- 10 ימים
- החל מ- 1,450$
- להסתובב העיר העתיקה של טביליסי וליהנות מהאווירה המיוחדת
- לבקר במרחצאות הגופרית של אבאנותובני
- לגלות את כותאיסי, היעד הסופי האגדי של ג’ייסון והארגונאוטים
- להתפעל מקרחון Chaladi
- להצטרף למשפחה מקומית ולעזור להם להכין ארוחה מסורתית
- לגלות את הנוף המדהים הנשקף מראש מגדל השמירה של אושגולי
Day 1: Tbilisi
Welcome to Georgia!
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1.
Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you’re able to attend. We’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you’re going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
This will be followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel VIP Tbilisi or similar (1 nt)
Day 2: Tbilisi
After breakfast partake in a sightseeing tour of Tbilisi. The locals like to call their capital the “Balcony of Europe”, deserving placing it on a par with many other of Europe’s graceful old cities.
All the sights of interest in the Old Town are very close to each other, within a few minutes’ walk. We start our visit to Old Tbilisi from Metekhi Church, and then walk to the Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral and Anchiskhati Basilica. Then we walk to Narikala Fortress and the Sulphur Baths, en route enjoying views of the historic and charming Old Town.
Afterwards we visit the stunning treasury of the Museum of Georgia, before taking a stroll along Rustaveli Avenue, the main street in Tbilisi.
The evening is free for you to enjoy, perhaps indulge yourself in Tbilisi’s lively theater scene and witness some of the energetic and acrobatic dance that Georgia is known for.
Tbilisi – City sightseeing tour (including Metekhi Church, Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, Narikala Fortress)
Tbilisi – Museum of Georgia
Tbilisi – Sulphur Baths (Approx 40-80 GEL)
Tbilisi – Aerial Cable Car (1 GEL)
Tbilisi – Funicular (4 GEL)
Tbilisi – Museum of Fine Arts (3 GEL)
Tbilsi – Nabadi Folklore Theatre (from 35 GEL)
Hotel VIP Tbilisi or similar (1 nt)
Day 3: Kutaisi
Today we drive the 25km (approx 30 min) to visit the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia – the town of Mtskheta, which is over 3000 years old.
We will visit Mtskheta’s top historical sights: Jvari church (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century), where the Robe of Christ is said to be buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Afterwards we continue on to the pretty town of Kutaisi, the second largest city in the country (230 km/approx 3 hours).
Kutaisi is an antique town more than 3000 years old, connected to the legend of Jason and the Argonauts, along with his mythical (or is it?) Golden Fleece. Here we visit another significant historical site; Gelati Cathedral (12th century – UNESCO). There may also be time to explore the cobbled streets of the town as we make our way up to the ruins of Bagrati palace and citadel.
Tonight we overnight at a local guesthouse in Kutaisi with private facilities.
Mtskheka – Jvari Church
Mtskheka – Svetitskoveli Cathedral
Kutaisi – Gelati Cathedral
Beka’s Guesthouse or similar (1 nt)
Day 4: Mestia
In the morning we visit a local farmers market and later a stunning natural grotto with its stalagmites and stalactites.
After lunch we get ready for the next exciting part of your tour: a journey to the remote Svaneti region.
Svaneti is the highest inhabited area in the Caucasus and is divided in two parts: Upper Svaneti and Lower Svaneti. We will arrive in Mestia, which is the centre of Upper Svaneti and surrounded by scenery of lush mountains, medieval-type villages and the disctinct tower-houses. The area is home to the Svans, a proud people with a long history of survival in this isolated part of Europe, who speak an unwritten language unrelated to Georgian.
The famous tower-houses were built to accommodate villagers at times of invasion and violence during the 9th -13th century. Around 175 towers still stand today although many are uninhabited.
The drive from Kutaisi to Mestia is around 200 km and can take anything from 3-6 hours depending on road and weather conditions.
Overnight in a local guesthouse in Mestia with shared facilities.
Kutaisi – Farmers Market
Lela`s Guesthouse or similar (1 nt)
Day 5: Mestia
After breakfast we will visit a local family and witness the making of Georgian cheese. Cheese is found in many Georgian dishes and is a key ingredient in the famous khachapuri, a traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread which you will no doubt eat plenty of during your time here!
