Welcome to Ushguli


There’s some wonderful walking around Ushguli: it takes about six hours to walk 8km up the valley to the foot of the Shkhara glacier and back. One tower in Chazhashi houses Ushguli’s main Ethnographic Museum, with a superb collection of gold, silver and wooden icons and crosses dating back to the 12th century from Ushguli’s seven churches. At the top of Ushguli, beautifully situated on a hill looking up the valley to Shkhara, is the 12th-century Lamaria Church, with a defensive tower next to it.


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$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.  

$440.10 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-day Georgia Tour from Kutaisi

Day 1: Kutaisi – Bagrati – Gelati – Motsameta – Kutaisi  Arrive at Kutaisi International Airport. Meet your guide and drive to Kutaisi. Check-in to the hotel. After breakfast start sightseeing in the second biggest city of Georgia, Kutaisi, which according to the legend was the ultimate destination of the Jason and Argonauts searching for the Golden Fleece. Visit Bagrati Cathedral, one of the best samples of medieval architecture towering over Kutaisi and visible from almost any point in the city. Next stop is Gelati Academy built by King David the Builder in the 12th century. Gelati was the center of spiritual and scientific life of the Middle Ages, the UNESCO tomb of Georgian kings and the cult place for pilgrims. Continue to Motsameta monastery to enjoy fantastic views over the Rioni river gorge. Drive back to Kutaisi. Overnight at the hotel. Day 2: Kutaisi – Prometheus Cave – MestiaIn the morning, drive to Prometheus cave where you will walk in 1.5 km long tunnel to enjoy breath-taking views of stalactites, stalagmites, petrified waterfalls, underground rivers and lakes along the cave. Underground light system filled with LED lights of all rainbow colors marvelously highlights natural beauty of Prometheus cave. In the afternoon, head to mysterious Svaneti passing by Inguri gorge. This region is a birthplace of the svans, a unique ethnic group, who distinguish with their amazing old culture and traditions. Svaneti is also famous with its original and authentic architecture and is dubbed “the land of thousand towers”. Those towers used to play an important economic and defensive role in the history of Svaneti. There are still dozens of the towers, Middle Ages stone houses with fire watchtowers, and churches. In the evening visit Mestia Ethnographic Museum, original svan house “machubi” and “koshki” tower. Overnight at the hotel. Day 3: Mestia – Ushguli – MestiaAfter a hotel breakfast drive to Ushguli village, the highest standing settlement in Europe. Ushguli complex is a valuable architectural and historical monument listed in the World heritage of UNESCO for its exclusiveness. There are about 70 families living in Ushguli. Spend time in Ushguli strolling old narrow streets. Visit Lamaria Church complex with impressive 12th century wall frescoes. Locals believe that Queen Tamar was buried under this church. Enjoy picturesque view of the Mount Shkhara. Return to Mestia. Overnight at the hotel. Day 4: Mestia – Zugdidi – KutaisiDrive back to Kutaisi after breakfast. On the way, stop at Zugdidi, the regional center of two united historical areas of Georgia, Samegrelo and Svaneti. Visit Dadiani Palaces History and Architectural Museum, one of the most important palaces in Caucasus. Continue to Kutaisi. Overnight at the hotel. Day 5: Kutaisi  Check-out of the hotel by noon.

