Georgia horse trekking holiday

“Riding through Georgia's glorious landscape discover a history and culture locals claim is – literally – a gift from God.”

Highlights

Tbilisi | Mtskheta | Abano Pass | Lake Oreti | Verkhovani | Dadikurta | horse riding on high plains and ancient trails | visit with local farmers, shepherds and winemakers

Description of Georgia horse trekking holiday

The Georgians have a saying that when God gave out land to the various nations of the world the Georgians were too busy drinking to attend – but ended up being given God's favourite spot when they smooth-talked the Almighty about being late due to drinking his health!

Exploring this stunning and on foot and horseback you may well agree this might just be the best bit of the planet. And Georgia's famous wine-making heritage (arguably the oldest in the world) means you'll have something special to toast it with too! You'll also get to make delicious local cheeses on a day out with local shepherds.

You'll discover spectacular mountain vistas and high plains on fantastic local horses, while also visiting ancient villages in the remote and characterful Tusheti region, where a warm and vibrant Georgian culture beats strong amid Tolkienesque towered hamlets, flower-strewn meadows and snow-capped peaks.

Visiting the UNESCO-listed wonders of the ancient capital Mtskheta before enjoying lunch with a farm family – with time in a 300-year-old wine cellar. Then cross the 3000m Abano Pass to visit the centuries-old villages of Shenako and Diklo.

Other days you'll saddle up to ride to the turquoise blue Lake Oreti one day, then ford rivers en route to the hamlet of Verkhovani that is famed for historic watchtowers (you'll stay in one). Another day, ride an old herders trail to one of Europe's highest villages.

End your trip exploring old Tbilisi – perhaps taking in the famous muscle-easing sulphur baths after which the capital is named.

Price includes all activities/equipment, tour leader, local guides, drivers, meal plans, mineral water, all transport as outlined in the itinerary, all accommodation and all entrance fees as per itinerary.

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10 Aug 2019
£ 1645
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What this trip includes

Trips are on full board basis, and include transport as outlined in itinerary, twin-share accommodation, mineral water and entrance fees.
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Georgia horse trekking holiday

In 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 the slated Tusheti region where conditions are harsh and there is limited opportunity for earning an income. By visiting local families, such as the wine-makers on day two, and staying in local villages 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 familys’ 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!

All our tours employ the services of local guides, horsemen and drivers, stay in locally owned hotels and guesthouses, which diverts important funds directly into the area.

In addition we sponsor the following project:
Children of the Caucasus is an excellent charity, set up and run by the British Georgiaphile and author Peter Nasmyth, dedicated to helping the young people of the region, many of whom have been displaced, orphaned or traumatised by civil war.

When you take one of our trips, we also make a contribution to Carbon Clear – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flight. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf through sustainable energy or rainforest restoration.

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