Distance from Tbilisi: 460 km
Hours to drive: 7 hrs
Best time to visit: summer
Svaneti is a historic and of the most remote regions of Georgia, around 450-500 km away from the capital Tbilisi.
Wild and mysterious, this ancient land attracts true nature lovers. Picturesque villages, snow-covered peaks rising above alpine meadows, medieval towers – it is all about Svaneti.
You will not find here fancy hotels and high-end restaurant, but mesmerizing beauty of this region will let you fall in love with this place! Svaneti is a great trekking destination.
Svans towers - 20-25m (65-80 foot) stone towers have around 1m (3.3 foot) thick walls and an entrance from the second floor. They rise in the South Caucasus as guards of Georgia and its people. Only several dozen towers have survived and they are centuries old. These towers are part of UNESCO World Heritage and Georgians treasure them most. Svaneti is ancient part of Georgia, which is so remote that it had almost no influence from invaders and conquerors. Even Georgian Kings and Queens rarely had strong influence on Svani people. Well-preserved wild nature offers most beautiful tracks in the country. Green valleys and mountain peaks full of snow will make you feel in a medieval world.
Ushguli is one of the most remote villages of Georgia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the highest settlement in Europe.
Mestia – main regional center of Svaneti. It is the starting point for most trips to Svaneti, with a range of hotels, guesthouses and local travel services, and makes a convenient base for exploring the area.
Koruldi Lakes – another beautiful place in Svaneti. Located just 10 km from Mestia at 2850 meters above sea level, offers breathtaking views on the peaks: Shkhara, Tetnuldi, Ushba and others.
ChalaAdi glacier - located on the southern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains, at the source of the river Mestia- Chala. The height of the glacier is 1850 meters. Chalaadi is the only glacier that extends into the forest zone. The glacier is fed by the mountain streams Bzhedukhi, Chatini and Dalaqori.
Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography - one of the most significant museums in Georgia you need to visit. Founded in 1936, it is home to some of the essential historical artifacts both from the region and the rest of the country.