Jeep Tour to Khevsureti – Georgia Starts Here
While planning your visit to Georgia one should definitely consider visiting Greater (north) Caucasus. There are many reasons for this and Khevsureti region – with its unique and fascinating setting – is just one of them. Khevsureti is one of the most remote and unchanged areas of Georgia, a country where adherency to ancient traditions is of course very highly prized. The Khevsurebi are known for their unique textiles, with beautifully embroidered stars and crosses. The Khevsurebi are known for their brevity and straightforwardness, and for their unique poetry. Feel the taste of life visiting Khevsureti!
Day 1: Tbilisi-Shatili-Mutso-Shatili
Our tour will star at 9:00am. From Tbilisi we will go to Shatili . It is a historic highland village located in the deep Arghuni gorge on the northern slope of the Greater Caucasus mountains near the border with Chechnya. The village is actually a cluster of fortified flat-roofed stone dwellings and towers built mainly between the 7th and 13th centuries, which functioned both as homes and as a fortress guarding the north-eastern border of the country. As it’s widely known, Khevsureti is one of the most beautiful places in Georgia. It’s famous for its incredible beauty, and besides, there is another feature that attracts visitors from all over the world – Khevsureti is also mystical place, land of ancient legends! When exploring its ancient villages and castles,it feels like one has transferred into the 16th century. Anatori is one of the most mystical places of Khevsureti. Unfortunately, Anatori was depopulated in 18th century as all the locals perished in the short period of time. As the legend says, the plague (Black Death) was spread in this place during those times. The locals called it ‘Zhami’. The whole village was infected and people were dying one after another. People were even building special vaults (graves) in advance in order not to infect other inhabitants of the village. These vaults were located far away from the village, so when people felt that they were infected and the death was near, they went there by their own will and stayed in the burial vaults until they were dead. Inside the Vaults there were special shelves made from stone, sick people were lying there and waiting for their death with dignity! (Georgian Journal)
Mutso is a small village in Khevsureti. The village, almost completely abandoned more than a century ago, is a home to approximately 30 medieval fortified dwelling units arranged on vertical terraces above the Mutso-Ardoti gorge, four combat towers and ruins of several old structures and buildings. Difficult to access, the village retains original architecture, and is a popular destination for tourists and mountain trekkers. Dinner and overnight at the hotel/guest house in Szatili
Breakfast. Driving to Tbilisi we will visit Mtskheta - the ancient capital of Georgia and the important religious centre. It is situated at the convergence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi Rivers. There are a number of very significant archaeological and religious monuments in and around the town: Jvari Monastery (6th c.) – standing on the rocky mountaintop, with its architectural forms and decorative elements, Jvari is harmoniously connected with the landscape and overlooks Mtskheta; Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c. unesco) – a grandiose cathedral of cross-dome design, known as the burial site of Christ’s mantle and one of the major Orthodox Georgian temples.
- Transport (4X4)
- Guide services
- Accommodation in Shatili
- Breakfast and Dinner in Shatili
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