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Soon I’ll be going to Tbilisi and staying there for around 2 weeks. To avoid spending all 2 weeks in Tbilisi, I’m looking for day trips to nearby towns, villages or nature destinations.

I am looking for something that is easily accessible via public transport. Searching on the internet, I found some suggestions like Mtskheta, Sighnaghi and Gori. However, it is difficult to find information on which ones are worth visiting for a single-day trip and whether they are accessible by public transport and how. Apparently, there are trains and minibuses that go to these destinations but I wasn’t able to find detailed information on schedules and it’s not clear which trips will be easier. I could use some advice from a local or someone who has done it before.

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Mtskheta is definitely worth visiting but you will need a car to go to the Jvari Monastery

Gori is probably not worth visiting unless you want to see Stalin Museum.

Minibuses for Mtskheta and Gori leave from Didube bus station

Sighnaghi is a nice town to visit but if you want to go that far it makes more sense to also visit Telavi on the way and spend a night or two there. Also, visit the Tsinandali museum while you are there (15 minute drive from Telavi) and nearby churches (Gremi, Nekresi, Alaverdi). Minibuses for Telavi and Sighnaghi depart from Ortachala Bus Station.

I also recommend visiting Stepantsminda (previously called Kazbegi) but you will need to spend one night there as it's a bit further (3-4 hours by car). Minibuses depart from Didube.

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  • Mtskheta is my number one pick based on this information. Is it worth visiting even without the Jvari Monastery?
    – hb20007
    Commented Jun 16 at 11:53
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    @hb20007 Yes, it's worth visiting. By the way, WikiTravel says it's possible to walk/climb to Jvari if you are feeling adventurous and energetic. Haven't tried it myself :)
    – Giorgi
    Commented Jun 16 at 19:35

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