$310 Outdoor Activities

SVANETI TREK MESTIA USHGULI 4 DAYS

Itinerary of Classical Trekking in Svaneti: Day 1 Arrival in Mestia by car or by plain from Tbilisi. You can order individual transfer for additional fee. After check in guesthouse travelers will enjoy walking around Mestia to get familarized with Svaneti. Tour will include visit Margiani’s ancient living complex and history museum of Svaneti. Finalize trek preparations with guide and enjoy dinner in the guesthouse.Day 2 Trekking starts. Trekking from Mestia to Jabeshi. Sleep in Jabeshi guesthouse or camp there. Total distance 12 km. Time needed 6-7 hours. Trail starts at elevation 1500 m above the sea level, maximum elevation is 1900 m and ends at 1650 m.Day 3 Trekking from Jabeshi to Adishi. Sleep in guesthouse or camping. Trail leads from the valley Mulakhura to Adishischala. Trail starts at altitude 1656 m, maximal altitude is 2540 m and ends at elevation 2100m. Walking time around 6 hours.Day 4 Trekking from Adishi to Iprali village in Kala community. Sleep in guesthouse or camping. Starting at altitude 2100, maximal elevation at Ckhutnieri path is 2700 m. Trail ends at elevation 1900 m.Day 5 Drive from Iprali to Ushguli. Walk in Ushguli hike to Shkhara glacier. Return to Mestia by car. check in guesthouse.Day 6 Flight or drive to Tbilisi.Best season for Svaneti trek: From May to October.

$350 Multi-day & Extended Tours

WINTER TOUR IN SVANETI

Day 1: Arrival to Georgia in Tbilisi or Kutaisi airport. Transfer to Mestia (not included in price). Check in guesthouse. Welcome dinner.Day 2: After breakfast transfer to the Hatsvali ski resort. For lunch (not included in price) transfer back to Mestia town center. Afternoon visit museum of history and ethnography of Svaneti. Also visit Margiani house complex, Mikheil Khergiani mountain climbing museum and other interesting places in old Mestia. In the evening dinner in guesthouse.Day 3: After breakfast transfer to Tetnuldi ski resort – biggest ski resort in Svaneti, where the bottom station is located on altitude 2265 meters above the sea level, and highest point is 3165 m. Tetnuldi ski resort has up to 30km pistes and the longest piste here is 9 km long. All day enjoy skiing or snowboarding. After closing ski list, at 16:00 transfer back to Mestia. Rest and diner in guesthouse. Optionally you can hire ski instructor.Day 4: Winter Jeeptour to village Ushguli, which is the highest permanently inhabitant village in Europe, which is included in UNESCO world heritage list. Walk in village in deep snow. Return to Mestia and dinner in guesthouse.Day 5: One more day of skiing or snowboarding in Tetnuldi ski resort. After returning to Mestia free time and dinner.Day 6: Last full day in Svaneti starts with good breakfast and skiing at Hatsvali or Tetnuldi ski resort, and this day will have some sight seeings afternoon. Transfer to village Latali and  explore traditional rural life which hadn’t changed much during centuries, visit old houses and goodbye dinner in nice family with traditional dishes. Tourists may also participate in preparation of dinner. Return to Mestia.Day 7: Transfer back to Tbilisi or Kutaisi airport (not included in price).Best reason for the tour is from end of December until April. 

$900 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Triple Georgian Advanture

