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.
-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 in a private vehicle: Sedan or alike
Estimated Local Cash Needed
60 Gel - Per person - Lunch - 20 Gel per person
- Wine-tasting 25-37 Gel per person
I am not a driver. I'm renting Transportation, which is included in the given price for all driven tours.
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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.