We then drive to the village Lakhiri and start our walk (approx walking time 4-5 hours) in the direction of Mestia. After little uphill walking we descend to the beautiful valley full with blooming flowers and enjoy an amazing view of Chalati Glacier (2300m) and of Mestia Valley with its watchtowers. The paths can be steep and the ground uneven so you will need good fitness and appropriate footwear for this walk. Those not wishing to hike can stay in the village or in Mestia.
Back in Mestia we visit the Museum of History and Ethnography, (closed on Mondays). Then we continue on to the home of another local family where we will participate in the preparation of the traditional meal called kubdari, a filled bread dish filled with pork and beef that originates from this region.
Overnight in guesthouse in Mestia with shared facilities.
Mestia – Georgian cheese making
Mestia – Lakhiri Village hike
Mestia – Museum of History & Ethnography
Mestia – Kubdari making
Lela`s Guesthouse or similar (1 nt)
Day 6: Ushguli
Today we visit the village of Ushguli, a town around 50km southeast of Mestia.
Ushguli has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The village is located at 2200m above sea level, and is claimed to be one of the highest inhabited villages in Europe. Ushguli is most famous for its abundance of watchtowers and this is where we will get the famous view of the towers surrounded by the highest mountain in Georgia, snow capped Mt. Shkhara (5068m).
We will visit the Church of the Virgin Mary (12th century) and walk to Queen Tamar’s tower. Total walking time 2-3 hours, depending on fitness and conditions. Those not wishing to walk may stay and explore the Ushguli, where there are a few small ethnographic museums in watchtowers.
Overnight in a family guesthouse in Ushguli with shared facilities.
Ushguli – Church of the Virgin Mary
Ushguli – Village hike
Nanuli`s Guesthouse or similar (1 nt)
Day 7: Mestia
Today we start today’s longer walk directly from our guesthouse. Approximate walking time is 5-6 hours. If you do not wish to walk, please discuss options with your leader in advance.
The route takes us to the base of Georgia’s highest mountain, Mt Shkhara (5068m). On our way to the glacier, we will meet small creeks and come across many rock formations and beautiful meadows all while being surrounded by snow capped mountains. Fingers crossed for great weather so we can enjoy the experience as much as possible! The walking trail ends at the Shkhara glacier where the Enguri river originates below.
Return to Mestia this afternoon and overnight in our guesthouse with shared facilities once again.
Ushguli – Shkhara Glacier hike
Lela`s Guesthouse or similar (1 nt)
Day 8: Mestia - Tbilisi
Today is a long driving day as we journey through the majestic Georgian mountains from Mestia back to Tbilisi (450 km/approx 8-9hrs). We will make some stops along the way for lunch, photos and to stretch our legs. We will have free time tomorrow, so plan how your will spend your last days in Georgia while you watch the countryside go by.
Overnight in our hotel in Tbilisi with private facilities.
Hotel VIP Tbilisi or similar (1 nt)
Days 9-10: Tbilisi
Today is our free day in Tbilisi to spend as you wish. Chat to the warmhearted locals, explore more of the ancient or modern side of this dynamic city, fit in the optional activities you didn’t have time for at the start of your trip or eat your final fill of khinkali (Georgian dumplings). There’s a lively cafe scene to wile away the day, or see what finds you can fossick for at the Dry Bridge Bazaar.
Tonight enjoy a final optional dinner and a glass of Georgian wine with your group.
Final night in our hotel in Tbilisi.
The tour concludes in the morning on day 10 and your are free to depart at any time. There are no activities included on this day, however our local partners offer some great day trips for those who are staying longer, including to the Kakheti Wine Region, David Gareja Monastery or along the Georgian Military Highway to Kazbegi. Talk to you leader in advance if you are interested in these activities.
Wine Tour – Kakheti Region (8-9 hours) – USD155
David Gareja Monastery Complex – Tour (7-8 hours) – USD110
The Great Caucasus Tour – Kazbegi (10 hours) – USD130
Hotel VIP Tbilisi or similar (1 nt)
Please note there is a chance of potential changes to the itinerary due to: heavy rain, flooding and snow at higher altitudes, which often affect roads and bridges making travel difficult or impossible (particularly in remote areas). Landslides are also common.
