Mestia; Ushguli and other tower villages with a private local guide
Svaneti (Suania in ancient sources) (Georgian: სვანეთი Svaneti) is a historic province in Georgia, in the northwestern part of the country. It is inhabited by the Svans, a geographic subgroup of the Georgians. The region is Surrounded by 3, 000-5, 000 meter peaks, Svaneti is the highest inhabited area in the Caucasus. Four of the 10 highest peaks of the Caucasus are located in the region. The highest mountain in Georgia, Mount Shkhara at 5, 201 meters (17, 059 feet), is located in the province. Prominent peaks include Tetnuldi (4, 974m. /16, 319ft. ), Shota Rustaveli (4, 960m. /16, 273ft. ), Mt. Ushba (4, 710m. /15, 453ft. ), Ailama (4, 525m. /14, 842ft. ), as well as Lalveri, Latsga and others. The most exiting thing is to visit ancient tower villages dispersed in between high up mountains, and number of churches. On the way to Mestia, we'll also visit different interesting places such as: Old capital of georgia-Mtskheta town, Stalin's home town, Dadiani palace in Zugdidi city and Enguri reservoir. . .
D 1. Tbilisi- Mtskheta - stop at Uplitsikhe, the cave city of VI-IV centuries BC - Gori- Kutaisi-Bagrati temple - Night-stay in Kutaisi
D 2. Kutaisi- Prometheus cave - Zugdidi (Dadiani palace)- Mestia -night-stay
D 3. Mestia- Mulakhi - Ipari pass, nearby Tetnuldi mountain (4852m ASL) - Ipari village- Kala community-Ushguli. Take short area walk around Ushguli villages and hiking to Lamaria monastery, with an amazing back-ground of the highest mountain of Sahkhara ( 5, 068 m ASL)- lunch time and heading back to Mestia. Walk around Mestia and visit one of the local museums- dinner- night stay in Mestia
D 4. Mestia - Enguri damb - Zugdidi -Kutaisi, visit karst Gelati monastery and Motsameta- Tbilisi.
Dear Traveler, you can reasonably change an itinerary if needed!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia
End location: hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia
Duration: 4 days
weather conditions in the winter, or natural disaster...
4X4 SUV, Mitsubishi, Montero Sport, 2001, 3:0 l
4X4 minivan, Mitsubishi, Delica, 2002 3:0 l
Note: Do not forget - less electronics longer and safer drive in the mountains!
In the price included: Planing, organization, transportation,Guide's charges (night-stay) and guiding the tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
350 GEL - this cash is needed for: guest-house payment (2 meals) and for 4 lunches on the way to/from Svaneti...that's minimum you have to have...
Your accommodation and meals, personal expenses and admission tickets when visiting attractions where those are required.
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I took two tours with Koba - the most Irish guy in Georgia - during my all-too-brief time in this fantastic country, and I cannot recommend him enough! He was flexible with the itinerary, allowing us to maximize our time in Svaneti while still being able to visit all of the sites listed. Even a flat tire along the road proved to be merely a minor setback, and it was a good opportunity to witness Georgian hospitality firsthand, as several of the locals came out to offer a hand!