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Tbilisi – Mestia, #3.7

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4 Days
Availability : 1 Mar – 1 Sept
Tbilisi
Tbilisi
Min Age : 8 +
Max People : 18
Tour Information

Travel to Svaneti

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.

Senaki

Senaki city is located in central area of western Georgia. It was first mentioned in historical sources in the beginning of 17th century.

Nokalakevi

Fortress town Nokalakevi, Archeopolis in Greek language is located in central part of western Georgia, near Senaki. It was built in 3rd century bc. Stealing the golden fleece by Argonauts is related to Nokalakevi location.

Including the 8th century, Nokalakevi represented the kingdom of Egrisi, capital of Lazika. In 8th century Arabs destroyed Nokalakevi, which revived once again in 16th, 18th centuries.

History of Tbilisi

City 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.

Battles for Tbilisi

Until the 19th century, city was conquered many times. This is the obvious illustration of conquests chronology: As a result of the conquest of the 4th and 6th centuries the city was occupied by the Persians; In the beginning of the 7th century Byzantines and Khazars with united powers had an attempt to conquer Tbilisi. In the first half of the 8th century The Arabs occupied Tbilisi, but in the second half of the 8th century Khazars raided the city. At the beginning of the second half of the 9th century, The Arabs occupied the city with many battles;

In the middle of the 11th century, by the first time the Elders Council took over the city authorities.
By the end of the 60s of the 11th century the Turk-Seljuks took over Tbilisi; At the beginning of the 12th century Tbilisi was liberated by King David IV Builder and from that time Tbilisi is a capital city of Georgia (before that Mtskheta was a capital of Georgia), as a result in the 12th and the 13th centuries the population of Tbilisi exceeded 70 000 inhabitants. In the 20s of the 13th century, the Kvarezians took over Tbilisi. Within a few years Tbilisi was occupied by the Mongols; In the first quarter of the 14th century Tbilisi was exempted from the invaders. By the end of the 14th century Amir Timur took over Tbilisi (who has battled 8 times in Georgia); In the 15th century the Persians took over and occupied Tbilisi 2 times.

Fight for State Independence

Since 1802, fighting for restoration of state independence of Georgia has begun, which was achieved only in 1918 year. Georgia has restored state independence, but it soon was lost in 1921 year. After a great standoff, Georgia was able to re-establish the statehood in 1991 and the avant-garde of this 2-century battles and struggles was permanently Tbilisi.

Departure & Return Location

Tbilisi (Google Map)

Departure Time

April 1, 8, 16, 24 

May 1, 8, 16, 24 

June 1, 8, 16, 24 

July 1, 8, 16, 24 

August 1, 8, 16, 24 

September 1, 8, 16, 24 

October 1, 8, 16, 24 

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 architecture and paintings of Georgia
  • Ancient historical monuments of Georgia
  • Diverse flora and fauna of Georgia
  • Traditional dishes of Georgia
  • Diverse landscape of Georgia
  • (Georgian folk polyphony)
Itinerary

Day 1Tbilisi – Mestia

Breakfast 7:10-7:40 AM.
Tbilisi – Mestia 8:00 AM.
Lunch 11:45 AM.
Dinner in Senaki or Zugdidi 2:00/3:00 PM.
Mestia 4:20 PM.
Excursion in Mestia;
Supper in Mestia 7:10-8:40 PM.
Spare time;
Hotel or Hostel or Guest House or family in Mestia.

Day 2Mestia

Breakfast 8:00-8:40 AM.
Mestia Museum of History and Ethnography of Svaneti. 9:00 AM.
Lunch 11:45 AM.
Excursion in Mestia;
Spare time;
Dinner 3:00 PM.
Excursion in Mestia and Hatsvali mountain;
Supper 7:00 PM.
Hotel or Guest House or family in Mestia.

Day 3Mestia-Ushguli 47 km

Breakfast 7:20-8:00 AM.
Mestia – Ushguli 8:00-11.40 AM.
Lunch in Bus 11:40 AM.
Excursion in Chajashi 11:40 AM.
Dinner in Ushguli 2:00 PM.
Excursion in Ushguli 3:00 PM.
Ushguli – Mestia 5:30 PM.
Supper 8:40 PM.
Spare time;
Hotel or Guest House or family in Mestia or Ushguli.

Day 4Mestia – Senaki, Tbilisi

Breakfast 7:10-7:50 AM.
Mestia – Tbilisi 8:00 AM.
Lunch in Bus 11:45 AM.
Senaki, Nokalakevi Fortress 1:00 PM.
Dinner in Senaki 2:30 PM.
Tbilisi 7:30 PM.
Spare time;
Supper 8:20-9:00 PM.
Spare time;
Hotel or Hostel or Guest House or family in Tbilisi.

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The tour is held in caucasus mountains 2100 meters above.

02.11.2018