Grand Ski Journey

Experience Thrills on the Slopes & the Charm of UNESCO Heritage Sites

Detailed Description

Overview

Difficulty
Comfort
Imereti   Shida Kartli   Tbilisi   Samtskhe-Javakheti   Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti   Mtskheta-Mtianeti  
Destination
Active
Tour type
January — March
Period
14 days
Duration
2-8
Group
16+
Age
GT019
Program code

Welcome to an unparalleled journey where winter's grandeur and cultural heritage seamlessly intertwine in our meticulously planned Grand Winter Tour in Georgia. This adventure goes beyond your typical ski tour, offering a deep dive into Georgia's captivating history, UNESCO heritage sites, and sublime landscapes.

Picture yourself carving through the pristine, powder-kissed slopes of Gudauri, Bakuriani, and Mestia, cradled amidst some of the highest peaks in Europe. Let the majestic 5000+ meter mountains that surround you serve as the backdrop to your unforgettable winter experience. But your thrill isn't confined to the slopes. We take you through the heart of Georgia's rich culture, offering a slice of its vibrant history and unique traditions.

Journey with us through the mesmerizing landscapes, from the bustling cityscapes of Tbilisi to the tranquil snow-dusted forests of Borjomi, and the enchanting ancient fortress towns, each narrating a tale of Georgia's past. We'll guide you through the winding lanes that house UNESCO World Heritage Sites, giving you a taste of the country's resilient spirit.

Forget about the hassle of planning. Our team has done the groundwork, selecting the best ski touring options and combining them with immersive cultural experiences. We offer an itinerary that brings together the best of both worlds, creating a blend of thrilling escapades and enlightening discoveries.
To top it all off, we've curated a selection of the most charming hotels, nestled in the heart of these enchanting winter landscapes. Enjoy the comforting blend of Georgian hospitality and modern luxury, making your stay as memorable as your daytime adventures.

Embark on this grand winter journey with us. Let's create timeless memories together, carving our way through Georgia's best winter landscapes, immersed in a cultural discovery that will leave an indelible imprint on your heart. This is not just a tour; it's your story waiting to be written in the Georgian snow.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Touchdown in Tbilisi

Our adventure begins when you set foot in Tbilisi. A friendly face from our team will welcome you and escort you to your accommodations. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Route: Tbilisi

Accommodation: Included Old Meidan Tbilisi by Urban Hotels * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: not included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Not included

Day 2 — Unmasking Tbilisi

Peel back the layers of Tbilisi's rich history with our guided city tour. Wander through winding lanes, charming houses adorned with wooden balconies, and visit the time-honored Sulphur baths. Uncover secrets of the ancient architecture and end your day basking in breathtaking city views from the Narikala Fortress. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Route: Tbilisi

Activities: City Walking | 3 hours , Sightseeing | 3 hours

Accommodation: Included Old Meidan Tbilisi by Urban Hotels * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Meidani Square, Sulfur Baths, Mother of Georgia, Narikala Fortress, Bridge of Peace, Jumah Mosque, Metekhi Church, Rike Park, Rustaveli Theatre, Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Day 3 — The Ascent to Gudauri, Jvari Monastery Visit, and Ananuri Discovery

As dawn breaks, an exhilarating journey of 120km beckons us towards the coveted mountain ski resort of Gudauri. Nestled on the southern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains, Gudauri perches at an impressive 2000 meters above sea level, promising an unmatched winter adventure. Our voyage takes a cultural detour first. We'll make a short stop at the venerable Jvari Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This fascinating structure, built in the early medieval period, holds its ground atop a hill overlooking the historical city of Mtskheta. The beautiful panorama offered from the monastery site enhances the allure of this place, making it a must-see on our journey. Continuing our journey, we encounter the historical Ananuri complex en route. This medieval fortress and church, set against the backdrop of the frozen Zhinvali Reservoir, offer a splendid spectacle of Georgia's rich architectural heritage and historical narratives. Wander around Ananuri, marveling at intricate stone carvings and absorbing tales of bygone battles, all while soaking in the icy panorama. Then, we ascend further towards Gudauri. Let the anticipation mount as you envision yourself carving down Gudauri's 12 unique ski trails and pistes. Whether it's negotiating short slalom tracks or hurtling down thrilling 7km ski runs, Gudauri caters to every snow enthusiast. With the highest trail point of Mount Sadzele soaring at 3,250 meters above sea level, your Gudauri adventure promises to be nothing short of electrifying. After a day steeped in history, culture, and stunning landscapes, retreat to the comfort of our carefully selected hotel. Rest and recharge, ready to embrace the full glory of Gudauri's snow-clad slopes tomorrow. Overnight in Gudauri.

