Ananuri & Gudauri
Travel between Tbilisi and Kazbegi on Georgian Military Road, an important link between Russia and Georgia through the mountains since 19th century. Stop en-route at Ananuri, a 16th century fortress complex 45 minutes out of Tbilisi. It has a beautiful setting by Zhinvali Reservoir and exquisitely-carved churches. Another stop will be at Gudauri, Georgia's top ski resort. Parts of the drive nearer to Kazbegi goes through alphine meadows and with watch towers dated from medieval times spread along mountain passes.