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.

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Svaneti activities

$1000 Private & Custom 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.

$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.

$600 Private & Custom Tours

Tour to Mestia from Tbilisi

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Mountain UshbaWe will visit Inguri water reservoir, turn we will come to Svanetian village Becho, known as the best location to observe Mount Ushba. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Svaneti Museum of History and EthnographyHere you will see artefacts from Svaneti, dating back to 3rd century BC. Also have walk in medieval street of ancient town. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Ushguli VillageUshguli is most Highland village in Europe that is inhabited all year around. Village itself in UNESCO world heritage site and in protected. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Town-Fortress NokalakeviNokalakevi or Archeopolis is ancent city fortress, here all Kolkhis ledend come true. We also visit Palace of Duke Dadiani in Zugdidi. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Gelati MonasteryWe will visit Gelati Monastery, ancent city Kutaisi, with its beautiful old city. Duration: 1 day

$335 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private tour to Mestia - Ushguli - Svaneti - the magical mountains

This is the ultimate short tour to Svaneti, where you can see the best of this region, but also discover some scenic spots of central Georgia. The 4 days journey includes following highlights: • Mestia, the beautiful capital of ancient stone towers and authentic culture - visit a traditional Svan house, taste the famous Kubdari pies and listen to traditional Svan songs • Ushguli - the highest permanent settlement of Europe - raw and mesmerizing • In winter - visit the Tetnuldi ski resort with stunning views over Caucasus • In summer - hike to Chaladi or Shkhara glacier • Take a boat trip through the beautiful Martvili canyon and dare to walk on the hanging bridge over the Okatse canyonEnjoy a unique journey to the secluded region of Svaneti and immerse into the wild nature and authentic culture.

$232 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Racha - private 2 days tour from Kutaisi to scenic countryside of Georgia

The tour covers the most interesting and scenic areas of Racha in two days. Some of the main highlights of this tour are: • Prometheus cave by Tskaltubo • Shaori lake - a beautiful and calm lake surrounded by green hills • Nikortsminda cathedral from XI century • the Synagogue of Oni • wine tasting of one of the most exclusive wines in Georgia - the Khvanchkara • Nakerala mountain pass with a view over Racha and Imereti regions • Lailashi - an old village at the altitude of 850m above the sea level, that used to be one of the centers of trade between Racha and Svaneti and has one of the most stunning open air pools in Georgia • Visit the traditional house of an artist and a carpenter, where you can see numerous antique objects, learn about the traditions of Racha and try some of the best Racha ham. Plus beautiful landscapes - rivers, gorges, mountains and waterfalls. Enjoy two days of authentic Georgia away from the touristic paths.

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