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From Tbilisi: Ananuri-Kazbegi Mountains Cultural Tour

4.7 / 5

35 reviews

Activity provider: WST Company

From Tbilisi: Ananuri-Kazbegi Mountains Cultural Tour

Activity provider: WST Company

From US$ 48 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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Live tour guide
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)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
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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Important information

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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)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 35 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.9/5

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Guide was amazing attentive to everyone, funny and providing good information! The bus is too small and not confortable at all to stay hours inside, could have more space for the legs. The trip is nice and you can know a lot if places in 1 day. The food at the restaurant was great also! The trip on the road is an adventure by itself with cattle and trucks on the road..

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July 11, 2022

The tour included incredible natural beauty sights. Kazbeghi is really breathtaking and totally worth-visiting but the minibus used for the tour was not comfortable at all. 20 tourists were crammed in and if you are taller than 1.70 cm, you'd better know how to fold yourself. Also, I didn't see any need of constantly repeating everything in English and Russian. The tour was supposed to be in English, if someone does not speak it, well, there are tours in Russian, right?

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June 27, 2022

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

Product ID: 186726