Discovering the Caucasian slopes 2021
Georgia is just waiting for you to be discovered … with landscapes of unimaginable beauty ;absolutely outside the circuits of mass tourism, this country will take your breath apart: the combination of unspoiled nature and an ancient and fascinating history with its abandoned monasteries and archaeological sites of worldwide relevance. We offer our riders an all-round adventure, with nights in a tented camp. immersed in adventurous nature; excellent local cuisine that speaks of the fusion of many different cultures over the centuries. An exciting adventure in the Caucasus area on the saddle of the beautiful and elegant Akhal Teke, who with their translucent coats are considered the most beautiful horses in the world.
Shared guaranteed departure dates, minimum 1 person departing from Italy
It is possible on request to have additional departure dates between May and October with a minimum of 4 participants.
PARTICIPANTS: MIN 4 MAX 8
Arrival at Tbilisi International Airport (TBS) and transfer to your hotel in the city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
After having breakfast, around h. 10.00 meeting with our correspondent and day dedicated to visiting the historic city center. Free meals and overnight at the hotel.
Early breakfast and transfer of about an hour to the town of Jorjiashvili, where the horses await. We will set off on the saddle through oak forests that cover gentle hills, then again open spaces covered with colorful wild flowers. We will ford the Algeti river towards the village of Tetri Tskharo. Picnic lunch along the way and in the afternoon we will arrive at the village of Gudarekhi, at the top of the hills where the camp set up for the night awaits us. Dinner and overnight in a tented camp.
Breakfast and disassembly of the tents before getting on the saddle towards the Gudarekhi monastery; an imposing 12th century building now uninhabited with a fairytale atmosphere. Picnic lunch in the cool of the walnut forest surrounding the monastery. In the afternoon we will pass by green pastures where we will meet local shepherds with their flocks or herds. In the afternoon we will arrive in Ivanovka for dinner and overnight in a guest house.
We will leave through further forests and pastures to the village of Menkalisi where we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon we will climb more and more up to a point where the view opens onto the Caucasian mountains. Crossing the hill we will begin to see the complex of the monastery of Pitareti, where, after several years uninhabited, some monks have returned to live. The camp is set up not far away and for the more courageous there is the possibility of taking a dip in the frozen source. Dinner and overnight in a tented camp.
Departure to Dmanisi: we will pass by a fort of the seventh century restored in the seventeenth of which we can visit the secret tunnel. We will ford the Khrami River and and stop for lunch near the spring of Darbasi village. In the afternoon we will pass again by vast plains and some land planted with corn, beans and wheat. We will begin to see Dmanisi, where one of the most famous fortresses of Georgia stands on a volcanic plateau between two rivers. We will descend through the gorge crossing the Mashavera River to the fortress. Dinner and overnight in a beautiful guest house obtained from the ancient archaeological site.
After having breakfast,we will visit the archaeological site of Patara Dmanisi, discovered by a famous local archaeologist. We will visit a fortified medieval town dating back to the 6th century, a basilica and the oldest remains of Homo Erectus ever discovered in Europe to date, dating back to 1.7 million years ago. Lunch at the guest house before briefly riding back to Ukangori where we will spend the night in a tented camp.
we will be on the saddle towards the summer pastures of the Azerbaijani area in the direction of Bolnisi Sioni. Break for lunch in the town of Poladauri and then cross the river of the same name and arrive in the afternoon at the ruins of the ancient church of Saint Tevdore where we will set up camp for the night.
After having breakfast we will ride through acacia woods, a lush area for honey. The landscape will then open onto the 12th-century Tsugrugasheni monastery and the 4th-century church Bolnisi Sioni, the oldest in Georgia. Typical example of a church with three naves. . Break for lunch and then ford the Poladauri River and Mashavera. The road continues through the hills to the village of Didveli and then descends towards the Khrami River where the camp will be set up for dinner and overnight.
We'll head back to the stables today. We will pass the village of Samshvilde, of which we will explore the ruins and the fortress overlooking the gorge of the Khrami River. After having lunch ,we will ride to Tsintskaro and finally arrive at the stables in the afternoon after the last ford of the Algeti river. We will say goodbye to the horses and transfer to Tbilisi (possibility of sulphurous baths - for a fee) for the last farewell dinner of typical dishes. Overnight at Hotel.
After having breakfast, transfer to the international airport in time for your flight to Italy.
Tariff per person, starting from:
|From 14 May 2021 to 20 October 2021
(B / L / D): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = Dinner
|Single supplement (3 hotel nights)
|Departure supplement with 2 participants – per person
|Departure supplement with 3 participants – per person
Shared guaranteed departure dates, minimum 1 person departing from Italy:
Difficulty level: From ° to °°°°°
DURATION: 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
DIFFICULTY: °°°° (INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED)
ACCOMMODATION: hotel / guest house / tented camp
EQUIPMENT: Russian military saddles and light mouthpieces (single thread)
HORSES: Arabs, English thoroughbreds and Akhal Teke all bred locally. They are used to being mounted with a light hand by riders with a good equestrian level. Suitable and accustomed to the proposed routes, they are all good-natured and forward.
GAIT: From 5 to 7 hours in the saddle per day . Riders must be experienced, capable of controlling any type of horse at 3 gaits even on complicated mountain terrain.
TYPE : itinerant with overnight stays in hotels / guest houses / tented camps
The accommodations on this itinerary are varied, here is a summary:
Night 1 and 2: Hotel in Tbsilisi
Night 3: Tent camp in Gudarekhi
Night 4: Guesthouse in Ivanovka
Night 5: Tent camp in Pitareti
Night 6: Guest house in Patara Dmanisi
Night 7: Ukangori Tent Camp
Night 8: Tent camp in St Tevdore
Night 9: Tent camp in Khrami
Night 10: Hotel in Tbsilisi
The wi-fi is only available in the hotel in Tbsilibi. The guest houses have shared services. The nights in the tented camp are very frugal, you need to bring your own sleeping bag and mat for the night.
Meals are of traditional cuisine and local wine and beer are offered.
On request it is possible to have menus for particular intolerances.
Note: The itinerary described above is to be considered indicative. It may be subject to variations due to weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control. Dates with itineraries of 4 and 6 nights.
The tariff includes
The tariff does not include
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
from € 1,280 - excluding flights
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
from € 1,120 - excluding flights
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