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Jeep tour in Svaneti

Created with Sketch. Mestia, Georgia
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Duration

8 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Russian

Overview

Svaneti is one of the most mysterious and ancient regions of Georgia. The snowy peaks of the Greater Caucasus, mountain trails to the glaciers, millennial towers and temples, authentic culture – all the above-mentioned attracts thousands of tourists every year to this unique region. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take warm clothes
  • Wear comfortable shoes

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1

Departure from Tbilisi (09.00)
Rikoti Gorge and the Temple of Ubisa. Monastery complex of Gelati. Overnight in Kutaisi.
Sites to be visited:
Rikoti Gorge connects eastern Georgia with western Georgia; 60 kilometers-long highway lies along the Gorge.
The monastery of Ubisa - a temple of the 9th century with the mural paintings of the 14th century.
Gelati is the largest monastery complex in Western Georgia with the medieval academy (beginning of the XII century). It was built in the XI-XII centuries by King David IV, the Builder.

Day 2
Day 2

Departure from Kutaisi (09.00);
Enguri Dam and serpentine road to Svaneti;
Ancient temples and towers of Latali and Lanjeri;
Arrival in Mestia, check-in at the hotel and free evening in the city. Overnight in Mestia.
Sites to be visited:
Latali and Lenjeri are among the most ancient communities of Svaneti; temples and towers there date back to X-XI centuries.

Day 3
Day 3

Departure from Mestia (09.00);
Cable road to Hatsvali (2350 meters above the sea level);
Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography;
Chalaadi Glacier (trail: 6 km; difficulty: easy);
Overnight in Mestia
Sites to be visited:
Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography houses rich collection of ancient coins, manuscripts, icons and household items.

Day 4
Day 4

Departure from Mestia (08.30);
Mountainous village of Ushguli;
Ethnographic Museum of Ushguli;
Lamaria Temple;
Shkhara Glacier (trail - 6 kilometers; difficulty – easy/average);
Return to Mestia and overnight.
Sites to be visited:
Lamaria Temple was built in the X century and is considered to be one of the most sacred places in Svaneti; mural paintings date back to XII-XV centuries.
Mount Shkhara - mountain range of nine peaks, the highest one in Georgia (the highest peak is at an altitude of 5200 meters above sea level). It can be visited only from Ushguli. A two-kilometer glacier descends from the mountain.

Day 5
Day 5

Departure from Mestia (09.00);
Highland temples and villages of Kala community: the village of Iprari (the temple of the Archangel, XI century), the village of Nakipari (the church of St. George, X century), the village of Khalde, the church of Saints Kvirike and Ivlita ("Lagurka", IX century).
Overnight in Mestia.
Sites to be visited:
Kala community is one of the largest in Svaneti, with a large number of ancient temples (IX-XIII centuries); located along the gorge of the river Enguri, as well as on the slopes of the nearby mountains.

Day 6
Day 6

Departure from Mestia (08.00);
Upper station of the ski rout at the foot of Mount Tetnuldi (3200 meters above sea level);
Highland village of Adishi;
Tetnuldi Glacier (“Adishi Glacier”) - (hiking trail is 11 kilometers both ways; difficulty is easy).
Sites to be visited:
Adishi Village – is considered to be one of the most beautiful ones in Svaneti; there you can find three old temples (all three of them have mural paintings of XI-XII centuries). Walking trail to Tetnuldi Glacier starts from this village.

Day 7
Day 7

Departure from Mestia (09.00);
Antique city Archaeopolis ("Nokalakevi");
Rikoti Gorge;
Arrival in Tbilisi and overnight
Sites to be visited:
Archeopolis: ancient settlement from which, according to legend, the Golden Fleece was stolen by the Argonauts.

Day 8
Day 8

Transfer to the airport.

Included/Excluded

  • Transportation (the tour is held in 4X4 vehicles)
  • Fuel Stay at the hotels (Tbilisi 1 night, 1 night in Kutaisi, 5 nights in Mestia). Svaneti hotels include breakfast and dinner.
  • Entrance tickets: (Svaneti museum, cable road to Hatsvali, Museum of Ushguli) Services of the main and local guides during the whole tour
  • Lunch (available at your own cost)

Durations

Multi day

Languages

English
Russian

groups

Private Tour

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Mestia, Georgia

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Leland Metro

Leland Metro

15/04/2019
This was one of the most exciting and unforgettable experiences in our lives! Thanks a lot for perfect planning !
Sondra Dupre

Sondra Dupre

01/04/2019
We had a fantastic time through our Svaneti Tour! We had an excellent guide, who created different tour options that are unique and well organized, along with reasonably priced and tailored to our needs!
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