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  Georgia - Between Caucasus and Black SeaA photo trip report Travel pictures of the world
by Bernhard Mueller
    
Georgia - July 2014Georgia - Between Caucasus and Black Sea
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Tblissi
The  rock-hewn monastery David Gareja
Mtskheta and drive to the Eastern Caucasus
At the Mount Kazbek  (5.047 m)
In the Sno Valley
In the Chada Valley and drive to Kutaisi
Kutaisi and bus trip to Svaneti
The water falls at the Mount Ushba
Drive to Iprari
From Iprari to Ushgili
Ushguli and back to Mestia
Bus drive to Batumi
Batumi
Bazaar and farmers market in Batumi
Hotel Sharden in Tbilissi
Hotel Stepantsminda in Stepantsminda (Kasbegi)
Hotel Carpe Diem in Gudauri
Hotel Eleganti in Kutaisi
Grand Hotel Ushba near by the village Betscho
Family Hotel Ucha in the village Iprari
Hotel CHUBU in Mestia
Hotel AISI in Batumi
Tblissi
Tiflis (in Georgian Tbilissi) is the capital of Georgia and has more than one million inhabitants. The town lies in the centre of the Caucasus isthmus in the eastern part of the country.

The rock-hewn monastery David Gareja
A hike at the rock-hewn Georgian Orthodox monastery David Gareja in Kakheti at the border to Azerbaijan

Mtskheta and drive to the Eastern Caucasus
Visiting the old capital Mtskheta 20 km from Tiflis and drive on the Georgian Military Road and the Cross Pass to Stepantsminda (formerly Kasbegi) in the Easten Caucasus

At the Mount Kazbek (5.047 m)
From Stepanzminda we drive with all-wheel vehicles to the Trinity church Zminda Sameba (Gergeti church) at 2,200-m height. Then rise direction Kasbek on 2,930 m and back to the church and further down the valley. From Stepanzminda we drive with all-wheel vehicles to the Trinity church Zminda Sameba (Gergeti church) at 2,200-m height. Then rise direction Kasbek on 2,930 m and back to the church and further down the valley.

In the Sno Valley
From Stepanzminda by the coach and 4WD vehicles into the Sno valley to the village Dschuta, hiking in the valley and drive to Gudauri

In the Chada Valley and drive to Kutaisi
Through abundant flower meadows we rise only approx. 100 m on a low hill comb. From there it further goes via an old signal tower and a picturesquely situated church ruin down into the Chada valley.

Kutaisi and bus trip to Svaneti
Kutaisi is the second largest town of Georgia and capital of Imereti. We visit the reconstructed Bagrati cathedral (UNESCO-world cultural heritage), the city centre and a farm market.

The water falls at the Mount Ushba
The Ushba is one of the most notable peaks of the Caucasus Mountains.The south summit is 4,737 m and the north summit 4,698 m high.

Drive to Iprari
First we go by the coach to Mestia. Then a nice hiking follows to the next valley to Lachiri. From there it goes further by all-wheel coaches on a bad blow hole runway to the Familiy Hotel Ucha in Iprari

From Iprari to Ushgili
First 200 m down into the valley and then up again. Finally, by flower meadows, partially head-high growth and wood we reach again the runway to Ushguli and shortly after the village also .

Ushguli and back to Mestia
In the Morning an easy hike in direction to the Shkhara massif. In the afternoon the because of bridge building works closed runway to Mestia should open for a short time.

Bus drive to Batumi
The drive from Mestia to Batumi takes a whole day. In the mountains the streets are winding and narrow. In the plain the traffic is chaotic and the cows and pigs on the street demand to frequent braking.

Batumi
Batumi, the capital of the autonomous republic Adjara lies at the Black Sea and has approx. 122,000 inhabitants. Batumi is valid as the most important Black Sea resort of Georgia with a nice old town, restaurants, theatres, etc.

Bazaar and farmers market in Batumi
Only a quarter of an hour from the city and directly behind the ferry harbour there is a bazaar. One more piece further there is a roofed farm market. Here you can find everything what the georgian agriculture has to offer.