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On foot in the Caucasus TGG

Visiting: Georgia
Tour Duration 15 Days
  • Gveleti Waterfalls
  • Ushba Waterfall
  • Chalaadi Walk
  • Shkhara Walk
  • Lakhiri Walk
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Comfort: Simple
  • Trek Grade: Moderate
 

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10 , 27/09/13

Name

Katie

Tour Name

On Foot in the Caucasus

Tour Code

TGG

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Staying in the home stays in Svaneti was a fantastic way to see and experience first hand Georgian hospitality. Although the accommodation in these places is sometimes more basic, the hospitality and fantastic food more than makes up for this! I feel that I got to know the country and culture of Georgian people really well during my short time in Georgia and I take away fond memories of these home stay experiences.

Tour Leader Name

Maia

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Our tour leader Maia was fantastic! She was very enthusiastic about our tour and was very knowledgeable about Georgian culture and about all the different places we visited. We were a small group (only four) and Maia was as much part of that group as everyone else on the tour.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

The driving in Georgia is, at times, a truly terrifying experience - it's best to close your eyes! In Svaneti, always take a shower in the evenings because you never know when a storm will cause a power cut in the night - the consequences of which means there is no hot water in the morning! We had storms three nights during our time in Svaneti, although eating dinner by candle light merely added to the Georgian experience. Go to Georgia with a little 'spirit of adventure' and you will have a fantastic time!

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

I went to Georgia for the scenery and the walking and although these were excellent, what I ended up taking away was some very fond memories of the Georgian people, hospitality and culture. On a walking tour you get to spend a few days in one place and this really contributed to my experiences on this holiday.

 
10 , 15/08/13

Name

Kate

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

"Being spring, the wild flowers were in full bloom and were absolutely amazing. I felt as if walking through someone's garden with every step,on some of the walks. In the Uk we are excited to see a few orchids but in Georgia there were 'fields' of them and 100's of other flowers too. The mountain scenery was a definite highlight, the slopes being extremely steep and the valleys so deep and dramatic."

Tour Leader Name

Alex

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

"Alex was an excellent tour leader, very knowledgable and interesting, with a story about every place we visited (usually with a sad ending) She was enthusiastic and eager to take every opportunity for the group to experience as much as possible. She was attentive to individual needs as well as keeping the group happy as a whole. I don't think that walking was Alex's strong point so that her skills as a walking guide were somewhat compromised"

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Do not book this tour if you have any fear of heights, or travel sickness! The roads in Georgia are an experience in themselves, not one to be missed for sheer drama and amazing mountain scenery.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

Local guides knowledgable about routes but would benefit from basic training in managing a walking group of varying ability. Some walks slightly disappointing as they should have been classed as 'easy' rather than 'moderate'.

 
10 , 15/08/13

Name

Emma

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

"Svaneti is stunning. The walk on day 9 from Lakhiri to Mestia was a particular highlight: walking through meadows of alpine flowers was blissful. In fact the wild flowers in particular were another highlight... wild fritillarias, irises, and meadows full of orchids! Ushguli was another highlight of the trip - particularly the hospitality in the accommodation. And a special mention goes to the birthday cake Alex acquired on the way to Mestia... probably the BEST cake I have ever tasted. "

Tour Leader Name

Alex

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Alex was full of enthusiasm, and was a great host throughout our time in Georgia. Passionate about her country and full of bundles of knowledge in pretty much everything. I was particularly impressed by her ability to be able to tell a wine - including it's year of production by merely looking at it. The local guides and drivers were excellent too.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

"Go soon before everyone else does! Georgia is a country in a huge transition. In particular Mestia is rapidly being developed into a ski resort and so will probably be unrecognisable in 5 years time. Also, if you're not on a direct flight to Georgia - and you probably won't be if you are going any time close to when I did - do not think you can buy wine in the airport. They will not sell it to you as it will be taken off you when you transfer flights. Food wise: if you are a veggie Georgia is a great place to go. If you love walnuts, you will love Georgia too. "

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

I went on the very first trip, so I was fully expecting there to be teething problems, and I can well imagine that the trip will grow and develop the more that it runs. For instance, it would be good if more of the walks were circular. However, it was great to visit a country that is really not on the radar as far as British tourists go. I actually knew very little about Georgia before I went, and I wasn't sure quite what to expect, but it is really a beautiful and fascinating country.

 
 
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