Peaks and Valleys of Georgia
Tailormade Tour

Peaks and Valleys of Georgia – A 12 day tailormade tour from £1895 per person based on 2 people sharing a room.


Georgia is one of the least known nations of Europe. In fact most people aren’t entirely convinced that it is actually in Europe at all. Hidden away and often eclipsed by its monumental neighbour, it hides a wealth of diverse secrets.

Take this tailor-made tour to discover the delights of Georgia.

 

 

This trip immerses you in the very best of the outstanding landscapes that Georgia is truly blessed with.

First we spend time in atmospheric Tbilisi and marvel at the numerous and diverse cultures that have left their mark on this city, from Ancient Persia and Medieval European crusaders to Imperial Russia and Ottoman Turkey and explore its delightful old city. We then snake our way into the High Caucasus at Kazbegi and walk up to the dramatically perched Gergeti Sameba church.

On our next stop, we explore the remote and mystical land of Svaneti, home to an intriguing and little-celebrated culture. This region is home to some of Europe’s most remote villages and many are overlooked by imposing stone-built watchtowers. After returning from the mountains, the tour ends on the shimmering coastline of the Black Sea and takes a final walk amongst the verdant forests of Mtirala National Park.

Georgia is renowned for its local hospitality so travel with us on a very special adventure, to discover an intriguing and stunning country where few outsiders are yet to tread.

Tour ratings.

  • Fitness
  • Off the beaten track
  • Culture 
  • History 
  • Wildlife 

Tour pace

Busy

Tour style

Traveller

Relaxed Pace

Relaxed tours are easy paced with plenty of leisure time built in. The tour will in all probability still be off the beaten track, with the occasional early start and there may still be occasional long drives. In general on a relaxed pace tour you can enjoy easy-going activities and experiences with opportunities to absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

Moderate Pace

Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a tour experience that combines activities and experiences with some time to relax. Typically you will be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries. In general on a moderate paced tour there may be some long journeys involved but the tour is not an expedition or a road trip. On a moderate paced tour it will be necessary to have some early starts.

Busy Pace

A busy paced tour means that you can expect to be doing, seeing or experiencing something new almost every day, and moving on from place to place to pack in as much as possible. There may be early starts, long journeys and tiring days along the way, but you’ll return home feeling you’ve really experienced as much as you possibly could.

Pioneer Class Tours

On our Pioneer tours, you will be amongst an elite group of intrepid travellers and some of the first to explore a country that few have been privileged enough to discover. Of course, exploring such areas of the world will come with its challenges; it may mean several nights camping, long journeys by 4WD and the need to maintain a degree of flexibility for when carefully laid plans change. These are challenging tours in countries and areas that may have poor infrastructure, high levels of poverty and illiteracy. This can translate in to low standards in hotels, bad roads and poor driving standards among other issues. We try and smooth out as much of these issues as we can but you should be prepared to experience the bad with the good.

Traveller Class Tours

Our Traveller itineraries are at the core of our programme. These journeys are designed for travellers who still want to discover a land away from the tourist crowds but expect minimum standards. Accommodation will be primarily hotel based, although you could still find yourself camping, or the guest of a local family. Depending on the destination and itinerary, you’ll likely be travelling in a private vehicle, with occasional use of public transport. This is adventure travel with some of the rough edges smoothed out.

Itinerary

Arrive in Tbilisi and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure with no guided activities. Your accommodation is situated right at the heart of the old town, great for access to the thriving restaurant scene in Tbilisi. Overnight Hotel Kalasi, or similar. No meals or guided activities today included.

Note – As this is a tailor-made tour, we can arrange different accommodation options in Tbilisi.

