Tbilisi in some countries also still known by its pre-1936 international designation Tiflis is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Kura River with a population of approximately 1.5 million people. Founded in the 5th century AD by Vakhtang I of Iberia, since then Tbilisi served as the capital of various Georgian kingdoms and republics. Between 1801 and 1917, then part of the Russian Empire, Tbilisi was the seat of the Imperial Viceroy, governing both Southern and Northern Caucasus. Because of its location on the crossroads between Europe and Asia, and its proximity to the lucrative Silk Road, throughout history, Tbilisi was a point of contention among various global powers. The city's location to this day ensures its position as an important transit route for various energy and trade projects. Tbilisi's diverse history is reflected in its architecture, which is a mix of medieval, neoclassical, Beaux Arts, Art Nouveau, Stalinist, and Modern structures. Historically, Tbilisi has been home to people of multiple cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, though it is currently overwhelmingly Eastern Orthodox Christian. Tbilisi has been historically known for religious tolerance. This is especially evident in the city's Old Town, where a mosque, synagogue, and Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches can be found less than 500 meters (1,600 ft
Our guide and driver will meet you at 10.00 o'clock at your hotel’s entrance and drive you
for a sightseeing tour of Old Tbilisi. Start from Berikaoba monument.
The next point is Gabriadze Theater in the heart of Old Tbilisi. This beautiful building of the unique Marionette Theater was designed by Gabriadze himself.
Our tour will continue at Anchiskhati basilica, Sioni Cathedral, and Jvris Mama church.
Next point is Qarvasla building, which is located at 8 Sioni Street, between Sioni church and touristic hot spot Shardeni Street. In the beginning, this building was a store for various goods and a barrelhouse. Today it is an active tourist spot, where one can explore Georgian history in the museum, exhibition, and trade. You can also visit the Old Synagogue nearby.
Tour will continue through the Shardeni and Bambis Rigi narrow streets area full of cozy cafés, art studios, wine tasting bars, and souvenir shops.
Next stop is Metekhi church and the monument of Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi.
Then we will have a little rest for lunch and taste Georgian food in an Old Tbilisi area.
After lunch, we will have a little walk into Rike Park and observe Bridge of Peace.
The next stop is the Fortress of Narikala where you enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
Walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses passing by the unique Mosque in Tbilisi. On the way, you will spot Persian and Ottoman domes neighboring Soviet towers and Art Nouveau mansions, Byzantine arches of modern villas and lovely row houses with traditional, carved wooden balconies. You will be able to see also the wonderful waterfall - “Fig Ravine”
Then we will have the most important part of our trip – art workshop, which implies painting sessions with a lesson in the main elements of composition, color, and oil pastel painting technique. Art workshop will be arranged in the most beautiful restaurant's terrace with Old City panoramic views. Duration of art workshop is approximately three hours.
Please note that if you inform us in advance the meal for vegetarian
will be arranged.
We will give you the inventory needed for drawing