Trekking and Cultural Tour Georgia – Free Spirit Tour of Georgian mountains
590 EURper person
Trekking and cultural tour Georgia -Visit Svaneti and have Mestia to Ushguli hiking tour, visit Kazbegi area and hike to Gergeti glacier – getting in touch with Georgia’s most popular Mt Kazbek summit. Discover exotic Truso valley near Stepantsminda, with abandoned villages, towers and travertines, visiting majestic Dolra gorge in Mazeri, with open wide valley, below 2headed Ushba summit, pine forested classical hiking area which will remind you Switzerland or beauty of Tian Shan mountains near Kyrgyzstan – you can have a horse riding tour here too.
Take a walk in the heart of the mountains in the Truso Valley
Hike to Gergeti Glacier – reach the birthplace of the river from the ice of Georgia’s one of the notable summits.
Visit the Bronze Age cave town of Uplistsikhe
Explore Prometheus Cave full with stunning stalactites and stalagmites
Take a boat ride in Martvili Canyon
Get acquainted with the unique culture of Svaneti
Hike between highland villages Zhabeshi, Adishi, Iprali crossing mountain passes
Enjoy amazing sunset in Ushguli at the foot of Shkhara summit
Take a photo at one of the highest waterfall in Georgia
Visit the Georgian modern city – Batumi tour
Get to know the spirit of old Tbilisi
Trekking and Cultural Tour Georgia Outline:
Day 1: Tbilisi – Jinvali Lake – Ananuri Fortress – Gudauri Viewpoint – Truso valley – Stepantsminda
Day 2: Gergeti Glacier – Gergeti Trinity Church – Tbilisi
Day 3: Tbilisi – Jvari Monastery – Uplistsikhe – Kutaisi
Day 4: Prometheus Cave or Gelati Monastery – Martvili Canyon – Enguri Dam – Mestia
Day 5: Hike from Mestia to Zhabeshi
Day 6: Hike from Zhabeshi to Adishi
Day 7: Hike from Adishi to Iprali
Day 8: Iprali – Ushguli – Mazeri
Day 9: Shdugra waterfall – Batumi
Day 10: Batumi – Tbilisi
Day 11: Tbilisi tour – Transfer to Airport
After Georgia hiking tour spend a night at black sea marvelous resort Batumi and have a walk on the boulevard meeting with tourists from all over the world and or some locals and feeling the city life in summer, also visiting charming and exotic Tbilisi where old and new blend perfectly.
Would this make a perfect trip? I guess so, Trekking and Cultural Tour Georgia may be quite classical but does classical always mean not worth it? Would you have missed Paris if you are travelling to Europe?
There should always be a reason to come back to Georgia. At least for Tusheti tour.
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1510km – Drive
60km – Hike
Tbilisi – Jinvali Lake – Ananuri Fortress – Gudauri Viewpoint – Truso valley - Stepantsminda
In the morning, we leave Tbilisi and head north into the mountains along the Georgian Military Highway. We will make stops at Ananuri fortress and Russo-Georgian Friendship monument, then cross the 2379m high Jvari (Cross) pass.
Afterward, we will leave the main road and after a short off-road ride, will leave our cars at the Kvemo Okrokana village to make a 4-5 hours long hike in the abandoned Truso valley. After returning to our bus, we will ride to the Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) town, where we will enjoy dinner and spend a night in the hotel. Overnight in Stepantsminda.
Gergeti Glacier - Gergeti Trinity Church - Tbilisi
In the morning, we will ride a car to Gergeti Trinity. Iconic Mt Mt.Kazbek (5.047m) peak - 3rd highest mountain in Georgia stands behind the Gergeti Trinity church which is top on to-do list if you come to Georgia. Then we climb the Kazbegi massif towards the foot of the Gergeti glacier. If the weather cooperates, we will enjoy stunning views of surrounding mountains dominated by the summit. After a long ascent, you will make it to the ridge and you will see the glacier. Beyond the glacier, there is Betlemi Hut which is the highest (3,653 m) located building in Georgia. Its history takes origin as far back as in the 20-ies of the last century, when it was decided to build a shelter for first Georgian alpinists, who started mastering the new routes. We will not reach the basecamp, you will go back to your cars, descending to Stepatsminda and then Driving to Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Tbilisi – Jvari Monastery – Uplistsikhe - Kutaisi
After breakfast, we will drive to Kutaisi via the central highway and visit Jvari Monastery first. The 6th century Monastery with panoramic views to Mtskheta and the conjunction of Georgia’s two main rivers attracts many guests. In the afternoon we will visit Uplistsikhe cave town, literally ‘Fortress of God’, which is an ancient rock-hewn town which played a significant role in Georgian history over a period of approximately 3,000 years. Then we will have meal at local winery (home of young women winemakers in an ordinary Georgian village) where you will be given a tour of wine making, and will be introduced to cousine of the Imereti Region.
Overnight in Kutaisi.
