sea and mountains tour in georgia
Out of countless significant places in Georgia, in Sea and Mountains Tour in Georgia, we offer the perfect mix of two regions. Spend the first half of your vacation at the Black Sea and straight from there move on to the Great Caucasian Mountains for the second half of your trip.
The amount of days for this tour solely depends on the guests themselves. It can be from 5 days to 2 weeks long. Since both regions are vacation resorts and each of them offers a vast variety of activities, we are not limited in time for our Sea and Mountains tour. You tell us the number of days and our experienced tour operators will send you a perfect itinerary for your unforgettable journey.
Well, for a start, you arrive at Batumi International Airport where our local guide will meet you at the gate and transfer you to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time we can have Batumi City Tour at the same, or on the following day. After you get relatively familiar with the places around you, there are numerous options for how you can spend your evenings.
You can enjoy your drinks at the fancy terrace bar on the rooftop of the skyscraper overlooking the lighten up city. Or you can simply lie on the warm beach, feel the smell of the sea, look at the horizon, and sink yourself in a peaceful quiet environment. There are endless possibilities to spend your leisure time in the city that is considered as ‘The Las Vegas of the Black Sea’.
On the following days, we will have tours to the Gonio fortress and/or in Botanical Garden or to the beautiful Makhuntseti Waterfalls – located an hour away from Batumi.
Gonio fortress is located 12 km south of Batumi and just 4 km away from the border with Turkey. The fortress itself is well preserved Roman fortification that dates back to the 1st century AD.
Botanical Garden is 10 km away from Batumi city on the Black Sea shore and actually, it is one of the largest botanical gardens in the former Soviet Union territory. It extends almost 110 hectares on a hillside and takes about 1½ hours to walk the main path at a relaxed pace. This place is almost 250 meters above sea level, which gives you the perfect opportunity to see Batumi city like the palm of your hand.
Most of the companies start their tours in the morning, however, since mornings are the best time for swimming, tanning, or other beach activities, we give options for our guests to have tours during the eveningы. Our company always tries to customize a tour fitting the guest’s best interests.
After a few days of swimming and enjoying sunny beaches, we continue our tour to The Great Caucasian Mountains, in the Svaneti region.
Since Mestia (municipal center of Upper Svaneti) is located almost 300 km away from Batumi, we have an option to take domestic flight Batumi – Mestia, or Kutaisi – Mestia. Or have a long 6-7 hour drive from Batumi straight to Svaneti.
Well, one way or other, we will arrive in Mestia located at an altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level. It is a beautiful, small central town with nice hotels and guesthouses, small restaurants, cable carts, museums, an airport (for domestic flights only), and so on. But mainly, Mestia is known for its wonderful landscapes and architectural treasures, including the famous Svanetian towers built in 9th – 12th centuries.
Mestia is a place where most of the tourists in this region gather because it’s easier to get anywhere from here. It’s the starting and ending point for most of the tours that take place in Svaneti, therefore depending on our future activities, we can spend one night or few nights in Mestia.
In the morning, after breakfast, we can take a ride on a cable cart, which leads up to Mount Zuruldi. During the winter this area is ski lovers’ favorite destination. Hatsvali – which is a perfect ski-resort and a great place for winter sports, is famous for its unique views of the white slopes on the Caucasian Mountains.
Please follow the link to see more information about the Cable Carts and Museum options we offer.
After some time in Mestia, one of the following days, we will take a 4×4 Jeep drive to village Ushguli (2hrs and 30 minutes, one way). Ushguli is one of the most remote villages in Georgia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the highest settlement in Europe (2,300meters).
Hiking and Horseback Riding
Hiking and/or horseback riding is another must-do thing in Upper Svaneti. This region is full of trekking paths of all difficulties. For the scenery it doesn’t matter which path you will choose, an easy or a hard one, any place you hike in Svaneti, breathtaking landscapes will be stretched in front of you during your entire hike.
Horseback riding is also the option almost for all our hiking tours. If the weather is nice enough, our experienced local Svanetian guides will assist you during your horse ride. As time goes, interest in horseback riding tours increase. Therefore, the amounts of horses, as well as new paths with cool destinations are increasing each year in Svaneti.
Please visit our Hiking Tours for more information about Hiking in Svaneti.
Jn the end of your Sea & Mountains tour we will provide transfer according to your departure flight arrangements.