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Tbilisi: Jvari Monastery, Ananuri, Gudauri, and Kazbegi Tour

1. Tbilisi: Jvari Monastery, Ananuri, Gudauri, and Kazbegi Tour

Start your tour at Jvari Monastery, a 6th-century orthodox monastery near Mtskheta. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the monastery stands on a rocky mountain above the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia. Continue to Zhinvali Water Reservoir, located on the Georgian Military Highway. Learn the history of this Soviet dam, constructed in the 1980s. Then, arrive at the Ananuri Fortress, the seat of the Eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi. Discover the intriguing plots of this feudal dynasty that ruled the area from the 13th century. Explore the site of numerous historic battles and take in the magnificent scenery — ideal for landscape photography. After Ananuri Fortress, have lunch in Pasanauri, the homeland of the most famous traditional Georgian food, Khinkali. Admire the Friendship Monument of Georgian and Russian people in Gudauri. Located on the Georgian Military Highway between Gudauri ski resort and the Jvari Pass, the memorial consists of a large round stone arch and concrete structure overlooking the Devil's Valley in the Caucasus Mountains. Then, arrive at Kazbegi, and explore one of the most beautiful places in Georgia: Gergeti Trinity Church. The church is located under Kazbegi Mountain, 2170 meters above sea level, and offers spectacular panoramic views of the entire valley. Enjoy the serene natural beauty of this isolated marvel. Finish your tour at the Rooms Hotel Kazbegi. Relax with a cup of coffee in their stylish restaurant and soak up the stunning views of Kazbegi.

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Kazbegi, Stepantsminda, and Gudauri Tour

2. 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.

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Tbilisi: Private Georgian Winter Fairy Tale Adventure

3. Tbilisi: Private Georgian Winter Fairy Tale Adventure

After departing from Tbilisi to Kazbegi early in the morning, you will travel 160 kilometers along the Georgian Military Road. This famous road runs between Tbilisi, Georgia and Vladikavkaz, Russia, and on the way, there are some very interesting places to visit. You will begin by visiting Sabaduri Forest, a place which is breathtaking and is reminiscent of scenery from a children's fairy tale. Afterwards, you will reach the Ananuri Fortress, a 16th-century castle complex on the Aragvi River. The fortress stands beside the famous Georgian Military Highway, overlooking a 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. Your next stop will be Gudauri, a remarkable ski resort in Georgia. The resort is at the altitude of 2,200 meters-above-sea-level, and offers high-quality skiing opportunities between December and April. In Gudauri, you can enjoy beautiful views, ski, or glide up the mountain with the cable car to a height of almost 1,000 feet. Adrenaline seekers can even try paragliding.

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From Tbilisi: Gveleti and Juta Full-Day Hiking Tour

4. From Tbilisi: Gveleti and Juta Full-Day Hiking Tour

Depart from Tbilisi on a full-day tour where you will hike through the Caucasus Mountain Range and into the picturesque Jutra Village, stopping at the Dariali Gorge and Gveleti Waterfall along the way. Start your journey at The Rooms Hotel in Kazbegi. During this stop, get an opportunity to eat, have coffee, and relax for an hour. The Rooms Kazbegi’s stylish restaurant is decorated with wooden furnishings and serves international cuisine.  Have a drink in the lobby bar, while meals can be enjoyed on the terrace with a spectacular view over Mount Kazbegi and the Gergeti Trinity Church as well as the surrounding forests and woodlands. Continue along the Georgian Military Highway and see the road’s unique sights before a visit to Dariali Gorge. Discover the two hidden waterfalls here and admire the rivers below them. Next, head over to the Gveleti village, located in Kazbegi, and begin a 1 km hike so you can see the scenic views of the Caucasus. Arrive at the Gveleti Waterfall, which can be translated as "the Snake’s Waterfall”, and be amazed by the breathtaking views of one of the most splendid waterfalls in Georgia.  Afterward, visit the village of Juta, located 2,200 m high above sea level. With only 18 locals surrounded by alpine area, it's a great place to escape civilization. The village is situated on the main hill of the Caucasus mountain range at the source of the river Bakurkhevi.  Lastly, enjoy unforgettable views from Fifth Season Hostel. It's a peaceful place where you can grab a drink and take in the stunning landscape of the multiple mountain Chaukhi peaks. Become entranced with the dreamy location, where clouds and mountains appear to ‘dance’ around each in an impressive performance every second.

