The enchantment of Georgia extends beyond its capital. Check out these guides for enriching day trips from Tbilisi.
Mtskheta – Georgia’s Ancient Former Capital
Distance: 20 km (12 mi) north of Tbilisi.
Mtskehta is an ancient city and the heart of Christianity in Georgia. There are 2 main churches to see here: Jvari Monastery & Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.
Jvari Monastery sits atop a hill overlooking the river and city of Mtskehta. It is where St. Nino erected a famous wooden cross in the 4th century after declaring Christianity the official religion of Georgia.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is in the middle of town, and purportedly contains the Robe of Christ.
Uplistsikhe – The Cave Town Carved in Stone
Distance: 84 km (52 mi) northeast of Tbilisi.
Georgia has a number of cave cities carved in stone. Uplistsikhe is the closest one to Tbilisi and was first occupied starting in the Bronze Age around 1000BC. It had a tumultuous history of prosperity and invasions.
Uplistsikhe is usually visited along with Gori, the birthplace of Stalin. Pair them together for an enriching day of Georgian history!
Read More: A Guide to Visiting Uplistsikhe
Sighnaghi – The “City of Love” in the Heart of Wine Country
Distance: 110 km (68 mi) east of Tbilisi.
Sighnaghi is a small gorgeous town atop a hill. Its quaint charm, cobblestone streets, and variety of wine tasting options make it an ideal spot for exploring the Kakheti wine region.
You could easily spend a long weekend here, but if you’re short on time a day trip is still recommended.
Read More: Where to Drink Wine in Sighnaghi