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12 Day Beauty of Caucasus

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Martvili Canyon

Caucasus Mountains, Khevi

Caucasus Mountains, Khevi

Mtskheta

Mtskheta

Gori

Gori

Martvili-National-Park

Martvili-National-Park

Autumn in Svaneti

Autumn in Svaneti

Ushguli

Ushguli

Borjomi-Kharagauli-National-Park

Borjomi-Kharagauli-National-Park

Batumi

Batumi

Vardzia caves, Javakheti region, Georgia

Vardzia caves, Javakheti region, Georgia

Akhaltsikhe Castle

Akhaltsikhe Castle

Tbilisi Skate Park

Tbilisi Skate Park

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The beauty of Caucasus

 

Starts: Tbilisi
Best Time: MAY-OCT
Distance: 1720 km
Duration: 12 DAYS

 

A private tour covers major cultural, historical and natural landmarks on the territory of Georgia.  Tour visits the main cities and mountainous provinces of the country, explores ancient caves and canyons, the shores of the Black Sea and medieval historical monuments recognized as world heritage sites. 

“Beauty of Caucasus” is accompanied by professional and experienced staff that will make your journey smooth and pleasant.

Sights to Visit

Itinerary


Day to day

Meet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

After breakfast at the hotel we drive to Mtskheta – ancient capital of  the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia. In Mtskheta we are going to visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, built in the 11th c.,  and  Jvari Monastery, built in the 6th c.
From Mtskheta we arrive in  Gori and visit museum of Joseph Stalin. Museum still has a Soviet-era architectural style and consists of Stalin’s memorial house, exposition building with tower, and personal room with belongings.
From Gori we drive towards Uplistsikhe. Uplistsikhe is an ancient cave complex that is considered as the oldest urban settlement discovered on the territory of present day Georgia. Complex comprises of many tunnels, caves, halls, streets and walls carved in stone.
Our tour continues to the western part of Georgia as we depart for the third largest city of GeorgiaKutaisi. On our way on Rikoti Pass we can make a few stops at local pottery and farmers’ markets. We are going to sightsee two major attractions around the city – Gelati Academy and Monastery and Bagrati Cathedral, both of them built during the Georgian Golden Age and listed as World Heritage by the UNESCO.
Overnight in Kutaisi

On day 3 after breakfast is at the hotel we head to explore Prometheus Cave – one of the most popular and largest caves in Georgia. Cave has 1.8 km long trail open for visitors, full of various types of stalactites, stalagmites, underground rivers and lakes.
From Prometheus cave we continue our trip to another natural landmark – Martvili Canyon, created over millions of years by the Abasha river. It is possible to make a boat trip and get to the 7-meter high waterfall of the canyon. From the canyon we drive to small town Martvili
Overnight in Martvili.

After breakfast is at the hotel we leave for Svaneti –  a mountainous region in the Caucasus. Before our arrival, we make a stop at the Enguri dam – hydroelectric dam in Georgia built on the Enguri River, which is one of the highest concrete arch dams in the world. Afterwards we arrive in Mestia, administrative center of Svaneti.
Overnight is in Mestia.

After breakfast at the hotel we start Svaneti exploration tour. First we pay a visit to the Margiani Museum that presents authentic local way of life of Svan people.
Next visit Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography in Mestia. Museum has a rich collection that includes unique medieval icons, ancient manuscripts and other ethnographic artifacts associated with local Svan people.
Overnight in Mestia.

Optional: MESTIA – USHGULI – MESTIA 
Driving distance: 100 km
It is possible to make an additional trip to Ushguli community, from May to October on a 4 x 4 Jeep. Ushguli is a community in Svaneti that consists of 4 different villages. Situated on 2200 meters above the sea level, Ushguli is one of the highest continuously inhabited places in Europe. For its remote location and well-preserved authentic way of life, Ushguli has been included in the  World Heritage List by the UNESCO.
The road to Ushguli passes through Svan villages of Ipari and Kala, where we can make a stop and take a look at the local medieval churches with old frescos and murals. A short and easy hike to the foothills of Shkhara Glacier is also possible. Shkhara (5068 m) is the highest peak in Georgia and third-highest in Europe. In the evening we come back to Mestia.

Day 6 begins with breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, we drive to Zugdidi – an administrative center of Samegrelo region, where we are going to visit Dadiani palace and History museum. Palace once served as the residence of Mingrelian noble house of Dadiani. Nowadays complex has museum, court church and botanical garden.
From Zugdidi we get to Batumi – the capital of Adjara, located on the shore of the Black Sea. On Batumi city tour we are going visit following attractions and places: Piazza square,  statues of Jason & Medea from Greek mythology, moving sculpture of Ali and Nino by Tamara Kvesitadze. Finally, we take a walk along the Batumi Boulevard and enjoy the lights of dancing fountains in the evening.
Overnight in Batumi.

After breakfast at the hotel we drive to the place called Green Cape, where Batumi Botanical Garden is located. The garden is unique for its combinations of species from completely different climatic zones. Walk about 1 hour and enjoy amaising views on Black Sea coastline.

Continue to the Gonio Fortress – a well-preserved Roman fortification dated back to the 1st c. AD, located 10 kilometers from Batumi. Excursion will take about 30 minutes.

Next visit is ethnographic museum Borjgalo on the way to Khelvachauri. Private owned folk crafts museum displays lifestyle in mountain villages of Adjara.

