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

1. 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: Day Tour to Oldest City in Georgia

2. Mtskheta: Day Tour to Oldest City in Georgia

Visit Mtskheta, one of oldest cities of Georgia near Tbilisi. Mtskheta was the capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. Here Georgians accepted Christianity in 317 and, today, Mtskheta remains the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church. Experience Jvari Monastery, a Georgian Orthodox monastery of the 6th century near Mtskheta and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name is translated as the "Monastery of Cross." The great church represents the peak of architectural typology. It is a true architectural masterpiece overlooking the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers from the top of the hill. Next, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Built in the 11th century, the site itself is even older and dates back to the early 4th century. It differs in its artistic value, magnificence, harmony and the special role it has played in the 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 Christ's robe and the tomb place of Georgian Kings. The cathedral is the second largest church building in Georgia and is listed as a UNSECO World Heritage Site along with other historical monuments of Mtskheta. Discover Samtavro Monastery complex, built in the 11th century. It contains the grave of Queen Nana and Mirian III and the King of Iberia, who established Christianity as an official religion in Georgia. The famous Georgian monk Gabrieli is buried inside the Samtavro church as well. Don't forget to stop by Wine Degustation, where you can taste and buy Georgian wine!

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Gudauri and Kazbegi: Private Day Trip from Tbilisi

3. 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

4. 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 and Mtskheta Private Tour

5. Tbilisi and Mtskheta Private Tour

Let yourself be captivated by a thrilling blend of eastern enigma and western elegance in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. Enjoy a guided tour of the Old Town during which you will learn more about the city's ancient history. Wander through narrow streets and admire the city's religious and secular architecture. See religious buildings such as the 13th-century Metekhi Church, St. Trinity, the Great Synagogue, and the churches of Sioni and Anchiskhati. Wander through the brick-domed sulfur baths, visit an underground winery, and soak up the lively atmosphere of Freedom Square. You will also visit one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia, Narikala Fortress, from which you can admire breathtaking views of the Old Town. After your tour of Tbilisi, head to Georgia's oldest city, Mtskheta. Enjoy panoramic aerial views of the mountains around the 6th-century Jvari Monastery, where you can observe the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Journey back in time at the Samtavro Monastery, where you can see the graves of many of Georgia's most important religious figures, including Gabrieli the famous monk. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral to see the burial place of Christ's robe before finishing your tour with a tasting of some Georgian wines.

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Tbilisi: Mtskheta & Tbilisi Tour with Wine and Lunch

6. Tbilisi: Mtskheta & Tbilisi Tour with Wine and Lunch

Your tour will begin as you are picked up from your accommodation at 9:30AM. The tour is divided into two parts, with the first part dedicated to Mtskheta and the second part dedicated to Tbilisi. In between the 2 halves of your tour, you will also enjoy a delicious Georgian lunch. Mtskheta is just a 20-minute drive from Tbilisi, and both of the historical sights of this town are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will discover here the Jvari Monastery (a 16th-century monastery), and the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (an 11th-century cathedreal). Mtskheta has always been one of the most important towns for Georgians, who have tried their best to maintain the value of the city and preserve it. After you have enjoyed visiting the old capital, you will drive back to Tbilisi. Your guide will then park your car at the starting point, before you head towards Tbilisi on a walking tour. Your walking tour will last for approximately 3-4 hours depending on how fast or slow you walk. Once you feel hungry throughout your walk, you will enter a Georgian restaurant to enjoy some typical Georgian cuisine. Your tour will eventually end in the center of the city, with your guide more than happy to take you to your accommodation or another part of town upon request.

