Zaal Zurabashvili, certified guide, English-Georgian-English, Russian-English and Russian-Georgian translator, member of Georgian Guides Association. Born in 1963. He knows Georgia very well, is outgoing, considerate and conducts tours throughout Georgia. You will get to know and fall in love with Georgia with Zaal.
What will you experience
The tour starts at Liberty Square. We walk down Pushkin Street along the ruins of City Wall. Then we walk along Baratashvili Street to the Old City’s Water Gate and Berikaoba sculpture composition. There we turn right to Shavteli Street where on the balcony of Gabriadze Puppet Theater’s tower an angel with a hammer rings the bell at every hour. Street musicians often perform here and the place is full of tourist. Next to it stands the oldest building in Tbilisi, the 6th century Anchiskhati Church. Along the street are cafes, restaurants and wine shops. You can have a meal at the tables in the street and listen to a virtuoso pianist playing in the street. Then we pass Georgian Orthodox Patriarchate where in the middle ages the palace of Georgian kings stood. At Erekle II square we turn left toward the river. There stands the only building that survived from the kings’ palace complex. This is the Royal Baths. At different times it also housed the state mint and the first printing house.
Then we go to the Glass Bridge, go to its midpoint have a panoramic view of the old city, and go back to Erekle II Street. This street was a marketplace in the middle ages. Now there are a lot of cafes, souvenir shops and tourists there. We go to Sioni Church which houses the sacred St. Nino’s cross with which she baptized the Georgian nation in the 4th century A.D. We pass the Tbilisi History Museum which used to be a famous Caravanserai. Through Jean Shardin Street we reach Old Tbilisi’s main square, go over the Metekhi Bridge and go up Metekhi Church which overlooks the Old City along with the statue of King Vakhtang Gorgasali, the founder of Tbilisi. Then we cross the bridge again and see around the Sulfur Baths, go up to Narikala Citadel through a winding staircase and descend to Rike Park riding the cable car.
What to bring
A bottle of water, hat to protect you from the sun, comfortable shoes, seasonable clothes.