Have you ever heard about the mythical Mountain Kazbegi, where gods chained Prometheus to a rock with unbreakable chains? The mountain is still overlooking the whole area and invites all the travelers to spend here great time.
Kazbegi town, now renamed Stepantsminda, is located at the foot of majestic Mount Kazbek is the center of the Kazbegi Municipality and is located at an altitude of 1744 meters. Mount Kazbek is one of the highest peaks in the entire Caucasus. Here you will find picturesque mountains covered with eternal snow, valley glaciers, coniferous and deciduous forests, mountain streams, lakes, mineral waters, great beautiful waterfalls and of course pure clear air!
|DEPARTURE TIME||Morning, around 9-10am.|
|RETURN TIME||Evening, around 8-9 pm.|
|WEAR||Comfortable clothing, depending on the weather.|
Firstly, we would visit old capital of Georgia, Mtskheta and its famous UNESCO heritage monuments (Jvari and Svetitkhovel). Later, you would travel through Georgian Military highway, visit Ananuri fortress, monuments of Gudauri. In Kazbegi, we would drive off-road to spectacular Gergeti monastery.
|Destination||Ananuri, Gudauri, Jvari, Mtskheta|
9.00 AM – 11.00 AM: Transportation to Mtskheta, Jvari
- Pick up from your hotel;
- JVARI(Monastery of the Holy Cross VI century) is one of the most outstanding monuments of medieval Georgia, located on Mount Armazi at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking the ancient town of Mtskheta. View from the top is simply mesmerizing.It is said that, there was a pagan temple on the site of the monastery. After the adoption of Christianity in Georgia in the early IV century, here, at the peak of the mountain, Saint Nino erected a large wooden cross, destroying pagan temple symbolizing the baptism of Georgia. According to legend, the the cross was reportedly able to work miracles and therefore drew pilgrims from all over the Caucasus, attracting pilgrims from all over the Caucasus, A small church was erected over the remnants of the wooden cross in named the “Small Church of Jvari”. The present building, or “Great Church of Jvari”, is generally held to have been built later. It is known that the churches throughout Georgia were repeatedly destroyed during the invasions, but Jvari came to us almost untouched.Jvari temple is one of the most remarkable achievements of the ancient Georgian architecture, and without exaggeration, the most popular monument of Georgia, perceived as an immortal symbol of the national genius. Since 1994 Jvari is a World Heritage Site.
- MTSKHETA is one of the oldest cities of the country and its first capital. The city is located among rocky mountains, at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. The historical monuments of Mtskheta are a Unesco World Heritage Site. The city is just a few kilometers away from Tbilisi. It has a number of very important Georgian religious, historical and cultural sites so this is why the city is often referred as “Second Jerusalem”. In fact Mtskheta is the only place in Georgia where you can find so many important historical monuments so close to each other. It was a site of early Christian activity, and place where Christianity was proclaimed the state religion of Georgia.The main attraction of Mtskheta is the Svetithkhoveli Cathedral, which names is translated as “the Living Pillar”. The history of this place won’t leave anyone indifferent, because according to the legend Christ’s Robe or Christ’s Mantle is buried under this very place. You can witness lots of treasures and relics of the Georgian Ortodox Church inside the cathedral. According to Georgian tradition, in the first century a Georgian Jew from Mtskheta named Elias was in Jerusalem when Jesus was crucified. Elias bought Jesus’ robe from a Roman soldier at Golgotha and brought it back to Georgia. Upon his return to his native city, he was met by his sister Sidonia who upon touching the robe immediately died from the emotions engendered by the holy object. The robe could not be removed from her grasp, so she was buried with it. The place where Sidonia is buried, with Christ’s robes is preserved in the Cathedral. Svetitskhoveli cathedral is the main residence of the Georgian Orthodox Church.
11.00 AM – 12.00 AM: Travelling through Georgian Military Highway to Ananuri
Ananuri (Georgian: ანანური) is a fortress situated on the foreland by the Aragvi River, not far from Zhinvali water reservoir and about 70 km from Tbilisi, Georgia. It was built by the Dukes of Aragvi and its earliest parts date from the 13th century. The fortress is on the UNESCO Tentative list.
12.00 AM – 2.00 PM: Travelling through Georgian Military Highway to Gudauri
2.00 PM – 4.00 PM: Exploring Gergeti
Kazbegi town, now renamed Stephantsminda, is located at the foot of majestic Mount Kazbek is the center of the Kazbegi Municipality and is located at an altitude of 1744 meters. Mount Kazbek is one of the highest peaks in the entire Caucasus. Here you will find picturesque mountains covered with eternal snow, valley glaciers, coniferous and deciduous forests, mountain streams, lakes, mineral waters, great beautiful waterfalls and of course pure clear air!
Near Kazbegi, in the village of Gergeti there is a Holy Trinity Church, at an altitude of 2170 meters. The shrine was built in the XIV century and is the only cross-domed church in the region. Near the temple there is a well-preserved medieval bell tower. Saint Nino’s church was sheltered within the walls of this church when Persians invaded Tbilisi.