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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 and Tbilisi: Full-Day Tour

3. Mtskheta and Tbilisi: Full-Day Tour

Discover the wonders of Mtskheta and Tbilisi on a multi-stop guided trip. Visit sights such as Jvari Monastery, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Tbilisi Open Air Museum of Ethnography, and Mtatsminda Park, entry tickets included. Enjoy guided walks and a ride on a cable car. Head out in the morning to take advantage of the best time to take pictures in Mtskheta. Before Mtskjeta, visit the monument on a small hill near the Tbilisi sea called the Chronicle of Georgia. This monument depicts the religious and historical events of Georgia. On to Mtskheta, visit the Jvari Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the architectural sample of the 6th century and enjoy the beautiful view of the city of Mtskheta. A walking excursion is waiting for you in this city full of red-roofed houses. Visit the 11th-century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral next, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral is built on the site where the robe of Jesus Christ is kept. After lunch in Mtskheta, return to Tbilisi and visit the Tbilisi Ethnographic Museum in the modern part of the city. In the open air and on the territory of the big green strip, the ethnography museum offers real samples of traditional houses from different parts of Georgia. Every home features traditional household items and clothing. Along with the usual houses, there is also a sample of a Svan tower. In summer, this place hosts an ethnographic music festival. After the museum, venture on a walk in Mtatsminda Park, where you can enjoy unforgettable evening views of Tbilisi. The park can be reached by car and by funicular — the choice is yours. The park has a pleasant environment for people of any age.

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.

Tbilisi: Guided Mtskheta Day Trip

5. Tbilisi: Guided Mtskheta Day Trip

Your tour will begin in the morning as you meet with your guide and driver and begin your day trip to Mtskheta. Mtskheta is the ancient capital of Easter Georgia (called Iberia), and has been named as the "Holy City" by the Georgian Orthodox Church. Mtskheta is a very beautiful and cozy town, charming with its cobblestone streets and mountainous backdrop. Whilst here, you can visit the main cathedral of Georgia, Svetitskhoveli, which was built in the 11th century. Svetitskhoveli also contains the graves of numerous ancient kings and many other sacred things, such as Christ's Robe. You will then drive to the Jvari Monastery, which was built in the 6th century. It is considered a unique monastery, mainly due to its architectural construct. Javri is located on the top of the hill overlooking the confluence of two rivers: Mtkvari and Aragvi. Whilst here you will also be able to visit the Samtavro and Shiomgvime monasteries, before later driving back to Tbilisi in the evening.

From Tbilisi: Private Tour to Tbilisi and Mtskheta

6. From Tbilisi: Private Tour to Tbilisi and Mtskheta

Start with pickup from your hotel in Tbilisi. Travel to the first stop of the tour, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, which is one of the largest Orthodox cathedrals in the world. Next, visit Metekhi Church and the monument of Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take a cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses passing by Tbilisi’s mosque. Stroll through the Sharden area with its winding streets, cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, and souvenir shops. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the clock tower of Rezo Gabriadze Theatre. Enjoy a some time for lunch, at your own expense, before beginning the journey to Mtskheta. Upon arrival, explore the cultural and religious center of Georgia. Discover the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia, which has a history dating back to the 3rd century BC. Visit Jvari Church, an architectural masterpiece of the early Medieval period built on a hilltop overlooking the town. Enjoy the views of the confluence of Mtkvari and Aragvi Rivers. Stop at Svetitskoveli, the main cathedral of Mtskheta, a sacred place that is said to contain the robe of Christ. After exploring Mtskheta, be returned to your hotel in Tbilisi.

Full Day Private Tour to Tbilisi and Mtskheta

7. 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.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 20 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.