Small Germany and Dashbashi canyon

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Elisabethtal was one of the first colonies of Germans emigrants on the South Caucasus. Founded in 1817 by 65 families from Wurttemberg, Germany it was situated near forests and was known for its viniculture.

Elizabethtal also used to be home to the second biggest Swabian Lutheran church. After the Soviet invasion, communists demolished the dome, though it is unclear why they left the remaining construction unimpaired. There is also a graveyard on the left side of the church where surfaced gravestones are erected along with each other, forming a mysterious circle that looks like the Knights of the Round Table.

In 1941, the Germans were deported to Central Asia, and Georgians were resettled in the empty villages. In Asureti there still exist numerous impressive, albeit poorly conserved half-timbered houses that are a witness to this history. 

Canyons of Tsalka or Dashbashi canyons is one of the most impressive natural monuments of Georgia, green and beautiful all year long. The vegetation cover of the surrounding ecosystem is rather sparse, whereas the plants on the steep slopes of the canyon and astounding waterfalls create absolutely different micro-landscape, with characteristic micro-climate, specific fauna etc. It is nice and chilly in summer (but beware of hogweeds this season), it is also exotically green and warmer than Tsalka and Dashbashi village areas in winter, beautiful with its dozens of frozen waterfalls which you will find even more if you follow the canyon up from the main tourist site.

Duration

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Type

Language

English
German
10-12 hours Easy Private Russian

Includes:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (available from Tbilisi, Mtskheta)

Exclusions:

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

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  • Asureti (Elizabettali)
  • Dashbashi Canyon
  • Tsalka
  • Manglisi
  • Didgori Valley
  • Enjoy stunning nature
  • Find out how the Germans built a town in Georgia

Route

  1. Tbilisi
  2. Asuteti
  3. Dashbashi Canyon
  4. Tsalka
  5. Manglisi
  6. Didgori Battle Memorial