Picture Perfect Georgia

Immersive Photography Tour Of Remote Landscapes
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Overview

Tour type
June — September
Period
12 days
Duration
4-6
Group
12+
Age
GT015
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  • Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites, capturing cultural richness.
  • Explore Georgia's remote regions, photographing untouched landscapes.
  • Visit Ushguli, Europe's highest village, with unique photo opportunities.
  • Experience Great Caucasus Mountains, an awe-inspiring photographic backdrop.
  • Utilize your drone for breathtaking aerial shots in Georgia's unrestricted skies.
  • Witness the mighty Gergeti Glacier's icy splendor through your lens.
  • Enhance your skills under a professional photographer's guidance.

Unleash your inner adventurer and set your creativity free on this 12-day photographic expedition into the depths of Georgia. This tour is a unique blend of exploration and education, designed to immerse you in the less traveled paths of Georgia, capturing the raw authenticity of life and nature, from ground level to soaring heights.

Travel to the heights of the Great Caucasus Mountains, capturing the rugged charm of Ushguli, the highest inhabited village in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Revel in the ethereal beauty of Svaneti, a land of towering peaks and fortified homes, where the spirit of the highland warriors lives on. Stand in awe amidst the majesty of the Caucasus giants - Elbrus, Shkhara, Tetnuldi, Gistola, and Ushba, capturing the soaring spectacle against the vastness of the sky.

Roam through the historic towns of Mestia and Etseri, focusing your lens on the distinctive architectural styles that stand testament to the passage of time. Soak in the tranquility of the Jvari Monastery, another UNESCO World Heritage site, its historic tales etched in stone and whispered through the wind.

Embrace the freedom of Georgia's drone-friendly skies to capture the breathtaking beauty of this diverse landscape from a bird's-eye view. From the towering Katskhi Pillar to the ancient Svan Towers, let your aerial imagery tell the untold stories of these scenic locales. Experience the thrill of capturing the perfect sunrise over the Koruldi alpine lakes from above, or framing the imposing Gergeti Glacier in its icy splendor.

Under the guidance of a professional photographer, seasoned in the subtleties of Georgian light and landscape, this tour transcends the ordinary. It's not merely about taking photographs, but creating a narrative of your journey through this magical land. With a focus on honing your skills, understanding the unique regions, and creating lasting memories, this trip is sure to kindle your passion for photography and storytelling. So, pack your gear, charge your drone, and join us on this unforgettable Georgian odyssey.

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Itinerary

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Day 1 photo: Arrival in Tbilisi

Arrival in Tbilisi

Touchdown in Tbilisi, where our welcoming team will whisk you off to your accommodation. Depending on your arrival schedule, seize the opportunity to explore and photograph the city's charm. Overnight in Tbilisi.

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Day 2 photo: Tbilisi to Kazbegi: Mountain Majesty Unveiled

Tbilisi to Kazbegi: Mountain Majesty Unveiled

Embark on an adventure as we traverse the historic Georgian Military Highway, cutting through the heart of the Great Caucasus Mountains, en route to Kazbegi. Nestled at an altitude of 1,740 meters, the Kazbegi region is a haven for nature and photography enthusiasts alike. Our journey begins with a stop at Jvari Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering sweeping views of the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers. Next, we visit the Ananuri Fortress, a 17th-century architectural marvel that provides awe-inspiring vistas of the Zhinvali Reservoir. As we continue along the Military Road, we pause at the iconic Russian-Georgian Friendship Monument, a tribute to the countries' historical bonds, set against a backdrop of dramatic mountain landscapes. Each location offers unique and inspiring photographic opportunities. Our day concludes in the quaint mountain town of Stepantsminda, nestled amidst the stunning landscapes of Kazbegi. Overnight in Stepantsminda.

