Spring/Autumn Horse Drive from Tusheti to Vashlovani National Park

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Join certified, local guide, Tinatin, on an unforgettable spring horse drive from Tusheti to Vashlovani National Park. You will enjoy riding in a group of around 50 horses through 250 kilometers of open country, plus you will get to visit some of Georgia's stunning monasteries and taste the local wine and cuisine too!

Group

Caucasus

9 Days

Jun, Oct

Fit

Advanced


Highlights

  • Speedy horseback riding (mostly trots and gallops).
  • Riding in different environments: mountains, villages, vineyards, and fields.
  • Visiting local monuments, wine tasting, and sampling the local cuisine.

Description

Are you ready for a unique horseback riding adventure in the Greater Caucasus Mountains? Then join me on this unforgettable spring horse drive from Tusheti to the beautiful Vashlovani National Park.

On this exciting adventure, we will ride around 50 km a day through the Greater Caucasus Mountains, and over a 3000-m high pass in a group of around 50 horses! Hot and cold, wet, dry, dusty, fast, and then slow, will all be part of the horse drive fun as we traverse through 250 kilometers of open country from the mountains to the semi-desert winter pastures of Vashlovani National Park. Furthermore, you will also have the chance to visit local landmarks and to try the delicious local wines and cuisine! You can find a detailed itinerary below.

Regarding the level of difficulty, keep in mind that you will need to have prior riding experience as we will be trotting and galloping as well as exploring different landscapes on our program. Furthermore, it is important that you have a good fitness level. Of course, I will be there to help and guide you every step of the way!

So, are you ready for an exciting horseback riding adventure in Georgia? Then contact me now and let’s start planning this unforgettable horse drive together!

Or, if you prefer, you can join me on a trekking adventure from Tusheti to Pankisi.

Itinerary

Day 1: Tbilisi – Omalo

We will be transferred to the Mountains of Tusheti, Omalo by 4×4 car through the mountain road, which is enlisted in the world’s most dangerous road list by BBC in 2014. We will have dinner and be accommodated for the night at a local cozy guesthouse in Omalo.
• Total distance by car – 190km

Day 2: Omalo – Shenako – Omalo

Meet our mount, riding instructions, spend the day riding through mountain terrain (making sure every rider is confident at a walk, trot, and lope.), visiting one of the valleys of Tusheti – Shenako and Diklo villages. We want you to trust your horse completely before leaving for the horse drive. Spend the night at the same guest house in Omalo
• Total distance – 26km
• Difficulty – easy

Day 3: Omalo – Abano Pass – Abano

We will start and drive horses 40 plus kilometers through the Caucasus Mountains, across the Abano pass, on the same road as we drove up on our first day. We stop for our picnic lunch on the pass. At the end of the day we will end up at the thermal sulfur springs and truthfully there is not only a welcome sight than riding over that last ridge with a herd of horses but also the autumn views over the surrounding mountains. You’re going to be very tired and dirty after a long day of riding! The natural warm sulfur water pools here is the perfect spot to take a nice relaxing bath (if you have biodegradable soap, all the better!). We will end the day with a hot delicious meal and lots of stories of the day’s adventure. You will be ready to retire for the evening to your nice tent or even sleep under the stars if you wish!
• Total distance – 38km
• Difficulty – medium (on the drivable road)

Day 4: Abano – Alvani

After breakfast breakdown, the camp, gather and saddle the horses. Round up the horses and get them heading in the right direction to the lowlands of Kakheti. Arrive at the village of Alvani where Tush families stay in wintertime whereas their livestock goes to Vashlovani National Park. Wine tasting and dinner at the local family winery.
• Total distance – 35km
• Difficulty – easy

Day 5: Lazy day in Alvani.

In the morning we’ll visit Gremi and Alaverdi monasteries. in the afternoon we’ll have late lunch and wine tasting at the small family winery.

Day 6: Alvani – Kitaani

After a tasty typical Georgian breakfast, you will head out to the plains to find the horses that have spent the night there. Once again you will saddle up and head south for today’s adventure. Picnic lunch to regain some energy after the morning’s exploring the beauty of the vineyards and lowland villages. Overnight in tents near the village of Kitaani.
• Total distance – 55km
• Difficulty – difficult (mostly trot and canter)

Day 7: Kitaani – Dedoplistskaro

Another day across Kakheti plains, riding between vineyards and villages. In the afternoon, we’ll arrive at the campsite near Dedoplistskaro. Overnight in tents.
• Total distance – 55km
• Difficulty – difficult (mostly trot and canter)

Day 8: Dedoplistskaro – Kasristskali (horse farm)

The horses are ready and anxious to get going, after breakfast breakdown the camp, gather and saddle the horses. Round up the horses and get them heading in the right direction through some of the most beautiful golden fields. Arrive at the farm, where the horses stay in winter in the late afternoon. There will be a little relaxation time and preparation for a farewell dinner with lots of stories and songs before a good night’s rest in your tents.
• Total distance – 50km
• Difficulty – difficult (mostly trot and canter)

Day 9: Kasristskali – Tbilisi

After nourishing late breakfast say goodbye to the team and horses. Departure for Tbilisi. Arriving around 04:00-5:00 pm to the hotel.

 

Details

Accommodation

Guesthouses and tents

Meeting point

Muralla romana, Tbilisi

Photos


Equipment you will need to bring

Helmet

Sunglasses

Watter bottle


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

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Oct 15, 2022 - Oct 23, 2022

EUR 1026 per traveller


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Prices per person

Group of 2

EUR 2052 Each

Group of 3

EUR 1557 Each

Group of 4

EUR 1305 Each

Group of 5

EUR 1305 Each

Group of 6

EUR 1135 Each

Group of 7

EUR 1135 Each

Group of 8

EUR 1026 Each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Permit and entrance fees

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner




 

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