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Mtskheta, Ananuri, Gudauri and Kazbegi Tour from Tbilisi

1. 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.

From Tbilisi: Mtskheta and Kazbegi Tour with Gourmet Lunch

2. From Tbilisi: Mtskheta and Kazbegi Tour with Gourmet Lunch

Start your day with a pickup at your accommodation. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you head towards Kazbegi. Passing by the old capital of Georgia, you will visit the Jvari monastery first, built in the 7th Century. Next, you will head towards Jhinvali Dam, made during the Soviet era in Georgia. Only ten minutes drive away, you will stop at Ananuri Castle. Passing by Gudauri ski resort, you will stop by a panoramic viewpoint to admire the Great Caucasus Mountain Range. Continue towards Kazbegi Village, a top destination in Georgia for its unique people, landscapes, and food. Finish your day by riding a 4WD ride to reach Gergeti Trinity Church and explore above the clouds. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch before driving back to Tbilisi.

Mtskheta, Gori, and Upliscikhe Private Tour

3. Mtskheta, Gori, and Upliscikhe Private Tour

Escape the crowds and visit the oldest city of Georgia, Mtskheta, which used to be the capital in the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd-century BC to the 5th-century BC. Enjoy panoramic aerial views of the mountains around the Jvari Monastery, which was Georgian Orthodox in the 6th-century. The name translates as the Monastery of the Cross. It represents the peak of architectural typology as a true masterpiece of the early Medi period. It overlooks the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers from the top of the hill.  Journey back to the early centuries at the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Samtavro Church. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral was built in the 11th-century but the site itself is even older, dating back to the early 4th-century. It differs in artistic value and the special role that it has played in history. The monument has an elongated cross which appears to touch the sky. It was the main pilgrimage place on the Silk Road, the burial place of the Christ"s Robe, and the tomb of Georgian Kings. The cathedral is the second largest church building in Georgia and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Samtavro monastery complex was built in the 11th-century. It contains the graves of queen Nana and Mirian III King of Iberia, who established Christianity as an official religion in Georgia. The famous Georgian monk Gabrieli is also buried inside the Samtavro church. Complete your tour of Mtskheta with a Georgian wine degustation. In Gori-Uplistsikhe, visit several sites from different periods of Georgian history, including Uplistsikhe cave town, Joseph Stalin’s home museum, and Gori fortress. Uplistsikhe, translated to Fortress of the Lord, is a cave town fortress situated on a rocky massif on the bank of the river Mtkvari. Dating back to the first and second millennium BC, Uplistsikhe was an important religious, political, and cultural center in the Hellenistic and the late Antique periods. Take a walk among the ancient streets, rock-carved theatre, royal halls, pharmacy, pagan temples, and Christian churches, while the remains of granaries and large clay wine vessels give clues as to the daily life of the inhabitants.  Continue to the Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori. Stalin was originally Georgian and the secretary general of the Communist Party during the second world war. He is one of the most influential dictators of modern times. The museum features Stalin’s home, a hut where he was born, his armour plated railway carriage, and a statue that controversially stood in the main square of Gori until 2010. In addition, see many items owned by Stalin, including some of his office furniture, his personal belongings, and gifts given to him over the years. Gori Fortress is a medi citadel in Georgia. It stands above the city of Gori on a rocky hill. Archaeological evidence shows that the area was already inhabited in the final centuries BC. The fortress controlled major strategic and economic routes and accommodated a large garrison.

Full Day Private Tour to Tbilisi and Mtskheta

4. Full Day Private Tour to Tbilisi and Mtskheta

Begin your tour when you are picked up from your hotel in Tbilisi and drive to Mtskheta located 25 km away to the west. Mtskheta was the ancient capital of Georgia from 4th-century BCE to the 5th-century AD. This little town contains two of the UNESCO world heritage sites: The Holy Cross Monastery of Jvari and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Visit the 11th-century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and the 6th-century Jvari monastery which represents the culmination by a number of artistic and architectural aspirations in early Christian architecture. After midday drive back to Tbilisi. Tbilisi holds more than 1500 years of history as the capital of Georgia. Because of its strategic and economic advantages, Tbilisi is home to a mix of multi-ethnic cosmopolitan traditions, which create the incomparable and unforgettable charm of the city. Explore the old and new districts of Tbilisi. Ride up to Narikhala Fortress by the aerial cable car and admire the views of the city from the top. In the evening return back to the hotel.

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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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 21 reviews

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 !!!

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

Mariam is my tour guide. She is a very nice person and very friendly. She showed and explained to us a lot of information. She helped to adjust the itinerary to fit with traffic and weather. It was a wonderful experience to have here. We are impressed!!

An excellent tour that takes in some of the most beautiful spots in Georgia.