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Georgia’s Hidden Desert Gem: Exploring the Vashlovani National Park

VashlovaniNational Park, Georgia


3 days 2 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people




When one thinks of Georgia, lush green landscapes and stunning mountains often come to mind. But hidden away in the eastern part of this diverse country lies a lesser-known gem, the Vashlovani National Park. This exceptional destination offers a desert experience, unlike anywhere else in Georgia.

Unveiling Vashlovani National Park: Georgia’s Hidden Desert Gem

Imagine wandering through a desert landscape within Georgia’s borders, surrounded by a completely different ecosystem. Vashlovani National Park is a stunning haven, boasting a breathtaking mix of arid land, semi-desert terrain, and exceptional biodiversity.

The park covers an area of around 251 square kilometers and is home to a range of fascinating flora and fauna. From rare species of animals to unique plants, the park is a haven for nature enthusiasts and explorers.

The Beauty of the Desert in Georgia

Visitors to Vashlovani National Park are greeted by an array of landscapes that appear straight out of a painting. Here, visitors can experience:

  • The Eagle Canyon: A picturesque landscape carved by the Alazani River, providing stunning views and a refreshing ambiance.
  • Elia Monastery: A beacon of history and spirituality nestled in scenic surroundings.
  • Dali Mount Reservoir: A serene escape offering stunning views and peaceful retreats.
  • The Takhti-Tepa Mud Volcanoes: Witness these natural wonders that continuously change the park’s appearance and add to its geological charm.
  • Datvis Khevi: A captivating valley embracing nature’s beauty and cultural richness.
  • Pantishara Valley: A nature’s haven offering breathtaking landscapes and tranquility.
  • Mijniskhure: An unexplored gem offering captivating landscapes and cultural richness.

Exploring the Georgia’s Hidden Desert Gem

A trip to Vashlovani National Park is an opportunity to witness nature at its most pristine. Activities like hiking, bird-watching, and guided tours allow visitors to engage with the unique environment and learn about the park’s history and significance.

The park’s diverse landscapes make it an ideal destination for adventurers and nature lovers alike. Picture yourself on a wildlife safari, spotting rare species like the East Caucasian Tur or catching a glimpse of the Persian leopard.

“Vashlovani National Park provides a truly enchanting experience, one that can’t be found elsewhere in Georgia.” – Local Guide


Vashlovani National Park stands as a testament to the remarkable diversity of Georgia’s natural wonders. Its hidden desert gem status offers a unique and awe-inspiring adventure for those seeking something beyond the typical Georgian landscapes.

So, pack your bags and bring your sense of adventure. Get ready to explore the unexpected beauty of Vashlovani National Park. This truly spectacular jewel waiting to be discovered in the heart of Georgia.

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Day One: Takhtitepa Mud Vulcanoes
Departing from Tbilisi early in the morning, your adventure kicks off at Dedoplistskaro, the gateway to Vashlovani National Park. Here, the visitor’s center provides an intriguing intro to the park’s territory and safety measures.

Natural Marvels Along the Route: Witness the majestic Takhti Tefa mud volcanoes, a real gem of Vashlovani Protected Areas. These natural formations, near Dali Mountain, create an atmosphere akin to being on another planet.
Dali Mount Reservoir Panoramas: The picturesque views and breathtaking panoramas of the Dali Mount Reservoir are sure to captivate visitors, offering an enchanting spectacle.
Historical Marvel – Khornabuji Fortress: Explore the remnants of history at the Khornabuji Fortress, a fortified city that sits atop a cliff, showcasing architectural splendor dating back to the 3rd-4th centuries.

At the end of an eventful day, the tour guides you back to the cozy guesthouses in Dedoplistskaro, providing a relaxing dinner and overnight stay.
Day Two: Mijniskhure’s Secrets
First our visit will be Dedoplistskaro's local market to gather provisions for Vashlovani Park. Once prepared, the journey leads to the mesmerizing Datvis Khevi, where ancient evidence of sea-covered land millions of years ago persists in mountain rocks, immortalized in the form of sea shells. Venture to the famous Alesilebi rock cliffs, a testimony to the land’s history. Following this, the route continues to the breathtaking Pantishara Valley, offering an awe-inspiring view of Vashlovani National Park.

Towards Mijniskhure, a serene night’s stay is arranged in cozy cottages. As the sun sets, embrace the tranquility, soaking in the breathtaking evening. Enjoy a delightful dinner, a perfect close to an eventful day.
Day Three: Exploring Eastern Vistas
Post a hearty breakfast, embark on the journey back to Tbilisi via the extraordinary landscapes of Vashlovani. Traverse the border through the picturesque Alazani River towards Sabatlo. The drive winds through mysterious villages like Pirosmani, Zemo Kedi, and Kvemo Kedi.

Given enough time, visiting the intriguing Eagles Canyon would further enrich this adventure.

End your journey back in Tbilisi, your mind and memory filled with the allure and wonders of Mijniskhure in Vashlovani.Experience this once-in-a-lifetime venture and make cherished memories in Vashlovani’s hidden gems.


  • Transportation with an English or Russian-speaking driver
  • Entrance fees for Vashlovani Protected Areas
  • Guesthouse in Dedoplistskaro (HB)
  • Cottages in Vashlovani
  • Extra Food for Mijniskhure
  • All other additional costs

Tour's Location

VashlovaniNational Park, Georgia


What kind of clothes do we need?
Vashlovani National Park, features a semi-arid climate. Due to its diverse landscapes, including open plains, canyons, and forests, the clothing needed for a visit largely depends on the season and activities planned.

In general, it's advisable to wear comfortable, breathable clothing that is appropriate for outdoor adventures. Here are some recommendations based on different seasons:

Spring and Summer:
Lightweight, breathable clothing such as T-shirts and comfortable trousers.
Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen for sun protection.
Sturdy, comfortable hiking boots or trail shoes.
Light rain jacket or windbreaker, as weather conditions can change.

Autumn and Winter:
Layered clothing: long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, and jackets as the temperature can drop.
Warm trousers or hiking pants.
Sturdy, waterproof boots, especially if there might be rain or snow.
Hat, gloves, and a scarf in cooler weather.

Additionally, it's essential to consider the activities planned in the park. If hiking or trekking is on the agenda, comfortable, moisture-wicking clothes are preferable. For wildlife observation or birdwatching, neutral-colored clothing may be beneficial to avoid startling animals.

Please note that specific clothing requirements may vary based on individual preferences, the season of visit, and planned activities.
Is the meal included in the price of the tour?
First Day you will have a dinner in a guesthouse. Second day Breakfast is also included. For Mijniskhure you have to buy food water and etc. by yourself in Dedoplistskaro.
What about payment?
An invoice, will be sent to you after the tour is confirmed. You pay a 20% commission upfront to our PayPal or Wise account. The fee is refunded, only if the tour is canceled for our reasons or due to natural disasters. Otherwise, the commission is not refundable.
You pay the remaining 80% at the start of the tour.


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