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12 Day Geographical Jeep Tour

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Vardzia Caves

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Borjomi - Central Park

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Makhuntseti Waterfall, Keda, Adjara Region

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Komli, Tsitelmta, Guria

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Martvili Canyon, Samegrelo

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Mukhuri, Chkhorotsku, Samegrelo

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Ushguli, Svaneti

Nikortsminda, Ambrolauri

Nikortsminda, Ambrolauri

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Shaori Reservior, Racha

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Kutaisi, Imereti

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12 Day Geographical Jeep Tour

Starts from: TBILISI
Best Time: MAY-OCT
Distance:  1615 KM
Duration: 12 DAY TOUR
Code: SDJT-12D

Embark on a 12-day self-drive jeep tour to Georgia, explore remote villages, major cities and towns, Batumi seaside resort, natural wonders of West Georgia, and ancient historical monuments of the country.

Visit Samtkhe-Javakheti region and enjoy sightseeing of Borjomi spa resort and Vardzia caves.  Walk along Batumi Boulevard, through fashionable 19th-century buildings and elegant squares.  

Relax, decompress, and take full advantage of the alluring atmosphere in Mukhuri rustic guesthouse, where climate and healthy meals are a perfect treat for your health and body. 

Drive off-road to Svaneti, including Ushguli village – another UNESCO site located 2100 meters above sea level. 

In Imereti region, you get the opportunity to explore karst caves and see 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

End your trip in Tbilisi with a farewell dinner and folk show upon your choice.

Sights to Visit

Itinerary


Day to day

Arrive in Tbilisi Airport. Meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel. Free evening in Tbilisi. 

 

*Optional Tbilisi City Tour for this day

Start Tbilisi City Tour. Visit all main attractions of the city: Holy Trinity Cathedral (“Sameba”) built in 21st c. and being the main Christian Orthodox cathedral in Georgia. Continue to Metekhi Church of 13th c. located on the bank of Mtkvari River. Ride up to Narikala Fortress by the aerial cable car. Narikala fortress dates back to 4th century AD, it has a superb location with magnificent panoramic views over the Tbilisi city. Stroll down to Legvtakhevi (translated literally as “Fig Ravine”) – a beautiful place with waterfall, blooming plants and a small river. Take a walk in the park near Sulfur bathhouses, well-known for their healing powers, Shardeni street, its neighborhood and Meidan square with its outdoor cafes, galleries and souvenir shops. Cross the Bridge of Peace – a modern glass bridge in high-tech style. Visit Flea Market at Dry Bridge where you can buy the souvenirs and handicraft. Free time on Rustaveli Avenue. 

 

Overnight in Tbilisi. 

Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with the jeep company representative, passing the 4x4 WD vehicle and equipment for self-driving, filling the documents for jeep rental, and off to adventures!

First, stop at Dashbashi Canyon-one of the most beautiful natural landmarks in the country. Its height is 1100-1500 meters and length is 8 km. On the way to Tsalka take a break at the lake Paravani and visit the female monastery Foka. Here you can buy different kinds of cheese and chocolate made by nuns. 

Pass picturesque villages Tetritskaro, Tsalka and Tabatskuri Lakes. 

Arrive in Vardzia for overnight.

Breakfast at the hotel.  This day offers travelers wonderful opportunity to explore remote villages of Javakheti region, lakes and pastures, and the most attractive cave city Vardzia. Vardzia Cave Monastery was carved in the volcanic rocks on 13 levels in the 12th c, comprising six-floor complexes of caves, painted chapels, a monastery, bathes, libraries, and internal tunnels. 

Another highlight of the day is Khertvisi fortress-one of the oldest fortresses in Meskheti region, built in the 2nd century BC. Now part of a state heritage reserve, an extended area of Vardzia-Khertvisi has been submitted for future inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The route follows Ktsia-Tabatskuri protected area in Akhalkalaki Municipality. Tabatskhuri alpine lake, neighboring high mountainous wetlands, and alpine habitats are included in Ktsia-Tabatskhuri managed reserve, established in 2007. Pass Bakuriani skiing resort (1650m above sea level) and arrive in Spa city Borjomi, which served as Russian King’s Romanov family residence during the Tsarist rule over Georgia. It was designed by the architect Leon Benois for Grand Duke Nicholas in the late 1800s.

Have a nice walk in Borjomi Central Park, where you can taste famous mineral spring water Borjomi and ride on a cable car to enjoy spectacular views over the town. 

Overnight in Akhaltsikhe town.

Breakfast at the hotel.  Drive to the seaside resort Batumi via Goderdzi pass-a merging link of Adjara and Samtskhe-Javakheti. Follow the way towards Khulo and Keda municipalities and have a rest at Makhuntseti waterfall-one of the highest waterfalls in Ajara, surrounded by pristine and unaltered nature, particularly intriguing for eco-tourists. While being at the waterfall it is also possible to visit nearby tourist attractions, including an ancient Makhuntseti stone Bridge, Adjarian wine house, and private wine cellars scattered throughout Keda Municipality.

Arrive in Batumi and check in to the hotel.  

Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up and start walking from Europe Square around Georgian Alphabet tower, visiting the following attractions and places: Batumi's Lighthouse, statues of Jason & Medea from Greek mythology, Summer Theatre, moving sculpture of Ali and Nino by Tamara Kvesitadze. Have a relaxing evening at Batumi Boulevard and enjoy the lights of dancing fountains. 

