Total driving distance and time: 265 km (5 hr 35 min)
9:00 guide will pick you up from the hotel and head to the north, towards the Greater Caucasus mountains through the so-called Georgian Military Road. On the way, turn towards the Jvari Monastery. The icOnic panoramic view of the two rivers' confluence - Mtkvari and Aragvi lies at your feet. This is one of the must-see places to visit in Georgia.
Next stop is at medieval fortress Ananuri, located on the river bank of Zhinvali Reservoir. The fort was a residence of local feudal– Aragvi Eristavi. The walls of Ananuri dome Church of the Assumption are decorated with unique stone carving, ornaments and frescos from 16-17th c.c.
There are two observation platforms on the way to Gudauri – the first one is before reaching ski-resort, and another – few kilometers after Gudauri. Both places represent an ideal place for paragliding. If the weather is suitable, don’t skip a moment and try once!
After visiting colorful upper observation platform with large mural, named as Monument of Peace, drive back to Tbilisi.
In the evening make a stop in Mtskheta town, take walk to the gorgeous Svetitskhoveli Cathedral of 11th century and tiny nunnery Antioch of Mtskheta 4th -5th cc. In the narrow streets of town enjoy views, medieval spirit and you can buy traditional sweets – Churchkhelas, made from grape juice, nuts and some Georgian spices.
In the evening we drive back to Tbilisi.