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In 10 days discover the very best of Georgia. Your trip begins in the vibrant capital of Tbilisi before heading towards the breathtaking Greater Caucasus for a series of adventures hiking across the beautiful landscapes. On this tour you will taste traditional Georgian wine, enjoy delicious traditional meals hosted by local families and admire one spectacular view after another.
(Available as a small group tour or tailor-made holiday)
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With group members arriving throughout the afternoon, evening and night, today is a 'free' day for you to arrive, be transferred to the start hotel, and to shake off any travel fatigue and get your bearings. Your adventure starts in earnest, tomorrow, after breakfast - so please book flights / transportation that will get you to Tbilisi in time for Breakfast at the latest!
If you are able to arrive earlier in the day, please feel free to ask us for guidance on how to spend this free day, where to eat and what to visit (or to try to save for the tour). We are on hand to help!
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Welcome to Georgia!
After breakfast, today you can enjoy a guided tour of Tbilisi. We will begin at Metekhi church which dates back from the 13th century and offers wonderful views of Tbilisi Old Town. Explore the winding, narrow streets and admire a blend of modern and traditional architecture. Our tour continues from above, with a cable car experience offering panoramic views of the city. It drops us off at the Narikala Fortress, known as the Mother Fortress of Tbilisi, one of the oldest and most important buildings of the city. Descending from the Fortress we will pass the historical sulphur bath quarter - Tbilisi has hot springs running under the city and has a number of thermal baths.
Tonight you will have the chance to experience one of Tbilisi’s many delicious restaurants. Make sure to try khachapuri, a boat shaped bread filled with butter, cheese and egg.
After breakfast we will head to the railway station to catch a train to Zugdidi. Located in Western Georgia, it is the biggest city in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region and a gateway to the beautiful mountains of Svaneti. We will enjoy true Georgian hospitality at a late lunch with a local family.
With energy restored we can now head to Svaneti to visit the Greater Caucasus, the mountain range which offers breathtaking dramatic views and is the natural land border to Russia. Svaneti is home to snow-covered glaciers, towers from the Middle Ages and beautiful waterfalls and lakes. We will stay in a family-run hotel in the village of Becho, located at the foot of Ushba Mountain (4700m).
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Today we will get to witness the spectacular natural scenery of the Greater Caucasus. After breakfast we will drive to the village of Shikhra which will be the starting point for our walk to the waterfalls of Ushba. Hike through the forest along the Dolra River before getting your first view of the waterfalls, with several cascades of water flowing downwards side by side on the mountain slope creating an unforgettable panorama. From here we have the option to visit the base or head to the top to get spectacular views of the valley.
After our visit we will return to Becho before continuing our adventure to Mestia, the main town of Svaneti and our base for the next few nights.
Military Base: Stage 1 (easy)/ walking time: 2-3 hrs totally; ↑↓ 250 m; 8 km.
1st waterfall: Stage 2 (medium)/ walking time: 4-5 hrs totally; ↑↓ 550 m; 10 km.
2nd waterfall: Stage 3 (hard)/ walking time: 6-7 hrs totally; ↑↓ 1100 m; 12 km
This morning we drive to the village of Mulakhi to enjoy a hike around the area which offers beautiful views from any way you look. Walk past wild mountain meadows and spot its famous ancient towers which are dotted across the landscape.
Walking time: 4-5 hrs. 14 km. ↑320 m. ↓500 m.
Return to Mestia for dinner at the family-run hotel.
After breakfast we will take 4WD cars to Jvari Point (2170m) and start our walk to Koruldi Lake. On the way, enjoy views of countless summits and glaciers, as well as the gigantic mountains arising out of each other: Tetnuldi (4,800 m.), Laila (4,008 m.), Chatini (4,012 m.), Banguriani (3,838 m.). On arrival at the beautiful mountain lakes, admire the spectacular 360 degree panorama view of the Greater Caucasus.
From Mestia to Jvari point: 30 min. driving time 9 km. From Jvari point to Koruldi lakes: 3-4 hrs. totally; ↑↓ 600 m. 8 km.
Later, we will descend back to Jvari Point for the return journey to Mestia where a hearty dinner will be served.
