Welcome to Gudauri

Gudauri also offers good freeriding, and heliskiing with the Georgian-French company Heliksir. Ski touring is best in March and usually possible into May: one of Georgia’s top mountain guides, Irakli Kapanadze, organises trips for 100 GEL to 250 GEL per person per day from Tbilisi.

Public marshrutky from Tbilisi to Kazbegi will drop you in Gudauri (10 GEL, two hours) but you may have trouble finding one with free seats going down to Tbilisi. The central point of Gudauri is marked by the roadside Smart supermarket, which has an ATM.

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$98 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day Private Tour in Kazbegi Ananuri Gergeti

Departure from Tbilisi early in the morning, at the direction of Kazbegi.(160km) through the Georgian Military Road, it runs between Tbilisi (Georgia) and Vladikavkaz (Russia), 208 km. On the way there are very interesting places to visit. Ananuri fortress, which is a XVI century castle complex on the Aragvi River. The Ananuri fortress stands beside the famous Georgian Military Highway overlooking a large Jinvali lake. Its high, turreted stone walls protect two churches, a watch tower and a reservoir. The main church facade is beautifully carved with animal, floral and Celtic style patterns. Next stop on the way in Gudauri – remarkable ski resort in Georgia. Resort is located at the altitude 2200 meters above the sea level. And the last but not least, top station is at 3,306 m, called summit Sadzele. The resort offers high quality skiing opportunities. The ski season lasts from December till April. From Gudauri continue your trip to Gergeti trinity church (XII-XIV) century’s monument erected on the southern slopes of Mkinvarcveri is located at an altitude of 2170 meters. Gergeti Trinity church is an important temple and remarkable for its beautiful scenery. The Gergeti Trinity church is set poignantly on a hill directly below the towering white massif of Mount Kazbek ( 5033 meters). Built six hundred years ago its stones have weathered repeated blizzards, rain and invasion to stand as a proud symbol of Georgian resilience in the face of adversity. It is the photographer’s perfect shot.After visiting Gergeti church we will arrive to Dariali Gorge. It is the gorge on the border between Russia and Georgia. Darial was historically important as the only available passage across the Caucasus and has been long fortified-at least since 150 BC. There is Tamari’s Fortress called Dariali castle which was built many years ago and is situated on the right side of the river Tergi. To the left of the river Tergi there is a new monastery complex on the cliff which is about 70 meters high.

$34.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to the Kazbegi-Ananuri Mountain Area from Tbilisi

During the 9-hour guided day trip from Tbilisi, you will see important locations of Georgian culture and history. The Zhinvali Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Aragvi River in Zhinvali, Georgia in the Caucasus Mountains. Despite its obviously artificial origins, the reservoir blends in with the surrounding environment perfectly and delights visitors with its turquoise waters.  Ananuri is a fortress situated on the foreland by the Aragvi River, not far from Zhinvali water reservoir and about 70 km from Tbilisi, Georgia. It was built by the Dukes of Aragvi and its earliest parts date from the 13th century. The fortress is on the UNESCO Tentative list. The fortress consist of two fortifications joined by a crenelated curtain wall. Stopping at Gudauri, this ski resort is located on the south-facing plateau of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. The resort is situated in the Stepantsminda District, along the Georgian Military Highway near the Cross Pass, at an elevation of 2,200 meters, above sea level with ski-able area enjoying maximum exposure to the sun. The resort offers high quality skiing opportunities. The slopes of Gudauri are completely above the tree line and are best for free-riders and are generally considered to be avalanche-safe. The ski season lasts from December to April. Monument or Treaty of Georgievsk Monument is a monument built in 1983 to celebrate the bicentennial of the Treaty of Georgievsk and ongoing friendship between Georgia and Soviet Russia. Located on the Georgian Military Highway between the ski resort town of Gudauri and the Jvari pass, the monument is a large round stone and concrete structure overlooking the Devil's Valley in the Caucasus mountains. IMPORTANT: Gergeti Trinity Church - You can visit from March to November (in winter, the road is not safe). There is a separate entrance charge for this attraction.

$80 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Ski Tour to Gudauri Resort from Tbilisi

Early in the morning pick up at the hotel of your stay in Tbilisi. Head to the north of Tbilisi through Georgian Military Road. Road runs between Tbilisi (Georgia) and Vladikavkaz (Russia) and follows the traditional route used by invaders and traders throughout the ages. On the way to Gudauri resort due to your wish, short stop by the Jvari Church (VI c, UNESCO). Jvari stands on the rocky mountain top at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking the town of Mtskheta, which was formerly the capital of the Kingdom of Iberia. Farther continue way to skiing resort and stop by beautiful Ananuri fortress and Jinvali Lake. Afterwards, driving another one hour the guests arrive to Gudauri, located 120 km north from Tbilisi. Full driving time to reach the destination takes 2 hours.Young and rapid developing winter resort located on the southern slopes of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia at Kazbegi region, 120 km from Tbilisi, 2 hours drive, at the height of 2,196 m (about 7,200 feet) near the Cross Pass. The highest point you can reach with the lift is 3,000 metres above sea level, and it’s quite an exciting view. If you are lucky, in good clean sky weather one can see Kazbegi mountain (with 5,047 meter the 3rd highest Georgian pick).The slopes of Gudauri are completely above the tree line and are best for free-riders and are generally considered to be avalanche-safe. Gudauri ski resort has 22 routes. 20% professional routes 80% - rider’s routes. For this moment total length of skiing routes are over 54 km. All of the tracks are FIS certified. The region is also famous for its free riding opportunities down the virgin slopes. The big snow and the absence of stones and any avalanche risk make Gudauri the Mecca of free riding.Skiing season lasts from the end of December till April, comfort skiing on all routes. Over the past few years the resort has consistently been adding new chair lifts, the most recent construction includes a speed Gondola. The lifts usually work from 10:00 to 16:00-17:00.Gudauri has 50 km of marked and prepared routes suitable for pro-riders and beginners. Even someone doesn't like to ski (or "just“ to ski), he can find quite some things to do in this Caucasus village: a unique snow, building a snow man, companionship, climate, ski tour and unforgettable free ride, safety, Caucasian hospitality. You can spent full day skiing in Gudauri and after when the ski-lift is closed (5:00 PM) the car of our company will take you back to Tbilisi. Highlights:Jvari Temple (VI cent. AD. World Heritage site by UNESCO)Georgian Military RoadAnanuri fortress ( XVI cent. AD)Jinvali Lake;Cross Pass (2.300 m)Gudauri ski resort

