Ancient capital Mtskheta and winery - a 6 hour Private Tour

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Tour Number

Activity Level

318448


Categories

Religious Heritage, Local Experience, Food and Wine, Day Trip / Out of Town

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 3

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), Japanese (advanced)

Visit Jvari monastery, old capital of Iberian kingdom Mtskheta and a Winery


Mtskheta, located at the confluence of river Mtkvari and Aragvi, was the ancient capital of Iberian kingdom (eastern part of Georgia) from 3rd century BC till 5th century AD. Even after capital was transferred to Tbilisi, Mtskheta still remained a religious center of the country. Georgian Orthodox church declared it as a Holy city, because Christianity was adopted as a national religion here and for its spiritual importance. Several significant historical monuments of Mtskheta including: Svetitskhoveli cathedral (XI century) and Jvari monastery (VI century) are UNESCO world heritage sites.

Winemaking in Georgia has 8000 years of history, nowadays it's one of the biggest exports of the country. Traditional technology of fermenting wine in a clay-pot named Qvevri is still widely used as well as European methods. Having over 500 varieties of grape, it's impossible not to find wine which fits your taste.

Itinerary

-Jvari Monastery - 6th century monastery situated on top of a hill overlooking old capital.

-Svetitskhoveli Cathedral - most important religious site in the country, where Christ's robe is buried. Svetitskhoveli was the biggest cathedral in Georgia from 11th century to 2004, and a place where kings were crowned and buried.

-Armaztsikhe-bagineti Archeological Site or Shio Mgvime Monastery upon traveler's choice

-Wine factory or local winery (the exact winery being visited will depend on the day)

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Hotel

End location: Hotel

Duration: 6 hours

Transportation

Transportation in a private vehicle: Sedan or alike

What’s Included

Other: - Organization of tour and my service as a guide
- Transportation

Estimated Local Cash Needed

60 Gel - Per person - Lunch - 20 Gel per person
- Wine-tasting 25-37 Gel per person

What’s Extra

Other: - Lunch
- Wine-tasting

Restrictions

I am not a driver. I'm renting Transportation, which is included in the given price for all driven tours.

A Recent Review of this tour

Ia tailored the day exactly to our interests. First came the ancient monasteries of Jvari and Mtskheta and the superb vistas of the valley and the Caucasus beyond. Then two different wineries, Guramishvilis and Iago, both outstanding in their own way, both in beautiful locations and giving a fascinating glimpse into traditional production methods. Tastings at both were accompanied by delicious local food. Once again it was the delightful company of Ia and and driver Sam which made the day perfect.
John S.

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