This morning, we drive to the highest permanent village in Europe - Ushguli (2200m). Ushguli and generally the whole Upper Svaneti region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is famous for its abundance of watchtowers. We will visit the 12th century complex of Lamaria and wander the twisting ancient alleys between houses. Our adventure continues, driving towards Mt. Shkhara where we will walk to the foot of the mountain.
After our morning activity we will return to Ushguli for a well-deserved traditional Georgian lunch, hosted by a local family. Enjoy a delicious meal and have some time to interact with your hosts learning about life in Georgia and the family recipes that have been served! Later, return to Mestia to relax for the evening.
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This morning we leave Mestia and drive to Martvili to visit the Martvili canyon. Enjoy a walking trail of the gorge before having the option to take a boat along the Abasha River into the canyon itself.
Later we will drive to Kutaisi, the second largest city in Georgia. The remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy and you can visit some of the many sites including Bagrati Cathedral, a beautiful, historic cathedral which offers wonderful views of the city.
Tonight dinner is served at the family-run hotel.
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This morning we drive to Gori and visit the Uplistsikhe troglodyte settlement. It dates back from the 1st millennium BC and is the place where the Great Silk Road used to pass. It is a fascinating complex with a number of structures cut from rock including dwelling quarters, wine-cellars, bakeries, a three-nave basilica church and even an ancient amphitheatre.
After our visit, we will drive to Tbilisi but on the way make a stop in Kaspi. No trip to Georgia would be complete without tasting delicious Georgian wine. Visit a local wine cellar and learn about the history of wine making, with deep-rooted traditions being continued by the younger generations. The method of wine making in Georgia is inscribed in theUNESCO intangible heritage list.
After sampling the local wines we will continue to the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia - Mtskheta - and enjoy a tour of its historical sights including Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Our adventure concludes back in Tbilisi where you will have a final night in this wonderful city.
Today your adventure in Georgia comes to an end. It's time to return home, rejuvenated!
Single rooms are available on a first come, first served basis, however, due to the nature of the accommodation we are using on this adventure, there are nights where single rooms are not possible, so the supplement price reflects this. We will charge on a pro-rata basis if a single room is not available to book for part of the trip where it would have been possible.
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We fully believe in, and practice, Responsible Tourism, using hotels run by locals. The accommodation on this adventure is comfortable and welcoming hotel accommodation offering rooms with ensuite facilities. We put time and effort into building our relationship with accommodation suppliers to ensure you have a great trip.
We choose accommodation based on cleanliness, comfort, safety, proximity to our route (to avoid unnecessary extra travel) and a warm client welcome, as well as reliability in their service to us. Wherever we can we will choose smaller, more characterful, individual hotels, but in areas where tourism is still developing, or in remote areas (like the mountains), we may not have a wide range of options. An aspect of our adventures is to escape the ‘trappings’ of modern Western lifestyles and to experience new things with are exciting and memorable and reflects the countries we are visiting.
Unless you have booked a single room (where they are available) and paid the single room supplement for those nights, you will be sharing a twin room with another client (of the same gender).
Supporting you on your holiday will be a local, English-speaking, qualified guide who knows the area like the back of their hand, as well as the history & heritage of the area!
We work jointly with our Georgian Tour Operator partners both before and during your adventure to ensure that they understand your needs and the standard that YellowWood Adventures expects. We believe that it is a very important positive aspect of Responsible Tourism, to employ the expertise of reliable and suitably qualified local suppliers, as well as offering you a much more informative and authentic experience.
Your group will be any number from our minimum group size of 4, up to a maximum of 12 fellow travellers. This number works really well with the ratio of guides, and ensures the optimum level of service to you during your adventure.
We get clients booking alone, as couples and in small groups of friends. If you have a group of friends or family who are interested in having their own customised trip, then please let us know and we can cost it for you.
Your itinerary involves hiking at altitude. You will encounter some rough terrain, with steeper gradients. The paths are generally defined but may be narrow and rocky at times. You will be walking for up to 4-5 hours / day, and on some consecutive days.
To get the most of out of this adventure, you need to be a regular walker with experience of walking in the mountains, and be in good physical condition.
Any hiking is undertaken at the natural pace of the group, with regular stops for photos, snacks etc. Walking boots that have already been worn in are essential on this adventure.
You will be carrying just a day pack with camera, spare layers and a bottle of water.
For convenience, peace of mind, and to reduce the purchase of single use plastic water bottles, we highly recommend your bring a filtration water bottle.
