Tbilisi is a small city and of course, you can see almost everywhere in a short time. For those who are interested in some special places like soviet architecture etc. can spend longer time but for the most popular touristic places 2 days is usually enough. Those who have more time, rightfully want to visit the surrounding places and ask me to give some suggestions. So, I finally have a guide for the best day trips from Tbilisi, hope you like it. 😉
7 Best Day Trips From Tbilisi
You can go to these places by yourself or you can join a tour. While walking around Tbilisi Old Town, you will see tour companies, you can ask them about the price and route. Since I have not personally experienced any tour, I don’t have any recommendation.
Tbilisi to Mtskheta Day Trip
Located just half an hour from Tbilisi, Mtskheta was the former capital of Georgia. The main places to visit here are the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Svetitiskhoveli Cathedral and the Jvari Monastery with its breathtaking view. If you are going by public transport, you can take the minibuses that depart every 15 minutes from Didube station in Tbilisi. They drop you off in the center of Mtskheta, it takes around 45 minutes.
Tbilisi to Gori Day Trip
Known for being the birthplace of Stalin, Gori is only 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Tbilisi. The cave city of Uplistsikhe, 15 minutes from Gori, is a must-see. In the center of Gori, the Gori Castle, the Old Town and if you are interested the Stalin Museum are the places to see. If you want, you can combine the Gori tour with Mtskheta because Mtskheta is on the way to Gori from Tbilisi.
Tbilisi to Dashbashi Canyon Day Trip
This canyon is really beautiful, it is located 2 hours from Tbilisi. A glass bridge was built over the canyon. Also a crystal-shaped glass cafe in the middle and zipline bikes going between the two sides of the canyon creates a very touristic environment. Apart from these, you can walk down to the waterfalls from the canyon. I recommend you to go to Dashbashi canyon by renting a car, because public transportation only goes within 2 km, you have to walk from there.
Tbilisi to Borjomi Day Trip
Famous for its mineral waters, Borjomi is located 2 hours and 15 minutes from Tbilisi. You will see Borjomi brand sodas in the markets, here is the source of that soda. There is not much to do in Borjomi, people usually go to have some fresh air. But you should definitely go up from Borjomi Central Park with the nostalgic cable car. There is also the nostalgic Kukushka train from Borjomi to Bakuriani, which is also fun, but you need to have more time. Minibuses depart from Tbilisi Didube station to Borjomi, you can arrive in 2.5 hours by public transport.
Tbilisi to Kakheti Day Trip
Especially if you are coming in September and you have the chance to go to one place, my only recommendation would be the Kakheti region. The grape harvest activities are very nice. Of course, you can still go to vineyards for wine tasting even if it is not September. I just do not recommend to travel between November and March, all the vineyards are dry and although there are places to visit apart from the vineyards, you won’t see the exact beauty of the region. We go to Kakheti every autumn. The three must-see cities in this region are Telavi, Tsinandali, Sighnaghi.
Tbilisi to Kazbegi Day Trip
One of my favorite routes is Kazbegi. The most important place to see in Kazbegi is Gergeti Church. On the way to Kazbegi you should also see Ananuri Castle, Russian-Georgian Friendship Monument and SNO village. For more details, you can read my article about Kazbegi.
If you came in the winter and you like skiing, you can also visit Gudauri for a day.
Tbilisi to David Gareja Day Trip
This is a 6th-century Orthodox monastery complex located east of Tbilisi, on the border with Azerbaijan. There’s also the Mrvaltskaro Reservoir near here, which has rainbow hills. There is no public transport to this place, you have to go by your own vehicle or join a tour.