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10 Days
Availability : 6 Mar – 6 Sept
Tbilisi
Tbilisi
Min Age : 16+
Max People : 18
Tour Infromation

Ethnological tour in Georgia

Tbilisi

Tbilisi was founded by Vakhtang Gorgasali in the 4th century. The city is located in Eastern Georgia.
The oldest architectural monument in Tbilisi is the 6th century Christian church Anchiskhati. Christianity was spread in Georgia in 4th-5th centuries. Since the foundation of Tbilisi, there are ancient shrines of Hebrew, Islamic and Catholic confessions.

Mtskheta

Mtskheta – East Georgia. Archaeological expedition (base in Mtskheta with materials of Bronze and ancient period). Mtskheta, one of the oldest cities of the country of Georgia (in Kartli province of Eastern Georgia), is located approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Tbilisi at the confluence of the Aragvi and Kura rivers. Mtskheta is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Due to its historical significance and numerous ancient monuments, the “Historical Monuments of Mtskheta” became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

– We also have the following tours in Mtskheta: Ethnological Tour #1; Ethnological Tour #3.

Uplistsikhe

Uplistsikhe is built on a high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran, as well as the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture.

Shatili

Shatili is located in Khevsureti, in north part of eastern Georgia, in high mountains. From the middle ages until 1970 year it was considered as a populated area. At the same time Shatili was both: a village and a fortress. Shatili has extraordinary beauty. In fact, this village is home to fortresses and towers. Shatili is included in UNESCO World Heritage Trial List.

Mestia

Mestia is administrative center of Svaneti. It is located in western Georgia, in high mountains 1500 meters above sea level. It was granted the status of a townlet in 1968. Here you can see many unique Svan towers of the middle age and churches with unique paintings.
Domestic flights are operated from Mestia airport.

Chazhashi

Village Chazhashi fully represents museums and “UNESCO” monument. The village is located 44 kilometers north from Mestia.
Village Chazhashi is special for its svan towers and fortresses.

Ushguli

Village Ushguli is located 45 kilometers from Mestia. In Georgia and in Europe it is the most highest populated area, which is 2050 – 2200 meters above sea level.
There are 8 historical and cultural monuments in Ushguli. Here you can see a museum of archeology, svan towers, which represents unique examples of architecture and art of medieval Georgia. For these reasons Village Ushguli is declared by government as a reserve.

Stefantsminda

Kazbegi
Stefantsminda is a tiny populated area. It is located in Mtiuleti on the north side of eastern Georgia. Stepantsminda was named after a Georgian Orthodox monk named Stephan, who constructed a hermitage at this location on what later became the Georgian Military Road. The town is located along the banks of the Terek River, 157 kilometers (98 mi) to the north of Tbilisi at an elevation of 1,740 meters (5,710 feet) above sea level.

Climate
Stepantsminda’s climate is moderately humid with relatively dry, cold winters and long and cool summers. The average annual temperature is 4.9 degrees Celsius. Stepantsiminda is known for its scenic location in the Greater Caucasus mountains, and is a center for trekkers and mountain climbing. Local attractions include the Kazbegi Museum and Ethnographic Museum in town, and Gergeti Trinity Church outside of town, as well as Mount Kazbegi itself and the alpine meadows and forests of the surrounding Kazbegi Nature Reserve.

  • The Ethnological Tours lasts one day
  • The Ethnological Tours is mainly reserved for groups

Departure & Return Location

Tbilisi (Google Map); Kutaisi (Google Map)

Departure Time

July 7

August 7

September 7

October 7  

Price Includes

  • Meeting at the airport
  • Transport from the airport after landing
  • Staying at the hotel
  • Having meal 3 times a day during the tour
  • Transport during the tour
  • Interpreter
  • Tickets for museums and nature reserves
  • Depart to the airport

Price Excludes

  • Personal Expense
  • Room Service
  • Taxi
  • Insurance

Complementaries

  • Water
  • Mineral water
What to Expect
  • Ancient and early medieval Georgian monuments of history
  • Ancient architecture of Georgia, art
  • Diverse flora and fauna of Georgia
  • Contemporary art of Georgia
  • Traditional dishes of Georgia
  • Georgia's diverse landscape
  • (Georgian folk polyphony)
Itinerary

Day 1Tbilisi

Breakfast 8:00-9:00 AM.
Spare time – Excursion to Tbilisi;
Lunch 11:55 AM.
Dinner 2:40-3:30 PM;
Tbilisi Phunikulior;
Supper 7:30-8:30 PM.
Spare time (Excursion to Tbilisi old region);
Hotel or Hostel or Guest House or family.

