7 Day Tour

Itinerary:

Gudauri – Lopota – Signaghi – Tbilisi

TOUR PLAN

Transfer from airport to Gudauri; car & driver will be with guest

Annanuri – Gudauri – kazbegi tour & paraglidingin Gudauri

Transfer to Lopota; car & driver will be with guest

Signaghi – Kakheti tour including wine tasting

Transfer to Tbilisi; car & driver will be with guest

Guided Tbilisi city tour including cable car

Transfer to airport

5 Day Tour

Itinerary:

Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Kazbegi – Kakheti

TOUR PLAN

Arrival, meeting at the Airport, transfer to the Hotel. Free time. A night at a Hotel in Tbilisi

Breakfast in hotel.  Tbilisi tour: Old city, Sameba Cathedral, Funicular, Freedom Square,  Sioni Cathedral(6-7th  centuries) and Anchiskhati Basilica ( 6th  century), Metekhi Temple – founded in 13th century, building of Parliament , Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi Opera House, Kashveti church, Abanotubani (sulfur baths), the new Rike Park,  the new Peace  Bridge, Maydan and Chardin Street. Visit to  Narikala fortress Overnight-Tbilisi

Breakfast at hotel;

 

Mtskheta – known as a town museum for its historical buildin­gs and UNESCO Herita­ge monuments ; During the tour guests wi­ll visit: Jvari Mona­stery,​ enjoy with the view from the top where two rivers jo­in;​ Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, walking around the wonderful streets of ancient city,​ along the sto­res of souvenirs, ha­ndmade gifts, coffee shops and fresh jui­ces stores.

 tour to Kazbegi, on the way visiting Ananuri fort­ess and Zhinvali wat­er reservoir, Kazbegi is a Gem of Caucas­us ,​ It is one of the must see destinat­ions in Georgia, mos­tly due to amazing hiking routes and stu­nning nature, plus most important thing you should do in Kaz­begi is to visit Ger­geti Trinity Church. Built in 13th​ cent­ury, this church is located on 1,800 met­ers above sea level (5,905 feet) and its amazing to have a look from the top.

After breakfast make kakheti tour, visit aleqsandre chavchavadze museum(there’s so beautiful nature), signagi city (city of love) bodbe monastery

Transfer from hotel to the airport

7 Day Tour

Itinerary:

Tbilisi – Kazbegi – Borjomi – Okatse – Martvili – Batumi

TOUR PLAN

Arrival, meeting at the Airport, transfer to the Hotel. Free time. A night at a Hotel in Tbilisi.

Tbilisi tour: Old city, Funicular, Freedom Square, , building of Parliament , Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi Opera House, , Abanotubani (sulfur baths), the new Rike Park,  the new Peace  Bridge, Maydan and Chardin Street. Visit to  Narikala Fortress, lisi lake.

Breakfast in hotel. Drive  Travel north across the Georgian Military Highway up North towards the border with Russia. Jinvali reservoir. Then drive over the Cross pass and make a short stop at Soviet time “People’s Friendship” mountain view point overlooking a deep gorge of Caucasus Mountain range.  Arrive at Kazbegi . Drive to  by jeeps located on altitude of 2170 m. See Mount Kazbegi 5047m, village gveleti watterful Overnight-tbilisi

Breakfast in hotel. Departure to  Borjomi. A visit to the famous Borjomi Park , the biggest in Caucasus, where you may taste the genuine Borjomi from a spring. Go to kutaisi overnight kutaisi

Breakfast in hotel.  Okatse canyon.   Go to Martvili Canyon Natural Monument, Taking walking or boat tours at Martvili Canyon you can explore the Dadianis’ Path, mountain river gorge, limestone natural bridges, overview platforms, waterfalls, XIX century water mill, fossil shells of nautiluses and sea urchins. Overnight in Batumi

Breakfast in hotel. Departure to Batumi, visit Batumi Botanical Garden, A walking excursion around Batumi and walking tour in Adjara. Overnight in Batumi

Breakfast in hotel.  Free time at the coast of the Black Sea.  Overnight tbilisi or airoport transfer.

