Cycling tour in Georgia

Svaneti, Republic of Georgia


Itinerary 

Day 1
15 June

Arrival in Tbilisi. Transfer to the hotel.  Accommodation in hotel Cruise (www.cruise.ge) or similar. Later during the day: meet your fellow travellers. In case you have opted for rental bike, get familiar with your best friend during our bike tour in Georgia. In case you have your own bike with you – it’s time to prepare it.
No meals included today.

Day 2
16 June

Breakfast at the hotel.
A day for sightseeing in Tbilisi or a downhill bike tour with a distance of 15km (2-3 riding hours): Turtle Pond (Kus Tba) - Mtatsminda Mountain. In the evening we will take the night train to Zugdidi, departing from Tbilisi 22.00 and arriving in Zugdidi 07.00 the next day. This is an introduction to our cross-cultural journey in Georgia. The journey in a train is a nostalgic flashback to Soviet era. Enjoy it!
Breakfast included.

Day 3
17 June

Breakfast in Zugdidi.
Get ready for biking!
Transfer from Zugdidi to Khaishi from where we start our cycling tour in Georgia. We bike from Village Khaishi (800m above sea level) to Enguri Gorge and reach Becho Valley (1,400m above sea level). Picnic lunch en route. We cycle for another 4 hours to get to village Mazeri (55 km), where we will have dinner and spend the night.
Accommodation in Grand Hotel Ushba (www.grandhotelushba.com) or similar. It is probably the highest (in terms of elevation) and probably the smallest “Grand Hotel” in the world.
Three meals included.

Day 4
18 June

Breakfast at the hotel.
We will bike through the forest for 10 km and then head to a picturesque waterfall near Ushba Glacier by foot (it’s nice to walk for a change). You can walk on the glacier if you dare! After sightseeing we will ride back to Mazeri to have lunch. After lunch we will cycle for 2 hours to Mestia (25km), where we will have dinner and spend the night.
Accommodation in Guesthouse Ushba (www.travel-tbilisi.com/Ushba_Guesthouse) or similar.
Three meals included.

Day 5
19 June

Breakfast at the guesthouse.
Early morning we will ride to the glacier and back (22km). It takes about 3 hours. After lunch we will visit the Historical and Ethnographical Museum in Mestia, which displays interesting artefacts and casts a light upon the local lifestyle. Afternoon will be spent cycling the surrounding areas or exploring Mestia (get ready for tomorrow!). The village of Mestia is full of well-known Svan towers, distinctive only to this part of the world. These defensive towers where used against enemy raids which were part of everyday life in this part of Caucasus. The towers are from different periods, standing strategically in rows.
Dinner and accommodation in Guesthouse Ushba.
Three meals included.

Day 6
20 June

Breakfast at the guesthouse.
Today we will bike to the highest settlement in Europe – Ushguli  (at the altitude of 2,200 m). The route Mestia – Ushguli covers a 50 km distance which is about 4-5 hours of cycling. Upon arrival to the village, we will visit Lamaria Chapel from where we can enjoy the wonderful view of Mt. Shkhara (5,068 m above sea level). Picnic lunch en route. After visiting the chapel, we will ride towards Mt. Shkhara. Weather permitting; we will see stunning views of Mt. Ushba from the nearby pass. In the evening we will discover the village Ushguli by foot to admire the authentic Svan towers, which differ from the ones in Mestia.
Accommodation and dinner in Guesthouse Ushguli (www.travel-tbilisi.com/Guesthouse_Ushguli) or similar.
Three meals included.

Day 7
21 June

Breakfast at the guesthouse.
This day leads us to the beautiful Lower Svaneti where we will witness stunning views all along the way. We will start our cycling day from Zagharo Pass (2,600 m above sea level) by biking down to Korundashi Valley and then to the Tskhenistskali Valley (make sure you remember these names and pronounce them correctly). We eventually arrive in village Lentekhi. Picnic lunch en route. This trip covers the distance of 60 km – about 5 hours of mountain biking. The track from Ushguli to Lentekhi is a dirt road – pure pleasure for a mountain biker. We will have dinner and spend the night in a local guesthouse or homestay in Lentekhi.
Three meals included.

Day 8
22 June

Breakfast at the guesthouse.
Today’s program is about culture, history and monuments. Our cycling distance today will be about 50 km. We will visit Kumistavi caves (not for claustrophobics) in Tskaltubo, which are furnished with stalactites and stalagmites, flowstones and columns. Picnic lunch en route. This marks the end of your mountain bike holiday in Georgia. Later a minivan will drive us to Tbilisi (4h).
Accommodation in hotel Cruise (www.cruise.ge) or similar.
Three meals included.

Day 9
23 June

Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure day.
Breakfast included.


NB! & MOMENTS reserves the right to adapt and amend the itinerary, depending on the riding skills of the group and weather conditions.