Holiday in Georgia, tailor made
Description of Holiday in Georgia, tailor made
This itinerary for a cultural and wilderness holiday in Western Georgia is packed with some of our suggestions for ways in which to tap into not only the ancient cultures but also the sacred and mythical aspects of this gem of a country. As well as being featured in Greek myth Jason and the Argonauts, the country's Caucasus Mountains and Black Sea shores are not only dramatic, but verging on epic. And definitely worth an odyssey of your own.
This itinerary takes you through the country’s western landscapes, starting in its capital city, Tbilisi and then through the snow capped mountains and prolific forests of the Caucasus. Highlights include sites such as the ancient cave towns of Uplistsikhe and Vardzia as well as sacred marvels such as the monasteries at Gelati and Mtskheta, the latter being one of the country’s oldest , dating back to the 3rd century BCE, and still revered as the centre of the Orthodox Church.
We will point you in the right direction to sample some of the Western Georgia’s superb, and surprisingly spicy cuisine, and also experience the fascinating culture of the Svaneti region’s people, from their famous polyphonic singing to their medieval archicture, with dramatic towers protruding from ancient, remote villages such as Mestia.
The price of this holiday, with its suggested itinerary below, includes: 3 nights in 3* hotels, 8 nights in local guesthouse accommodation, 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, private expert guide, private driver, entrance fees, private airport transfers.
6 Reviews of Holiday in Georgia, tailor made
Reviewed on 11 Oct 2019 by Sandra HollinghurstStunning scenery in the Svaneti Region especially Ushguli Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Sep 2019 by Philip TepperThe most exciting part of the trip was the svaneti - walking to the Shkhara glacier, enjoying the beautiful views, pathside gentians and butterflies. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Jun 2019 by Sheila JelfsEverything we saw and did was memorable, although visiting the Svaneti region was a highlight. We have come home with a real insight into the fascinating culture and history of the country. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Jul 2018 by Phil StevensAn excellent mix of culture and nature Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jul 2018 by Martin HolleyTrekking in Svaneti and enjoying the relaxed evenings in Tbilisi and Batumi Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Jun 2017 by Giles HarveyIt gave us an in depth insight into history, religion and cultures Read full review
PlanetOn Day 3,4,5 and 6 we will stay in a homestay/guesthouse in the Svaneti mountainous region for a unique glimpse into the traditions and customs of local life. The homestay/guesthouse market, helps them to provide good, clean and interesting accommodation which in term allows them to educate their children, improve their standard of living and look after their ill. The wonderful thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the families financially and us with the wonderful welcome and experience they give us. Wherever possible we stay in locally owned accommodation, eat in locally owned establishments and purchase supplies from the local nomads.
Using no carbon transport such as walking not only gives you a slower paced experience, but also cuts environmental damage and tourist carbon footprint. We are committed to low-level tourism impact and we keep group sizes to a maximum of 12 to avoid huge tour bus loads of tourists, which increases environmental damage but also is less likely to be welcomed by locals. Slower travel also allows for more chances to interact with people from another culture. Walking in the Svaneti mountains is a wonderful experience to take in the incredible views, ancient Svan towers and preserved way of life. Meet locals along the way and at guesthouse accommodations.
PeopleIn the Caucasus - and in particular in Georgia - we have developed unique relationships with many of the mountain peoples of the region and through our form of interactive tourism with a social conscience we have helped them by providing an important additional income. On this trip we travel through regions where conditions are harsh and there is limited opportunity for earning an income. By visiting local families, we are able to put much needed funds directly into the local communities. In addition, all foods are produced locally so several members of the village benefit financially, which improves several families’ standard of living. The great thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the locals financially and us from the fuss they make of us!
The best way to share stories and meet new people is over a plate of great food and a glass of wine in hand, this is especially cultural significant in Georgia. On Day 3,4,5 and 6 in Svaneti, we will be eating with or at the table of our guesthouse owners’ accommodations. Georgia is known for its hearty, home-cooked food and guesthouses provide some of the best. Supporting the local food industry in Goergia not only maintains the cultural identity of the country but connects cultures through the most ancient of pastimes, eating and drinking!