9 Days Easy Trekking and Cultural Tour for Families in Georgia
590 EURper person
Tour for Families in Georgia is a simplified trekking and cultural tour for families who want more enjoyable adventure, not to stress their legs, no considerable elevation gains in comparison to regular trekking tours.
Tour for Families in Georgia Outline: (Tour package plan is simplified to have a low or minimal elevation gains)
Day 1: Tbilisi/Kutaisi – Martvili Canyon – Kaghu Waterfall – Okatse Canyon – Kutaisi
Day 2: Rafting in Kutaisi Area – Motsameta Monastery – Mestia
Day 3: Panoramic Hike from Hatsvali resort to Tsvirmi village, night in Tsvirmi or Zhabeshi
Day 4: Hike from Tetnuldi Resort to Adishi, then to Adishichala viewpoint, night in Iprali
Day 5: Hike from Davberi village to Ushguli, night in Ushguli
Day 6: Explore Ushguli, Shkhara Glacier short hike, night in Mazeri
Day 7: Shdugra waterfalls hike/horse riding – Overnight in Kutaisi/Tskaltubo
Day 8: Prometheus Cave – Winery – Borjomi Park – Overnight in Tbilisi
Day 9: Tbilisi tour – Shopping mall – Dinner – Transfer to airport
In this tour for families in Georgia we include trekking with low or minimal elevation gains, mostly elevation losses or flat terrain which is almost impossible for Svaneti unless we have car support.
It’s best suitable for elderly, for kids or for guests with no hiking experience. Also better choice of guesthouses, avoidance of overpriced and low price to quality ratio accomodation areas.
However, during this family tour package in Georgia guests will be able to enjoy the beauty of Svanetian mountains at best, will still test themselves and enjoy an incredible and memorable journey in the Georgian mountains.
For this tour it’s possible to have only a driver to save costs. During the family trekking tour in Georgia the driver will provide GPS tracks, will explain the route, will take luggage from guesthouse to guesthouse, take guests to the starting points of each hike and pick up.
5 Days version of this tour starting from Mestia – 5 Days Easy Family Trekking Tour in Svaneti (Car supported).
Tbilisi-Martvili Canyon – Kaghu Waterfall – Okatse Canyon - Kutaisi
In the morning we will start family tour package in Georgia and drive to Kutaisi – One of the oldest cities in Europe. Our next destination will be Martvili Canyon where we we will have a boat tour in a green gorge. Then we will visit Kaghu waterfall which is a perfect place for relaxation in a beautiful nature. After that we will visit Okatse Canyon where we will take a walk along the cliffs and overlook a beautiful gorge.
Overnight in Kutaisi.
Rafting in Kutaisi Area – Motsameta Monastery - Mestia
In the morning will drive to the Rioni gorge where you will experience rafting tour in the wild river. The canyon of river Rioni is full of greenery. You will get unique emotions which will keep in your memory as an unforgettable experience for you especially if you are together with your family or friends.
Before driving to Mestia we will have a lunch and visit Motsameta Monastery. The monastery complex, built in the 8th century in honor of the memory of the great Georgian warriors, is built on a steep cliff next to the river Tskaltsitela. Then we will drive to Mestia – a town in the mountainous Svaneti region where we can have a dinner.
Overnight in Mestia.
Hike from Hatsvali resort to Tsvirmi village
(Distance - 8.2km, Elevation Gain - 235m, Elevation Loss – 683m)
After breakfast we will drive to Hatsvali Cable car. We will make it to Mentashi with cable cars and start hiking to Tsvirmi. Path to the picturesque village is full of breathtaking views on some of the most prominent peaks of Caucasus such as Ushba, Tetnuldi, and Laila. The hike will be easy and panoramic. In case it will be difficult for the family, the driver will wait at Hatsvali resort for some time to make sure you have a chance to return. However, there will be no problem to make it to Tsvirmi.
After the hike we will drive to Zhabeshi to sleep in better accommodation. In Tsvirmi accommodations are basic. Anyway it is also possible to stay there as well.
