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4 Day Samegrelo- Zemo Svaneti Rural Tour

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4 Day Samegrelo- Zemo Svaneti Rural Tour

Starts from: Tbilisi every second Sunday
Type: Small Group Rural Tour
Available: May-September
Distance: 1080 km
Duration: 4 Days

Guaranteed small group rural tour to Samegrelo- Zemo Svaneti starts from Tbilisi. We explore the unique, untapped mixture of local cultural heritage, visit Nokalakevi archaeological site, natural wonders of Martvili Canyon, small remote towns of Mestia, Senaki, Chkhorotsku and Zugdidi, we make jeep tour to Ushguli and easy trekking to Chalaadi Glacier. We escape from the city life to the rural areas of the Greater Caucasus mountains, enjoy landscapes and nature, meet local people, and taste local food. Unbelievable! All of these will happen in four days!

13:00-14:00 Arrivals from Batumi and Kutaisi are very welcome! Join us in central area of Senaki. This is a great trip!

The group is Guaranteed to Run after two people book the tour.

This tour is the best offer for single travelers - no extra charges for Single Room Accommodation!

No Single Supplement is required!

Sights to Visit

Itinerary


Day to day

Total drive: 5 hr 33 min (366 km)

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.

Nokalakevi archaeological museum-reserve is about 17 minutes’ drive from Senaki (16.5 km). Guided Excursion will take about one hour. We visit renovated museum halls, archaeological fragments of thermal baths, churches, citadel, and escape tunnel.

The next site to visit today is Martvili Canyon. Enjoy the scenery of Samegrelo waterfalls and take a 20 minutes boat trip in the Abasha green color river. Tour continues for approximately an hour.

In the evening arrival in Chkhorotsku, a small town, where tourists usually pass by. Unique place!

The small family guesthouse is the only opportunity for an overnight here, but on the other hand, we have the best chance to explore the real local lifestyle. Dinner and overnight in Chkhorotsku guesthouse.

Total drive: 3 hr 20 min (154 km)

08:30 After breakfast at the guesthouse we check out and head to Mestia and to its surrounding. All-day we drive upwards to Caucasus mountain serpentines rising elevation from 180 m above sea level in Chkhorotsku to 1500 m in Mestia.

The first must-stop site on the way is Enguri Dam –a very impressive, picturesque gorge and the biggies construction of Soviet times (1 h from Chkhorotsku – 50 km). Doing 20-30 minutes photo stop here and continue to Upper Svaneti. 103 km left from here to Mestia, but non-stop time generally takes about 2 h, 20 min. We do as many stops as you’d like to feel the spirit of the raring Enguri River, Mountains, and untouched forests.

14:00 Arrival to Mestia, an administrative center of Svaneti region, surrounded by the three major summits: Ushba North Summit (4690 m), Ushba South Summit (4710 m) & Tetnuldi (4858 m). Villages around Mestia – Latali, Lenjeri and Mulakhi, keep traditional lifestyle. There are 78 medieval churches and defensive towers decorated with medieval frescos in Mestia and its surrounding villages.

This is the reason, why we head to the tower-museum of Margiani (12th c.) immediately after our arrival.

We will also pay a visit to mineral sparkling spring, Seti square, and the Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography of Mestia. The museum’s collection includes ethnographic and archaeological materials, old Georgian manuscripts, Georgian Orthodox icons painted in the Svan style etc.

In Mestia we stay at the local family guesthouse and enjoy homemade dinner.

Dinner and overnight in Mestia.

Trek grade: Easy to Moderate, distance 6 km, duration 5-6 h, elevation - 1920 m, trail trek, sleigh track

Chalaadi trail begins after crossing a small hanging bridge on the river of Mestiachala. After we reach the ruins of an old hut, the trail continues through various types of landscapes – the birch forest and rocky valley covered with stones of different shapes. Mount Chatini is clearly visible from this valley, while on its south face the Chalaadi glacier takes shape.

We continue towards the Chatini mountain and finally at 1920m above sea level we reach Chalaadi glacier. In a few words, the trail is quite an easy walk with many views of the high mountains and Snowy peaks of the Greater Caucasus range.

From Chalaadi we walk back to Mestia.

Dinner and overnight in Mestia.

Optional* Jeep tour: Mestia – Ushguli – Mestia

Driving distance: 93.7 km

If you would like to have an off-road adventure instead of trekking, we could explore Upper Svaneti and drive to Ushguli. Ushguli village is 45 km away from Mestia and consists of medieval settlements with the authentic local community. In addition, Ushguli is one of the highest continually inhabited places in Europe. For the above-listed historical, cultural, and geographical reasons, Ushguli has been included in the World Heritage Sites list by UNESCO. After visiting Lamaria church in Ushguli, we can take a walk towards the foothills of the Shkhara glacier (5068 m) – the highest summit in Georgia.

