Svaneti towers: Mestia & Ushguli

Svaneti towers: Mestia & Ushguli

Category: Excursions from Kutaisi
Tour type: Under request
Duration: 1 day
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Arrival: Kutaisi International Airport
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Duration: full day

Tour type: daily excursion

Itinerary: Kutaisi - Mestia - Ushguli - Kutaisi

 

Impossibly beautiful, wild and mysterious, one of the most ancient historical provinces Of Georgia, is located on the southern slopes of the Caucasus mountain range, on the territory running between Enguri and Tskhenistskali Rivers. Svaneti’s emblem is the defensive stone tower, designed to house villagers at times of invasion and strife.

Mestia:  the main regional center of Svaneti Region. It is located 1 500 m above sea level.  Tourists interested in religious culture will find plenty of examples of wall paintings and icons from the Middle Ages in the churches around Mestia.  

Departure early in the morning from Kutaisi to Mestia. On the way visit the Inguri water reservoir.
Upon arrival lunch and sightseeing tour around the place:
Walking tour around Mestia. Here you will explore mysterious, wild, extremely beautiful part of Georgia with ancient history. Picturesque villages and snow-covered peaks rising over 4000 m. above flower-strewn alpine meadows offer marvelous walking opportunities. Svaneti is most famous with its more than 175 towers originally built between IX-XIII cc with unique architecture, typical only for this area and local people still live there.
Departure to Ushguli. the village has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.Explore local highlights: defensive towers, unique churches with old and beautiful frescoes. Visiting Ethnographic Museum, the famous Lamaria Chapel(XII c.), the Tamara Castle(XII c.).
Dinner in local family (tasting local dishes, which are quiet different from other Georgia regions. Departure back to Kutaisi.

Special note for visitors: the tour can be organized for 2 days, with the visiting of the same sites and with the overnight in Mestia village.


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