Visiting Georgia and interested in paid or free walking tours in Tbilisi? This post brings together 8 of the very best—including specialty tours, themed tours, self-guided tours and audio tours. Here’s everything you need to know about pounding the pavement in Tbilisi!
Forget the hop-on-hop-off bus—walking tours are by far my favourite way to explore a new city. There are a growing number of walking tours on offer in Tbilisi, Georgia, organised by small companies and volunteer groups. Whether you’re after a free introduction to Tbilisi’s top sights, or you’re wanting to explore the secret corners of the city most tourists miss, a walking tour is an excellent way to get to know Georgia’s capital, its culture and heritage.
Here is everything you need to know about 9 of the most popular paid and free walking tours in Tbilisi — including costs, schedules, and route highlights. (As new tours and companies launch, I will return to add them to the list.)
Keep reading: 9 of The best walking streets and neighbourhoods in Tbilisi.
Free walking tours in Tbilisi
Run by small teams of dedicated guides, these free walking tours in Tbilisi are designed to show you all the best bits of Georgia’s capital. Don’t forget to leave a generous tip!
‘The Grand Tour’ — Tbilisi Hack Free Tours
Schedule: Every day, twice a day at 12pm and 5pm
Duration: 3.5 hours
Reservation required?: No bookings required for groups <10 people
Highlights: Freedom Square, Peace Bridge, Rike Park, Narikala Fortress, Abanotubani sulfur baths
Currently the top-rated tour among free walking tours in Tbilisi, The Grand Tour by Tbilisi Hack covers the central part of the city and all its major landmarks. English and Russian language tours depart twice daily from Town Hall in Freedom Square—rain, hail or shine. The team of young guides (both Georgian and expats) are known for their good humour and excellent knowledge of Georgian history. This tour is a perfect introduction to Tbilisi for first-time visitors.
More walking tours from Tbilisi Hack:
‘Hidden Tbilisi’ — Tbilisi Free Walking Tours
Schedule: Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 5pm (summer) or 3pm (winter)
Duration: 2-3 hours (approx. 4km of walking)
Reservation required?: Yes—reserve your spot online
Highlights: Apartment buildings, courtyards & other hidden treasures
So you’ve seen Tbilisi’s main attractions and now you want to dig a little deeper? The Hidden Tbilisi itinerary focuses on some of Tbilisi’s coolest secret spots, most of which are just a few steps off the beaten track. Featuring beautiful 19th century buildings, courtyards and apartment entryways, this tour is perfect for architecture and design lovers. Every building has its own story to tell—the highlight of this tour is hearing about the history from your local guide.
More walking tours from Tbilisi Free Walking Tours:
• ‘Tbilisi Free Walking Tour‘ — Every day, twice a day, free!
• ‘Tbilisi Photo Tour‘ — Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 30 GEL per person
• ‘Georgian Wine Experience‘ — Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, from 45 GEL per person
• ‘Tbilisi Food Tour‘ — Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, from 90 GEL per person
• ‘Soviet Tour of Tbilisi‘ — Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 45 GEL per person
‘Backstreets of Tbilisi’ — Fabrika Hostel x Tbilisi Free Walking Tours
Schedule: Every Tuesday & Sunday at 12pm
Duration: 2-3 hours
Reservation required?: Yes—talk to the staff at Fabrika
Highlights: Street art, flea markets, Soviet architecture, Public Service Hall building
Perfect for guests staying at Fabrika Hostel and Suites but open for anyone to join, this tour will introduce you to Marjanishvili, one of Tbilisi’s most interesting neighbourhoods. An old German settlement, Marjanishvili has some really fascinating architecture and local markets. The tour covers the backstreets plus a few well-known sights, including the futuristic Public Service Hall building and the Rezo Gabriadze Clock Tower.
Paid walking tours in Tbilisi
If you’re looking for a more specialised walking tour or maybe something interactive, these paid walking tours in Tbilisi have you covered.
‘Tbilisi’s Concrete Walking Tour’ — Brutal Tours
Cost: From 25€ per person
Schedule: On demand (tours run daily)
Duration: 6 hours (10am-4pm)
Reservation required?: Yes—book & pay online using PayPal
Highlights: Bank of Georgia, Chronicle of Georgia, ‘Commieblocks’ & other Soviet structures
If you love concrete and Soviet history, this tour is for you. Starting in Freedom Square, over the course of a day you’ll see some of Tbilisi’s most iconic brutalist and modernist buildings up close—brought to life by the narration of your expert guide. This tour is tailor-made for urbexers and architecture buffs, and suitable for anyone who just wants to see Tbilisi from a different angle. Tours are available in English, German, Dutch and French.
