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Bordered by the Great Caucasus Range, The Black Sea, Russia and Turkey, Georgia´s countryside is as unspoilt and beautiful as its history is fascinating and colourful. Alpine meadows, ancient forests and magical, abandoned monasteries overgrown with wild flowers which are only accessible by horse or on foot. Georgia is the land of the Golden Fleece, a crossroads between east and west invaded throughout history by races such as the Greeks, the Romans, the Turks, the Mongols and the Russians. A blend of cultures, it also boasts many remarkable archaeological sites that are seldom visited by foreign tourists.

Starting with the night in the capital Tbilisi, these rides follow a circular route to the south west, taking you deep into the hills, through high pasture, past summer encampments of shepherds and small rural villages. They are for those with a sense of adventure who are prepared to forgo many everyday luxuries, but a visit to this enthralling country is a must for anyone who enjoys exploring off the beaten track.

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Accomodation & Food

The first two and the last night you stay at a comfortable hotel and B&B in the capital city Tbilisi. It is possible to book single room in Tblisi. (price for single supplement is available under Dates & Prices). If there is no one to share a room with, a single supplement will be added.

The other nights you stay in basic camping which often are in fantastic enviroment and surroundings. You sleep in small tents for two people, you bring your own sleeping bag and a sleeping mat is provided. If you want thicker sleeping mat with air, you can bring your own. There is no shower at the camping sites, only warm water that is heated over fire. The toilet is the nature around you. Some guest houses are also used during the ride, which are traditional and basic georgian houses with modest infrastructure. They do not always have indoor toilets and the showers are usually shared. Rooms in guesthouses are often shared between 3 or 4 people.


The horses are locally bred, a mix of thoroughbreds, crossed with Arabs, Akhal-teke and local horses. They are grown up in a countryside and are well adapted  to Georgian riding environment.

They are generally between 14.2 and 16 hh (150-160 cm), are responsive and forward going but also adaptable and well suited to the terrain. Russian military saddles are used and tack is quite basic as little is readily available in Georgien. Saddle bags are provided and there are seat savers available for those who wish. The horses are mostly ridden in snaffle bits.


Day 1
Arrive Tbilisi and transfer to hotel.

Day 2
After breakfast you will be collected from the hotel at about 10.00 11.00 am and taken to the old town in Tbilisi for some shopping & sightseeing, with the opportunity to visit the National Museum and Treasury. Own arrangements for lunch & dinner. On your wish you can have a meeting during the dinner with the leading guide to discuss the details of the trail, horses, and rules. Night at the hotel in Tbilisi. 

Day 3
After an early breakfast you will be collected from the hotel and driven about 1 hour to the stable near the village of Asureti to meet the horses and guides and prepare for the journey. Mount up and set off riding, heading first towards village Asureti and then through lowlands and foothills forested with oak and hornbeam. Continue through valleys of wildflowers and open meadows, crossing the river Algeti then stop for a picnic lunch by the village of Golteti (about 3 hours of ride) and in the afternoon ride on heading towards the small town of Tetri Tskaro (White Spring), up into the forested hills to the village of Gudarekhi, where camp is set up, with its 16th century tower and a lovely view of the Algeti valley. Dinner and night in camp (about 3 hours of ride).  

Day 4
Breakfast in camp and then a chance to enjoy the scenery for an hour while camp is being packed up. Then set off riding through beech forest to Gudarekhi Monastery, which is surrounded by the ruins of old city of Gudarekhi (around 1 hour of ride). This wonderful 12th century monastery, with its beautiful multi-coloured stone bell tower, is now uninhabited. The main church still stands, surrounded by many ruins, and there is a wonderful mythical feel to this fairy-tale place. A picnic is laid out in the walnut groves surrounding the monastery and there is time to explore before lunch. In the afternoon ride on, first through forests again and then to open grasslands where the shepherds bring their sheep for the summer by using the same ancient road that has been part of Silk Road network. You may be lucky enough to meet the herds of sheep and cattle, with the drovers mounted on local ponies or donkeys and with a few pack animals carrying their supplies for the summer. The cow bells and the singing drovers are often heard across the valleys. Continue through ancient beech forests and meadows of wild flowers until you come to the village of Ivanovka (around 3 hours of ride). Night in the guesthouse.

