Day 1 Tbilisi –Zugdidi – Mestia (490 km, app. 8-9 hours driving)
Inland journey from Tbilisi via Samegrelo province – the land where the epic legend of the Argonauts was acted out and the Golden Fleece was kept, to one of the most attractive provinces of Georgia – Svaneti.
08:00 departure, 13:00 – 14:00 lunch en route, after at main squire of Zugdidi and continue up the Enguri Gorge.
On the way visit to: Lagami church with the interior richly decorated with murals.
19:00 – 20:00 arrive Mestia, dinner and overnight in private guesthouse.
Day 2 Mestia – Ushguli (45 km, app. 3 hours diving)
After breakfast visit to historical and ethnographic museum of Mestia, which houses manuscripts from the 10th and 12th centuries, religious tracts from the 9th-11th centuries, icons, metal and other artifacts of the 14th – 16th century, gold coins of the antique and late antique periods and several Bronze Age treasures.
Depart for village Ushguli – middle age fortification, surrounded by the 5,000 m giants of the Caucasus mountain range. It is considered to be one of the highest populated places in the world (2,200m above sea level).
Day 3 Ushguli – Mestia (34km, app 3 hours driving)
After breakfast short trek towards the foot of mount Shkhara, visit Ethnographical Museum of Ushguli, where is kept collection of ancient manuscripts, metal work, decorations and coins of antic period, ethnographical utensils. Have a lunch and depart for Mestia. Afternoon return to Mestia and visit to: Laghami Saint Georges church (medieval cc) and Svan dwelling complex.
Dinner and overnight in guesthouse in Mestia.
Day 4 Mestia – Zugdidi – Tbilisi (490 km, app. 8-9 hours driving)
Breakfast, drive back to Tbilisi. Will visit Dadianis Castle in Zugdidi, Lunch en route.
optional stop at Ubisi architectural complex (9th, 14th c. frescos)
Evening arrive to Tbilisi.
On the tour we offer: Inland transportation, FB supplement, Accommodation in Guesthouses (Mestia & Ushguli), Tour Guide per program, 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day, Entrance fees.
Prices do not include: beverages, meals in Tbilisi, Travel Insurance
Note: Helicopter and plane transportation is available also.