Ancient history, diverse culture, European and Asian styles of architecture, restaurants that offer delicious Georgian national dishes will make of one week-end an unforgettable experience. In the evening you can enjoy wonderful views of Tbilisi on both banks of the Mtkvari. In your leisure time you can explore two beautiful cities: Tbilisi and Mtskheta.
Places to visit
Until 1936 Tbilisi was known as Tiflis and comprised the suburbs of Abanotubani, Kharpukhi, Kala, Isan-Avlabari, Sololaki, Mtatsminda, Vere, Ortachala, Chugureti, Didube and Nadzaladevi. Most historical sights are concentrated in Old Tbilisi which has been a candidate for a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing since 2007. Delicate wood work around the Persian-style balconies are characteristic of the architecture.
This old historical neighbourhood is perched on a cliff overlooking the Mtkvari (Kura) River. The district is one of the earliest inhabited areas of Tbilisi and features Narikala fortress--originally also royal residence--built on foundations laid by king Vakhtang Gorgasali in the 5th century AD. Abo of Tbilisi, the patron saint of the city, was incarcerated here in the 8th century.
The fortress towers over the city and affords a wide view of the Mtkvari river as it has done since the 5th century.
This old district of Tbilisi is famous for its sulfur baths. According to legend king Vakhtang Gorgasali’s falcon fell into one of the hot springs and the King decided to establish a capital city here.
Constructed on a rocky mountain at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, this
6th century Georgian Orthodox monastery overlooks the town of Mtskheta*, the former capital of the kingdom of Iberia. Jvari is built on the spot where St Nino erected a cross as a symbol of Christianity. According to 4th-century accounts this cross (jvari) worked miracles and drew pilgrims from all over the Caucasus.
Twenty km from Tbilisi lies the historical town of Mtskheta and the 11th-century Georgian Orthodox cathedral of Svetitskhoveli. It is believed to be the burial site of Christ’s mantle, and is the seat of the archbishop of Mtskheta and Tbilisi, the Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia.
Remnants of a 1st-century bridge built in Iberia by the legionaries of the Roman general
Pompey can be seen when the water level is low.
Armazi was the most important fortress in the ancient capital of Iberia. According to medieval Georgian sources it was constructed in the 3rd century BC on the right bank of the Mtkvari river. Currently Armazi fortress is an open tourist destination where archaeological excavations are in progress and one might even become a witness to great discoveries!
* UNESCO Heritage Sites
Day 1: Arrival at Tbilisi International Airport, transfer to the hotel, overnight in Tbilisi
Day 2: Mtskheta tour, Museum, Tbilisi night tour, overnight in Tbilisi
Day 3: Tbilisi tour, free time, overnight in Tbilisi
Day 4: Transfer to the airport
Note: Price depends on type of accommodation and number of persons.