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Day Trips from Tbilisi Georgia for Foodies and History Buffs

Looking for the best day trips from Tbilisi Georgia? Let our comprehensive guide help you plan the ultimate Georgia travel itinerary.

Tbilisi, the vibrant capital of Georgia, is not only a hub of rich history and culture but also a gateway to several must-see destinations that can be explored within a day. In this article, we aim to guide you through various day trips from Tbilisi Georgia, with a particular focus on the unique blend of food, wine, history, and cultural experiences that this incredible country has to offer.

While there are many day trips you can take from Tbilisi these are a few of our favourite destinations that we think should 100% be on your Georgia travel itinerary – if you have time!


Planning a day trip from Tbilisi Georgia? 

Here are our insider tips on day trips from Tbilisi and places to stay in Tbilisi:

Top Tours

  1. Eat This! ToursPremium food and wine tours. Experience premium small-group tours providing an authentic taste of the region’s finest food and wine. Use FFT5 to get 5% off
  2. Day Trip to Mtskheta Gori and Uplistsikhe
  3. Kazbegi & Gudauri Full day PRIVATE tour from Tbilisi
  4. Kutaisi Canyons and Caves from Tbilisi Full Day Tour
  5. Dashbashi Canyon, Glass Bridge, Bicycle Zip Line, Swing, Private Full Day Tour

Top Hotels

  1. Rooms Hotel Tbilisi – 4 star design style hotel. On Rustaveli Avenue.
  2. Vinotel – 4 Star wine hotel. Across the river, opposite Tbilisi old town.
  3. Communal Sololaki – 4 star boutique hotel. In the Bohemian district near old town.
  4. Shota @ Rustaveli Boutique – 4 Star boutique on Rustaveli Avenue, close to Freedom Square.
  5. Moxy – 3 star design hotel by Marriott. Opposite old town.


Signagi Georgia: Signagi city of love Georgia
Signagi Georgia: Signagi city of love Georgia


Sighnaghi (also spelled Signagi), known as the ‘City of Love’, is a picturesque town in the Kakheti region, famous for its wine-making traditions and stunning views of the Alazani Valley. The town’s fortified walls and narrow streets are delightful to wander around taking in the history of days gone by and enjoying the arts and crafts and other wares hand-made by locals. 

Wine Tasting and Gastronomy in Sighnaghi

A trip to Sighnaghi is incomplete without indulging in the local wine and Georgian cuisine. The town is renowned for its traditional Georgian wines, such as Saperavi and Rkatsiteli, which you can enjoy in various local family Georgian wineries

Georgia does winetasting a little differently than most countries and popular Georgian wineries are often people’s homes and not just a commercial cellar door, so it’s important to book a tasting in advance or join a Sighnaghi wine tour to avoid disappointment. 

While Sighnaghi is often a popular place to visit as a day trip from Tbilisi Georgia it’s also a beautiful place to stay the night and wake up to an almost tourist-free city in the morning. Early morning is also the best time to get shots of the Caucuses mountains before any haze sets in. 

Here are a few of our favourite hotels in Sighnaghi: 

Kabadoni – 4 Star Boutique Spa Hotel. In Signagi.

Ampelo Resort – 4 Star Resort Style. Near Signagi.

Lost Ridge Inn, Microbrewery & Ranch – 3 Star Boutique. Near Signagi.

Jvari monastery - day trips from Tbilisi Georgia
Jvari monastery – day trips from Tbilisi Georgia

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One of the easiest day trips from Tbilisi is to go for a quick drive from Tbilisi to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia, rich in its historical and religious significance. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to some of the oldest churches in the country, like the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.

Georgia Architectural Wonders and Religious Sites

Mtskheta offers a journey back in time with its magnificent architectural landmarks, like the Jvari Monastery, perched on a hilltop, offering stunning panoramic views (especially at sunset) of the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. This site has been a religious landmark since the 4th century and is the birthplace of Georgian Christianity.

Day trip from Tbilisi to Kazbegi

Mount Kazbegi + Stepantsminda

Now, I’m only mentioning Kazbegi / Stepantsminda as people seem to be super keen to take a Kazbegi tour from Tbilisi and back again in only 1 day. Just a heads up it’s about a 3 hour drive there and back (6 hours driving total)  IF there’s good traffic – but usually, there are lots of large slow trucks and the weather can be a nuisance in winter too! People get stuck up there in winter all the time! But if you are still keen to take a day trip from Tbilisi to Kazbegi read on….. but, I’m going to add in some hotel options because it really is worth spending at least a night there. 

Kazbegi is the general name used for the region these days but the actual town is called Stepantsminda. This area is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. 

