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View on Alazan Valley and part of the city wall with fortified tower fortress historical town Signagi, Kakheti region, Georgia

Highlights of Transcaucasia

  • EXPERT-LED GROUP TOUR
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05/09/21 05/22/2114 days $5,692 ex. flights $1,081Ian Colvin15 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

View of Tbilisi, Old Town, Tbilisi, Georgia 1

Tbilisi

Discover the wonderful diverse history and mix of cultures of Georgia’s capital city.

Greater Caucasus Mountain Range, Upper Svaneti, Georgia 2

Caucasus Mountains

Enjoy the dramatic landscapes of the snow-capped mountains and stunning desert vistas.

Christian Basilica in ancient rock hewn town Uplistsikhe, Georgia 3

Historical sites

Explore the ancient cave cities, hilltop monasteries and examine exquisite ancient frescoes.

Traditional Georgian adjara khachapuri and Kolkh khachapuri on the table, Georgia 4

Food and wine

Sample the region’s delicious food and innumerable wines, along with its renowned hospitality.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Days 1-2

    Tbilisi

  • Day 3

    Tbilisi - Kisiskhevi

  • Day 4

    Kisiskhevi - Tbilisi

  • Day 5

    Tbilisi

  • Day 6

    Tbilisi - Kazbegi

  • Day 7

    Kazbegi

  • Day 8

    Kazbegi - Kutaisi

  • Day 9

    Kutaisi

  • Day 10

    Kutaisi - Nokalakev - Mestia

  • Day 11

    Mestia

  • Day 12

    Mestia - Batumi

  • Days 13-14

    Batumi

Days 1-2

Tbilisi

Beautiful panoramic view of Tbilisi at sunset, Georgia, Europe

On day 1, arrive into Tbilisi, the remainder of the day is at leisure. On day 2, explore Tbilisi on a full day city tour, visiting the old town.

Day 3

Tbilisi - Kisiskhevi

Wine Growing, Georgia

Drive to the centre of Georgia’s largest wine-growing region, Kakheti. This famous wine district lies due east from Tbilisi in a land dotted with fine old churches and vineyard after vineyard.

Day 4

Kisiskhevi - Tbilisi

View on Alazan Valley and part of the city wall with fortified tower fortress historical town Signagi, Kakheti region, Georgia

Travel from Kisiskhevi to Telavi, Alaverdi and Kvareli. Return to Tbilisi in the later afternoon.

Day 5

Tbilisi

Buildings on Agmashenebeli Avenue, Tbilisi, Georgia

Spend another day exploring Tbilisi. Visit Rustaveli Avenue and the State Museum of Georgia. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 6

Tbilisi - Kazbegi

Ananuri Fortress, Zhinvali Reservoir, Georgian Military Highway, Georgia

Head north up the Georgian Military Highway towards Kazbegi. stop en route at the town of Mtskheta which lies in a lush valley on the confluence of two rivers, the Aragvi and the Mtkvari.

Day 7

Kazbegi

Caucasus Mountain Landscape, Sioni Village, Kazbegi, Georgian Military Highway, Georgia

Drive to Sameba Trinity Church at Gergeti, the main attraction in the area. Fine views of the mountains can be seen from the church including the snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Day 8

Kazbegi - Kutaisi

View from the Uplistsikhe Cave City, Uplistsikhe, Georgia

Travel to Gori, known as the birthplace of Stalin. Visit Stalin’s Museum, dedicated to the life of Joseph Stalin, who was born in Gori. From Gori, drive to Uplistsikhe, also known as ‘the Lord’s citadel’, a cave town hewn into the living rock. Continue to Kutaisi.

Day 9

Kutaisi

Bagrati Cathedral, Kutaisi, Georgia

Explore Kutaisi, visit Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery, founded in the 12th century by Georgia’s most famous king, David the Builder. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 10

Kutaisi - Nokalakev - Mestia

Greater Caucasus Mountain Range, Upper Svaneti, Georgia

Today you are driven to Mestia. En route stop at Nokalakevi, an archaeological site consisting of the remains of 4th – 6th Century A.D fortress. Pass Colkhida lowlands, with nice villages, drive along Enguri River valley and stop at the Enguri Reservoir. Through the mountain road arrive at Mestia.

Day 11

Mestia

Enroute to Ushguli, Upper Svaneti, Georgia

Today, drive to Ushguli, Europe’s highest permanently inhabited village located at 2,400 metres above sea level. Visit the village, its medieval towers and Lamaria Church. Enjoy the views of Mount Shkhara, the highest summit in Georgia. Return to Mestia and visit the Mestia Museum.

