Morning pick-up from the hotel.
8:30 Guide will greet you at the hotel lobby holding your name board. First stop on the way to Kazbegi is Ananuri Architectural Complex, located near Zhinvali Reservoir, 68 km away from Tbilisi. This 16th-17th cc fortification consists of former residence of local duck’s and 3 churches. The main church is beautifully carved on the Southern wall and some 17th c fragments of interior murals are cleaned through the whitewashed walls of Soviets. Enjoy the views of Zhinvali and its surroundings.
Drive to the north via Georgian Military Highway – former Silk Road, which connects Caucasus countries to Russia. The road follows Aragvi River valley up to the Cross Pass. The highest point on the road is 2395m Altitude. This is the watershed point and Terek River valley goes downhills to the picky travertine sparkling spring.
On the way make some stops for observation. Upon arrival to Stepahntminda, visit History Museum, located in the memorial house of famous writer Alexander Kazbegi. Museum houses his personal belongings, as well as various ethnographic artefacts collected from the mountainous province of Khevi.
Drive to Mount Gergeti, from where Gergeti Trinity Church is overlooking town Stepantsminda (former Kazbegi). The Church dates back to the 14th century and is located under the magnificent peak of Mount Kazbegi (5054 m)- local name of the peak is Mkinvartsveri (in translation: the top of a glacier).
Hot lunch in local family is served at a fireplace.
After lunch visit one more site: Dariali canyon and Archangels church near the Larsi check post at Russian border and drive back towards Tbilisi .
We drop you off to the hotel. Hope to host you again next day!