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Complete Georgia

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18 Days From £2,995

Overview

The once ancient kingdom of Colchis, Georgia has long been linked with the Greek legends attributed to Jason and his band of Argonauts. Sandwiched between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, this mythical land today provides us with one of the last hidden gems left in Europe. 

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience Tbilisi’s cultural and historical sites, and witness a traditional puppet show
  • Explore the Great Caucasus Mountains and visit the spectacular Gergeti Trinity Church
  • Discover the less-visited region of Svaneti with its remote villages and mysterious defensive towers
  • Trek to the unforgettable sight of Ushba Glacier and nearby waterfalls
  • Stay in rural communities, sample delicious homemade cuisine and enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery
  • Discover the mysterious ancient cave towns and impressive UNESCO Sites

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE TBILISI

DAY 1: ARRIVE TBILISI

On arrival into Tbilisi you will be greeted by your Wild Frontiers representative and transferred directly to your hotel for check in.

Old Meidan

DAY 2: EXPLORE TBILISI'S HISTORIC SIGHTS

DAY 2: EXPLORE TBILISI'S HISTORIC SIGHTS

Enjoy a full day exploring old Tbilisi, a charming town built along the twisting valley of the Mtkvari river. Walk through narrow streets past colourful houses and patterned balconies, ancient domed sulphur baths and bustling daily markets. Take in some of the city’s most beautiful sites, before delving into the historical museum to discover why Georgia is known as the land of the Golden Fleece. Enjoy an evening of artistry and culinary delights, as you take in one of the most traditional of Georgian performances – a puppet show, held at the renowned Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theatre, before sampling some of the country’s finest cuisine and wine at one of our favourite local restaurants.

Old Meidan
Breakfast

DAY 3: TBILISI - VASHLOVANI - DEDOPLISTSKARO

DAY 3: TBILISI - VASHLOVANI - DEDOPLISTSKARO

Today you will drive to a part of eastern Georgia rarely visited by foreigners - Vashlovani National Park, located on the border with Azerbaijan. The protected area is unlike anywhere else in Georgia with its semi-arid desert landscapes, dotted with numerous fruit and pistachio trees (Vashlovani comes from the word for apple trees in Georgian). Here you can enjoy some wonderful walks and wildlife spotting, as well as visiting the 5th century Khornabuji Fortress and even an abandoned Soviet military airport.

Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: DEDOPLISTSKARO - WINE REGION

DAY 4: DEDOPLISTSKARO - WINE REGION

Enjoy a full day exploring the Kakheti province of Georgia, most famously known for its wine growing, great food and superb Caucasus Mountain views. Start your day with a visit to Gremi, once a mighty capital of the Kakheti Province, before continuing to a local family home for a lunch full of traditional homemade dishes. This afternoon learn how Georgians make their own wine using quevri (clay vessels) - a UNESCO experience and partake in a culinary lesson. Finally, you will visit an old estate once the gathering place of the aristocracy in the 19th century.

Zuzumbo Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: WINE REGION - KAZBEGI NATIONAL PARK

DAY 5: WINE REGION - KAZBEGI NATIONAL PARK

This morning you can enjoy visits to New Shuamta Nunnery and Alaverdi Cathedral, dating from the 11th century. Continue via the picturesque Gombori Pass and stop at Ananuri to visit two fortified churches beautifully situated on the Jinvali water reservoir. As you follow the Georgian Military Highway you can enjoy wonderful views of the Great Caucasus Mountains. Before reaching Stepantsminda you can visit a local master who will tell you more about Georgian icon painting and ‘Teka’ (felt) making.

Hotel Stancia Kazbegi
Breakfast

DAY 6: KAZBEGI NATIONAL PARK: GERGETI AND GVELETI WATERFALLS

DAY 6: KAZBEGI NATIONAL PARK: GERGETI AND GVELETI WATERFALLS

You will set out on foot towards the most famous Georgian scene, Gergeti Trinity Church, with its backdrop of Mount Kazbegi. Descend back into the valley for lunch before heading out to the dramatic Darial Gorge. As you approach the Russian border, you will have the opportunity to hike up to either the 'big', 'small' or both of Gveleti waterfalls, before returning to Stepantsminda for some time at leisure.

Hotel Stancia Kazbegi
Breakfast

DAY 7: KAZBEGI - MTSKHETA - UPLISTSIKHE - GORI

DAY 7: KAZBEGI - MTSKHETA - UPLISTSIKHE - GORI

A trip to Georgia isn’t complete without a visit to the ancient capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site – Mtskheta. Nearby is the ancient cave town of Uplistsikhe, dating from the 6th century BC this town was hewn into the cliff face and is home to dwellings, wine cellars, bakeries, a three-nave church and even a theatre. After a glimpse into life in Georgia in the 6th century BC, you will head to Gori, birthplace of Georgia's most infamous son – Stalin.

