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10 Day Svaneti Self Drive Jeep Tour

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10 day Self Drive Jeep tour to Svaneti

Starts From: TBILISI

Available: JUNE - OCT

Total Driving Distance: 1287 Km

Duration: 10 Days/11 Nights

Type: Self-Drive Private Jeep Tour

Self-drive jeep tour to Svaneti is a very special itinerary for families and friends, who love authentic journeys and new discoveries. Experiance off-road adventures and cross Ugveri, Zagari and Zekari Passes. Top highlight of this tour is UNESCO World heritage village Ushguli - the highest permanent settlement in Europe (2200 m above the sea level). The village lies on Great Caucasus Mountains, the foothills of Shkhara Glacier (5068m) and offers splendid views of this giant. Self-defensive medieval towers rise in the middle of the ring of alpine pastures. During the tour, visit Abastumani Observatory, Martvili Canyon, archaeological site Nokalakevi, cave city Vardzia, and enjoy full day sightseeing in Kutaisi and Tbilisi capital city.

Wonderful experience and unforgettable feelings are waiting for you!

Sights to Visit

Itinerary


Day to day

Arrival in Tbilisi Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Free evening in Tbilisi.

*Optional Tbilisi City Tour for this day

Tbilisi City Tour: Sameba - Holy Trinity Cathedral built in 21st c. and being the main Christian Orthodox cathedral in Georgia. Metekhi Church of 13th c. located on the former area of the first royal residence overlooking Mtkvari River. Walking to Europe square, Darejani Palce, Rike Park and pedestrian modern glass bridge. Ride up by the aerial cable car to Narikala Fortress, the oldest building in the city (dates back to 4th century AD), Fort has a superb location with magnificent panoramic views over Tbilisi. Stroll down to Legvtakhevi(translated literally as “Fig Ravine”) – a beautiful place with waterfall. Take a walk in the Sulfur bathhouse square, Shardeni street, its neighborhood and Meidan square with its outdoor restaurants and souvenir shops. Cross the Bridge of Peace – a modern glass bridge in high-tech style. Visit Flea Market at the Dry Bridge, buy some souvenirs and handicraft. Free time on Freedom Square and Rustaveli Avenue.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Check out for Vardzia trip. This day reviles remote villages of Javakheti region, Tsalka, Paravani and Sagamo lakes and pastures. the most attractive cave city Vardzia. Don’t miss the chance to visit an impressive Dashbashi Canyon Natural Monument distinguished by diversity of nature and spectacular landscapes. Pass the towns Ninotsminda and Akhalkalaki and picturesque Dukhobors’ village named Gorelovka.

Arrive in Vardzia and Check In to the hotel for overnight.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Explore Vardzia - medieval rock-hewn cave city established in the 12th c. Vardzia was carved in the volcanic rocks on 13 levels, linked inside by internal tunnels-corridors, secrete passages and painted chapels. Sixteen years old Lady king Tamar together with her father King Georgi III is depicted on the Southern wall inside hall type church. Excursion in the caves and tunnels will take about one hour.

Drive to Akhaltsikhe - a historical town and administrative center of Samtskhe-Javakheti region in South Georgia. There are numerous ruined strongholds from the middle ages on the way: the most remarkable are Tmogvi, Vanis Kvabebi and Khertvisi. Take time, visit one and feel the spirit of the battlefields.

In Akhaltsikhe visit Castle at Rabati district. The complex is contemporarily renovated and consists of the castle of 14th c., several churches, a mosque, synagogue, and a museum, which houses different manuscript, book, photo, archaeological and numismatic collections.

Overnight in Akhaltsikhe.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Kutaisi, capital town of former kingdom of Abkhasia and Imereti, famous for its hospitality and delicious cuisine. The road goes through Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park and Zekari Pass on elevation of 2.174m. Nested in the pine wood forest, on the way visit Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory- the first mountainous “classical” observatory in the Soviet Union.

Cross Zekari Pass and arrive to the spa-resort Sairme. Stop to taste mineral spring waters at the Health Resort. This unique location offers healing springs, beautiful nature and ecologically clean environment.

Arrive in Kutaisi. Relaxing evening. Optional visit to UNESCO world heritage site Bagrati Cathedral (11th c), located on top of the hill in Kutaisi city center.

Overnight in Kutaisi.

Breakfast at the Kutaisi hotel. Morning visit of farmer’s market.

Drive to Ushguli– the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe, passing the towns Tsageri and Lentekhi. The off-road adventures in high Caucasus Mountains start here: the Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo (lover) Svaneti are connected to Zemo(upper) Svaneti through Zagari pass at an elevation of 2.620m above the sea level. This road is considered as one of the most epic in the world. To cover 164 km in total, it will take about 5 hours driving time.

