MTB Bike Tour in Georgia

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A fantastic 8-day mountain bike tour in the Khevi region of Georgia. We will ride in the Caucasus mountains, visiting small remote villages, on medium-difficult paths, discovering uncontaminated lakes, springs and waterfalls, and tasting delicious traditional Georgian dishes.

Program

Day 1: flight to Tbilisi
Flight to Tbilisi. Arrival late in the evening in Tbilisi, transfer and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Tbilisi, a visit to the city.
Tbilisi is the crossroads between Europe and Asia, its geographical location makes it a mixture of cultures, and of various ethnic influences, confirmed by the presence of Orthodox and Catholic churches, mosques, synagogues and also a Zoroastrian temple that coexist peacefully.

Today visit day of Tbilisi. After breakfast, heating and cycling tours: the tour leaves from the park of Vake and ends in the sulfur baths, first we will visit with our guide the ethnographic museum of Georgia, then we will continue towards Turtle Lake. From here you enter the forest and climb up to the Quarter Bath to stop and swim in the sulphurous spas. A minibus is waiting for us, with our bags for changing clothes on board, and where we can leave our bicycles. After the "diving" in the baths, on foot we head towards the park of Rikhe, then the funicular of Narikhala (from Narin Qala, or "Little fortress"), to reach with a walk the old town: Legvtakhevi, Meidan square, via Shardeni. The total length of the route is about 18 km. The trail is a combination of dirt road and asphalt. Free dinner and night in a hotel in the center of Tbilisi.

Day 3: Tbilisi - Truso Gorge - Arsha
In the early hours of the morning departure from Tbilisi, the assistance vehicle will provide the transfer through the Georgian military mountain road of Jvari, to cross the beautiful valley of Truso, with the old towers that guard our passage. At Truso, we climb on our bikes to start pedaling and face the first drop and reach the mountain pass (2300 m), here we will find lakes and springs. Our path winds along the river on dirt roads, while the final part of the road, through the valley of the river Tergi, with the old villages and towers around, is paved.

Dinner and overnight at a guest-house in the Arsha village (Arsha Guesthouse).

Transfer by minibus (about 3 hours)

Route: 35 km (12 km asphalt, 23 km dirt road)

Difference in height: positive 400 meters, negative 500 meters

Difficulty: medium difficult

Day 4: Arsha - Valley of the river Sno - Juta - Chaukhi - Juta
The first part of the route is easy, through the Sno valley, followed by 300 meters in altitude to reach the village of Juta (2200 meters). The last part is the most difficult, requires good driving skills in off road, you can choose to ride a bike or continue on foot, the trails are muddy and rocky. The views are spectacular: the Chaukhi mountain, with rocky peaks and subalpine flowers, with the flowering of rhododendron bushes and then a transparent alpine lake at about 2600 meters above sea level. Dinner and overnight at a guest-house in the village of Juta (Juta House).

Route: 30 km off-road

Difference in height: positive 900 meters, negative 500 meters

Difficulty: medium difficult

Day 5: Juta - Gergeti - Stephantsminda
Today the route begins with more than 20 km of descent to Stephantsminda (1,900 m), from where we will begin a challenging climb to reach the church of Gergeti (2,170 m). We will have time to visit the church and admire Mount Kazbegi (5,033 m) and the town of Stephantsminda. We will descend again to reach the village below. Dinner and overnight at a guest house in Stephantsminda (Stepane & Cicia's Guesthouse).

Approximate distance: 35 km (5 km of asphalt, 30 km of off-road)

Difference in height: positive 400 meters, negative 850 meters

Difficulty: medium

Day 6: Stephantsminda - Devdoraki Glacier - Stephantsminda
Today ring route, to return to Stepane & Cicia's Guest House, where we will leave our luggage.

After the easy descent towards the Dariali gorge on asphalt, an off-road route will follow to the Dariali glacier. We will cross beautiful fields and ponds and along the way back we will see the great waterfall of Gveleti, a short distance from the main road. Dinner and overnight stay Stepane & Cicia's Guesthouse.

Approximate distance: 30 km (14 km of asphalt, 16 km dirt road)

Difference in height: positive 1100 meters, negative 1100 meters

Difficulty: medium difficult

Day 7: Stephantsminda - Khada gorge - Mtskheta - Tbilisi
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning cycling by visiting the Khada gorge, about 20 km. After lunch, we will leave by minibus in the direction of Tbilisi, a stop to visit the ancient city of Mtskheta, which contains two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Georgia: the Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Visit of Mtskheta and transfer to Tbilisi.

Free dinner at the Funicolar restaurant, where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city. Night in the hotel.

Approximate distance: 20 km

Difference in height: positive 700 meters, negative 700 meters

Difficulty: medium difficult

Day 8: Flight from Tbilisi 
Breakfast and transfer to the airport for the return flight.

N.B. For this tour a good cycling experience is required, the assistance medium is still available to transport the participants in case of need. This itinerary can be changed at the discretion of the guide depending on weather conditions and route.

Admission fee (Minimum 8 participants)
Fee per person:
TO BE DEFINED
Single supplement: TO BE DEFINED
Registration fee:  TO BE DEFINED

The price includes:

- 4 nights in a double room in a half-board guest house

- 3 nights in Tbilisi in a 4 * hotel

- Luggage transport

- A ll the Transfer  from airport to airport 

- Local guide in English speaking MTB

- Personal health insurance

- Guided tours and admissions to the sites as scheduled

The fee does not include:

Cost calculated with accommodation in a double room

- AIR FLIGHT

- MTB transport by plane (E-Bike batteries can be transported: it is necessary to declare and pack them separately)

- Transfer to and from airport

- Lunches

- Dinners in Tbilisi

- Single supplement in hotels 

- MTB rental

- Alcoholic beverages in hotels

- Travel cancellation insurance

- Tips and porterage

- Anything not provided for in the item "The price includes"

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