Welcome to Svaneti

Not so long ago Svaneti was still pretty well off the beaten track, but tourism development since the mid-2000s has brought new ski stations, flights from Tbilisi, a major improvement of the road up from Zugdidi, a huge increase in accommodation options and many more visitors, to the point where Svaneti's only town, Mestia, can get pretty busy in summer. Svaneti's mystique and beauty, however, are in no danger of wearing thin.

During the many invasions of Georgia over the centuries, icons and other religious valuables were brought to this isolated region for safekeeping, and a significant number remain in private homes today. Svaneti also has a rich church-art heritage of its own, and many tiny village churches boast frescoes 1000 years old. This mountain retreat, with its own unwritten language, largely unintelligible to other Georgians, is regarded as a bastion of Georgian traditions, as can be witnessed at the numerous Svan festivals of which probably the most famous is Kvirikoba.

Svaneti is divided into Upper (Zemo) and Lower (Kvemo) Svaneti. Green and beautiful Upper Svaneti offers the best walking and climbing as well as the strongest traditions. The walking season lasts from about early June to mid-October, though some routes can be waterlogged early or late in that period.

Top experiences in Svaneti

Svaneti activities

$1000 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Explore Svaneti

Day 1Kutaisi - Mestia Meet your driver and guide in the morning and start unforgettable journey across the country to visit mountainous region Svaneti. Road trip to Mestia takes the half day, so on the way take a chance to have a lunch in Zugdidi or somewhere on the road. After tasting delicious Megrelian dishes drive to town Zugdidi, where you visit Dadiani Palace, the residence of Megrelian princes.Continue the way to Svaneti and stop near the world's second largest Enguri Dam, beautiful spot for photo shooting.In the evening arrive to Mestia and have Svanetian dinner.     Overnight at the hotelday 2Mestia After breakfast start exploring Svaneti with museum of history and ethnography, where you can find the real masterpieces of medieval Georgian iconography, manuscripts, ancient coins, ethnographic and archaeological artifacts. Mestia amazes its visitors with around 200 towers, originally built between the 9th and 13th centuries, take a chance and visit 1000 years old Margiani's family tower and house museum, to see how Svanetians lived during the centuries.After lunch drive to Chalaadi glacier , hiking activities takes 3 hours. In the evening enjoy with the dinner in local restaurant.Overnight at the hotel.Day 3UshguliAfter Breakfast start off-road journey to Ushguli village, the highest continually inhabited place in Europe. The whole settlement with its fortification is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Ushguli visit Lamaria church the most sacred place for the locals. After tasting Kubdari (Svanetian filled bread dish), visit King Tamar's Tower and enjoy with the picturesque view on Ushguli. We can hire horses and make unforgettable trip to Shkhara Valley.In the evening return back to Mestia.Overnight in MestiaDay 4Mestia - Ushba - Qoruldi lakesAfter breakfast Drive To village Becho, Hike to Mazeri Waterfall . Drive to the Mestia and take offroad trip to the Qoruldi lakes .Overnight in MestiaDay 5Mestia - KutaisiAfter breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive back to KutaisiEnd of the tour.  

$55 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Traditional Cuisine Tour

We are happy to take this opportunity and offer you our, Georgian cuisine!!! as our country is located in the middle of Europe and Asia , Georgian cuisine has an influence from both sides. Our country is small but diverse - Kartli, Kakheti, Imereti,Samegrelo, Svaneti, Racha all of these angles have its own dishes and all of them are special, at the same time it is a crime not to mention Georgian wine which has more than 8 thousands of years of history in Georgia. We will start our tour with light Georgian snacks, then will continue in the restaurant from where is opening panoramic views, the restaurant itself is located in the house which was built in the 16th century and shows how local Georgians were living by that time.

$144 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Tour to Svaneti & Martvili

We will pick you up from place of your stay in Batumi.  First, you will follow the Black Sea coast of Georgia. Moving up higher to the mountains, you will make a little detour to Enguri Dam which happens to be the largest hydroelectric power station in the Caucasus. At Enguri Dam you can enjoy a boat ride with scenic views (for an additional price), and later you will have lunch (for an additional price).  Arrival in Mestia, Svaneti. Svaneti – is one of the most isolated and remote regions of Georgia. For centuries, Svans rarely descended from the mountains. In winter the passes were overwhelmed with snow, and Svaneti was completely isolated from the outside world. The result of this isolation was the preservation of a unique culture and architecture in Svaneti. Here you will see 1000-year-old tower-houses and get acquainted with the life of local people. Our guide will tell you many interesting stories and legends about unruly mountaineers who lived according to the laws of the mountains.  Here you can visit Svaneti Historic and Ethnography Museum (for an additional price) which houses historic artifacts from the Svaneti region, including unique icons and engravings, a rich collection of manuscripts, medieval weaponry, iron, silver and copper ornaments, jewelry, pottery and a collection of textile items, ethnographic artifacts depicting ancient life in Svaneti. After a walk around Mestia, you will have local homemade dinner (for an additional price).  Overnight at a guesthouse in Mestia. After homemade breakfast, you will depart from Mestia. You will descend from the mountainous part of Georgia to the lowlands. You will stop at the summer residence of Prince Dadiani in Salkhino. Here you will taste the unique wine of Ojaleshi. The variety of this grape is endemic to the region and can be vinified into semi-sweet and dry red wines with incredible depth of character, and lifted notes of spice and pepper. Later you will visit the 7th-century Monastery of Martvili with splendid views. The Martvili Cathedral was constructed on top of the roots of an enormous oak tree that was worshiped during pagan times but cut down after the conversion of the population to Christianity.  After the visit to the monastery, you will have lunch (for an additional price). Next, you will go to Martvili canyon which is famed for its natural beauty and picturesque views. Here you can enjoy a boat ride through the mountain river.  Later you will go back to Batumi where we will drop you off at place of your stay.