In the evening we return to Batumi.
Overnight in Batumi.

On day 8 after breakfast in the hotel we depart to Borjomi spa-resort. We can make a short Borjomi tour, visit Borjomi National Park and taste famous local natural mineral water ‘Borjomi’ from the springs. Mineral waters of Borjomi have been famous since 19th c. and are exported to different countries of the world.
Overnight in Borjomi.

After breakfast at the hotel we leave for Akhaltsikhe to visit Rabati Castle. Rabati comprises of a castle from the 14th century, several churches, a mosque, synagogue and a museum. Museum presents old printed books, manuscripts, archaeological and numismatic collections, photographic collections, etc.
We continue exploration of Samtskhe-Javakheti and head to Vardzia cave monastery, located at the bank of Mtkvari River. Vardzia is a medieval rock-hewn monastery, established in the 12th c. by the famous Queen Tamar of Georgia.
Overnight in Borjomi.

On day 10 after breakfast at the hotel drive back to Tbilisi and start the city tour. First we are going to visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi (Sameba), one of the tallest Orthodox Christian churches in the world. From Sameba, we move to Metekhi Plateau and Metekhi church built in the 5th century, located on the elevated cliff over the river Mtkvari and the old Tbilisi district. Next, we move to Narikala – ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi from the mountain that can be reached by an aerial cable car from the Rike Park.
From Narikala fortress we stroll down to the old city full of attractions and landmarks: National Botanical Garden of Georgia, Jumah Mosque, Legvtakhevi canyon and waterfall, Abanotubanihistorical sulfur bathhouse district of Tbilisi.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

On day 11 we continue Tbilisi sightseeing tour.  After breakfast we take a tram and go up to Mtatsminda Mountain, and pay a visit to the Mtatsminda Pantheon of Writers and Public Figures, largest necropolis in Tbilisi where many famous writers, scientists, national heroes and other public figures are buried. From Mtatsminda we continue to the Georgian National Museum on Rustaveli avenue. Museum has numerous different collection that house artifacts of natural and human history, rich ethnographic and archaeological collections from different historical periods etc.
We can take a walk along the Rustaveli Avenue, and take a look at the buildings of the Parliament of Georgia, Rustaveli National Theater, and Georgian National Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi. We can also visit the glass Bridge of Peace, Shardeni street and Maidan square, that are full of outdoor cafes, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and art galleries.
In the evening you may go shopping to Tbilisi Mall – one of the biggest shopping centers in Caucasus. Located in the center of Tbilisi on Rustaveli avenue, Tbilisi Mall offers a broad range of shops from many famous international brands. You can also find fruit and vegetable market, banking facilities, a multi-screen cinema and a family entertainment center in the mall.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer to Tbilisi International airport.

Inclusions


Included

Staff:

  • Professional guide service 
  • Professional driver service

Transportation:

  • 2 x Tbilisi airport to/from transfers by a comfortable a/c car
  • Transportation with a comfortable a/c car all days
  • 4 x 4 WD Jeep Delica service to Ushguli-on day 5

Accommodation:

  • 3 x nights-Tbilisi 3* hotel Brigitte or similar
  • 1 x night-Kutaisi 3* hotel Bagrati 1003 or similar
  • 1 x night-Martvili 3* hotel Martvili Palace or similar
  • 2 x nights-Mestia Ushba Guesthouse or similar
  • 2 x nights-Batumi 4* hotel O Galogre or similar
  • 2 x nights-Borjomi 3* hotel Borjomi Aisi or similar

Meals: 

  • 11 x Breakfasts-on days 2- 12
  • 2 x Dinners-on days 4, 5

Other:

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

Excluded

  • Insurance
  • Flight tickets
  • Early Check Ins/Late Check outs
  • Alcoholic beverages

Prices


Prices

Group size Price per adult
Solo € 2551
2-3 people € 1587
4-5 people € 1321
6-7 people € 1157
8-9 people  € 1045
10-15 people € 1035
Online booking deposit*:  € 300

 

*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.

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 - 518 €
7 years and over - Adult

 

 

 

*The deposit will be deducted from the total tour price.
As for the remaining sum, you can pay it with one of the following methods:
  • Bank transfer - in Euro/USD currency, two weeks before the arrival;
  • VISA/Mastercard - after your landing only, via POS terminal in local currency GEL, directly with your guide at the beginning of the tour - card service fee is + 2%.
  • Cash - local currency GEL only, directly to the nearest TBC Bank office at the begging 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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More Info


More Info

Don't forget to take comfortable walking shoes, a raincoat, and sunglasses.

Extra services:

Single room supplement: 143 €

Lunch: 13 € per person

Dinner: 18 € per person

Electric Vehicle price in Batumi Botanical Garden: 5 € per person

Cancellation is free of charge prior 31 days of the starting day.
-    The booking deposit 300 Euro is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the tour after booking has been confirmed. 

If Tourist cancels the booked tour for some reasons not depending on Tour Operator, the following sums are kept back as a fine:
-    10% of total cost of tourist product in case of cancellation 30 days prior to the tour;
-    50% of total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 15-7 days prior to the tour;
-    90% of total cost of tourist product in case of tour cancellation 7 and fewer days prior to the tour;
-    99% of total cost of tourist product due to the Tourist's failure to appear at the airport no more than 2 hours prior to departure or non-admission on the flight owing to circumstances beyond the Tour Operator's controls.


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