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4 Day Kartli History and Archaeology Tour

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Sameba Cathedral at night, Tbilisi, Georgia

Svetitskhoveli Cathedrale 11th c, Mtskheta, Georgia

Svetitskhoveli Cathedrale 11th c, Mtskheta, Georgia

Stalin's Private Train, Gorgi museum

Stalin's Private Train, Gorgi museum

Jvari Monastery 6th c, Mtskheta, Georgia

Jvari Monastery 6th c, Mtskheta, Georgia

St.George basilica in Uplistsikhe, Georgia

St.George basilica in Uplistsikhe, Georgia

View from Jvari monastery, Georgia

View from Jvari monastery, Georgia

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History & Archaeology Private Tour to Kartli

Starts from: TBILISI

Available: All Year

Distance: 580 km

Type: Private Cultural tour

Duration: 4 DAYS

If archaeology is your passion and you are looking for the ancient history of humanity, this 4-day private tour to Kartli region is right for you!

We designed itinerary, which includes all highlights of Mtskheta, Bolnisi, Dmanisi, Uplistsikhe and Tbilisi. Three overnights are arranged in Tbilisi hotel and every day we go out for the major cities of Kartli region to trace an early period of civilization and see establishment of Christianity. Tour includes visiting Uplistsikhe, Dmanisi and Bolnisi archaeological museums, UNESCO sites of Mtskheta, ArmazisKhevi, Samtavisi and the sightseeing of Tbilisi.

We are exited to show you all hidden treasures of Inner and Lower Kartli.


Sights to Visit


Day to day

Arrival in Tbilisi international airport. City tour, transfer to the hotel.

Hotel check in time is 15:00.

Tbilisi city tour includes: visit to the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi (Sameba), Narikala Fortress by an aerial cable car from Rike Park , walking in LegvtaKhevi canyon towards the waterfall, Sulfur bathhouses, the Shardeni and king Erekle II streets, the glass Bridge of Peace and the Georgian National Museum.

The museum preserves national heritage and presents rich archaeological, numismatic, ethnographic and contemporary art collections.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

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.

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.


Distance by car: 202 km (3h 45 min)

Today we drive south to the unique archaeological site of Dmanisi - excavations have revealed the earliest settlement of hominids outside of the African continent.

About 2 hours drive and we are in Mashavera River Gorge. Dmanisi Sioni church (7th c.), the fortress (10th c.), the ruins of the royal palace and archaeological sites are located in the fertile, green zone of Lower Kartli region.

Lunch break. 

Then a trip to Bolnisi - a small town where on the walls of Bolnisi Sioni basilica (4th century) one of the oldest Georgian inscriptions has been preserved. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Bolnisi. The museum presents ethnographic and historical objects from the first days of human life.

In the evening arrival in Tbilisi.


Overnight in Tbilisi.

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out until 12:00. Transfer to the Airport for departure.

We wish you to be your host again in Georgia.




  • 2 x Tbilisi Airport Private transfers to/from Tbilisi hotel by a comfortable vehicle
  • Private transportation with a comfortable vehicle


  • Professional guide service during the tour


  • 3 x overnights in Tbilisi 3* hotel Brigitte (or similar)


  • 3 x Breakfasts-on days 2, 3, 4
  • 2 x Lunches-on days 2, 3


  • 2 x bottles of water per person daily
  • Entrance fees
  • Excursions in accordance with the program
  • All taxes


  • Visa Fees (when needed) & Travel Insurance
  • Early Check Ins/Late Check outs
  • Dinners & Alcoholic beverages
  • Optional services


Group size Price per adult
Solo 1010 $
2 - 3 people 620 $
4 - 5 people 530 $
6 - 7 people 450 $
8 - 9 people 400 $
10 - 11 people 380 $
12 - 13 people 370 $
14 - 15 people 380 $

The above prices (except for solo) are based on two people sharing a twin/double room accommodation.

There is additional fee for single room accomodation that you can select at checkout.

Child Policy
0-6 years - Free
7-12 years - 50%
12 years and above - Adult

*Online booking deposit will be deducted from the total tour price.

The balance can be paid in one of the following ways:

  • Bank transfer - in Euro/USD/GBP currency, no later than two weeks before the tour starts
  • VISA/Master card - in GEL (local currency) in Tbilisi only, before the tour starts, directly to your guide via POS terminal. Card service fee +3%
  • Cash - GEL only, directly to the nearest TBC Bank office or TBC Bank Cash terminal no later than the beginning of the tour.

For a larger group or custom itinerary please contact us at info[at]

Tips for booking procedure:

How to know which “Operator” to select?

You only need to select the Operator name if you have previously communicated with one of our sales agents via phone or email, otherwise please leave it at default.


More Info

More Info

To arrange extra services and pre-tour (post-tour) hotel overnights, contact us info[at]

1 person from the group will be FREE of charge if 10 and more adults are traveling together

Cancellation is free of charge prior 5 days of the starting day.

  • The booking deposit 60 USD is non-refundable. 

If Tourist cancels the booked tour for some reasons not depending on Tour Operator, the following sums are kept back as a fine:

  • 50% of the total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 5 days or less prior to the tour;
  • 100% of the total cost of the tourist product due to the Tourist's failure to appear.



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