Royal House
Breakfast

DAY 8: GORI - TSKALTUBO - KUTAISI

DAY 8: GORI - TSKALTUBO - KUTAISI

Head west to Kutaisi today, en route visiting the impressive Prometheus Cave at Tskaltubo, discovering fascinating stalactites and stalagmites in the themed halls of the grotto. Continue on to Kutaisi, capital of the ancient kingdom of Colchis where Jason and his Argonauts came looking for the Golden Fleece. Here you will visit Gelati Monastery before settling into your hotel for the evening.

Boutique Argo Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 9: KUTAISI - ZAGARO PASS - USHGULI

DAY 9: KUTAISI - ZAGARO PASS - USHGULI

Today, we’ll leave early as we have a long drive, but it’s worth it as we’ll have magnificent views as we cross the Zagaro Pass. Late afternoon we’ll reach Ushguli, the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe (2200m) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ushguli Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: USHGULI: SHKHARA GLACIER TREK

DAY 10: USHGULI: SHKHARA GLACIER TREK

Start your trek out of the village and towards the base of Georgia's highest mountain, Shkhara (5068m). This truly will be one of the most breath-taking journeys of your trip, with beautiful valley scenery the entire walk. Zig zag your way across the streams to the source of the Inguri River in the Shkhara Glacier. Return to Ushguli and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring this picturesque village at leisure. You may want to visit the local ethnography museum, run by the locals who give a detailed tour of how life used to be for their ancestors.

Ushguli Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: USHGULI - MULAKHI EXCURSION - MESTIA

DAY 11: USHGULI - MULAKHI EXCURSION - MESTIA

Today you'll start your journey to the village of Mulakhi, where even today centuries-old towers stand, whose history of construction is shrouded in mystery. You'll then set off on foot, rewarded with beautiful views across to the Chaneri glacier, Mt. Ushba and to Mt. Laila, the highest peak in the Svaneti range. A full day’s trek in the mountains takes you between the tiny villages and through wooded valleys, before reaching the village of Mestia.

Gera Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: TINY LAKES OF QORULDI AND MESTIA

DAY 12: TINY LAKES OF QORULDI AND MESTIA

Today set off to the beautiful mountain lakes of Qoruldi (or Koruldi), located on the foot of the giant Mt. Ushba (4700 m). En route enjoy tremendously beautiful scenery of surrounding mountains and snow covered glaciers. This place is a real paradise for photographers and nature lovers. Later this afternoon you will learn how to make the characteristic meat bread (KUBDARI) 

Gera Guesthouse
Breakfast

DAY 13: MESTIA - ZUGDIDI - BATUMI

DAY 13: MESTIA - ZUGDIDI - BATUMI

Today you will leave the Svaneti region and head south to the Black Sea coast. This is a relatively long day's drive and you should arrive in Batumi late afternoon. Along the way make a stop in the city of Zugdidi, home to the Dadiani Palace, once the residence of the 19th century Royal family of the region and set in the botanical gardens. There will also be time to look around the large market and enjoy some lunch, before continuing on to Batumi.

Batumi World Palace
Breakfast

DAY 14: BATUMI BOTANICAL GARDEN AND CITY TOUR

DAY 14: BATUMI BOTANICAL GARDEN AND CITY TOUR

Today you will explore the Black Sea coastal town of Batumi, the capital of the Adjara province. Enjoy a scenic drive along the coast, through its subtropical vegetation, citrus and tea plantations to the beautiful botanical gardens. This afternoon head back into Batumi and take a walk around the charming old town which provides a big contrast to the developing modern part of the city.

Batumi World Palace
Breakfast

DAY 15: BATUMI - AKHALTSIKHE - VARDZIA

DAY 15: BATUMI - AKHALTSIKHE - VARDZIA

This morning drive to Akhaltsikhe and visit the carefully renovated Rabati Fortress which towers over the city. In the afternoon, continue on to the magnificent cave monastery of Vardzia.

Valodia's Cottage
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16: VARDZIA MORNING CAVE EXCURSION

DAY 16: VARDZIA MORNING CAVE EXCURSION

Vardzia is guaranteed to be a highlight of your trip. A truly eye catching cave town which stretches over half a kilometre along the river Mtkvari, with 19 tiers. There used to be about 3000 caves here, but now there are just over 500. It has a church hewn out of rock with amazing 12th century frescos and the complex also includes living quarters, small hall-type churches, refectories, and wine cellars.

Valodia's Cottage
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17: VARDZIA - PARAVANI LAKE - TBILISI

DAY 17: VARDZIA - PARAVANI LAKE - TBILISI

Your route back to Tbilisi will then take you close to both the Turkish and Armenian borders across a high plateau and past Lake Parvani, a large lake with villages dotted along the shore and surrounded by mountains. As you descend towards Tbilisi the barren plateau gives way to wooded valleys and farmland. 

Old Meidan
Breakfast

DAY 18: DEPART TBILISI

DAY 18: DEPART TBILISI

Today you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Simple

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Simple

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Superior

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Superior

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Superior

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Simple

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Superior

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

COMPLETE GEORGIA (18 DAYS) £2,995

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

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Natalie is our Causcaus expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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Georgia has so many highlights and captivates all that visit, but the food and wine must be top of the list! You’ll feast plenty but be sure to try your hand at making some traditional dishes too.

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