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Trekking in Georgia.

Guided tour of 8 days with hiking route through the Caucasus, Svaneti region (Georgia). The Georgia hiking trail in the travel program detailed below runs through part of the Svaneti region between the villages of Mestia and Ushguli (UNESCO World Heritage). In addition to hiking and to make the most of your stay in Georgia, there will also be time to make interesting and enriching visits around the country…

Possibility of extending the trip 4 days to visit Armenia (see detail in the section “Prices”).

 

Ushguli

Ushguli

 

Georgia Hiking TRAVEL PROGRAM.

Hiking in Georgia (Svaneti region) + Armenia (optional)

Legend: (D/P/C) = (Breakfast, Food, Price)

Day 1. Spain / Kutaisi.

Departure from Barcelona on a regular Wizz Air flight at 19:55. Arrival at Kutaisi airport at 02:45 (local time). Meeting with the company representative and transfer to the hotel in Kutaisi for the night. (-/-/-).

 

Hiking in Georgia (Svaneti region) + Armenia (optional)

Vista general de Kutaisi

Day 2.. Tskaltubo – Prometheus Caves – Zugdidi – Mestia (270 km)

Half pension. In the morning we will visit caves of Prometheus – one of the richest dimensions with stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls, pearls from underground caves ending in a large lake. The cave consists of 6 big rooms, full of spectacular formations.

 

Cueva de Prometeo en Kutaisi

Prometheus Cave in Kutaisi

 

After the visit we will go north, towards Svaneti, the inaccessible mountainous region in the Greater Caucasus. Free time for lunch in Zugdidi town, center of the Samegrelo region. Then we will travel through the varied mountain landscape of the Greater Caucasus and have a short stop to enjoy the panoramic views from the Enguri dam., currently the second tallest arch dam in the world with a height of 271,5 meters. In the afternoon we will arrive at Mestia. Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse in Mestia. (D/-/C)

 

 

Hiking in Georgia (Svaneti region) + Armenia (optional)

Road to the mountains

 

Day 3. Mestia – Lakhiri – Mulakhi – Adishi

Full board. After breakfast we will walk to Mulakhi, we will have a walk in meadows with flowers, along the rhododendrons, we will enjoy the views of the Tetnuldi mountain (4800m), Banguriani Mountain and the famous Mount Ushba (4700m). Throughout the walk we will visit the Lakhiri village. On the way we will have a picnic. From Mulakhi village by car 4×4 we will leave for Adishi. Dinner and accommodation in a gueshouse in Adishi. (D/P/C)
Unevenness: ↑760 ↓520 m
Walking time: 4-5 hours

 

Views of Ushba Peak from the trail

Views of Ushba Peak (to the left of the photo) from the trail.

 

Senderismo en Georgia

Artisan bridge over the Dolrachala river

 

Day 4. Adishi – Iprali

Full board. We will leave the Adishi village and start walking through the long alpine valley with its characteristic landscape of green meadows where the herds graze.. We will reach a point where we have to cross the river and we will need help with horses to cross it. We will go up to the Chkhutnieri pass, at an altitude of 2722 meters, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view over the entire peaks between Tetnudi and Shkhara. We will begin the descent to the village of Khalde. Finally we will arrive at Iprali. Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse in Iprali. (D/P/C)
Unevenness: ↑650 m ↓800 m
Walking time: 8 hours

 

Hiking in Georgia (Svaneti region) + Armenia (optional)

4×4 for rough terrain

 

Rural life in Mestia

Rural life in Mestia

 

Bajada hasta Adishi

Down to Adishi

 

Day 5. Iprali – Ushguli

Full board. After breakfast we will walk following the road for about two kilometers. Leaving the road we will follow a path that goes up towards Ushguli. We will arrive at Ushguli (2200m), which is the highest inhabited town in Europe, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The town is most famous for the abundance of watchtowers and from here you can see the highest mountain in Georgia – Monte Shkhara (5068m). On the way we will have a picnic. In Ushguli we will visit the Church of Lamaria (sig. XII). Dinner and accommodation in guesthouse in Ushguli. (D/P/C)
Unevenness: ↓400m ↑650m
Walking time: 4 hours

Hiking in Georgia (Svaneti region) + Armenia (optional)

 

 

 

Ushguli

Ushguli

 

