The day starts with visiting Jvari Monastery, which sits at the top of the hill overlooking Mtskheta and junction of Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. Jvari Monastery is one of the oldest religious buildings in Georgia. It is believed that St. Nino, the evangelist who brought Christianity to the country put her wooden cross here. The name “Jvari” means “cross” in English.
Then, you’ll visit the former capital of Georgia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Mtskheta. Here, you’ll visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, one of the most important religious buildings in the country. In addition, it’s the architectural masterpiece of Early Middle Ages.
The day continues to Zhinvali Dam, one of the most picturesque reservoirs in Georgia with its emerald green waters.
You’ll stop by Ananuri Castle, which was a seat for Dukes of Aragvi, a feudal family ruling the area in the 13th century, as well as see the confluence spot of white and black Aragvi rivers.
From here, the road to Stepantsminda goes through the Georgia Military Road. On the way, you’ll stop at Friendship Monument dedicated to Russian-Georgian friendship and overlook the picturesque valley from here.