Day 1- Transfer from the Kutaisi International airport to the hotel and Dinner for whole group. To drink a little bit of Georgian wine is mandatory :)  Day 2- Adventure across Georgia starts with rafting on Rioni river (You will get all necessary equipment) . Rafting site is located in Ambrolauri, Sharule. This is perhaps the most beautiful rafting route in Georgia. Rafting down the river takes 2 hours, on the way stopping on beautiful spots. For the nice ending of the day you will have a picnic near river bank, with barbecue and Georgian Wine.  Day 3- Today you will visit Chiatura, the Katskhi Pillar, overlooking small river valley, is one astonishing place to visit. You will see the place from monks perspective. We'll do a bit of climbing, all necessary equipment and instructors are provided (Except climbing shoes). Climbing routes are different difficulty and heights. By the end of the day we will have a traditional Georgian dinner, with imeretian dishes.  Day 4- Today we will visit Martvili, well known for its amazing nature, Ancient Canyon, with sky blue water and beautiful waterfalls, here we will have an inflatable boat trip and 30 minute Scuba Diving experience, one of the best in Europe. Later we will continue to Salkhino, Dadiani’s summer residence, with beautiful park and wine cellar. Of course we will taste Mengrelian traditional dishes and homemade Brandy (Chacha).  Day 5- We will start with Prometheus Grotto, Beautifully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites, boat trip (at the end of the trail), in an underground river, are amazing. Later we will head to historical-cultural heritage of Kutaisi, like Gelati, Motsameta and Bagrati monasteries, here you will find history of Imereti region and feel the peaceful atmosphere of these beautiful places. In the evening we will have a Dinner in already a traditional manner.  Day 6- We will head to Svaneti region, well known for unique architecture, astonishing nature, unique cuisine and culture. Drive will be quite long, but you won’t get bored definitely. We will stop to see Enguri Dam, one of the biggest HES-es in Europe, hidden deep into the Nature, scenery will amaze you, final destination is Mestia, a beautiful village, where we will have a traditional Svanetian Dinner.  Day 7- Today we will visit the highest settlement in Europe, Ushguli, by 4×4 Jeeps. Amazing Svan towers (UNESCO World heritage site), and Peak Ushba views make scenery and atmosphere unbelievable. Here we will hike a bit and explore settlement, look around, make beautiful photos and overall have a beautiful day. After returning to Mestia, we will head to Hatsvali ski resort and make our ways on the top of the mountain where you can see the beauty of this place in other perspective. Dinner at the evening.  Day 8- Transfer from hotel to Airport.

$370 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Unforgettable 4 days in Svaneti from Tbilisi

DAY 1: TBILISI – ZUGDIDI – MESTIAPick up from the hotel in Tbilisi and departure to Svaneti. Way to Svaneti is long, so we will make a few stops on our way. Arrive in Zugdidi – administrative center of Samegrelo region. Visit Dadiani Palace History and Architectural Museum – the former residence of Mingrelian Kings and Queens. The first exhibition here was prepared by the Prince of Samegrelo, David Dadiani and presented archaeological findings from the ancient city of Nokalakevi. The museum now includes palaces of Princess of Samegrelo, Ekaterine Dadiani and Prince of Samegrelo, Niko Dadiani, court church, and the botanical garden.Have lunch on the way.After Samegrelo, we start driving up to the Caucasus Mountains. On our way we will stop near Enguri Dam, currently being the world’s second largest dam – 271.5 m in height.In the evening arrive at Mestia. Dinner and overnight in Mestia.DAY 2: MESTIA – USHGULI – MESTIABreakfast at the hotel. Today we’ll explore Upper Svaneti and drive with 4x4 vehicles to Ushguli village – the highest continually inhabited places in Europe. The whole village with its fortifications is included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The way to Ushguli is off-road but very picturesque. On our way, we’ll visit villages: Ipari and Kala to see the churches rich in murals and frescos.Have picnic lunch en-route.Stop by Lamaria church in Ushguli - a sacred place for locals. Take a walk towards Shkhara glacier – the highest peak in Georgia (5068 m).In the evening return back to Mestia. Dinner and overnight in Mestia.DAY 3: MESTIA AND ITS SURROUNDINGSBreakfast at the hotel. Visit Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography, which houses old Georgian manuscripts, ethnographic and archaeological items, Georgian Orthodox icons painted in Svanetian style, etc.Walk up to the tower and house museum of Margiani (12th c.) to see how the locals were living. Have lunch in one of the local restaurants.After lunch visit villages: Latali and Lemjeri located near Mestia town containing churches decorated with medieval frescos and murals.Dinner and overnight in Mestia.DAY 4: MESTIA – ZUGDIDI – TBILISIBreakfast at the hotel. Drive back to Tbilisi and visit Zugdidi farmer’s market on the way, where local ecologically clean fruit, vegetables, and homemade (Sulguni) cheese and sweets are sold. Have lunch en-route.Evening arrival in Tbilisi.

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