Every year that we meet in person, IUT offers educational tours to Conference participants.
Full Day Tour
Pre-Conference Full-Day Tour
Tuesday, 26 July 2022
9:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.
All-Day Mtskheta and Kakheti Tour
Our tour with an English-speaking guide will take us first to the city of Mtskheta, a UNESCO World Heritage site, located 20 kilometers (12 miles) northwest of Tbilisi. Mtskheta is one of the oldest cities in Georgia and its former capital, with an eleventh-century cathedral and two monasteries that date from even earlier. We will spend the morning sightseeing in Mtskheta and then head 130 kilometers (80 miles) southeast to a vineyard in the Kakheti wine region, where we will enjoy a late lunch and a wine tasting. From there it’s a short trip to Sighnaghi, a picturesque town that overlooks the Alazani Valley, with views of the Caucasus mountains in the distance. After a visit to the Bodbe monastery and some refreshments, we will return to Tbilisi, arriving back around 8:00 p.m. Total driving time is approximately six hours.
Tour cost per person: $95 USD
Half Day Tour
Half-Day Afternoon Tour
Thursday, 28 July, 2022
Tbilisi Evening Tour
Summer days in Tbilisi can be hot, so evening is the best time to explore the city on foot. Our English-speaking tour guide will take us at a leisurely pace through the old town, visiting the Metekhi and Sioni Churches, the Mother of Georgia statue, the Meidan Bazaar for a little shopping, and the Narikala Fortress, which offers stunning views of the city. Along the way we will see examples of the diverse architectural styles that reflect the many different cultural influences that have helped to shape the city. The tour will conclude with refreshments at an outdoor café.
Tour cost per person: $45 USD
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