Day 12

Mestia - Batumi

View from brasstown bald mountain

Drive to the Black Sea coast down to Ajara region. En route stop in Zugdidi to visit Dadiani Palace, one of the most eminent palaces in the Caucasus. Proceed to Batumi, the capital of Ajara region.

Days 13-14

Batumi

Batumi Nightlife, Black Sea Coast, Georgia

Explore Batumi. Visit the old city, Batumi Piazza, squares and the main cathedral. On day 14, transfer to the airport for your onwards travel.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by Ian Colvin throughout
  • Accompanied by a local English speaking guide throughout
  • Accommodation (as indicated in the itinerary)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Entrance Fees to sites mentioned
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • Meals (as indicated in the itinerary)
  • Early check-in on day one
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks with meals
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
Beautiful panoramic view of Tbilisi at sunset, Georgia, Europe
Tibilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi

The largest city in Georgia by a considerable distance, Tbilisi can justifiably claim to be the heart of the country. Squeezed between mountain ranges, the city fills the Mtkvari river valley. Having been the capital of Georgia for more than 1,500 years, in some form or another, Tbilisi is rich in history. However, as a city that hints at a new-found wealth, Tbilisi is undoubtedly changing. New building projects have added a touch of glamour to this historic city and contrast with the narrow streets, unchanged religious buildings and caravanserais of the old town.

Caucasus Mountain Landscape, Sioni Village, Kazbegi, Georgian Military Highway, Georgia
Kazbegi, Georgia

Kazbegi and Sameba Trinity Church

Surrounded by gigantic mountains, Kazbegi is a picturesque settlement overlooked by one of the highest peaks of all, Mount Kazbek, at 5,047 metres above sea level, and one of the six 5,000 metre peaks of the Caucasus.

Visit Sameba Trinity Church, also known as Gergeti Trinity Church, the main attraction in the area located near the village of Gergeti. This 14th-century church above Kazbegi has become almost a symbol of Georgia for its incomparably photogenic hilltop setting with mighty Mount Kazbek rising behind it. It offers stunning views of the snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Svan Towers, Mestia, Upper Svaneti, Georgia
Mestia, Georgia
Enroute to Ushguli, Upper Svaneti, Georgia
Georgia

Mestia and Ushguli

Mestia is a small provincial settlement surrounded by huge Caucasian Mountains, the most impressive of which are Mountains Ushba, 4,710 metres and Tetnuldi, 4,975 metres, some of the most severe and beautiful summits of the Caucasus.

Ushguli, Europe’s highest permanently inhabited village, is located at 2,400 metres above sea level. Explore the village, its medieval towers and Lamaria Church. Enjoy the views of Mount Shkhara, the highest summit in Georgia, at 5,201 metres.

Batumi Nightlife, Black Sea Coast, Georgia
Batumi, Georgia

Batumi

Set in the south-western corner of Georgia, with a mist-wrapped backdrop of stunning hills and soaring snow-capped peaks, Batumi is a charismatic place. It is fronted by the calm waters of the Black Sea and boasts a long beach and a vast and beautifully maintained corniche, which bursts with life during Georgia’s summertime.

Group Tour FAQs

Why should I travel with Steppes Travel to Georgia?

From its lush green valley’s spread with vineyards to its deep-rooted churches and watchtowers balanced in spectacular mountain scenery, Georgia is one of the most beautiful countries on earth and a marvellous canvas for walkers and travellers of every kind. Its proud, high-spirited, cultured people are the soul of this stunning country.

In addition, our Georgia group tour allows you to get off the beaten track and traverse the lush mountains and explore the beautiful churches and watchtowers, some of which are not discoverable by road.

Is May a good time to travel to Georgia?

May is an ideal time to visit Georgia, with warm sunny days and cooler nights. Average temperatures range between 18.0°C and 27.0°C.

What is the standard of accommodation on this tour?

Georgia hotels range from cosy boutique options to modern design accommodation and to the more unique.

Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?

Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.

If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.

What is the food in Georgia like?

Georgian food is considered an expression of the culture. Warm, gooey comfort food like khachapuri (cheese-stuffed bread) finds balance with matsoni (sour yoghurt). Herbs like tarragon, flat parsley, dill and coriander combine with walnuts and garlic for rich fillings and sauces.

Do I need to be physically fit to enjoy this tour?

General overall fitness is required. There will be a number of walks to monasteries, and sites with a certain number of stone steps and uneven surfaces, as well as some hill climbs, however, this is done at a leisurely pace. We would suggest that you bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

Can I extend my time in Georgia?

Yes, this can easily be arranged at the end or the beginning of the tour. Private travel arrangements with a car and driver will be provided and a private guide arranged for sightseeing. Speak to one of our experts for possible suggestions on what extensions would complement this tour.

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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

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When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

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