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Tbilisi: City Sightseeing and Wine Tour with Tasting

7. Tbilisi: City Sightseeing and Wine Tour with Tasting

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in a private vehicle as you set out for a day of exploration, sight seeing and wine tasting. The first part of the tour focuses on visiting the city’s landmarks, and the first stop of the day is a panoramic cable car ride to the Narikala Fortress. Afterwards, head to the well-preserved courtyard of St. Nicholas Church and then stroll through the narrow streets in the Old Town to discover the blend of mosques, churches, and synagogues. Once you’ve seen a few of the sights, drive to the Chateau Mukhrani wine studio and meet your master sommelier. Listen to the sommelier tell the charismatic story of the chateau’s history while you enjoy a selection of premium white and red wines. Continue onto Shuchmann Winery next for another tasting session of fine local wines. When you’ve finished up with your tasting session, take a ride on the Funicular Tramway on Chonkadze Street and travel to the top of the mountain that overlooks the city. This famous landscaped park with a giant ferris wheel offers splendid views across Tbilisi and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing evening walk before returning to your hotel.

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Gudauri Ski Tour: Private Tour with Lunch & Ski Pass

8. 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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Caucasus Wine Trip from Azerbaijan to Georgia

9. Caucasus Wine Trip from Azerbaijan to Georgia

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Baku You will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel. This is a free day. Day 2: Baku - Aghsu - Ismayilli Your journey will start with Azgranata where you will have exciting pomegranate wine. The Az-Granata winery was built with the establishment of one of the largest fruit juice producers in the South Caucasus region of Az-Granata LLC, established in 2011. The plant located in Aghsu was built on a plot of 5.5 hectares. The area of the main covered part of the plant is 20,500 m2. The plant operates shops for the reception and primary processing of fruit, the production of alcohol, the production and bottling of wine and other spirits. The plant is equipped with equipment from Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria and France. Az-Granata has grape and pomegranate gardens of 450 and 400 hectares, respectively. Pomegranate gardens are organic and certified by the German Institute Lacon GmbH. Fruit gardens, their methods of cultivation and production are regularly checked by local and foreign specialists. In the gardens, a drip irrigation system is used. The grapes grown are Sultanina, Prima, Cardinal, Alfons Lavalle, Medrese, Saperavi, Rkatsiteli, Cabernet Sauvignon, and others. The variations of pomegranate grown are Gyulyovsha, Pink Gyulovsha, Kirmzyzy-kabukh, Nazik-kabukh, Bala Muralsal, Afgan, and others. At Azgranata winery, you will have an unlimited number of wine tastings, including pomegranate wine tasting and organic sparkling wine made of pomegranate, the first in the world, with snacks. You will then be taken to Shato Monolit Winery/Guesthouse where you will have a guided tour through the vineyards, visit the winery, watch the process of wine production and storage in one of the largest wine cellars of Azerbaijan, Chabiant Wine tasting. You will stay overnight at Shato Monolit Guesthouse. Day 3: Ismayilli - Qabala - Ganja The next day after breakfast, you will be taken to Savalan, crystal-clear water cascading down from the great Caucasus Mountains, winding its way through the lavish land in the foothills of the valley and suffusing the sun-bathed vines. These ripe, abundant grapes are then collected and handled with care and love before being transformed by the apparent magic of a master into wine. This is what happens every year in the Savalan valley. On the slopes of the Greater Caucasus ridge and in unique climatic conditions there exists 350 hectare vineyards where 22 wine grape varieties and 12 table grape varieties are grown including, but not limited to Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Alicante Bouchet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Riesling, Moscato White, Aleatico, Traminer and Verdejo. Most are the yield of seedlings from leading companies like Italy’s Vivai Cooperativi Rauscedo (VCR) and France’s Gontard Freres. The vines grow 400 meters above sea level, surrounded by the river, where the average temperature, the amount of precipitation and daily and an annual ratio of sunshine hours consummately combine integrate with each other and create the most favorable conditions for growing grapes. Nowadays a large winery, with state-of-the-art from a technological point of view, is used to create unique wines in the best traditions of international quality. The products are constantly tested at the most advanced plant laboratory and are stored inside high-quality oak barrels produced in France and İtaly. After finishing with Savalan, you will be taken to Ganja where the first winemaking factory in Azerbaijan is located. It is one of the oldest