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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.

From Tbilisi: Sabaduri Forest Private Tour

2. From Tbilisi: Sabaduri Forest Private Tour

Discover Sabaduri Forest with stunning natural scenery. Located near Tbilisi, the area is less than 50km from Tbilisi. During the day, visit various fascinating and hidden places in this city.  En route, pass Tbilisi Water Reservoir and the monument Chronicles of Georgia, known as the Stonehenge of Tbilisi. Sculpted by Zurab Tsereteli, it chronicles Georgian history. The top part of the 30-meter columns features kings, queens, and heroes, and the bottom depicts stories from Christ's life. Sabaduri Forest is impressive year-round. In the summer, the forest is lush and perfect to escape the heat, have a rest in nature, and make a barbeque. During autumn, explore mixed-colored nature. In the winter after fresh snow, admire scenic and untouched landscapes of snow-covered trees and roads.

From Tbilisi: Georgian Highlights in One Day Private Tour

3. From Tbilisi: Georgian Highlights in One Day Private Tour

Your guide will pick you up in the morning in a comfortable car and head first to the Tbilisi sea. You might be surprised by the existence of a sea in the Georgian capital, but in fact, the Tbilisi sea is the unofficial name of the reservoir created in 1952 to serve the city with water. The Tbilisi reservoir is located at a height of more than 500m above sea level and it is a pleasure to spend time here during the summer heat. Here, you’ll also visit a monument that amazes with its size. Known as the Georgian Stonehenge, the monument is officially titled the Chronicle of Georgia and was created by the Georgian-Russian painter, sculptor, and architect Zurab Tsereteli. The memorial was erected in order to celebrate 3,000 years of Georgian sovereignty and 2,000 years of Christianity in Georgia. The next stop will be the Jvari Monastery, the 6th-century Georgian Orthodox monastery built on a hill opposite Mtskheta at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Jvari Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Continue to the Shida Kartli region where you’ll visit Uplistsikhe, an ancient cave town and one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. Uplistsikhe — literally “Fortress of God" — is an ancient town that played a significant role in Georgian history over a period of approximately 3,000 years. Archaeological excavations have revealed extraordinary artifacts dating from the late Bronze Age all the way up to the late Middle Ages. The next stop will be at Borjomi Central Park, home to the most remarkable virtues of Borjomi with its striking nature and unique mineral waters. One of the best places to experience this is Mineral Water Park. The park itself dates back to the 1850s and is an attractive destination throughout the year. Here you can taste the natural Borjomi mineral water and relax in a beautiful environment, or you can try riding the cable car up to the top of the park. After this last stop, your guide will drop you off in Borjomi or Bakuriani, or you can return to your accommodation Tbilisi.

Tbilisi to Borjomi - Kharagauli National Park Day Tour

4. Tbilisi to Borjomi - Kharagauli National Park Day Tour

Start your tour after breakfast from your hotel in Tbilisi. During the tour, you will visit the ancient capital of Georgia – Mtskheta. Here you will see wonderful UNESCO heritage monuments. the first being Jvari Monastery from the 7th-century, where the beautiful view on the confluence of two rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi can be seen from. Then go to the Svetisckhoveli Cathedral from the 11th-century – the architectural masterpiece of Georgian Renaissance. Then drive to Borjomi, which is situated in the central part of Georgia. The city is well-known for its mineral waters. You can taste natural mineral waters from the spring in the central park of Borjomi. After Borjomi Park, you will visit the beautiful forest of pine, hornbeam, and beech in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. Explore one of the easiest trekking routes – “National Park Information Tail”. The route starts from the administration building. After an initial hard ascent, the trail straightens out allowing for an easy trek that takes about 1.5 hours to complete.

1-Day Tour to Kazbegi & Gergeti Trinity Church

5. 1-Day Tour to Kazbegi & Gergeti Trinity Church

This one day tour to Kazbegi & Gergeti Trinity Church offers stunning natural landscapes with must-see cultural sights. You will travel to the Ananuri castle complex which unites two medieval defensive towers, two churches, and defensive walls. Afterwards, you travel to Gudauri and enjoy panoramic views over the Caucasus mountains. From here, you depart for Kazbegi town and take a 4X4 drive to Gergeti Trinity Church or take an optional hike to the church (Distance 10 km). You also visit Gveleti waterfalls in Dariali gorge near the Russian border. In the evening, you travel back to Tbilisi. 

From Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Gori, Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Tour

6. From Tbilisi: Mtskheta, Gori, Uplistsikhe and Borjomi Tour

Begin your tour with pickup at your accommodation in Tbilisi and make your way to the historic town of Mtskheta, to the northwest of the Georgian capital. Discover Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, an Eastern Orthodox cathedral that is the second largest building in Georgia, after the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Admire this masterpiece of the Early Middle Ages, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Next, head to the rocky mountaintop at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragi Rivers to visit the 6th century Georgian Orthodox Jvari Monastery, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about traditional accounts of this place with your guide, and hear how Saint Nino, a female evangelist credited with converting King Mirian III of Iberia to Christianity, erected a large wooden cross on the site of a pagan temple here in the 4th century. Continue your journey to the Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori, the city where the former Soviet Union leader was born. Enjoy the Soviet-era characteristics of the museum, and discover the small wooden hut where Stalin was born and spent the first 4 years of his life. Then, step even further back into history by visiting the ancient rock-hewn town of Uplistsikhe in eastern Georgia, some 62 miles (100 kilometers) west of Tbilisi. Explore one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia, and learn about its mythical foundation by Uplos, son of Mtskhetos, and grandson of Kartlos in the Georgian medieval written tradition. Leaving Uplistsikhe behind you, travel to the Georgian resort town of Borjomi along a picturesque road through the green and leafy Borjomi Valley. Hear about the area's famed mineral water, which is spread all over the globe, and admire the beauty of the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, as well as the sulphuric baths located all over the territory. Finally, make your last stop at the Green Monastery, officially known as Chitakhevi St. George Monastery, a 9th-century friary located in the village of Chitakhevi. The tour includes with drop-off back at your accommodation in Tbilisi.

Kazbegi: Romantic tour

7. Kazbegi: Romantic tour

What are the best places to have a date in the city? Where can you take lovely photos? Feel spellbound absorbing the charming atmosphere, and be surprised at how many historical love stories are hidden in the streets, buildings, and parks of the city. From heartbreaking and tragic, to the hilarious or spicy ones. What sacred relics and treasures are said to be buried in the caves of the ancient Betlemi monastery? How is Mount Kazbek tied to the Greek Mythology and Prometheus? The answers to these questions and more await you. This tour is especially recommended for the period of St. Valentine's Day.