Day 2Tbilisi

Breakfast 8:00-9:00 AM.
Open Air Museum of Ethnography 10:00 PM.
Lunch 11:55 AM.
Dinner 2:10-2:55 PM;
Art Museum of Georgia 3:20-6:00 PM.
Supper 7:00-7:40 PM.
Excursion to Tbilisi old region (UNESCO’s World Heritage tentative list);
Spare time;
Hotel or Hostel or family or Guest House.

Day 3Tbilisi - Mtskheta

Breakfast 7:40-8:20 AM.
Tbilisi-Mtskheta, UNESCO’s world heritage list 8:40-9:20 PM.
Excursion to Mtskheta, Jvari, Samtavro and Svetitskhoveli;
Lunch 11:55 AM.
Dinner 2:40-3:30 PM;
Mtskheta – Tbilisi 7:00-7:40 PM.
Supper 7:50-8:30 PM.
Spare time (Excursion to Tbilisi old region);
Hotel or Hostel or family or Guest House.

Day 4Tbilisi - Shatili (150 km)

Breakfast 8:00-9:00 AM.
Tbilisi – Shatili 9.20. AM.
Lunch 11:55 AM.
Tbilisi – Shatili 1.20. PM.
Dinner 2:40-3:30 PM.
Shatili (UNESCO’s World Heritage tentative list) 5:30 PM.
Spare time;
Supper 7:00-8:00 PM .
Spare time;
family or Wild Camping in Shatili.

Day 5Shatili - Tbilisi (150 km)

Breakfast 8:00-9:00 AM.
Spare time;
Lunch 11:55 AM.
Dinner 2:40-3:30 PM;
Shatili – Tbilisi 5:30 PM.
Supper in Mtskheta or Tbilisi 9;00 PM.
Tbilisi 10:20 PM.
Hotel or Hostel or Guest House or family.

Day 6Tbilisi - Zugdidi by train or bus (370 km)

Breakfast 8:00-9:00 AM.
the State Museum of History of Georgia – Tbilisi;
Spare time;
Lunch 11:55 AM.
Dinner 2:30-3:10 PM;
Spare time;
Supper 7:00-7:40 PM.
Tbilisi – Zugdidi by train 9:45 PM. Or bus 4:00 PM.
( Hotel or Hostel or Guest House in Zugdidi or Mestia)

Day 7Zugdidi - Mestia (140 km)

Breakfast 7:40-8:20 AM.
Zugdidi – Mestia by bus 8:30-11:55 AM.
Lunch 11:55 AM.
Dinner 2:40-3:30 PM;
Museum of History and Ethnography of Svaneti, Mestia;
Supper 6:30-7:30 PM.
Spare time;
Hotel or family or Guest House in Mestia.

Day 8Mestia - Ushguli (22 km)

Breakfast 8:00-9:00 AM.
Mestia – Ushguli 10:40 AM.
Lunch 11:55 AM.
Dinner 2:40-3:30 PM;
Ushguli – Mestia by bus 5:40 PM.
Supper 9:20-9:50 PM.
Spare time;
Hotel or Guest House or family in Mestia.

Day 9Mestia – Zugdidi (140 km) -Tbilisi (370 km)

Breakfast 8:00-9:00 AM.
Spare time (Excursion to Mestia);
Lunch 11:55 AM.
Mestia – Zugdidi by bus 12:30 PM.
Dinner (on the way or in Zugdidi) 2:50-3:40 PM;
Supper in Senaki or Kutaisi 7:40-8:30 PM.
Tbilisi 9:45 PM.

Day 10Tbilisi – Stepanstminda (Kazbegi; 160 km) – Tbilisi

Breakfast 7:30-8:20 AM.
Tbilisi – Stepanstminda (formerly Kazbegi) by bus 8:40-12:20 PM.
Lunch (on the way or in Stepanstminda) 11:55 AM.
Dinner in Stepanstminda 2:40-3:30 PM.
Ananuri 5:20 PM.
Stepantsminda – Tbilisi 9:50 PM.
Supper 9:15 PM.
Tbilisi 00:40 AM.
Hotel or Hostel or Guest House or family / Airport.

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