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Above The Clouds Of The Tusheti

9 days

≈ $83 per day

$747

COUNTRY

Georgia

STARTS / ENDS IN

Tbilisi / Tbilisi

DESTINATIONS

8 (Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Sighnaghi, Telavi, Lower Omalo, Tusheti, Dartlo, Tbilisi)

TOUR TYPE

Culture & History

TOUR GROUP

Fixed date

START DATE

27 July 2018

END DATE

04 August 2018

SEATS LEFT

7+

AGE RANGE

5 to 70 year olds

Other Services

  • Extra payment for single accommodation

    $141
  • Cave city of Uflistsikhe

    $2
  • Museum in Sighnaghi

    $2
  • Funicular in Tbilisi (one way)

    $1
  • Lunch in one of the settlements of Tusheti

    $9

Guide's Language

  • English
  • Russian

Available Months

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Tbilisi

    Arrival in Tbilisi, transfers from the airport and check-in at hotel from 14:00.
    Price of the tour is valid for group starting from 6 people.

  • Day 2
    Mtskheta

    Let’s start bonding with Georgia by visiting an ancient capital – Mtskheta. Home of too many religious and cultural sights for what it’s sometimes called as a “Second Jerusalem”. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (ХI cent.) where a Christs Robe-The greatest shrine of Christian World is buried in literal translation means «Living Pillar». Nunnery of Samtavro, where lie the bodies of The King Mirian and his wife, Queen Nana. They were the first to convert to Christianity. Here is also a grave of St. Gabriel, recognized as one of the revered Georgian saints. Now, we take a lift to the top of the hill to explore The Jvari Monastery, overlooking the confluence of two rivers – Mtkvari and Aragvi. The Jvari Monastery (6th century) is the first site in Georgia to be inscribed in UNESCOs world heritage list. The next stop is Gori and Cave City of Uflistsikhe - one of the rarest monuments in the world.
    Get back to Tbilisi. Additional opportunity: Spend evening in the Georgian restaurant where besides the native cuisine, wine and chacha you can watch Georgian incendiary dances. Overnight in Tbilisi.

  • Day 3
    Sighnaghi

    Breakfast at the hotel. Kakheti – the most fragrant region of Georgia. The first destination is The City of Love – Sighnaghi. This small, cozy and very charming city has a great location with the views of Alazani Valley. Sighnaghi is surrounded by the defensive wall with 23 towers and 6 gates. In museum named after famous Georgian artist N.Pirosmani are exhibited 15 of his original artworks.
    In 2km-s from Sighnaghi there is a Bodbe Monastery (nunnery) of St.Nino – a godmother of Georgia. It is believed that all the wishes made here, will definitely come true. Now, we will visit winemakers, to watch how wine is being made in home cellars – called Marani, degustate some sorts of wine and chacha, dine and take part in master classes of making Georgian Sweet –Churchkhela.
    Overnight in Telavi.
    A GIFT FROM GEORGIA TRAVEL RSP - LUNCH, MASTER CLASS AND DEGUSTATION OF WINE AND CHACHA WITH REAL GEORGIAN TOASTS AT LOCAL WINERY.

  • Day 4
    Telavi

    Breakfast at the hotel. This day we will start with the Telavi city tour, which is located in the heart of Alazani Valley. Every city has its own exceptional landmark for Telavi is a giant plane tree over 900 years of age. Now let’s take a breather on the shores of Ilia Lake – named after outstanding Georgian writer Ilia Chavchavadze. It’s an artificial lake being filled with the waters of the river Duruji, surrounded by the deciduous forests. We can even swim in case of a good weather. Night in Telavi.

  • Day 5
    Lower Omalo

    Breakfast at the hotel. And the real journey starts now and here, in Kvemo Alvani (Kakheti) from where special cars will take us to the point above the clouds. We are going to Tusheti far from the city noise and crowds. At an altitude of almost 3000m you will explore another – mysterious dimension with mountain rivers, snowy mountain peaks and endless green meadows. (warning – the road to Tusheti lies on the mountains where, there are no shops and restaurants so we have to buy all the necessary products before departure) Late in the evening we will reach the first destination - Lower Omalo (or Higher) and after accommodation in the guest house you can have a rest.
    Dinner and Night in Lower Omalo.

  • Day 6
    Tusheti

    Breakfast at the guest house.
    Today, on special 4x4 cars we are going to explore unbelievably beautiful nature, little settlements and the ancient watchtowers of Tusheti. There are no churches in Tusheti, instead they have little stone buildings called “nishi”, which is originated from the Georgian word nishani – “a sign”. The only remaining Trinity church we will find in the village of “Shenako”. The most dangerous inhabitants of this region are dogs – Central Asian and Caucasian Shepherds walking with the flocks, protecting them from the wolves (there are lots of them in Tusheti). Important: We will have lunch in the guest house, in one of the settlements. Dinner and Night in Lower Omalo.

  • Day 7
    Dartlo

    Breakfast at the guest house.
    Historically Tusheti is divided into several parts. Today we are going to cover 12km-s distance from Omalo to move to the village Dartlo – the capital of Pirikita Society, which is located near the border of Chechnya. We will take a ride with a professional guide accompanying us. Take couple of photo shots in this picturesque nature and then have a picnic. After comes The city of the dead.
    Dinner and Night in Lower Omalo.

  • Day 8
    Tbilisi

    Breakfast at the guest house.
    After a farewell to Tusheti we will set off for Tbilisi through Kakheti. After comes an evening walk in the streets of Tbilisi. Night in Tbilisi.

  • Day 9
    Tbilisi

    Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out till 12:00. Transfer to the airport.

What's included

  • Hotel

    Accommodation in DBL/TWIN rooms of 3* hotel in Tbilisi (3 nights), in Telavi (2 nights) and in the guest house In Omalo (3 nights)- with breakfasts.

  • Transfer

    All above mentioned transfers during the tour

  • Transport

    Transportation expenses

  • Excursions

    Horses rental

  • Guide

    Professional guide – tour leader

  • Breakfast

  • Rent a car

    Off-Road cars rental to get to Tusheti from Kvemo Alvani

  • Lunch

    Lunchо-picnic in the mountains on the 7th day

  • Dinner

    Dinner on 5th, 6th, 7th days

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