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Svaneti Highlands

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Visit: Tbilisi, Nokalakevi, Mestia, Chalaadi, Mestia, Zugdidi, Tbilisi

Day 1 (Sunday): Tbilisi - Nokalakevi - Mestia

Pick up from Tbilisi, from there, the tour departs to Svaneti. On our way we will make couple of stops at the Rikoti Pass, at Nokalakevi to visit archaeological museum reserve and near Enguri Dam. In the evening we arrive in Mestia, where we will stay at the local guesthouse and enjoy homemade dinner. Overnight in Mestia.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Monday): Mestia - Chalaadi - Mestia

Depart from the centre of Mestia.
The Chalaadi trail begins after crossing a small hanging bridge on the river of Mestiachala. After we reach the ruins of an old hut, the trail continues through various types of landscapes, the birch forest and a rocky valley covered with stones of different shapes. Mount Chatini is clearly visible from this valley, while on its south face the Chalaadi Glacier takes shape. We continue towards the Chatini Mountain and finally at 1920 metres above the sea level we reach the Chalaadi Glacier. In a few words, the trail is quite an easy walk with many views of the high mountains and snowy peaks of the Greater Caucasus range. From Chalaadi we walk back to Mestia. Dinner and overnight in Mestia.

Optional* Jeep tour: Mestia – Ushguli – Mestia
If you would like to take an off-road adventure instead of trekking, we could explore Upper Svaneti and drive to Ushguli. Ushguli village is 45km away from Mestia and consists of medieval settlements with authentic local community. In addition, Ushguli is one of the highest continually inhabited places in Europe. For the above-listed historical, cultural and geographical reasons, Ushguli has been included in the World Heritage Sites list by the UNESCO. After visiting Lamaria church in Ushguli, we can take a walk towards the foothills of Shkhara glacier (5068metres), the highest summit in Georgia.  In the evening we drive back to Mestia.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Tuesday): Mestia and it's Surroundings

After breakfast at the guesthouse, start your Mestia and it's surroundings tour. Head to the tower museum of Margiani (12th c.) to see how the locals were living in medieval times. Also pay a visit to the mineral sparkling spring, Seti Square and the Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography of Mestia. The museum’s collection includes ethnographic and archaeological materials, old Georgian manuscripts, Georgian Orthodox icons painted in the Svan style etc. Mestia is an administrative centre of the Svaneti region, located on the elevation of 1500metres and surrounded by the three major summits: Ushba North Summit (4690metres), Ushba South Summit (4710metres) & Tetnuldi (4858metres). Villages around Mestia, Latali, Lenjeri and Mulakhi, keep a traditional lifestyle. There are 78 medieval churches and defensive towers decorated with medieval frescos in Mestia and its surrounding villages. Dinner and overnight in Mestia.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Wednesday): Mestia - Zugdidi - Tbilisi

After breakfast at the guesthouse, drive back to Tbilisi. On our way, stop at Zugdidi, the administrative centre of the Samegrelo region, to see Dadiani Palaces and its Historical and Architectural Museum, a building that once served as the residence of Mingrelian Kings and Queens. We can also pay a visit to the Zugdidi farmer’s market, where local fruit, vegetables, homemade cheese (Sulguni) and sweets are sold. Evening arrival in Tbilisi. End of services.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Package Includes:

  • 3 nights' Accommodation in a guesthouse
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 x dinners
  • Transportation
  • 1 x bottle of mineral water per person per day
  • Entrance fees
  • Excursions and Entrance fees
  • Map of Georgia
  • All local taxes

Not Included:

  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Optional tour: Mestia - Ushguli - Mestia: Price per 4x4WD vehicle (max. capacity 6 people) – 100 EUR.

 

Hotels or similar:

  • Ushba guesthouse or similar

 

Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and cruises are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (gh)

Package Information

  • Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
  • Type: Coach Tour
  • Departures: May - September 2019 and 2020
  • Cities Visited: Tbilisi, Nokalakevi, Mestia, Chalaadi, Mestia, Zugdidi, Tbilisi
  • Price From: $ 0.00