Old Tbilisi Walking Tour
Metekhi Church, Rike Park, cable cars, Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi Old Town (Juma Mosque, Abanotubani Sulfur Baths), Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica Church, Bridge of Peace
Old Tbilisi, known locally as Dzveli Tbilisi, is a labyrinth of architectural delights, narrow winding streets and authentic Old World charm. The largest and most historic neighborhood of Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi’s Old Town is also home to some of its most glorious landmarks, including the famed Tbilisi Sulfur Baths in Abanotubani District, the gorgeously decorated Sioni Cathedral and the 18th century Jumah Mosque.
Old Tbilisi Walking Tour introduces you to the heart of Georgia’s fanciful capital with a tour of its most picturesque district. Wander the past with guided walks through Metekhi Church, Narikala Fortress, Anchiskhati Basilica Church and more. Come experience Tbilisi’s most delightful gems with a cable car ride from Rike Park, a rest by Legvtakhevi Waterfall and a visit to Kartlis Deda, the Mother of Georgia.
Your private guided walking tour of Old Tbilisi begins in late afternoon at Metekhi Bridge and includes the following sights:
- Metekhi Church (c. 13th century), a medieval structure on the brink of the Kura (Mtkvari) River and guarded by a statue of King Vakhtang Gorgasali, who allegedly wielded a 16-kilogram sword during his lifetime.
- Pass through Rike Park and take a cable car up to Narikala Fortress (4th century), Georgia’s oldest citadel and the best spot for a panoramic view of the city and the botanical gardens. Nearby stands the 20-meter-high statue of Kartlis Deda, also known as the Mother of Georgia.
- Continue wandering through Old Tbilisi. On the way pass Jumah Mosque, one of the few mosques in the world that holds services for both Shia and Sunni Muslims.
- Discover the quaint and picturesque Bridge of Lovers near the cooling waters of the 22-meter-high Legvtakhevi Waterfall.
- Continue through the historic Abanotubani District, passing by the famous Tbilisi Sulfur Baths which, at least in legend, are closely tied with the city’s founding.
- Exit Tbilisi Old Town and stroll along Jan Shardeni Street (Jean Chardin), an area filled with cozy coffee shops, wine tasting bars and souvenir stores.
- Enter Sioni Cathedral (c. 7th century) to admire its jaw-dropping interior of gold and turquoise frescoes.
- Take a photo near the cartoonish Leaning Clock Tower of Tbilisi, which marks the site of the city’s famous Reza Gabriadze Puppet Theater.
- Stand in awe of Anchiskhati Basilica Church (6th century), a Georgian Orthodox Cathedral and the oldest house of worship in Tbilisi.
- Walk across the Bridge of Peace, which spans the Kura River into Rike Park. Built in 2010, the Bridge of Peace stretches for 155 meters and was designed by renowned architect Michele De Lucchi.
End of Old Tbilisi Walking Tour. If you wish, continue exploring Rike Park or Old Tbilisi on your own.
Tour duration: approximately 3 hours
- Private, local guide;
- Fee for cable car ride.
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