5 Day Tour

Overview

Extra Activities

  • Zip lane
  • Boat rent
  • Air Balloon
  • Paragliding
  • Rafting
  • Horse riding
  • Quadro Cycle Tour
  • Jeep tour
  • bicycle
  • Photo/Video/Drone

Awesome things to do in Borjomi & Bakuriani:
• Visit the amazing Green Monastery
• Taste famous Borjomi mineral water
• Travel by the romantic Kukushka train
• Explore sulfur pools in the forest
• Borjomi National Park
• Enjoy with snow activities in Bakuriani ski resort

Awesome things to do in Borjomi, Rabati, Vardzia:
• Explore the Vardzia cave complex
• Discover the ancient Rabati Castle
• Enjoy walking in Borjomi Central Park
• Taste the healing Borjomi mineral water

Awesome things to do in Kutaisi, Prometheus Cave,
Sataplia Nature Reserve, Okatse &
Martvili Canyons:
• Visit Kutaisi main attraction
• Marvel Sataplia Nature Resreve with Dinosaurs footprint
• Explore the Prometheus Cave
• Discover the Okatse and Martvili canyons
• Go boating at the bottom of the canyon
• Take a walk over a bridge with a transparent floor

Awesome things to do in Batumi:
• Explore the Piazza Square and Europe Square
• Learn about the monument of the Colchian Princess
• See the Ali & Nino moving statue, inspired by a tragic tale of eternal love
• Stroll down the Batumi Boulevard which lines the Black Sea
• Visit the amazing Mtirala National Park

Awesome things to do in Batumi, Gonio castle and an amazing mix of Mountainous Adjara:
• Experience the Adjara region, with and seashores
• Relish the region’s unique climate
• Walk through the largest Nautral Park in Georgia
• Visit the Roman castle of Gonio, built in the 1st century AD
• Explore the rugged mountainous landscape of Adjara

Awesome things to do in Signagi, Bodbe, Tsinandali Telavi:
• Bodbe Nunnery and learn about its impressive history
• Hear about the life of Saint Nino and her religious work
• Sighnaghi, City of Love
• Second longest wall in the World
• Admire breathtaking views of the Caucasus Mountain Range and Alazani Valley
• Walk in the gorgeous gardens of the Tsinandali museum
• Explore the downtown highlights of the town of Telavi

TOUR PLAN

Arrival, Transfer from Airport

  • Ride a cable car up to the 4th Century Narikala Fortress
  • Discover the city’s famous sulphur bath houses
  • Travel up to Mtatsminda Park on the Funicular Tram
  • Metekhi church, Europian square , The Bridge of peace
  • Freedom square, Rustaveli avenue, Agmashenebeli street
  • Turtle Lake, Open Air Museum of Ethnography
  • Visit the main Cathedral of Georgia, Svetitskhoveli
  • Sixth-century GeorgianOrthodox monastery Jvari 
  • Marvel at the confluence of the rivers Aragvi and Mtkvari
  • Explore Gori and the Museum of Stalin J
  • Discover Uplistsikhe (Castle of God) cave town
  • Marvel at the confluence of the rivers Aragvi and Mtkvari
  • Georgian Military Highway road trip
  • Zhinvali Lake (Reservoir)
  • Visit the Ananuri Medieval castle
  • Gudauri kobi Longest Cable car in Georgia
  • Explore the Caucasus Mountains, Friendship Monument
  • Taste the coldest spring water in Gudauri
  • Visit the most beautiful place in Georgia, Gergeti Holy Trinity Church

3 Days/2 Nights Special Weekend Tour

Overview

Itinerary:

Tbilisi-Sighnagi- Ananuri-Kazbegi-Jvari-Mtskheta-Tbilisi

The price includes:

