Day 3: Tbilisi-Mtsketa – Stepantsminda (150Km)

We will leave the capital of Georgia to visit the spiritual heart of Georgia-Mtskheta- the first capital of the Georgian empire from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. First we drive up to the mountains to visit one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mtskheta – 6th century Jvari (Holy Cross) monastery where we enjoy spectacular views of Mtskheta and the confluence of the two rivers below.

Then, we drive down to the town towered over bythe grand building whose literal name is“Life-Giving Pillar” Cathedral- Svetitskhoveli (11th century). According to legend, the first church here was built in the 4th century on the burial site of Christ’s  robe.

Our afternoon drive along Georgia’s famous Military highway takes us to the Great Caucasus Mountains. En-route we visit Ananuri Architectural Complex overlooking a water-reservoir.

In the evening we reach the town of Stepantsminda and check in to our hotel.

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