We try to make our tours as extensive as possible, to let you see the diversity of texture and the layers of history that this country embodies. We will first set out to discover Tbilisi with you. This involves a trip to the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Narikala Fortress, Botanical Gardens, Lisi Lake and many other places that give Tbilisi the richness that it possesses. This package will take you to the different ends of the country, from the Zhinvali Reservoir up north near the border with Russia, to the famous sulfur and mineral springs in the Kazbegi region to the east, to Shatili, a highland village located near the border with Chechnya. The highlights of this trip will be the vaults of Anatori and the village of Mutso, both situated in the region of Khevsureti. These two places, marked by their mystery, tragedy, and history are bound to evoke emotions.
Arrival and Departure
Meeting with the representatives of (Lebanon Tours) at Tbilisi international airport, transfer to the hotel in Tbilisi.
After breakfast in the hotel at 10 o’clock we will start our tour by visiting the holy trinity cathedral known as Sameba. Then we will visit Rike Park, will use the cable car to reach Mother of Georgia, Botanical Garden and Narikala Fortress. After visiting this sights of the city we will walk down to the old city and having lunch. After lunch we will visit Lisi Lake, it is a small lake in the vicinity of Tbilisi, belongs to the Kura River valley. There you can enjoy relaxing with nature and use some of activities there such as walking by boat, Quado bikes for extremals, cafes & restaurants,...
Kazbegi - explore Mountains
At 10 o’clock we will start our trip to the mountains. The route will take over the Georgian Military Highway up North towards the border with Russia. First sight will be Zhinvali Reservoir, it was built in 1986 and is responsible for water supply of the capital Tbilisi. After 20 minutes you will feel the spirit of one of the most significant fortresses of the medieval Georgia. 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. Then we will move to Pasanauri where we will have lunch. After having lunch we will visit Friendship Wall in Gudauri, on the inside of the round concrete wall, you’ll find an impressive mosaic mural painted in vivid colors, depicting scenes from Russian and Georgian history. A round terrace offers an almost 360-degree view of the snowcapped surroundings. The Kazbegi region is rich in minerals, and a sulfur spring near the road side has become quite a tourist attraction. From there we will move to Stepantsminda for visiting Gergeti Trinity church by special jeeps, which was built in 14th century, the church is located at 2170 meters above the sea. After our walking on the mountains we will check in at a hotel in Stepantsminda.
Kazbegi - Shatili Fortress
At 10 o`clock Lebanon Tours company`s driver and tour guide will pick you up from the hotel in Kazbegi (Stepantsminda) and will move to Shatili. Shatili is an historic highland village located in the deep Arghuni gorge on the northern slope of the Greater Caucasus Mountains near the border with Chechnya. The village is actually a cluster of fortified flat-roofed stone dwellings and towers built mainly between the 7th and 13th centuries, which functioned both as homes and as a fortress guarding the north-eastern border of the country. The way will take approximately 4 hours. In the evening we will walk around Shatili and have overnight in the local guest house.
Anatori vaults – Mutso – Shatili Fortress
At 12 o`clock we will pack small back-pack and that’s all ready to go! We will visit Anatori vaults and then Mutso. Anatori is one of the most mystical places of Khevsureti. This ancient Georgian village is located 3 kilometers away from Shatili, at the confluence of two rivers – Arguni and Mutsos’tskali. This village is quite an interesting and mysterious place from many points of view. Unfortunately, Anatori was depopulated in 18th century as all the locals perished in the short period of time. As the legend says, the plague (Black Death) was spread in this place during those times. The locals called it ‘Zhami’. The whole village was infected and people were dying one after another. People were even building special vaults (graves) in advance in order not to infect other inhabitants of the village. These vaults were located far away from the village, so when people felt that they were infected and the death was near, they went there by their own will and stayed in the burial vaults until they were dead. Inside the Vaults there were special shelves made from stone, sick people were lying there and waiting for their death with dignity! This real story is a perfect demonstration of commitment to one’s community and courage. Only big hearted human can commit such thing, in order not to harm his/her family, neighbors and loved ones. It was some kind of self-arranged funeral. It’s impossible not to feel deep respect for these people while listening to Anatori’s tragic story. Anatori burial vaults have been preserved, so that anyone can visit the place and see these historic graves with their own eyes. Then we will visit another sight of Khevsureti – Mutso. Mutso is one of the former Khevsur strongholds of the historic Georgian province of Khevsureti (now part of Mtskheta-Mtianeti region) in north-eastern Georgia. Its medieval fortified dwellings and towers are arranged on vertical terraces above the Mutso-Ardoti gorge. The Khevsurs who lived in Mutso were exceptional warriors and Georgian Kings regarded them as reliable guardians of the northern border of the kingdom. After exploring this two amazing sights we will head back to the guest house in Shatili.
After having breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant we will check out heading to Tbilisi’s international airport.