In the morning we will start our drive along Georgia’s famous Military highway first mentioned as a major route linking the Roman Empire to the Caucasus by Strabo as early as the 1st century A.D. We leave dense deciduous forests far behind as we head up to the heart of the Great Caucasus Mountains famous for their snow-capped glaciers and alpine meadows. Driving to Sno canyon we pass Medieval towers and roaring rivers to stop in Juta (2200m) one of the remote villages where we visit one of the local families to observe traditional cheese-making and learn more about their different traditions and customs.
Our next destination is the main town of the region, Stepantsminda, where we head straight to a local hunter’s house to enjoy home–made dishes as well as observing and learning the secrets of Georgian cuisine as we are shown the cooking and baking of local delicacies : Khinkali and Khachapuri.
Later, we drive to the 14th century Gergeti Trinity church from where spectacular views of different snow-capped glaciers and canyons open up. Weather permitting, we may also be able to catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mt. Kazbegi (5047m).
Overnight in Stepantsminda