Right in the heart of Georgia’s stunning landscapes, Mount Kazbek stands tall, an imposing and awe-inspiring sight. At its base, you’ll find the Gergeti Trinity Church, perched serenely on a hilltop. This site is used a lot to promote Georgia Tourism – becaus-p[e it truly is stunning. Around the area there are lots of Kazbegi hikes you can go on, showshoeing and horse riding Kazbegi experiences are also avaialable, and there are a handful of decent restaurants to try – but really it’s all about the view. 

As i mentioned before I recommend staying for a least a night, so here are our top Stepantsminda hotels:

Rooms Hotel – Top Choice. Amazing Views and Tasty Cocktails

GRAF Kazbegi

Vache Hotel

If you are currently planning your trip it’s best to book a private transfer to Kazbegi here.

Borjomi National Park - Day Trips From Tbilisi Georgia
Borjomi National Park – Day Trips From Tbilisi Georgia


Borjomi is famous for its mineral waters, believed to have healing properties, and often found on pretty much any dinner table in Georgia. The town, nestled in a picturesque valley, is also known for its lush green parks and nature reserves, ideal for leisurely walks and relaxation.

There used to be a Borjomi to Bakuriani train (particularly stunning in the winter snow covered months) but this hasn’t been in operation since COVID. I recently saw and signed a petition trying to get the Kukushka train up and running again….but I guess we’ll have to wait and see if it makes a difference. Fingers crossed! 

–> want to learn more about the famous Borjomi mineral water? Listen to our full podcast episode

Borjomi Natural Parks and Hiking Trails

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, one of the largest in Europe, offers various hiking trails through dense forests and alpine meadows, showcasing Georgia’s rich biodiversity. Go for a stroll through Borjomi Park and not only enjoy stunning nature but you can bathe in the famous Borjomi hot springs so don’t forget to take your bathing suit (entry fees apply). It’s just a lovely place to wander around and enjoy nature at its best. 


Gori, up until now has mostly been known as the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, and it really does hold a significant place in Soviet history, but it’s really more than just the birthplace of a long dead tyrant. Yes, the Stalin Museum is a major attraction, offering insights into the life of the Soviet leader and the history of the era, but locals are trying hard to move away from this being the only significant attraction tourists visit Gori for. 

Gori’s local wineries, both small and large, are experimenting with a mix of traditional Georgian grape varieties and contemporary wine-making techniques. This fusion is producing an array of wines that are both deeply rooted in Georgian tradition and appealing to modern taste preferences. 

Speaking of modern taste preferences – some great little restaurants have opened up offering a taste of local flavours and dishes. 

Gori Museums and Cultural Insights

If you are a lover of historical sites, besides the Stalin Museum, Gori’s ancient fortress is worth a visit, especially at sunset, and the nearby Uplistsikhe cave town provides a deep dive into the region’s cultural and historical past.

Uplistsikhe Cave Town - day Trips from Tbilisi Georgia
Uplistsikhe Cave Town – day Trips from Tbilisi Georgia

Exploring the Uplistsikhe Cave Town

Uplistsikhe, an ancient rock-carved town in Georgia, stands as a remarkable testament to early human ingenuity and architecture. Carved into the rocky banks of the Mtkvari River, this site offers a fascinating glimpse into Georgia’s long looong past, dating back to the Iron Age. Visitors to Uplistsikhe can explore a labyrinth of caves, temples, and halls, each telling a unique story of the region’s historical and cultural evolution. There is also a marani (Georgian wine cellar) now open to the public onsite and for an extra fee you can visit the small cellar and try the Uplistsikhe wine. 

David Gareja Monastery - Dy trips from Tbilisi Georgia

David Gareja Monastery

The David Gareja Monastery (also called Davit Gareja Monastery), is a Georgian monastery complex set against the dramatic backdrop of a semi-desert landscape near the Georgia-Azerbaijan border. Like Uplistsikhe, this remarkable complex is carved directly into the rocky hills. It showcases the remarkable craftsmanship and dedication of early monks in this region. 

The complex houses an extensive array of old monastic cells, churches, chapels, and living quarters, all meticulously hollowed out from the rock. Davit Gareja is also known for its exquisite frescoes, some of which date back to the 9th century, offering a colourful contrast to the bare rock faces. 

This used to be a fairly difficult day trip from Tbilisi (travel wise) as the roads were shocking! But the roads were updated a few years ago and the trip is much much easier now. Buuuuut…..

Recently there have been a few disputes between Georgia and Azerbajan which have made visiting the site a bit tricky, with some days the site being completely closed and others with limited places open to visit. It’s probably best to book a David Gareja Monastery tour or ask around before making the drive out there and be disappointed.

