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6 days Svaneti private tour ( Mestia, Ushguli, Varzia-hiking)

ItineraryDay 1: Tbilisi- Mtskheta city (Jvari monastery)- Uplistsikhe cave city - Gori- Kutaisi - Bagrati temple- Night stay in KutaisiStop At: Jvari Church, Mtskheta, Mtskheta-Mtianeti RegionThis monastery is located close to the old capital city of Georgia and belongs to UNESCO list. this place offers to it`s visitors magnificent views on the old capital city as well as surrounding area and it`s famous because of the first cross ever risen in Georgia.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Uplistsiche Cave Town, Gori, Shida Kartli RegionUplistsikhe cave town is one the most ancient historical heritage of Georgia. The place is over 2600 Y.O. and it`s located close to Stalin`s home town Gori, which is a great opportunity for you to visit even Stalin`s museum.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Gelati Monastery, Kutaisi, Imereti RegionGelati monastery, the same time early 12th century academy area, is located close to Kutaisi city and belongs to UNESCO list since 1994 Y. This place of interest attract visitors not only because of its age and historical significans, but also the views extended from the monastery backyard.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Motsameta Monastery, Kutaisi, Imereti RegionMotsameta monastery is also, located close to Kutaisi right over a top of the canyon, at the spectacularly beautiful location. The place, also, has got rich historical background, which starts after 8th century. Duration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Kutaisi- Bagrati cathedral - Prometheus cave - Zugdidi - Enguri dam - Mestia townStop At: Bagrati Cathedral, Kutaisi, Imereti RegionBagrati cathedral, is 11th century cultural heritage of Georgia and the same time belongs to UNESCO list since 1994 Y. This place of interest is located is located in old Kutaisi, on the hill fortress named as Ukimerioni.Duration: 35 minutesStop At: Prometheus Cave, Kutaisi, Imereti RegionPrometheus cave is one of the Karst caves of Georgia and presents one the longest underground walking routs in the cave. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: River Enguri, Zugdidi, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionThe Enguri Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Enguri River in Georgia. Currently it is the world's second highest concrete arch dam with a height of 271.5 metres (891 ft). It is located north of the town Jvari. It is part of the Enguri hydroelectric power station (HES) which is partially located in Abkhazia.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Mestia ResidenceMestia town is center of Upper Svaneti region. The region is surrounded by the highest mountains in Georgia and whole region is located along the main range of the great Caucasus. We can walk around Mestia in the late evening.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Mestia- Ipari pass - Kala community - Ushguli- MestiaStop At: Ushguli Ethnographic Museum, Ushguli, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionThe day 3we`ll be traveling to Ushguli community (includes 3 tower villages). Distance between Mestia and Ushguli is 45 km. On the way to Ushguli we`ll drive by the following places - Mulakhi, Ipari and Kala communities. the road goes mostly in a wild. In Ushguli we can:1. take a hike to the Shkhara mountain glacier (moderate level of hiking)2. Take a walk around tower villages3. visit Lamaria monastery4. Visit the local museum of Ethnography5. Or just discuss what else to do...Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Mestia - Chalaadi Glacier - Hatsvali ski resort - Mestia tower blocksStop At: Chaladi Glacier, Mestia, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionChaladi glacier is located close to Mestia town, in about 9km away from the town center. We`ll drive around 6 km, stop at a parking and continue hiking (light to moderate level) to the glacier. stay there as long as you want and come back the same way... Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Hatsvali Ski LiftHatsvali ski resort is located in 8 km from Mestia. we`ll drive to the ski lift station, get some tickets and take ride all the way up the top of Zuruldi mountain where, there is located nice restaurant with a large view veranda. We`ll have nice, 270 degree views of all around and short walk around the top, just see some views from the other side of the mountain.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Mestia Tourism Information CentreWe`ll take a walk around Mestia city tower blocks and visit one of the local regional museums.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 5: Mestia- Nokalakevi - Martvili or Okatse canyon - Borjomi city - Borjomi parkPass By: Town-Fortress Nokalakevi, Senaki, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionNokalakevi village is famous because of the ancient fortress also, known as Archaeopollis. We`ll stop there in two cases: 1. fits in our timing 2. Short stop for PhotosStop At: Martvili Canyons, Martivili, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionMartvili canyon is located close by Senaki town. This is small, but incredibly beautiful canyon with a cleaned mountain river. It`s possible to rent boats or just take a short walk in the small canyon with a volcanic rock river channel.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Borjomi Central Park, Borjomi, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionBorjomi city is still famous resort of mineral springs and pine pollen, mostly among the travelers from the former USSR. Visitors can enjoy walking around the local Park (in the canyon) and taste the natural mineral spring of borjomi.Duration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 6: Borjomi - Fortress of Rabat - Khertvisi fortress - Varzia cave city- TbilisiStop At: Rabati Castle, Akhaltsikhe, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionRabati castle is located in Akhaltsikhe city, which is situated on the ancient silk road (Alexander the great`s road). The castle was recently reconstructed and attract many visitors around the world.Duration: 45 minutesPass By: Khertvisi Fortress, Aspindza, Samtskhe-Javakheti RegionKhertvisi fortress is also, situated on the ancient silk road and could be considered as one the best remained historic sites of Georgia. Stop At: VardziaVarzia is one the cave cities of Georgia. This place is not as old as other cave cities, but it`s the biggest in Georgia and unique in the world. Varzia was built less than 900 Y. ago, but still looks great amazingly nice.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesPass By: Tbilisi MallAfter finishing with visit to Varzia, we`ll return back to Tbilisi city, through the southern highway and see several beautiful lakes and totally different landscape than before. No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