Day 6. Ushguli (UNESCO) – Shkhara Glacier – Mestia

After breakfast, we will walk through the beautiful and wide valley of the Enguri river. We will arrive at the foot of the Shkhara mountain (5068m) – the highest mountain in Georgia. On the way we will have a picnic. At the end of the walk we will return to Mestia by private vehicle. Dinner and accommodation in a gueshouse in Mestia (D/P/C)
Unevenness: ↑↓300 m
Walking time: 6 hours

Hiking in Georgia (Svaneti region) + Armenia (optional)

 

Río Enguri a los pies del glaciar Tetnuldi. Paso de Chkhutnieri al fondo

Enguri river at the foot of the Tetnuldi glacier. Chkhutnieri pass in the background.

 

Day 7. Mestia – Martvili – Kutaisi (280 km)

After breakfast we will leave the Svaneti mountains and head towards the Samegrelo region. The first stop will be in Martvili. Flowing for millions of years, a throat of up to 40 meters deep and a length of 2.400 meters where a boatman with the boat will take us on an unforgettable journey between high rocks of Canyon. In the afternoon we will arrive in Kutaisi. Dinner and accommodation in guesthouse in Kutaisi. (D/-/C)

Mestia

Mestia

 

 

Hiking in Georgia (Svaneti region) + Armenia (optional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 8. Kutaisi – Ice creams – Departure

After breakfast we will visit the medieval Gelati monastery and its Academy (sig. XII). This place was an important cultural and political center of Georgia. The founder of the complex is King Davit Aghmashenebeli (the builder), the most prominent king in the history of Georgia. We will walk in the center of Kutaisi and visit the local market. Airport transfer. Departure on a regular flight back to Spain. (D/-/-)

 

Monasterio ortodoxo de Gelati

Gelati Orthodox Monastery – UNESCO World Heritage.

 

Program prices 8 days / 7 overnight in Georgia.

Prices taxes included (with local Spanish speaking guide, transport, accommodation and half board specified in the program) :

Group of 4 persons: 1.376,00 € / person

Group of more than 2 persons: consult discount depending on the size of the group please.

Single use room supplement: 95,00 € / person.

Maximum group size: 12 persons.

Flights are by your means, there are direct WizzAir flights from Barcelona to Kutaisi.

Way to pay: By bank transfer with the following programming: 30% of the amount is paid when making the reservation (recommended to do it as soon as possible to ensure the availability of the local guide, but in any case, As minimum 2 months before arrival in Georgia) and the 70 % remaining if paid 20 days before arrival.

To see direct flights from Barcelona to Kutaisi check the website of the airline Wizzair.

The price includes:

• Transfers: Airport – Hotel – Airport
• Transportation corresponding to the travel program
• Spanish speaking guide
• Georgian or English speaking mountain guide during trekking days: 3,4,5,6,
• All accommodations:
2 x night in Kutaisi
2 x night in Mestia
1 x night in Adishi
1 x night in Iprali
1 x night in Ushguli
• Diet: 7 x breakfast, 4 x picnic, 6 x dinner
• All tickets according to the program: prometheus caves, Martvili canyon
• SUVs for luggage, days: 3,4,5,6
• Transfers to and from the start and end locations of the ATV trekking days: 3,6
• Horses in Svaneti to cross a river - day 4.
• One bottle of water per day / person

Accommodation in hotels 3***:
• Kutaisi Guesthouse (private bathroom)
• Mestia Guesthouse (private bathroom)
• Adishi Guesthouse (shared bathroom)
• Iprali Guesthouse (shared bathroom)
• Ushguli Guesthouse (shared bathroom)

Price does not include:

• Flight tickets
• Travel insurance
• Foods, and dinners not specified as included in the program.
• Alcoholic drinks
• Tips and personal expenses
• Carrying luggage in hotels.
• Boat trip in the caves of Prometheus (optional).
• Services not specified as included in the program

 

Technical Sheet of trekking in Georgia.

Senderismo en Georgia

Hiking in Georgia

 

TRAVEL PERIOD: June, July, August or September.

