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  1. Georgia
  2. Imereti
  3. Kutaisi
  4. Ushguli

Svanety War Towers and Snowy Peaks of Caucasia, 2 Day Trip

Product ID: 212160
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Beautiful and mysterious, Svaneti is an ancient settlement sheltered in Caucasian mountains, remote and free, and never controlled by any ruler. Svaneti's symbol is the defensive stone towers, built to house villagers at times of enemy invasion.
About this activity
Duration 2 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Russian

Pick-up included

Pickup is from your Kutaisi hotel.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover ancient settlements sheltered in mountains
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the snowy peaks
  • Visit ancient fortified settlements which were never conquered by enemies
Full description
Your tour will begin with early dispatch from your Kutaisi hotel. After a 3-hour journey, you will take your first stop at the Enguri Dam, which has already received Cultural Heritage status. The beautiful arched damn is the world’s second-highest concrete arch dam, reaching 271.5 meters high and 728 meters wide. Following the dam, you will head to Svaneti’s main city of Mestia, where you will visit the mountain village of Latali.

You will later arrive to Mestia, where you will enter the Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography. The Museum's collections include important archeological and ethnographic materials, a rich collection of Georgian manuscripts, and Georgian Orthodox icons painted in the unique Svan style. It also houses ancient objects dating back to early empires and cultures that made their mark on Georgian history. Later in the afternoon, you will hike to the Hatsvali Mountain Ski Resort, where you can admire and take photos of the beautiful landscapes.

In the morning of your second day, you will head to Ushguli. This is a community of four villages located at the head of the Enguri Gorge in Svaneti, Georgia. Recognized as the Upper Svaneti UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ushguli is the highest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe. Compared to somewhat more developed towns like Mestia, Ushguli has been "saved" by its particularly inaccessible location, which helped preserve the village's timeless feel. in the Ushguli Ethnographical Museum, you can observe unique pieces of exhibits which have been collected from local communities.

Ushguli is home to remnants of one of the most ancient fortresses of Svaneti, which dates back to the reign of Queen Tamar and includes 37 towers thought to date back to Medieval times. The Church of Saint Lamaria, Mother of God, is located on one of the highest points in Ushguli, together with a building tradition­ally used as a meeting place for village elders. After visiting the fortress and the Lamaria Church, you will dispatch back to Kutaisi.
Includes
  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Guide
  • Breakfast
  • Off-road vehicle
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fees
  • Dinner
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Know before you go
• It is recommended to bring hiking shoes and a warm jacket
• Bring along student cards for a discount
Organized by

TravelKutaisi Ltd.

Product ID: 212160