Georgian Holidays will organize a pick up from the hotel in the morning. We drive north through the Georgian Military Highway towards the Greater Caucasus mountains. Our first stop on our way to Khevi province will be at medieval Ananuri Architectural Complex, located near Zhinvali Reservoir. Built in the 16-17th cc., complex integrates two fortifications, two churches and residential buildings of local feudal family of Aragvi Eristavi.
From Ananuri we continue driving to the north, and eventually get to town Stepantsminda (Kazbegi), passing through the ski resort Gudauri (2196 m) and Jvari (Cross) Pass (2300 m). Located at an elevation of 1740 meters, Stepantsminda is the administrative center of Khevi province. From Stepantsminda we get to the Mount Gergeti, overlooking the town. Here, we are going to visit Gergeti Trinity Church – located on top of the mountain, under the Mount Kazbegi (5047 m), one of the highest peaks in Caucasus. If the weather is good it is possible to see the peaks of the mountain from Gergeti.
Lunch break at a local restaurant in Stepantsminda.
In the evening, we are going to take a walk to the Gveleti waterfall, located on the way to Dariali Gorge between the high cliffs. From Gveleti we continue our trip to the Dariali Gorge. Dariali Gorge is situated near the Georgia-Russia border, and has been created by the flow of the river Terek between the high mountains of the Greater Caucasus. The length of the gorge is approximately 13 km, and can be as deep as 1,800 meters in some places.
In the evening we leave Khevi province and drive back to Tbilisi.