Walks in the Mountains of Georgia: Land of Heaven and Earth07 - 20 September, 2021

Trip Dates:
07 - 20 September, 2021
Trip Price: £ Price and Dates to be confirmed
Single Room Supplement: £To be confirmed
Trip Length: 14 days

From the Promethean legends to stories of the Golden Fleece, the Caucasus mountains are known for their turbulent histories, extraordinary cultural traditions and spectacular landscapes. For centuries the mountains have been an impenetrable barrier whose ancient tribes have survived despite the ravages of the vagabound hordes from the steppes (Huns, Mongals, Khazaras and Turkes) and the mighty Eurasian empires of the Byzantines, Arabs, Turks and Russians. On this unique journey learn more of a rich culture still intact whose history is steeped in ancient customs and traditions.

The journey involves a series of moderate walks (4 – 6 hours) along the southern crest of the Caucasus Georgia whose peoples have has been profoundly affected by the country’s adoption of Christianity in the 4th century. The walks will take in the various regions around Svaneti, Tusheti and the Kazbegi and link ancient Silk routes, monasteries in spectacular positions, and picturesque villages. There will also be visits to Tblisi which in the 12th century, was one of Asia’s most important political, economic and cultural centres and Batumi on eastern coast of the balmy Black Sea coast surrounded by high forested mountains and lush sub-tropical hills.

This journey is open the Alumni of Oxford and Cambridge Universities and their family and friends. Please note that Distant Horizons has sole responsibility for the operation of this tour. The participating University has no direct control over the operation of any tours.

Maximum Party Size: 16

Trip Leader: Ms Sophie Kikava

Sophie Kikava is Tbilisi based cultural guide who has been accompanying many successful walking holidays to Georgia. 

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Walks in the Mountains of Georgia: Land of Heaven and Earth Trip Comments:

‘The visits to rural homes, were very enjoyable and gave us a chance to meet people in their own homes. They were most welcoming and entertaining with their hospitality.’
‘Overall, it was an excellent trip packed with wonderful experiences and accompanied by excellent guides.’
‘We travelled with people who were excellent companions open to this part of the world and very knowledgeable.’
‘The meeting in Tbilisi with the head of the Strategic Studies Centre, in which he spoke to us with suppressed emotion, revealed to us as much as anything the political factors operating in Georgia today. Our visit to the cathedral on a Sunday, when scores of people were celebrating a Sung Eucharist, will always stay in my memory.  The harmonised singing of the liturgy was an inspiration.’