Transfer from/to the airport
Accommodation at the Hotel (double room)
Breakfast
Wine degustation
All entrance tickets
Transfers
Guide services

The price doesn’t include:

Lunches and dinners (average bill: $ 9 lunch, dinner $ 15)
Flight tickets
Travel insurance

TOUR PLAN

Depends on Arrival time.
Transfer to the East of Georgia, Kakheti (the land of wine), city of love Sighnagi, It’s surrounded by an 18th century wall. You can enjoy the unbelievable view on Alazani Valley and Caucasian Ridge.
After we will visit Kvareli Winery Khareba for wine degustation, there is 7,7 km long tunnel excavated into Caucasus mountain.
Next we’ll drive in a small village Akhalsofeli where we can taste homemade wine and make the famous dishes meat “Mtsvadi” ( Pork barbecue ) The feast will be held in a friendly traditional atmosphere with Georgian toasts and precious homemade wine – and there’ll be a toaster. (Dinner is included in the price of the tour). Return to Tbilisi. Overnight-Tbilisi or Overnight – Kvareli.

Breakfast in hotel. Travel north across the Georgian Military Highway up North towards the border with Russia. First stop will be at Ananuri fortress. Complex featuring churches and towers dating back to the 16th century. Is beautifully overlooking Jinvali reservoir. Then drive over the Cross pass and make a short stop at Soviet time “People’s Friendship” mountain view point overlooking a deep gorge of Caucasus Mountain range. Arrive at Kazbegi . Drive to Gergeti Holy Trinity Church by jeeps located on altitude of 2170 m. See Mount Kazbegi 5047m. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight-Tbilisi

Breakfast in hotel. Check out from hotel . Free time (Tbilisi tour) Airport transfer.

4 Days/3 Nights Bonny Private Tour

Overview

Itinerary:

Tbilisi-Sighnagi-Bodbe-Kvareli-Nekresi-Ananuri-Kazbegi-Mtskheta-Jvari-Tbilisi

The price includes:

Transfer from/to the airport
Accommodation at the Hotel 3* (two pesons in double room)
Breakfast
Wine degustation
All entrance tickets
Transfers
Guide services
jeeps in Kazbegi

The price doesn’t include:

Lunches and dinners
Flight tickets
Travel insurance

TOUR PLAN

Arrival, meeting at the airport, transfer to the Hotel. Tbilisi tour (Depend on Arrival time). A night at a hotel in Tbilisi.

Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to the East of Georgia Kakheti (the land of wine), on our way stop and taste homemade cheese and Kakhetian bread “Shoti”. Arrive city of love Sighnagi, It’s surrounded by an 18th century wall. You can enjoy the unbelievable view on Alazani Valley and Caucasian Ridge. Visit Saint Nino (Bodbe) Monastery. Go to Nekresi Complex 4th century. Drive to Kvareli, visit Kvareli Winery Khareba for wine degustation, there is 7,7 km long tunnel excavated into Caucasus mountain. Overnight-Tbilisi

Breakfast in hotel. Travel north across the Georgian Military Highway up North towards the border with Russia. First stop will be at Ananuri fortress. Complex featuring churches and towers dating back to the 16th century. Is beautifully overlooking Jinvali reservoir. Then drive over the Cross pass and make a short stop at Soviet time “People’s Friendship” mountain view point overlooking a deep gorge of Caucasus Mountain range. Arrive at Kazbegi . Drive to Gergeti Holy Trinity Church by jeeps located on altitude of 2170 m. See Mount Kazbegi 5047m. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight-Tbilisi

Breakfast in hotel. Check out from hotel . Free time (Tbilisi tour) . Airport transfer.

6 Days/5 Nights Heavenly Private Tour

Overview

Itinerary:

Tbilisi-Sighnagi-Bodbe-Ananuri-Kazbegi-Jvari-Mtskheta-Gori-Uplistsikhe-Tbilisi

The price includes:

Transfer from/to the airport
Wine degustation
All entrance tickets
Transportation
Guide services

The price doesn’t include:

Lunches and dinners
Flight tickets
Travel insurance
Accommodation

TOUR PLAN

Arrival, meeting at the Airport, transfer to the Hotel. Free time. A night at a Hotel in Tbilisi.

