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Georgia Horseback Riding Week, Caucasus Mountains

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Join a unique horseback riding adventure week in Georgia and discover the gorgeous landscapes as well as the local Georgian villages and traditions. Enjoy riding on a wide variety of terrains, participate in milking cows or shearing sheep, and end a fantastic week in the Caucasus with a delicious wine tasting in Kakheti.

Private

Caucasus

8 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Enjoy an 8-day horseback riding adventure in Georgia with a local guide.
  • Explore local landmarks and villages and participate in regional traditions.
  • Immerse yourself in the unique landscapes and culture of the Caucasus.
  • Wrap-up an amazing week with a wine tasting at the Kakheti vineyards.

Description

Discover Georgia’s awe-inspiring landscapes and unique traditions on a 1-week horseback riding adventure. I will take you to some of my favorite spots and show you Georgia’s true colors as we pierce beautiful ridges, hilltops, and valleys, and stop at charming local villages. 

Located in the Caucasus, between Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia is a gorgeous country with much to offer its visitors. Picture-perfect landscapes for one, but also amazing traditions that are well-preserved in charming villages where locals welcome visitors with open arms. Historical landmarks and ruins, lovely vineyards, and delicious local cuisine make it a top spot for exploration.

On this 8-day tour, we will have the chance to experience the local charm and the stunning wilderness as we ride on horseback from one village to the next. As a local, I will be able to show you my favorite places as well as give you an insider’s perspective on our rich culture. Over the course of the tour, we will have the chance to sleep in local guesthouses, to meet the villagers, and participate in their customs and traditions. You might even get to do some milking! To wrap up an amazing week of horseback riding and exploration, we will enjoy a wine tasting in a family vineyard in Kakheti.  You can find a detailed itinerary below with an outline of the distances we will cover and what we will see each day.

Keep in mind that we will be riding several hours per day and there will be some difficult stretches. Therefore, this adventure is for experienced riders with a good fitness level. If you would like to join an easier program, please don’t hesitate to contact me and we may be able to arrange a different itinerary.

So, are you ready to experience the beautiful landscapes and traditions of the Caucasus? Then contact me now and let’s start planning an unforgettable Georgia horseback riding adventure!

I also offer Hiking tours in Georgia!

Itinerary

Day 1: Tbilisi – Pankisi Valley – Jokolo

After a two hour drive we get to Pankisi Valley  – probably the most misunderstood place in Georgia. After years trying to shake off an unwarranted bad reputation, the community is now embracing tourism as a way to set the record straight. As we get there we’ll have a traditional Kist lunch which is a great mix of Georgian and Chechen cuisine.

Overnight and dinner at a local family guest house.

Riding distance: 15km

Day 2: Pankisi Valley – Tbatana – Masara

After breakfast, we’ll be transferred to the village of Tbatana – summer pasture above tree level just an hour drive from Jokolo. Our tush horses will be ready and waiting for us, we will mount and head up to Rkinis Mta (Iron mountain) on the footpath. From time to time we’ll need to get off the horse and lead the horse. 

  • Lowest elevation: 1900m

  • Highest elevation: 2980m

  • Total riding distance: 17km

Difficulty: Difficult

Day 3: Masara – Alaznistavi – shepherds’ hut

After morning preparation, we will lead horses down to the river for about half an hour and head up to Sakorno Pass (2850m) to descend on the Tusheti side into Alaznistavi valley via the alpine green grassland full of colorful alpine flowers.

Overnight at shepherds’ hut in Alaznistavi in tents. It will be possible to participate in milking cows or watch sheep shearing if wanted. 

  • Lowest elevation: 1965m

  • Highest elevation: 2770m

  • Total riding distance: 16km

  • Difficulty: difficult

Day 4: Alaznistavi – Vestomta

From Alaznistavi we’ll continue following the river valley downwards until we reach Jvarbosli. After a nourishing lunch at the guesthouse, where we will spend the night, we’ll visit a small community of Tsovata 6km away from Jvarboseli (12km both ways). Participation in the second part is optional.

