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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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Tbilisi: Jvari Monastery, Ananuri, Gudauri, and Kazbegi Tour

2. Tbilisi: Jvari Monastery, Ananuri, Gudauri, and Kazbegi Tour

Start your tour at Jvari Monastery, a 6th-century orthodox monastery near Mtskheta. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the monastery stands on a rocky mountain above the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia. Continue to Zhinvali Water Reservoir, located on the Georgian Military Highway. Learn the history of this Soviet dam, constructed in the 1980s. Then, arrive at the Ananuri Fortress, the seat of the Eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi. Discover the intriguing plots of this feudal dynasty that ruled the area from the 13th century. Explore the site of numerous historic battles and take in the magnificent scenery — ideal for landscape photography. After Ananuri Fortress, have lunch in Pasanauri, the homeland of the most famous traditional Georgian food, Khinkali. Admire the Friendship Monument of Georgian and Russian people in Gudauri. Located on the Georgian Military Highway between Gudauri ski resort and the Jvari Pass, the memorial consists of a large round stone arch and concrete structure overlooking the Devil's Valley in the Caucasus Mountains. Then, arrive at Kazbegi, and explore one of the most beautiful places in Georgia: Gergeti Trinity Church. The church is located under Kazbegi Mountain, 2170 meters above sea level, and offers spectacular panoramic views of the entire valley. Enjoy the serene natural beauty of this isolated marvel. Finish your tour at the Rooms Hotel Kazbegi. Relax with a cup of coffee in their stylish restaurant and soak up the stunning views of Kazbegi.

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Tbilisi: Kazbegi, Gergeti & Ananuri Mountains Full-Day Tour

3. Tbilisi: Kazbegi, Gergeti & Ananuri Mountains Full-Day Tour

Start your tour at 9:00 AM from your hotel or holiday apartment. Head northwards and enjoy stunning views. Stop at the Jinvali water reservoir, a calm lake surrounded by green hills. From there, discover the impressive Ananuri Fort. Explore the remains, walk through the yard and the old tower while your guide tells you the story of this beautiful place. The Georgian Military Highway is full of scenic and interesting spots including a mineral spring, which is believed to have healing powers. Reach Gudauri and the Cross Pass. Take in the views at the Soviet Monument of Friendship, home to one of the most beautiful panorama platforms in Georgia, with stunning panoramas of the mountains and gorges. Next, stop at Kazbegi, the center of the region and home to the famous Gergeti church. Switch to a specially equipped SUV to take you up the rugged road to the church. After Gergeti, go off the beaten track and visit the Daryal Gorge, and the beautiful Archangels Monastery at the Georgian-Russian border. On the way back, stop at a legendary restaurant known for its khinkali dumplings, a dish that originated in this area.

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Mtskheta, Ananuri, Gudauri and Kazbegi Tour from Tbilisi

4. 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

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

6. 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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Kazbegi (Ananuri-Gudauri-Kazbegi)

7. 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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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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From Kazbegi: Day Trip to Gergeti, Gaudauri & Ananuri

9. From Kazbegi: Day Trip to Gergeti, Gaudauri & Ananuri

Embark on an exciting full-day tour of Georgia's beautiful countryside, starting at the meeting point in Kazbegi. After meeting your guide and the rest of your group, head towards the Gergeti Holy Trinity Church, located on the slope of the majestic Kazbek Mountain, among snow-covered ranges. Enjoy panoramic views over the town of Stepantsminda and the village of Gergeti.  Lunch will be next. Dine amongst the beautiful nature and try tasty traditional dishes, including the most famous Georgian dish — Khinkali. Following lunch, head to Gudauri, a ski resort situated on a south-facing plateau of the Greater Caucasus Mountain. Enjoy the fresh air of the resort area that offers many activities, including horse-riding, mountain biking, hiking, paragliding, etc. You can also encounter the People's Friendship Arch, an inspiration of the famous sculptor Tsereteli. It was built at an altitude of 2,384 meters in the Kazbegi district, on the cross pass near the Military Georgian Road. After Gudauri, visit the fortress of Ananuri, which is one of the best monuments of late feudal Georgia. Step back in time and come to understand how people lived in the past. Marvel at the perfectly preserved Ananurian structures that evokes the interest of both tourists and historians. Your tour finally concludes as you are dropped off to the Avlabari Metro Station between 8 PM and 9 PM.

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Kazbegi: Caucasus Mountains Full-Day Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Ananuri

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 150 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.