Breakfast in hotel. Tbilisi tour: Old city, Sameba Cathedral, Funicular, Freedom Square, Sioni Cathedral(6-7th centuries) and Anchiskhati Basilica ( 6th century), Metekhi Temple – founded in 13th century, building of Parliament , Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi Opera House, Kashveti church, Abanotubani (sulfur baths), the new Rike Park, the new Peace Bridge, Maydan and Chardin Street. Visit to Narikala Fortress. Restaurant Georgian National cuisine, dance and music. Overnight-Tbilisi

Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to the East of Georgia Kakheti (the land of wine), on our way stop and taste homemade cheese and Kakhetian bread “Shoti”. Arrive city of love Sighnagi, It’s surrounded by an 18th century wall. You can enjoy the unbelievable view on Alazani Valley and Caucasian Ridge. Visit Saint Nino (Bodbe) Monastery. Drive to back Tbilisi, visit “East Point” biggest Mall in Georgia. Overnight-Tbilisi

Breakfast in hotel. Travel north across the Georgian Military Highway up North towards the border with Russia. First stop will be at Ananuri fortress. Complex featuring churches and towers dating back to the 16th century. Is beautifully overlooking Jinvali reservoir. Then drive over the Cross pass and make a short stop at Soviet time “People’s Friendship” mountain view point overlooking a deep gorge of Caucasus Mountain range. Arrive at Kazbegi . Drive to Gergeti Holy Trinity Church by jeeps located on altitude of 2170 m. See Mount Kazbegi 5047m. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight-Tbilisi

Breakfast in hotel. Drive to Mtskheta ancient capital of Georgia. The “Second Jerusalem” as they called it. ( Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC) A visit to the UNESCO world heritage site – Jvari monastery (VI c.), Visit to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century), where it is believed that Jesus Christ’s tunic is buried. Then Drive to Gori and visit Stalin Museum. The museum includes more than 60,000 artifacts, the tiny house where Stalin was born and the unique cave-town town-complex – Uplistsikhe that is dated for VI-IV centuries. Return to Tbilisi. Overnight-Tbilisi

Breakfast in hotel. Check out from Hotel . Free time . Airport transfer.

Wine And Culinary Tour In Georgia

Overview

There is no other country in the world where people drink so much high-quality wine, – traveler Jean Chardin wrote about Georgia. Long before the French traveler such authorities of antiquity, as Strabo, Herodotus and Plutarch, successfully treated themselves to Georgian wine of Saperavi varieties. The origin of the word wine is thought to derive from Georgian Gvino. A Georgian food is rightly counted among the best cuisines in the world, with abundance of original flavors and unusual combinations. This tour is for food-lovers! By coming with us you get to know a country rife with sunlight, saturated with bouquets of freshly-baked Lavash bread and fermenting wines. Sit back and enjoy, we are embarking on a voyage across wine seas and culinary shores!

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Distance: 1 600 kilometers
Stay: Tbilisi, Telavi, Tskaltubo, Batumi
Tour itinerary:

TOUR PLAN

Meeting at the airport and transfer to Tbilisi hotel. Settling at the hotel, introduction to the tour program and a free evening. It can be devoted to your first meeting with Georgian wine and cuisine in a restaurant where they will be ready to show you the wealth of Georgian folklore, fiery national dances and famous Georgian polyphonic singing.

 

Sightseeing tour of Tbilisi – the eclectic city of contrasts, combining architecture of different eras, the spirit of freedom and unique flavour. The next stop – Georgia in miniature! At the ethnographic museum we will get acquainted with diverse lifestyles of various regions of the world’s most hospitable country. A glass of the best Georgian brandy Sarajishvili spreads around the body with velvety warmth and prepares for impressive moments that will follow. Tasting session at the old brandy factory will be followed by a visit to a wine shop in the heart of the Georgian capital. Before buying alcoholic treasures from the best Georgian producers’ spirits can be tried to fully appreciate the bouquet and strength of the drink.

