Mtskheta town and Shio mgvime monastery in one day. Visit the city, which became a museum, the cradle of the spread of Christianity and the first capital of Georgia. From the city of Mtskheta, the history of civilization in Georgia began, and this city was a Christian religious center until the XII century. There to this day preserved the oldest monuments of monasteries and settlements. Mtskheta is declared a city-museum and included in the list of world cultural heritage of UNESCO. Not far from the city of Mtskheta there is one interesting place – Shiomgvime (Shio-Mgvime monastery – a medieval monastic architectural complex.). There, the first monastic community was founded in the 6th century by the monk Shio, one of the thirteen Assyrian fathers.


Best period for this trip: from JANUARY till DECEMBER.

Price for per GROUP in USD:

1-3 person – 155 $

4-5 person – 180 $

6-7 person – 210 $


Child policy:

0-4 years – Free
5-9 years – 30 % deduction
10 years and over – Adult price


  • Transportation
  • Driver / Guide
  • Pick up /  Drop off service (in Tbilisi)
  • 2 x 0.5 l. bottle of mineral water per person
  • Taxes



  • Meals
  • Alcoholic beverages


Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (XI centry) – one of the four greatest Cathedrals (Oshki, Bagrati Temple, Alaverdi). It is the largest historic church complex in Georgia among those who survived. During centuries it represented religious center of Christian Georgia. The Robe of Jesus and the Coat of St. Elias Prophet are buried in Svetitskhoveli.

Jvari Monastery (VI century) – Monastery is located at the tributaries of rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi, on the top of rocky mountain. It is included in the list of World Cultural Inheritance Monuments. In 30ies of IV centuries as soon as Christianity was adopted, King Mirian III erected wooden cross on this place, which later except Georgians was worshipped by the Christians from Caucasus that’s why further the Monastery built on this place was named Jvari Monastery.

Samtavro (XI century) – Episcopic Temple in Mtskheta. From this place St. Nino from Cappadocia preached Georgian nation Christianity.

Shio Mgvime (VI century) –  One of the most noticeable monasteries of Georgia of Early Feudal Era. It was founded by one of the Asureli Father Shio. As sources tell his last years of life Shio had spent in dark and deep grotto, after death according to the will he was buried  there (from this the name “Shio’s Grotto,” “Shiomgvime” comes). His grave in Shiogvime used to be considered as Saint Place.


In the morning we go to the first capital of Georgia. We will visit UNESCO cultural heritage monuments Jvari Monastery (VI century) and Svetitskhoveli (XVI century). Dinner at Mtskheta restaurant. We will take a walk tour in the city transformed into museum. We will visit Samtavro Monastery (XI century) and Shiomgvime (VI century) monastery complex. In the evening we will return back to Tbilisi.

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