British chalet operator, Mountain Heaven, has launched a brand new organised ski holiday to the former Soviet Union country of Georgia during March 2020 that explores both the slopes and cultural history of a region straddling Europe and Asia that continues to open up to tourism.
The nine day trip will combine skiing in three of the country’s regions, along with visits to key cultural attractions and the country’s flourishing capital city, Tbilisi.
The itinerary will include visits to the ski areas of Gudauri – the most established ski area in the Georgian Greater Caucuses with recently updated infrastructure, Bakuriani – located in the Lesser Caucuses and former Soviet Winter Olympic training base and Mestia – the newest addition to the Georgian ski scene, with the highest peaks located in the remote UNESCO World Heritage valley of Upper Svaneti.
Alongside opportunities to explore the country’s skiing, the trip will also take in the sacred Gergeti Trinity Church on the slopes of 5,000 metre high Mount Kazbek, the third highest mountain in Georgia, whilst staying below in the village of Stepantsminda, enjoying world class accommodation and the food and wine that Georgia is fast becoming famous for.
Mountain Heaven has created a fully guided itinerary to a destination that has previously had little in the way of ski package holiday options available from the UK. It’s a chance for anyone who can already ski to an intermediate level upwards (trip not suitable for complete beginners) to explore a relatively untapped tourist destination with a company that has an excellent track record in organising adventure style ski trips.
Mountain Heaven Managing Director, Nick Williams, said: “We’ve had our eye on Georgia for a couple of years now. It’s the world’s oldest wine making country and produces good local and high-end fine wines that rarely make it past the border. The food has a fantastic reputation – with influences from nearby Persia, Turkey and countries along the Silk Route, all blended together to create a uniquely Georgian flavour that comes with the kind of hospitality that ensures you never go hungry, or thirsty.
We’ll get to see a large proportion of the country, travelling to the far north west into the Svaneti region and the town of Mestia, with its unique architecture that gives it a UNESCO World Heritage status and that’s before you look up at the huge peaks that are four or five thousand metres high”.
Take a look at what we thought of skiing in Georgia in Episode 1 of The White Out:
Package price and details:
Cost €2,100 per person (based on double/twin occupancy, €2,500 single occupancy) including, 9 nights accommodation on a half-board basis with breakfast and dinner daily, 3 lunches, all lift passes, entrance fees to sightseeing venues, Georgian cultural singing show Tbilisi, wine tasting, all guiding and hosting by Mountain Heaven and local representatives, airport transfers and internal travel in Georgia.
Not included: Meals not listed in itinerary, drinks, return flights from the UK to Georgia. Travel insurance is required and not included in the price.