Aragvi

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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.

From Tbilisi: Private Sabaduri, Ananuri, & Gudauri Day Trip

2. From Tbilisi: Private Sabaduri, Ananuri, & Gudauri Day Trip

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 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.

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.

Tbilisi: Guided Mtskheta, Gori, and Uplistsikhe Tour

4. Tbilisi: Guided Mtskheta, Gori, and Uplistsikhe Tour

Your tour will begin in the morning as you are picked up from your hotel, after which you will begin with a drive through the fertile lands of the Kartli region. Your first stop is the 6th-century Jvari Monastery, which is located 19 kilometers away from Tbilisi. Here you will receive an introductory story of the area, whilst enjoying the wonderful panorama of the conjunction of the two rivers Aragvi and Mtkvari, the Armazi Mountains, and the city of Mtskheta. You will then drive 88 kilometers west of Tbilisi to Gori, a city in the Kartli province. Gori was an important military stronghold in the Middle Ages, and at the foot of a sand-stone hill stands the Medieval Gori Fortress Tskhra-kara. You will do a short walk around the area, before then continuing to the Stalin Museum. Excursions in Joseph Stalin's museum will take about 30 minutes, with the museum consisting of 3 sites. Following your museum tour, you will drive to the ancient temple town of Uplistsikhe. Translated as the “Fortress of the Lord“ and dating back to the 6th century B.C., this town is mentioned in the "Chronicles of the 1st Century A.D". Here the echoing halls, long meandering corridor-streets, chambers of pagan worship, and even the remains of the oldest theater in Georgia are all carved into the rocky plateau and waiting to be explored. You will then drive back to Tbilisi passing through the ancient capital Mtskheta, which presents a living museum including the UNESCO Heritage Listed Site of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, as well as other architectural landmarks. You can take a walk through the historical part of town, and enjoy a relaxing evening tasting local sweets at the souvenir shopping rows.

Jinvali reservoir, Ananuri, Gudauri Guided Day Tour

5. Jinvali reservoir, Ananuri, Gudauri Guided Day Tour

Tour stats at 9 am, move to northern highway generally takes more time than usual because of the road is curvy and takes more time to cover, Total time to reach Kazbegi village takes 3 hours(with stops), and until Gudauri 2 hours. The first stop is Jinvali Reservoir which supplies Tbilisi with drinking water, and also there are operating turbines for electrical power Generators. Great place to take some lovely photos on the background of the reservoir. Ananuri castle, it is since 17 century standing as a complex with defensive towers, a Cathedral, and fortification buildings. Exploring all places takes about 30 minutes. After some time of observing the white and black Aragvi river, during summer it is easy to distinguish the colors of the water, one is darker than another, and that is why it is called White and Black. Continue the trip to Ski resort Gudauri(Winter Activities) the resort locates at 2000 meters above sea level and Makes a unique place for ski activities. In winter available cable cars, snow scooters, sledding, and tubing. At the end of the trip possible to arrange lunch in the Georgian Restaurant, with Georgian national Dishes.

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What people are saying about Aragvi

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 80 reviews

Tour to Jvari was with Nini (Ungo) while the remaining tour was with Buta. Both guides were friendly, polite and professional. Communication prior to, during and after the tour was excellent. A well paced tour with sufficient time to visit each beautiful site. Overall, a very organized and wonderful trip with Gamarjoba.

A really well thought out tour, lots of interesting knowledge, amazing views and places to see. I would highly recommend this this tour. A beautiful part of Georgia not to be missed.

Amazing experience, from the moment we were picked up, checked in until the end of the tour. AMAZING company! Amazing guide, Shoti was simply an angel to us! Thanks guys!

The day was fun from start to finish. The stop for lunch was excellent and the trip to Kazbegi was really good.

Loved everythin about this Tour even weather didnt corporate , every stop was very interesting