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Day 3 photo: Captivating Cascades of Gveleti

Captivating Cascades of Gveleti

Wake up to the surreal beauty of Kazbegi, a region defined by its towering peaks and verdant valleys. Our first day in this picturesque landscape starts with a trek to the Gveleti Waterfalls. Tucked away in the Gveleti valley, these two majestic waterfalls, known as the "Big" and "Small" Gveleti, cascade down from the heights of the Great Caucasus Mountains, offering a striking spectacle for photographers. As we explore the region, immerse yourself in its tranquil beauty, capturing stunning images of the mountains, rivers, and flora. The day is yours to wander and capture the untouched beauty of this remote corner of Georgia. As the day winds down, we return to Stepantsminda, a perfect spot for capturing twilight's last gleam over the mountainous landscape. Overnight in Stepantsminda.

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Day 4 photo: Hike to Gergeti Glacier

Hike to Gergeti Glacier

Before breakfast, we set off on an exhilarating hike to the foot of Gergeti Glacier. This magnificent ice mass extends from the peak of Mount Kazbek, one of the highest summits in the Caucasus at 5,047 meters (16,558 feet) above sea level. This early morning adventure presents ample opportunities to capture the dramatic interplay of light and shadow on the rugged mountain landscape, and allows us to witness the glacier's ethereal beauty up close. Our path takes us past the iconic Gergeti Trinity Church, perched at an altitude of 2,170 meters (7,119 feet). This 14th-century monument juxtaposed against the backdrop of Mount Kazbek offers a surreal fusion of architectural splendor and natural grandeur. After a day full of awe-inspiring photography, we return to Stepantsminda for a well-earned rest. Overnight in Stepantsminda.

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Day 5 photo: Journey to Kutaisi - The Majesty of Katskhi Pillar

Journey to Kutaisi - The Majesty of Katskhi Pillar

We leave the towering peaks of Kazbegi behind as we embark on a journey towards Kutaisi, Georgia's third-largest city, nestled in the heart of Imereti region. Our route takes us through a medley of landscapes, each with its own unique photographic charm. Our day's highlight is a visit to the extraordinary Katskhi Pillar. This natural limestone monolith, rising approximately 40 meters (131 feet) from the ground, is crowned by a small church and has been a site of Christian hermitage since the 9th century. This distinctive feature in the otherwise rolling landscape provides an excellent opportunity for drone photography, capturing the pillar's isolated beauty against the surrounding verdant greenery. As we proceed to Kutaisi, known for its rich history and charming old town, we'll have the chance to capture the transition from the remote mountainous regions to the bustling urban life. Overnight in Kutaisi.

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Day 6 photo: Kutaisi to Etseri - Majestic Peaks and Cultural Heritage

Kutaisi to Etseri - Majestic Peaks and Cultural Heritage

Our day begins with a visit to the Bagrati Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a masterpiece of medieval architecture, known for its ornate stone carvings and commanding views over Kutaisi. We'll then embark on a scenic mountain drive to Etseri, a picturesque village in the Svaneti region. As we ascend into the heart of the Greater Caucasus Range, the landscape transitions from the fertile lowlands to rugged mountain scenery, providing numerous opportunities for diverse and stunning photography. Look forward to capturing dramatic landscapes, quaint settlements, and glimpses of local life along the way. As we reach Etseri in the evening, we'll have the chance to capture the enchanting beauty of the sunset over the mountainous backdrop. Overnight in Etseri, a serene gateway to the mesmerizing Svaneti region.

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Day 7 photo: Etseri to Lakhushdi - Ancient Towers and Mountain Serenity

Etseri to Lakhushdi - Ancient Towers and Mountain Serenity

Begin the day by immersing yourself in the local culture of Etseri, an enchanting village that's rich with Svan traditions. This is where centuries-old defensive stone towers punctuate the landscape, offering a glimpse into the region's medieval past. Capturing the architectural splendor of these Svan towers and the surrounding mountain scenery will be a highlight of your photographic journey.

Later, we set off for Lakhushdi, another charming Svan village nestled in the heart of the mountains. We'll hike to the intriguing ruins of Sgobuli, a testament to the region's rich history. Walking through the narrow streets of Lakhushdi, experience local life up close. Frame the daily hustle, the rustic architecture, and the stunning landscapes into lasting memories. Overnight in Lakhushdi, enveloped by the peaceful mountain silence.

