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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.

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.

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

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

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.

Tbilisi: Private Transfer to Gudauri or Kazbegi

4. 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.

Tbilisi: Private Full-Day Tour to Kazbegi

5. Tbilisi: Private Full-Day Tour to Kazbegi

Start with pickup from your hotel in Tbilisi and meet your professional guide. Travel north of Tbilisi and first visit the historic capital city of Georgia, Mtskheta. See the main cathedral of the city, Svetitkhoveli, and the monastery complex of Jvari as you learn about the strategic importance of the city. Continue the journey to the Kazbegi region. Enjoy the panoramic views of Ananuri Castle and the Jinvali Water Reservoir, with some stops along the way to take some photos. There will also be an opportunity to taste some traditional Georgian traditional snacks during the day Finally, hike to the scenic Gergeti Trinity Church. Admire the amazing scenery that surrounds you on all sides as you stand at this remote location. Afterward, return to Tbilisi in the evening.

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What people are saying about Zhinvali Reservoir

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 192 reviews

A fantastic day out. It was disappointing not to see the monastery, and maybe (since I see other reviews say the same) it should be in the description that this may happen due to weather. But the first half was great, and the replacement monument visit. Above all, the team make it such a good day. They can't control the weather. I paid for a day out learning about Georgia and seeing new sights and that's what I got, together with great company. This is the second trip I have done with them. Through their amazing guides, I am starting to discover a beautiful country of legends, wars, religion and wine. And warm, welcoming people. Highly recommended company. Thank you!

If your time in Georgia is limited this is the perfect day trip to get out of Tbilisi. You get to see so much and get a taste of the mountain side. Great stops along the way with such interesting facts on each of them. Lenny is a very knowledgeable and accommodating guide. You get picked up and dropped off at your hotel which was very convenient. Apart from the tour itself, this company was such a pleasure to deal with and this is evident from the time you book. May was so amazing with her communication and going above and beyond to make suggestions and help with planning for this and other tours. Would absolutely book with her again.

Amazing tour. Our guide was extremly friendly and easy to talk to, actually by doing this tour we have won a new friend. The landscape and sites showing at this tour are literally incredible, from the old monasteries to the mindblowing kaukasus mountains. Plus the restaurant chosen, was very very tasty and made the best khinkali i have tasted so far. Thank you for this amazing tour, would recommend it to anyone.

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!❤️

If it's your first time in Georgia, then this tour is a great option. You get to see amazing sceneries in one day.