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Kazbegi, Stepantsminda, and Gudauri Tour

1. Kazbegi, Stepantsminda, and Gudauri Tour

You will depart from Tbilisi early in the morning, in the direction of Kazbegi. On the way, there will be some very interesting places to visit. Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble is a sixteenth-century castle complex on the Aragvi River. The fortress stands beside the famous Georgian Military Highway, overlooking the large Jinvali Lake. Its high, turreted stone walls protect two churches, a watchtower, and a reservoir. The main church facade is beautifully carved with animal, floral and Celtic style patterns. Next stop on the way is Gudauri, a remarkable ski resort in Georgia. The resort is at the altitude of 7,217 feet (2,200 meters) above sea level. The first lower lift station is at 6528 feet (1,990 meters ) above sea level and the last, or top, the station is at a 3,306-meter called summit Sadzele. The resort offers high-quality skiing opportunities, with the ski season lasting from December through April. From Gudauri, you'll continue your trip to Gergeti Trinity Church. At an altitude of 7,119 feet (2,170 meters), the twelfth or thirteenth-century monument was erected on the southern slopes of Mkinvarcveri. Gergeti Trinity Church is an important temple, remarkable for its beautiful scenery. The Gergeti Trinity Church is set poignantly on a hill directly below the towering white massif of Mount Kazbek, which sits at 5,033 meters. On top of all this, you will also have the opportunity to partake in the best tandem paragliding in Georgia. The spectacular views and stable weather conditions put it right up there. From the perfect take-off sites close to the spots around Gudauri, your flight will take you over the ridges with a birds-eye view of the places above Jvari pass or Aragvi Valley. After a 20 to 25 minute flight, you will smoothly land close to the takeoff area or near the road in the valley after your exhilarating cross-country flight.

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Ananuri, Gudauri, and Kazbegi Private Tour

2. Ananuri, Gudauri, and Kazbegi Private Tour

After meeting your driver, take an exciting drive north along the Georgian Military Highway into the high Caucasus Mountains. This spectacular highway winds its way through sheer mountains on a route that runs for 220 km from Tbilisi to Vladikavkaz in Russia and dates back to the 1st century BC. Pass by the Zhinvali Dam hydroelectric dam and reservoir on the Aragvi River which blends in with the surrounding environment perfectly. Enjoy the view of the turquoise waters from Ananuri Fortress, a popular tourist sight with stunning, panoramic views. Descend to the shores of the reservoir until you reach Ananuri fortress, built by the Dukes of Aragvi and eith parts dating back to the 13th century. Admire the two fortifications joined by a crenelated curtain wall and the well-preserved, large square tower, known as the Sheupovari. Continue along the highway towards the Gudauri ski resort situated in the Stepantsminda District at an elevation of 2,200 meters above sea level. Visit the Georgievsk Monument which was built in 1983 to celebrate the ongoing friendship between Georgia and Soviet Russia. Peek inside the monument to see a large tile mural that spans the whole circumference of the structure and depicts scenes of Georgian history. Travel onward to the 14th-century Gergeti Trinity Church, located under Mount Kazbek above the town of Stepantsminda and which has for a long time served as a popular way-point for travelers on the road connecting Russia and Georgia.

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Mtskheta, Ananuri, Gudauri and Kazbegi Tour from Tbilisi

3. 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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Gudauri and Kazbegi: Private Day Trip from Tbilisi

4. Gudauri and Kazbegi: Private Day Trip from Tbilisi

Kick off your 10-hour day trip with a pick-up from your hotel anywhere in Tbilisi. Visit Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia, and the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Afterwards, you will have the chance to visit Jvari monastery and enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the ancient capital. Moving forward, you will drive on a Georgian military road towards Kazbegi/Stepantsminda. On the way, you will visit Ananuri fortress on Jinvali dam. Pass by Gudauri Ski Resort, and stop at the Georgian Russian "friendship" monument, Cross Pass, and Kazbegi. Enjoy lunch on a wonderful terrace at Rooms Hotel Kazbegi, which overlooks the glacier of Kazbegi, or at typical Georgian restaurant with traditional food. For your last stop, travel via a 4x4 vehicle towards the Trinity Monastery at 2,200 meters above sea level. Your day trip will conclude with drop off back at your hotel.

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Kazbegi (Ananuri-Gudauri-Kazbegi)

5. Kazbegi (Ananuri-Gudauri-Kazbegi)

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Tbilisi, and then drive along the historical Georgian Military Road through the Caucasus mountain range. Soak up the beautiful mountain scenery as you make your way to the castle complex at Ananuri. Continue to the high-mountain resort of Gudauri and travel through the small village of Stepantsminda, popular with mountain walkers. Arrive at the 14th-century Gergeti Trinity Church, located 2,300 meters above sea level. If the weather is good, you'll be able to see the highest and most beautiful glaciers of the Caucasus up close. Discover the dormant volcano of Mkinvartsveri (Mount Kazbek) and hear about the legend of Amirani (Georgia's Prometheus). Stop for dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy some traditional food in good company. Make your way to Gveleti Waterfall and Dariali Gorge to look at the Dariali Fortress on the border with Russia before returning to Tbilisi in the evening.