From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to Vardzia

8. From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to Vardzia

1 Day: Tbilisi-Paravani Lake - Vardzia - Rabat Fortress - Borjomi (Driving distance 250 kilometers) Begin the tour from Tbilisi and have a stop at Paravani Lake (2.073 meters). Get pleasure from delightful views at Paravani, the largest and deepest lake in Georgia. Next stop will be Vardzia, grandiose cave city, one of the favorite destinations of Queen Tamar. Here, not far from the border with Turkey, see all the splendor of this tiered cave city where there are hundreds of dwellings, transitions, ladders, churches, library, dining, warehouses, workshops and where urban residents had running water and entertainment. Fifty thousand persons were able to live in this cave city. Continue your way towards Rabat fortress in Akhaltsikhe. The complex of the 9th-century was developed under the influence of different cultures over subsequent centuries and this is reflected in its architecture such as rare examples of traditional Georgian houses from the 13th-century, a mosque from 1752 and the ruins of a medrese (Islamic school). The Rabati also has a synagogue, an Armenian church and a Catholic church. Rabat was reconstructed in 2012. At the end of the day, arrive and overnight in Borjomi in either a family type guesthouse or 3-star hotel. 2 Day:  Borjomi - Gori - Uplistsikhe - Mtskheta - Tbilisi (Driving distance 250 kilometers) Tour starts from Borjomi - a spa resort famous with mineral water springs. This place is known far beyond the borders of Georgia. Go on a 1-hour walk in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, located in central Georgia and creates an eastern border with the lesser Caucasus Mountains. Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is one of the oldest and largest of the protected areas in Georgia and became a member of the European network of protected areas. In the beginning of the 20th-century, the Russian Tsar Nikolai II built in the park his summer residence. On the way to Uplistsikhe, you will visit Joseph Stalin Museum. There is also a small house where one of the cruelest world tyrants of 20th-century was born and raised. Everything is still kept. After Gori, your next stop will be Uplistsikhe - an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia, built on a high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the early Iron Age to the late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran, as well as the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. At the summit of the complex is a Christian basilica built of stone and brick in the 9th to 10th-centuries. Uplistsikhe cave city is the oldest populated place in Georgia. On the way back to Tbilisi, visit Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia. Some monuments of the city are UNESCO World Heritage Site listed. In Mtskheta, visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, built in the 11th century, the main church of Mtskheta is a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept. Visit Jvari Monastery (6th to 7th-century), located on top of a hill above Mtskheta. The monument for its architectural and historical importance is included into the UNESCO list. Located at the precipice of a vertical cliff, Jvari Monastery is a remarkable sacred landmark visible from the ancient city Mtskheta. The building techniques and high standards of engineering, as well as the diverse decorative program of the landscaped monastery exemplify exceptional centuries - old Georgian building practices alongside a wide range of Eastern and Western aesthetic traditions. The church represents the peak of this architectural typology and serves as a model for numerous other churches. Jvari has been an important pilgrimage site since its founding and is considered one of the most sacred places in all of Caucasus.

Georgia: Caucasus Mountains Hike and Alpine Meadow Camping

9. Georgia: Caucasus Mountains Hike and Alpine Meadow Camping

Start your trip with an early morning drive to the North East of Georgia and explore the Anunuri Castle Complex, where medieval architecture unites two churches, several towers, and defense walls. Marvel at the beautiful frescoes and facades at this fairy tale site and gaze at the views over the Jinvali Resevoir. Travel on to Kazbegi to discover the famous Gergeti Trinity church built in the 14th Century and located 2200 meters above sea level, right below the summit of Mount Kazbegi. After Kazbegi, drive to Jura to start the hike and follow the river basin across the mountainous region to your campsite in the Chaukhi Massif. Spend the night gazing at the stars and refueling your energy for the next day.  Begin day 2 at dawn with a delicious breakfast, before hiking 3.3km over the Chaukhi pass. Descend the slopes of the Chaukhi Massif and reach the Abudelaurebi White Lake at 2800 meters. Hike down the Alpine Meadows to explore the Blue Lake and the nearby Green Lake. Marvel at the beauty of these alpine lakes, fed by the melting snow of the mountainous rivers. End the hike by the mountainous pass down the valley to the village of Roshka, where you will travel back to Tbilisi by car.

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What people are saying about Mtskheta-Mtianeti

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 32 reviews

Visited during the 1st week of December, the weather is cold and nice. There is already snow in the mountains and it was perfect weather for paragliding. The view is amazing. Out guide Khatuna introduced us to amazing tourists attractions and very knowledgeable about Georgian history and the way she explains it is making the history more interesting. She is very warm and friendly making the tour comfortable. I would definitely recommend this tour for everyone visiting Georgia. You’ll have the best view of the mountains and don’t miss the chance to go paragliding!

We booked a private tour for 3 people to visit Kazbegi, Stepantsminda, and Gudauri. Our guide was Aleksi and he was great! Very informational, friendly, talkative and very fun! He was on time in picking us up in our Tbilisi hotel, he took really great photos of us and he accommodated our request to drop us off in our hotel in Stepantsminda. I would give this experience 5/5.

We had an excellent travel experience. We felt that we were properly looked after during the whole duration, learned a lot of things about Georgia including its history and people. I will definitely come back! We fell in love with Georgia!❤️

The tour went amazingly well. Our tour guide, Aleksi is very kind and informative. He knows the best places to bring us. We totally enjoyed the tour and highly recommend it.

The tour guide is amazing "Alexi" he explained clearly and very hospitable he make sure we are all ok 5 star to him.