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Our most recommended Greater Caucasus Day Trips

From Tbilisi: The Best of Kazbegi and Gudauri Mountains

1. From Tbilisi: The Best of Kazbegi and Gudauri Mountains

Discover the magic of the mountains on a full-day guided trip from Tbilisi. Visit Zhinvali Reservoir, Ananuri Fort, Gudauri, the Cross Pass, Kazbegi National Park, and the famous Gergeti Trinity Church. Admire panoramic views and old forts, and have the chance to sample the local cuisine. Start your tour at your hotel or holiday apartment if you choose the private tour option, or at a central meeting point in Tbilisi if you opt for the shared tour. Then, head northward and enjoy stunning views. Stop at the Zhinvali Reservoir, a calm lake surrounded by green hills. From there, discover the impressive Ananuri Fort. Explore the remains, the yard, and the old tower while your guide tells you the story of this place. Continue along the Georgian Military Highway to see more scenic and interesting spots, including a mineral spring that is believed to have healing powers, before reaching Gudauri and the Cross Pass. Take in the views at the Soviet Monument of Friendship, and marvel at the panoramic views of mountains and gorges from one of the best panoramic platforms in Georgia. Stop at Kazbegi, the center of the region and home to the famous Gergeti Trinity Church. In the summer, you can choose to hike to the church or go there by car. On the way back, your guide will show you the locals' favorite restaurant, where you can try authentic mountain-style khinkali dumplings (included in the shared tour; at your own expense on the private tour) before you return to Tbilisi.

Juta: One Day Trip Hiking Towards Chaukhi Mountains

2. 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.

Ananuri, Gudauri, and Kazbegi Private Tour

3. Ananuri, Gudauri, and Kazbegi Private Tour

After meeting your driver, take an exciting drive north along the Georgian Military Highway into the high Caucasus Mountains. This spectacular highway winds its way through sheer mountains on a route that runs for 220 km from Tbilisi to Russia and dates back to the 1st century BC. Pass by the Zhinvali Dam hydroelectric dam and reservoir on the Aragvi River which blends in with the surrounding environment perfectly. Enjoy the view of the turquoise waters from Ananuri Fortress, a popular tourist sight with stunning, panoramic views. Descend to the shores of the reservoir until you reach Ananuri fortress, built by the Dukes of Aragvi and eith parts dating back to the 13th century. Admire the two fortifications joined by a crenelated curtain wall and the well-preserved, large square tower, known as the Sheupovari. Continue along the highway towards the Gudauri ski resort situated in the Stepantsminda District at an elevation of 2,200 meters above sea level. Visit the Georgievsk Monument which was built in 1983 to celebrate the ongoing friendship between Georgia and Soviet Russia. Peek inside the monument to see a large tile mural that spans the whole circumference of the structure and depicts scenes of Georgian history. Travel onward to the 14th-century Gergeti Trinity Church, located under Mount Kazbek above the town of Stepantsminda and which has for a long time served as a popular way-point for travelers on the road connecting Russia and Georgia.

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What people are saying about Greater Caucasus

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 189 reviews

Fantastic day trip, with a brilliant tour guide Irakli who gave us a ton of interesting information about Georgia. Loved getting to see the Caucasus mountains - it was even snowing a little when we went. Obviously the scenery is amazing, but the friendship monument is also really worth the trip and it was great finding out how to eat khinkali and getting to practice! :D A well-paced itinerary packed with must-do stops, highly recommended. Thanks so much Irakli for an amazing and unforgettable day! We loved it!

I had a great time during the full trip. Our guide George was very helpful, understanding and full of fun facts about the region. It was totally worth the time and money we spent. Only issue with the region, not the tour, is the road and the traffic which you need to accept if you are willing to visit the region.

Amazing experience! Datha is an outstanding tour guide and a great guy. All went well. The road towards Gergeti Church is nice and you get a glimpse of the country’s interior. Having lunch in front of the mountains, with the church standing on top is memorable. Thanks!

Had a really great day. Gorgeous scenery and plenty of stops. Great guide and superb driver navigating the military highway in torrential rain. Definitely recommend.

Great tour, our guide David did an amazing job organising everything. Very flexible and helpful. Great experience.