winemaking plants in the South Caucasus, Goygol Wine Factory, which has a history of 150 years. Established in 1860 by Schwab’s Germans, who were then inhabited by present-day Yelenendorf in Goygol. When the Germans lived in this area, that area was called the Hanik village, where the Oguz tribe lived. In 1862 the Joint Force Brotherhood was established. This society was led by X. Forer and his sons Gottlob, Friedrich, Henryk, and Christofer. At that time, the Gummel Brothers Trade House was established, with H.Gummel and his sons Jacob, Albert, Georgie, and Gothlib. The management of the two communities was in Yelenendorf, their representations and sales centers functioned in Ganja, Baku, Tbilisi, Moscow, Kiev, Odessa, Tomsk, and Batumi. On August 8, 1922, the Concordia Cooperative, established on the basis of this plant, was the largest wine-making farm in the Caucasus, producing wine, cognac, and vodka at that time. Thirteen types of grapes are cultivated at Goygol Wine Processing Company. Goygol Wine Factory OJSC has a vast area of 517 hectares of high quality local and European grape varieties. Breaded grape tins are derived from Gontard Freresepinieres Viticles, France’s well-known companies and Italy’s Vivai Marci, adapted to local conditions. Currently, the Grape and Grape varieties grow in the Goygol and Samukh regions of Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Saperavi, Madrasa, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Rkasiteli, Grenas, Muskat, Bayan-juir, grape varieties. After finishing with the winery, you will overnight in a hotel in Ganja. Day 4: Georgia - Azerbaijan border - Sighnaghi - Bodbe - Kvareli - Shilda After breakfast, you will leave for Georgia. You will continue your journey around the Kakheti Region. This time you will have an excursion in the city of love, Sighnaghi, with its houses in European style, and monastery of Bodbe, where is buried St. Nino, Enlightener of Georgians. Then Traveling to Kvareli Village. Next, you will see one of the main attractions of the Kakheti region,  the Khareba Wine Tunnel. The tunnel is located in the rock and has a natural ideal temperature for storing wine. About 25,000 bottles of Georgian wine are stored here. You will have the opportunity to taste the best varieties of Georgian wine, Chacha, take part in a master class of baking Georgian bread and prepare a traditional Georgian dessert,  Churchkhela, as well as wrapping Khinkali, baking Khachapuri and preparing Shashlik. In the evening you will accommodate at the hotel Shaloshvili’s cellar in Village Shilda, taste wine from the Shaloshvili’s cellar and spend the night in this hotel. Day 5: Shilda - Tsinandali - Shumi - Tbilisi. After breakfast, you will move to the house-museum of famous Georgian poet Alexander Chavchavadze in Tsinandali Village. Tsinandali Estate is the cradle of classical winemaking of Georgia, the place where Georgian wine was first bottled. Saperavi of 1841 and other 19th-century historical vintages are still preserved at Princely Collection. In the collection starting from 1814, one can find Tsinandali, Saperavi, Chateau Lafitte, Chateau d’Yquem and other legends of the period. You will taste five taps of wine and Chacha here and continue your trip to Shumi Winery. Shumi owns vineyards in unique micro-zones, famous for their geographical locations. The winery, built in 2001 is furnished with the state-of-the-art equipment, enabling control of all stages of the winemaking process, and is considered as one of the best in Georgia. You will have an excursion in winemaking Shumi, and you will taste four kinds of premium-class wine. At the end of the day, you will travel to Tbilisi and accommodate at the hotel. Day 6: Tbilisi city Tour. Excursion to Chateau Mukhrani. After breakfast, your acquaintance with the capital of Georgia will begin. You will see the main sights of the city: the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Tsminda Sameba (Holy Trinity). Then you will move to the very center of the old city, where you will see Metekhi rock, hanging over the bank of the river Kura, on which the old Church of the Assumption stands picturesquely, and the equestrian statue of the king of Georgia, Vakhtang Gorgasali, decorates the church in front. Walking along the modern Rike Park in the center of the capital, where the famous Peace Bridge is located, you will continue your tour and take the cable car to the ruins of the ancient fortress Narikala, which has guarded the city of Tbilisi since the 4th century. Acquaintance with the capital will end in the area of the city Abanotubani and its hot sulfur springs, from which, according to legend, the history of the founding of the city began. Then you will move to the surrounding of the capital, village Natakhtari, where you are awaited by Chateau Mukhrani. This is the first and the only true Georgian Royal Chateau, which unites four key components: vineyards, winery, castle, and history. You will have a tour around Chateau Mukhrani. The guide will tell you the history of the Georgian royal family, discover the art of Chateau’s winemaking and taste four kinds of premium wine and Chacha. In the evening you will return to Tbilisi. Day 7: Transfer to airport After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.

