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Itinerary for Kakheti Horse Drive



Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Note: This itinerary 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. The described itinerary is for the spring drive from winter pasture (Vashlovani National park) to the summer pastures of Greater Caucasus Mountains (Tusheti). The Autumn drive is exactly the same in reverse.

Note that it is sometimes possible to customize the program upon special request (price will be calculated accordingly).

Day 1: Arrival
After being picked up from Tbilisi you are transferred to Dedoplistskaro (about 4 hours drive), where you have some time for lunch and to visit the local bazaar.
Then, we will register everyone at the Visitors’ Centre of Vashlovani Nature Reserve.
This afternoon, you will go on a 2 hour introductory ride.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping in Vashlovani Nature Reserve

Day 2: Vashlovani Horse Farm to Dedoplistskaro
We start the day by gathering up the herd. You can sense the happiness of the free-running horses as we are heading towards the highland. Our ride takes us through the grain fields of Shiraki plain which is considered as the "barn of Georgia". The terrain is soft and you’ll enjoy cantering along the road between the wheat fields. Breath-taking view of the greater Caucasus mountain range lie beyond the wheat fields.
Riding approx. 50 km (5 hrs)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping in Dedoplistskaro

Day 3: Dedoplistskaro to Kitaani
After leaving camp, we ride alongside the villages of Kakheti (Ozaani, Arboshiki, Anaga, Kitaani...), Georgia's primary wine region.
Riding approx. 55 km (7 hrs)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping in Kitaani


Day 4: Kitaani to Alvani
This will be our last day riding among the beautiful vineyards and lowland villages. We finish the day with an exciting sightseeing tour of Alaverdi monastery.
Riding approx. 55 km (7 hrs)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Guesthouse in Alvani


Day 5: Sightseeing (no riding)
Today, the horses will rest before we start heading to the mountains. This is the perfect opportunity for us to explore some historical and cultural sites of the region. In the morning we'll visit Ikalto and Alaverdi monasteries. In the afternoon we'll have late lunch and wine tasting at a small family winery.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Guesthouse in Alvani


Day 6: Alvani to Abano
After breakfast, we leave our guesthouse and head towards the mountains, riding along the banks of the Stori River. 
Riding approx. 45 km (7 hrs)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping in Abano

Day 7: Abano to Omalo
We start the day by ascending towards the highest drivable pass in Europe: Abano pass (2930 m). As we move higher, the landscape gets rougher. We can see how the vegetation is changing into lush green colors, created by rich soil and water.
We take our lunch break at Abano pass. Then, we start our descent towards Tusheti, a truly fascinating and mystical place. While descending from the pass, we will have to dismount and lead our horses.
It is a peaceful and beautiful experience to see the horses enjoy their freedom as we leave them on the Omalo Plateau and continue our trip with our riding horses. Tonight, we stay in Omalo village.
Riding approx. 35 km (6 hrs)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Guesthouse in Omalo


Day 8: Tusheti Valley
Today's ride lets us discover one of the valleys of Tusheti. After exploring Shenako and Diklo villages we will head back to Omalo. Tonight, we enjoy a goodbye dinner with the farmer and his crew.
Riding approx. 25 km (6 hrs)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Guesthouse in Tusheti


Day 9: Departure
Breakfast and transfer to Tbilisi (approx. 6-hour drive).
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch



Non riders
Non riding companions are welcome to join this tour and will follow the riders in the support vehicle. Please inquire about rates (non riding activities not included).
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Kakheti Horse Drive
Tour Code: IT-GECA01
9 days / 8 nights ~$1,705.00
Dates : June & October

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 2021 06/04 - 06/12 9d / 8n 9-day trip, AP 3 /8 Expired
A 2021 10/13 - 10/21 9d / 8n 9-day trip, AP 3 /8 Reserve
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Tack: Caucasian with a leather cushion and s...
Horses: Tushetian horses (local breed)
Pace: Approx. 5-7 hours in the saddle per ri...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport (TBS)
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