DOCUMENTATION TO TRAVEL TO GEORGIA.
• To travel to Georgia it is not necessary to apply for a visa if you have Spanish nationality or any other country of the European Union. This is valid for trips with a stay in Georgia of up to one year. In the case of foreigners of nationalities that do not belong to the European Union who legally reside in Spain, or those foreigners with a valid Spanish visa, They can also visit Georgia without the need for a visa issued by the Georgian authorities. Although the latter is valid for stays of up to 90 days.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
• In churches, access with skirts or shorts is not allowed.
• Women are required to wear a scarf to cover their hair on their heads when visiting Orthodox Christian churches..

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT.
Backpack for daily use. Hiking pants. Waterproof jacket. Mountain shoes. Hiking poles. Sun hat. Sun protection cream. Sunglasses.

If you want to know more details about Georgia, and more specifically about this region of Svaneti, visit our blog article: Trekking en Svaneti (Trekking Mestia – Ushguli).

ARMENIA Extension. Kutaisi – Tbilisi.

Day 1. Kutaisi – Ice cream - Tbilisi (250 km)

After Gelati's visit with the group. Departure for Tbilisi. Train Kutaisi - Tbilisi departure at 15:35. Arrival in Tbilisi at 20:35. Transfer to the hotel. Hotel accommodation in Tbilisi. (D/-/-).


Day 2. Tbilisi – City tour

After breakfast we will have unforgettable hours of familiarization with the capital that is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious city built in the 5th century along the winding valley of the Mtkvari river.. Here are close to each other Orthodox churches, gregorian, roman catholic, synagogue and mosque. We will start the excursion from the medieval Metekhi church (sig.XIII); We will walk through the center discovering the streets with the characteristic wooden balconies that give the city personality; We will visit, Sioni cathedral (sig.XIII), Anchiskhati basilica(sig.VI); We will go up to the Narikala fortress(sig.IV) dominating the skyline of the old town; We will continue exploring the neighborhood of the sulfur baths in the oriental style. By last, the circuit will take us to the main avenue of Rustaveli where we will see the Parliament and the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theater, that will provide you with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Hotel accommodation in Tbilisi. (D/-/-)

Day 3. Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Tbilisi (190 km)

After breakfast departure to Mtskheta, the former capital of the Kingdom of Georgia. UNESCO heritage city museum, which is located at the intersection of the military road and the Silk Road. Visit of the Jvari monastery(cruz) 6th century built at the point where Santa Nino had erected a wooden cross to celebrate Iberia's conversion to Christianity. The Jvari church had a great impact on the development of Georgian architecture and served as a model for many other churches. We will continue with the visit of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral which is the most sacred cathedral in Georgia where it is said that the tunic of Christ was buried. Svetitskhoveli is one of the cultural monuments, Georgia's most important artistic and architectural, For centuries it has been the coronation site of Georgian kings and patriarchs, of royal weddings and baptisms. Free time for lunch. Then we will go to Gori, which is the main city of the Shida Kartli region founded by one of the greatest kings of the country, David the Builder in the 12th century. It is Stalin's hometown. We will have a brief stop to see the Stalin museum outside.. We will continue our journey to Uplistsikhe – the ancient cave city that was built on a rocky bank of the Mtkvari river. Beginning its history in the 2nd millennium BC, Uplistsikhe has been identified as one of the oldest urban settlements in Georgia. Between the 6th century BC and the 11th century AD, Uplistsije was one of the political centers, most important religious and cultural aspects of the Kartli kingdom, where we will discover several structures from that time: a theater, a pharmacy and several palaces. Arriving in Tbilisi. Hotel accommodation in Tbilisi. (D/-/-)


Day 4. Departure

At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport. Going home. (-/-/-)

Price of travel extension to Armenia, 4 days / 3 overnight stays:

Group of 4 persons: 570,00 € / person in hotels 3*** and 630,00 € / person in hotels 4****.

Single use room supplement: 125,00 € / person.

The price includes:
• Transfers: Train station – Hotel – Airport
• Transportation corresponding to the travel program
• Spanish speaking guide
• All accommodations: 3 x night in Tbilisi
• Diet: 2 x breakfast
• All tickets according to the program: Uplistsikhe
• One bottle of water per day / person

Hotels 3***:
• Tbilisi: Iveria Inn
• Tbilisi: Radius

Price does not include:
• Flight tickets
• Travel insurance
• Alcoholic beverages
• Tips
• Services not included in the program
• Supplement: 1 x lunch € 15 / 1 x dinner € 18 p.p.

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