Embracing Georgia

Georgian Military highway, Zhinvali, Ananuri, Gudauri, Jvari Pass, Kazbegi, Gergeti Sameba


Following the spectacular route of the renowned Georgian Military Highway, visit the richly decorated Ananuri castle, set in a strategic yet stunning position offering fantastic views of the surrounding landscape.

Enjoy a delicious Georgian “supra” in Pasanauri at a local family restaurant and try your hand at making traditional Khinkali during a cooking demonstration. Pass through the popular ski resorts of Gudauri and the Jvari Cross Path, one of the highest points in the area. Forge new friendships at the colourful Friendship monument.

Enjoy the lush green Caucasus Mountain range, making stops on the way to take in the view. Embrace the natural beauty of the Kazbegi mountains (with an optional hike) from the village to reach the serene Gergeti Sameba.

Duration: 11 Hours
Price: 165 GEL pp (stay at Envoy Hostel Tbilisi pay 155 GEL)
Operates: Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday (Weather permitting in Winter)
Includes: English-speaking guide service, Georgian “Supra” and cooking demonstration, Hike/4WD
Departs: 9:00 am from Envoy Hostel & Tours | Tbilisi
Returns: 8:00 pm to Envoy Hostel & Tours | Tbilisi
Requires: Supportive (or hiking) shoes and jacket

Bookings are essential.

Note: This tour involves an optional 2 hour steep hike (total time includes climbing & descending). The Hike is classified as Grade 2 hiking category from Stepantsminda to see the Gergeti Sameba Church. Not recommended for those who have fear of heights.  Those not wanting to hike will take a 4WD to same location. Tour will operate in winter months depending on weather conditions and can be combined with the Winter Embracing tour if group members wish to split into groups (for details of this option please enquire).

Note: This tour is also offered as a private tour on non-scheduled days throughout the year. Please enquire for price of private tour.

Tour Schedule

An approximate schedule for the tour is provided below. The hours are indicative only and may vary dependent on individual tour circumstances.
9:00 am – departure from envoy Hostel
09:45 – 10:00 – Zhinvali
10:15 – 11:00 – Ananuri
11:30 – 12:45 – Georgian Khinkali master class and lunch
13:35 – 14:05 – Friendship Monument
14:40 – 15:40 – Hike up to Gergeti
15:40 – 16:10 – Explore Gergeti Monastery
16:10 – 16:50 – Hike down
20:00 – Arrival in Tbilisi