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Itinerary for Caucasus Culture Trail



Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1

Arrival to Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport (TBS) and transfer to your hotel for the first night.

Day 2
After breakfast you will be collected from the hotel around 10:00am/ 11:00am and taken to visit the historic old town of Tbilisi for some shopping & sightseeing. Own arrangements for lunch & dinner. Night at the hotel in Tbilisi.

Day 3
After an early breakfast you will be collected from the hotel and driven about 1 hour to the village of Jorjiashvili to meet the horses and guides and prepare for the journey. Mount up and set off riding, heading first through lowlands and foothills forested with oak and hornbeam. Continue through valleys of wildflowers and open meadows, crossing the Algeti river then heading towards the small town of Tetri Tskharo (White Spring). Stop for a picnic lunch by the river Algeti and in the afternoon ride on, up into the hills to the village of Gudarekhi, where camp is set up, with its 16th century tower and a lovely view of the Algeti valley. Dinner and night in camp.

Day 4
Breakfast in camp and then a chance to enjoy the scenery for an hour while camp is being packed up. Then set off riding through beech forest to Gudarekhi Monastery. This wonderful 12th century monastery, with its beautiful multi-coloured stone bell tower, is now uninhabited. The main church still stands, surrounded by many ruins, and there is a wonderful mythical feel to this fairy-tale place. A picnic is laid out in the walnut groves surrounding the monastery and there is time to explore before lunch. In the afternoon ride on, first through forests again and then to open grasslands where the shepherds bring their sheep for the summer. You may be lucky enough to meet the herds of sheep and cattle, with the drovers mounted on local ponies or donkeys and with a few pack animals carrying their supplies for the summer. The cow bells and the singing drovers are often heard across the valleys. Continue through ancient beech forests and meadows of wild flowers until you come to the village of Ivanovka. Night in the guesthouse.

Day 5
Set off from Ivanovka riding through forested hills and pasture, before stopping for lunch near the village of Menkalisi. After lunch, ride on climbing steeply uphill until the landscape opens out with wonderful views of the Southern Caucasian Mountains. Ride down from this ridge, through woods and crossing meadows of wild herbs until, across the valley, the tower of the 12th century Pitareti Monastery complex appears through the trees. Cross the small river and ride on to the monastery where camp is set up. This monastery was uninhabited for many years but a few monks have recently moved back. There are excellent carvings on the eastern façade and on the interior walls many of the frescoes remain intact. For the brave there is a chance to wash in Pitareti mountain stream! Dinner and night in camp with an impressive view of the monastery complex.

Day 6
Breakfast and leave Pitareti. You will ride past a 7th century fort, restored in 17th century, with secret tunnel which there may be time to explore! Crossing the Khrami river, ride on along forest tracks and across open pastures, stopping for a picnic lunch near a spring close to the Azerbyjanian village of Darbasi. After lunch ride on through the forest and across vast meadows covered with cowslips and primroses in early spring, daisies in late spring and summer. There is some agriculture too in this area, fields of wheat, beans and maize, peppered with red poppies. In the distance, a fort and church are visible, set on a volcanic plateau at the junction between two rivers, almost an island and an ideal vantage point. This is the site of Dmanisi, once one of the most important of Georgian fortresses and towns. Ride down the ancient stone road to the bottom of the gorge, crossing the river Mashavera and continue to Patara Dmanisi, passing the walls of the old fortress. The night is spent in Dmanisi archaeological guest house with a stunning view of this important site. A chance for a shower before a traditional Georgian supper!

Day 7
After breakfast you will have a chance to explore Patara Dmanisi, an archaeological site which has been excavated by a world renowned Georgian archaeologist. There is a medieval fortified town and 6th century three-nave basilica. Close by, the oldest remains of Homo Erectus so far discovered in Europe were recently uncovered. They are estimated to be 1.7 million years old - in age second only to those found in Africa! The remains of H.sapiens (about 200,000 years old), Paleolithic artefacts, and woolly rhinoceros remains have also been found here. Lunch back at the guesthouse then set off from Patara Dmanisi over hills and through forests carpeted with wild flowers. Camp is set up near the small village of Ukangori. The afternoon’s ride is short and there will be plenty of time to explore before dinner and night in camp.

Day 8
Breakfast and ride on from Ukangori through the woods to the Azeri shepherds summer pastures and on in the direction of Bolnisi Sioni. Riding through the forest you arrive near the small town of Poladauri where you stop for lunch. In the afternoon cross the river Poladauri and continue to St Tevdore church ruins where camp will be set up. Dinner and the night in camp.

Day 9
Set off riding from St Tevdore, riding through woods then acacia spinneys humming with bees and low woodland. Then the landscape opens out towards to the 12th century monastery of Tsugrugasheni and the 4th century church of Bolnisi Sioni, which is the oldest cathedral in Georgia. The church here is the only surviving example of the original three aisled basilica (without transepts) and there is a 12th century bell tower next to it. Lunch in the garden of Bolnisi Sioni and then ride on to cross the rivers Poladauri and Mashavera. The route then takes you into the hills, crossing plains of wheat until you reach the village of Didveli. From here it is a short ride down to the river Khrami where camp is set up, perfect for an evening swim! Dinner and night in the camp.

Day 10
Breakfast and set off riding. Cross the river Khrami then climb into the hills, crossing plains of wheat until you reach the village of Samshvilde. Stop to explore the ruins of Samshvilde town and fortress whose location, dominating the river Khrami gorge, shows its importance. After lunch ride on to Tsintskaro, then across the plains until you see the village of Jorjiashvili in the valley below. Ride down the hill and across the river Algeti to the stables. Say farewell to the horses here and meet the car that will drive you back to Tbilisi. There will be a chance to visit a local spa in Tbilisi where you can enjoy a relaxing soak in sulphur baths with an eastern massage - a highly recommended optional extra! Own arrangements for a farewell party with a Georgian 'supra' or feast, sampling local cuisine and wine and then the night at the guesthouse in Tbilisi.

Day 11
Breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Note: The above is an example of the itinerary planned but it is only an example and may be changed at your guides discretion if they consider changes necessary due to weather or other local conditions.
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Caucasus Culture Trail
Tour Code: PR-LGTK
11 days / 10 nights ~$2,460.00
Dates : May- Oct

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2019 08/30 - 09/09 11d / 10n 11-day trip, AP 4 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/20 - 09/30 11d / 10n 11-day trip, AP 4 /8 Expired
A 2019 10/11 - 10/21 11d / 10n 11-day trip, AP 4 /8 Expired
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Tack: Russian military saddles and snaffle b...
Horses: Arab, Thoroughbred, and Akhal Teke
Pace: 8 riding days with 5-7 hours in the sa...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop, Jumps
Airport: Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport (TBS)
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