Private tour: 4 days in the Highlands of Georgia from Tbilisi

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This Guaranteed small group tour to Samegrelo- Zemo Svaneti starts off from Tbilisi city. You get an unique opportunity to experience a mixture of local cultural heritage, visit Nokalakevi archaeological site, admire natural beauty of Martvili canyon, explore remote towns of Zugdidi, Mestia, Senaki, Chkhorotsku, have an offroad jeep tour to Ushguli and hike to Chalaadi Glacier. During these four days you meet with local people and taste delicious Svan dishes. In just four days you create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime! 13:00-14:00 Arrivals from Batumi and Kutaisi! Group members gather in the centre of Senaki. The group is Guaranteed to run after two people book the tour. For Solo travelers no extra charges are required for Single Supplement!

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Georgian Holidays

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Day 1 Tbilisi - Senaki - Nokalakevi - Chkhorotsku

Stop At: Tbilisi

We pick you up from Tbilisi hotel at 08:00 and transfer you to Senaki Caffe Apetito (4 hr 3 min (286 km). On the way, we do several stops to stretch the legs.13:00-14:00 Meet with other members joining from Kutaisi and Batumi at Senaki Kafe Apetito near Senaki State Drama Theater.

Stop At:

First, stop at Nokalakevi archaeological museum-reserve. The guided excursion lasts about one hour. During this time you wander through renovated museum halls, churches, citadel, and an escape tunnel.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Martvili Canyon

Discover the natural wonders of Georgia in the next one hour: admire the green scenery of unique Colchian forests surrounding Martvili Canyon. Next take a 20 minutes boat trip in the Abasha river, 300 meters (one way) section of Abasha, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the canyon. By the evening arrive in the small town of Chkhorotsku, which tourists usually pass by. Overnight in a local family guesthouse, where you get the chance to taste homemade meals and get acquainted with rural lifestyle.

Duration: 1 hour

Day 2 Chkhorotsku – Enguri Dam - Mestia Surroundings

Stop At: River Enguri

08:30 Breakfast at the guesthouse. Head to Mestia, driving upwards to Caucasus mountain serpentines. 20-30 minutes photo stop at Enguri hydroelectric Dam-an impressive Soviet construction (1 h from Chkhorotsku – 50 km). It requires 2 h, 20 min nonstop drive to Upper Svaneti, but we do as many stops as necessary on the way.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Margiani's House Museum

14:00 Arrive in Mestia, an administrative center of Svaneti region, surrounded by three major ancient villages Latali, Lenjeri and Mulakhi and visit defensive towers decorated with medieval frescos. See Svaneti's housing estate tower-museum of Margiani (12th c.), Seti square.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography

Visit Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography, displaying old Georgian manuscripts, ethnographic and archaeological materials, Georgian Orthodox icons painted in the Svan style etc.

Duration: 1 minutes

Day 3 Mestia – Chalaadi trekking or Ushguli Jeep tour

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Trek grade: Easy to Moderate, distance 6 km, duration 5-6 h, elevation - 1920 m, trail trek, sleigh track Today we cover the popular and easy Chalaadi Trail exploring Mestiachala river valley. Cross a small hanging bridge on the river of Mestiachala, follow the path through the pine forest, followed by stony gorge. After finishing the trail you see Mount Chatini and snowy peaks of Chalaadi glacier at 1920m above sea level.

Duration: 6 hour

Day 4 Mestia – Zugdidi – Tbilisi

Stop At: Dadiani Palaces Historical and Architectural Museum

Breakfast in Mestia guesthouse and drive to Zugdidi, the present-day administrative center of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Region. During the next one hour, we visit Dadiani Palace Historical Museum and Botanical garden. You can purchase local spices, homemade sauces, Sulguni, and honey at Zugdidi farmer’s market. Drive back to Tbilisi. Evening drop off to your hotel for overnight. Optional Gala dinner in Tbilisi restaurant should be arranged in advance. Our 4-day tour is over! We will meet again tomorrow morning for optional tours from Tbilisi. Enjoy your time in Georgia!

Duration: 2 hour
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