More walking tours from Brutal Tours:
• ‘After Dark Brutal Tour‘ — Daily, 69€ per person
‘Old Market & Beyond’ — Culinary Backstreets
Cost: 95 USD per person (minimum 2 people)
Schedule: On demand (Tuesday to Saturday only)
Duration: 7 hours (from 9.30am)
Reservation required?: Yes—book & pay online using a credit card
Highlights: The Dezerter Bazaar, food & wine sampling, dinner at a family run restaurant
The Dezerter Bazaar is Tbilisi’s largest open-air marketplace and plays a vital role in daily city life. Experience the chaos and colour of the market up close with this tour from Culinary Backstreets, one of the region’s leading food tour companies. Slow meander through the market, stopping to sample as much as possible and to chat with market vendors and learn about their produce and food preparation techniques (including how to make the legendary churchkhela.) The tour culminates with an off-menu dinner at a family owned restaurant.
‘Late Latte’ App-Guided Tour — GPSmyCity
Cost: Free when you subscribe to the app for 18.99 USD/year
Schedule: On demand—whenever it suits you!
Duration: Flexible (allow at least 3-4 hours)
Reservation required?: N/A
Highlights: Tbilisi’s best cafes & bakeries
If a self-guided tour is more your style, you might want to give the GPSmyCity app a try. After signing up for a yearly subscription, you have access to a host of walking tour itineraries for cities all over the world, with new tours added regularly. There’s an interesting range of user-generated city tours available in Tbilisi—my favourite is the ‘Late Latte’ tour, which takes you to some of the city’s most popular cafes and eateries. Other tours focus on Tbilisi’s best restaurants and wine bars, and there’s even a quest to find Tbilisi’s best lemonade. If you’re after something more traditional, there’s also a ’10 Things to Do in Tbilisi’ tour. Maps are available offline, so you don’t have to worry about buying a local SIM or using up your data.
‘Past Perfect Tbilisi’ Audio Excursion — Past Perfect Tbilisi
Cost: 25 USD per person
Duration: 2 hours (approx. 4km of walking)
Reservation required?: Yes—book online & pay in cash on pickup
Highlights: Major landmarks, lesser-known spots, interesting facts about Georgia
Another alternative walking tour option, Past Perfect Tbilisi is an audio excursion—meaning you use headphones and an audio guide to get around. The narration, lovingly curated by founders Manana and Oleg, includes directions for exploring Tbilisi’s historical centre, plus lots of stories and informative tidbits. The route starts in Rike Park where you collect your headset. Audio is available in both English and Russian.
‘Exciting Tbilisi’ — Envoy Tours
Cost: 20 GEL per person (or free for Envoy Hostel Tbilisi guests)
Schedule: Every Sunday at 10am
Duration: 3 hours
Reservation required?: Yes—request to book online
Highlights: Scavenger hunt in Old Tbilisi
A great option for solo travellers and families travelling with kids, Exciting Tbilisi is a walking tour with a twist. The tour takes the form of a scavenger hunt. You’ll need to follow clues, solve riddles and speak to locals to unlock the secrets of Old Tbilisi.
More walking tours from Envoy:
• ‘Encompass Tbilisi‘ — Daily, 20 GEL per person
Tbilisi Local’s Only Nightlife Tour — Eager Tourist
Cost: From 200 USD
Schedule: On inquiry
Duration: 3 hours
Reservation required?: Yes—book online
Highlights: Nightlife, wine, and lots of chacha
If money is no object, get under the skin of Tbilisi’s raucous nightlife scene with boutique Tel Aviv-based outfit, Eager Tourist. This ‘hyperlocal’ pub crawl promises to introduce guests to the city’s best wine bars, local hangouts, nightclubs and music venues. The price includes a complimentary drink and nibbles at each of the 3 or 4 establishments visited.
Have you ever signed up for one of these paid or free walking tours in Tbilisi? Do you have an alternative tour or company you love? Leave your recommendations in the comments below!