Prometheus Cave or Gelati Monastery – Martvili Canyon – Enguri Dam - Mestia
In the morning we will have two alternatives. First is to have a tour in the magical Prometheus Cave full with stunning stalactites and stalagmites with colored lights in a dark halls
or visit Gelati Monastery – one of the most important monuments of Georgian culture, founded by David the Builder in 1106 and Motsameta Monastery complex, on a steep cliff next to the river Tskaltsitela, built in the 8th century in honor of the memory of the great Georgian warriors.
Then we will visit Martvili Canyon where we will have a relaxing boat ride in an amazing exotic nature. After enjoying the canyon we will drive to Enguri Dam which is world’s second highest concrete arch dam. At the dam we will see a magical mix of the blue water and green forest
Then drive to Mestia, on the way visit Enguri Dam. world’s second highest concrete arch dam with a height of 271.5 metres. At the dam we will see a magical mix of the blue water and green forest.
In the evening we will arrive in Mestia.
Overnight in Mestia.
Hike from Mestia to Zhabeshi
(Distance - 16.1km, Elevation Gain - 763m, Elevation Loss - 523m)
This will be the easiest day of the trek. We will cross the ridge starting from the town of Mestia and arrive in the villages of Mulakhi community. A beautiful view of Svaneti valley dominated by Mt. Tetnuldi peak is waiting for you on the way. The trek mostly follows the dirt trail which snakes through the pastures and slowly climbs onto forested Chkhuti ridge. Then it descends into Mulkhura valley, passes several beautiful villages, crosses the river and ends in Zhabeshi.
Overnight in Zhabeshi.
Hike from Zhabeshi to Adishi
(Distance - 10.6km, Elevation Gain - 909m, Elevation Loss - 527m)
The route of the second day crosses via Tetnuldi resort. To reach the resort 2500-2700m elevation, we will need a steep hike. Then, a walk through the alpine pastures will take you to the Adishi village, hidden at the bottom of Adischala valley which has a medieval feeling.
Overnight in Adishi.
Hike from Adishi to Iprali
(Distance - 18.7km, Elevation Gain - 860m, Elevation Loss - 1069m)
Trek deeper into the valley, towards Adishi glacier, then we will need to cross Hadishichala river by horses, Then cross picturesque Chkhutnieri pass (2655m) - which offers great views of surrounding mountains and the Adishi glacier. Then we will descend to Khalde village which was a hero village, the only village to stand against occupation in 19th century.
Overnight in Iprali.
Iprali – Ushguli - Mazeri
In the morning we will leave Iprali village, descending below In Davberi village of Kala community, Then we will follow the path to Ushguli - one of the highest settlements of Europe with a permanent population. Ushguli is the face of Svanetian culture, there we will find Svanetian towers, which are listed in the Unesco world heritage, used as defensive structures, behind which is the highest peak in Georgia, Shkhara(5193m) . We will enjoy the scenery looking at Shkhara summit from the Virgin Mary small church – Lamaria. Then we will drive all the way to Mazeri passing Mestia. Mazeri is a beautiful village on the foot of Ushba summit (4710m). Its pine forested beautiful area different from the alpine meadows of Ushguli.
Overnight in Mazeri.
Shdugra waterfall - Batumi
In the morning we will be able to hike to Shdugra waterfall, or take horses if you are interested. The way to Batumi takes a minimum of 5 hours so it should be an option for guests to have a shorter horse riding or even rest in the guesthouse before departing to Batumi after lunch.
We will start a 4 hours hike via beautiful meadows, then ascend slowly in the path of beautiful pine forests until it reaches the border post from where the last ascent starts to Georgia's tallest waterfall which makes a constant rainbow.
Arrival in Batumi in the late evening,
Overnight in Batumi.
Batumi - Tbilisi
In the morning we will explore Batumi - one of the most popular and visited cities in Georgia. While walking in the beautiful streets of Batumi, we can visit Piazza Square, take unforgettable photos with the statue of Medea on Europe Square. We can also take a walk along Lake Nuri Geli and the Neptune Fountain. Then we will visit the seaside boulevard in Batumi. We see the remarkable sights: the Alphabet Tower on which all Georgian letters are depicted, the statue of Alice and Nino - lovers from the famous Caucasian bestseller novel embracing each other. We will go to the fish market where we will buy freshly caught sea bass fish and have it fried for us.
Then we will have a long ride to Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi.
Tbilisi tour – Transfer to Airport
In the morning we will have a short walking tour in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia which is a combination of European, Asian, and Caucasian cultures. Newly built pedestrian glass and steel bridge with bow design - Peace Bridge is an attraction that should not be missed in Tbilisi. It will be our first destination.
Our next destination will be the Mother of Georgia’s monument. We will reach this sightseeing with a cable car. The monument is located on a hill overlooking the entire city. Photos taken from this place are always unforgettable. After enjoying the view we will visit Narikala Fortress - the main defensive structure of the city.
The main symbol of Tbilisi is the sulfur baths so this will be our next destination. Ottoman’s period bathhouses and sulfur smell around will immediately make you feel the vibe of old Tbilisi. Through this amazing atmosphere, we will 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.
At the end of our tour we will visit a shopping area for Georgian sweets or souvenirs and then transfer to the airport.