MTSKHETA – TIANETI
Mtskheta, the former capital of Georgia and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most frequently visited town due to its proximity to the capital, Tbilisi. Moreover, the city has a significant importance in Georgian Christianity, because St. Nino, the evangelist who brought the religion to the country in the 4th century, came to the city and performed several miracles here.
Svetickhoveli is one of the main attractions of Mtskheta. This architectural marvel of the Early Middle Ages is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first church was built in the 4th century when Georgia adopted the Christianity. The latest building dates back to the 11th century and was built by Konstantine Arsakidze.
Jvari Monastery is a 6th-century church and monastery situated on the hill overlooking Mtskheta and the confluence of the two main rivers of Georgia - Aragvi, and Mtkvari. Together with Svetitskhoveli, Jvari Monastery is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Gudauri, located in Khazbegi municipality, is one of the most famous ski resorts in Georgia. Situated 120 km from Tbilisi, the resort is built 2,196 m above sea level. With different ski lifts and slopes, the skiing season starts here in December and lasts will April.
Khazbegi is another mountainous areas of the country and a popular destination for many tourists. Nested under the foot of Mount Kazbegi, the town Stepantsminda offers stunning views of the mountain, while the nearby village Gergeti is famous for its Holy Trinity Church located on the hill and surrounded by the Caucasus Mountain Range.
Ananuri castle complex is on the way to Gudauri and Kazbegi, located only 45 km from Tbilisi. The complex used to be a castle of Aragvis Eristavi (Duke), a feudal dynasty, who ruled the area from the 13th century. From here, visitors have breathtaking views of the Zhinvali reservoir.
Gergetis Sameba, or Gergeti Holy Trinity Church is situated 2,170 meters above the sea level. To get there, you can hike from Stepantsminda or hire a delica or a jeep to experience a bit of the offroad.
Juta, a small village in Kazbegi municipality, is one of the most beautiful places in Georgia. Located 2,200 meters above the sea level, the visitor can explore beautiful nature, hike up the surrounding villages, or to the Juta lake.
Sno is another village in Kazbegi municipality boasting with beautiful nature and panoramic views. Located 1,760 meters above the sea level, the village is only 8 km far from Stepantsminda. According to the census of 2014, only 263 people live here.
Dariali Gorge is a river gorge between Russia-Georgia border and is known as one of the most romantic places in the country. The road that runs through the gorge is called Georgian Military Road offering breathtaking views of the natural landscape and a viewpoint at Russia-Georgia Friendship Monument.
Gveleti is known for breathtaking waterfalls attracting many tourists from all around the world.