With history and scenery revealing themselves with every step, your exploration of Tbilisi will intrigue and delight.
Founded in the fifth century, Tbilisi is the capital and largest city in Georgia. It is located on the banks of the Mtkvari River and is the heart of industry, society, and culture mixing the charm of the old town with the modernity of new construction projects. Warrens of cobblestone streets and a patchwork of architectural styles tell the tale of a city caught in turbulent power shifts. Once Persian, once Soviet, and always Georgian Orthodox at heart, the city bears the fingerprints of the many who have shaped it.
For those looking to enjoy the region’s most prized resource, its breathtaking scenery, Tbilisi has a myriad of opportunities to get you outdoors. Embark on a journey along the Mtkvari River to Narikhala, a fourth-century fort overlooking the city, and situated between the sulfur baths and the city’s botanical gardens. Within the walls of the fortress, visit St. Nicholas church, newly rebuilt after its 13th century predecessor was destroyed in a tragic fire.
This constant cooperation between new and old is one of Tbilisi’s great strengths. Traditional homes and grape vines evoke memories of Tbilisi’s past, while shopping malls and a new presidential palace point towards its future. During a visit to Sameba, Tbilisi’s primary cathedral, also known as Holy Trinity Cathedral, the continuing presence of the Eastern Orthodox Faith is on full display. Unlike much of Europe, Georgia’s traditions are not preserved for their own sake, but are still very much part of the day to day life of its people.
Your private Ker & Downey guide will help you dig into the culture of the Caucasus region, seeing the history and tradition through the eyes of those who live it every day. Your experiences with be authentic and often spontaneous, as the hospitable people of Georgia eagerly share their stories with you.