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Tbilisi: Kazbegi Full-Day Group Tour

1. Tbilisi: Kazbegi Full-Day Group Tour

Explore Kazbegi, the mountainous region of Georgia. Feel the Caucasian Georgian spirit in the Caucasus Mountains. Take many beautiful pictures, hear exciting parts of the history, try the traditional Georgian dish Khinkali (Dumpling), discover the most beautiful part of Georgia, and get unforgettable memories. Your first stop is Zhinvali Water Reservoir on the Georgian Military Highway. The Soviets constructed the dam in the 1980s—a wonderful place to take amazing pictures. Visit Ananuri Fortress, the seat of the Eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi, a feudal dynasty that ruled the area around the 13th century. See stunning views of the fortress and Zhinvali Reservoir. Have lunch in Pasanauri, the homeland of one of Georgia’s traditional foods: Khinkali. Admire the Friendship Monument of Georgian and Russian people in Gudauri, on the Georgian Military Highway. Contemplate the history of this fascinating monument overlooking Devil's Valley in the Caucasus Mountains. Explore one of the most beautiful places in Georgia, Gergeti Trinity Church in Kazbegi. Get a panoramic view of the whole valley from the church, which is one of Georgia’s most iconic attractions. Be impressed with the view of Mount Kazbegi, standing 5047 meters tall.Go to a local luxury hotel and have a cup of coffee in the stylish restaurant while you relax with stunning mountain views.

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Mtskheta, Ananuri, Gudauri and Kazbegi Tour from Tbilisi

2. Mtskheta, Ananuri, Gudauri and Kazbegi Tour from Tbilisi

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Tbilisi, and then drive by air-conditioned minivan to the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Iberia in Mtskheta. Visit the beautiful 6th-century Jvari Monastery to experience one of the most important monuments in Georgia. Next, head to Zhinvali to see the largest reservoir in eastern Georgia. Continue to the castle complex of Ananuri on the Aragvi River and learn about the feudal dynasty that ruled the area from the 13th century. Get back to nature in the Caucasus Mountains and visit the ski resort of Gudauri. See an impressive example of public art at the Russia–Georgia Friendship Monument on the Georgian Military Highway. Head to the Gergeti Trinity Church perched 2,170 meters above sea level. Get 2.5 hours of free time in the town of Kazbegi (also known as Stepantsminda) before the return trip to Tbilisi in the late evening.

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From Tbilisi: Full-Day Group Tour to Ananuri and Kazbegi

3. From Tbilisi: Full-Day Group Tour to Ananuri and Kazbegi

In the morning depart from Tbilisi and discover the treasures of northern Georgia. First, you will stop at Zhinvali Water Reservoir, where you will find the beautiful Ananuri castle complex. Explore the complex and admire the stunning panoramic views over the reservoir from one of the towers.  Later, visit the resort town of Gudauri, where you will discover the People’s Friendship Arch. Afterward, travel to the town Pasanauri, where you will taste delicious traditional khinkali paired with local wine and Georgian chacha. Next, take an off-road vehicle to the Monastery of St. Trinity, located in the city of Gergeti. At the monastery, you will find the perfect observation deck that will allow you to admire Mount Kazbegi and Stepantsminda. In the evening, after a full day touring northern Gerogia you will return to Tbilisi.

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Tbilisi: Full-Day Kazbegi, Gudauri and Ananuri Tour

4. Tbilisi: Full-Day Kazbegi, Gudauri and Ananuri Tour

After being collected from your hotel in the morning, you will venture to Jinvali, which is the largest reservoir of eastern Georgia. Following this, you will head toward the fortress of Ananuri, which is one of the best monuments of late feudal Georgia, and although there are not so few of these monuments in Georgia, it is Ananuri that helps people understand exactly how people lived at that distant time. Ananurian structures, unlike other similar cultures, are perfectly preserved. This particular feature evokes interest in the fortress of both tourists and historians, and since 2012, the fortress has the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the early afternoon, you will experience Gudauri, a ski resort situated on a south-facing plateau of the greater Caucasus Mountain, 2,200 meters above sea level (in the winter season you can even enjoy skiing). Later on, you will see the People's Friendship Arch, which was the inspiration of the famous sculptor Tsereteli. It was built at an altitude of 2,384 meters in the Kazbegi district, on a cross pass near the Military Georgian Road. Later in the afternoon, you will tour Stepantsminda (Kazbegi), a Trinity Church in Gergeti. Among the snow-covered ranges and on the slope of the majestic mountain of Kazbegi, you will find the ancient Georgian Trinity Church. It is located at an altitude of 2,170 meters near the town of Stepantsminda and the village of Gergeti, in honor of which it was named. It is widely known as the Trinity Church in Gergeti, but the Georgians refer to it as "Gergetis Tsminda Sameba". Following this church trip, you will have free time in Kazbegi, before you are dropped off at your accommodation.

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Kazbegi: Caucasus Mountains Full-Day Tour

5. Kazbegi: Caucasus Mountains Full-Day Tour

The journey takes place in Khevi, a unique region in the Caucasus Mountains, located in the Northeastern part of Georgia. Visit Stepantsminda by crossing the famous Georgian Military Road, Gudauri ski resort, and Jvari Pass. Then, take delight in the panoramic views of the Caucasus Mountains. Visit Ananuri Church and Fortress, which dates back to 16th Century, and stop at the Russia–Georgia Friendship Monument to enjoy breathtaking views. Visit Gergeti Trinity Monastery, built in the 14th Century, located at a height of 2200 meters above sea level. There are two ways to get to the church - approximately three hours of hiking or driving. See and admire one of the highest peaks of Georgia – Kazbegi (5047m). Afterwards you can, of course, taste and enjoy delicious dishes of rich Georgian cuisine.

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Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Ananuri, Kazbegi and Gergeti Church Tour

6. Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Ananuri, Kazbegi and Gergeti Church Tour

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at the reception of your hotel and take you to your first stop of the day, the ancient capital and religious center of Georgia - Mtskheta. In Mtskheta you will see two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the 7th-century Jvari Monastery and the 11th-century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. After exploring Mtskheta you will continue on with your tour.  You will drive north towards the Northern Caucasus along the well-known Georgian Military Road stopping along the way to explore the 17th-century architectural complex Ananuri before reaching Kazbegi which is the main town in the region. From Kazbegi you will take a 4WD vehicle through the beautiful valleys and woods to reach Gergeti Trinity Church. From the church, if weather permits you can see one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus. You will then start your trip back to Tbilisi. 

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What people are saying about Ananuri

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 146 reviews

The Garmarjoba team did a great job putting together a fun and informative day trip to Kazbegi along the Georgia Military Highway including some great sights along the way! Our guide was super friendly and fun. We went in December, so had to change some plans because of deep snow, but he was quick to find alternatives for us and made sure we all had a great time. The organizers were also extremely responsive and helpful. You get so much for your money on this trip! Highly recommended.

As the road was blocked due to heavy snow, they offered me another tour to Gori. It was so lovely. The journey was well organised. Highly recommend the lunch at local house. The food was lovely. Catherine was supportive, informative and friendly. Thank you for your hospitality

The tour is unforgettable for us. Thank you so much to our tour guide Sophie, driver and the rest of the staff who made the tour enjoyable and at the same time safe and comfortable all throughout.

Excellent feed of information as we travel from Tbilisi to Kazbegi. Giuna didn't fail to share his insights on the places we went to. Very professional and reliable tour group.

We had amazing trip to the mountains of Kazbegi. Tour guide is very educated and well known about the history. Surely will take the trip again with this organization.