3 days 2 nights
Our company offers you a 3-day tour of something breathtakingly wild and mysterious: Svaneti, an ancient place, landlocked in the Caucasus. So remote that it was never tamed by any ruler. With uniquely picturesque villages and snow-covered, 4000m-plus peaks that rise above flower-strewn alpine meadows, providing a superb backdrop to the many walking trails. Svaneti’s emblem is the Koski – a defensive stone tower. Around 175 koshkebi, or towers, from the 9th and 13th centuries still survive here today.
Not so long ago Svaneti was still well off the beaten track. But recent tourism development has brought ski resorts, flights from Tbilisi, a paved road from Zugdidi, and a huge increase in accommodation options. To the point where Mestia, Svaneti’s only town, can get pretty busy in the summer. Svaneti’s mystique and beauty, however, are in no danger of wearing thin.
On this tour, you will first visit Mestia – the administrative center of Svaneti. Tucked among high mountains and glaciers, this city stands proudly with high medieval towers that look like soldiers ready to have one more battle against the enemy. On this day we also will visit Renewed Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography.
Secondly, we will visit one of the highest villages in Europe – Ushguli. Here you will have a light hike towards the highest mount of Georgia – Shkhara. As a bonus, we will take you to the village of Tsvirmi., which has preserved the spirit of Svaneti’s past to this day.
On the last day we will have a short trek to the Chalaadi glacier and finally drive back to Tbilisi.