In the evening we drive back to Mestia. Dinner and overnight in Mestia.

NOTE: This route is doable from May to October.

Total drive: 7 hr 37 min (467 km)

After breakfast in Mestia guesthouse, we drive to Zugdidi – administrative center of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Region and Zugdidi Municipality. Visit Dadiani Palace Historical Museum and Botanical garden. The excursion will take about one hour.

Optional visit to Zugdidi farmer’s market, to buy local spices, homemade sauce Tkemali and Satsebeli, homemade cheese Sulguni, and Honey.

Drive back to Tbilisi. Evening arrival in Tbilisi. Drop off to your overnight place is included.

Optional Gala dinner in Tbilisi restaurant should be arranged in advance.

This is the End of our 4-day tour. We are looking forward to greet you again on optional tours from Tbilisi next morning.

See you soon!

Inclusions


Included

Staff:

  • Professional English-speaking guide service  

Transport:

  • One group transfer to/from Tbilisi airport at the beginning and at the end of the tour
  • Comfortable A/C vehicle

Accommodation: 3 x overnights family guesthouses:      

  • 1 x overnight in Chkhorotsku guesthouse.
  • 2 x overnights in Mestia Ushba guesthouse or similar

Meals:

  • 3 x breakfast
  • 3 x dinners

Entertainment and other: 

  • 1 x bottle mineral water per person per day
  • All Excursions and Entrance fees
  • Map of Georgia
  • All Local Taxes

Excluded

  • Personal expenses
  • Lunches and Beverages
  • Optional tour: Mestia – Ushguli- Mestia. Price per 4x4WD vehicle (max. capacity 6 people) – 100 EUR. 

Price Table


Start Date End Date Seats Left Price From Availability Reserve
2022-05-01 2022-05-04 15 € 485
2022-05-15 2022-05-18 15 € 485
2022-05-29 2022-06-01 15 € 485
2022-06-12 2022-06-15 15 € 485
2022-06-26 2022-06-29 15 € 485
2022-07-10 2022-07-13 15 € 485
2022-07-24 2022-07-27 15 € 485
2022-08-07 2022-08-10 15 € 485
2022-08-21 2022-08-24 15 € 485
2022-09-04 2022-09-07 15 € 485
2022-09-18 2022-09-21 15 € 485

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More Info


More Info

The deposit for this trip is: 200 €

If you book early (6 months before your landing) you will receive a 10% discount.

 

The price includes a group transfer to/from Tbilisi airport at the beginning and end of the tour .

 

The price includes group accommodation for the dates specified in the dossier.

The price does not include overnight stays on the last day of the itinerary.

 

Flights should be booked individually.

Flights should not be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and "Guaranteed" is displayed on the trip.

 

Optional services:

  • Day trip to Ushguli: Mestia – Ushguli- Mestia. Price per 4x4WD vehicle (max. capacity 5 people) – 100 €.
  • Private pick-up transfer from Tbilisi airport: 25 €
  • Private drop-off transfer to Tbilisi airport: 22 € 
  • Discounted double way private transfer to/from Tbilisi airport to/from Tbilisi hotel: 40 €

 

For people joining the tour from/to Batumi: 

  • Private transfer Batumi-Senaki per vehicle (max. capacity 3 people) – 90 €
  • Private transfer Zugdidi-Batumi per vehicle (max. capacity 3 people) - 90 €

 

For people joining the tour from/to Kutaisi: 

  • Private transfer Kutaisi-Senaki per vehicle (max. capacity 3 people) – 77 €
  • Private transfer Zugdidi-Kutaisi per vehicle (max. capacity 3 people) – 83 €

 

To arrange airport transfers and additional hotel overnights, contact us trips [at] georgianholidays.com

 

CHILD POLICY:

0-1 year - Free

2-6 years – 243 €

7 years and over - Adult price

Cancellation is free of charge prior 14 days of the starting day.

  • The booking deposit EUR 300 is non-refundable.

If Tourist cancels the booked tour for some reasons not depending on Tour Operator, the following sums are kept back as a fine:

  • 50% of total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 14-7 days prior to the tour;
  • 90% of total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 7 and fewer days prior to the tour;
  • 100% of the total cost of the tourist product due to the Tourist's failure to appear.

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