A Lodge-Based Adventure in the Republic of Georgia

Overview

For millennia, the Georgian Caucasus has been home to ancient mountain clans, an extraordinary mosaic of cultures steeped in tradition and genuine hospitality. Our adventure with Trip Leader supreme Eka Tchvritidze is a fascinating journey into this mountain realm, which, in Eka’s words, is “where the mountains meet heaven.” In the wilds of unspoiled Tusheti National Park, a scenic Shangri-La hidden behind silent mountaintops in northeastern Georgia, you’ll enjoy a four-day, lodge-based trek among ancient stone villages lost in time and steep-sided alpine valleys knee-deep in wildflowers. Our overnights are in local guesthouses, where eating, drinking, and hospitality are elevated to an art form—at a “Supra,” a huge display of love, friendship, food, and wine, you’ll be made to feel welcome with songs, poems, and boundless hearty toasts. After our trek, we head to Kakheti, one of the oldest wine regions in the world, where you’ll overnight at a chateau and taste wines from a winery set right on the property. We end our adventure in the rugged, green foothills of the Caucasus below Mt. Kazbek, one of the highest mountains in Georgia. Join us for an adventure in the untouched Caucasus! We guarantee you’ll be touched by the poetry of its people and landscapes.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Tbilisi, Georgia

In Tbilisi, an ancient hillside city of filigreed balconies and cobbled streets, we enjoy a walking tour that includes the 4th-century Narikala Fortress overlooking the old part of the city, Semaba Cathedral, and charming Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi’s favorite strolling promenade, lined with architectural highlights and quaint shops.

Days 3-7
Hiking in Tusheti National Park

The steep green mountainsides of Georgia’s Tusheti Mountains shelter hidden hamlets with medieval defensive towers and slate-roofed, stone-built houses. We hike through ancient villages that are UNESCO-designated “living museums,” including Dochu, impossibly perched atop a rocky cliff in a magical setting, and cross passes with views of the snowy peaks of the Caucasus. This realm has been largely untouched by the 21st century, and our accommodations are in family-run guesthouses that offer great hospitality, including traditional Tushetian “supras,” traditional Georgian feasts (get ready to drink wine out of goat horns and sing and dance!).

Days 8-11
Winetasting in Kakheti / Hikes in the Kazbegi Mountains

We head to the Kakheti wine region, where we enjoy tasting a variety of Georgian vintages, including Kvevri wines, aged in traditional large clay vessels buried in the ground. In the Kazbegi mountain region, we visit 14th century Gergeti Trinity Church (7,119'), perched in an impressive setting against the background of snow-capped Mt. Kazbek (16,680’), one of the highest mountains in Georgia. Heading deeper into the mountains, we arrive at the isolated village of Juta (7,103'), an old settlement that preserves its ancient way of life, and hike toward the Chaukhi Mountains, beautiful rocky peaks that divide the Kazbegi and Khevsureti mountain regions. Depart on Day 11 via Tbilisi.

Highlights

Highlights

Beautiful hikes in the Tusheti and Kazbegi mountain regions, with their ancient stone villages with medieval watchtowers
Enjoy overnights in family-run guesthouses, with their welcoming hospitality and great Georgian cuisine, including lamb roasts, wild trout, and khachapuri, a famous cheese dish
Taste fine wines from the renowned Kakheti wine region
Meet mountain people and hear Georgian folk songs and dances

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $4095  
Arrive: Tbilisi, Georgia
Depart: Tbilisi, Georgia
Lodging: 5 nights hotels, 5 nights guesthouses
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

5 hiking days on rough trails, 4-7 hours a day, 2 walking days, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike), some long drives. This is a strenuous hiking trip, read “What the Trip is Like” for more details.