Great Caucasus attractions

Top Choice Church in Stepantsminda

Tsminda Sameba Church

This 14th-century church above Kazbegi at 2200m has become almost a symbol of Georgia for its incomparably photogenic hilltop setting with mighty Mt Kazbek rising behind it, and the fierce determination involved in …
Top Choice Museum in Mestia

Svaneti History & Ethnography Museum

Mestia’s excellent main museum ranges over church treasures, manuscripts, weaponry, jewellery, musical instruments and historical photos – all well displayed, and labelled in English and Georgian – but the biggest h…
Fortress in Georgian Military Highway

Ananuri Fortress

This fortress 66km north of Tbilisi is a classic example of beautiful old Georgian architecture in a beautiful location, enhanced by the Zhinvali Reservoir spreading out below. Within the fortress are two 17th-centu…
Area in Truso Valley

Truso Valley

The beautiful Truso valley, source of the Tergi River, heads west off the Georgian Military Hwy 17km south of Kazbegi. It's dotted with ancient towers, abandoned Ossetian villages and strange mineral phenomena, nota…
Museum in Stepantsminda

Stepantsminda Historical Museum

The museum is set in the childhood home of writer Alexander Kazbegi (1848–93), 300m north of Kazbegis moedani. Kazbegi made the unusual decision to become a shepherd after studying in Tbilisi, St Petersburg and Mosc…
Village in Sno Valley & Arkhoti


The Sno valley runs southeast off the Georgian Military Highway from Achkhoti village, 4km south of Kazbegi. The small village of Juta (2150m), an outpost of the Khevsur people from over the mountains to the east, i…
Museum in Ushguli

Ethnographic Museum

The Ethnographic Museum has a superb collection of gold, silver and wooden icons and crosses dating back to the 12th century from Ushguli’s seven churches.
Fortress in Tusheti

Dzveli Diklo

About 2km past Diklo, which is 4km northeast of Shenaqo, the Old Diklo fortress perches on a spectacular rock promontory looking east to Dagestan (Russia).
in Ushguli

Ethnographic Museum

Anethnographic museum, in a barn in Chvibiani, opens erratically and has an assortment of domestic and agricultural artefacts.