Overnight in Zhabeshi
Hike from Tetnuldi Resort to Adishi, then to Adishichala viewpoint
(Part 1: Distance - 3.2km, Elevation Loss - 660m)
First we will drive to Tetnuldi resort and take a look at the beautiful landscape of the mountains and breathe the fresh air of Svaneti. From there we will start hiking to Adishi. Soon we will reach Adishi village where we will have lunch in the village guesthouse.
(Part 2: Distance - 11.5km Elevation Gain/Loss - 380m)
After lunch we will take horses. At least one horse or horses for all. Horses must cross the river and enjoy the view of the most popular and beautiful glacier in Svaneti - Chkhutnieri, the one which is a photo highlight of every Svaneti trekking tour. However, one horse is also enough to cross the river and it can be perfect to carry a kid or a family member who is not a good hiker.
When you reach Adishichala river, you will cross it by horse and go up one field to enjoy the view towards Chkhutnieri glacier - just an extra 100m elevation gain to have the best view over Chkhutnieri glacier. Then you will need to cross the river back and make it back to Adishi where the driver will drive you to Iprali, the village across the mountain.
Finally, we will drive to Iprali.
Overnight in Iprali.
Hike from Davberi to Ushguli
(Distance - 7.3km, Elevation Gain - 550m, Elevation Loss - 280m)
After breakfast we will drive to Davberi village via the dirt road. From there we will start an easy hike to Ushguli - the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe, located at 2200 meters above sea level. The route is beautiful with amazing mountain landscapes around. We don't have to walk on dirt roads so driver will pick you up at the beginning of the car road.
Overnight in Ushguli
Explore Ushguli, Shkhara Glacier short hike
(Distance - 4.65km, Elevation Gain/Loss - 300m)
In the morning we will drive to Shkhara glacier. We will reach by car very near and then do a very easy short hike to approach it and see the birthplace of Enguri river.
Later you could just relax in a cafe, visit tower museum, eat famous kubdari(meat pie), but In case of interest you can do a short and steep hike to the stone medieval Queen Tamar tower. Svanetian towers are the main symbol of the traditions of this region. (Distance - 2.13km, Elevation Gain/Loss - 260m).Finally we will drive to Mazeri. If the group prefers it is possible to visit Chalaadi glacier in Mestia after lunch in Ushguli and drive back to Mazeri. The glacier walk is one way 1.5km but with all the drives it can make a day less relaxing and pleasant.
Overnight in Mazeri
Shdugra waterfalls hike or horse ride
(If you take Distance - 2.7km Elevation Gain/Loss -360m)
Our adventure tour continues to Shdugra waterfalls - Georgia's tallest waterfall which makes a constant rainbow. We have two alternatives, one is to hike to the waterfall to the end or partly by horses then short section on foot (To the bridge and border post by horses, then walk the ascent only). For this we will need approximately 4 hours. Another option is to have a shorter walk or do horse riding in Mazeri area - more flat and wide area, which will be 1-2 hours activity. The second option will be enjoyable for kids. Later, it is possible to make a barbeque/picnic near the river in a beautiful place and enjoy your time. Both of the options are amazing experiences. We will drive to Kutaisi in the end.
Overnight in Kutaisi/Tskaltubo.
Prometheus cave - Winery - Borjomi Park - Tbilisi
Family tour in Georgia will continue to the magical Prometheus Cave full of stunning stalactites and stalagmites with colored lights in dark halls. Then we will drive to the winery where you will learn more about Georgian winemaking culture and taste multiple varieties of Georgian wines.
Our next destination will be Borjomi park where you can taste mineral water and take a walk in the green park with attractions for kids, small waterfall and beutiful river gorge.
Afterwards we will drive to the capital - Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Tbilisi tour – Shopping mall – Dinner – Transfer to airport
In the morning we will take a walk from the newly built pedestrian Peace Bridge. Then we will go to the Mother of Georgia’s monument with a cable car. The monument is located on a hill overlooking the entire city. After enjoying the view we will visit Narikala Fortress - the main defensive structure of the city.
Then we will walk to sulfur baths and reach Leghvtakhevi - a 14 m high waterfall in the heart of Tbilisi and enjoy the views of old Tbilisi balconies in the shade and fury of the waterfall.
Our next destination will be Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theater which has a leaning tower - famous photo place for tourists. Then we can take a funicular for the views to the city from Mtatsminda attractions park.
In the evening we will have dinner and drive to the airport.