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From Tbilisi: Mtskheta and Kazbegi Tour with Gourmet Lunch

1. 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.

Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Ananuri, Kazbegi and Gergeti Church Tour

2. 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. 

Mtskheta, Ananuri, Gudauri and Kazbegi Tour from Tbilisi

3. 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: 2-Day Tour to Mount Kazbegi

4. From Tbilisi: 2-Day Tour to Mount Kazbegi

Day 1: Tbilisi - Jvari - Ananuri - Jinvali lake - Gudauri - Cross Pass - Stepantsminda (1740 meters) Depart from your hotel in Tbilisi at 09:30, driving a distance of 180 kilometers. Begin your tour by visiting Jvari Monastery (6th-century), built on the top of the hill above Mtskheta and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After visiting Jvari Monastery, drive further through Georgian Military Road to Ananuri Fortress (14th to 18th-century) situated at the bank of the picturesque Jinvali Lake. Enjoy great panoramic views. This Ananuri architectural complex belonged to the House of the Eristavi of Aragvi - a violent local ruler. The characteristic architectural design of the late medieval period includes a fortress, two churches, an old watch tower, prison and civic buildings. On the way to Stepantsminda visit Gudauri Ski Resort, located on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range, along the Georgian Military Highway near the Crosss Pass, at an elevation of 2,196 meters above sea level. Arrive to the village Stepantsminda (1.740 meters) at the foot of Mount Kazbegi (5.047 meters). Here, you can either hire a 4WD car and drive up to the Gergeti Trinity Church (2.170 meters) or one can go for a walk and reach the church (it takes about 1 to 1.5-hours for a walk). Gergeti Trinity (Sameba) Church was built in the 14th-century. From the church on one side, you can explore the summit of Mount Kazbegi and from other side, find a wonderful view of the river Tergi Gorge and its surrounding area. Overnight in Stepantsminda. Either in a family type guesthouse or 3-star/plus hotel. Day 2: Stepantsminda - Beautiful Waterfalls - village Juta - Stepantsminda - Mtskheta - Tbilisi (approximately 180 kilometers) Visit beautiful waterfalls near Kazbegi and continue your way towards the village Juta (on 4WD car), one of the highest villages in Europe (2100 meters).The main attraction in this area, except for the above mentioned village, is a mountain Range Chaukhi. On the way back to Tbilisi, visit old capital of Georgia, Mtskheta. Some monuments found in the city are UNESCO World Heritage Site listed. In Mtskheta, visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, built in the 11th-century, the main church of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept. Though the site itself is even older dating back to the early 4th-century and surrounded by a number of legends associated primarily with the early Christian traditions. At the end of the tour, arrive back to Tbilisi and be dropped off at your hotel in Tbilisi.

Georgia: 2-Day Private Guauri Ski 1-Night Kazbegi Hotel

5. Georgia: 2-Day Private Guauri Ski 1-Night Kazbegi Hotel

Enjoy a 2-day trip to Kazbegi. Stop for a panoramic view of the Great Caucasus Mountains, see the Gergeti Trinity Church, and stop at the Gudauri Ski Resort. Day 1Meet your guide at 9:00 AM and begin your day trip towards Kazbegi. Pass by the old capital of Georgia and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Jvari Monastery, built in the 7th century. After enjoying the fascinating history of the site, head to Jhinvali Dam, made during the Soviet Era in Georgia. Continue to the 17th-century Ananuri Castle, where you can explore late feudal era life in Georgia. Next, drive past the Gudauri Ski Resort and stop at a panoramic overlook of the Great Caucasus Mountains. Jump back in the vehicle and continue to Kazbegi. As you visit the village, learn how its culture, people, landscapes, and delicious food have turned this small town into one of Georgia's top tourist destinations. Head up the clouds and to the top of a mountain to visit the Gergeti Trinity Church, built in the 14th century. After your visit, drive back down and check into your hotel. Day 2 Check out of your hotel by noon and drive back towards Tbilisi. On the way, stop at the Gudauri Ski Resort. You can use the ski lifts or try your hand at paragliding. If you prefer to relax, remain at the hotel at the resort and take in the scenic views. After your free time in Gudauri, drive back to Tbilisi and finish your tour at your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Stepantsminda

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 16 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

What a magnificent way to see the beauty of Georgia! George, our guide, was an absolute delight. He recommended the best traditional food and restaurants, was an absolute pleasure to be around and had a wealth of knowledge of the area and its surroundings.

An excellent tour that takes in some of the most beautiful spots in Georgia.