$49 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tbilisi-Jvari Monastery-Ananuri-Gudauri-Kazbegi

- 07:00 - Transfer from hotel to the Jvary monastery  - 07:30 - 08:00 Arrival at Jvari Monastery -  At the top of the mountain above the ancient capital Mtskheta, city of the Kingdom of Iberia, where the rivers of the Kura and Aragvi merge, towers the monastery of Jvari - the first monument of Georgia, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the best masterpieces of medieval Georgian architecture. - 08:40 - 08:50 Jinvali the largest reservoir of eastern Georgia - 09:00 - 09:30 The fortress of Ananuri is one of the best monuments of late feudal Georgia And although there are not so few such monuments on the territory of the country, it is Ananuri who helps to understand clearly how people lived at that distant time. Ananurian structures, unlike other similar, are perfectly preserved, and this particular feature evokes interest in the fortress of both tourists and historians. Since 2012, the fortress has the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  - 09:45 - 10:45 Lunch at the Pasanauri Restaurant (Optional) (tasting traditional Georgian Khinkali)  - 12:30 - 14:30 Gudauri - A ski resort situated on a south-facing plateau of the  greater Caucasus Mountain 2,200 m above sea level. - 14:45 - 15:15 The People's Friendship Arch is the inspiration of the famous sculptor Tsereteli, it was built at an altitude of 2384 meters in the Kazbegi district, on the Cross pass near the Military Georgian road, next to the Gudauri ski resort and is a mosaic panel that was very popular among sculptors of that era.  - 15:45 - Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) Trinity Church in Gergeti - On the slope of the majestic mountain Kazbek, among the snow-covered ranges, is the ancient Georgian Trinity Church. It is located at an altitude of 2170 meters, near the town of Stepantsminda and the village of Gergeti, in honor of which it was named. It is widely known as the Trinity Church in Gergeti, and the Georgians call it (Gergetis Tsminda Sameba).  - 18:00  - 19:00 Dinner at Restaurant (Gudauri) Optional  - 21:00 - Return to Tbilisi  Inclusions:  - Guide service  - VIP class  transportation service  - Entrance fees      Exclusions:  -Lunch at the Pasanauri Restaurant -Dinner at Restaurant (Gudauri)

$200 Outdoor Activities

Private Full-Day Tour to Gudauri Skiing Resort from Tbilisi

Your tour will start at 9am or 10am from your hotel or a central meeting point in Tbilisi. A small car or minivan will bring you to your destination from there. You can visit Jvari monastery, Mtskheta Old Capital, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Ananuri fortress on your way to Gudauri skiing resort -- or afterwards if you prefer. Otherwise, the sights can also be skipped and the tour vehicle can bring you straight to the skiing resort. You can have a lunch in Fasanauri village, near Gudauri as well as dinner, or in Tbilisi alternatively if preferred. The price for lunch/dinner is not included in the tour price. Skiing gear and snow bikes can get rented in Gudauri. You can have a skiing trainer in Gudauri, who will train you in skiing. Price for skiing or snow bikes, as well for skiing training is not included in the tour price.

$25 Private & Custom Tours

Full day private trip to Gudauri ski resort and Mtskheta

The private tour starts with a pick up at 9 am from your hotel or apartment.Around 9:30 you will reach Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia. Mtskheta used to be an important trade and cultural city during the pagan times and it was also the first place in Georgia to officially accept Christianity as a state religion. No suprise, that the city houses some of the most important Christian sights of Georgia, such as the UNESCO protected Svetitskhoveli cathedral and the Samtavro monastery. After a walk through the picturesque streets of the Old town of Mtskheta you will continue your journey towards the mountains. Along the Georgian Military Highway, which is considered one of the most beautiful roads in Georgia you will get a chance to stop at the Jinvali water reservoir, explore the wonderfully preserved castle Ananuri, try pure spring and mineral water and enjoy the panoramic view from the Friendship monument platform. In Gudauri you will have 2 to 3 hours to spend at your wish - we can help you to rent ski equipment and find a ski instructor or arrange for you a paragliding flight or take you to a good and cozy restaurant. You decide and we assist you. On the way back you can simply relax after and eventful day and take a nap, while the driver drives you safely and fast to your hotel.

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