Mtskheta – the ancient capital of ancient Iberia and religious center of the country. Today it is a city- museum protected by UNESCO. Jvari is a masterpiece of the architectural art of the VI century. Style, form and perfect proportions of the church continue to captivate architects to this day. Svetitskhoveli – Living Pillar is the main religious monument in Georgia. Surrounded by a stone wall the cathedral served as a fortress during wars, while it was a repository of books and church treasures in peace times. Amazing frescoes of the XI century and legends that are so interwoven with historical facts will not leave anyone uninterested! Nunnery of Samtavro preserves artifacts related to work of Equal to the Apostles Saint Nino. Within the walls of the church there are tombs of King Mirian and Queen Nana, who declared Christianity as the state religion of Georgia.

The feast of the spirit gradually gives way to the feast of the body. Chateau Mukhrani will surprise with its huge wine cellar and upscale atmosphere of the ancient aristocratic estate. And tasting of products of this winery will prepare us for the real Georgian feast – Supra. Dinner at the restaurant Mravaljamieri offers ethnic cuisine, homemade wine, folk dances and songs. All this – under watchful supervision of table and toast master Tamada without whom a Georgian feast is unthinkable.

Do not get carried away with breakfast in the hotel as today we will travel to the most delicious region of Georgia. It is the region where traditions of feast are most honored, where they have been preserving unique Georgian methods of wine-making for centuries, where only organic and natural products are used to prepare food and guests are never let to leave hungry or sober. Our ship is on its way to Kakheti!

First we are met by the city of love – love of the vine, of open, good people and, of course, the most valuable thing for a Georgian – fertile Georgian land. Signagi is a medieval town surrounded by a stone wall. You will not be deceived by the Southern- Italian-inspired architecture, after all unique Georgian spirit prevails everywhere and in everything. At the wine house Pheasant Tears you can see a real Georgian wine cellar Marani. Here you will learn about technology of wine-making in clay amphoras Kvevri that are usually buried in the ground. At the place you can also taste the fruits of the traditional Kakhetian winemaking.

Then we drop the anchor in Kvareli, one of the largest wine storages of the world. Eight kilometers of tunnels, once breached into the solid rock as a bomb shelter, now serve as a wine cellar for a well-known brand Khareba. On top of the facility there are cozy balconies with tables. To make stunning views of the fertile Alazani Valley even better you will need a cup of coffee or a glass of noble wines.

Not far away, high on the hillside stands the Nekresi Monastery. It’s not just lovers of beautiful panoramas that will be intereste d in the monument. An inquisitive visitor will learn about the ancient Georgian inscriptions on the wall of Nekresi Church and see the monastery wine cellar preserved from the Middle Ages. Next stop is Gremi, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Kakheti. This is one of those places where archaeologists have found traces of winemaking from the period some 8000 years ago.

Culinary culmination of the day awaits us in Telavi. A table laden with food and drinks is laid in the main city of Kakheti, right in the cellar. But do not rush! First try your hand at baking a real Georgian bread Shoti in a real Georgian furnace Tone, make a traditional Georgian sweet Churchkhela that is made of nuts and grape juice, roast Mtsvadi on a charcoal barbecue… And then – you will be welcomed at the table with homecooked meals and the best house wines. Bon appétit!

Care to visit a bazaar? Witness a variety of fruits, vegetables, fragrant herbs and fragrant spices? You are on the right track! A new day will begin with a walk through Telavi outdoor market. From there we go right on the modern winery BadagoniShuamta Monastery will dilute the wine day with its cool dense forests and stories from the ancient past. Old legends continue to excite our imagination at the medieval academy of Ikalto. Educational center in Eastern Georgia raised the greatest Georgian Poet of the XII century Shota Rustaveli and had the largest winery in those days.

