Winter Skiing Tour to Georgia

Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Ananuri, Gudauri, Borjomi, Bakuriani

Winter Skiing Tour to Georgia is the perfect way to infuse those dreary midwinter days with anticipation, excitement and unrivaled beauty. This weeklong escape begins with a guided introduction to Georgia’s most important landmarks in Tbilisi, Mtskheta and Borjomi, followed by several days of skiing, socializing and sporting activities at Georgia’s most renowned winter getaways, Gudauri and Bakuriani Ski Resorts.
Gudauri Ski Resort, covering an area of 50 kilometers across the slopes of the Greater Caucasus, is Georgia’s largest functioning ski resort, offering amazing slopes and freeride ski terrain suitable for every level of difficulty. Experienced skiers will appreciate Mount Sadzele, which at 3250 meters is the highest point on the premises. Bakuriani Ski Resort is equally noteworthy as the former training ground for many of Georgia’s winter Olympic athletes which has also welcomed local and international vacationers to its slopes for decades.

Arrive in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. Transfer to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon, and have a guided walking tour around Old Tbilisi. Your private tour will include:

  • Visit to Metekhi Church (13th century), a medieval structure on the brink of the Kura (Mtkvari) River and guarded by a statue of King Vakhtang Gorgasali, who allegedly wielded a 16-kilogram sword during his lifetime.
  • Pass through Rike Park and take a cable car up to Narikala Fortress (4th century), Georgia’s oldest citadel and the best spot for a panoramic view of the city and the botanical gardens. Nearby stands the 20-meter-high statue of Kartlis Deda , also known as the Mother of Georgia.
  • Continue wandering through Old Tbilisi. On the way pass Jumah Mosque, one of the few mosques in the world that holds services for both Shia and Sunni Muslims.
  • Discover the quaint and picturesque Bridge of Lovers near the cooling waters of the 22-meter-high Legvtakhevi Waterfall.
  • Continue through the historic Abanotubani District, passing by the famous Tbilisi Sulfur Baths which, at least in legend, are closely tied with the city’s founding.
  • Exit Tbilisi Old Town and stroll along Jan Shardeni Street (Jean Chardin), an area filled with cozy coffee shops, wine tasting bars and souvenir stores.
  • Enter Sioni Cathedral (7th century) to admire its jaw-dropping interior of gold and turquoise frescoes.
  • Take a photo near the cartoonish Leaning Clock Tower of Tbilisi, which marks the site of the city’s famous Reza Gabriadze Puppet Theater.
  • Stand in awe of Anchiskhati Basilica Church (6th century), a Georgian Orthodox Cathedral and the oldest house of worship in Tbilisi.
  • Walk across the Bridge of Peace, which spans the Kura River into Rike Park. Built in 2010, the Bridge of Peace stretches for 155 meters and was designed by renowned architect Michele De Lucchi.
If you wish, continue exploring Rike Park or Old Tbilisi on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Tbilisi.
Tour duration: 3-4 hours
Meals Provided: none

In the morning drive to Mtskheta (25km, 30min), ancient capital of Iberia and a holy pilgrimage site for most Georgians. In Mtskheta you will visit:

  • Jvari Orthodox Monastery (6th century), a unique remnant of the early Georgian church built at the top of a hill. The church overlooks the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi Rivers and amazes its visitors with simple yet beautiful facades.
  • Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century), where one of the holiest items of the orthodox Christian world - the seamless robe, or chiton, worn by Jesus Christ at crucifixion - is believed to be buried. Admire its stunning architecture and moving frescoes as you learn the various legends connected with the church.
  • Take a walk on the lovely streets of Mtskheta to admire the homes and balconies or shop for Georgia’s famous national sweet, churchkhela.
Continue driving to Gudauri via Ananuri (100km, 1hr,45min). Visit Ananuri Castle Complex (16th-17th centuries) to explore the fortresses, admire its churches, climb the medieval tower and stand awestruck before a sweeping view of the Caucasus Mountains and Zhinvali Reservoir.
Relax as you continue driving to Gudauri. Arrive to the famous Gudauri Ski Resort, which at 2100 meters above sea level is a fantastic place for winter holidays. Free time at the ski resort for the remainder of the day to enjoy the winter landscapes of the southern slopes of the Caucasus. Overnight at the hotel in Gudauri.
Meals Provided: breakfast
Spend the day discovering the largest functioning ski resort in Georgia with a full day of skiing. There are seven lifts, twelve trails and pistes up to 7 kilometers in length, with amazing freeride, downhill and cross-country skiing opportunities that are suitable for all different levels. Overnight at the hotel in Gudauri.
Meals Provided: breakfast
After breakfast, continue your time in Gudauri as you spend the day in this fully-equipped ski resort, which apart from skiing also offers paragliding, ice skating, snowmobiling, horseback riding, an indoor swimming pool, bowling facility and nightclubs. After your activities, relax at one of the restaurants with a traditional meal and a glass of Georgian wine. Overnight at the hotel in Gudauri.
Meals Provided: breakfast
Continue skiing at Gudauri in the morning. Around noon, drive to Borjomi (230km, 3hrs 30min).
Arrive to Borjomi Central Park, a branch of Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, to ride the cable cars and taste the famous “BORJOMI” mineral water from the spring itself. Enjoy the forest and fresh air as you trek through the park on snowshoes and immerse yourself in nature.
Drive to the famous Bakuriani Ski Resort (25km, 40min), situated at an elevation of 1700 meters above sea level in Samtskhe-Javakheti Region. Free time at the resort for the remainder of the day for relaxation amidst the panoramic mountain view.
Overnight at the hotel in Bakuriani.
Meals Provided: breakfast
Spend the day skiing alpine runs and slopes in the Caucasus Mountains at one of Georgia’s most popular destinations. There are 23 ski pistes spanning a total length of 29 kilometers, with difficulties levels ranging from beginner to highly advanced, while numerous cross trails for skiing and snowboarding allow for a full day of activity.
Return to the hotel in the evening for some rest before enjoying Bakuriani nightlife. Overnight at the hotel in Bakuriani.
Meals Provided: breakfast
After breakfast, you’ll have a free day at the ski resort to continue enjoying the winter landscape through skiing, paragliding, ice skating, snowmobiling or nature walks.
Drive back to Tbilisi in late afternoon (190km, 3hrs). End of Winter Skiing Tour to Georgia.
Meals Provided: breakfast
  • Private, local guide;
  • Entrance fees to the sights as per itinerary;
  • Accommodation in a double/twin room with breakfast (6 nights);
  • Mineral water (1 liter per person per day);
  • Transportation throughout the tour.
  • Transfers outside the program;
  • All ski-related expenses (lifts fee, ski equipment rental, ski instructor services, etc.);
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • Lunches and dinners;
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • All charges and services not mentioned in the tour price above.

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