Welcome to 6 days combined cultural and trekking tour in Georgia! This tour provides you with unique opportunity to visit some of Georgia’s UNESCO Heritage sites and many other historical and cultural highlights. Enjoy sightseeing and Georgian hospitality! See 40 million years old unique exhibits in Georgia National Museum. Go to Mtskheta to see the former capital of Eastern Georgia kingdom. Travel to Kartli region to visit museum of Stalin in the city of Gori and Uplistsikhe – rock-cut ancient village (I millennium BC). Take pictures of most beautiful and highest mountains in Caucasus, prepare to be immersed in local culture of mountain population known as Svans retaining their culture and heritage for centuries.
Combined 6 Day Cultural and Trekking Tour
Trekking difficulty: moderate.
Main Highlights & Sites to Visit:
TBILISI CITY: Holy Trinity Cathedral; Georgian National Museum; Rustaveli Avenue; Metekhi Church (13th c.); Naricala Fortress (4th c.); Tbilisi Mosque (19th c.); Legutakheuli waterfall; Sulfur Bathhouse District; Maidan Square; Sharden & King Erekle II streets; Sioni Cathedral (13th c.); Anchiskhati Basilica (7th c.)
MTSKHETA TOWN: Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.) (UNESCO); Jvari Monastery (6th c.) (UNESCO)
SANETI REGION: Mestia; Ushba Mount; Chaaladi Glacier; Ushba Waterfalls; Enguri Dam
KARTLI PROVINCE: Gori Town; Museum and House of Stalin; Uplistsikhe Caves 1st millennium B.C.
1 DAY. Arrival to TBILISI airport
Transfer from airport to hotel. Hotel check in.
After some rest enjoy tour of Tbilisi historical district. Visit Holy Trinity Cathedral (Sameba) built in 21st c which presents a mixture of traditional Georgian church architecture. Afterwards visit Golden Treasury of Georgian National Museum on Rustaveli Avenue. The Museum houses various archeological collections. Some of artifacts are dating back to 40 million years. Continue the tour from Meteckhi plateau and visit Metekhi Church of 13th c. overlooking Mktvari river. Nearby the church stands the monument of king Vakhtang I Gorgosali (Vakhtang the Wolf Head) who established the city of Tbilisi – the capital of Easter Georgia. Continue to Narikala fortress by cable car and enjoy views of the city from the top. The fortress was built first built in 4th c. AD. Stroll down to the old city and visit Tbilisi Mosque, Legutakhevi (Fig ravine) waterfall and take a walk towards Sulfur bathehouse district – one of the oldest districts in Tbilisi. Walk on Maidan square. Sharden and Erekle II streets. Lots of cafes and pubs, souvenir shops and art galleries are located here. Sioni Cathedral the former seat of patriarch, also stands here. The Cathedral was built in 6th – 7th cc. Continue to Anchiskhati basilica, which is the oldest church in Tbilisi dating from 7th c. Excursion with a break for lunch.
In the evening dinner in authentic restaurant with entertaining program – Georgian polyphonic singing, folk dances and music.
Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.
2 DAY.TBILISI – MTSKHETA – JVARI – GORI – UPLISYSIKHE - TSKALTUBO
After breakfast drive to Mtskheta, one of the oldest Georgian cities, which was a capital of Eastern Georgia up to the 5th c. then the court was moved to Tbilisi. Archeologists discovered remains of the city dating back to 1000 year BC.
Mtskheta is a popular tourist destination as it contains two of the UNESCO World Heritage sites – Svetitskhoveli Cathedral of 12th c. and Jvari monastery of 6th c. Both of the sites represent true masterpiece of different styles of Georgian church architecture.
Visit the museum and house of Joseph Stalin, located in Gori town, where Stalin was born. The museum presents items related to Soviet leader’s life.
Continue to Uplistsikhe, an ancient village, located near Gori. Uplistsikhe is a rock-cut town approximately covering 8 ha., can be divided into 3 parts, the middle one is the largest and connected to the other two with passes and tunnels. The complex contains structures dating back to Early Iron Age.
Drive to Tskaltubo. Dinner. Night in the hotel in Tskaltubo.
3 DAY. TSKALTUBO – MESTIA
Transfer to Svaneti.
After the breakfast in the hotel we drive to Svaneti. Transfer time 4 hours. Overnight in Mestia guest-house.
Lunch and Dinner. Shared facilities
4 DAY.TRACK TO CHALAADI GLACIER
Following a local style breakfast at 9.00 am we begin our trek from Lavladashi to Chalaadi Glacier. We follow beautiful valleys and trek through lush forests before we get a glimpse of the glacier. Then we trek up to an altitude of 2070m. We can enjoy the 360 views of the Caucasus mountains stopping on route for a picnic lunch. Following lunch we trek down to a foot bridge over Mestiachala, from where we take our transport back to Mestia.
Overnight in Mestia
Walking distance 12 km
↑↓500m (walking time 5 hours)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
5 DAY.TRACK FROM BECHO TO USHBA WATERFALLS
We set off at 8 am from our guesthouse for 30 minutes vehicle transfer to Becho a small village situated in the shadow of Mount Ushba. We start our trek from Becho through woods to the foot of Mt. Ushba standing at (4700m). A beautiful trek will bring us to the waterfalls and we can enjoy the spectacular view of Becho whilst stopping on route for a picnic lunch. The first 2 hours is comparatively easy, but the next 3 hours gets a bit harder. On our way back we meet our local transport near a bridge and return to our guesthouse.
Military Base ↑↓ 400m,(walking time 4 hours) 12 km
1st Waterfall ↑↓650 m (walking time 5 hours) 16 km
Overnight in Becho. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Private facilities.
DAY 6. VISIT TO THE ENGURI DAM – TRANSFER TO KUTAISI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Setting off after breakfast at 9 am we head out of the mountains stopping to marvel at the Enguri Dam (The second highest Arch dam in the world). We have a 4 hour drive to Kutaisi international airport through beautiful countryside arriving at 14.00 for check in and your return flight at 16.00.
Breakfast and lunch included.
End of service.
Tour Price individual: 1020 $ (from 2 to 9 people)
Tour Price group: 910 $ (starting from 10 people)
Price is given per person in 3* hotels and guest houses based on shared accommodation in Double/Twin rooms
Book this tour 6 months ahead and get 10% discount!
The price includes:
Accommodation: in DBL room in 3* hotels and guest house:
Meals: Full board
Entertainment and other:
Entrance fees per program;
1 bottle of water per person per day;
The Price does not Include: