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Overview

Stepantsminda - Kazbegi

Stepantsminda literally “Saint Stephan”, was named after a Georgian Orthodox monk Stephan, is a small town. The town is located along the banks of the Terek River, 157 kilometers (98 mi) to the north of Tbilisi. Stepantsiminda is known for its scenic location in the Greater Caucasus mountains, and is a center for trekkers and mountain climbing.

This is most people’s destination on the Georgian Military Hwy: a valley town with the famous hilltop silhouette of Tsminda Sameba Church and the towering snowy cone of Mt Kazbek looking down from the west. Now officially named Stepantsminda, but still commonly known as Kazbegi,
Mount Kazbek is associated in Georgian folklore with Amirani, the Georgian version of Prometheus, who was chained on the mountain in punishment for having stolen fire from the gods and having given it to mortals. The location of his imprisonment later became the site of an Orthodox hermitage located in a cave called “Betlemi” (Bethlehem) at around the 4,000-meter level.

Ananuri Fortress

Ananuri is a castle complex on the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) from Tbilisi. It was a castle and seat of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi, a feudal dynasty which ruled the area from the 13th century. The castle was the scene of numerous battles. The fortress remained in use until the beginning of the 19th century. In 2007, the complex has been on the tentative list for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage Site program.

Price Includes
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • 4WD vehicle to Gergeti Trinity Church
  • Mineral water (0,5 l per person)
Itinerary
Tbilisi-Ananuri-Kazbegi-Tbilisi
At 09:00, our driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel in Tbilisi. The route will take over the Georgian Military Highway up North towards the border with Russia. Your first stop will be at Ananuri complex, a former residence of Argveti Dukes. The complex features churches and towers dating back to the 16-17th centuries, beautifully overlooking the Jinvali reservoir. Continue our drive to see the conjunction of two small mountain rivers famous for the fact that being different in color they still keep their own colors even after merge. We will then drive over the Cross Pass and make a short stop at the Soviet-era “People’s Friendship” mountain view point overlooking a deep gorge of Caucasus mountain range. In Kazbegi, we will change our vehicle to a four-wheel drive car to reach Gergeti Holy Trinity Church located on altitude of 2170 m, and enjoy breathtaking views of Mt Kazbegi. Drive back to Tbilisi. Drop-off at your hotel.

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1-3 People Tour

Car Price
Price : USD 140.00

3 - 7 People Tour

Car Price
Price : USD 160.00

8 - 16 People Tour

Car Price
Price : USD 220.00
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