Legends of Tushetian Towers

Legends of Tushetian Towers

Category: Mountain Tours Eco Tours
Tour type: Under request
Duration: 4 days
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Arrival: Tbilisi International Airport
Departure: Tbilisi International Airport


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Jeep tour to Tusheti 
Tusheti - one of the popular Georgia's mountain-trekking destination, 
notable for its fabulous landscapes, ever-snowy mountain summits, beautiful alpine meadows and extremely well preserved pine forests, as well as for magnificent peaks of Tebulo, Dilo, Borbalo and Sakisto mountains. Visitors are always astonished by the severity and the beauty of Tusheti Mountains. Every village of Tusheti is a historical monument itself dating back to the late Middle Ages.

Enjoy the realm of magestic towers, ancient history and culture and the incredible beauty of nature!  

THE BEST OF TUSHETI
Jeep or Hourse Riding Tour

Itinerary: Tbilisi – Tusheti – Tbilisi

Tour Duration: 5 days / 4 nights   

Arrival: Tbilisi International Airport 
Departure: Tbilisi International Airport 

 

Day one
Route Direction:
Tbilisi – Telavi – Alvani – Omalo – Keselo – Omalo
Deaprture early in the morning fom Tbilisi.
The route to Tusheti lays through Kakheti region. Arival to Alvani (near Telavi). Departure to Omalo.
Arrival to Omalo in the early evening hours.  Sightseeing tour around Omalo. Omalo is the principle village in Tusheti. Omalo is the economic centre of Tusheti where the only airport, boarding school and hospital in the region are located. It lays between the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range and the Pirikiti Range of Tusheti. This is one of the holy places of the Tushetians. Omalo is divided into two parts: New and Old Omalo. The last one is called "Keselo". The castle of "Keselo" is a middle aged castle, which looks down to New Omalo.
Picnic on the open air.   
Visit to Keselo - a small medieval fortress just above the village of Omalo. Keselo towers which originally totaled thirteen were constructed during the Mongol invasion of Georgia in 1230s. During the raid on Tush villages by the invader, people abandoned their villages and used towers as temporary shelters.
Departure to Omalo. Check in at the hotel-guesthouse. Dinner at the hotel. Free time. Overnight in Omalo.

Day two

Route Direction: Omalo – Dartlo – Kvavlo – Dano – Farsma – Girevi – Omalo
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Pirikiti Range of Tusheti. The road leads along the pine forest to the field (2250m above sea-level.) that is a crossing point of trails to Dartlo, Omalo and Gometsari. This is a place where all Tushetian community meetings were held in the past. 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: Kvavlo, Dano, Farsma and Girevi.(sometimes Farsma and Girevi isn’t approachable because of the roads conditions). 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. Resting time. Picnic on the open air. Back to Omalo in the evening. Dinner at the hotel. Free time.
Overnight in Omalo.

Day three

Route Direction: Omalo - Gometsari Gorge: Dochu, Beghela, Jvarboseli, village Iliurta - Omalo
After breakfast visit to Gometsari Gorge. There are many gorges in Tusheti. The most important is a gorge of Gometsari and Pirikita Alazani.  There are still some ancient ruins of villages in both gorges. Villages and the sites of ancient villages sheltered on the mountain slopes and rocks like eagle nests adorn Gometsari gorge. Those villages are: Dochu, Beghela, Jvarboseli, Iliurta and others (sometimes Jvarboseli and Ilurta aren’t approachable because of the roads conditions). Many of them have survived as ruins only. Dochu is one of the most well preserved old Tushetian architectural monument. It is exciting to see three-storied houses, halls and boiler-houses in the village.
Gometsari Gorge is also famous for Dogi – Horse Racings. This event is held here every year in July, the date is not fixed. We advice you not to leave out it!
Resting time. Picnic on the open air. Back to Omalo in the evening.
Dinner at the hotel. Free time. Overnight in Omalo.

Day four

Route Direction: Omalo – Shenako – Tbilisi
Breakfast at the hotel.Early check out at the hotel. Visit to the most beautiful villages of Tusheti: Shenako This village is densely populated what has been caused by small land areas on the one hand, and by the fear of the enemies’ invasions, on the other hand. The village Shenako is overlooked by Mount Diklo and contains a series of buildings of Georgian folk. You can visit a small church in Shenako.
Depature to Tbilisi.
En route you can visit Alaverdi and Shuamta Monastery, dated back to the 6th century. Arrival to Tbilisi in the evening. Farewell dinner at the restaurant in Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day five
Departure 

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Tbilisi airport. 
Have a nice flight and See you soon in Georgia. 


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