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Short Trip Svaneti 5 Days

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May to October 2 - 12 enquiry »

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Touroperator Tamuna Kuprashvili

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duration: 5 days / 4 nights
tour guide: English-speaking
catering: Half board
difficulty: 3

Medium difficulty, hikes up to 8 successive hours

The five-day Svaneti trip takes you to the imposing glacier world of the Greater Caucasus. Discover the lonely villages with age-old towers and their proud inhabitants. As a saying goes: “If you have not seen Svaneti, you have not seen Georgia!” 

Highlights

  • Mestia incl. National Museum
  • Lagurka Church with frescoes of Svanian school 
  • Ushguli, the highest village in Europe
  • Hike to the Enguri source
  • Shkhara Glacier 5.200m

Program

1Fabulous Svaneti

Greater Caucasus, Svaneti, Mestia

Journey heads from Tbilisi north-west to Svaneti, a mountain region in the Greater Caucasus, inaccessible throughout centuries. The route runs across a versatile mountainous landscape of the Greater Caucasus to Mestia, centre of Svaneti, famous for its characteristic architecture, the striking residential- and defense towers, the most recognisable landmark of Svaneti.

Driving distance: approx. 500km, time: approx. 8 hrs.
Overnight stay in Mestia (-/-/D)

2Life of Svans

Mestia, Machubi, National Museum

The day begins with a visit of a traditional Svanian tower-house “Machubi”. In medieval times “Machubi” used to house an entire family, together with all its winter- and livestock. Adjacent to a tower-house you find its own defense tower, which was essential to provide protection to a whole family clan throughout centuries. Next we visit the National Museum of History and Ethnography of Svaneti, which houses a valuable collection of medieval icons and art treasures.

Overnight stay in Mestia (B/P/D)

3Ushguli, highest village in Europe

Ushguli, Lagurka Church, Lamaria Church

Trip to Ushguli, the highest village of Europe (2.200 m). En route, a short hike from the village Kala to the most important sanctuary of the Svans: the Lagura Church of Saint Kvirike with its characteristic frescos of the “Svanian School” from the 10th century. The trip continues upstream the river Enguri to the highest permanently inhabited settlement in Europe, Ushguli. The picturesque fortress-tower-ensemble of Ushguli is an impressive example of the medieval Svanian architecture and belongs to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. A leisurely walk through the village and an ascent to the Lamaria Church brings the day to a delightful conclusion.

Driving distance: approx. 50km (offroad), time: approx. 2 hrs.
Overnight stay in Ushguli (B/P/D)

4Hiking along a glacial river

Bezingi-Wall, Enguri, Shkhara

Today with take a long but exciting hike from Ushguli across the wild Enguri Valley upstream along the torrential river to its origin at the foot of the Shkhara Glacier (5.200m). Shkhara is the highest mountain in Georgia and the third highest in the Greater Caucasus. It slightly towers above the Besingi-Wall, an imposing, over 12-kilometer-long glacier range with altitude mostly beyond the limit of 5.000m. Having enjoyed this natural paradise, we take the journey to Mestia.

Hike distance: approx. 22km, time: approx. 8 hrs.
Driving distance: approx. 50km (offroad), time: approx. 2 hrs.

Overnight stay in Mestia (B/P/D)

5Plain of Colchis

Mengrelia, Zugdidi, Dadiani Palace

After breakfast journey back down through the region Mengrelia and its historic capital Zugdidi where we visit the former residence of the Dadiani princes. The Mengrelian royal line Dadiani was regarded as the mightiest royal family of West Georgia in the 13th c. already. The Dadiani Palace (19th c.) was built by Achille Murat, the grandson of Napoleon’s sister Caroline Bonaparte, who married the daughter of the last Mengrelian ruler Salome Dadiani in 1868. After visiting the museum we continue our journey via Kutaisi back to Tbilisi.

Driving distance: approx. 500km, time: approx. 8 hrs.

Services

Transfer:

  • According to the programme, in a comfortable minibus

Guide:

  • English-speaking GEORGIA INSIGHT guide

Accommodation:

  • Mestia, family-run hotel 3x
  • Ushguli, family-run hotel 1x
  • Room with own shower/WC

Board:

  • Dinner on day 1
  • Breakfast, picknick, dinner on days 2-4
  • Breakfast on day 5
  • One bottle of water a day

Entrances:

  • According to the programme

Not included:

  • Overnight stay in Tbilisi
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips

Info

Travel component

The travel offer is meant as a component possible to be done separately or to be integrated in a longer itinerary with other travel components to your choice. Therefore, the standard version of the travel offer does not include the accommodation in Tbilisi. 

Price list

participants price per person
6 540 €
5 610 €
4 660 €
3 810 €
2 1100 €

all prices incl. a double room
surcharge for a single occupancy: 60 € per person