Leave Batumi and drive to Tsitelmta village, Guria region, where you will taste homemade Georgian lunch and tea at a rustic Farmhouse Komli, surrounded by tea plantation, bamboos, and small spring. 

Continue our trip to another natural landmark – Martvili Canyon, created millions of years ago by the Abasha river. You can get to the 7-meter high waterfall of the canyon by boat. 

From Martvili drive to a small village Mukhuri, stay in an authentic Mingrelian guesthouse, and discover the riches of Samegrelo region. 

Breakfast at the hotel.  Travel to Becho commune and from there make shortstop under Guli Glacier. We drive on narrow tracks through coniferous and mixed forests. On the way visit little churches in the villages Latali and Lenjeri with 10th-12th cc frescoes. Enjoy evergreen pine forest, observe spectacular views of the magnificent Ushba summit and beautiful river gorge. 

Arrive in Becho and overnight. 

Breakfast at the hotel. Start the mountain road journey to Mestia – an administrative center of Svaneti. Pass village Latali, containing churches decorated with medieval frescos and murals. Arrive in Mestia.

Visit Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography, which houses old Georgian 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 visitors can take a look at local dwelling – “Machubi”, and get introduced to the traditional lifestyle of the Svans. 

Overnight in Mestia. 

Breakfast at the hotel. Explore Upper Svaneti and drive to Ushguli village – the highest continually inhabited places in Europe. The whole village with its fortifications is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The way to Ushguli is off-road but very picturesque. During the day you visit ancient villages: Mulakhi, Ipari, and Kala and see the churches rich of murals and frescos.  Stop by Lamaria church in Ushguli - a sacred place for locals. 

Overnight in Ushguli.  

Breakfast at the hotel and start driving to town Ambrolauri-an administrative center of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti. Ushguli-Lentekhi road is getting more and more beautiful every second:  authentic villages, whitewater river in the green valley, mountain meadows of flowers are the highlights on the way. 

Arrive in Ambrolauri-a small town with a population of 2,000 people located 550 m above sea level. Locals here are known for their singing skills and dedication to hard work. Racha-Lechkhumi maintains ancient traditions of vineyards and winemaking, been passed down through the generations. You will see Khvanchkara bottle (famous semi-sweet red wine, regarded as the favorite drink of Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Josef Stalin) standing in the center of the town center. 

Interesting sights in this town also include the Museum of Fine Arts, which houses over 550 paintings of well-known Georgian artists (Gudiashvili, Akhvlediani, Kakabadze, Varazi, and others)  and Barakoni-a Georgian Orthodox Church of the Mother of God built in 1753, one of the last important monuments representing medieval Georgian architecture. The church is located near the town of Ambrolauri, in the Tsesi village on top of a steep cliff and overlooks Rioni River which joins the Lukhuni River just below the mountain. 

Overnight in Ambrolauri.

Breakfast at the hotel.  Visit UNESCO world heritage site Nikortsminda Cathedral-a Georgian Orthodox Church built-in 1010-1014, famous for beautiful ornaments and ancient frescoes. Next stop at Shaori Lake. Have a nice walk around a lakeside area and head to Kutaisi-famous for its hospitality, delicious cuisine, and special dishes such as Imeretian cheese pie. Visit the farmer’s market and UNESCO world heritage site: Bagrati Cathedral ruins (11th c), located in Kutaisi city center on top of the hill. 

Cross the White Bridge-the main bridge of Kutaisi, connecting 2 banks of Rioni River. Ride up via cable car to Gora Park, located on the top of the Ukimerioni hill, and enjoy panoramic views of the city. 

Overnight in Kutaisi.  

Breakfast at the hotel.  Start driving to Tbilisi. 73km (roughly 2 hours by road) from Kutaisi and 186km (roughly 3 hours by road) from Tbilisi is located town Tchiatura. Tchiatura is considered Bolshevik “heartland” of Georgia, famous for its Soviet history and ‘iron coffins’- a network of ancient macabre rusty cable cars built by order of Joseph Stalin, to ferry the town’s manganese miners across its green valley. 

Continue your way and arrive to Katskhi Pillar-a natural limestone monolith located at the village of Katskhi, near Sachkhere-Chiatura. It is approximately 40 meters (130 ft) high and overlooks the small river valley of Katskhura. Katskhi pillar complex currently consists of a church dedicated to Maximus the Confessor, a crypt (burial vault), three hermit cells, a wine cellar, and a curtain wall on the uneven top surface of the column. At the base of the pillar are the newly built church of Simeon Stylites and ruins of an old wall and belfry. 

Evening arrive in Tbilisi for overnight.

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Airport. 

Inclusions


Included

Staff:

  • English speaking guide service during the tour 

Transport:

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

Accommodation in the hotels:      

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

Meals:

  • 11 x Breakfasts-on days  2-12
  • Water (2 x bottles per person daily) 

Entertainment, equipment and other: 

  • 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
  • Services not mentioned in the program

Price


Price

Group size Price per adult
Solo € 3079
2-3 people € 1764
4-5 people € 1428
6-7 people € 1100
8-9 people € 1098
10-15 people € 995
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: 200 €

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 - 498 €
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

Lunch (12 Euro per person) 

Dinner (20 Euro per person) 

Wine tasting (10 Euro per person) 

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

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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