Driving distance: 217 km (3h 47 min)
09:00 am is recommended time to start a tour.
After breakfast guide will meet you at the hotel and drive to the West, village Samtavisi. The archaeological excavations near the 12th c cathedral is discovered in 2007. The Grakliani Hill archaeological excavation shows the evidence of human presence going back about 300,000 years.
Next site to visit is the ancient cave complex of Uplistsikhe, “The Lord’s Fortress”. Uplistsikhe was a city of worship perched on well-defended sandstone cliffs and located near the intersection of caravan trade routes (1st millennium to 4th century AD). Merchants before starting trading, brought goods for consecration. The ruins of this oldest urban settlement display the districts of wealthy and poor, marketplaces, workshops, streets, temples, escape tunnels and even the outdoor carved theater decorated by octagon vault of Roman’s period.
The lunch is arranged in the family winery Kolkhi’s Ezo, village Chardakhi.
Second half of the day will be spent in Mtskheta. Located on the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Mtskheta used to be the capital of the Eastern Georgian kingdom of Iberia from the 4th c. BC until the 5th c. AD. Town is included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list: today visit ArmazisKhevi archaeological site, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral of 11th century, and Jvari Monastery, built in the 6th c. There is a tiny naive basilica behind the cathedral, named by Antiochia; a part of this charming nunnery was built in 4th c.
In the evening return back to Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi.