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Duration10 Days

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Georgia: Walking In The Svaneti Mountains

Itinerary

Day 1: Tour starts in Tbilisi

Rooms will be available in Tbilisi from this afternoon. Those arriving on the group flights will arrive early the following morning.

  • Sharden Hotel or similar
Day 2: Tbilisi

The pre-departure meeting will take place this morning at the hotel, after which we will have a city tour including all of Old Tbilisi. From the Metekhi Church (13th century) overlooking the river Mtkvari to the Narikala Fortress (4th century), one of the oldest fortifications in the city, we’ll also pay a visit to the Sulphur Baths, the synagogue, the Anchiskhati Church (6th century) and Sioni Cathedral (6/7th century). In this cathedral the cross of St. Nino – the woman who brought Christianity to Georgia – is preserved. All these sights are in close proximity and it’s a pleasant walk. Afterwards we visit the stunning treasures of the National Museum and have the rest of the day to soak up the café culture of Tbilisi, relax and shop.

  • Sharden Hotel or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Tbilisi – Kutaisi

We drive to the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta - and visit its historic 6th century Jvari Monastery and 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral – both UNESCO World Heritage sites. We then head to West Georgia – the famous Land of the Golden Fleece, where Jason and the Argonauts sailed. We arrive in Kutaisi – the second largest city in Georgia and visit Gelati Church.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Kutaisi - 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.

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Ushguli - Shkhara Glacier - Ushguli

We start our morning walk to the foot of Mt. Shkhara, walking alongside the wonderful Enguri River which will eventually lead us to its origin – the Shkhara Glacier. Afterwards we return to Ushguli. En route we also plan to visit the Lamaria church with its 12th century stone defence tower. Approximate walking time 6-7 hours Ascent 300m/descent 300m

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Ushguli - Iprari

Today we’ll walk to the village of Iprari, a remote village in Upper Svaneti. Along te way we will have breathtaking views across the Svaneti region. After lunch en route, we’ll walk up through the forest to Kvirike and Ivlita Church before heading to our guesthouse. Approximate walking time 7-8 hours Approximate ascent 500m/descent 450m

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Iprari – Adishi

Today we’ll pass the village of Kalde and walk over the Chkhutnieri Pass (2700m). There will be a river crossing, the water may be high so we might need to jump on a horse to cross the river, in the hope that we can keep our feet dry! We will continue our journey to the remote village of Adishi, which is 2000m above sea level. This evening we will be staying with the families in their homes and will truly experience traditional Svanetian hospitality. Approximate walking time 8-9 hours Ascent 800m/descent 850m

  • Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Adishi – Mestia

Today we’ll start our journey to Mestia on foot, reaching 2300m we’ll have beautiful views across to the Chaneri glacier, Mt. Ushba (4700m) and to Mt. Laila, the highest peak (4010m) in the Svaneti range. We’ll cross the slopes of Mt. Tetnuldi and finish our walk in the village of Mulakhi. Here we’ll be met by our vehicle and will finish the final bit of the journey to Mestia by road. Approximate walking time 5-6 hours Ascent 600m/descent 900m

  • Mountain Mestia or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Mestia – Zugdidi – Batumi

In the morning we’ll drive through Zugdidi where we will have lunch and continue towards the Black Sea coast. Before reaching Batumi there will be an optional stop off at the Botanical Gardens, which are over one hundred years old. For those who would prefer to go for a swim, we will continue our journey onto Batumi. This evening we’ll enjoy a stroll through the old town and along the boulevard beside the sea front.

  • Hotel Aisi or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Tour ends in Batumi

The tour ends this morning after breakfast.

  • Breakfast

Accommodation

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip. On this tour we will stay in comfortable 3* hotels as well as staying in family homestays and small local guesthouses. The guesthouses and homestays in Svaneti are very basic with shared facilities. Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.

Transport

On this tour we will use minibuses, 4WD vehicle if needed and by foot.

