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From Tbilisi: Ananuri-Kazbegi Mountains Cultural Tour

1. From Tbilisi: Ananuri-Kazbegi Mountains Cultural Tour

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.

Ananuri, Gudauri, and Kazbegi Private Tour

2. 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.

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What people are saying about Zhinvali Dam

i love this trip!special mention with sheva the tour guide he's very well versed when it comes to georgian history he cares for their guest as much as he could and also he is a nice person as well as the driver he drive carefully though we were quite shocked since this is our first encounter with this kinds of road going to gudauri.to sum it all it was a perfect and memorable experience i won't forget and we'll definitely recommend your tour to our friends and relatives in the Philippines!!cheers guys!#ilovegeorgia

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.

An excellent trip with a super guide Omar and a professional driver: knowledgeable and helpful people with whom the beauty of Georgia is even more beautiful and interesting❤️ Thank you very much for the tour, the whole family is delighted)) We will definitely try other tours

Very cool guide Zaza, we were a small group of 11 people, met pretty great people there. The views are amazing and totally worth traveling there.

Really fun tour, made several stops and we were back home at around 8 pm.