The tour starts at 10am heading to the eastern part of Georgia, 96 km from Tbilisi towards Mtskheta. Mtskheta was the
capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC, and is one of the oldest towns and the cultural
and religious centre of Georgia. Next, visit the Jvari monastery, a true architectural masterpiece of the early medieval period
built on a hilltop. From the hill, gaze down to the merging Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers below, and enjoy a stop to take photos.
With your local guide, continue onto Gori, the homeland of Stalin, to visit Stalin’s house, museum and train wagon. At the
Stalin museum, learn about the life of the infamous dictator at the exhibit which includes unique photos, gifts and furniture.
After the museum there’s time for lunch in the city of Gori, with the option to choose between dining at a Georgian
restaurant, or having lunch with a local family with private
wine cellar to taste traditional Georgian wines.
After lunch head to the cave town of Uplistsikhe, named “Fortress of the Lord”, situated on a rocky mount on the left bank
of the river Mtkvari. The fortress is mentioned in chronicles dating back to the earliest of times, and its history began in the
I-II millennium B.C. Uplistsikhe was an important religious, political and cultural centre in the Hellenistic and the late Antique
periods, and it has been identified as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. Enjoy an interesting walking tour here
of the rock-cut structures, including and amphitheatre. Lastly, visit the Svetitskhoveli cathedral, a sacred place where the
robe of Christ is being kept, a masterpiece of the Early Middle Ages, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.