Please note the 3 lunches that are included on the trip are “Lunch Box” type meals, they are not cafe/restaurant meals.
Please note you should carry a copy of your passport at all times and keep the original in a safe place.
Don’t photograph sensitive sites like military bases and power installations, you maybe charged a photo fee at some places. Be aware of cultural sensitivities when photographing churches and other religious sites.
Some visitors have been prevented from photographing the Presidential Palace in Tbilisi.
Tbilisi is a cosmopolitan city, but more conservative attitudes exist in rural areas. You should dress and behave modestly in these areas and avoid open displays of affection.
Although prices are often quoted in US dollars and Euros, according to Georgian law all goods and services should be paid for in local currency (Georgian Lari). Credit cards are widely used in Tbilisi, but less so in the regions. ATMs can be found in major towns. Travellers’ cheques are not widely accepted.
Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
Bus – Regular buses stop at the bus station in front of the Arrival Hall, municipality Bus # 37 serves the route (Airport-Tbilisi city). One way fee is 0.50 GEL per person and the bus departs every 11 minutes between the hours of 07:00am – 10:55pm. If you take the bus you should get off at the Freedom Square (Saint George’s statue in the middle), at Pushkini Park. It will take approximately 50 minutes to reach the Square. In Pushkini Park you should take the Metro (underground). When you enter the underground you should turn left and then you will start to walk down Kote Abkhazi street (former Leselidze). The starting hotel “VIP” is located at #31 Kote Apkhazi (Leselidze Street).
Train – A new airport railway station is located 70 metres from the airport arrival hall and it departs twice a day. In the morning at 08:45am and in the evening at 06:05pm (subject to change). A one way fee is 0.50 GEL per person. You can change money at the airport; there are several banks near the exit. This new train connects the Airport to the Tbilisi Central Railway Station. It take approximately 20 minutes to get to Tbilisi central railway station. When you reach the railway station you can follow either stairs to the exit. You will then enter the shopping center and proceed to the first floor where you will be able to catch a taxi to the starting point hotel “VIP” which will cost you around 6-7 GEL.
Taxi – Taxis are located just outside the arrival hall and are available 24 hours a day. Catch a 511 taxi (white Toyota cars) the price is approximately 30 GEL.
Please also make sure have a copy of the local operator’s emergency phone numbers from our Emergency Contact section of these trip notes.
We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change – it’s important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
Most nationalities do not currently require a visa for Georgia, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, USA & all EU member states. Visa free nationalities can now only stay “visa free’ in Georgia for 30 days. However, all nationalities should check with the nearest embassy for the latest visa information as this may be subject to change at short notice.
For any questions regarding visas or supporting visa documents please get in touch with The Visa Machine on the following contacts:
If you have any trouble with the online form or want to chase up the status of your application for Visa Support Documents please contact The Visa Machine on firstname.lastname@example.org or during UK working hours on +44(0) 207 148 6402.
The Australian Visa Machine office can be contacted about actual Visa Applications (not Visa supporting documents) on email@example.com or on +61 (2) 61 452 265.
Please note the Australian office cannot assist with Visa Supporting Documents and or chasers. These must be directed to the UK office.
Citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in the countries listed below may enter Georgia without a visa for short-term visit (Not exceeding 90 calendar days in any 180-day period).
More countries are listed on the official Ministry of Foreign Affairs website – https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/en/visaInformation
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction – if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You’ll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
You can find Intrepid’s Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn’t intended to be a complete packing list.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
As a rule we recommend you don’t drink tap water, even in hotels, as it contains much higher levels of different minerals than the water you may have at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn’t serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it’s enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available and your leader can recommend safe alternatives when available. Water consumption should be about 3 litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.
Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude – regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!
Before your trip:
Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.
During your trip.
While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.
Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you’ll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it’s deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid’s operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it’s being implemented in the field:
Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.
Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, river or open water, where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It’s expected that anyone taking part in water activities is able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water.
When travelling on a trip, you won’t be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank’s name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
- ארוחות: 8 ארוחות בוקר, 3 ארוחות צהריים, 5 ארוחות ערב
- תחבורה: מיניבוס
- לינה: 5 לילות בגסט האוס, 4 לילות במלון
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- הוצאות אישיות
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