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

1. 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.

From Tbilisi: Gveleti and Juta Full-Day Hiking Tour

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

Juta: One Day Trip Hiking Towards Chaukhi Mountains

4. 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.

From Tbilisi: 2-Day Guided Tour of the Racha Region

5. From Tbilisi: 2-Day Guided Tour of the Racha Region

Visit 4 of the most beautiful locations in the Racha region of western Georgia over a 2-day trip. Explore hidden villages, admire the spectacular Georgian countryside and finish your trip with wine tasting. Start your tour at Shovi, one of the most beautiful villages in the region with panoramic views of the mountains. See the many historical churches, caves, and castles in Racha as you explore this quaint area. As you stroll, your guide will tell you facts and anecdotes about the town. Continue to Nikortsminda and see the famous Nikortsminda Cathedral. Head just outside the village and marvel at the centuries-old ice caves up to 20 meters deep. Next, visit the serene Shaori Lake with breathtaking views of the distant mountains and forests. Finish your tour with some local wine tasting and experience the flavors of Georgia as you sample the traditional cuisine.

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based on 103 reviews

Kazbegi is a must on everyone's visit but the trip was even better than I had expected. The visit started with Ananuri fortress, set in stunning landscape which just kept getting more and more beautiful as the trip progressed. Kazbegi mountain and the Gergeti Trinity church are picture perfect and the Monument to Russian-Georgian friendship was breathtaking. We also fitted in time for a visit to Gudauri and had a typical mountain lunch of khinkali and khachapuri. The trip was really well organised and Irakli was a great guide.

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.

Un’escursione intensa ma ne è valsa la pena. Magnifico il paesaggio verso la chiesa della Trinità di Gergeti. La mia guida, nonché autista, Irakli (spero di averlo scritto bene) merita un applauso per come ha gestito l’escursione. Ottimo autista e ottima guida turistica. Lo consiglio.

One of the most wonderful experience with deep snow and adventurous options. Our guide Irakli was very knowledgeable and hospitable

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