Wedged between plenty of rocks and all manner of hard places, it’s probably none too surprising that Georgia’s Svaneti region isn’t a regular fixture on the Eurasian tourist trail (well, on what Eurasian tourist trail there is). The Mongols never made it to Svaneti, and even the Soviets only exerted a tenuous hold – so that should give some idea of its remote and rugged nature. Isolated and independent, tribal traditions still hold sway here in a major way: the wheel only made an appearance in 1935, pagan elements suffuse Christian beliefs, stone watchtowers dominate the verdant valleys of Mestia and Ushguli, and provincial cuisine is still preferred. If it’s the world’s forgotten backroads you’re after, sign up for this unique Exploratory trip through the Svaneti. TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017: From 1st January 2017 this trip will change to become the KFSI Tbilisi to Istanbul and include destinations in Turkey along with the Svaneti region of Georgia. More details to come in coming months, with the itinerary outlined below: 1 Tbilisi 2 Tbilisi 3 Kutaisi 4 Mestia 5 Mestia 6 Ushguli 7 Mestia 8 Mestia/Batumi 9 Batumi 10 Batumi/Sarpi/Ayder 11 Ayder 12 Uzungöl 13 Trabzon 14 Flight to Istanbul 15 Depart


Far from a mere sightseeing tour, this trip is active and hands-on. You'll try your hand at preparing delicious kubdari, hike to the Shkhara glacier, and mingle with the locals of the Kutaisi farmers market

In Georgia's beautiful old capital, Tbilisi, enjoy not only a guided walking tour but also a visit to the spectacular treasury of the Museum of Georgia

Discover the World Heritage-listed Jvari Church and Svetitskoveli Cathedral in Georgia's spritual centre – the 3,000-year-old town of Mtskheta

Journey to the Svaneti region, the remote and alluring land of snow-capped mountains, medieval-style tower-houses and a fascinating local dialect