$150 Outdoor Activities

Transportation, Guiding , hiking, skiing, rock climbing, horse riding

Transportation to all parts of Georgia. Mountain hiking to Svaneti, Mestia. which includes 7 km hiking on Svanetis biggest waterfalls, Tour will start early morning and takes 4-5 hours. Horse riding, Mestia tour, Skiing.Gudauri Tour includes Skiing, sightseeing on the way, we will see ancient capital of Georgia - Mtskheta, Jvari Monastery, Ananuri church. Georgian cuisine - Khinkali on the way back to Tbilisi.Transportation will include stops on the way. Wine and food tasting,  Tours mostly start from Tbilisi but can be flexible. pick up and drop off to any airport in Georgia. (Kutaisi, Mestia, Batumi or Tbilisi). Tours can be for 1 day or more depending on a place. Svaneti tour is at least 2 days. So if you like those activities than you will have the great time traveling to those places.Rock climbing includes climbing in Chiatura, Birtvisi, Kazbegi, as well indoor climbing experience in Tbilisi.

$799.21 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cultural Heaven in Georgia

ItineraryDay 1: Tbilisi, Mtskheta city tour Stop At: Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi, TbilisiAfter breakfast, Transfer to Mtskheta. Excursion around Mtskheta (a UNESCO World Heritage site) - this is a place where you can feel the heartbeat of Georgia . Svetitskhoveli is one of the finest architectural piece you can see while roaming around this city. Built in XI century there you can find Seamless robe of Jesus. Jvari Monastery is another wonder of Mtskheta that we’ll see. This little church is located on a mountain – from there breathtaking view opens, where two rivers meet so peacefully. We will start Tbilisi sightseeing tour with the Tbilisi cable car.. We will ride a cable car up to medieval Narikala fortress. There is a panoramic view of the city – a view so gorgeous you won’t be able to look away. Then we’ll visit the historic center of old Tbilisi - Abanotubani, sulfur baths, Legvischevi, the popular modern streets of Sharden – We’ll Explore the wonderful, colorful houses and streets of Tbilisi. From Abanotubani we will go for a walk along Agmashenebeli Avenue. On the way, we will visit the Bridge of Peace. This bridge is considered one of the modern architectural sights of Tbilisi. Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight TbilisiDay 2: KakhetiStop At: Signagi City Walls, Signagi, Kakheti RegionAfter breakfast, we go to Kakheti through Gurjaani. First, we will visit the Bodbe monastery, where Saint Nino is buried, which brought Christianity to Georgia. Then we go to the city of love – AKA Sighnaghi. The city truly lives up to its name – So full of colorful houses, cute streets and tourist attractions, Signaghi really makes you feel loved & in love.In the the local family in Signagi will hold a master class on cooking Georgian dishes for you. Then we will go to the Kindzmarauli Corporation of Marani. Here you will get acquainted with the Georgian traditions of winemaking and the production of Chacha (Georgian vodka). Also, you will be able to taste 4 varieties of tasteful wine. Duration: 9 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight TbilisiDay 3: Gudauri, KazbegiStop At: Mount Kazbek/ Mqinvartsveri, Stepantsminda, Mtskheta-Mtianeti RegionDeparture in direction to Stepantsminda (Kazbegi). On the way we’ll visit the Zhinvali water reservoir and the Ananuri Fortress, which belongs to the early feudal era. Gudauri is the gem of Georgia, amazing ski resort. We will rise to the Gergeti Trinity, which is located at an altitude of 2,170 m at the foot of the Kazbegi. From there, one of the highest mountains in the world is visible - Mkinvartsveri (Kazbegi) Gergeti - This picturesque place is an endless valley of pleasure - both metaphorically and literally. With a tiny church built in XIV century on top of it and breathtaking view of Mkinvartsveri, Gergeti creates an out-of-this-world atmosphereRound trip about 350 kmDuration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight TbilisiDay 4: Akhaltsikhe, VarziaStop At: Vardzia, Aspindza, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionVardzia is so impressive cave town, its connected to King Tamar’s name. You will get to know many interesting stories here. It is located in the southern part of Georgia, in the valley of River Mtkvari. Vardzia has historical importance to Georgia and once you see it with its wilderness and unspoiled landscapes, you will be thrown back to 12th century. Rabati fortress is the great mix of modern and ancient. Trip about 280 kmDuration: 9 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight AkhaltsikheDay 5: Kutaisi, MartviliStop At: Kutaisi Historical Museum, Kutaisi, Imereti RegionElectrifying lights in Prometheus Cave will transform you into another world of majesty. When you walk through the cave you feel like Alice in Wonderland. Bagrati