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Georgia: Walking In The Svaneti Mountains

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  • 14 Jul
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  • 23 Jul 2022
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  • 10 days

$2373

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    Svaneti, Georgia's most mysterious mountain region is like a fairy tale come to life.

    The fabled region is renowned for its enchanting stone villages, punctuated by the famous defensive towers, and populated by a fiercely independent race, known as the Svans. On this trip we will hike sections of the new Transcaucasian Trail - this is a trip for the travel connoisseur who likes to see things real and wild. And of course, this tour is not only about Svaneti.

    Georgia in general is one of our favourite countries: its excellent cuisine, delicious wine, stunning mountains, exquisite churches, hospitable locals and rich and varied history make it a perfect adventure travel location. Come and see for yourself. 

    Day 1

    DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN TBILISI

    Rooms will be available in Tbilisi from this afternoon. Those arriving on the group flights will arrive early the following morning.
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    Day 2

    DAY 2: TBILISI

    The pre-departure meeting will take place this morning at the hotel, after which we will have a city tour including all of Old Tbilisi. From the Metekhi Church (13th century) overlooking the river Mtkvari to the Narikala Fortress (4th century), one of the oldest fortifications in the city, we’ll also pay a visit to the Sulphur Baths, the synagogue, the Anchiskhati Church (6th century) and Sioni Cathedral (6/7th century). In this cathedral the cross of St. Nino – the woman who brought Christianity to Georgia – is preserved. All these sights are in close proximity and it’s a pleasant walk. Afterwards we visit the stunning treasures of the National Museum and have the rest of the day to soak up the café culture of Tbilisi, relax and shop.
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    Day 3

    DAY 3: TBILISI – KUTAISI

    We drive to the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta - and visit its historic 6th century Jvari Monastery and 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral – both UNESCO World Heritage sites. We then head to West Georgia – the famous Land of the Golden Fleece, where Jason and the Argonauts sailed. We arrive in Kutaisi – the second largest city in Georgia and visit Gelati Church.
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    Day 4

    DAY 4: KUTAISI - USHGULI

    Today, we’ll leave early as we have a long drive, but it’s worth it as we’ll have magnificent views as we cross the Zagaro Pass. Late afternoon we’ll reach Ushguli, the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe (2200m) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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    Day 5

    DAY 5: USHGULI - SHKHARA GLACIER - USHGULI

    We start our morning walk to the foot of Mt. Shkhara, walking alongside the wonderful Enguri River which will eventually lead us to its origin – the Shkhara Glacier. Afterwards we return to Ushguli. En route we also plan to visit the Lamaria church with its 12th century stone defence tower. Approximate walking time 5-6 hours Ascent 320m/descent 320m
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    Day 6

    DAY 6: USHGULI - IPRARI

    Today we’ll walk to the village of Iprari, a remote village in Upper Svaneti. Along the way we will have breathtaking views across the Svaneti region. After lunch en route, we’ll walk up through the forest to Kvirike and Ivlita Church before heading to our guesthouse. Approximate walking time 5-6 hours Approximate ascent 500m/descent 765m
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    Day 7

    DAY 7: IPRARI – ADISHI

    Today we’ll pass the village of Kalde and walk over the Chkhutnieri Pass (2700m). There will be a river crossing, the water may be high so we might need to jump on a horse to cross the river, in the hope that we can keep our feet dry! We will continue our journey to the remote village of Adishi, which is 2000m above sea level. This evening we will be staying with the families in their homes and will experience true traditional Svanetian hospitality. Approximate walking time 7-8 hours Ascent 950m/descent 760m
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    Day 8

    DAY 8: ADISHI – MESTIA

    Today we’ll start our journey to Mestia on foot, reaching 2300m we’ll have beautiful views across to the Chaneri glacier, Mt. Ushba (4700m) and to Mt. Laila, the highest peak (4010m) in the Svaneti range. We’ll cross the slopes of Mt. Tetnuldi and finish our walk in the village of Mulakhi. Here we’ll be met by our vehicle and will finish the final bit of the journey to Mestia by road. Approximate walking time 5-6 hours Ascent 600m/descent 900m
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    Day 9

    DAY 9: MESTIA – ZUGDIDI – BATUMI

    In the morning we’ll drive through Zugdidi where we will have lunch and continue towards the Black Sea coast. Before reaching Batumi there will be an optional stop off at the Botanical Gardens, which are over one hundred years old. For those who would prefer to go for a swim, we will continue our journey onto Batumi. This evening we’ll enjoy a stroll through the old town and along the boulevard beside the sea front.
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    Day 10

    DAY 10: TOUR ENDS IN BATUMI

    The tour ends this morning after breakfast.
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