Route: Tbilisi — Private car | 120 km · 2 h 30 min Gudauri

Activities: Sightseeing | 3 hours

Accommodation: Included Hotel Truso * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Ananuri Fortress, Russia-Georgia Friendship Monument, Jvari Monastery, Zhinvali Reservoir.

Day 4 — Gudauri Glory

Spend an unforgettable day in Gudauri, soaking up the town's vibrant atmosphere. End your day with a relaxing sauna session, preparing for the next day's adventure. Overnight in Gudauri.

Route: Gudauri

Activities: Skiing & Snowboarding | 3 hours

Accommodation: Included Hotel Truso * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Day 5 — Gudauri – Concluding with a Mountaintop Spectacle

Today, we wrap up our memorable stay in Gudauri with a grand adventure to the scenic Gergeti Trinity Church, an architectural gem set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the colossal Kazbek Mount. Kick start your day with an invigorating half-hour cable car ride through the stunning Kobi Pass, which serves as an exciting overture to the day's adventures. As you disembark, a minibus awaits to whisk you away to Stepantsminda - a charming city perched on the edge of the Russian border. From Stepantsminda, our journey continues off-road, ascending towards the sacred Gergeti Trinity Church. Standing at 2170m above sea level, the church offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Kazbek Mount - the third highest peak in Georgia and an undisputed highlight of the Great Caucasus Range. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and beauty that surrounds the church, letting the fresh mountain air invigorate your senses.

Route: Gudauri — Private car | 45 km · 1 h 30 min Stepantsminda — Private car | 35 km · 1 h Gudauri

Activities: Skiing & Snowboarding | 2 hours , Sightseeing | 3 hours

Accommodation: Included Hotel Truso * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Gergeti Trinity Church, Mount Kazbek, Dariali Monastery, Sno Fortress, Sno Church, The Stone Heads Of Sno.

Day 6 — Gudauri to Bakuriani - A Journey Through Winter Wonderlands

As we bid adieu to the vibrant Gudauri, we set our sights on Bakuriani, another of Georgia's ski resort treasures. But the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination itself, and today, it takes us to the quaint town of Borjomi. Borjomi, renowned for its healing mineral waters, is home to the splendid Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. Here, trade your ski boots for snowshoes as we delve into the winter forests for a delightful trek. Feel the crunch of snow beneath your feet, listen to the serene silence of the woodland, and breathe in the crisp, clean air. During this immersive nature expedition, lasting up to four hours, we take a break for a picnic lunch. Can you imagine anything more tranquil than feasting on delicious fare amidst the captivating scenery of a snowy forest landscape? With the echoes of Borjomi's tranquil woods still lingering in our minds, we resume our journey, arriving at Bakuriani by evening. Here, a new chapter of our snowy Georgian escapade awaits. Get a good night's rest at our chosen hotel, gearing up for more thrilling mountain escapades. Overnight in Bakuriani.

Route: Gudauri — Private car | 225 km · 3 h 30 min Borjomi — Snowshoeing | 5 km · 2 h Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park — Private car | 30 km · 30 min Bakuriani

Activities: Sightseeing | 1 hours , Snowshoeing | 2 hours

Accommodation: Included Hotel 1700 * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Borjomi Central Park, Borjomi Cable Car.

Day 7 — Bakuriani - An Alpine Extravaganza

Dawn breaks on our first day in Bakuriani, a ski destination that boasts more than its fair share of winter splendors. Nestled on the slopes of the Lesser Caucasus Mountains, this idyllic town is a skier's dream, replete with spectacular alpine runs and untouched off-trail slopes. Bakuriani's stellar reputation draws winter sport enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. But whether you're a seasoned pro or a novice looking to try your hand at skiing or snowboarding, Bakuriani has something for everyone. It is here that you'll discover a multitude of cross-country trails, each offering a unique snowboarding and skiing experience. So, gear up and step into your skis. Glide down the slopes, revel in the crisp mountain air, and let the natural beauty of Bakuriani infuse your spirit with an intoxicating blend of exhilaration and tranquility. As the sun dips below the horizon, reflecting off the snowy landscape, retreat to the cozy comfort of our hotel. Tomorrow promises another day filled with wintertime adventures in this snowy paradise. Overnight in Bakuriani.