Temple is in the list of UNESCO intangible cultural heritage and is one of the oldest and finest church in Georgia, where the visitors can time travel in past and experience life of then. AMAZING CANYONS, PICTURESQUE NATURE…CUISINE@WINE All in one Okatse canyon is a gem of Western Georgia. Beautiful view, fresh air, green forest and bluest blue falls and springs will leave you SHOCKED! Ojaleshi wine-made by monks.If you wonder how real wine tastes like, then this place is just for you! Also, you can get to know to the oldest wine-making traditions of Georgia. Dadianebi palace-One of the fanciest place in Georgia, where once royal family used to live. Now you can walk in those gardens and palates and feel like a real king or queen. Trip about 330 kmDuration: 9 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight MartviliDay 6: SvanetiStop At: Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography, Mestia, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Region CAUCASUS MOUNTAINS You will have a transfer to Svaneti, which is the most authentic part of Georgia. The oldest Georgian language is kept here. Svanetian towers attract tourists for its unique style. You can get to the root of Shkhara Mountain (one of the tallest mountains in Europe). Svanetian cuisine Kubdari is so mouthwatering and delicious. Today is for Svaneti-Mestia sightseeng Trip about 200 kmDuration: 9 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Mestia Day 7: BatumiStop At: Batumi Boulevard, Batumi, Adjara RegionUpper Svaneti, where Hacvali is located, is considered as the most snowy region in whole Caucasus. Astonishing natural landscape attracts travelers in the period of warm weather, all-green scenery delights visitors in summer and abundant snow is the gift for tourists in winter. You will also visit Becho – amazing, the tallest waterfall in Georgia ‘Shdugra’ (about 5 km hiking) 0r Ushguli jeep tour, birthplace of Enguri river, Shkhara mountain root (extra fee 200 gel for a delica) It will be a good experience to cover yourself with Ureki magnetic black sand, it’s good for you  Ureki is on your way to Batumi. Trip about 300 kmDuration: 9 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in BatumiDay 8: BatumiStop At: Batumi Boulevard, Batumi, Adjara RegionSUNNY BATUMI, UREKI MAGNETIC SAND While Forrest Gump says that life is like a box of chocolates and you never know which flavor you are going to get (even the ones you don’t really like), life in heavenly Adjara remains completely opposite - this place is truly a pack of your favorite candies. Spectacular nature, friendly inhabitants, mesmerizing nightlife and phenomenal dishes definitely make it a MUST VISIT place! All of this stunning nature tastefully mixes with the sea, creating something magical. There are wide variety of beaches: chaotic, joyful atmosphere, vivid colors and people with smiling faces make Batumi beaches charming.Duration: 9 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in BatumiDay 9: BatumiStop At: Batumi Boulevard, Batumi, Adjara RegionToday you will get to know Batumi with all its beauty. Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in BatumiDay 10: BatumiPass By: Batumi Boulevard, Batumi, Adjara RegionTransfer to Batumi airportMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$194.09 Kid Friendly

3-Day Svaneti Hiking Tour

ItineraryDay 1: First ImressionStop At: Enguri DamDriving several hours of Driving from Batumi to reach Enguri dam. Duration: 3 hoursPass By: Mestia Tourism Information CentreAfter seeing Ennguri dam you will appear to the magical place of Greater Caucasus, we will drive through the beautiful mountains of Svaneti region with several stops for photo shooting. Arrival in MestiaStop At: Chalaadi GlacierHiking to Chalaadi glacier.Distance: 6 kmDifficulty: easyDuration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Dinner: Dinner in the restaurant with Georgian folk showAccommodation included: Overnight at local guesthouse in MestiaDay 2: Ushguli - UNESCO world heritage siteStop At: UshguliOff-road driving from Mestia to UshguliDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Shkhara Glacier, Ushguli, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionHiking to Shkhara glacier.Distance: 15 kmDifficulty: easyDuration: 5 hoursStop At: LaMaria Church, Ushguli, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionVisiting Ushguli village and Lamaria churchDuration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Dinner: Dinner with traditional Georgian food in the guesthouseAccommodation included: Overnight at the guesthouse in Ushguli with delicious Georgian foodDay 3: Climbing inside the towerStop At: Mikhail Khergiani House MuseumTravel back to Mestia, visit the museum of Mikheil Khergiani, legendary Georgian climber. Climb inside the old tower of Svaneti. Travel to BatumiDuration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.