The Culture and Nature of Georgia Tour is the ultimate introduction to magnificent Georgia. Delve into its natural resplendence at such diverse sites as Chalaadi Glacier, Uplistsikhe Cave Town, Batumi Botanical Garden and Martvili and Okatse Canyons, while plunging into the rich historical jewels of Ushguli Village, Rabati Castle, Vardzia Cave Monastery, Khertvisi Fortress and more on this extensive 12-day tour.
The spirit of Georgia is personified through its lively and exotic culture and astonishingly varied natural formations. In every direction, Georgia’s distinctive flavor can be enjoyed: the wine culture of Sighnaghi, Tsinandali and Telavi, the imprint of Stalin in Gori, the beauty engulfing Borjomi and Akhaltsikhe and the minority ethnic groups of Mestia all enhance the beauty that is Georgia.
Arrive in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital. Transfer to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon. Have a rest, followed by a private walking tour of Old Tbilisi. Your tour begins at Metekhi Bridge and includes the following sights:
In the morning, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel to continue your tour. Drive to the small town of Mtskheta (25km, 30min) to explore three UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
Meet your driver and mountain guide in Kutaisi to start your three-day tour in Svaneti. Depart Kutaisi in the morning and drive to Ushguli Village (170km, 4hrs 30min). Explore the mysterious and ethnically unique Upper Svaneti Region as you drive a scenic mountain road.
Take an off-road to Zagari Pass (2620 meters), passing through the wild nature of the High Caucasus in a region nicknamed the “Land of a Thousand Towers”. Enjoy spectacular views and a picnic lunch along the way.
Arrive to Ushguli (2200 meters), one of the most remote settlements in Georgia. Ushguli highlights include:
Wake up early to watch the sun rise above Mount Ushba and Mount Laila. After breakfast, take a guided tour of the following:
In the morning, your driver and guide will meet you at the hotel to begin your Batumi city tour to the following sights: