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18 Day Caucasus Walking Tour

Multi-Country Tours in Caucasus

From: 1963 €

Dartlo, Tusheti

Sevan, Armenia

Sevan, Armenia

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Caucasus Walking Tour

18 Days/17 Nights

This is an expedition that will take you ‘off the beaten path’ to explore the remote villages of the Caucasus region, along with less frequented panoramic mountain trails through dramatically beautiful landscapes. We visit three capitals, relax among vineyards to taste high-quality Georgian wines. Meet winemakers, artisans, and farmers who will tell us something of their lives and traditions. We visit local families and share meals and cookery activities. This fully escorted hiking tour is an unforgettable adventure for anyone who wants to know the real Caucasus.

Sights to Visit

Itinerary


Day to day

Arrive in Baku airport. Transfer to Hotel.

Driving distance: 280km, appx. 5 hours.
Trekking: 9 km, 3 hours, ↑349 m / ↓425

After breakfast, drive to the Guba region of Azerbaijan which is located 169KM north to Baku.
Start your day by visiting Khinalug Village. Khinalug is one of the most isolated villages in the world with the total population around 2000 people. The village itself is located on 2350 Meters above the sea level. On the way also they will see a lot of local villages and farms.
The main method of the farming is Sheep farming, especially for meat. The scenery from Guba to Khinalug is breath-taking, the car will drive through the slopes of the mountain and you will reach the village. 
After exploring the village, you will have a traditional lunch in the house of a local farmer from the village. 
After lunch, take a hike from Khinalig to Galaykhudat Village. This trail takes around 3 hours and covers 9kms. Our hike terminates at an asphalt road where transport will be waiting to take us to Guba. In Guba, we will visit the Handmade carpet factory and Red Settlement. The red settlement is a 100% ethnically Jewish village in the heart of the religious Sunni Muslim city Guba. The Jewish community have lived here in in peace since the 18th century. 
Overnight in Guba.

Driving distance: 510 km, appx. 6.5 hours.
Trekking: Optional

After breakfast we drive to the Shahdagh Mountain Resort near the city of Qusar (50 min drive from Guba). The resort offers many outdoor activities including: hiking, mountain bike tours, Segway’s, scooters, quads - bikes, bob-kart, zip line and horseback riding.
Guests can choose to take part in any of these activities, we will arrange tickets for you on spot. After visiting Shahdagh, drive to Sheki (approx. 5 hours’ drive) for overnight. 

Driving distance: 155 km, appx. 2.5 hours.

After breakfast, start your tour in Sheki by visiting local Bazaar. Afterwards, we continue to the Sheki Khans Palace, 18th-century administrative building of the king of Sheki. We will make a stop in the Craftsmen's Shop in Dheki to see Shabaka window making. Last destination in Sheki will be the Kish Albanian Church.
After Dheki, we drive to Balakan and the Georgian border. We cross the border and drive to hotel for overnight.
Overnight in Kvareli

Driving distance: 120 km, appx. 5 hours.

In the morning we start our journey towards the Tusheti region. Our first stop is at the 16th-century Gremi fortress, one of the most  iconic sites in the Kakheti region. On our way we break the journey with a visit to the  small winery in  Shilda village, to taste Georgian traditional red wine (Saperavi). 
After Shilda we leave the road for an exhilarating 4x4 drive to the village of Omalo. This breath-taking off-road trail crosses the main Caucasus Mountain Range  via the  2926 m Abano pass.  After Exploring the area around upper and lower Omalo, and it’s beautiful views of Chagma valley, we will visit the Keselo fortress and ethnographical museum of Tusheti
Overnight in Omalo Guesthouse

Driving distance: 7 km, appx. 20 min.
Trekking time: 11 km, 5 hours;
Elevation: ↑649 m / ↓400 m

After breakfast we will start exploring the surrounding villages of Tusheti. The first drive takes us to the Shenako village, one of the few remaining inhabited villages in Tusheti. Shenako is a small settlement of Georgian traditional dwellings and the pretty medieval Trinity Church.
After a visit to Shenako’s ancient brewery we  continue to the much smaller Diklo village and the ruins of Diklo
fortress.
Overnight in Diklo.

Trekking 18 km, 8 hours.
Elevation: ↑965m / ↓1169 m

We have an early start today is going to be a long hike, this is a full day covering 18 km.  On the way we will be crossing the Sanare pass at an elevation of 1911 m.  First dwelling on our route is the ancient village of Chigho where we stop for short a lunch and continue trekking to Dartlo village. Situated about 1800 meters above sea level, Dartlo is perhaps one of the most picturesque villages in Tusheti and is recognised by UNESCO. 
Overnight in Dartlo .

Trekking:  6 km, 2 hours.
Elevation: ↑350 m / ↓350 m
Today you will have a chance to explore Dartlo in full details and enjoy by the views of the Pirikiti valley.
Located at 2000 m. asl - Dartlo is one of the largest villages of Tusheti. Among other things, it used to be place of local court proceedings (Georgian: Sabcheo). Even today one can see 12 stones placed in semi-circle for the members of Jury with another in the middle for a defendant.
Make a short day hike to village Kvavlo and Dano located up above Dartlo. Free time to relax in the village.
Overnight in Dartlo.

Trekking:  22.0 km, 8 hours.
Elevation: ↑1122 m / ↓1234 m

After an early breakfast we head towards the Pirikiti valley. From Dartlo follow the road which runs along the right bank of Pirikita Alazani River until we arrive at the village of Chesho. From here, we continue walking to Parsma. After lunch break we cross the river Alazani by a small bridge and start hiking up to Nakeacho pass. The scenery here is magnificent, the pass offers one of the most beautiful views of Tusheti at elevation of 2903m. From here the trail descends into the Gometsari valley. Along the way you pass through the villages Dadikurta and after arrive to Verkhovani. 
Overnight in Verkhovani.

Trekking: 22 km, 6 hours;
Elevation:  ↑815 m / ↓633 m

After breakfast, we descend to the river bank, cross the bridge follow the main road downstream. After one hour the road crosses a river again and climbs up to Beghela village, here the road climbs upwards and into forest. After another hour of walking we should see the beautiful village Dochu right below us on the slope. After passing Bochorma village our road joins main the Omalo – Dartlo route and leads us back to our starting point. Overnight in Omalo

Driving distance: 186km, appx. 6 hours.

After breakfast, we drive towards Atskuri village near Akhmeta.
Make a short stop near 11th century Alaverdi Monastery, visit
Satavado winery and restaurant, where we have lunch and taste delicious “Qvevri wines”. Continue driving to Tbilisi – capital city of Georgia.
Overnight in Tbilisi

Explore the old part of the city. Ride up to Narikhala Fortress by the aerial cable car and enjoy the views of the city from the top.
In the evening have a big Georgian dinner with traditional music performance.
Overnight in Tbilisi

Driving distance: 210 km, appx. 4.5  hours.

After breakfast we drive to the border between Armenia and Georgia. Visit two unique monuments of Armenian architecture of 10th-14th centuries: the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These two monasteries are very close to each other and can be easily seen from one to the other. Both are located on an uneven plateau, separated by a deep crack formed by a small river that flows into the river Debed. Haghpat Monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centers of medieval Armenia.
Overnight in local house of Dilijan.

Trekking: 12.03 km, 4 hours;
Elevation:  ↑531 m / ↓665 m

After breakfast we explore the city of Dilijan. Visit to Parz lake. It is located in Dilijan National Park (Tavush region of Armenia), at the altitude of 1400 meters above sea. From here we hike for 3-4 hours to rich Goshhavank monastery. The route then passes through a fresh and untouched forest and takes you to Lake Gosh, where the clouds and trees always reflect off the water’s surface, regardless of the weather.
After the hike we drive to Lake Sevan which is one of the largest lakes in Armenia.
Overnight in Yerevan.

Driving distance: 120 km, appx. 2.5 hours.
Trekking: 13 km, 6 hours;
Elevation:  ↑ 840 m / ↓840 m
After breakfast we drive towards an alpine lake Kari near Aragats, situated at the height of 3200m above sea level, on the plateau. Start trekking to West pick (3,995 m) of Aragats, have lunch pic-nic on the way.  After the hike return to Yerevan
Overnight in Yerevan

Driving distance: 80 km, appx. 2 hours.

After breakfast we depart for the Yerevan city tour. The walking tour takes in the History Museum, local Market and "ARARAT" brandy factory. We will also visit a local house where you can watch and participate in the preparation of Armenian “Lavash” bread and a barbeque. Take trip to Garni. This
Pagan Temple was built in the 1st century AD. It is the only temple that has been preserved from Pagan times in
Armenia. It was devoted to the god Mihr, the god of cleanness. After this visit drive by 4x4 cars to visit Garni
Gorge. Continue to Geghard Monastery. Its name came from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of
Christ. 
Overnight in Yerevan.

Driving distance: 280 km, appx. 5 hours.

Overland transfer back to Tbilisi.
Free day in Tbilisi.

Transfer to Tbilisi Airport.

Inclusions


Included

  • 1 x transfer from Baku Airport on day 1;
  • 1 x transfer to Tbilisi Airport on day 18;
  • Comfortable AC car during the whole tour where applicable;
  • Horse rental for carrying luggage (days 6-10)
  • Professional trekking and cultural guide service – days 2-17;
  • Additional trekking guide per additional 8 pax – days 6-10;
  • 17 x breakfasts (days 2-18);
  • 5 x lunch picnics at (days 6,7,9,10,15)
  • 4 x lunches in local restaurants days (2,5,8,11);
  • 9 x dinners at hotel/guesthouse (days 5-11 &13)
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day
  • 1 x overnight in Rich Hotel Baku 4* or similar (day 1)
  • 1 x overnight in Guba Shahdagh 4* Hotel or similar (day 2)
  • 1 x overnight in Sheki Sheki Saray 4* or similar (day 3)
  • 1 x overnight in Sheki Kvareli Lake Resort 4*or similar (day 4)
  • 2 x overnights in Omalo Guesthouse “Hotel Tusheti” or similar (days 5 & 10)
  • 1 x overnight in Diklo Guesthouse (day 6)
  • 2 x overnights in Dartlo Guesthouse (day 7 & 8)
  • 1 x overnight in Verkhovani  Guetshouse (day 9)
  • 3 x overnights in Tbilisi Laerton 4* hotel or similar (days 11,12,17)
  • 1 x overnight in Diklo Guesthouse (day 13)
  • 3 x overnights in Yerevan – 4* Silachi hotel or similar (days 14, 15, 16).
  • Excursions and entrance fees per program

Excluded

  • Airplane tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Single room accommodation
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Other personal expenses

NOTE: Trekking gear is available for rent upon request.

Prices


Prices

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Group size Price per adult
2-3 people € 3139
4-5 people € 2329
6-7 people € 2151
8-9 people  € 2109
10-11 people € 2067
12-13 people € 2015
14-15 people € 1963
Online booking deposit*:  € 30

 

The above prices (except for solo) are based on two people sharing a twin/double room accommodation.

Additional charge for a single room ("Single Supplement") is: € 177

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 - 982 €
7 years and over - Adult

 

 

 

 

*This 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 foreign currency (Euro/USD), two weeks before the tour starts;
  • VISA/Mastercard - via POS terminal in local currency (GEL), at the beginning of the tour directly with your guide  (additional card service fee + 2%).
  • Cash - 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

 
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Additional cost for the airport private pick up transfer: 25 €

Additional cost for the airport private drop off transfer: 20 €

Discounted individual transfer rate for the double way: 40 €

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

Cancellation is free of charge prior 31 days of the starting day.
- The booking deposit 30 Euro is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the tour after booking has been confirmed. The fee is kept as a deposit on the Tourist’s account for future booking(s).
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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