Route: Bakuriani

Activities: Skiing & Snowboarding | 3 hours

Accommodation: Included Hotel 1700 * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Day 8 — Second largest city of Georgia - Kutaisi

This morning, we will head to the western region of Georgia, crossing the Rikoti Pass, which connects East and West Georgia. We'll start by strolling through the bustling market of the city and taking in the charming sights of Georgia's second largest city. We will visit Bagrati Cathedral which boasts stunning views of the city and the surrounding countryside. Afterwards, we'll travel to the historic Gelati Monastery Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dinner and overnight stay in Kutaisi.

Route: Bakuriani — Private car | 180 km · 4 h Kutaisi

Activities: City Walking | 3 hours , Sightseeing | 3 hours

Accommodation: Included Magnolia * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Gelati Monastery, Bagrati Cathedral, Kutaisi Botanical Garden, Kutaisi Drama Theater, Kutaisi Green Bazaar, White Bridge.

Day 9 — Kutaisi to Mestia - Journey into the Land of Fairytales

Embark on an enthralling journey from Kutaisi to Mestia, the heart of Svaneti, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its exceptional mountain landscape and historic villages. As we navigate the 390 km stretch, we will encounter the monumental Enguri Dam, one of the world's highest arch dams, soaring to an astonishing 271.5m. The journey continues through Upper Svaneti, a realm of untouched past where the cultural heritage echoes from the medieval tower houses and sacred architecture. These landmarks bear witness to the resilience of the Svan people, who have maintained their traditions and independence through the centuries. Upon reaching Mestia, the region's administrative center, you'll have the option to explore the Museum of History and Ethnography and the Svanetian Architectural Museum, both offering a deeper insight into the region's unique culture and history. After a day steeped in the rich past and stunning landscapes, we will retreat to our hotel in Mestia, set amidst the snow-covered streets and twinkling winter sky. Overnight in Mestia.

Route: Kutaisi — Private car | 230 km · 5 h Mestia

Activities: City Walking | 1 hours , Sightseeing | 2 hours

Accommodation: Included Mestia Plaza * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Svaneti Ethnography Museum, Mount Tetnuldi, Enguri Dam, The Cross Over Mestia.

Day 10 — Mestia - A Day at Hatsvali

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at our guesthouse, fortifying you for the thrill-filled day ahead. Our adventure today takes us to Hatsvali Ski Resort, a mere 8 km from Mestia. Hatsvali, nestled at the base of mount Zuruldi, boasts three distinct lifts – the red route, the blue route, and a special trail designed for beginners. The resort peaks at mount Zuruldi (2347m), where you can indulge in some exhilarating skiing surrounded by pristine landscapes. Svaneti, a year-round destination, is renowned for its unique Svan culture and breathtaking landscapes. Being situated at the foot of Shkhara, Georgia's highest peak, Svaneti is the perfect playground for winter activities, with Hatsvali offering stunning views of Upper Svaneti and a range of ski trails for every level of skill. After a day filled with skiing, we return to the tranquillity of Mestia, where you can rest and reflect on your exciting day of adventure. The town's atmosphere, steeped in history and culture, is the perfect place to unwind after an adrenaline-filled day on the slopes. Overnight in Mestia.

Route: Mestia

Activities: Skiing & Snowboarding | 3 hours

Accommodation: Included Mestia Plaza * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Shkhara Glacier, Mount Shkhara.

Day 11 — Mestia - In the Lap of Majestic Tetnuldi

As the sun peeks over the horizon, we set off for an adrenaline-pumping day at the Tetnuldi Ski Resort. Perched amidst Svaneti's dramatic peaks, Tetnuldi caters to all, from beginners carving their first tracks to seasoned skiers seeking the thrill of challenging runs. The lifts, varying in levels, guarantee a tailored skiing experience for everyone, promising a day of unforgettable winter sport adventure against the stunning Georgian snowscape. As the day winds down and we return to Mestia, the town's ancient defensive towers illuminate the dusk, casting a warm glow that reflects off the snow-clad roofs. These iconic towers, unique to Svaneti, stand as silent witnesses to the region's rich and unconquered past. As you settle in for the night, this magical sight will linger, leaving a lasting imprint on your memory. Overnight in Mestia.

Route: Mestia

Activities: Skiing & Snowboarding | 3 hours

Accommodation: Included Mestia Plaza * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Mount Tetnuldi.

