Discover Georgia

12 Days
from AUD$ 5,871


  • Trek through the Svaneti, the region of the highest mountains and glaciers and the most abiding ancient traditions
  • Hike to the UNESCO World Heritage listed village of Ushguli
  • Visit the 1st millennium BC cave town of Uplistsikhe
  • Sample the unique BIO wines produced by a traditional Georgian method in Kvevri
  • Get hands on and participate in Churchkhela making (Georgian sweets)

Looking for the lesser known side of Europe? Totally off the tourist radar, join us as we trek through the fabled and mysterious mountain region of Svaneti, Georgia.

Discover wild landscapes dotted with quaint stone villages, friendly locals who welcome you into their home to fill you up on their flavoursome traditional cooking, defensive watchtowers that punctuate the scenery and local wine crafted by the Svan’s themselves.

An enchanting journey through untouched lands sharing with you the quieter, lesser visited side of Eurasia, for those who love to explore outdoors.

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Day 1 - Arrive Tbilisi

Welcome to Georgia! Upon arrival in Tbilisi you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure.

Tbilisi’s cobblestoned old town reflects a long, complicated history, with periods under Persian and Russian rule. Its diverse architecture encompasses Eastern Orthodox churches, ornate art nouveau buildings and Soviet Modernist structures. Looming over it all are Narikala, a reconstructed 4th century fortress, and Kartlis Deda, an iconic statue of the “Mother of Georgia.”

 2 nights Terrace Hotel or similar

Distance and Journey Time: Airport – Tibilsi (18-20km) Approx 25-30min

Day 2 - Tbilisi

This morning after breakfast you will set off on foot to explore the city, starting at the 13th century Metekhi Church taking in the magnificent views over old Tbilisi.

Wander the narrow streets of the old districts of the city full of traditional style colourful houses structured like terraces with their patterned balconies, mixed together with wonderful examples of modern architecture. The charm of the old town is overwhelming. Learn how Tbilisi is the only city where Georgians, Armenians and Azerbaijani’s all live peacefully alongside each other and how the city is so well blended with mosques, cathedrals, Russian churches, synagogues and Zoroastrian temples with no religious conflict what-so-ever.

Continuing on, take a cable car up to the 4th century Narikala Fortress for panoramic views of the town below, before walking down to the historical domed sulphur bath area. Finally, the Golden Fund of the National Museum of Goergia (closed on Mondays) will prove the fact that Georgia is truly the land of the Golden Fleece. Dinner this evening is at a hidden local gem. Walk here from your hotel with your guide. (B,D)

Walking Distance: Approximately 3.5km

Walking Time: Approximately 3-4hours

Difficulty: Easy – Moderate, city walking

Distance and Journey Time: (4-5km) Approx 20-30 Minutes

Day 3 - Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Sachkhere - Chiatura - Kutaisi

This morning you will drive to Mtskheta, the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia. With a history dating back 3,000 years, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites including the 6th century Jvari Church, and the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral – where the Robe of Christ is said to be buried.

Continue the drive to Imereti Province in West Georgia, its landscape varying greatly from the cool springs, green fields and beautiful gardens of East Georgia’s Kartli Province. On route, you will visit the mining town of Chiatura. Here, there are still around 20 Soviet cable cars which are still active today! Continue on to the pretty town of Kutaisi and the splendid 11th century Bagrati Cathedral. (B)

Overnight Argo Hotel or similar

Distance and Journey Time: Tbilisi-Mtskheta-Sachkhere-Chiatura-Kutaisi (280kms) Approx 5.5hrs

Day 4 - Kutaisi to Okatse to Mestia

This morning you will have the opportunity to see the locals buying and selling their produce at a farmers market before continuing to Okatse Canyon (closed on Mondays; involves 3 hours walking and approx. 1,000 steps).

This afternoon, get ready for the most exciting part of your trip – a journey to Svaneti, the region of the highest mountains and glaciers and the most abiding ancient traditions. Following Svaneti, you will transfer to Mestia – the centre of Upper Svaneti. (B,D)

Overnight Kala Hotel or similar

Walking Distance: Approximately 8kms

Walking Time: Approximately 3.5-4hours

Distance and Journey Time: (270kms) Approx 7hrs

Day 5 - Mestia to Mulakhi to Adishi

This morning you will drive to Mulakhi village, from where you will start your trek towards Adishi village. Traversing along the slopes of Mt. Tetnuldi at heights of approx. 2,800m it offers spectacular views of Chaneri Glacier, Mt. Ushba (4,700m) and the Svaneti range with its highest peak, Mt. Laila (4,010m). You will cross Ugviri Pass (2,480m) and then walk to the untouched village of Adishi (2,000m), its remoteness means that even in summer it is largely inaccessible, even for 4WD vehicles. There are only a handfull of families living in the village, and tonight you will be welcomed into their homes, where you will experience true Svanetian hospitality and enjoy traditional cuisine. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local guesthouse (basic shared facilities)

Walking Distance: Approximately 15kms

Walking Time: Approximately 5hours

Difficulty: Moderate Trek, altitude ↑930m ↓380m

Distance and Journey Time: (6kms) Approx 15 Minutes

 The first half of your trek is uphill on often shale and muddy surfaces. The second half of your trek follows a gentle downhill decline. There is regular shade.

