Day 1 Tbilisi
You will be greeted upon arrival at the Tbilisi airport by MODI Travel DMC Georgia’s assistant, who will transfer you to your hotel in the city center. Late Breakfast in the hotel. H\D sightseeing City tour of Tbilisi with guide. Lunch in the restaurant Visit of sulfur bathes. Bathhouses always were the gathering places for local people and visitors, where they exchanged the news of the day. Got acquainted and simply enjoyed each other’s company. This tradition takes place from the time when the city was founded in the VI cc. Even nowadays the ancient traditions of the sulphur bathhouses are strictly kept. Dinner in local restaurant with Georgian cuisine and live music.
Day 2 Tbilisi – Kazbegi – Gergeti trinity
Breakfast in the hotel. F\D trip to the village Stepantsminda, high in Caucasus Mountains with guide. Drive to Gergeti Trinity Church on Jeeps 4×4. The village Stepantsminda is located in the heart of Great Caucasus range, at the foot of Kazbegi peak. The legendary Georgian Military Highway, one of the world’s most beautiful roads. Accommodation in the hotel. Lunch with Khachapuri on the veranda with beautiful view over Kazbegi peak. Facultative horse ride in Dariali gorge Georgian feast with toastmaster (Tamada).
Day 3 – Kazbegi – Tbilisi
Early breakfast in the hotel. F/D trip to Ananuri fortress and rafting Drive to Tbilisi, Enroute visit of the fortress of mediavel ages – Ananuri, located near the picturesque Jinvali reservoir. Drive to Aragvi river bank. Rafting on Aragvi river. The route is 13 km long and according to the river level 1 hour and 10-20 minutes are needed for rafting. Participants will be held a special training before rafting (20-30 minutes). Rafting will be conducted by 8-10 seat standard rafting boats. Every boat is accompanied by a qualified instructor. Guests will have rafting equipment (helmets, rafting jackets, wetsuits). Drive to Tbilisi. Dinner in the restaurant with traditional Georgian environment, cuisine. Possibility to visit night club or disco.
Day 4 Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Kutaisi
Breakfast in the hotel. H\D sightseeing City tour in Mtskheta with guide. Drive to Mtskheta. Mtskheta is an old capital of the kingdom of Iberia, this is how ancient Georgian tombs were called. Mtskheta is known to be the religious capital of Georgia, here is located one of most important cathedral – Svetitskhoveli. Svetitskhoveli can truly be accepted as the pearl of Georgian architect. The second destination during the trip is Jvari monastery, the church stands up on the hill, overlooking the town. Facultative visit of the duke Ivane’s castle in the village Mukhrani. The castle had been renovated lately and belongs to the wine company Mukhrani. H\D tour in Gori with guide. Town Gori is famous as the birthplace of soviet leader Joseph Vissarionovich Djugashvili, or as he was known worldwide – Stalin. Visit of Stalin’s house museum: small house where he was born and grew up, the museum and Stalin’s private armored coach. Drive to Uplistsikhe cave town in 13 km from Gori. This antic town dates back to the end of II, beginning of the I millennium BC and was hewn out of the sandstone rocks. Living quarters and premises for communal purposes occupy a cliff territory of almost 8 hectares and are connected by footways. We will pass through the village Shrosha, known for clay making, here in an open market you will be able to see different clay items and buy some as souvenir. Drive to Kutaisi, the second largest city in Georgia. H\D excursion around Kutaisi with guide. Accommodation in Guesthouse.
Day 5 Kutaisi – Mestia
Breakfast in the hotel. H\D tour in Dadiani Palace with guide. Drive to town Zugdidi, visit of Dadiani Palace. The palace was owed by the Dukes family Dadiani and represents one of the few preserved palaces on the territory of Georgia. The Dadiani Palaces History and Architecture Museum is considered to be one of the most eminent palaces in Caucasus. Drive to Svaneti region in the Caucasus Mountains by off-road vehicle (Duration of the transfers and excursions is 11 hours). Surrounded by 3,000-5,000-meter peaks, Svaneti is the highest inhabited area in Europe. Four of the 10 highest peaks of the Caucasus are located in the region. The highest mountain in Georgia, Mount Shkhara at 5,201 meters (17,059 feet), is located in the province
Day 6 Mestia
Breakfast in the hotel. F/D trekking and hiking tour in Mestia with guide. An extraordinary and surreal land of towers, snow, craggy peaks, wine, and dancing; where gold was fleeced, where time has not merely stopped, but rather simply never existed. Here people still pan for gold using the fleece of a sheep. The entire region is a UNESCO world heritage site. You will feel yourself in the fairytale, every single family in Svaneti region owes its own medieval ages tower, these towers were built back in the XII cc, the main function was defensive. You will visit some of the towers, see the stunning landscape views and enjoy delicious food.
Day 7 Mestia – Ushguli
Breakfast in the hotel. F/D tour in Ushguli with guide. Ushguli the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe — perhaps is the most picturesque Svan village, at the bottom of Georgia’s highest mountain, Ushba. Please note, the trip can be cancelled depending on weather conditions. Drive to mestia.
Day 8 Mestia – Tbilisi
Breakfast in the hotel. Domestic flight Mestia – Tbilisi (upon availability). Transfer to hotel. Farewell dinner in Tbilisi
Day 9 Tbilisi
Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the Tbilisi airport
The tour is suggested for small and medium-sized groups, up to 14 persons. The tour is available all year round; the best periods is from June to November
Places to visit: Tbilisi, town Mtskheta, town Gori and cave town Uflistsikhe, Kazbegi, city Kutaisi, Mestia, Ushguli
Length of the trip: 9 Days / 8 Nights