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Juta: One Day Trip Hiking Towards Chaukhi Mountains

10. Juta: One Day Trip Hiking Towards Chaukhi Mountains

Head to the north-eastern part of Georgia, near the Caucasus mountain range and take the opportunity to drive towards Khevi Region, the small highlander village of Juta. Begin your tour by driving from Tbilisi through the famous Georgian Military Road and the Jvari Pass, afterwards continuing towards the village of Juta - a starting point of hiking, from where path leads towards gorgeous Chaukhi mountains. While there, visit the 16th century Ananuri Church and Fortress, the Georgian-Russian friendship monument, and breathtaking views over beautiful Caucasus snowy mountains. On this trip, escape from Tbilisi and experience something different, full of wild nature and remote places with spectacular landscapes and unforgettable impressions.

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What people are saying about Mtskheta-Mtianeti

We can absolutely recommend this tour to anyone coming to Tbilisi! Georgi was a great guide and host. The communication upfront was easy and the pickup from our location went super smooth and fast. In Georgi's comfortable car, we drove to the north with many beautiful stops along the way. Georgi's English is perfect and during the ride he told us many interesting facts about Georgia and its history. The stops on the tour are all breathtaking and after you take pictures you might think the background is photoshopped - that's how beautiful it is. We had the Khinkhali lunch option included and didn't regret it as the food at the restaurant that Georgi took us to was delicious. All in all, we would recommend to take this tour on your first days in Tbilisi, as Georgi will also then be able to share his recommendations for places to eat/see in the city as well, which have served us very well for the rest of our trip. Thank you very much Georgi!

Wonderful tour! Great ride out to the Caucasus Mtns in a comfortable SUV. Great panoramic views from ‘Friendship’ monument and Gergeti church. The tour offers additional add-ons like a horseback ride or hike to a waterfall. Great choices, but keep in mind to keep the tour length as advertised, other stops may be omitted. We took the horseback ride - adventurous - but did not do the Archangels monastery. We also selected a khinkali lunch but was not available at Rooms hotel on our visit, but alternate lunch (with wine) was delicious. 1 of our riders opted out of the horseback ride last minute and refund was provided accordingly.

Our driver and tour guide george is highly recommended. Our trip wouldnt be the same if not for george. He was a considerate driver to his passengers knowing that one of us usually uses the restroom so often. He loves his work so much that he knows the history of georgia by heart. This was indeed a memorable trip to us!

Ower tour was amazing, excellent guide with a lot info about history and religion. great bonus he was English approved . music in car friendly, ice roads with great tires and car feeling super safe. perfect experience. thank you Herc from with ❤

I had a phenomenal tour with Irakli. He was an excellent driver, knowledgeable, and funny. He also takes great photos, my favorite was a close-up of khinkali and I’m in the blurry background, slurping it up. Thanks for an unforgettable day!