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How to Spend 1 Day in Tbilisi

How to Spend 1 Day in Tbilisi

Poised at the crossroads of east and west and dramatically set in the deep valley of the Mtkvari River, Tbilisi is drawing increasing numbers of travelers keen to learn about its fascinating history and check out its thriving cultural scene. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in the Georgian capital.

Morning: See the Sights

To see as much as possible in a short amount of time, consider booking a full-day guided tour of the city. Most of these tours are private—that is, it’s just you, your travel partners, and a guide—and typically include a cable car ride to Narikala Fortress and visits to landmarks such as the Holy Trinity Cathedral and Mount Mtatsminda. Some tours also stop by the historic town of Mtskheta. Alternatively, spend the morning on a walk through the capital or on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour, both of which give you the freedom to explore at your own pace.

Afternoon: Savor the Flavors

Georgia has long been known as the birthplace of wine, and now its distinctive cuisine is also gaining recognition as some of the best in the region. Taste the true flavors of Georgia by spending your afternoon in Tbilisi on a food tour. Options sometimes include cooking lessons taught by locals. Alternatively, go wine touring and tasting.

Night: Check Out the Nightlife

Having long thrown off its repressed past, Tbilisi is emerging as one of the most vibrant nighttime cities in the region. Get a feel for the scene by embarking on a guided pub crawl. Or if you’re up for a late night, book a VIP nightclub experience and skip the entry lines at some of Tbilisi’s hottest clubs. A few drinks are often included in both options. As a more laid-back alternative, hop aboard a cable car for a ride to the Funicular Restaurant Complex, and enjoy panoramic views of the city along with a dinner of traditional Georgian food.

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Private tour: Tbilisi Full Day Sightseeing

Private tour: Tbilisi Full Day Sightseeing

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Take in Tbilisi’s top attractions and sample the flavors Georgians love on this private full-day Tbilisi sightseeing tour. Follow a private guide on a sightseeing tour of Tbilisi and the Old Town, and discover landmarks including the Georgian National Museum and Holy Trinity Cathedral — one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. Enjoy fine views from the Metekhi Plateau and Mtatsminda Mountain, and stop for a traditional lunch in a local Georgian restaurant. Take the cable car to 4th-century Narikala Fortress, and soak up the atmosphere in Meidan Square.
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  • 7 hours
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$100.87
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Full Day Private Tour of Tbilisi and Mtskheta

Full Day Private Tour of Tbilisi and Mtskheta

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Discover UNESCO World Heritage treasures in Georgia on this private full-day Tbilisi and Mtskheta tour from Tbilisi. Explore the historic town of Mtskheta with a private guide and discover UNESCO–listed attractions including 6th-century Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. After a traditional lunch in a local restaurant, head onward to Tbilisi and take in important landmarks such as the Metekhi Plateau and 4th-century Narikala Fortress. Stroll through Legtakhevi and the bath-house district, and soak up the atmosphere in bustling Meidan Square.
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  • 8 hours
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$114.94
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Join a Local for a Market Tour, Cooking Class and Meal in her Tbilisi Home
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Join a Local for a Market Tour, Cooking Class and Meal in her Tbilisi Home

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Meet your host (Teo) for a visit to a local food market stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products. Pick up a few things for your meal, then return to Teo’s home for the private cooking class. Inside her cozy kitchen, learn to prepare two or three typical Georgian dishes, then sit down at the family dining table to share the meal you helped prepare.
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  • 4 hours
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Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Jvari. Full City Tour on Hop On Hop Off Bus

Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Jvari. Full City Tour on Hop On Hop Off Bus

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See highlights of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. You’ll be able to get off the bus to visit sights like Old Town, the Cathedral of Georgia Tsminda Sameba, and Mtskheta at your own leisure. Hear onboard commentary through headphones, and enjoy accompaniment by a guide at each stop. Refresh yourself with free snacks and soft drinks along the way.
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  • 6 hours
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$40.60
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Tbilisi Highlights Half Day Walking Tour

Tbilisi Highlights Half Day Walking Tour

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Maximize time in Tbilisi with a half-day walking tour of the city’s highlights. Visit top attractions including the Holy Trinity cathedral and ride the cable car to the Narikala Fortress. Explore several neighborhoods on foot and stroll along narrow streets to see cafes and wine bars. Learn about the history of the Sioni Cathedral and the Anchiskhati Basilica.
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  • 5 hours
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$79.00
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Enjoy a Traditional Georgian Cooking Class and Meal with a Local in Tbilisi
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Enjoy a Traditional Georgian Cooking Class and Meal with a Local in Tbilisi

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Step inside Teo’s kitchen to enjoy a home-cooked meal in a local’s home. Your host (Teo) lives with her parents and six siblings, making for a warm, relaxed, and cozy atmosphere. Learn to cook two or three typical Georgian dishes, then enjoy the meal together at the family dining table. Lunch or dinner classes are available.
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  • 3 hours
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$69.75
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Dinner in Funicular Restaurant Complex at Mtatsminda Park from Tbilisi

Dinner in Funicular Restaurant Complex at Mtatsminda Park from Tbilisi

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Climb aboard a cable car for a ride to the Funicular Restaurant Complex with this evening tour. Follow your guide to admire views of Tbilisi and go for a stroll through the Mtatsminda amusement park. Taste traditional Georgian food and wine over dinner in a restaurant with panoramic views of the city.
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  • 4 hours
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