As with all active holidays, the fitter you are, the more you can relax and enjoy the stunning route, and the better you can cope with challenges such as the outside elements.
You are advised to get into a regular walking & / or running pattern before the trip as convenient.
Your YellowWood adventure starts in Tbilisi. We understand that arriving into an unfamiliar airport can be daunting, so we aim to give you as much information here as possible to help you prepare.
Flights are not included in the cost of your holiday, and whilst we are happy to help advise you, responsibility for booking the correct flights rests with you. We recommend that you use a comparison tool when searching for flights, such as skyscanner or www.momondo.co.uk.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. As the situation in our destination countries can change, please do ensure you check regularly before your adventure.
We also receive notifications direct from the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) so we are always aware of the ‘status’ in our destination countries.
Tbilisi Airport is a fully functioning, international airport welcoming domestic flights and those from Europe. Airport services include Duty Free, ATMs and Currency Exchange. On arrival at the airport you will go through passport control to baggage reclaim and onwards to Arrivals where you will be met by a driver / guide with a YellowWood Adventures sign.
All group specific, final details on where to meet your guide will be sent to you prior to the start of your adventure.
Holiday insurance is essential for all Yellow Wood Adventures. Unfortunately anyone without insurance is not able to take part in the holiday, so please make sure you arrange cover. We recommend sorting your insurance when you book so that if you have problems during the run up to your holiday, and need to cancel, you are covered, particularly in the light of effects that the pandemic has had on travel.
Prior to the holiday, we will ask you to send us details of your insurer, policy number, 24hr emergency assistance contact details and the name, address, and telephone numbers of your NOK or persons to be notified in the event of an emergency.
Your insurance needs to cover you for moderate hiking with the following fairly standard inclusions:
We would also recommend that you have cover for the following optional items:
For general information on Georgia, such as climate, weather, language, social norms, food & drink etc, please have a head to our Country Specific Page packed full of information about Georgia.
All adventures can be tailored as private bespoke trips.
Please contact us for more information:
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To help you choose the right adventure for you, we have given each itinerary a grading that relates to the level of Walking / Trekking you will experience during the trip. This grading can be found on the Yellow map on the adventure page of the website.
All of our trips involve a level of general activity so are designed for people who are in good health, enjoy the outdoors, and have a taste for adventure and some level of fitness. As will be clear from our destinations, the climate (and altitude) may be different to that which you are used to, so please take this into consideration when choosing the most suitable holiday.
Please read our Adventure Itinerary & Essential Information for more information and don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to chat through whether you have found a suitable adventure for you.
You need to be in good physical health to enjoy your active holiday, but you don’t need to be an experienced hiker. These itineraries offer a mix of sightseeing and easier walking for around 2-4hrs a day, with the emphasis on sights and cultural experiences.
Walks will be well marked or on defined pathways, and often around sites of interest. The expected amount of descent/ascent will depend on the landscapes of the destination, but will not exceed 400m/day, and will often be much less. Walks are at low altitude (below 3000m).
You will not be required to carry more than a day sack with water and essentials. Ensure you are aware of the weather conditions likely in the destination you are visiting and have a pair of comfortable and worn in walking shoes/boots.
You need to have a good level of fitness and be a regular walker for these adventures, with ideally some trekking experience. You can expect to be walking for 3-6 hours per day, not including rest stops, normally on good trail paths but with some uneven surfaces at times.
You will not be required to carry more than a day sack. You may be walking in more challenging temperatures. You will generally be walking at low altitude (below 3000m) but may walk at altitudes up to 4000m. The amount of ascent could be up to 800m in a day but will frequently be less. You may walk on consecutive days.
Ensure you are aware of the weather conditions likely in the destination you are visiting and have suitable clothing for this adventure.
You need to have a good level of fitness with previous experience of trekking. Extra training before your trip will ensure that you get the most out of your adventure. Areas will be remote and terrain uneven.
Expect to walk for 5 – 8 hours a day, not including breaks, with some very steep ascents and descents. You will be walking at altitude (over 3000m but not higher than 5000m).
Ensure you are aware of the weather conditions likely in the destination you are visiting and have suitable equipment/clothing for this adventure (see the packing list for your adventure).
Please check individual itineraries for details of what you will need to be carrying with you.
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We will be in touch as soon as we are able, to answer your questions and help you plan your adventure.
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