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Mtskheta, Ananuri, Gudauri and Kazbegi Tour from Tbilisi

5. 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.

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Tbilisi: Private Transfer to Gudauri or Kazbegi

6. Tbilisi: Private Transfer to Gudauri or Kazbegi

Enjoy a safe transfer from Tbilisi to Gudauri or Kazbegi. Relax with an organized, exclusive private transfer and personalized attention from your driver. Choose this transfer from Tbilisi to your hotel in Kazbegi or in Gudauri for a comfortable and hassle-free service that will allow you to enjoy your trip from the moment you take your seat in Tbilisi. Your driver will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. Relax as a professional driver takes you to your hotel in a clean and comfortable car. All you need to do is send your address, sit back, and relax. On the way you can stop at several locations including the Jinvali Water Reservoir, which boasts blue-colored water between three cordilleras, and also, the confluence two rivers (black and white) at Argavi.  The Aragvi River and its basin are in Georgia on the southern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains. The White Aragvi flows from Gudauri down to the town of Pasanauri, where it is joined by the Black Aragvi (the main river of Gudamakari). Together, these two rivers continue as "Aragvi" river from Pasanauri. Your transfer will finish upon arrival at your hotel or accommodation.

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From Tbilisi: Full-Day Group Tour to Ananuri and Kazbegi

7. 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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From Kazbegi: Day Trip to Gergeti, Gaudauri & Ananuri

8. From Kazbegi: Day Trip to Gergeti, Gaudauri & Ananuri

Embark on an exciting full-day tour of Georgia's beautiful countryside, starting at the meeting point in Kazbegi. After meeting your guide and the rest of your group, head towards the Gergeti Holy Trinity Church, located on the slope of the majestic Kazbek Mountain, among snow-covered ranges. Enjoy panoramic views over the town of Stepantsminda and the village of Gergeti.  Lunch will be next. Dine amongst the beautiful nature and try tasty traditional dishes, including the most famous Georgian dish — Khinkali. Following lunch, head to Gudauri, a ski resort situated on a south-facing plateau of the Greater Caucasus Mountain. Enjoy the fresh air of the resort area that offers many activities, including horse-riding, mountain biking, hiking, paragliding, etc. You can also encounter the People's Friendship Arch, an inspiration of the famous sculptor Tsereteli. It was built at an altitude of 2,384 meters in the Kazbegi district, on the cross pass near the Military Georgian Road. After Gudauri, visit the fortress of Ananuri, which is one of the best monuments of late feudal Georgia. Step back in time and come to understand how people lived in the past. Marvel at the perfectly preserved Ananurian structures that evokes the interest of both tourists and historians. Your tour finally concludes as you are dropped off to the Avlabari Metro Station between 8 PM and 9 PM.

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Kazbegi: Magic Christmas Tour

9. Kazbegi: Magic Christmas Tour

Find out how Georgia celebrates Christmas and why Georgians celebrate Christmas on January 6 on a guided walking tour of Kazbegi. Hear about a wide variety of Georgian traditions and customs, which include a range of seasonal products. Together with a professional local guide, sense the magic that the Christmas and Advent period brings to Kazbegi. Visit the most beautifully decorated places in the city, and feel spellbound by the charming atmosphere in the streets at this time of year. Experience Kazbegi from a different perspective and live an authentic white mountain Christmas with your family and friends.

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Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Ananuri, Kazbegi and Gergeti Church Tour

10. Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Ananuri, Kazbegi and Gergeti Church Tour

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at the reception of your hotel and take you to your first stop of the day, the ancient capital and religious center of Georgia - Mtskheta. In Mtskheta you will see two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the 7th-century Jvari Monastery and the 11th-century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. After exploring Mtskheta you will continue on with your tour.  You will drive north towards the Northern Caucasus along the well-known Georgian Military Road stopping along the way to explore the 17th-century architectural complex Ananuri before reaching Kazbegi which is the main town in the region. From Kazbegi you will take a 4WD vehicle through the beautiful valleys and woods to reach Gergeti Trinity Church. From the church, if weather permits you can see one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus. You will then start your trip back to Tbilisi. 

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What people are saying about Stepantsminda

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.

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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.

Soso was a great guide, his energy was high and always upbeat. Stay safe.