We will land to the cradle of the Georgian wine-making when arriving at the Alaverdi Cathedral. This great cathedral houses the most ancient wine cellar in Georgia. Here, back in the VIII century they had large-scale production of wine, which was believed to be curative. Traditions die hard, so you will have a unique opportunity to taste the wine in the millennial monastic Marani!

Not long after that, we will find ourselves in house-museum Tsinandali. At this point begins the second, European life of the Georgian wine. Prominent figure of the XIX century, Prince Chavchavadze was first to produce bottled wine in his estate by European technology and export it abroad.

Famous Tsinandali can be enjoyed immediately after inspection of the Georgian manor house of the representative of the Georgian nobility. Then comes the main event of the day: you will take part in annual Rtveli – a festive harvesting of grapes! Kakhetian feast will again delight us with abundance of traditional supper before we return to Tbilisi by traveling through a scenic road across the Gombori pass.

Our odyssey continues. Let us steer towards Western Georgia, in the footsteps of the legendary Argonauts! But first we go to the ancient city of Uplistsike carved in rock. Its history goes back to 3000 years! Uplistsikhe was a pagan centre in the pre-Christian era. And here, too, were found amphoras Kvevri with petrified grape seeds! These amphoras and various handmade pottery for cooking of Georgian dishes, after all this dishes that indeed give its special flavor to this very Georgian food, is sold on the way along the Rikoti pass.

But here we are in Kutaisi – the second largest and importance city in Georgia. It lies on the banks of the Rioni River – the same one on which Jason and his companions sailed on in search of the Golden Fleece. Then it’s time for a walk through the old town and visit to places that our ship too cannot ignore! Gelati Monastery Complex – the legacy of the great King David the Builder. Gelati Academy has given the world various well-known philosophers, theologians, speakers, and translators. The most valuable frescoes and unique mosaic can be found within the walls of the main church. The next stop – near the Motsameta Church. Here lies an ark with holy remains of two brothers- princes in this Martyrs ‘abode. A legend says that if one passes around this ark several times while making a wish this wish will come true…

New region and a new cuisine again! Since we are now in Imereti region, its time to get acquainted with local wines. Elegant glasses of wine of the best brands and light meal awaits us at the winery Khareba. Wine tasting smoothly flows into an Imeretian – style feast, which has its own characteristics and special dishes original to this land. After dinner, we go to digest impressions at the resort town of Tskaltubo.

And we sail to the north, to the region of Racha. First stop is Nikortsminda. One of the most beautiful and original ornate churches across Georgia. Abundance and diversity of bas-reliefs on the facade of the cathedral indeed astonishes and captivates! Scientists continue their research and exploration to this day as Nikortsminda still hides even more interesting puzzles…

Who has not heard of fragrant, semi-sweet wine of saturated bouquet Khvanchkara? Our odyssey will take us to the village with the same name –that is the home of this famous wine, which became one of the most recognizable Georgian brands! Inspection of the vineyards and wine tasting will put you in a decisive mood – after all now we are heading from wooded mountains of Racha region to the shores of the warm Black Sea!

You’re in Adjara – the seaside region of Georgia, which was once, part of the legendary Colchis. Batumi – the port and resort town that is full of entertainment for people of all ages and tastes. You will learn its history at the local history museum. You will be amazed at the nature’s beauty and climate features of the region in the Batumi Botanical Gardens. Species of this paradise will be remembered forever!

A few kilometers from Batumi, in the Gonio village, stands the famous Apsaross fortress. Here, at the Roman outpost in the Caucasus you will find remains of a theatre, hippodrome, ancient Baths – Roman footprints are everywhere. At the dawn of Christianity, it was visited by the three apostles, one of whom – Evangelist Matthew – rests within these walls.

