Photo of the rock hewn town of Uplistsikhe in the Gori region and birthplace of Joseph Stalin, on the historical tour with Laerton Tours
Photo of the church at Uplistsikhe in the Gori region, on the historical tour with Laerton Tours
Photo of the temple at Uplistsikhe, on the historical tour with Laerton Tours

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Historical Tour

Joseph Stalin’s Birthplace Region

Stalin was born in the City of Gori, but his true surname was Jughashvili, a very Georgian name. Stalin was a pseudonym from the Russian word for steel, meaning “man of steel”. As a young man he studied to become a priest at a seminary in Tbilisi (now a museum), where he became fluent in Russian. It is said that Stalin lacked the money to pay for his final examinations at the seminary, and perhaps as a consequence turned to revolutionary politics, agitation and (allegedly) crime. Despite being associated with Stalin, the region around Gori is rich in history with fortresses dating to the 1st century BC, the creation of an early Georgian alphabet and of course, many Orthodox Christian Cathedrals & Churches.

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Overview

Destination: Gori
Duration: 1 Day
Type: Group or Individual tour
From: $140
Next date: Flexible

Itinerary

Day 1
  • 9:00am Departure from Tbilisi, towards the city of Gori.

  • Arrival at the Ateni Sioni Church, dating from the 7th century. The walls of the church bear the first inscriptions of an early Georgian alphabet called Nuskha-Khutsuri, which dates to the year 835. The church is also an early example of a four-asped church, with 4 niches and a dome. There are picturesque views and an associated winery.
  • Arrival at the “Joseph Stalin House-Museum”. The museum is located in the central square of Gori and has three sections. The museum is a testament to the role of Stalin as leader of the Soviet Union and comprises many of his personal effects, documents, paintings, gifts and newspaper articles. There is also the wooden house where he was born and his armoured railway carriage used in WWII, which weighs 83 tons, and was used to transport him to the Yalta Conference and Tehran Conference where the future of Eastern Europe was negotiated with Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1:00 - 2:00pm Lunch break.

  • Arrival at Uplistsikhe, which is a rock-hewn town about 10km east of Gori. In Georgian, the name literally means: "the Lord’s fortress". The site covers an area of about 8 hectares and some parts date to the early Iron Age (approx. 1000 BC). Archaeologists have identified the site as one of the earliest urban settlements in Georgia. It is possible to see different types of caves, which contain various structures, rock-hewn halls and secret tunnels. The town was inhabited until the late Middle Ages and there is a Christian basilica at the summit of the site.
  • 8:00 - 9:00pm Return to Tbilisi.

Included

Premium Package
  • All transportation costs
  • An English speaking Georgian Tour Guide
  • Lunch
  • Admission fees for all the tourist attractions (Museums etc.)
Basic Package
  • All transportation costs
  • An English speaking Georgian Tour Guide

Prices

Premium Package
  • $350
Basic Package
  • $140

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