Unforgettable 4 days in Svaneti

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Beautiful, wild and mysterious, Svaneti is an ancient landlocked in the Caucasus, so remote that it was never tamed by any ruler. Uniquely picturesque villages and snow-covered, 4000 m-plus peaks rising above flower-strewn alpine meadows provide a superb backdrop to the many walking trails. Svaneti’s emblem is the koshki (defensive stone tower), designed to house villagers at times of invasion and local strife (until recently Svaneti was renowned for its murderous blood feuds). Tour available from Tbilisi or Kutaisi.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Friendly.ge: Transfers & Tours in Georgia

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Day 1 TBILISI – ZUGDIDI – MESTIA

Stop At: Tbilisi

Our guide will pick you up at early morning. On the way, you can grab a coffee and pastry

Stop At: Zugdidi

Arrive in Zugdidi – administrative centre 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.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Kutaisi

Kutaisi is a city in western Georgia.

Stop At: River Enguri

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.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Mestia

In the evening arrive at Mestia. Dinner and overnight in Mestia. You need a rest and sleep well before the next day!

Duration: 45 minutes

Day 2 Ushguli

Stop At: Ushguli

Breakfast 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.

Duration: 4 hour

Stop At: LaMaria Church

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.

Duration: 2 hour

Day 3 MESTIA AND ITS SURROUNDINGS

Stop At: Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography

Visit Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography, which houses old Georgian manuscripts, ethnographic and archaeological items, Georgian Orthodox icons painted in Svanetian style, etc.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Margiani's House Museum

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.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At:

After lunch visit villages: Latali and Lemjeri located near Mestia town containing churches decorated with medieval frescos and murals.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 4 MESTIA – ZUGDIDI – TBILISI

Stop At: Zugdidi

Breakfast 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.

Duration: 1 hour
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