Discover the unexpected: Kazbegi & Khevsureti

Discover the unexpected: Kazbegi & Khevsureti

Category: Mountain Tours Eco Tours
Tour type: Under request
Duration: 6 days
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Arrival: Tbilisi International Airport
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Itinerary: Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Stepantsminda(Kazbegi) - Khevsureti - Tbilisi 

Tour duration: 6 days / 5 nights

Arrival: Tbilisi International Airport 
Departure: Tbilisi International Airport 

Day one
Welcome to Georgia!
Arrival to Tbilisi International Airport. Meet and transfer to the hotel.
Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

Day two

Mtskheta & Kazbegi
Departure to Mtskheta – ancient capital of Georgia located 20 km. north of Tbilisi. Due to its historical significance and numerous ancient monuments, Old part of Mtskheta became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
Visiting local sightseeings: Jvari Monastery & Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Departure to Stepantsminda: On the way to Kazbegi Ananuri Architectural Complex and Jinvali Water Reservoir via Georgian Military Highway – only an hour non-stop drive from Tbilisi is needed to dive into harmony of this beauty. We make a stop to see Ananuri Architectural Complex - fortified ensemble, dating from the XVII century, is located on the left bank of river Aragvi, in a magnificent setting at the very shore of Jinvali Water Reservoir. This architectural complex has witnessed several serious battles throughout its history.
Arrival to Stepantsminda. During the tour you will visit: 
Gergeti Trinity Church is located near settlement Stapantsminda, on the Gergeti Mountain (2200m a.s.l.), one of the highest and most beautiful peaks of Caucasus and is the only cross-cupola church in Khevi province. You can enjoy the breathtaking views to the mount Kazbebi.
Mount Kazbegi  It is the third highest mountain in Georgia  and the seventh highest peak in the Caucasus Mountains. The summit lies directly to the west of the town of Stepantsminda and is the most prominent geographic feature of the area. Mt. Kazbek is the highest peak of Eastern Georgia. 
Dinner and overnight in Gudauri hotel.

Day three

From Kazbegi to Khevsureti
Early breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Khevsureti region: a historical-ethnographic region in eastern Georgia.

The route to Khevsureti turns northeast off the Georgian Military Highway shortly before the Jhinvali Reservoir and runs up the Pshavis Aragvi valley to the village Barisakho (100 km form Tbilisi) – the largest village of the region, with a population of about 200. It contains the municipality hall, Khevsureti Boarding School, hospital, post office and other institutions.
At Korsha, 2 km past Barisakho there is a small, but interesting ethnographical Korsha museum of Khevsur life. The next village is Gudani, about 1 km up from the road, is a striking group of tower houses on rock outcrop. 15 km form Korsha Museum you will get to two small neighbouring villages – Biso and Khakhmati.
After these villages your route runs over the high Datvis Jvari Pass (open from June to October) – the highest point on the route (2677 m above the sea level). Stop for picnic.
After passing the Datvis Jvari Pass you’ll get to Lebaiskari and then to Kistani – small abandoned villages of unexceptional beauty. In 15 km from Kistani, there is the village Shatili – the old town, built between the 7th and 13th centuries, is an agglomeration to tall towers clinging together on a rocky outcrop to form a single fortress-like whole. Shatili is very close to the boarder of Chechnya, 1400 m above the sea level.
Dinner in Shatili’s local guesthouse. Overnight in Shatili’s local guesthouse.

Day four

Shatili – Anatori – Mutso – Ardoti - Tbilisi
Early Breakfast at the local guesthouse. Sightseeing tour around Shatili. Departure to Anatori (4 km from Shatili). Nobody lives here. You can see abandoned houses en route: during the cholera times, many people died here, and you can see human skulls here.
From Anatori in some 9 km there is a real highlight of the whole route – Mutso – 300 years old towers, is severe and imposing. It is apparently slated for renovation, but for now its decaying profile still stares darkly across the valley from its perch high on a mountain side. The towers are connected to each other by a warren of walls, roofs, stairs and ladders. Many of the restored towers offer access to the wide wooden balconies that look out over the valley.
Ardoti is 5 km further up the valley beyond Mutso. In this village lives only one family. You can find here the ruines of ancient church.
Departure back to Shatili for dinner and overnight.

Day five

Tbilisi sightseeing tour
Accommodation in Tbilisi hotel upon arrival.
Sightseeing tour around Tbilisi, among the sites of the city you will see: Narikala Fortress and Metekhi church with panoramic views on Old Tbilisi, ancient churches of Anchiskhati and Sioni, Sulphur Baths district “Abanotubani”, famous Chardin street name after a French Missioner, Piece Bridge, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Freedom Square, Pantheon on Mtatsminda Mount and many others places of interest...
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day six

Departure 
Transfer to Tbilisi airport. 
Have a nice flight & See you Soon in Georgia, Genatsvale!

 


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