Discover Iron Age archaeology in Georgia on this private full-day Gori, Uplistsikhe and Mtskheta tour from Tbilisi. Travel to the Iron Age settlement of Uplistsikhe as a private guide sheds light on the region’s historic significance. Admire the rock-cut structures and winding staircases for which the site is famous, and hear how life played out here in the period up to the Middle Ages. Explore the UNESCO–listed town of Mtskheta and visit the Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori, home to treasures and artifacts from the Soviet leader’s life.
What to Expect
– Main road of the town;
– Main fortification;
– Grand cellar
– Church of Prince
– Sacrificial Pits
– Wine Presses
– Wooden hat where Stalin was born
– Stalin’s personal railway carriage
Uplistsikhe is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia, some 62 miles (100 km) Western from Tbilisi. Uplistsikhe is identified by archaeologists as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. The town’s age and importance led medieval Georgian written tradition to ascribe its foundation to the mythical Uplos, son of Mtskhetos, and grandson of Kartlos. The central part of Upliscikhe is the largest, contains a bulk of the Uplistsikhe rock-cut structures, and is connected to the southern part via a narrow rock-cut pass and a tunnel. Narrow alleys and sometimes staircases radiate from the central “street” to the different structures. The Uplistsikhe cave complex has been on the tentative list for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage program since 2007.
Joseph Stalin’s Museum in Gori
Joseph Stalin’s Museum in Gori establish in 1951 as a local history museum, but clearly intended to become a memorial to Stalin, who died in 1953. The main building of the complex is a large palace in Stalinist Gothic style. Enshrined within a Greco-Italianate pavilion is a small wooden hut, in which Stalin was born in 1878 and spent his first four years. The exhibition is divided into six halls in roughly chronological order, and contain many items actually or allegedly owned by Stalin, including some of his office furniture, his personal effects and gifts made to him over the years. There is also much illustration by way of documentation, photographs, paintings and newspaper articles. The display concludes with one of twelve copies of the death mask of Stalin taken shortly after his death.
To one side of the museum is Stalin’s personal railway carriage. The green Pullman carriage, which is armour plated and weighs 83 tons, was used by Stalin from 1941 onwards, including his attendances at the Yalta Conference and the Tehran Conference. It was sent to the museum on being recovered from the railway yards at Rostov on Donau in 1985.
- Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel
- Qualified guiding service
- Transportation in modern, comfortable and fully air-conditioned coach
- Petrol Costs
- A bottle of water per traveler per day
- Meals and alcohol drinks
- Museum entrance tickets
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Uplistikhe is about 62 miles (100 km) from Tbilisi. The first part of the tour in Uplistsikhe town-museum is about 2-3 hours of walking, therefore comfortable walking shoes required. Due to weather condition the Uplistsikhe town-museum is open for visitors from second half of April till end of October
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Dress code is smart casual
If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Full-Day Private Tour in Gori Uplistsikhe and Mtskheta
- Private full-day tour of Gori, Uplistsikhe and Mtskheta tour from Tbilisi
- Explore the Iron Age settlement of Uplistsikhe with a private guide
- Gain insight into life in the region from the Iron Age to the Middle Ages
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage–listed town of Mtskheta
- Discover Soviet-era artifacts at the Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori
- Tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Tbilisi hotel