Tsinandali Estate (Chavchavadze Estate) - day trips from Tbilisi Georgia
Tsinandali Estate (Chavchavadze Estate) – day trips from Tbilisi Georgia

The Tsinandali Estate Telavi

Tsinandali, in the heart of Georgia’s wine country, is famous for its historic winery and the beautiful Tsinandali Estate. The estate belonged to the 19th-century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze who was also the first to bring European wine-making technologies to Georgia, and his residence is now a museum.

Tsinandali Estate Wine Tasting and Cultural Experiences

The Tsinandali Estate offers a unique experience of Georgian wine culture. Visitors can tour the historic wine cellar, taste exquisite wines, and learn about the traditional methods of Georgian wine-making.

You can choose to do this as a day trip from Tbilisi or stay the night as the grounds are now run by the Radisson group and the Radisson Collection Tsinandali Estate hotel is really a beautiful place to stay, soak in the atmosphere, wander the grounds, visit the cellar, and drink the famous Tsinandali wines. It’s nice to take your time and explore rather than hurry back to Tbilisi. 

Kakheti Wine Tours - Wine Tasting Day Tour from Tbilisi Georgia
Kakheti Wine Tours – Wine Tasting Day Tour Tbilisi


Telavi, nestled in the heart of the Kakheti region, is a vibrant tapestry of history, natural beauty, and cultural richness. The town itself is a charming blend of ancient architecture and modern life, where historical sites like the Batonis Tsikhe Fortress coexist with bustling local markets.

The surrounding countryside is dotted with a plethora of wineries, each with its own unique story, offering visitors a chance to indulge in authentic Georgian wine experiences. From traditional family-owned vineyards to larger, more modern establishments, the wineries around Telavi provide an insightful glimpse into the ancient art of Georgian winemaking.

In addition to its vinicultural attractions, Telavi is surrounded by some of the most significant monastic complexes in the country, such as the Alaverdi Monastery and Ikalto Monastery. These historic sites are not only spiritual centers but also hubs of Georgian culture and history, set against stunning natural landscapes.

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Gelati Monastery - Things To Do In Kutaisi
Gelati Monastery – Things To Do In Kutaisi


Kutaisi is also not really a place I would simply do in a day as there is so much in the Imereti region to see, eat, drink, and explore, but if you must, here’s a bit of information about Kutaisi and the Imereti region. 

Kutaisi’s culinary scene is a fusion of traditional Georgian flavors and modern gastronomy. The local markets and restaurants offer a taste of the region’s fresh produce and culinary creativity. While it took some time to really grow – the Kutaisi restaurant and wine bar scene is really flourishing recently and it’s absolutely worth doing a day trip from Tbilisi to Kutaisi to explore the food scene.

Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery

For the history buffs Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery are a must visit. The Gelati Monastery is 1 of 4 properties in Georgia inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Bagrati Cathedral, situated in the city of Kutaisi, was originally constructed in the early 11th century under King Bagrat III. Although partially ruined in various historical conflicts, the cathedral has undergone significant restoration, blending ancient design with modern reconstruction techniques. Overlooking the city of Kutaisi, Bagrati offers a panoramic view of the surrounding area which is especially nice to visit at sunset. 

Gelati Monastery, located a short distance from Kutaisi, was founded by King David IV of Georgia in the 12th century. Known as the “Cradle of Georgian Enlightenment,” it served as a center of educational, cultural, and spiritual life in medieval Georgia. Inside the main Cathedral of the Virgin, visitors are greeted by a brilliant and vivid display of frescoes, making it one of the most colourful and enchanting interiors in Georgia.

Kutaisi Attractions: Other places to visit in the Immereti region (not too far from Kutaisi)

Tskaltubo – renowned for its therapeutic mineral springs and grandiose Soviet-era sanatoriums, is a unique spa town that is now popular with people seeking more ‘dark tourism’. Many of the stunning abandoned sanitoriums have fallen into dissrepair and are a creepy yet beautiful sight. But this might not last for long as development and refurbishment has been whispered about and these abandoned sanitoriums may get a glow up in the coming years. 

Prometheus Caves – one of Georgia’s natural wonders, offers a  journey through a subterranean world of stalactites, stalagmites, and dazzling underground rivers. This extensive cave system, illuminated by colorful lights, creates an almost otherworldly experience for visitors, showcasing the hidden beauty beneath Georgia’s landscape.

As many people fly into Kutaisi airport it’s probably worth spending a day or 2 in the region (if you have time) and taking a Kutaisi tour, rather than heading straight to Tbilisi and doubling back on a day trip.

–> Want more info about Kutaisi attractions and Things to Do In Kutaisi? Listen to our 2 part podcast with Emily from Wanderlush.