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From Tbilisi: Full Day Private Ski Tour to Gudauri

6. From Tbilisi: Full Day Private Ski Tour to Gudauri

In the morning, meet your guide at your hotel before driving to the north-east of Georgia. Visit Jvari Monastery, an early medieval age church (VI-VII centuries) which was built on the top of the hill where St. Nino erected a wooden cross in the 4th century. The church overlooks the confluence of two rivers and amazes its visitors with its beautiful facades and geographical locations. Then, travel along the Great Caucasus Mountains. You will also visit Ananuri castle complex (14-18cc) a medieval architectural complex which unites two churches, several towers, and defense walls. See beautiful frescos, facades, and views over the Jinvali reservoir. Afterwards, drive to Gudauri, a famous winter resort surrounded by Great Caucasus mountain peaks. Stop at the Panorama view site and take photos in the green mountains. Here you can take optional small skiing training from experienced skiing guides and then spend remaining time for skiing. In the evening, you will head back to Tbilisi.

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Gudauri Ski Tour: Private Tour with Lunch & Ski Pass

7. Gudauri Ski Tour: Private Tour with Lunch & Ski Pass

Start your snow adventure by meeting your tour guide and driver at your accomodation at 8:30am. After a short meet and greet you will head off on a 2-2.5 hour drive to Gudauri filled with picturesque views of snow covered villages, ancient towers and clear creeks and rivers. Upon arrival, you will stop at the ski rental store where you can choose the right ski or snowboarding gear you require. Here is where you will also receive your all-day ski pass, so that your outdoor adventure can begin. Beginners can have a private lesson arranged for them (approx. 1-1.5 hours) with a professional ski instructor at an extra fee. After your lessons you are free to hit the snow fields for a day of skiing or snowboarding fun. When it's time to have a break from all your fun, a warming and filling lunch can be prepared at any time of your choice to help you replenish your energy and continue your outdoor adventure.

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Tbilisi: Full-Day Kazbegi, Gudauri and Ananuri Tour

8. 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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Tbilisi: Private Full-Day Tour to Kazbegi

9. Tbilisi: Private Full-Day Tour to Kazbegi

Start with pickup from your hotel in Tbilisi and meet your professional guide. Travel north of Tbilisi and first visit the historic capital city of Georgia, Mtskheta. See the main cathedral of the city, Svetitkhoveli, and the monastery complex of Jvari as you learn about the strategic importance of the city. Continue the journey to the Kazbegi region. Enjoy the panoramic views of Ananuri Castle and the Jinvali Water Reservoir, with some stops along the way to take some photos. There will also be an opportunity to taste some traditional Georgian traditional snacks during the day Finally, hike to the scenic Gergeti Trinity Church. Admire the amazing scenery that surrounds you on all sides as you stand at this remote location. Afterward, return to Tbilisi in the evening.

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Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Ananuri, Kazbegi and Gergeti Church Tour

10. 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

We very much enjoyed our trip and has a great time with our Guide Mana. He nailed the balance of letting us do our thing whilst also being helpful and informative. He had excellent English and we were easily able to enjoy his company and have interesting conversations. Key things to know: Lunch is not a thing. If you’d like to eat during the 9-11 hour tour, bring a pack up! Currently there is a need to use a 4x4 at your cost to get up the last bit - we were aware, so didn’t mind. But it was an extra 100GEL so may need to be factored in. Ladies seem to need skirts/wraps when entering monasteries and donations and toilet costs are common - so take some small change…Still well worth the money though :0)

Awesome and chic journey. Everything was great. Our driver Rezo and guide Maya were very nice and sociable people. Thanks to them, our day was great and we got a lot of positive emotions. The places were impressive and very scenic, this organized chain of places must be done. We were shown Georgia as a very majestic and beautiful country with an interesting history. We were taken to a good restaurant where we enjoyed the atmosphere and cuisine of local life. Everything was really great, we were more than satisfied and highly recommend this Journey !!!

i love this trip!special mention with sheva the tour guide he's very well versed when it comes to georgian history he cares for their guest as much as he could and also he is a nice person as well as the driver he drive carefully though we were quite shocked since this is our first encounter with this kinds of road going to gudauri.to sum it all it was a perfect and memorable experience i won't forget and we'll definitely recommend your tour to our friends and relatives in the Philippines!!cheers guys!#ilovegeorgia

This is tour is amazing! The whole day tour was very worth it. Our tour guide Goga is very accommodating, very informative and he make sure that we are satisfied and happy. He’s an excellent photographer also. i would highly recommend him. Thumbs up! P.S try to bring youf iwn bottled water and snacks for long drive way to kazbegi

I booked through getyourguide.com last minute but they were very prompt in responding and gave whatever they promised.