Well, now its time to get acquainted with the specialties of the Black Sea cuisine! A festive meal with unforgettable Adjaran Khachapuri and freshly caught trout awaits you at the mountainous settlement of Khulo. But this is not the only surprise dinner tonight… But lets not jump the gun – just taste Adjara flavor!

There is nothing better after a rich gastronomic exercise than to lie on the Batumi beach and walk along the seaside park. The morning before heading back to Tbilisi will be spent at this enjoyable past time. In the Georgian capital, you will have a free evening to summarize the experience and find your own way to explore delights of the old town. You can visit the famous sulfur baths with healing thermal water. Do not forget to look into a shop called Marani to take home impressive collection of Georgian wines.

A farewell dinner at the local restaurant. But first we have to consolidate the culinary skills received during the tour! So now we again bake lavash bread, make churchkhela, brew Georgian vodka Chacha and sit at the table with a sense of accomplishment! Supra has begun. Let us toast to our dear guests and their prompt return to Georgia!

Before transfer to the airport we should combat a hangover with traditional Georgian method – some chacha, mineral water Borjomi and invigorating broth Khashi… Now your body is again ready for any culinary tests and will endure the longest of the longest roads. Georgia says goodbye to you and surely sees not the last of her guests!

Unforgettable mountains: Off-road tour in Svaneti

Overview

There is hardly a person who saw this mountainous region of Georgia and had not fallen in love with majestic, unique beauty of the land of towers…Foreigners who come to Svaneti once want to return there again and again, while its inhabitants are always ready to welcome guests with genuine hospitality of mountainous people. Svaneti is a special corner of Georgia, with a special spirit, special history and customs… Lets start the journey to the clouds! It starts from airports of Kutaisi, Batumi or Tbilisi. Note, that if it is Tbilisi that you fly to, you will have to add another day to your schedule.

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights;
Length: 550 km;
Overnight stay: Mestia.
Tour itinerary:

TOUR PLAN

You have already seen famous Svan towers that guard every village in this region. But today we are going to a place where there these harsh lodgings of the people with strong fighting spirit are particularly abundant. Europes highest mountain village is located in the most eastern part of Svaneti, at 2200 meters above sea level. Ushguli is the community of four villages and historically presented the backbone of the former Upper Svaneti. Its name literally translates as Fearless Heart. Another name for these places is free Svaneti as neither feudal nor invader ever subdued the locals.

During the six months of the year Ushguli area is covered with snow. The rest of time the panorama of rocky peaks covered with glittering ice is livened up by emerald alpine meadows and low mountain forest. All this is overlooked from a height of 5068 meters by Shkhara – one of the most powerful mountains of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. While between narrow gorges there are dwellings of Svans picturesquely scattered, the earliest of which date to the IX century. This place brings alive and together allessence of primeval nature and live history of the ancient people. When in Ushguli one may feel as though a thousand years ago someone simply bottled the time…

Ushguli itself is an open air museum. Local architectural ensemble, including dozens of towers, brought Upper Svaneti the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other monuments can be seen in a private ethnographic museum, which is located in the house of the XVI century and is always open to guests. Another artifact of the Middle Ages – the church of the Assumption of the Mother of God that dates back to the XII century with the melodic name of Lamaria. The Svans believe that it is here that Queen Tamar of Georgia, the greatest ruler of Georgia whose life and death is covered with legends, is buried.

The capital of Georgia has long been a cultural and political center of the Caucasus. This city counts about 1,600 years since its foundation. Tbilisi’s walls have seen Khazars, Huns, Byzantines, Persians, Mongols, Arabs, Seljuks and Ottomans. Representatives of many nations, of various faiths and civilizations settled in this point of intersection of trade routes, leaving their mark in the image, manners and customs of Tbilisi. Thus was how the unique multicultural character of this city, based on the principles of tolerance and good neighborliness, was created. We will start to perceive this from the historical center.

