center of pagan Georgia. The city dates back to the VI century BC.
  • The open-air museum is located near the hometown of Stalin – Gori, where tourists may visit also Stalin’s museum. Here also can be added traditional dinner and local wine tasting.
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  • Jvari
  • Svetitskhoveli
  • Samtavro
  • Shio Mgvime


Tour itinerary
Pick up at the hotel and drive towards Jvari monastery
Stop in Mtskheta - Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Arrival at Uplistsikhe caves. Optional lunch break.
Driving to Gori - Stalin Museum.
Drive back to Tbilisi
Drop off at the hotel.


  • Transportation with English or Russian speaking guide
  • Price for souvenirs
  • Price for other additional costs

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Mtskheta, Georgia


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