Day 5
Set off from Ivanovka riding through forested hills and pasture, ride on climbing steeply uphill until the landscape opens out with wonderful views of the Southern Caucasian Mountains and having a stop at the highest point of the ride 1750 meters. The lunch place is located near the village of Menkalisi (around 2,5 hours of ride). After lunch, ride down from this ridge, through woods and crossing meadows of wild herbs until, across the valley, the tower of the 12th century Pitareti Monastery complex appears through the trees. Cross the small river and ride on to the monastery where camp is set up (around 2,5 hours of ride). This monastery was uninhabited for many years but a few monks have recently moved back. There are excellent carvings on the eastern façade and on the interior walls many of the frescoes remain intact. For the brave there is a chance to wash in Pitareti mountain stream! Dinner and night in camp with an impressive view of the monastery complex. 

Day 6
Breakfast and leave Pitareti. You will ride past a 7th century fort, restored in 17th century, with secret tunnel which there may be time to explore! Crossing the Khrami river, ride on along forest tracks and across open pastures, stopping for a picnic lunch near a spring close to the Azerbyjanian village of Darbazi (around 3,5 hours of ride). After lunch ride on through the forest and across vast meadows covered with cowslips and primroses in early spring, daisies in late spring and summer. There is some agriculture too in this area, fields of wheat, beans and maize, peppered with red poppies. In the distance, a fort and church are visible, set on a volcanic plateau at the junction between two rivers, almost an island and an ideal vantage point. This is the site of Dmanisi, once one of the most important of Georgian fortresses and towns. Ride down the ancient stone road to the bottom of the gorge, crossing the river Mashavera and continue to the village Patara Dmanisi, passing the walls of the old fortress (around 2,5 hours of ride). The night is spent in the village guest house. A chance for a shower before a traditional Georgian supper! 

Day 7
After breakfast you will have a chance to explore Patara Dmanisi, an archaeological site which has been excavated by a world re-knowned Georgian archaeologist. There is a medieval fortified town and 6th century three-nave basilica. Close by, the oldest remains of Homo Erectus so far discovered in Europe were recently uncovered. They are estimated to be 1.7 million years old - in age second only to those found in Africa! The remains of H.sapiens (about 200,000 years old), Paleolithic artefacts, and woolly rhinoceros remains have also been found here. Lunch back at the guesthouse, with possibility to have a short nep then set off from Patara Dmanisi over hills and through forests carpeted with wild flowers. Camp is set up near the small village of Ukangori (around 2 hours of ride). 

Day 8
Breakfast and ride on from Ukangori through the woods to the Azeri shepherds summer pastures and on in the direction of small town of Poladauri. Riding through the forest you arrive near the small town of Poladauri where you stop for lunch (around 3 hours of ride). In the afternoon (around 2,5 hours of ride) continue to St Tevdore church ruins, riding through woods then acacia spinneys humming with bees and low woodland. Then the landscape opens out towards to the 13th century monastery of Tsugrugasheni on the hill, which you have chance to visit and see beautiful calving and great view of the valley. After the visiting the monastery continue the ride to St Tevdore church ruins where nearby camp will be set up. Dinner and the night in camp. 

Day 9
Set off riding from St Tevdore by crossing the river Mashavera to the 5th century church of Bolnisi Sioni, which is the oldest cathedral in Georgia. The church here is the only surviving example of the original three aisled basilica (without transepts) and there is a 17th century bell tower next to it. After visiting Bolnisi Sioni continue ride towards the village Rachisubani through forested hills and open areas of vineyards and maize before the lunch break next to 13th century bridge (around 3 hours of ride). After the lunch cross the rivers Poladauri and the route then takes you into the hills, crossing plains of wheat until you see the village of Kosolari on the other side of the river Khrami gorge. From here it is a short ride down to the river Khrami where camp is set up (around 2 hours of ride), perfect for an evening swim! Dinner and night in the camp. 

