Bike and Hike Georgia

Price from
US$ 3,200
Duration
12 Days / 11 Nights
Distance
379 km
Tour Code
GEO-GEO
Next departure
21-Jul-2019
Number of Cycling Days7
Number of Hiking Days2
Average Distance Per Day: 54
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 1060
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2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance379 kilometres
AccommodationIncluded
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 250
Single SupplementUS$ 375

All About this Tour

Georgia is a slice of sumptuous beauty, sandwiched between Turkey and Russia, on the coast of the Black Sea. We bike and hike the abundant geographical diversity of this country steeped in history as we venture from the heart of wine country, past monasteries that have stood for centuries, to the alpine meadows of the Greater Caucasus mountain range.

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Itinerary

Day 1

We meet up in the evening for a welcome dinner and trip briefing.

Day 2

The morning is free to relax and recover from any jet lag before an after-noon walking tour before heading to Mthskheta for a traditional Geor-gian dinner on the banks of the Mtkvari River.

Day 3

We transfer to Signaghi, nestled on the Kiziki Gorge for classic views of the Caucasus mountains and the Kakheti wine region. We lunch at Pheasants Tears winery and after some delicious fare, saddle up for our first fantastic bike ride to Lagodekhi National Park.

Day 4

Today’s long day of cycling takes us through the beautiful landscapes of the Kakheti wine region. We visit the 16th-century Gremi Monastery as we follow the old Silk Road and pass through the towns and villages that once were the main trading centres in Georgia.

Day 5

The real mountain biking starts as our entire route uses dirt roads that take us up through the high ranges of the Caucasus Mountains. We ride predominantly uphill and take about 7- 8 hours to reach our campsite at the top of the Abano Pass.

Day 6

A fantastic downhill ride starts our day! We cycle a dirt road following the Chagma River before a steep uphill ride from Kumelaurta to the village of Omalo, the capital of the Tusheti mountain region. Our guesthouse is located below the ancient Keselo Towers.

Day 7

Another fantastic biking day, full of unique villages, beautiful scenery, testing ascents, and thrilling downhill biking. From Dartlo, we follow the Pirikiti Alazani River to Girevi.

Day 8

We leave the campsite, load our gear onto pack horses, and start our two-day hike up and over Atsunta Pass. We hike through the ruined village of Chontio, the last village for a while.

Day 9

We cross the Atsunta Pass, and, if weather allows, we see the beautiful Mount Kazbegi in the distance. From here we continue down the Khevsureti Mountain region.

Day 10

We have a short hike to Khonischala to meet our bikes. We cycle to Mut-so and walk to the medieval fortified dwellings on vertical terraces above the Mutso-Ardoti Gorge. From there, we ride to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shatili.

Day 11

Our last mountain biking day. We ride to the Datvis Jvari Pass. From the pass, we have a fantastic descent through alpine meadows. Then we transfer to our Tbilisi hotel where we enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 12

Transfer to airport for onward travel.

Elevation Profiles

Day 3 - Tbilisi - Singnaghi – Lagodekhi Ride 48km. +425m / -671m.
Day 3 - Tbilisi - Singnaghi – Lagodekhi Ride 48km. +425m / -671m.

Reviews

I enjoyed this trip very much. It was physically challenging at times but the views were a great distraction from any discomfort.

Regina DeJohnJuly 2013

We loved the holiday. Georgia is a spectacular place to visit and we got to see a lot of it. The people were friendly and we learned a great deal.

The horsemen and cook were amazing. Scenery stunning. Thanks for a great holiday.

Nigel PereiraJuly 2013

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