10 day tour of Eastern Georgia offers outdoor enthusiasts a great opportunity to visit three differing natural landscapes without going hundreds of kilometers away: Javakheti Plateau, Mount Kazbek and Vashlovani National Park. Passing through these places unique hiking trails open views of the ridges of mountains, glaciers, semi-deserts. During the tour it is scheduled to visit the ancient city carved into the rocks: Vardzia, Uplistsikhe and David Gareja monastery complex, as well as the majestic monuments of Georgian architecture such as: Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Gergeti Trinity Church and others. Of course guests will get acquainted with the national Georgian cuisine and famous Georgian wines.
Day 1 . Departures and arrival in Tbilisi
Transfer to the capital of Georgia Tbilisi. Transfer from the airport to the hotel, located in the historical part of the city.
Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi. (breakfast)
Day 2. Tbilisi
In the morning departure from the hotel towards the ancient capital of Iberia (Eastern Georgia), Mtskheta, which has one of the most important churches in Georgia - Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (XII century). Visiting the Jvari Monastery (VIIv.). These monuments are included in the list of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Afternoon is dedicated to excursions to the historic city of Tbilisi. Taking a walk among the streets, with traditional for Tbilisi carved balconies, we will visit the city's attractions such as: Metekhi Church (XII century), Sioni Cathedral (XIII century) and the one that stands proudly above the old town, the Narikala Fortress. Visit to the State Museum of Georgia, with a unique exposition of merchandise belonging to the Iberian and Colchian culture is also included.
Return to Tbilisi hotel. (Dinner, breakfast)
Day 3 . Tbilisi - Tmogvi.
Today we head towards South Georgia through the Javakheti Plateau, at an altitude of 1200-2000m above sea level. It also planned to ascent the Mount Patara Abuli (2799m.), which is located near the highest point of the Javakheti Plateau Mount Didi Abuli (3301m.). Reaching the top of the hill, you can see the unique soothing landscape of the valley dotted with lakes, among them the largest lake in Georgia Paravani. On the slope of the mountain we meet the ruins of Cyclopean fortresses, dated 5000g. BC.
Overnight in the village Tmogvi in an inn. (Dinner, breakfast)
⇑550m. ⇓300m. time 6 hours.
Day 4. Tmogvi - Tmogvi
Samtskhe-Javakheti region which had cultural and economic prosperity in the middle ages, left a lot of noteworthy architectural monuments, among which are carved into the rock town Vardzia monastery, dating back to the XII century. Before we get acquainted with the monument, there is a planned hike in the scenic plateau towering over it. Here we meet the ruins of Tmogvi Fortress of X century and traces of bygone days.
Overnight in the village Tmogvi in inn. (Dinner, breakfast)
⇑600m.⇓300m. time 6 hours.
Day 5. Tmogvi - Tbilisi
In the morning we head towards the capital. In the first half of the day, driving through the town of Borjomi we will taste famous Borjomi mineral water from a source located in a picturesque park. Afternoon is reserved to visit one of the most outstanding monuments of Georgia - the rock town Uplistsikhe, dating back to the end of the II millennium BC. Monument is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Location at the hotel in Tbilisi. (Dinner, breakfast)
⇑100m.⇓100m. time 1:30 hour.
Day 6. Tbilisi - Stepantsminda
The tour program offers a trip to Stepantsminda village, which is located at the foot of the mountain Mkinvartsveri (Kazbek) (5047m.). Upon arrival in Stepantsminda through the Jvari Pass (2379m.), we climb to the church of Gergeti Trinity Church (XIV century.), located at an altitude of (2170m.). Here begins the ascent to the glacier. Hard way is rewarded by majestic landscapes of wild nature.
Overnight in Stepantsminda village in the home hotel. (Dinner, breakfast)
⇑800m.⇓800m. time 6 hours.
Day 7. Stepantsminda - Telavi
Today we travel to Kakheti - the eastern region of Georgia. On the way back from Stepantsminda we will drive back along the Georgian Military Highway, visit Ananuri complex dating back to the XV-XVIII centuries. In the second part of the way we will visit the fortress city Kvetara - chronicles with the first information about it date back to the beginning of XI century. In the evening we will walk in the city of Telavi.
Overnight in Telavi in the home hotel. (Dinner, breakfast)
⇑100m.⇓100m. time 2 hours.
Day 8. Telavi - Vashlovani (National Park)
In the morning we head towards Vashlovani National Park, located at the eastern part of Georgia. Along the way will visit the wine cellar, where we will get acquainted with the Georgian winemaking process and taste excellent Georgian wines. Also we will visit the beautiful monastery Nekresi. Upon arrival in the National Park the landscape will change from continental to the steppe and semi-deserts, surprising and impressing to visitors.
Location at bungalow in Vashlovani national park. (Dinner, breakfast)
⇑100m.⇓100m. time 4 hours.
Day 9. Vashlovani (National Park) - Sighnaghi
This day is dedicated to walk through the national park Vashlovani. Beauty and singularity of its landscapes will not leave nature lovers indifferent. The flora and fauna of this corner of Georgia is quite different from its other components and is beautiful in the spring and fall. Filled with new impressions, we head to the town of Sighnaghi, to see the longest city wall in Georgia.
Location in a hotel in the city of Sighnaghi. (Dinner, breakfast)
⇑100m.⇓100m. time 4 hours.
Day 10. Sighnaghi - Tbilisi
In the morning we head to the monastery of David Gareji, situated on the southern border with Azerbaijan. Shape and color of the landscape here resembles a park Vashlovani. Visiting David Gareja monastery complex (founded in the VI.), Impressive murals gaze from the walls of cells carved into the rocks. After returning to Tbilisi and arriving in a hotel, guests will have traditional Georgian style dinner in the restaurant.
Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi. (Dinner, breakfast)
⇑100m.⇓100m. time 1:30 hours.
Day 11. Departure
Transfer from hotel to airport for departure.
Participants do not need any mountaineering skills. All that is needed - the experience of hiking in the middle distance and sense of adventure.
For the citizens of the EU, the CIS and some other countries there is visa-free regime.
Participants have to buy a ticket and come to Georgia individually.
Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel can be planned at the request of participants. The cost of the airport - hotel, hotel - airport - 40 euros.
Total budget is not provided.
During the camp stop members have to prepare breakfast and dinner alone in the field (in the case of a request we will gladly provide help and advice about this issue).
The price does not include daily lunch.
Car dirt roads that bring us to the starting point of the walking route, pass through a pretty difficult terrain adding sharp feelings to the trip.
Extreme weather conditions, road conditions, etc., oblige participants to change to schedule of the tour.
Participants of the tour must have international insurance
Cost of the tour can be paid either through bank transfer and cash amount.
The relatively low cost of tours is due to the lack of intermediary link between a visitor and the agency.
Because of this, between a visitor and the agency there is maximum mobile communication, making it possible to react quickly in case of emergencies.
The close association of agencies with a population of mountain regions, providing services in the form of domestic hotels and truck horses, improves the quality of services provided.
The guides are experienced and qualified.