The Georgian capital Tbilisi is a hospitable and full of joy city. It is located on the banks of the Kura River, at the crossroads of the main trade routes between Europe and Asia. Previously, Tbilisi was called Tiflis, and the current name was given due to the hot sulfur springs: “tbili” in Georgian means “warm”.
Everyone who enters the local streets inevitably feels the spirit of ancient history: the city was founded in the 5th century. Over the centuries of its existence, Tbilisi has repeatedly been subjected to raids, arson and devastation, but each time again returned to life. Today, the city continues to develop rapidly, carefully preserving its unique culture.
Departure from Nalchik at night to Tbilisi through Vladikavkaz about 300 km (we pick up those who wish to join from Vladikavkaz along the way).
The border of the Russian Federation takes an indefinite time, passport control.
It is possible to purchase a tour with an independent arrival in Tbilisi with an additional charge for a meeting and transfer from Tbilisi airport.
Departure from Nalchik to Tbilisi through Vladikavkaz about 300 km.
The border of the Russian Federation (takes an indefinite time, passport control).
On the way to Tbilisi through the Georgian Military Highway, we will pass through: Daryal Gorge, Kazbegi village, Cross Pass, Gudauri ski resort.
Accommodation in a hotel in Tbilisi in the old town, rest.
Start of excursion tour
- Jvari Monastery— named by poets as M.Y. Lermontov is one of the most ancient temples in Georgia, which is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Mtskheta — the ancient capital and spiritual center of Georgia, a city that is 2500 years old.
- Svetitskhoveli Temple built in 1010-1029, where the Chiton of Christ is kept.
Walking tour of the old town
We will see:
- Sioni Cathedral — In ancient times, there was a tradition in Georgia to name temples after the holy places of Jerusalem. One of these temples is the Cathedral of Sioni, repeating the name of the symbol of Jerusalem — the sacred Mount Zion. Prior to the construction of the Tsminda Sameba Cathedral (2004), Sioni was a patriarchal cathedral and was considered the main temple of Tbilisi and Georgia.
- str. Wine rise — An ancient path from the Avlabari Upland, where the Marneuli and Navtlug roads connected, to the Metekhi bridge. The ancient name of the area is Sirachkhana, in the 19th century the main city bazaar was located here, they sold wine.
- Bridge of Peace— Standing out against the background of the old buildings of the historical center of Tbilisi, over the river Mtkvari (Kura) there is a unique glass Bridge of Peace, connecting the two banks like two eras. On the one hand, the architecture of the past, on the other, a modern city.
- Park Rike (Park of Europe) — is widely spread in the heart of the Old Town on the banks of the Kura River. It is an island of calm and serenity in the center of noisy Tbilisi, but at the same time you can not only walk slowly under the canopy of trees and enjoy the fresh air, greenery and silence.
- We will go by cable car up to the fortress Narikala(4th century AD) — an ancient citadel in the historical part of Tbilisi and one of the sights of the capital of Georgia. It is not exactly known when the stone fort was built on the hill, but in the 4th century, even before the foundation of the city, it existed under the name of Shuris-Tsikhe. It is believed that the Narikala fortress got its modern name under the Mongols. «Narin-Kala» means «small fortress». For many centuries, no one managed to take the fortress by battle. The powerful citadel rises on one of the spurs of Mount Mtatsminda — Narikala Hill, which is part of the Sololak Range. Translated from the Georgian language «Mtatsminda» means «holy mountain». The mountain rises above Tbilisi on the right bank of the Kura, almost in the center of the city. It dominates the entire urban development and is one of the symbols of Tbilisi.
- Waterfall in the Fig Gorge— the picturesque Legvtakhevi Gorge (Fig Gorge) is located in the very center of Tbilisi, in the Abanotubani district. The gorge begins at the Orbelian bath and ends with a waterfall, which forms the Tsavkisistskali river, which flows through the Botanical Garden. During the presidency of Mikhail Saakashvili, this place was equipped, footpaths were made here, and at present the gorge is one of the most visited places in the Georgian capital by tourists. Thousands of people come here every day.
- Sulfur Baths— The Sulfur Baths of Tbilisi are one of the most important sights of the capital. In fact, these are ordinary public baths, their only feature is that the water in them comes from underground, from sulfur sources — warm and with a characteristic smell of hydrogen sulfide. By the way, rest and treatment in Georgia go hand in hand, many resorts have some kind of healing springs.
- Metekhi Temple — The hallmark of Tbilisi is the Metekhi Temple. It seems to grow out of a huge rock on the banks of the Kura. Spread over the river, the temple silently looks at Meidani Square and the city itself, at modern people and carefully stores somewhere in its very depths all those memories and pictures from the past that it had to endure.
- Mosque — The Shiite mosque, which was also commonly called the Blue or Tatar mosque, was built in 1524 on a high rocky bank of the Mtkvari River not far from the ancient Metekhi Church of the 13th century. The mosque was founded at the request of the famous Persian Shahinshah, poet and military leader from the Safavid dynasty Ismail I.
- Monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali— the monument to the founder of Tbilisi, Vakhtang Gorgasali, was erected relatively recently — in 1970. It blends so seamlessly into the landscape that it is impossible to imagine the city without it. The monument is set on a rock on the banks of the Kura River near the Metekhi temple. This neighborhood is not accidental — it was Vakhtang who first strengthened the faith of the Georgian people, built churches and monasteries. And now King Vakhtang stands and overshadows Tbilisi, the main square of the old city of Meydan, and protects this holy land from enemies.
- Str. Shardeni — The street and the district got their names in honor of the French traveler Jean Chardin, who visited Tbilisi in the 19th century on a Catholic mission and colorfully described the city in his notes. Now the Shardeni district is a kind of analogue of the Moscow «Red October» — such a concentration of bars, clubs and other similar establishments is not found anywhere else in the city. But here, too, creative Georgian sculptors were noted — in general, extraordinary sculpture in the most unexpected places can be considered almost a hallmark of the center of Tbilisi.
- Rezo Gabriadze Puppet Theatre — The clock tower near the Puppet Theater in Tbilisi appeared few years ago, but it seems that it has always been there, it blended very organically and unmistakably into the architecture of the old street.
Dinner (extra charge)
|The cost of the excursion day includes:
lunch on the tour;
tour bus and guide services;
cable car up to Narikala fortress.
Visit of Tbilisi Mall.
16:00 Departure to Nalchik
|The cost of the day includes:
Trip to Tbilisi mall.
|12’000 rubles per person
|3 days / 2 night
|AMOUNT IN THE GROUP
|from 6 pax
|INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
|You must have all needed documents — passport and visa on necessity.
Important to know! If weather conditions are unfavorable for the tour, then changes to the planned route are possible, including the day and time of departure.
|Travel by minibus tour class
|Accommodation in the center of Tbilisi (in the Old Town) hotel 3*
|Lunch in Tbilisi
|Cableway in Tbilisi
|Excursion service according to the tour program with a qualified guide
|Tbilisi sightseeing tour
|Trip to Mtskheta, Jvari Monastery
|12 000 rubles.
- lunches and dinners
- Personal expenses