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From Tbilisi: Ananuri-Kazbegi Mountains Cultural Tour

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From Tbilisi: Ananuri-Kazbegi Mountains Cultural Tour

From $52 per person

Take a day trip from Tbilisi to the mountainous region of Ananuri and Kazbegi. Visit several tourist areas, such as the Ananuri architectural complex, Zhinvali water reservoir, Gergeti Trinity Church and Kazbegi village.

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Duration 10 hours
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English, Russian

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Zhinvali Dam, a hydroelectric dam on the Aragvi River
  • Discover Ananuri, a fortress situated on the banks of the Aragvi River
  • Explore Gudauri, a ski resort located in the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range
  • Learn the history of Gergeti Trinity Church, an old Georgian church
  • Enjoy an an exciting drive to the Ananuri-Kazbegi Mountains
Full description
Head north from Tbilisi along the Georgian Military Highway, the only road connecting Georgia to Russia through the high Caucasus Mountains. First you'll visit Zhinvali Dam, a hydroelectric dam on the Aragvi River. Despite its artificial origins, the reservoir blends in with the surrounding environment perfectly and delights visitors with its turquoise waters. As you descend to the shores of the reservoir you will notice the ruins of a church from a settlement that was relocated out of the flooding area of the dam.   Next, visit Ananuri Fortress, known for its stunning panoramic views. It was built by the Dukes of Aragvi and its earliest parts date back to the 13th century. After this, you'll explore Gudauri, a ski resort located in the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range. The slopes of Gudauri are completely above the tree line. Discover the Treaty of Georgievsk Monument, built in 1983 to celebrate the bicentennial of the Treaty of Georgievsk and ongoing friendship between Georgia and Russia. Inside the monument is a large tile mural that spans the whole circumference of the structure and depicts scenes from Georgian history. Finally, you'll visit Gergeti Trinity Church. The church is located under Mount Kazbek, and served as a popular waypoint for travellers on the road connecting Russia and Georgia. At the end of the day, return to Tbilisi.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Food drinks
  • Optional fee to ascend to Trinity Church by jeep (15 GEL per person)
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Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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44 Kote Afkhazi Street, Tbilisi 0105.

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  • Please note that this tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note that from November, 20, 2018 ascent to the Gergeti Trinity Church is not possible (tour changes are seasonal)
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Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 26 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
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Beautiful region to explore, especially the last stop with the off road to the monastery, once we reached Stepanmindsa. The military road is an interesting road to drive on. And the Ananury place is outstanding with a breath taking view over the river. The food was delicious at the restaurant in Stepanmindsa. I highly recommend this tour.

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October 30, 2019

Very nice tour

Punctual departure, comfortable bus, enough free places (low season), guide informs engl. / Russian, stay at the attractions appropriately as numerous highlights. In the afternoon, the restaurant prepares good food to order, while visiting the Geretikirche, which is approached by jeeps (15 GEL extra). Scenic insight into the Caucasus is great. Back at 7.30pm in the evening. Everything was great. Great value for money. A great way to get to know part of Georgia, which would be much more difficult on your own with public buses, unless you can read and speak Georgian.

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September 13, 2019

Nice tour in a large bus. The guide was very knowledgeable. I booked a Russian speaking tour, but there were also a number of non-Russian speaking people, so all explanations were in Russian and English. We covered all the planned sites. It was raining, so there were a lot of clouds that hid big part of Kazbek mountain, but this is nobody's fault of course.

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September 10, 2019

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