For an evocative look
at the mindblowing attractions of Georgia’s both old and new capitals, book
Rayna Tours’ extensive Tbilisi and Mtskheta City Tour. A mash up of stunning
sights, regaling anecdotes as well as stories, and delightful must-experiences will
provide an incredible overview of the country’s centuries-old history, culture,
Starting right in the
heart of Tbilisi with a convenient hotel pick up, the tour will first take you to
Holy Trinity Cathedral, renowned as one of the world’s largest religious
structures. Boasting a super stunning locale on the hill of St. Ilya, its
interior is as enchanting as its glorious façade, with its golden dome easily
viewable from almost any part of the city. You’ll then visit the 13th
century Metekhi Church, which has an equestrian statue of Tbilisi’s founder -
Vakhtang Gorgasali, nearby. From its cliff-top settings, it offers the fabulous
views of the concrete bridge and Mtkvari River flowing beneath it.
Next, make a stop at
the 4th century Narikala Fortress with a Persian background. This is
followed by a visit to the legendary Sulphur Bathhouse District. In Tbilisi,
you’ll further tour attractions including Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati
Basilica, and the incredible marionette theatre - Rezo Gabriadze Theatre.
Be prepared for more
scenic and historic surprises as you’re driven outside of Tbilisi, some 20
kilometers away, to Mtskheta – which remained the capital of Eastern Georgia
Kingdom from 3rd century BC to 5th century AD.
Idyllically positioned at the convergence of two rivers (Aragvi and Mtkvari),
it draws you to its UNESCO World Heritage attractions such as Jvari Monastery
and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (the Cathedral of Life Giving Pillar), with the
grave of Sidonia who was buried here along with the tunic of Jesus Christ.
Quite obviously, both these ancient structures offer a captivating glimpse of
the region’s mysterious past.
Before you head back to
Tbilisi, you’ll trip Samtavro Monastery Complex whose main highlights are
Samtavro Transfiguration Orthodox Church and St. Nino Convent.