- All Year Round, Daily.
- Live English-speaking guide.
- Note: Tours may depart with a bilingual Russian/English speaking guide.
schedule Departure Time:
- 09:00 (Arrive For 08:45).
place Departure Points:
- 44 Kote Abkhazi Street.
- 1/3 Pushkin Street, Freedom Square.
- 24 Shota Rustaveli Avenue.
- Approximately 11 Hours.
- Attraction Entry Fees.
About The Kazbegi Day Tour:
Your journey high into the Caucasus Mountains begins with a breathtaking drive north up the old Georgian Military Highway. Accounts of this ancient road date as far back as Greco-Roman times, a vital indicator of its importance to regional trade and warfare. Today the Highway directly connects Tbilisi with the Russian city of Vladikavkaz. Along the way it passes some of the most remarkable natural and man-made landmarks in Georgia.
You'll first encounter the Zhinvali hydroelectric dam, whose construction during the 1970s and 80s lead to the formation of the Zhinvali reservoir. This spectacular turquoise lake is overlooked by a fortress perched high above the Aragvi River called Ananuri Castle. Ananuri is a well-preserved medieval stronghold constructed in the 13th century by the Dukes of Aragvi. With its crenellated curtain wall and tall brick turrets it's a textbook fusion of martial and religious architecture.
Ascending higher you'll eventually arrive at Gudauri ski resort, where you'll be treated to sweeping views across the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range.
Be sure to snap plenty of panoramic shots before continuing onto the tour's apex locations, Stepantsminda and Gergeti Trinity Church. The former is a pretty hamlet nestled in a deep glacial valley, while the latter is an Orthodox church famed for its epic mountain backdrop. Erected at the edge a steep, grassy ridge, the building sits like a tiny gem amidst looming snow-capped peaks. The towering summit of Mount Kazbek is a particularly astonishing and humbling sight to behold.