Explore Georgia’s Great Caucasus Range on this private full-day Kazbegi tour from Tbilisi. Visit the 16th-century Ananuri Fortress with a private guide, and enjoy fine views over the Aragvi River from the turreted stone walls. Travel through the pretty resort of Gudauri to Gergeti Trinity Church — nestled beneath the soaring summit of Mt Kazbek and widely considered the region’s top attraction. Capture fine countryside views on camera on a route through the Dariali Gorge to Dariali Castle, and learn of the route’s importance to travelers across the Caucasus over the centuries.
You will depart from Tbilisi early in the morning, in the direction of Kazbegi.100 miles (160 km) along the Georgian Military Road, it runs between Tbilisi, Georgia and Vladikavkaz, Russia. On the way, there are some very interesting places to visit. Ananuri fortress, is a sixteenth 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 watch tower and a reservoir. The main church facade is beautifully carved with animal, floral and Celtic style patterns. Next stop on the way is Gudauri, a remarkable ski resort in Georgia.
The resort is at the altitude 7217 feet (2200 meters) above the sea level. The first lower lift station is at 6528 feet (1,990 meters ) above sea level and the last, or top, station is at 3,306 meters called summit Sadzele. The resort offers high-quality skiing opportunities. The ski season lasts from December through April.
From Gudauri, you’ll continue your trip to Gergeti Trinity Church. At an altitude of 7119 feet (2,170 meters), the twelfth or thirteenth-century monument was erected on the southern slopes of Mkinvarcveri. Gergeti Trinity Church is an important temple, remarkable for its beautiful scenery. The Gergeti Trinity Church is set poignantly on a hill directly below the towering white massif of Mount Kazbek, which sits at 5,033 meters. Built six hundred years ago, its stones have weathered repeated blizzards, rain and invasion to stand as a proud symbol of Georgian resilience in the face of adversity.
It is the photographer’s perfect shot. After visiting Gergeti church, we you’ll arrive at Dariali Gorge, on the border between Russia and Georgia. Darial was historically important as the only available passage across the Caucasus and has been long fortified, since at least 150 BC. Located there is Tamari’s fortress, called Dariali Castle, which was built many years ago and is situated on the right side of the River Tergi. To the left of the River Tergi is a new monastery complex on the cliff at about 70 meters high.
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