Today you will meet your guide for a shot tour briefing at 8:30am at the hotel. Afterwards, embark on a guided walking tour around old Tbilisi, taking in the fascinating history of this long-overlooked region. You spend the day discovering sites such as the Narikala citadel, Metekhi Temple and Sioni Cathedral. Visit Sarajishvili Brandy Factory and take the opportunity to sample some high-quality Georgian brandy. After the tasting, wander the elegant avenue of Rustaveli Avenue, home to some of Tblisi’s finest architecture, as far as Freedom Square where Tsarist opulence meets Soviet might. Later this afternoon you can enjoy some leisure time to saunter through the delightful streets of old Tbilisi. Alternatively, you may wish to take the funicular up Mtatsminda Mountain for panoramic views over the city.  This evening is at your own leisure and your local guide will be able to make dinner recommendations. Overnight Hotel Kalasi, or similar. (B)

 

(Approximate overall driving time today is 4 hours)

Drive to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia and a site of immense historical and cultural significance. Mtskheta is packed full of historical monuments and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the 11th century Sveti Tskhoveli Cathedral, steeped in fascinating Christian legend, and the 6th century Jvari Monastery which stands on dramatic ancient foundations, cradled in the encircling mountains. Later, you will join the Georgian Military Highway and snake our way up into the Higher Caucasus range. En route you stop at the castle complex of Ananauri, situated on the Aragvi River, before continuing the climb through dramatic scenery and over the spectacular Jvari Pass where you may wish to stop to marvel at the magnificent contours of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Take the 1.5 hour hike to the iconic and exquisite Gergeti Sameba church situated on a tiny cone of emerald hillside at 2150 metres, forever in the shadow of the brooding presence of Mt Kazbek (5054 metres). Finally, continue to Kazbegi, now officially named Stepantsminda. Overnight Hotel Stancia, or similar. (B)

Note – for clients not wishing to hike to the Gergeti Sameba church, it is possible to arrange a jeep to transport you for approximately USD 30.

(Approximate overall driving time today is 1.5 hours)

Spend the morning in the glorious surrounds of the High Caucasus Mountains, exploring the Sno Valley and the tiny settlement of Juta. Depending on the conditions and how long you wish to walk for, there will be a number of beautiful walks open to you, ranging from an hour to 4 hours to give you an appreciation of the splendid isolation of this area. Return to Kazbegi / Stepantsminda for lunch and then the afternoon can be spent at your own leisure. If you wish to continue exploring you will be able to visit the gorge of Dariali Canyon situated close to the Georgia-Russia border, a spectacular 13 kilometre long gash carved out by the Telek into the granite, filled with pounding waterfalls and plummeting to a depth of nearly 1,800m in places and said to be the site of Alexander the Great’s Iron Gates pass. Overnight Hotel Stancia, or similar. (B)

(Approximate overall driving time today is 4.5 hours)

Leaving the high peaks and one again crossing the Jvari Pass today you will be spending some well-earned time enjoying the fruits of Georgia’s rich soils. Continue to Chateau Mukhrani, renowned as the famous residence and winery of Prince Mukran Bagrationi, where you have the opportunity to taste some of the wines and enjoy some local snacks. After a tour of the cellar and dégustation, continue to the Lesser Caucasus and the town of Borjomi.  Overnight Golden Tulip Hotel, or similar. (B)

Spend the day immersed in the beauty of the lesser Caucasus range and in particular Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. You will be able to choose from a number of different trails ranging from 90 minutes to 4-5 hours in duration. Discuss the options on the day with your local guide. The park consists of a delightful range of habitats including mixed coniferous, verdant alpine and sub-alpine meadows and lush broad-leaved forests. Many of the walks afford excellent vistas of the vertiginous Chitakhevi ridge and the picturesque Borjomi Gorge. Overnight Golden Tulip Hotel, or similar. (B)

(Approximate driving time today is 8 hours)

Today involves a long but rewarding journey towards the far western reaches of Georgia. You start early and head west towards Kutaisi. On arrival a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gelati Monastery, founded in the 12th century by King David the Builder, is a real delight. Here King David’s monastery and academy became the foremost centre of education in Georgia. Unique murals of saints and Georgian monarchs make for a sumptuous setting within the main cathedral interior. There will be time to take lunch in Kutaisi before continuing onward via the Zugdidi valley before embarking on your second foray into the High Caucasus range and the mystical region of Svaneti. Your base will be the town of Mestia, situated at 1400 metres above sea level and surrounded by huge peaks such as Ushba (4710m) and Tetnuldi (4975m), amongst the most beautiful summits of the Caucasus. Overnight in a family run guesthouse with private bathroom (BD)

Note – If you prefer a shorter journey time today, then we can arrange for you to overnight in Kutaisi and the tour simply becomes a day longer.