Abanotubani is a district of sulfur baths. They are built on thermal springs, to which Tbilisi owes its existence. You will learn about the history of the city, hear the legend of the pheasant and King Vakhtang Gorgasali, then climb to the Narikala Citadel. A view from the walls of the ancient fortress offers a splendid panorama of the gorge of the River Mtkvari and picturesque spurs of the Trialeti range, among which Tbilisi is stretched. Then we move to the other side and visit Metekhi – the beautiful church of the XIII century built on a cliff. Here you can take great photos of the Old Town and hear the story of the patron saints of Tbilisi who became martyrs under the walls of this church.

Having crossed the bridge , we will find ourselves on a street named after French traveler Jean Chardin. You will pass by picturesque narrow streets and see the Sioni Cathedral, which was built by one of the greatest kings of Georgia, David the Builder in the beginning of the XII century. From here alleys of the Old Town lead us to Anchiskhati Basilica – the oldest buildingin Tbilisi, which dates back to the VI century and where one of the most esteemed Georgian sacred relic was kept. You will have an opportunity to examine this miraculous icon in precious setting a little later, when viewing the treasures of the Golden Fund and other exhibits of the Museum of Art of Georgia.

Next we have to take a short drive to visit the town of Mtskheta, which was the capital of Georgia before establishment of Tbilisi. Mtskheta is approximately 2,500 years-old and because of the abundance of ancient monuments – which are included in the UNESCO Heritage List – the town is sometimes called Georgian Jerusalem. Here you will see one of the masterpieces of world architecture – Jvari Church built in the end of VI century. The church harmoniously blends into the landscape and still amazes visitors with its perfect architectural forms. From here the beautiful panorama of Mtskheta, which lies between the peaks and the confluence of two rivers opens before our eyes.

Descending from Djvari you will walk through the picturesque streets of old Mtskheta, past shops with souvenirs and local crafts. Our goal lies ahead – majestic cathedral of XI century – Svetitskhoveli. It is the spiritual symbol of Georgia, under which the tunic of Jesus Christ was buried – a piece of clothing, in which the Saviour was clothed at the time of the crucifixion. Here you will hear the legend of Saint Sidonia and the Holy and Life-Giving Pillar, see graves of kings and ancient frescoes, here you will be able to touch the sacred relics of Georgia. This completes the tour of this day. It is time to return to Tbilisi.

 

As you know, better than mountains can be only mountains… Svaneti is a Mecca for climbers from all over the world. Therefore it is impossible to visit Svaneti and not try to conquer the snow-capped peaks! But we will leave this difficult climb to professionals and content ourselves with justa few walks to fully appreciate beauty and majesty of the mountains of Svaneti.

As the first stop will be Chalaati glacier you will need to dress warmly. A wild rocky road runs through the forest, along a beautiful mountain river gorge. It begins with a stream that flows from the ice and almost immediately turns into a raging torrent. Glacial water has a tart taste. Chalaati array itself is one of the largest in the Caucasus. It is situated under rocks of the impregnable two-peak beauty – Ushba- a mountain, which has been the cause of awe admiration for generations of climbers.

Even more fascinating panorama opens from the rope-way. Khatsvali is the youngest and richest in snow ski resort of Georgia! The length of the ropeway is 1400 meters that you pass in 10 minutes while admiring views that gradually open before your eyes. Khatsvali will award you with not only a new angle of Ushba, but also a great view of the other famous mountain – Tetnuldi. According to a local legend Ushba and Tetnuldi were lovers, a boy and a girl, whom an evil fate did not allow to marry. So they were frozen with grief turning into two mountains separated by a deep gorge…

You would not want to leave Svaneti. You will surely come back here again for a new portion of hot meat pie of Kubdari, touching legends and folk tales, traditions and those beautiful bright experiences that only incredible beauty of the Caucasus Mountains can give. But now for the last time we have a lunch in Mestia, go down the winding serpentine to Zugdidi and get you to the airport. We know that you would head off only to prepare for another, more substantial trip to Georgia, and we will be waiting for your return…