Georgian Holidays will organize a pick up from Tbilisi hotel in the morning. ‘Exploration of Georgia’ takes off with Tbilisi City tour on day 1.
First, we are going to visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi (Sameba). Sameba is one of the tallest Orthodox churches in the world and the tallest in Georgia. It presents a mixture of traditional styles of Georgian church architecture.
Afterward, we can head to the Metekhi plateau and visit Metekhi church of 13th c. overlooking Mtkvari river. Near the church you can spot the monument of King Vakhtang I Gorgasali (trans. as “Wolf Head”) who ruled eastern Georgia in 5th c. AD. He is credited with establishing Tbilisi – the capital of Georgia.
From Metekhi our tour moves on to Narikala fortress. Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi from the hill and can be reached by a cable car from the old city.
From Narikala we come back to the old city and visit Tbilisi Mosque, the only surviving mosque dating back to 18th c. Our tour continues to Legvtakhevi (Fig ravine), as we will visit waterfall nearby and take a walk towards the Sulfur bathhouse district – one of the oldest districts in Tbilisi. Some of the baths on the natural hot water springs were built in the 17th-19th cc.
From the bathhouse district, we will take a walk on Maidan square, Shardeni, and Erekle II streets. Lots of cafes, bars and pubs, souvenir shops and art galleries are located here. Sioni Cathedral, the former seat of the patriarch, also stands here. The cathedral was first established in 6th-7th cc. but was destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout the centuries. The present cathedral dates back to 13th c.
Tbilisi City tour continues to the Anchiskhati Basilica, which is the oldest church in Tbilisi dating from 6th c.
The last site of the day 1 is the Golden treasury of Georgia in Georgian National Museum on Rustaveli Avenue. The museum houses various archaeological, numismatic and ethnographic collections.
Overnight in Tbilisi.