Bolnisi and Dmanisi Tour
Bolnisi Sioni Cathedral, Tsughrughasheni Church, Dmanisi Archaeological Site
Bolnisi and Dmanisi Tour is a step back in time to the earliest foundations of Georgia, a journey sure to delight history enthusiasts and curious travelers alike. Wander the grounds where the country’s oldest remains were unearthed at Dmanisi Archaeological Site, admire the classic medieval structure of Tsughrughasheni Church and marvel at Bolnisi Sioni Cathedral, Georgia’s oldest standing church which is also engraved with the first samples of Georgian writings.
Dmanisi is a peaceful glade in southern Georgia on which the oldest fossil remains in Eurasia were excavated in the 20th century. Georgia’s most famous archaeological site holds remnants from prehistoric to medieval eras and is the perfect starting point for a fuller understanding of the country’s rich history. Nearby Bolnisi, home to the country’s oldest surviving church and the earliest samples of Georgian script, is no less significant.
A driver and local guide will meet you at your Tbilisi hotel to begin your day trip. Drive to Kvemo Kartli Region in the south of Georgia (75km, 1hr 30min).
Visit the functioning Bolnisi Sioni Cathedral (5th century), the oldest standing church in the country which also has the first samples of Georgian writings engraved on its walls. The church was constructed during the reign of King Vakhtang Gorgasali and is now located in a picturesque village.
Continue to the beautiful Tsughrughasheni Church (13th century), a high-domed chapel embellished with traditional Georgian ornamentation carved around its windows and arches.
Have a packed lunch before driving to Dmanisi (35km, 40min) to explore Dmanisi Archeological Site, a medieval commercial center where two hominid crania were discovered in 1999. The site includes the ruins of Dmanisi town (9th century) and Dmanisi Sioni Church (6th-7th centuries).
Drive back to Tbilisi (95km, 1hr 45min). End of Bolnisi and Dmanisi Tour.
Tour duration: approximately 7 hours
- Private, local guide;
- Entrance fees to the sights as per itinerary;
- Picnic lunch and mineral water (1 liter per person);
- Transportation throughout the tour.
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