Our Day Tour in Kazbegi is one of the best-selling short trips in Georgia from Tbilisi. Mainly because it is the only high mountain region accessible from Tbilisi in one day.
Following an ancient trade road, better known as the Georgian military road, the first stop you will have is the Ananuri Complex, with a view of the Jhinvali Water Reservoir. The gorgeous Arargvi River gorge, breathtaking Great Caucasus mountains, and Cross Pass are the main attractions of this one-day tour.
During the day tour in Kazbegi, you will have an optional opportunity to do rafting or paragliding.
If you travel to Kazbegi in April or May, you have a good chance to touch snow on the steep slopes of the mountains. At the same time, every tree is blossoming in the lowlands. So you will travel from Spring back to Winter and return to Spring.
The Jinvali Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Aragvi River in the Caucasus Mountains. The building of the dam in 1986 formed the Jinvali Water Reservoir. Artificial Jinvali Lake became one of the most beloved attractions in the area. Georgians enjoy fishing and spending hot summer days there.
Erected in the XVI century to dominate the Aragvi River and a major trade road to the North Caucasus, Ananuri castle stands proudly above the Jinvali water reservoir.
The upper fortification, with a large square tower known as Sheupovari, is well preserved and is the location of the last defense of the Aragvi against the Shanshe. The lower fortification, with a round tower, is mostly in ruins.
Within the complex, among other buildings, are two churches.
There is nothing much to say about the monument itself. It is one more example of a Soviet-era mosaiс. But the views from there are stunning.
The highest point of our journey is the Cross pass. Its altitude is 2395m above sea level.
Holy Trinity church was erected on Mount Gergeti, near the townlet Stephantsminda, in the XIV century. Dominating upon the area and standing in the shade of the gigantic mountain of Kazbegi (5047m), the church was meant to be the most northern outpost of Christianity. If you are lucky with the weather, then behind the iconic church you will be able to see Kazbegi mountain in its glory. Gergeti is not accessible by car from November until the end of April.
The last spot on our fantastic trip is the north gates of Georgia – Dariali Gorge. From both sides, high rocky walls made this place easy to defend. Gveleti waterfall is in a deep gorge, so you’ll need to hike around 2 km. But the hiking level is easy. Gveleti is not accessible from November until the end of May.
Recommended season: April to November.