Extraordinary travel experiences: Tusheti & Khevsureti

Extraordinary travel experiences: Tusheti & Khevsureti

Category: Mountain Tours Eco Tours
Tour type: Under request
Duration: 8 days
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Arrival: Tbilisi International Airport
Departure: Tbilisi International Airport

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Itinerary: Tbilisi - Tusheti - Telavi - Khevsureti - Tbilisi

Tour duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Arrival: Tbilisi International Airport 
Departure: Tbilisi International Airport 

Day one

Welcome to Georgia!
Arrival in Tbilisi International Airport. Meet and transfer to the hotel.
Dinner in a traditional Georgian restaurant, where you will have a possibility to enjoy traditional Georgian feast.
Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day two

Tushetian towers
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Tusheti, namely to its center hub - Omalo village. It is the principle village of Tusheti. it is largely isolated from the rest of Georgia for most of the year. This is one of the holy places for Tushetians. We will make a stop for picnic, and after spend our time for observation of the place. Overnight in Omalo guesthouse.

Day three

Dartlo - People still live here by 500 years old traditions
After breakfast sightseeing tour around Dartlo village.
There are up to 50 depopulated and abandoned villages in Tusheti. Tusheti villages sre decorated by the towers and castles, which defended the population against neighboring community’s attack. Most of these castles are destroyed now. Tusheti villages are situated along the eastern bank of the River Alazani.
Visits to ancient Tusheti villages: Diklo, Dartlo and Shenako. The most astonishing place is a village Dartlo, which has still its ancient look. It is located in the middle of the gorge sheltered under inaccessible Dano and Kvavlo. There are ruins of ancient church there, only men have access to this church. You will be welcomed in one traditional family and taste unbelievably delicious home made dishes.
Dinner and overnight in Dartlo.

Day four

Tusheti - Telavi
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Telavi. Visit to Tsinandali House-Museum – the historical home of Alexandre Chavchavadze and his family, is one of Georgia’s most important cultural sites. As a museum and cultural center, it can offer an extraordinary experience for the general public, tourists, educators, students, and researchers. Tsinandali’s immense winery - the great wine-making tradition of eastern Georgia will be a theme in many of the features envisioned in this space. 
Visit to Kvareli: Wine tunnel in Kvareli - The "Tunnel" tourist complex is situated near the town of Kvareli in the eastern Georgian region of Kakheti. Here you can visit a historic wine cellar located in a tunnel, discover Georgian culture, taste amazing wines, relax and spend time with your family and friends.
Dinner in Kvareli restaurant.
Back to Telavi for overnight.

Day five

Telavi - Khevsureti
Early breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Khevsureti.
We will visit Korsha village, 2 km past Barisakho, there is a small, but interesting ethnographical Korsha museum of Khevsur life. The next village is Gudani, about 1 km up from the road, is a striking group of tower houses on rock outcrop. 15 km form Korsha Museum you will get to two small neighbouring villages – Biso and Khakhmati.
After these villages your route runs over the high Datvis Jvari Pass (open from June to October) – the highest point on the route (2677 m above the sea level). Stop for picnic.
After passing the Datvis Jvari Pass you’ll get to Lebaiskari and then to Kistani – small abandoned villages of unexceptional beauty. In 15 km from Kistani, there is the village Shatili – the old town, built between the 7th and 13th centuries, is an agglomeration to tall towers clinging together on a rocky outcrop to form a single fortress-like whole. Shatili is very close to the boarder of Chechnya, 1400 m above the sea level.
Dinner in Shatili’s local guesthouse. Overnight in Shatili’s local guesthouse.

Day six

Shatili – Anatori – Mutso – Ardoti - Tbilisi
Early Breakfast at the local guesthouse. Sightseeing tour around Shatili. Departure to Anatori (4 km from Shatili). Nobody lives here. You can see abandoned houses en route: during the cholera times, many people died here, and you can see human skulls here.
From Anatori in some 9 km there is a real highlight of the whole route – Mutso – 300 years old towers, is severe and imposing. It is apparently slated for renovation, but for now its decaying profile still stares darkly across the valley from its perch high on a mountain side. The towers are connected to each other by a warren of walls, roofs, stairs and ladders. Many of the restored towers offer access to the wide wooden balconies that look out over the valley.
Ardoti is 5 km further up the valley beyond Mutso. In this village lives only one family. You can find here the ruines of ancient church.
Picnic in Ardoti. Overnight in Shatili.

Day seven

Tbilisi & surroundings
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Tbilisi.
On the way to Tbilisi we can visit Mtskheta city (optional)
Accommodation in Tbilisi hotel upon arrival.
Sightseeing tour around Tbilisi, among the sites of the city you will see: Narikala Fortress and Metekhi church with panoramic views on Old Tbilisi, ancient churches of Anchiskhati and Sioni, Sulphur Baths district “Abanotubani”, famous Chardin street name after a French Missioner, Piece Bridge, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Freedom Square, Pantheon on Mtatsminda Mount and many others places of interest...
Farewell dinner and overnight in Tbilisi hotel.
Day eight

Departure day
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Tbilisi airport. 
Have a nice flight & See you Soon in Georgia!


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