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Tush Villages

5.0 (7)
11 days 10 nights
Georgia
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Basic
Basic+
Upscale
Weight limit
90 kg / 198 lb

Explore the Caucasus Mountains on horseback! You will see outstanding landscapes and authentic villages in the heart of the National Park.

This trip to Georgia gives the opportunity to learn about the Tush traditional culture and lifestyle and visit the amazing places away from the tourist trails. You will discover sites with long history surrounded by impressive mountains and picturesque valleys. And do not forget about the delicious local cuisine!

from US$ 2 187
per tourist for 11 days
Departing from
Tbilisi, ubani Dzveli Tbilisi
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Number of individuals
up to 8 tourists over 14 years old
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Photo Audrey B.
Audrey B. is the provider and guide of this trip
The provider speaks: English, German
I am French and originally from the hinterland of Nice. Since my Caucasian wanderings in 2003, I have been passionate about the mountain ethnic groups of these little-known regions and more particularly that of the Tush, the last semi-nomads of Georgia. Adventurous and organized, I know well all the routes, manage all the expeditions and am your guide. I speak French, English, German, Georgian, a tad of Russian and Spanish.

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Photo Mathilde
Mathilde
Mathilde was born in the French Alps. She is an alpinist, a paraglider pilot, a ski rescuer as well as an incredible rider from her younger time. She graduated degree in Shiatsu for horses and has high competencies in hoof trimming.

Tour highlights

The Spectacular Mountains
Spend your time in uncharted routes of Caucasus Mountains among the wonders of nature
Meet the Locals
Stay at the Tush villages, enjoy the traditional way of life and taste local specialities
Historic Sites
See historical landmarks to have an overview of the Georgian heritage

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Arrival in Tbilisi.

Transfer to your hotel 3/4*.

Riding: No riding.

Overnight: hotel.

Day 2
Tbilisi – Kakheti – Laliskhuri
Day 3
Laliskhuri – Gogrulta
Day 4
Gogrulta
Day 5
Another Day in Gogrulta
Day 6
Gogrulta – Koklata – Jvarboseli
Day 7
Jvarboseli – Naraicho – Dartlo
Day 8
Dartlo – Shenako/Omalo
Day 9
Shenako/Omalo – Laliskhuri
Day 10
Laliskhuri – Tbilisi
Day 11
Departure
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

To participate, you must have an intermediate level of horse riding experience and be comfortable in all gaits. While there are some chances to trot and canter, the speed is generally slow. Additionally, you must be physically prepared for extended periods of riding and be able to guide your horse through challenging areas by dismounting and leading them. During the trail we galop, canter and trot but be aware that they are not race horses. Riders considering this trail must have a good level of physical fitness and general good health.

The conditions (facilities, accommodation) are rather challenging.

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Accommodation

Comfort
Basic
Basic+
Upscale
Hotel
2 nights
Guest House
8 nights

We will spend the nights in:

  • traditional house (Gogrulta);
  • guesthouse (Laliskhuri);
  • guesthouses and traditional house (on the way);
  • hotel 3* (Tbilisi). The accommodation for this hotel will be in double room (2 persons per room) with breakfast. For people who are willing to have a single room, there is an extra charge (40 euros/night).
2 nights
3/4* Hotel

You will stay in a hotel located in the historic center of Tbilisi for the first and last nights of your trip. The hotel has a rating of 3 or 4 stars. The accommodation for this hotel will be in double or triple room (2/3 persons per room), breakfast is at the hotel. For people who are willing to have a single room, there is an extra charge (40 euros/night).

5 nights
Guesthouse in Laliskhuri, Omalo, Jvarboseli and Dartlo
3 nights
Traditional House in Gogrulta

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Tbilisi, ubani Dzveli Tbilisi
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Tour conditions

Included

  • accommodation (including tents);
  • all meals;
  • table wine and tchatcha during the trail;
  • riding;
  • guides;
  • set-time airport car transfers in private cars (Mercedes mini bus and 4WD).

Extras

  • flights;
  • insurance;
  • transfers outside of set times;
  • sleeping bag and camping mattress;
  • alcoholic drinks in restaurants on first/last nights;
  • all entry fees during your free time;
  • tips and other personal expenses.

Group size

up to 8 tourists

Duration

11 days
10 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • personal medicine;
  • hut and glasses and sun cream;
  • hard hats;
  • raining clothes (pants and jacket);
  • warm jacket;
  • small flash light or torch;
  • wet wipes;
  • small knife;
  • good trekking shoes are required (NO RIDING BOOTS, ONLY TREKKING SHOES);
  • water filter or purification pills (actually you need neither purification pills nor water filter as the water is very clean in this area, but we do not take any responsibility so it is on your own to decide to use it or not).
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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 7 reviews
  • CM
    Camo Mille
    18 Sep, 2023
    about provider
    Ça faisait un an que j'attendais cette escapade et je n'ai pas été déçue ! Bienvenue en Touchetie, un coin de montagne exceptionnel, avec des paysages de moyenne et haute altitude, sauvages et préservés. Les chevaux sont super, à la fois costauds, gentils et prêts à affronter tous les terrains. Audrey, notre guide, est vraiment top, elle partage généreusement ses connaissances sur les chevaux et sur cette région de Géorgie. J'espère vraiment pouvoir la revoir quand elle reviendra en France ! Si vous êtes partants pour une aventure combinant haute montagne et équitation, n'hésitez pas !
    18 Sep, 2023
  • CL
    Cé Lia
    21 Jul, 2023
    about provider
    Début juillet, j'ai eu l'occasion de partir en une superbe excursion dans la belle région de la Touchétie. Nous avons exploré à cheval les montagnes sauvages, sillonnant entre crêtes et vallées, toujours émerveillés par les paysages époustouflants. Notre groupe a été parfaitement encadré du début à la fin, dans une atmosphère conviviale et authentique. C'était un séjour idéal pour se déconnecter et se plonger dans la nature la plus belle qui soit. Je recommande vivement de découvrir la Géorgie avec notre guide Audrey et ses fantastiques chevaux dans la région du Caucase.
    21 Jul, 2023
  • R
    Rachel
    19 Jul, 2022
    about provider
    Wow, what an amazing adventure!! For 9 days, we went on a riding trip through the Tusheti region of the Caucasus mountains, completely self sufficient. It was with Audrey, and let me tell you, it was something else! We explored tiny villages that you can only reach by horse or by foot. Then we delved even deeper into the Tusheti, crossing mountain passes and wandering into valleys where only a handful of shepherds and lucky folks like us, guided by Audrey, ever venture. The scenery with all those wildflowers and mountains was just breathtaking. And each campsite felt more perfect than the last. The mix of hiking and riding was spot on. If you're up for a challenging adventure in the mountains and you're in good shape, you'll absolutely love this ride. You gotta be nimble on those steep slopes and uneven ground, but that's part of the thrill! Audrey has been living amongst the Tush shepherds for years, and she really looks out for the local people. You can tell they adore her. Her positive attitude, enthusiasm and kindness really make the whole experience special. And her horses? They're like seasoned pros, handling every kind of terrain like champs. I feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of this, and I can't recommend it enough. Thanks for showing me the real Tusheti, Audrey!! ❤️
    19 Jul, 2022

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