Spend the day leisurely exploring Mestia, mostly on foot, to observe the imposing medieval towers that have stood guard over this mystical land through the ages. Later, visit the museum and a traditional Svanetian house. Afterwards, you may wish to enjoy some time at leisure, or alternatively take a trip by cable car to Hatsvali (subject to weather conditions) to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding summits. Overnight locally run guesthouse with private bathroom (BD)

 

(Approximate driving time today is 3 – 4 hours depending on road conditions)

Today surely represents one of the highlights of the tour. Enjoy a morning drive to Ushguli village, Europe’s loftiest permanent settlement at 2400 metres. En route you will visit Nakipari church, an early medieval limestone church adorned with some exquisite examples of frescoes by the celebrated master artist Tevdore. On arrival in Ushguli we explore on foot, visiting the dizzying medieval towers as well as Lamaria Church. If the weather is good you may wish to take an easy wander along the valley leading to the foot of Mount Shkhara (5201m). You return to Mestia in the afternoon. Please note that the road today is of a very poor quality and as such it is necessary to drive very slowly to avoid damage to the vehicle. However, the magnificence of the scenery is worth every bump!  Overnight in Mestia at a family run guesthouse with private bathroom. (BD)

(Approximate total driving time today is 4.5 hours)

Depart early today leaving the glorious peaks of the Caucasus in the rear view mirror, and start the journey to the starkly contrasting environment of the Black Sea. You should arrive in Batumi around lunchtime and the afternoon will be at leisure for you to explore the city or stroll along the atmospheric 19th century seaside boulevard at your leisure, immersing yourself in the cultural celebration and glorious array of vistas that characterise this 6km esplanade. Overnight Best Western Batumi, or similar. (B)

(Approximate total driving time today is 1.5 hours)

Spend your final day in the beautiful surrounds of Mtirala National Park, taking the leisurely 7km Tsablnari trail through sweet chestnut and oriental beech forests, passing a waterfall and lake during the walk. The park is renowned for its flora and fauna so be sure to keep your eyes peeled as you walk. Later return to Batumi for your final evening in Georgia. Overnight Best Western Batumi, or similar. (B)

At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Note – If you prefer to depart from Tbilisi then we can arrange for you to travel on a wonderful train journey through Georgia from Batumi back to Tbilisi. Please contact us for details.

Dates & Price.

We offer this tour for private departures only.

Prices start from £1895 per person, based on two people sharing a room.

We can also tailor a similar or totally different itinerary to meet your requirements. Please contact us to discuss your travel plans.

Tour Notes

This is a tailor-made tour and can be arranged for any group size.

Return flights from London to Tbilisi start at £350. Contact us for a quotation. Did you know you can also travel overland to Georgia by train. Contact us if you are interested in going overland by train.

Solo occupancy room supplement from £275.

Extra night accommodation pre and/or post tour in Tbilisi costs from £40 per person, per night sharing a twin/double room and £70 per person in a solo occupancy room.

Please note that the prices quoted above are for the category of accommodation and hotel used for this particular tour. Depending on the hotel eventually confirmed there may be some difference in the rate advertised by the hotel, and the prices available through Undiscovered Destinations. It should be noted we will not apply a surcharge should more expensive accommodation be used. At the same time in the event that a lower rate is available for the confirmed hotel we are unable to offer a refund.

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well-travelled team.

+44(0) 191 296 2674 from THE UK
1-800-614-2967 from THE US & CANADA
1-300-956-415 from AUSTRALIA

Tour inclusions.

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All accommodation (different properties can be booked)
  • Services of English-speaking driver/guide
  • Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary
  • Private transport on tour

Tour exclusions.

  • International flights
  • Any airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Drinks
  • Tips (Discretionary)

The hospitality of the people was amazing – a very warm welcome and such great food. The villages in Svaneti were a real highlight.

 

Anne Lupton, USA