Overnight at the local Guesthouse. 

  • Lowest elevation: 1965m

  • Highest elevation: 2770m

  • Total walking distance: 18km

  • Difficulty: difficult

Day 5: Vestomta – Jvarboseli – Baso

Starting from Vestomta we spend every night in guest houses and hotels. Tushetian villages are scattered on the ridges or rocky hilltops. During our ride in Tusheti we will visit several of them. Some of the most outstanding are Farsma and Dartlo etc.

Overnight at the most beautiful guest house in Baso.

  • Lowest elevation: 1860m

  • Highest elevation: 2820m

  • Total riding distance: 26km

  • Difficulty: difficult

Day 6: Baso – Darto – Omalo

We will continue exploring Tusheti villages. We’ll ride through 4 villages following the Piriqiti river valley until we reach the village of Omalo – the central and the biggest village of Tusheti, where we will spend the night in a hotel. 

  • Lowest elevation: 1830m

  • Highest elevation: 2310m

  • Total riding distance: 26km

  • Difficulty: medium (mostly on the dirt road with some opportunities to canter)

Day 7: Omalo – Shenako – Diklo – Omalo

Shenako and Diklo are the villages located at the eastern border of Tusheti (Georgia). We’ll visit an old fortress of ancient Diklo at the border of Dagestan.

  • Lowest elevation: 1830m

  • Highest elevation: 2120m

  • Total riding distance: 24km

  • Difficulty: easy (on the dirt road)

Day 8: Transfer back to Tbilisi

We’ll be transferred to Tbilisi by 4×4 cars via Abano pass – the highest drivable pass in Europe.

After we get down to the lowland in Kakheti we’ll have lunch and wine tasting at the small family winery.

 

Details

Accommodation

5 overnights in local guesthouses 2 overnights in tents

Meeting point

Tbilisi

Photos


Equipment you will need to bring

Other gear: Sleeping bag.


About the guide

Hiking and horseback riding guide.

I'm Georgian, native Tushetian. As a girl, I lived in the main wine region of Georgia – Kakheti, spent every summer in Tusheti – outstanding and authentic mountain region for its location, ethno-culture and nature. In 2014 I became certified sightseeing guide and started guiding all over Georgia. The more I travelled and learnt about Georgia’s rich cultural landscape, the more I grew to love my home country.

In 2017 I got certifications in trekking and in 2019 in horseback riding guiding. My main purpose is to use my experience in adventure tourism and offer unpopular, least crowded and still least popular activities such as agro tours, equestrian trekking and many others. My passion is to share the many undiscovered and unspoiled regions that make Georgia so special, adventurous and worth to discover.


Deal opportunities

Join an existing group and pay much less

Aug 29, 2022 - Oct 05, 2022

EUR 1129 per traveller


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Prices per person

Group of 2

EUR 1825 Each

Group of 3

EUR 1609 Each

Group of 4

EUR 1609 Each

Group of 5

EUR 1299 Each

Group of 6

EUR 1299 Each

Group of 7

EUR 1299 Each

Group of 8

EUR 1129 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

- Mules and horses

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Camping equipment tents

- Camping equipment sleeping pad

- Camping equipment cooking utensils

Price details

Tour price includes:

Welcome dinner at the traditional Georgian restaurant in Tbilisi

Full board during the tour (not in Tbilisi)

Wine tasting in Kakheti on day 8

All 4x4 transfers during the tour

Pack horses during the hiking part

Riding horses

5 overnights at the guesthouses

2 overnights in tents

English speaking guide (1 guide for 8 people)

Horse keepers

Tents and camping equipment (sleeping tents & mats, kitchen equipment)

Tour price excludes:

Alcoholic beverages during the tour

Sleeping bags

Tips

Souvenirs




 

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