Hiking around Svaneti

20/06/2019

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Hiking around Svaneti

Svaneti
02.07 - 14.07
1440

During the tour, we visit capital of Georgia – Tbilisi and one of the most beautiful and exotic provinces of the country – Svaneti. We visit Caucasus snowy mountains and glaciers with fantastic and breathtaking landscapes, ancient cultural monuments located in remote places on high mountains and get to know local Georgian traditions and culture. We also visit old churches covered with beautiful frescoes and towers, enduring centuries and being a symbol of Svaneti. Of course, we taste delicious dishes of Georgian cuisine and enjoy Georgian hospitality.

Highlights:
• Old Tbilisi
• Prometheus karst cave
• Snowy Caucasus mountain region – Svaneti
• UNESCO world heritage village – Ushguli
• Exotic highlander villages: Khalde, Adishi, Chvabiani, Mulakhi
• Hiking to Chalaadi glacier through pine forest
• Guli pass with spectacular views
• Shdugra waterfall
• UNESCO world heritage monument – Gelati Monastery
• UNESCO world heritage site – Mtskheta

Number of persons in a group: 2-15 persons
Duration of the tour: 13 days
Approximate driving distance: 796 km
Approximate hiking distance: 118 km

Group size Price per person
6 1440 €
5 1535 €
4 1680 €
3 1915 €
2 2390 €

Price is indicated for one person in double room
Prices might change in accordance with number of persons in the group
Single supplement – 140 € (only in Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Mestia)

Price includes:
• Transfer: Airport – Hotel – Airport;
• Transportation by 4X4 minibus during the entire tour.
• English, German or Russian speaking guide
• Professional driver
• Overnight at comfortable hotels and guest-houses
• Room with private bathroom (or shared bathroom in villages)
• Breakfast, lunch-pack, dinner
• A bottle of water per day
• Luggage transportation by car

Price does not include:
• Flight
• Travel insurance
• Alcoholic beverages except for the degustation defined by the program

Day 1

Tbilisi
The first day of the tour takes place in the capital of Georgia – Tbilisi. After wandering through narrow streets and districts of the old town, we visit Abanotubani, famous with sulfur bathes. The place is related to foundation of Tbilisi, as according to the legend, king Vakhtang Gorgasali discovered this place in the 5th century and decided to build a city on this location. During the tour, we also visit ancient Narikala Fortress, Anchiskhati Church of the 6th century, Monument of Kartlis Deda (Mother of Georgia) and other sightseeing.
Overnight in Tbilisi

Day 2

Tbilisi – Lentekhi
Our journey continues towards the western part of Georgia, in particular to small town Lentekhi (Lower Svaneti). On our way, we visit karst cave of Prometheus and have approximately one hour of hiking.
Overnight in Lentekhi

Day 3

Lentekhi
The third day of our trip is intended to acclimatization. After several hours of hiking in Lentekhi region, we have free time.
Overnight in Lentekhi

Day 4

Lentekhi – Ushguli
We drive part of the route to the village Mami and reach the start point of hiking path. We start moving towards Latpari pass with breathtaking views and reach UNESCO world heritage site – Ushguli, one of the highest populated villages in Europe.
Overnight in Ushguli

Day 5

Ushguli – Glacier Shkhara – Ushguli
Today we visit Lamaria Monastery of the 9th-10th centuries, exotic Towers of Svaneti and Ethnographic Museum. After passing along the gorge of Enguri River we reach the bottom of the highest peak of Georgia – Shkhara (5193 m), from where is possible to see the glacier and the source of the River Enguri.
Overnight in Ushguli

Day 6

Ushguli – Iprali
We leave Ushguli in the morning and drive to the village Iprali of Kala community. The hiking path takes place on the mountain slope overlooking the gorge of Enguri River, where Mestia-Ushguli road goes through.
Overnight in Iprali

Day 7

Iprali – Adishi
We start hiking to Adishi. After crossing Chkhutnieri pass, we take a direction down towards the gorge of Adishchala, where we cross a river riding horses and continue our way to village Adishi. On our way, we visit village Khalde.
Overnight in Adishi

Day 8

Adishi – Chvabiani – Mestia
Today we start hiking towards the village Chvabiani. On our way, we pass Tetnuldi Ski Resort. It is supposed to be the longest and the largest vertical slope in Transcaucasia after completing construction. Afterwards, we hike down to Chvabiani and then, we continue our journey with driving towards Mestia.
Overnight in Mestia

Day 9

Mestia – Glacier Chalaadi – Mestia
We start morning with hiking to the direction of Glacier Chalaadi. Afterwards, we visit museum of Mestia and the old traditional Svanetian house called Machubi. In the evening, we have free time to relax.
Overnight in Mestia

Day 10

Mestia – Guli Pass – Becho
Today we take a direction towards village Becho via Guli pass, from where we have an opportunity to take a delight in breathtaking and beautiful views of the region. On our way, we visit abandoned village of Guli and reach Becho in the evening.
Overnight in Becho

Day 11

Becho – Shdugra Waterfall – Becho
We start hiking towards Shdugra waterfall in the morning. Part of the road we drive by a car afterwards taking a route towards the beautiful waterfall of Shdugra. After midday, we have free time to relax.
Overnight in Becho

Day 12

Becho – Kutaisi
Today we leave Svaneti and drive towards one of the ancient cities of the country – Kutaisi. We visit Gelati Monastery and Academy of the 12th century (UNESCO). We return to Kutaisi to explore old districts and streets of the city and visit Bagrati Temple of the 11th century.
Overnight in Kutaisi

Day 13

Kutaisi – Tbilisi
On the last day of our journey, we drive towards Mtskheta, once the capital of Georgian Kingdom – Iberia, where Christianity became official religion in 337. We visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral of the 11th century and Jvari Monastery of the 6th century (UNESCO).
Overnight in Tbilisi

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