Day 6 - Adishi to Iprari

This morning after bidding farewell to your host family, you will begin your trek to the remote village of Iprari. This full day trek will lead you along a river, down beautiful Rhododendron lined paths, past the remains of Kalde village and along the picturesque Chkhutnieri Pass (2,720m). The trek involves crossing a river, which may be crossed on horesback if the water level is high.

This afternoon, you will experience the unique cultures and traditional way of life of the Iprari people. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local guesthouse (basic shared facilities)

Walking Distance: Approximately 16-17kms

Walking Time: Approximately 6-7hours (all day)

Difficulty: Moderate Trek, altitude ↑760 ↓950m

Distance and Journey Time: (25kms) Approx 45 Minutes

Today’s trek starts off with a gentle two hour trail trek before a steep, challenging and lengthy ascent. Once you cross the pass, the descent is steep. If there has been rain, there can be a lot of water on this trail and slippery muddy conditions.

Day 7 - Iprari to Ushguli

Today you will trek to the UNESCO World Heritage listed village of Ushguli, which at 2,200m, is the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe. The village is punctuated by ancient stone watch towers, from which you can get an impressive view of the highest mountain in Georgia – Mt. Shkhara, at 5068m.

As todays trek isn’t overly long, and if you’re feeling energetic, you might take the opportunity to walk up the hill to Queen Tamar’s Tower, before to returning to Ushguli. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a local guesthouse (basic shared facilities)

Walking Distance: Approximately 13kms

Walking Time: Approximately 4-5hours (all day)

Difficulty: Moderate Trek, altitude ↑765 ↓500m

Distance and Journey Time: (12kms) Approx 30 Minutes

Day 8 - Shkhara Glacier to Mestia

Depart from your guesthouse this morning bound for the base of Georgia’s highest mountain, Shkhara (5068m) and the glacier which is the main water source of the Enguri river. After reaching the glacier (2,500m) you will return to Ushguli. Todays trek will take you through beautiful meadows filled with rich alpine flowers and will finish in Mestia. (B,L,D)

Overnight Kala Hotel or similar

Walking Distance: Walk from Ushguli to Skhara glacier and back, Approximately 19kms

Walking Time: Approximately 5-6hours (all day)

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate Trek, altitude ↑ ↓550m

Distance and Journey Time: Drive Ushguli to Mestia (41kms) Approx 2hours

Day 9 - Zugdidi to Kutaisi

This morning after breakfast, if time permits, and if it is open, visit the local museum housed in one of the watch towers. You will then leave the Svaneti region and drive to Zugdidi where you will stop for lunch (payable locally). This afternoon, continue your drive to Kutaisi. (B)

Overnight Argo Hotel or similar

Distance and Journey Time: Drive Mestia-Zugdidi-Kutaisi (252kms) Approx 6hours

Day 10 - Kutaisi - Gori - Uplistsikhe - Kaspi -Tbilisi

Today you will drive to Gori and visit the 1st millennium BC cave town of Uplistsikhe. Once passed through by the great Silk Road, you will explore the tunnels, streets, wine cellars and bakeries of this ancient, abandoned town. There is even a three-nave basilica church, a jail and an amphitheatre carved into the rocky mountainside.

Visit the Stalin Museum, the former Soviet leader Josef Stalin was born in the town of Gori, before continuing your drive to Tbilisi. On the way you will stop to visit a local family, where you will have the opportunity to sample the unique BIO wines produced by a traditional Georgian method in Kvevri (inscribed in the UNESCO intangible heritage list). It’s noteworthy that this wine can be found on the list of unique wines of the Ritz Hotel in London.

This afternoon, check into your hotel in Tbilisi, where the remainder of the day is yours at leisure. (B)

2 nights Makmani Hotel or similar

Distance and Journey Time: Drive Kutaisi-Gori-Uplistsikhe-Kaspi-Tbilisi (280kms) Approx 5.5hours

Day 11 - Tbilisi - Sighnaghi - Sagaredjo - Tbilisi

Today you travel to the Kakheti region famous for being a wine making area, as well as having some of the countries warmest hospitality welcoming hospitality. Here you can see both the snowy Caucasus mountains and the fertile valleys. First, you will visit Bodbe nunnery (9th -17th centuries). Here, St. Nino, the woman from Cappadocia who brought Christianity to Georgia in the 4th Century is buried. Continue to the 18th century beautiful, small town of Sighnaghi which will impress you with its old fence like fortress walls and quaint houses with tiled roofs and decorated balconies. From here, you can see the picturesque views of Alazani valley and Great Caucasus mountains.

For lunch today, you will visit a local family where you will become familiar with the local peasant life. Enjoy a delicious meal of homemade food. Explore their gardens and vineyards, followed by a delicious homemade lunch. Experience some of the warmest hospitality in Georgia! Then its time to get hands on and participate in Churchkhela making (Georgian sweets). On the way back to Tblisi, you will visit a traditional Georgian wine cellar. Here you will taste wine made by the traditional way, in a Kvevri (clay vessel). This method of wine making is inscribed in the UNESCO intangible heritage list. Return to Tbilisi in the afternoon. (B,L)

Distance and Journey Time: Drive Tbilisi-Sighnaghi-Sagaredjo-Tbilisi (225kms) Approx 4.5-5hours

Day 12 - Departure

This morning is yours at leisure until it is time for you to be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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What’s included

  • Return airport transfers
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 10 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Services of English speaking local guide
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Air-conditioned private transportation
  • International & domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.

* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.

* A minimum of 2 adults is required to guarantee this departure.

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.



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