Laerton Tours sightseeing travel agency photo of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, in the country of Georgia
Laerton Tours sightseeing travel agency photo of the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, near Mtskheta, in the country of Georgia
Laerton Tours sightseeing travel agency photo of the Jvari Monastery, on the outskirts of Mtskheta, in the country of Georgia

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UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour

The Historic Town of Mtskheta

Mtskheta is a small town near Tbilisi and is very special historically because it is very closely associated with the dawn of Christianity, in Georgia, in the early 4th century. Moreover, UNESCO cited the “high artistic and cultural level attained by this ancient kingdom” as reasons for granting UNESCO World Heritage status to not just one, but two sites in Mtskheta.

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If there are a specific set of places that you would like to visit, in Georgia, we can design a tour especially for you! For example, if you might wish to visit Dmanisi, or the archaeological museum near Vani. Whatever your ideas, we can quickly formulate a plan, and then take you there in the comfort of one of our people carrier vehicles, with an experienced tour guide, who has likely been there before. The cost will only be slightly more than for our standard tours. Contact Us

Overview

Destination: Mtskheta
Duration: 1 Day
Type: Group or Individual tour
From: $80
Next date: Flexible

Itinerary

Day 1
  • 10:00am Departure from Tbilisi, towards Mtskheta.

  • Arrival at the Jvari Monastery, one of the oldest Christian sites in Georgia. According to legend, it was at this formerly pagan site that Saint Nino, the female saint credited with bringing Christianity to Georgia, succeeded in converting King Mirian III of Iberia (eastern Georgia) to Christianity, in the early 4th century. A cross was erected and associated with miracles, drawing pilgrims from across the Caucasus. Eventually, a church was built over the cross and the current building dates from the 5th century.
  • Arrival at the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. From a Georgian perspective, this Cathedral is the equivalent of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, because it is the seat of the Georgian Catholicos-Patriarch (Pope) of all Georgia. It is also an integral part of the town of Mtskheta, which is a very pleasant and tranquil place, with much greenery, gardens and a sunny disposition. The Cathedral complex itself is also very pleasant, with frescos and the tombs of various Georgian Kings & Queens.
  • 2:00pm Lunch break.

  • Arrival at the Samtravo Monastery and Nunnery. The Monastery is not far from the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in a very picturesque area of Mtskheta and is again very closely associated with Saint Nino. The original Church dates from the 4th century and the current building dates from the 11th century, with frescos from the 16th century surviving. In the recent past, a monk called Father Gabriel was buried within the monastery, and recently made a Saint. He made World news in 1965, when he tore down a communist banner on International Workers Day, in central Tbilisi, and was subsequently detained in an asylum for many months. To many Georgians, he was a hero and much loved for openly expressing his Christian faith.
  • Arrival at the ruins of Armazi, which is about 4km west of Mtskheta. Armazi was the site of the ancient capital of the Kartli (Georgian) kingdom. The area of the site is about 30 hectares, including the terraces that extended down from the hilltop, to the river below. The site dates from the 4th century BC and has three major cultural layers. There are the remains of a palace and massive stone blocks. It was destroyed by an Arab invasion in 730 AD.
  • 8:00pm 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
  • $220
Basic Package
  • $80

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