Ananuri Fortress - Tbilisi Day Tours
Ananuri Fortress Tbilisi Day Tours

Ananuri Fortress Complex

Ananuri, a castle and fortress complex located on the Aragvi River, is famous for its well-preserved architectural structures and picturesque setting. The complex includes two churches and various defensive structures. It’s usually a place for a short stop on the way to somewhere else….but worth visiting all the same. 

Skiing in Gudauri - 1 day trip from Tbilisi Georgia


Gudauri is a picturesque ski resort located just a couple of hours’ drive from Tbilisi. Gudauri boasts some of the finest slopes in Georgia and is known for its powdery snow and diverse terrain, it caters to both beginners and seasoned skiers and snowboarders alike. There are even snow shoeing adventures to be had!

But Gudauri’s appeal extends beyond the ski season. During the warmer months, it transforms into a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering activities such as paragliding, mountain biking, and hiking. The panoramic views of the majestic Caucasus range provide a stunning backdrop for these adventures. 

Dashbashi Canyon - Tbilisi Day Trips

Dashbashi Canyon

Dashbashi Canyon, a lesser-known yet spectacular natural site just under 2 hours drive from Tbilisi, has recently become famous online due to the recently built 240-meter (787 feet) glass bridge and giant diamond shaped cafe hanging over the canyon.

For the adventurous, you can ride a bicycle along a thin wire straight across the canyon. Otherwise, Dashbashi Canyon offers hiking along scenic trails, bird watching, and exploring the local flora. The natural beauty of Dashbashi and the ‘Gram-worthy’ diamond cafe make it an excellent addition to the list of day trips from Tbilisi.


The Dmanisi Museum, located in southern Georgia, is a site of global significance. It is world famous for its archaeological finds, including some of the earliest human skulls discovered outside of Africa, dating back to 1.8 million years ago. Pretty cool hey! 

The Global Importance of Dmanisi’s Archaeological Finds

Dmanisi’s archaeological site has revolutionized our understanding of human migration and evolution. The well-preserved remains and artifacts found here provide invaluable information about our ancient ancestors. A visit to Dmanisi Museum is a must for anyone interested in archaeology and human history.

If you want to continue your journey into the fascinating archeology of Georgia then also add on a visit to the Bolnisi museum to your fun trips in Georgia list. 

Bolnisi Museum - Tbilisi Day Trips
Bolnisi Museum – Tbilisi Day Trips

Bolnisi Museum

The Bolnisi Museum is a treasure trove of archaeological and cultural artifacts that chronicle the rich history of the region. The museum showcases a comprehensive archaeological collection, spanning from the New Stone Age (6th to 5th millennium B.C.) through to the late medieval period. The museum was a contender for the 2022 European Museum of the Year Award. Definitely worth checking it out and then going for a wander around the historic old town of Bolnisi which is fascinating in that it was settled by German’s many years ago. This makes Bolnisi (and a few surrounding towns) unique in their style, architecture and wine making due to this German influence

FAQs About Day Trips from Tbilisi Georgia

1. What are the best day trips from Tbilisi for wine enthusiasts? Eat This Tours provides top-notch day trips from Tbilisi for wine lovers, featuring intimate small group tours to Signagi and Telavi – use code FFT5 for a 5% discount on your wine tasting adventure

2. Can I experience traditional Georgian cuisine on these day trips? Georgia and food go hand in hand – it’s not possible to travel to Georgia and not find traditional Georgian cuisine. 

3. Are there any UNESCO World Heritage sites near Tbilisi? Yes, the historical monuments of Mtskheta located aprox 30 min drive from the centre of Tbilisi, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

4. What adventure activities can I do on day trips from Tbilisi? You can indulge in thrilling adventure activities such as white-water rafting on the Aragvi River, paragliding over the breathtaking landscapes, horseback riding through scenic trails, quad and ATV, and skiing at nearby resorts during the winter season.

5. How accessible are these day trip destinations from Tbilisi? it’s important to note that Georgia, unfortunately, is not yet a very accessible destination for travelers with mobility challenges. The infrastructure in many areas, including popular tourist spots, often lacks the necessary accommodations for easy accessibility, such as ramps, lifts, or adequately equipped transportation. This can make it difficult for those with mobility impairments to fully enjoy all that these destinations have to offer.

Signaghi Wine Tours
Signaghi Wine Tours

Day trips from Tbilisi offer an unparalleled opportunity to dive deep into the heart of Georgia, a country where history, culture, gastronomy, and breathtaking landscapes merge seamlessly. Whether you’re sipping on fine wine in Kakheti, exploring the ancient streets of Mtskheta, or marveling at the natural wonders of Kazbegi, each journey promises a memorable experience. So pack your bags, and get ready to explore the rich tapestry that Georgia has to offer, right from the doorstep of Tbilisi.

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