Driving distance: 59.3 km (1 hr 18 min)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Mtskhtea and visit UNESCO highlights:
Jvari Monastery (586-604 AD) - church of tetranoch architectural style, popular in Byzantine, Armenia and Georgia in early Christian time.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (1010-1029 AD) is known as the burial site of Christ’s mantle and has been one of the most sacred places since first century. The interior walls of the cathedral are covered with frescoes of different times (16th-19th cc). The stonework in the church depicts carved grapes reflecting Georgia’s wine-making traditions linking with old testimony.
Return to Tbilisi and start Tbilisi city tour. Visit Europe square and Rike Park. Ride up to the ancient Narikala Fortress by the aerial cable car, enjoy panoramic views of the city from the top of the mountain. Walk downhill and explore waterfall, bath house district, Shardeni street and Meidan square, pedestrian glass Bridge of Peace above the river Mtkvari, the old and new districts of Tbilisi. In the evening return back to the hotel.
Overnight in Tbilisi.