The region has always been the land of invasions,that is why all the middle age buildings here, even churches and monasteries, are built to withstand the conditions of a sudden siege. People here are open and kind, always willing to help a traveler . Contrast in landscape is really impressive – some mountains reach 5000 meters in height.
Arrival at the Tbilisi International Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Time at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2. Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Kazbegi
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of the first capital of Georgia – the city of Mtskheta which is included into the list of Heritage of UNESCO. In this city, in the temple of “Svetistskhoveli”. which is also included into the list of Heritage of UNESCO, the shrine of all Christians – Heaton Christ is stored.
Visits of the temple of “Djvari” (VI). The monastery is on the high mountain, there opens a beautiful view of the city and merge of two rivers Aragvi and the river Mtkvari.
Our path will run north along the Georgian Military Highway, to the border with Russia. Throughout the route you will be surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery.
Eight kilometers from the dam there stands Ananuri castle. The waters of Aragvi rise to the very walls of this magnificent monument of the XVII century. The fortress walls are fortified by two large and several small towers, which offer magnificent views. Inside the fortifications there are two outbuildings and the dome churches, the main church of which is decorated with rich carvings on the facade in the form of a cross and grapes.
In the hollow of Kobi a highway connects to the river Terek, violent temper of which has repeatedly been described by classics and sung by poets. We will go along the shore and 20 minutes later arrive to Stephantsminda settlement, which was called Kazbegi in the years of 1921-2007.
One of the symbols of Georgia, church of the Holy Trinity built in the XIV century, with its austere charm and wild beauty of this place have a striking effect on one’s imagination. Far below lies Stephantsminda, while on the opposite side of the gorge there is a steep rock wall of height of more than 4 kilometers. Gergeti Trinity Church is built against the background of the eternal glaciers of Kazbek – the very same mountains from Greek mythology, where the gods chained Prometheus for stealing fire for people. Its peak whitens at the altitude of 5034 meters, and snow never melts there. Georgian name of Kazbek is Mkinvartsveri, which means icy peak.
Dinner and overnight in guesthouse Kazbegi.
Day 3. Kazbegi- Gorge truso – Chaukhi – Kazbegi
Breakfast. Departure to Truso Canyon. The land of ancient castles Beautiful Truso canyon – source of the most important river in the Caucasus basin – the Tergi. Ancient castles built with Cyclops architectural style.
Truso valley is known for its mineral water springs, white/yellow travertines, mineral lake with bubbles, towers of middle ages, -most notably Zakagori castle, villages on a very high altitude such as Resi (2350m).Visit Chaukhi – enormous rock mountain range with several summits. The highest summit is 3800 m. above the sea level. This is a favorite place for climbers so as there are many peaks of different complexity.
Return to Kazbegi. Dinner. Free time
Day 4. Kazbegi – Barisakho – Korsha – Shatili
Early breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Khevsureti region: a historical-ethnographic region in eastern Georgia.
The route to Khevsureti turns northeast off the Georgian Military Highway shortly before the Jhinvali Reservoir and runs up the Pshavis Aragvi valley to the village Barisakho (100 km form Tbilisi) – the largest village of the region, with a population of about 200. It contains the municipality hall, Khevsureti Boarding School, hospital, post office and other institutions. At Korsha, 2 km past Barisakho there is a small, but interesting ethnographical Korsha museum of Khevsur life. The next village is Gudani, about 1 km up from the road, is a striking group of tower houses on rock outcrop. 15 km form Korsha Museum you will get to two small neighbouring villages – Biso and Khakhmati.
After these villages your route runs over the high Datvis Jvari Pass (open from June to October) – the highest point on the route (2677 m above the sea level). Stop for picnic. After passing the Datvis Jvari Pass you’ll get to Lebaiskari and then to Kistani – small abandoned villages of unexceptional beauty. In 15 km from Kistani, there is the village Shatili – the old town, built between the 7th and 13th centuries, is an agglomeration to tall towers clinging together on a rocky outcrop to form a single fortress-like whole. Shatili is very close to the boarder of Chechnya, 1400 m above the sea level.
Overnight in Shatili’s local guesthouse. Dinner. Free time
Day 5. Shatili – Anatori – Mutso – Ardoti – Shatili
Early Breakfast at the local guesthouse. Sightseeing tour around Shatili. Departure to Anatori (4 km from Shatili). Nobody lives here. You can see abandoned houses en route: during the cholera times, many people died here, and you can see human skulls here. From Anatori in some 9 km there is a real highlight of the whole route – Mutso – 300 years old towers, is severe and imposing. It is apparently slated for renovation, but for now its decaying profile still stares darkly across the valley from its perch high on a mountain side. The towers are connected to each other by a warren of walls, roofs, stairs and ladders. Many of the restored towers offer access to the wide wooden balconies that look out over the valley.
Ardoti is 5 km further up the valley beyond Mutso. In this village lives only one family. You can find here the ruines of ancient church.
Return to Shatili . Dinner. Free time
Day 6. Shatili – Tbilisi
Accommodation in Tbilisi hotel upon arrival. Sightseeing tour around Tbilisi.
Visiting one of the symbols of Tbilisi. Sameba (Holy Trinity Cathedral) is the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Sameba is one of the main sacred places for Georgians. It is one of the highest churches in Europe with the height of 101 meters. It is also a unique building, the catherdral is build on top of another temple (Lower Church).
You will visit the oldest and the most important temple in Tbilisi. Metekhi Church is erected on the cliff, overlooking the Mtkvari River. There is a statue of King Vakhtang Gorgaslani, founder of Tbilisi, in front of the church. The church dates back to the 12th century and has a diverse history, connected with Mongol invasions and political repressions of the Soviet Empire. The colorful Darejani Palace is also situated on the cliff, like the nest of a swallow.
Ascending by cable car to the Narikala Fortress – the heart and soul of Tbilisi. The fortress was established in the 4th century. An old odd masonry of its walls, observation towers and winding narrow paths, all tells about the antiquity of the building. From the many towers you will have a great panorama over the city, the old part as well as the modern part. Just behind Narikala you will find the Botanical Garden with its waterfalls, millions of species of flowers and trees. This is a favorite place to have a family rest or a walk for lovers.
Une des attractions principales de Tbilissi est les bains de soufre célèbres. Ici vous pouvez utiliser toutes les sortes de “services de bain”, en prenant un bain et en nageant dans l’eau des printemps de soufre chauds naturels. Exactement ici Tbilissi a commencé. “Tbili” en géorgien signifie “chaud”. En trouvant ces sources roi Gorgasali a ordonné pour construire la ville ici. Dans les temps immémoriaux les propriétés magiques de guérir attribué à ces sources, mais maintenant tout le monde sait les avantages de bains de soufre. Un design intéressant de ces bains a fait dans le style oriental et on les appelle souvent “les bains turcs”.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 7. Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Purchase of souvenirs. Transfer to the airport.
The price per person $ (US Dollars)
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Price Includes: Transfers, Transport throughout all round, Accommodation in Tbilisi (3 nights) in guesthouse Kazbegi (2), in guesthouse Shatili (2). Breakfast in the hotel (6) , Services of the guide, Insurance.
Not included: Air Tickets. Meals and Drinks not mentioned in the program.