Climate

The Greater Caucasus range moderates local climate by serving as a barrier against cold air from the north. The relatively small territory covers different climatic zones, which are determined by the distance from the Black Sea and by altitude. The climatic zones range from humid subtropical to snow and glaciers. The climate of Svaneti is generally humid and is influenced by different air masses coming in from the Black Sea. Temperatures vary considerably with altitude.

Is this trip for me?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. Please therefore take time to read the itinerary carefully. All our tours are graded to give an overall picture of the trip but these are only guidelines and you should check the daily itinerary. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office. 

Key aspects to consider

You will need to be in a decent state of health and have a good level of fitness to be suitable to join this tour.  The trek is graded as moderate with average daily walking time of 5-7hrs. The maximum trekking altitude reached will be 2700m.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements. 

More Georgia

If time allows, then why not extend your visit in Georgia to take in cave city of Vardzia, the wine region of Kakheti, the high mountains of Kazbegi or just some additional time in Batumi. Allow 1 – 7 days.

Armenia

You could cross the border into Armenia where we would be happy to tailor-make any itinerary for you in this fascinating country.

Azerbaijan

Take a trip east to see Georgia’s very different neighbour. The Silk Road crossroads town of Sheki and the bizarre capital of Baku are just some of the highlights that await. Allow 4-6 days.

Responsible travel

In the Caucasus - and in particular in Georgia - we have developed unique relationships with many of the mountain communities in the region. Through a successful form of interactive community-based tourism we are able to provide an important additional income to the people in this remote area. On this trip we travel through regions where conditions are harsh and there is limited opportunity for earning an income. By visiting local families, we are able to put much-needed funds directly into the local communities. In addition, all foods are produced locally so several members of the village benefit financially, which improves several families’ standard of living. The wonderful thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that it benefits everyone – providing the local families with financial support and providing us with a truly wonderful and unique experience of their culture and country.

Using no-carbon forms of transport such as walking cuts down on environmental damage and tourist carbon footprint, which is more likely to be welcomed by locals. Slower forms of travel also allow for more chances to interact with people from another culture. Walking in the Svaneti Mountains provides a very special opportunity to take in the incredible views, ancient Svan towers and preserved way of life. Meet locals along the way and at guesthouse accommodations, whose families have lived here for generations.

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.
 

Flight Code Departing Arriving
TK 1986 London Heathrow (LHR)
16:30
Istanbul (IST)
22:15
TK 386 Istanbul (IST)
23:55
Tbilisi Airport (TBS)
03:05
TK 391 Batumi Airport (BUS)
10:15
Istanbul (IST)
11:20
TK 1985 Istanbul (IST)
13:00
London Heathrow (LHR)
14:50

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com 

For this tour UK passport holders currently do not require a visa for Georgia.
Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements. 

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Key information

Tour price

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour. For the latest prices, please refer to our website or contact the office.

Deposit

A £500 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

Travelling Solo & single supplement

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.

On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour except in Adishi where due to limited infrastructure depending on the group size you may need to share.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

Insurance

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. If you choose to purchase the Wild Frontiers bespoke policy through Travel & General (currently available to UK residents only) then please note for this trip the minimum required level of cover will be the Standard policy. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

What's Included

Transport

All transport as required for the tour

Guides

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

Accomodation

All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

Meals

Meal plan as detailed in the itinerary with the majority of meals being taken in local restaurants where viable

Airport transfers

Complimentary airport transfers are included for anyone arriving/departing on the suggested group flights (see GETTING THERE for details)

Carbon contribution

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act (if booking international flights through us)

What's Not Included

Visas & Travel Insurance

Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory

Tips

Always optional, but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information pack you’ll receive after booking

International Flights

Please feel free to ask us for an obligation-free quote

Beverages & any costs of a personal nature

This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

Additional information

Protection for your money

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

Responsible Travel

For more information, please refer to our responsible travel page

British foreign & Commonwealth office

As advocates of the FCO's Travel Aware campaign, we highly recommend checking out their website for lots of useful information. Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective government.

Wild Frontiers Community

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website?

Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events.

Why Wild Frontiers?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

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