Tbilisi sightseeing tour
Metekhi Plateau, the historic district of Tbilisi on a high cliff overhanging the banks of the Kura River (Mtkvari), overlooking the old city – the place, from where our Tbilisi city tour will begin. The name Metekhi comes from the Greek metoh, which means the location of the church. It is believed that the area was inhabited even under King Vakhtang Gorgasali, who built his palace here, and in the 8th century, on the Metekhi Rock, according to legend, St. Abo of Tbilisi was martyred. The main attraction of Metekhi is the Church of the Assumption, picturesquely set on the crest of a rock, built in 1278-1284 under King Demeter II.
The Bridge of Peace – a pedestrian bridge over the Kura River, connects Irakli II Street and Rike Park. The architect of the bridge is Italian Michele de Luca (the length of the bridge is 156 meters). The bridge offers stunning views of the city.
Abanotubani (bath district) is a historical district in the center of Tbilisi, famous for its complex of baths, standing on natural sulfur springs. Baths form a separate quarter of the city, which is a popular place with many tourists.
The area of 3 churches – a place, where the Orthodox church, Synagogue and Mosque coexist nearby.
Narikala Fortress is the most famous and ancient monument of Tbilisi antiquity, since the date of the construction of the fortress is called the 4th century. The original name of the fortress was Shuris Tsikhe (Invidious Fort, and it was a Persian citadel), and the modern name was given by the Mongols, capturing Tbilisi – “narin kala” in Mongolian means “Little Fortress”.
Sioni Cathedral (VI-XII century) – historically the main temple of Tbilisi, built in the name of the Assumption of Our Lady – one of the most famous monuments of the old city, named after the Mount Zion of Jerusalem. Among the relics, stored in the temple, is the ancient cross of Saint Nino, woven from vines, which, according to legend, the Mother of God handed over to St. Nina before sending her to Georgia.
Tbilisi State Puppet Theater named after Rezo Gabriadze – in the Old Town on Shavteli Street there is a small Puppet Theater (one of the sights of Tbilisi), with only 80 seats. It was built by Rezo Gabriadze in 1981 and is adjacent to the oldest building in the city – the basilica of the VI century Anchiskhati.
Lunch at your discretion.
Visit Mount Mtatsminda (Holy Mountain), where the Pantheon of Georgian writers and public figures is located. After visiting the Pantheon, we ascent by funicular to the Mtatsminda Park, from where the whole city is visible in full view.
The duration of the tour is 3-4 hours.
Excursion cost: (check with operator)
The price includes:
Services of a professional guide;
Tickets for the cable car; Transport service.
Tbilisi city tour
Tbilisi is the capital and largest city of Georgia, located on the banks of the Kura River. The history of Tbilisi as the capital of Georgia begins around the 5th century. According to legends, the territory of Tbilisi was covered with forests when King Vakhtang I Gorgasal (440-502) hunted in the forests, his hunting falcon wounded a pheasant, the bird fell to the ground and, having landed in a hot spring, cooked. The nickname “Gorgasal” is translated from Persian as “wolf head”, a hint of the shape of his helmet. Surprised by such an event, the king ordered the city to be built on this site. The name Tbilisi comes from the Georgian “Tbili”, meaning “warm”, due to the warm sulfuric springs in its territory. But the territory of Tbilisi was inhabited by people as far back as the 4th millennium BC. The name “Tbtlada” is on Roman maps, and thermal baths of the I-II centuries with mosaic pools, dressing rooms and a developed system of ceramic pipes have been excavated in the historical center of Tbilisi.
Tbilisi is located in the Tbilisi Basin, stretching in a narrow strip for almost 30 km in the Kura River Valley and on the slopes of the mountains adjoining on three sides. The height above sea level is 380-770 meters. The many-sided history of Tbilisi can be studied by its architecture: from the spacious avenues of Rustaveli and Agmashenebeli to the narrow streets of the Sololaki and Narikala districts preserved from the early Middle Ages.
Tbilisi has an international airport. The most famous tourist sites in Tbilisi: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Freedom Square, Sioni Cathedral, Metekhi, Narikala fortress, Georgian Parliament building, Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi Opera, Anchiskhati, Mtatsminda (Holy Mountain), Tbilisi TV tower, Kashveti Church, Peace Bridge, the new Rike park on the left bank of the Kura River, the Tbilisi Botanical Garden, etc. Tbilisi is a rather green city, it has many parks, squares and gardens, the largest is Vake Park. A tour of Tbilisi with our guide will give you an unforgettable experience.
Tbilisi city tour with our guide will give you an unforgettable experience.
Tbilisi – the capital and the largest city of Georgia