Day 10
Breakfast and set off riding. Cross the river Khrami then climb into the hills leaving village Kosolari on the left side, crossing plains of wheat until you reach the village of Durniki. Ride down the hill towards village Assureti and across the river Algeti to the stables (around 4 hours of ride). Lunch break is optional and can be skipped if group agrees to arrive to Tbilisi earlier. Say farewell to the horses here and meet the car that will drive you back to Tbilisi. There will be a chance to visit a local spa in Tbilisi where you can enjoy a relaxing soak in sulphur baths with an eastern massage - a highly recommended optional extra! Own arrangements for a farewell party with a Georgian 'supra' or feast, sampling local cuisine and wine and then the night at the hotel in Tbilisi. 

Day 11
Breakfast and transfer to the airport.

NB. The above is an example of the itinerary planned but it is only an example and may be changed at your guides discretion if they consider changes necessary due to weather or other local conditions. 


There is generally between 5 and 7 hours in the saddle each day, with breaks to rest and for lunch. Riding time can vary since the routes are fairly new and little used. 

The rides are at a moderate pace overall with good opportunities for trots and canters most days. They are aimed at experienced and confident riders. The horses are sensible and well schooled but they have a generally lively temperament so they suit capable and relaxed riders.

The area you ride through is very unspoilt and is hardly visited by tourists. Much of the riding is through forest, bush and up and down mountains and there are one or two places where riders need to dismount to walk over rough ground - a good chance to stretch your legs! However overall the area is excellent for riding; there is plenty of space, varied scenery and, particularly once you have made the effort of climbing through the forest, many wonderful views. Lowest altitude is 600 meters (camp next to river Khrami) and highest 1800 meters (just quickly passing it after night in Ivanovka), but most of the ride is at 900 - 1100 meters altitude. 


Travel Information

Ability description: Trail ride level 3 >>

Included in the price: 10 nights 2-4 bed room accommodation, all riding, guiding and equipment,  full board incl. beverages when riding. 

Not included: Travel to Georgien, eventual visa fees, beverages and any personal extras at hotels, lunches and dinners in Tbilisi.

Fly to Tbilisi airport, often via Istanbul or Moskwa.
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We can help you book your flight if you wish.

Transfer: Book in advance with HorseXplore.
From Tbilisi airport.
Price: Included

Single rooms: Can be booked at hotel nights with a supplement . For price click on ”Book on request” under Dates & prices. 

Season: April to October.
Visa: Normally not required, see at

Currency: Georgian Lari
Credit card: Accepted at most shops and restaurants.
Tipping: Not required but appreciated. If willing, you can give tip to Levan at the last dinner in Tbilisi and he will devide it to the whole team..

Wifi: Yes at hotels in Tbilisi. At airport you can buy local SIM card with internet for 10 EUR.
Electricity jack: 2 stick, type C and F.

Group size: Min. 4 and max 8.  The ride can also run with two riders for an additional cost of  640 EUR or three riders for 365 EUR/person.
Age limit: 12 years old with riding parent.
Weight limit: 85 kg (187 pounds).

Beach: None
Pool: None

Riding equipment to borrow: None
Saddle bag available: Yes
Special diet: Inform when booking.
Safe deposit box: No
A/C: No
Hair Dryer: No
Towels and sheets: Bring your own sleeping bag and towel for trail ride. Also a Therm-a-rest (they provide military ones, but usually they are not soft enough)
Fridge: No

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Dates and prices

"Book on request" means that we cannot confirm your booking immediately, but we will get back to you as soon as possible with a booking confirmation, normally within 24 hours on weekdays.

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17/05/202411Georgia - Adventure RideEUR 2,065Book on request
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