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Abkhazia Caucasus Mountains Photography Expedition

Day 1: Sochi Arrival  Arrival to Sochi International Airport and transfer to Abkhazia (145 km) Gagra Area.See Google Maps to follow...Overnight Day 2: Yupsharsky canyon, Lake Ritsa, Chkhi Pass, Agursky lakes After breakfast, departure early in the morning, no later than 08:00. Passing from the coast to Lake Ritz, we will drive another 24 kilometers to the mountains to the Chha Pass 2020 meters on an SUV. From the pass we will begin our hiking to the Agur lakes. This is a group of 13 lakes located on the Agoura-Arihua ridge at an altitude of 2200-2500 meters. Hiking takes about 5 hours, the length of 10 kilometers. Having descended back to the pass, we set up a tent camp near the shepherds' hut, study the life of the shepherds and have dinner together with them in order to get the most out of the local flavor. All dishes are cooked by Abkhaz shepherds on an open fire in special houses with a dirt floor, as they were 200 years ago. Day 3: Lake Chy, the summit of Ancho The rise is not later than 7 am, breakfast. During the hiking along the mountain path, we will be pursued all the way by views of the Main Caucasus Range. In the middle of the route we will make a lunch snack at Lake Chy-2 350 meters. Further along the ridge of Bagri Yasht we will reach the summit of Ancho xwo 2,697 meters. From the top there are panoramas to the mountain ranges of the western part of Abkhazia. Day 4: Resort Avadhara, Adjara waterfalls, Lake Adjara. Getting up no later than 7 am, departure. We will drive about 20 kilometers along the mountain road, wade the Awada river by car and start our hiking towards Mount Ajara.On this day, we try real mineral water from a source that was very much appreciated during the Soviet era.The first part of the route passes along the riverbed and after a few kilometers we will reach the Adjara waterfalls. After a short rest we will move with a more difficult relief along one of the tributaries and within two hours we will reach the final goal. At an altitude of about 2,400 meters there is a small group of lakes in a small rock circus. Day 5: Lake Mzy, Ridge Atsetuk Getting up no later than 7 am, breakfast. Hiking to the lake Mzy through fir forests and the picturesque valley of the river Mzynma. The way to the lake takes about two hours. After a short rest, we are advancing to the final goal of our route - Atsetuk Ridge. We will rise to a height of over 2,500 meters in order to see Lake Ritsu and the resort Avadhara from an interesting perspective. With a pole on the ridge we will explore several more small lakes. The end of the route around 20 00. Overnight in Gagra Day 6: Sochi Departure Breakfast and transfer to Sochi Airport for your return flight

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CONCRETE GIANTS TOUR

Departing from the central square of Tbilisi - Liberty Square at 11:00 am. We head to the Soviet suburbs of Tbilisi and see the propaganda monuments and former Sanatorium buildings, where the IDP-s live now from Abkhazia and South-Osethia. The route continues on circle as we get nearer to the city-center and visit not only the most iconic Soviet-era buildings, but the flats, where the Homo-Sovieticus live. You will have a nice coffee-break with them and listen some pastime stories about the USSR and independent Georgia.After the coffee-break the tour continues on foot until the last destination where from we drive to Tbilisi Flea-Market or Liberty square (optional).At the end of the day you'll be sitting in a nice vintage cafe near the city-center sharing and remembering the emotions from the tour!

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