The golden age of Svaneti’s material culture and art is the period between the 10th and the 14th centuries. Legendary Svan towers, manors, churches and monasteries were all built during this period. The churches were beautifully decorated with wall-paintings, silverware, hammered and gold-plated ikons, illuminated manuscripts of the Gospels, precious vessels. Due to the fact that Svaneti was so well protected from invasions, the entire Georgian Kingdom often used it as a treasury for safekeeping valuables from all over the country. A lot of this world-class culture heritage is there for us to see. Ancient songs, rituals and festivals, traditional ways of farming, traditional food are also part of this living ethnographic museum under open sky.
There are culture-heritage sights that can only be reached on foot, and you will need to hike a little to get there, while others can easily be reached by car.
Your driver will take you around and get the key-keepers to open the churches for you. On the tours where you need to hike to the sights we will be providing a trekking guide. However, there are no professional English-speaking culture-heritage guides in Svaneti. Occasionally we are able to ask one of the English-speaking students or school teachers to accompany visitors. Let us know if you would like to do a culture heritage tour with a guide, and we will see if we are able to find one for your tour dates.
Group of 2-3, price range depends on the routes:
3-day itinerary: 575 – 675 EUR per person
5-day itinerary: 960 – 1120 EUR per person
10% DISCOUNT for a group of 4 and more visitors
Transfer to and from Svaneti NOT included. Information on Transfers.