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Day 8 photo: From Alpine Sunrise to Majestic Waterfalls: A Scenic Journey to Mestia

From Alpine Sunrise to Majestic Waterfalls: A Scenic Journey to Mestia

The day breaks with a splendid sunrise, a perfect start to our journey from Lakhushdi to the enchanting Becho Valley. Here, we embark on a scenic hike towards the Shdugra Waterfall, a cascading marvel that showcases the raw power and beauty of Georgia's landscapes. This waterfall, one of the tallest in the country, offers a visually arresting spectacle, perfect for nature photography.

Our exploration continues with a visit to the Chalaadi Glacier. Nestled amidst towering peaks, this icy spectacle presents an awe-inspiring sight, offering an extraordinary backdrop for your photos. The frosty blue hues of the glacier against the rugged mountain terrain make for striking compositions.

The day concludes as we arrive in Mestia, a historic town serving as the administrative center of the Svaneti region. Here, ancient Svan towers stand tall against the backdrop of the majestic Caucasus Mountains, offering panoramic views that will leave you breathless. Overnight in Mestia, as you soak in the captivating ambiance of this unique mountain town.

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Day 9 photo: Alpine Majesty: Koruldi Lakes and Mestia Exploration

Alpine Majesty: Koruldi Lakes and Mestia Exploration

As dawn breaks, we ascend to the breathtaking Koruldi Alpine Lakes, perched at a lofty altitude of approximately 2,400 meters (7,874 feet). Here, amidst the vastness of the Great Caucasus, capture reflections of the mighty peaks in the serene waters. Later in the day, choose to delve into the history of Mestia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with unique Svan towers, or simply unwind in this tranquil mountain retreat. As the sun sets, we'll whisk you away to a panoramic viewpoint for a grand vista of Mestia under the starlit sky. Overnight in Mestia

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Day 10 photo: From Mestia to Ushguli: Journey to the Sky

From Mestia to Ushguli: Journey to the Sky

We chart a course to Ushguli, the highest inhabited village in Europe, perched at an altitude of 2,100 meters (6,900 feet). Along the way, we pause for photographic interludes, including the stunning Tetnuldi Plateau. Upon reaching Ushguli, we delve into its quaint, narrow streets, taking a step back in time. The pinnacle of the day is our encounter with the imposing Shkhara Glacier, located at the foot of Mt. Shkhara, Georgia's highest peak at 5,193 meters (17,040 feet). This icy spectacle provides an unforgettable backdrop for your images. As the day concludes, we settle in for the night in Ushguli, a place where life thrives amidst the grandeur of the Caucasus.

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Day 11 photo: Ushguli to Kutaisii: Mountain Passes and Off-Road Thrills

Ushguli to Kutaisii: Mountain Passes and Off-Road Thrills

As we bid farewell to the ethereal Svaneti, we embark on an early morning drive through the rugged terrain of the High Caucasus. Crossing the formidable Zagari Pass, we welcome an off-road adventure amidst breathtaking high-altitude vistas. This day also marks our entry into Racha, a region celebrated for its untouched natural beauty, lush forests, and serene mountainous landscapes. Nestled in the heart of this tranquility lies our destination - Kutaisi, a city teeming with rich history and culture. Overnight in Kutaisi, preparing for the final day of our photographic odyssey.

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Day 12 photo: Kutaisi to Tbilisi: Farewell, Georgia

Kutaisi to Tbilisi: Farewell, Georgia

On our final day, we ensure a smooth transfer to the airport, drawing a close to our extraordinary journey through the unparalleled landscapes and historical richness of Georgia. Every photo you've captured is a tangible memory, a story waiting to unfold. We hope that these stories not only captivate your heart but also leave a longing to revisit this enchanting country. Safe travels and remember, the beauty of Georgia will always welcome you back!

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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.

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  This tour has open departure and can be organized based on your preferred dates. Remember, prices vary based on the exact group size.

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