Hiking tours

Friendly.ge Small Germany and Dashbashi canyon

Small Germany and Dashbashi canyon

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 Difficulty 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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Friendly.ge One-day hiking tour Juta & Truso gorge

One-day hiking tour Juta & Truso gorge

This tour is a superb trek for hikers wishing to explore the Caucasus mountains. The highlights of this hike are the sharp peaks of the Chaukhi massif, the stunning views from the valley. You will depart from Tbilisi early in the morning, in the direction of the Kazbegi region. On the way, there will be some very interesting places to see. Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble is a sixteenth-century castle complex on the Aragvi River. The fortress stands beside the famous Georgian Military Highway, overlooking the large Jinvali Lake. Its high, turreted stone walls protect two churches, a watchtower, and a reservoir. The main church facade is beautifully carved with animal, floral, and Celtic style patterns. The next stop on the way is Gudauri, a remarkable ski resort in Georgia. The resort is at an altitude of 7,217 feet (2,200 meters) above sea level. The first lower lift station is at 6528 feet (1,990 meters ) above sea level and the last, or top, the station is at a 3,306-meter called summit Sadzele. Arrive at the trailhead for Truso Gorge and follow along the Terek River. On this trail, be prepared for absolutely stunning views of the river gorge. The mineral waters give the Truso Gorge a distinct sulfuric smell. Donkeys can be seen rolling around in the mud. Listen and watch shepherd's cracking their whips to maintain their large herds of sheep. Juta, located 2230 m in altitude and in between Kazbegi national park as a fresh and pure air to breathe. The landscape is overwhelming. In summer, the slopes are aflame with wild-flowers, still blooming after their long dormancy under the snow, while rushing streams and cascades are in evidence both on the surrounding slopes and the valley floor.   Duration Difficulty Type Language English 12-14 hours Moderately Strenuous Private Russian Includes: Hotel pickup and drop-off (available from Tbilisi, Mtskheta) Guide Water Exclusions: Lunch Gratuities

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Friendly.ge Khevsureti in 2 days - inaccessible region of Georgia with digital detoxification

Khevsureti in 2 days - inaccessible region of Georgia with digital detoxification

Perhaps you will be left without mobile communications and Wi-Fi and will not be able to share the photo on Instagram. But isn't that what you looking for — silence? Khevsureti is one of the most isolated historical provinces of the Georgian highlands. Khevsureti lies on both slopes of the Great Caucasus range and is divided into three parts. Destination of our tour is the most famous part of Khevsureti – villages Shatili and Mutso – famous because of its original medieval architecture, but beside Shatili tourists will see many other even more interesting places, enjoy unspoiled nature and feel like time travelers to the deep middle ages. Tour with Friendly.ge team to Khevsureti allows you to see the most interesting places in this mysterious area. Day 1:  Mutso is most famous for its breathtaking mountain views, medieval towers, and sacred legends. Difficult to access and mostly abandoned during the past century, the fortress village has preserved its original architecture and open-air burial vaults. Hike to Mutso – which is located on the rock and surrounded by towers.  Overnight in Shatili Day 2: Shatili is a UNESCO heritage site, is a medieval highland fortress village, situated 1400 meters above sea level. There is no road access to Shatili in the wintertime, further protecting the traditional ways of the dozen or so permanent inhabitants. Shatili is one of the most popular destinations for tourists seeking out a genuine experience. The medieval stone and mortar complex consists of 60 towers. It served both as a place of residence and fortress protecting Georgia’s northeastern borders. Immerse yourself in this inspiring atmosphere by spending the night at one of the fortresses.    Duration Difficulty Type Language English 2 days Moderately Strenuous Private Russian Includes: Hotel pickup and drop-off (available from Tbilisi, Mtskheta) Guide 1 night in Shatili Accommodation  Breakfast  Water Exclusions: Lunch Gratuities

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Friendly.ge Off-road tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountains

Off-road tour to David Gareja Monastery and Rainbow Mountains

Go on a one-day tour to the David Gareja Monastery complex. This short but eventful journey will allow you to explore one of the most ancient and important religious sites in Georgia. Davit-Gareja cave city, an extraordinary site with fantastic semi-desert landscapes, is located 100km south-east from Tbilisi, and it was founded in the 6th Century by David (St. David Garejeli). The complex of temples stretches for several kilometers in the southeast of the country and along the border with Azerbaijan. The David Gareja Monastery is unique due to the fact that many of its buildings are cut into a huge tilted rock and some of its temples still preserve millenary frescos. Be ready to walk and climb on uneven ground. The walking route lasts approximately 8 km (5 miles). On the way back, you will stop at a nice cozy house for lunch (not included) and for a wine tasting. Duration Difficulty Type Language English Russian 10 hours Moderate Private German French Spanish Includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off 1 bottled water Guide's services Transportation service Entrance fees Exclusions: Lunch Gratuities (optional) Wine tasting (optional) Since part of the complex is located in Azerbaijan, it is not guaranteed that the border guards will allow you to the Udabno monastery and caves with frescoes

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