Find yourself in the realm of medieval towers, surrounded by the mountains of Great Caucasus Range, glaciers, high peaks and roaring waterfalls. The way to Ushguli is extremely picturesque.

Overnight in Ushguli.

Breakfast at the guesthouse.

Explore Ushguli village – the highest mountain here is Shkhara (Elevation 5193 m), bordering Georgia from North with Kabardo-Balkan, republic of Russia. The whole village with its fortifications is included in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Drive to Mestia passing ancient villages: Kala, Adishi, Mulakhi.

Arrive in Mestia for two overnights.

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Relaxing day. Visit Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography, which houses old Georgian gospel books and manuscripts, ethnographic and archaeological items, Georgian Orthodox icons painted in Svanetian style, etc. Walk up to the tower and house museum of Margiani. In this tower-museum visitor can take a look at local dwelling – “Machubi” and get introduced to the traditional lifestyle of the Svans.

Continue to villages: Latali and Lemjeri located near Mestia town containing churches decorated with medieval frescos and murals.

Overnight in Mestia.

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and start driving to the natural monument – Martvili Canyon, created over millions of years by Abasha river. It is possible to make a boat trip and get to the 7-meter high waterfall of the canyon.

Continue to Nokalakevi, Samegrelo region to visit archaeological site. The complex consists of citadel of late antique period, ruins of Kings of Egrisi Palaces of 4th-6th cc, remains of bathhouses and water reservoirs of the same period, secret tunnels and the remains of several churches.

Overnight in Kutaisi.

Breakfast at the hotel. Explore Prometheus Cave in Tskaltubo - one of the most popular karst caves in Georgia, It includes various types of stalactites, stalagmites, curtains, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls, underground rivers, and lakes. The cluster of six caves differs significantly from each other in scale and the unique shapes of petrified flowstones found within.

Drive to Tbilisi. Free evening.

Overnight in Tbilisi.

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Tbilisi Airport.

Inclusions


Included

Staff:

  • English speaking driver service on day 1 and 10 for Tbilisi international airport pick up/drop of service. 

Transport:

  • Private Transportation with a comfortable A/C 4 x 4 WD Jeep (4 seats in each)

Accommodation in the hotels for 9 overnights:      

  • 2 x nights-Tbilisi 3* hotel Astoria or Brigitte
  • 1 x night- Vardzia Valodia's Cottage
  • 1 x night-Akhaltsikhe 3* hotel Tiflis
  • 2 x nights-Kutaisi 3* hotel Terrace, Solomoni or similar
  • 1 x night-Ushguli Guesthouse Panorama
  • 2 x nights-Mestia 3* hotel Mountain Mestia, Shgedi or Lileo

Meals:

  • 9 x Breakfasts-on days  2-10
  • 4 x Dinners in Svaneti hotels on days 5, 6 & 7

Entertainment, equipment, and other: 

  • 2 x bottles of water (per person daily) 
  • Excursions in accordance with the program 
  • Entrance fees in accordance with the program
  • All taxes

Excluded

  • Insurance
  • Flight tickets
  • Early Check Ins/Late Check outs
  • Navigator Jeep with technical assistant
  • Alcoholic beverages

Price


Price

Group size Price per adult
Solo 2619 €
2-3 people 1504 €
4-5 people 1203 €
6-7 people 931 €
8-9 people 924 €
10-15 people 838 €
Online booking deposit*:  60 €

*This deposit will be deducted from the total tour price.

The above prices (except for solo) are based on two people sharing a twin/double room accommodation.

Single Supplement is: 163 €

1 person from the group will be FREE of charge if 10 and more adults are traveling together

Child Policy
0-1 years - Free
2-6 years - 419 €
7 years and over - Adult
 

The balance can be done by:

  • Bank transfer - in Euro/USD/GBP currency, no later than two weeks before the tour starts
  • VISA/Mastercard - in GEL (local currency) in Tbilisi only, before the tour starts, directly to your guide via POS terminal. Additional card service fee +3%
  • Cash – GEL only, directly to the nearest TBC Bank office or TBC Bank Cash terminal no later than the beginning of the tour.

For a larger group or custom itinerary please contact us at travel[at]georgianholidays.com

Tips for booking procedure: 

How to know which “Operator” to select?

You only need to select the Operator name if you have previously communicated with one of our sales agents via phone or email, otherwise please leave it at default.

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Optional Services:

  • Single Room Supplement is: 163 €
  • Lunch - 12 € per person 
  • Dinner - 20 € per person 
  • Wine tasting - 10 € per person

Cancellation is free of charge prior 7 days of the starting day.

  • The booking deposit 60 Euro 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 the total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 7 days or less 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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