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Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains 8-day Guided Walking Tour
Trekking in Stepantsminda, commonly known as Kazbegi – located in the middle of glorious & breathtaking beauty of the Caucasus, at the bottom of Mount Kazbegi (5 047m). It's a base for some wonderful walking, hiking and trekking. Craggy peaks huddle around the horizon, topped with a dusting of snow this region remains absolutely stunning and it's still very easy to escape the crowds and explore the surrounding mountains and valleys in peace.
Ladies will require a headscarf when entering the Georgian Orthodox Churches and in some churches require to wear a skirt. Short trousers are not allowed in churches
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Departure for Georgia
Arrive in Tbilisi. Pick up from the Airport. Transfer to the hotel and overnight in Tbilisi.
Tbilisi city tour
After breakfast at the hotel, start a few unforgettable hours of familiarization with the capital. All the places of interest are very close to each other, within a few minutes’ walk. Start our excursion from Metekhi (13th century) plateau, before reaching Narikala Fortress (4th century) which dominates the skyline of the Old Town. Continue to explore brick-domed underground sulphur baths (17th century) – the district of naturally hot mineral waters, cafe street Shardeni, Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral and the most ancient Basilica in Tbilisi Anchiskhati (6th century). Walk across the Bridge of Peace which is a stunning design as well as convenient crossing between the newly constructed Rike Park and the Old Town. It also provides superb views over the city. Visit National museum of Georgia that displays the country’s principal archaeological findings. The Museum houses hundreds of thousands of artefacts of Georgia’s and the Caucasus’ archaeology and ethnography. Hotel accommodation and overnight in Tbilisi.
Optional: Dinner in Georgian traditional restaurant followed with folk show – 18 EUR per person.
Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Ananuri – Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) 190km
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Mtskheta – an ancient capital of Georgia, important religious centre and city-museum which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Along the way we will stop to visit Jvari Monastery (6th century). This well-known monastery is located on the top of the mountain, at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. Then head to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) which is known as a place where Christ’s robe was buried. Walk along the narrow streets of Mtskheta with souvenir shopping possibility. Visit Ananuri architectural complex (17th century) overlooking a reservoir on the Aragvi River. Later start our very scenic drive up through the High Caucasus Mountains along the Georgian Military Highway towards Kazbegi region. On the way we will drive across the Cross Pass (2 395m.) and along the Tergi River that brings us to Stepantsminda – main town in this region. Dinner and overnight at the guetshouse in Gudauri.
Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) – Juta – Chaukhebi – Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) 5hrs - 50km | +400m -400m
Breakfast in the morning. 20-minute 4X4 drive on the unpaved road through Sno Valley will bring us to the village of Juta – located right in the middle of the breath-taking Sno Valley is one of the highest settlements (2150 m) in the municipality of Kazbegi. This is the starting point of one of the most beautiful routes which reaches up to 2550 m. at the bottom of Mount Chaukhi (3842m) – cliffy and gorgeous mount range, popular among alpinists and hikers. Here we stop at the small lake and have picnic. After some relaxing hours, we will return with the same route to the Juta village. Return to Stepantsminda by 4X4 vehicle. Dinner and overnight at the local guesthouse in Stepantsminda.
Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) – Gergeti Trinity Church – Sabertse Pass – Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) 9hrs | +830m -830m
After breakfast at the hotel, start 4X4 drive through beautiful valleys and woodland that leads us to Gergeti Holy Trinity church (14th century), stunningly located on a hilltop (2170 m.) both overlooking the surrounding snowy peaks of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Here we will enjoy unique nature with beautiful panoramic views of Caucasus, including mount Kazbegi (5047m.). Afterwards, we continue climbing towards Mount Kazbegi and enjoy the breath-taking views over the majestic mountains of the Greater Caucasus. We reach the Sabertse pass (3000 m) from where we see the Gergeti glacier and the peak of Mount Kazbegi perfectly. Picnic lunch during the tour. Return to Stepantsminda. Dinner and overnight at the local guesthouse in Stepantsminda.
Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) – Truso Valley – Gudauri 40km - 6hrs | +370m - 370m
After breakfast we drive to Okrokana Village from where start trekking towards Truso Valley. Source of Tergi (Terek) River, Truso gorge is quite mystical and spectacular. This valley is well known for its mineral water springs, white/yellow travertines, mineral lake with bubbles, towers of Middle Ages. It is a round trip that goes back to the course of the Tergi River. The route is relatively easy, with little slopes. Here we meet border patrol, so we need to carry passport. Picnic lunch during the tour. Return to Gudauri. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Gudauri.
Gudauri – Khada Gorge – Tbilisi 120km - 6hrs | +100m -1300m
Breakfast at the hotel. Then we will begin a pleasant walk in the beautiful valley of Khada – a tiny and hidden gorge below mountains of Gudauri at the edge of Caucasus Mountains. It was historical stronghold defending the road between Northern and Southern Caucasus with 60 towers. Now there are still some old towers, interesting graves, beautiful waterfall and tasty mineral water spring – everything for soul-healing and delighting walk in spectacular mountain nature and rural Georgia with medieval towers. Picnic lunch during the tour. Drive back to Tbilisi. Enjoy free relaxing hours in the capital city. Hotel accommodation and overnight in Tbilisi.
Departure Transfer to Tbilisi International Airport and departure
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