Day 12 — Mestia - In the Land of Thousand Towers

Today, steep yourself in the cultural heritage of Svaneti, often referred to as the 'land of a thousand towers.' The region's unique architecture, marked by ancient defensive stone towers, bears testament to its resilient history. If the winter conditions permit, you may opt for an extraordinary excursion to Ushguli — recognized as the highest inhabited settlement in Europe, standing at an altitude of 2,100 meters (please note, this excursion is optional and not included in the tour price). A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ushguli symbolizes Georgia's enduring spirit, maintaining its traditional lifestyle against the backdrop of harsh weather conditions and geographical remoteness. Alternatively, choose to delve deeper into the region's history with a visit to Mestia's local museums (this option is also not included in the tour price). These museums offer a rich insight into the unique culture and historical narrative of this fascinating region. Savor the rest of your day in the ancient town of Mestia, experiencing its tranquility and timeless charm. Enjoy an overnight stay in Mestia.

Route: Mestia — Private car | 45 km · 1 h 45 min Ushguli — Private car | 45 km · 1 h 45 min Mestia

Activities: Sightseeing | 3 hours

Accommodation: Included Mestia Plaza * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Mount Shkhara, Queen Tamar Castle, Chazhashi Savior Church, Ughviri Pass, Tower of Love, Lamaria Church.

Day 13 — Farewell to Georgia

Bid adieu to the captivating landscapes of Svaneti and embark on a tranquil journey back to Tbilisi. Travel a distance of 470 km, soaking in the beautiful transition from the snow-clad mountainous terrain to the bustling city life. As we conclude our icy escapade, immerse yourself one last time in the vibrant atmosphere of Georgia's capital city. Reflect on the extraordinary journey you've undertaken as you comfortably check-in for your overnight stay at the hotel. Tomorrow, you will carry home not just souvenirs, but a treasury of memories. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Route: Mestia — Private car | 470 km · 8 h Tbilisi

Accommodation: Included Old Meidan Tbilisi by Urban Hotels * Or similar | Hotel | Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Full day

Visited Attractions*: Rustaveli Theatre, Rustaveli Avenue.

Day 14 — Departure Day

Time to say goodbye. As you prepare for departure, take one last glance at the land that brought you thrilling chills and warming charm. Our representative will escort you to the airport, marking the end of an unforgettable journey.

Route: Tbilisi

Accommodation: Not Included

Meals: breakfast: included, lunch: not included, dinner: not included

Guide: Not included

Our tour program's list of attractions is a guide, not exhaustive. Unlisted sites may be visited, and listed ones might be viewed from a distance. Conditions like operating hours, weather, or local rules may affect access. Thank you for your understanding.

Departures

Feb. 7, 2025 — Feb. 20, 2025 € 4,880 EUR On sale

What's included?

Accommodation

13 nights — Comfortable accommodation, private WC & shower

Meals

13 breakfasts, 0 lunch, 0 dinners.

Guide

12 days — Full day,

Transport

Private car: ~1425 km, Snowshoeing: ~5 km. *

Activities

City Walking: ~7 hours, Sightseeing: ~18 hours, Snowshoeing: ~2 hours, Skiing & Snowboarding: ~14 hours. *

Additionally included

Accommodation, Entrance fees to all sites according to the programm, English speaking guide.

Not included

Plane tickets, Personal expenses and tips, Travel insurance, Ski-touring equipment and ski passes.

The provided measures of total kilometers for transport, duration of guide services, and activities in our tour program are approximate and may vary depending on the program flow and terrain conditions. While we strive to ensure the accuracy of these numbers, please note that they are intended as estimates. We make every effort to provide the most precise information possible to give you an idea of the overall tour experience.

Note

Guide services can be provided in different languages, depending on the preferences of the group.
Please note that the indicated price is based on a group size of 6 participants. If the group size is smaller, the price can be adjusted accordingly.
If you're interested in extending the tour for more days, please let us know, and we'll be happy to provide options and prices upon request.

Equipment & Checklist

A winter snowshoeing trip to the Georgian mountains in Svaneti is a unique and thrilling adventure. During the winter months (February to March), the average temperature in the mountains is around -5°C (23°F), although it can drop below -20°C (-4°F) on colder days.

For your winter snowshoeing trip, it is essential to pack warm clothing made from insulating materials such as down or synthetic fill. This includes a winter coat, insulated pants, hat, gloves, and warm socks. It's also important to wear multiple layers, so you can easily adjust to changing temperatures.

Remember to check the weather forecast before your trip and pack accordingly, as conditions in the mountains can be extreme and unpredictable. Enjoy your winter snowshoeing adventure in Svaneti!

Here's a comprehensive checklist for your winter snowshoeing trip to Svaneti:

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