Driving distance: 145 km (3 h 05 min)
After breakfast in Tbilisi hotel, check out; drive towards the Greater Caucasus mountains.
Before you leave the city, visit the Chronicle of Georgia, often referred to as Georgia's Stonehenge. This huge bronze monument from the late Soviet period depicts a brief history of Georgia and overlooks Tbilisi Sea. The site offers a magnificent view of Tbilisi and the valley of the Mtkvari River.
Next stop today is Mtskheta – the historical capital of Iberia, the former Georgian Kingdom. Mtskheta is known for its medieval sites that are included in UNESCO World Heritage list: Svetitskhoveli Cathedral of 11th c., Samtavro church 11th c, Antiokhia nunnery 5th c and Jvari Monastery of 6th c.
After visiting Mtskheta and these monuments, follow Georgian Military Highway to the north. Drive 60 km and stop at Ananuri castle on the Zhinvali reserve. The 16-17th cc. fort consists of former residential buildings of local feudal Aragvis’ Eristavi, defensive curtains and watchtowers, churches, and bell tower. The area is picturesque. Nearby the fort on the riverside the children’s playground is located. Take a moment and swim in the fresh mountain lake.
Continue the tour and drive to the north, pass Gudauri ski-resort. If the weather is calm, paragliding is available at Gudauri observation platform - don’t skip this nice opportunity: The elevation is 2000m above sea level.
Two overnights in Gudauri hotel.