Gallop Through the Past

These ancient settlements of the UNESCO world heritage site, with pure nature, fascinating views of snow-capped mountains, alpine meadows and waterfalls provide lavish opportunities for horseback ride. In the center of Tusheti – Omalo village, an unforgettable 6 days ride begins. Galloping through the medieval villages of mind-blowing landscapes and closeness to nature amuses a rider.The whole region is a preserved national park full of amazing animals and birds, and exploring it’s every corner on horseback is pure happiness…

After horseback adventure, trip will continue through exploration of Kakheti region the center of viniculture. The tour combines cultural treasuries with adventure on horseback. Starting with exploration of Tbilisi with its turbulent history and remarkable architectural monuments.

After 6 full days galloping through the past, returning back to civilization needs to be soften by glass of wine. Accordingly, the third part of the trip begins with wine tasting in Kakheti region – the center of viniculture. Here, taste traditional cuisine, homemade wines and listen to the Georgian famous polyphonic songs!

 

 

TIP: Plan purposely this trip to attend numerous Tushetian festivals like “Lasharoba” or “Beer Brewing” & add incredibility to your adventure

Reviews
5/5
  • Best Months: June, July, August
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Travel Mode: Horseback
  • Multi Adventure

 

Tour Itinerary & Details

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Day 12
Arrival

Arrive to Tbilisi. Overnight at hotel.

Tbilisi Sightseeing Tour

Breakfast in hotel. Full day sightseeing tour of Tbilisi. Walk through old town, visit important historical, cultural and architectural monuments. Visit museum of Fine Arts and Georgian History Museum. Welcome dinner at traditional Georgian restaurant with folk performance. Overnight at hotel. 

Drive to Kakheti region

Breakfast in hotel. Drive to east Georgia Kakheti region to David Gareja semi desert area and monastery complex founded by one of the so-called holy Syrian fathers David in 6th century. For centuries the monastery has been significant religious center. Visit 6th century Lavra monastery and hike up to the edge of the natural boarder (Georgia and Azerbaijan) to explore the frescos of unique importance dated from 9th -14th centuries, all carved in rocks. After lunch drive to Telavi – the center of Kakheti region, with short sightseeing and wine tasting. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Drive to Tusheti

Breakfat in hotel. Drive by 4WD vehicle to Tusheti, crossing Abano pass at 2926m is the highest in Georgia reachable by car. Late afternoon arrival small beautiful village Shtrolta, nestled on top of a hill. Dinner and overnight at guesthouse.

Gallop to Omalo

Breakfast in guesthouse. Ride through Omalo – the center of Tusheti province. Continue ride to Shenako village, one of the few still populated villages of Tusheti highland, overlooking Diklo mountain and containing a series of buildings of Georgian folk architecture and the old church of holy Trinity. Overnight at guesthouse in Shenako. Riding: 5-6 hr

Exploring Local Dwellings

Breakfast in guesthouse. After 2 steady hr of climbing mountain paths, ride across the Sonekhi Pass 2400 m.  Walk down to valley and continue ride to Chigo village, popular for its “Lasharoba” festival, held in July. Continue ride to Dartlo village. Dinner and overnight at guesthouse. Riding 5 – 6 hr

Changing valleys

Breakfast in guesthouse. Start riding towards the small villages of Pirikita Alazani River Kvavlo and Dano. Continue to a half abandoned village Chesho. Overnight in guesthouse. Riding 4 - 5 hr

Last Populated Villages

Breakfast in guesthouse. Follow up the Pirikita Alazani River to the last populated villages Parsma & Girevi. *Optional ride to turquoise colored Larovani Lake, created as a consequence of landside. Return back to Chesho for dinner and overnight. Riding 5 – 6 hr

Back to Omalo

Breakfast in guesthouse. Ride through wooded path to upper Omalo village, explore the area. *Optional hike up to  Keselo towers and museum. Dinner and overnight at guesthouse in Omalo.

Drive to royal town Sighnaghi

Breakfast in guesthouse. Return via Abano pass to Kakheti region. En-route visit winery in Alvani village. Depart to the royal town Sighnaghi, built in 18th century on the top of the hill with fascinating open views on Alazani valley. Stroll in a cozy and charming streets of the town, optional visit at local museum. Free time for own arrangements. At the evening taste exotic “Qvevri” wines. Overnight in hotel.

Back to the Capital

Breakfast in hotel. Visit Bodbe nunnery and taste herbal tea and picante assortments of jams made by nuns. Transfer to Tbilisi. *Optional cognac tasting at D.Sarajisvhili factory. Free day for own arrangements. Farewell dinner at traditional restaurant, with toasts. Overnight at hotel.

Departure

Transfer to the airport.

Included
Excluded
  • Full Board
  • All accommodations
  • All domestic transfers
  • 4WD car service
  • Tour Guide
  • Horseman
  • Horse with saddle
  • First Aid Kit
  • Visa or Visa Fees
  • Airfare
  • Single Supplement
  • Medical expenses and insurance
  • Re-booking of hotels
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Special Meals
  • Photographer
  • Items of Personal Nature
  • Extra Sites
  • Items not mentioned in program and detailed itinerary
  • Guide during free time

Practical Information:

Clothing: Proper clothing for horse riding;

Footwear: Horse boots

Luggage: 4WD vehicle will carry luggage. Group members will be expected to carry only priority belongings.

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