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UK SKI COMPANY OFFERS GEORGIA THIS WINTER - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
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First it was Iran. Now Mountain Heaven is the first UK ski tour operator to offer a guided trip to Georgia in the former Soviet Union.



The independent chalet company is running fully-guided nine-day holiday in March 2020.

It will explore both the slopes and the cultural history of a region that straddles Europe and Asia and continues to open up to tourism.

The nine day itinerary will include skiing in:

  • 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
  • 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 the country.

Gergeti Trinity ChurchGergeti Trinity Church, Georgia - photo Rob Stewart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guests will stay below in the village of Stepantsminda where they are promised world class accommodation and the food and wine that Georgia is fast becoming famous for.

And there will be time to explore the country's capital, Tbilisi, which is fast becoming a hot spot destination for foodie city breaks with its hipster bars and good value restaurants.

"We've had our eye on Georgia for a couple of years now," says Mountain Heaven Managing Director, Nick Williams.

"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."

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Georgia was once part of the Soviet Union but is now independent country.

It is situation between the Higher and Lesser Caucasus and is a relatively untapped ski destination.

It has previously had little in the way of ski package holiday options available from the UK.

The trip will open up Georgia to anyone who can ski at least to an intermediate level. It is not suitable for complete beginners.

Skiing in GeorgiaSkiing in Georgia - photo Rob Stewart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain Heaven is fast gaining a reputation for its ski adventure trips.

Last Spring the company organised its second ski tour to Iran.

This coming winter Iran is not on the agenda but Mountain Heaven plans to return in future and will be looking at other unusual ski locations.

In the meantime, if you're interested in Mountain Heaven's trip to Georgia, you had better get in quick.

Three are limited places and we are told there has been a lot of interest, even before it was officially announced.

It will depart on 6th March and return on 15th March 2020.

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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 (currently around £350 return), travel insurance (required).

UK Nationals do not require a visa.

Find out more and get the full itinerary of The Georgian Ski Experience

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