12 days/ 11 nights
Arrive in Tbilisi, meet in the airport and transfer to a hotel. Overnight in Tbilisi in a hotel.
Day 2/Tbilisi – Gori (Museum of Stalin, Goristsihe Fortress) – Uplistsikhe – Kutaisi
After breakfast at the hotel we drive to the western part of Georgia. Our first stop is Gori – an ancient city located on the silk road. Among many ancient sights in Gori the ruins of an ancient fortress Goristsihe is of high importance. The fortress is located on a hill in the city center. Beautiful city Gori is also famous for being the birthplace of Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin. In honor of the leader there was built a state House Museum of Stalin where the visitors can explore some personal details connected with Stalin’s life. Our next stop is Uplistsikhe located 14km away from Gori. There are the oldest inhabited caves cut in limestone rocks and date back to the Early Iron Age. Continuing our tour, we pass through Rikoti Pass and tunnel. Driving to Kutaisi. Overnight in Kutaisi in a hotel.
Day 3/Kutaisi – Enguri Dam – Mazeri
After breakfast at the hotel we drive to Svaneti region. Our first stop is Enguri Dam. This is one of the highest concrete arched dams in the world with its 217.5 m height. Then we drive to the region of Upper Svaneti which is an outstanding example of an exceptional mountain landscape composed of highly preserved villages with unique defensive tower houses, examples of ecclesiastical architecture and arts of medieval origin. Driving to Mazeri village. Overnight in Mazeri.
Day 4/ Mazeri – Shdugra Waterfalls – Mazeri
After the breakfast we start our trekking tour. We follow the upstream to Dolra river. We will have a unique experience of enjoying the natural beauty of the region. The path passes mineral water springs, a small church with a picturesque location, beautiful meadows, then ascends slowly in the path of beautiful pine forests until it reaches the border post from where the last ascent starts. Shdugra waterfall is the most affluent waterfall in whole Georgia. If we get overhead, we will be able to see the glacier at the bottom of the Ushba, also, wonderful views all over the Svaneti. Total walking distance is about 14 km and the duration in 5 hours, tour is of moderate difficulty. We drive back to Mazeri. Overnight in Mazeri.
Day 5/ Mestia free day
After breakfast we visit Mestia ethnographic museum. Feel free to explore Margiani house-museum or ancient dwellings of Svan people Machubi and Koshki or the tower. In case of a wish, we can have cuisine masterclass savoring Svanetian traditional meat pie Kubdari and cheese bread Chvishdari. Overnight in Mestia.
Day 6/ Mestia – Ugviri Village – Mestia
After breakfast we drive 16 km from Mestia to the village Ugviri. We start our hiking tour for today from here. From the top of the ridge we will have 360-degree panoramic views on great Caucasus mountains. We have an amazing opportunity to have a look at all important and main picks – Ushba, Tetnuldi, Mazeri and others. From the very top we will reach cable car station. Let’s take a chance and ride to Mestia by cable car. Total walking distance is about 10 km and the duration in 4-5 hours, tour is of moderate difficulty. Free evening in Mestia. Overnight in guesthouse in Mestia.
Day 7/Mestia – Zhabeshi Village
After breakfast we hike to the Mulakhi community of Zabeshi village. The route is easy, follows an off-road car and well-marked trail. We will take a break in the nature and enjoy local panoramic views. The trekking tour is rather easy, the walking distance is approximately 16km and takes 6 hours. Overnight in Zhabeshi.
Day 8/Zhabeshi Village – Adishi Village
After breakfast, start journey into the wilderness. Hike up to the slopes of Tetnuldi mountain, pass ski resort and descend into the forests of birch trees and rhododendron bushes. After passing a mountainous small river, the alpine meadows will be in front of us. Here is located Adishi village which consists of stone towers and houses built several centuries ago. Its beautiful location, just below Tetnuldi mountain, on the right bank of the roaring mountainous river and between the high mountains with local architecture, makes this village very special and picturesque. The trekking tour is of middle difficulty, the walking distance is approximately 10km and takes 6 hours. Overnight in Adishi.
Day 9/Adishi Village– Chkhunderi Pass – Adishi Glacier – Khaldechala Valley – Khalde Village – Iprali Village
After breakfast we will start our tour in Svaneti. After one hour of pleasant walking across the river, we need to cross the roaring Adishi river. We will cross the river taking horses. Afterward, we will climb up to the Chkhunderi pass (2655m). From here we can enjoy majestic views of the picturesque Adishi Glacier. After having lunch on the top of the ridge and enjoying with views, we will descend into the valley of the Khaldechala river. After two hours of easy walk, we reach Khalde village which was destroyed in the 19th century by the Russian soldiers. From here our pass will follow an off-road to Iprali village. The trekking tour is hard, the walking distance is approximately 17km and takes 7-8 hours. Overnight in Iprali.
Day 10/Iprali Village – Ushguli (Ethnographic Museum, Lamaria Church)– Mestia
After breakfast we trek through traditional Svani villages. After passing by Kala and Davberi villages, we will walk through forest and reach Ushguli from above. Ushguli is located at the foot of mount Shkara and at the confluence of the rivers Enguri and Kvishiri. The highest permanent settlement in Europe (2200 m) with the outstanding mixture of the mountainous landscapes and the medieval-type towers and churches will astonish visitors. Here you will visit the Ushguli Ethnographic museum located in the 12th-century old Svanetian tower-house. We also visit a medieval Lamaria church (of the assumption of the Mother of God). The trekking tour is from moderate to easy, the walking distance is approximately 10km and takes 5 hours. Drive back to Mestia. Overnight in Mestia.
Day 11/Mestia – Tbilisi
After breakfast we will depart to Tbilisi. Driving will take approximately 9 hours. Overnight in a hotel in Tbilisi.
Breakfast and check out from the hotel. Transfer to the airport and departure.