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The central boulevard, running southwest to northeast, is Zviad Gamsakhurdias gamziri, named after Megrelian Zviad Gamsakhurdia, post-Soviet Georgia’s ultranationalist first president. The combined train and bus station is 1km west of here along Rustaveli.

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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.

$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.  

$34 Kid Friendly

Private tour from Kutaisi to Svaneti

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: River Enguri, Zugdidi, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionIn 2015, the Enguri hydroelectric dam was awarded the status of a cultural heritage monument with the aim of developing the industrial heritage of Georgia. The total height of this dam is 271.5 meters, and the length is 728 meters. According to preliminary calculations, the tourist zone of Enguri hydroelectric power station will serve about 400 thousand tourists per year.The Enguri dam is one of the five arched dams in the world. At the moment, the installed capacity of the company is 1,300 MW, which covers half of Georgia's electricity needs.Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography, Mestia, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionSvaneti Museum of History and Ethnography was founded in 1936. In 1973 in Svaneti was created the zonal system of the Monument Protection and the Museum became the headquarters of this system. In the Museum are kept very important and valuable archaeological and ethnographical materials, rich collection of the Georgian manuscripts, icons, etc. There are high level items in the collections donated to Svaneti churches by Georgian kings. There are some items of foreign origin, like: Syrian, Sasanian Persia, from Byzantine Empire, and Venice.In 2003 the museum moved to the new building. Permanent exhibitions are presented the three halls. Collections of the Svaneti Museum are: archaeological collections – 2187 items, engraved and painted icons – 242 items, manuscripts – 68 items, armor – 192 items, metalwork – 292 items, wooden ethnographical objects – 650 items, jewelry and silverware – 421 items, textiles – 37 items. Museum already had done exhibitions of contemporary local painters' works. There is started work on preparing of the educational programsPass By: Shkhara Glacier, Ushguli, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionShkhara Glacier, which is one of the most beautiful hikes you can do in Svaneti. The pathway might not be pleasant as it follows the dirt road, but the views of Georgia’s highest peak is worth it.

$436.15 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.

$79 Kid Friendly

Mountains, Canyons, Caves and Waterfalls in 1 Trip (from Kutaisi to Svaneti)

ItineraryDay 1: From Kutaisi to MartviliStop At: Prometheus Cave, Kutaisi, Imereti RegionThe biggest karts cave in Georgia. The total length of the cave is about 11 km, of which 1 km is open to visitors. Cave has total of 22 halls of which six are currently open to tourists.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Okatse Canyon, Kutaisi, Imereti RegionNatural monument in Georgia, located in the village, in the vicinity of the river Okatse. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Kinchkha WaterfallThe Kinchkha Waterfall is located in 7 km from the Okatse canyon. There are several waterfalls in the village of Kinchkha, and one of the biggest cascades is up to 100 meters in height.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Martvili Canyons, Martivili, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Region700 m long stone paved circular route starts from Martvili Canyon visitor center and crosses the Dadiani historical trail. There are 2 bridges, 3 platform views and historical 30 steps stair constructed by large limestone boulders.Visitors can enjoy 300 meter boat tour on river Abasha and beautiful views of mountain river canyon.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: From Martvili to MestiaStop At: Monastery Martvili, Martivili, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionMartvili Monastery (VII century).Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Enguri DamThe 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 metresDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Hotel Restaurant MestiaWe'll visit Mestia, check-in hotel or guesthouse and have dinner. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography, Mestia, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionMestia Ethnographic Museum was established in 1936. This small mountain museum located in a traditional Svan tower has the richest exposition equaling collections of any European museum. There you will see valuable gold and silver items collected at various times: icons, ornaments, stamping, hunting accessories, military armor, coins and many other masterpieces of applied art. All these treasures were voluntary offered by parishioners in favor of churches (according to the ancient tradition of highlanders of Georgia). The special place is occupied by the richest collection of ancient Georgian manuscripts of the 9th – 11th centuries.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Mestia - Ushguli - MestiaStop At: UshguliWe'll visit village Ushguli, which is highest populated place in Europe.There you'll see beautiful views of Shkhara glacier. You can some outdoor activities there (walking in nature, horse riding, hiking). At evening we'll go back to Mestia.Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Hatsvali Ski LiftHatsvali Ski Resort is located in Svaneti about 8 Km away from Mestia.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: From Mestia to KutaisiStop At: Dadiani Palaces Historical and Architectural Museum, Zugdidi, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti RegionOn the way back from Mestia, we'll visit Dadiani Palace in Zugdidi.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$1300 Multi-day & Extended Tours

15-Day Grand Tour of Georgia from Tbilisi

Tour schedule: • Day 1 (Tbilisi - Arrival) • Day 2 (Tbilisi-Bodbe-Sighnaghi-Tsinandali-Telavi) • Day 3 (Telavi - Omalo) • Day 4  (Omalo -Dartlo - Kvavlo  - Dano-  Chesho - Parsma - Omalo) • Day 5  (Omalo - Bochorna - Dochu - Jvarboseli - Verkhovani - Omalo) • Day 6  (Omalo - Shenako - Diklo - Tbilisi) • Day  7  (Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Shiomghvime - Tbilisi) • Day  8  (Tbilisi – Ananuri – Kazbegi – Tbilisi) • Day  9  (Tbilisi – Kutaisi) • Day  10  (Kutaisi - Zugdidi) • Day  11  (Zugdidi - Mestia) • Day  12  (Mestia – Ushguli - Batumi) • Day  13  (Batumi) • Day  14  (Batumi - Borjomi) • Day  15  (Borjomi - Vardzia - Akhaltsikhe - Tbilisi)