pankisi gorge

mystic rituals, horse culture, sufi traditions and caucasian hospitality

Duisi – Jokolo – Omalo – Birkiani  


ITINERARY

DAY 1 - Introduction to Pankisi

  • In the morning you will meet your tour guide in the lobby of the designated hotel in Tbilisi (exact hotel address and meeting time will be communicated well in advance per email; private airport pickup and shuttle service available for a small additional fee).
  • Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in the Pankisi Gorge
  • Transfer to the Pankisi Gorge, a secretive valley in Eastern Georgia inhabited mainly by the muslim Kists, an ethnic subgroup of the Chechens
  • During the whole length of your journey you will stay at a traditional guesthouse run by a local Chechen family
  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Pankisi

DAY 2 - Chechen Culture

  • We'll spend the whole day with the proud and gentle inhabitants of the Gorge, experiencing local traditions and tasting delicious homemade specialities.
  • Today's route will cover all the major villages of Pankisi including Jokolo, DuisiOmalo and Birkiani.
  • Along the road we will visit ancient mosques and even older churches and assist to the evoking 5pm prayer and the mesmerising zikr dance, a traditional sufi ritual. 
  • We will also have the chance to listen to Chechen folk songs sung by a women-only choir and go shopping for locally made embroideries, jewelries and other trinkets.  
  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Pankisi

DAY 3 - Pankisi Nature

  • Today will be devoted to the exploration of the stunning natural attractions that this remote and fascinating gorge jealousy shields from the large masses of tourists crowding into much more popular destinations in Georgia. 
  • The route varies according to the season and each customer's particular preferences and gives you the chance to experience the pristine nature of a place resembling the European Alps as they probably looked like two centuries ago.
  • We also offer the possibility to rent a horse for the day (or even for the whole length of your stay). 
  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Pankisi

DAY 4 - Flight back home or transfer to further destinations  

  • After enjoying a last lavish Chechen breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to the airport/train station of choice.  
  • For those flying out: we will arrange transfer to Tbilisi International Airport for your flight back home.
  • For those wishing to take the train/bus to reach further destinations: we will arrange transport to the local train/bus station.
  • End of the tour. 

PRICE

4 to 9 participants: 360 euros


The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 18 euros/night), private transport in the region (jeep or minivan), entrance fees to the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.

The price does not include: international flights, transport to and from the airport of arrival/departure (35 euros/ride), meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, entrance fees to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.

Please note: our short trips are generally offered as extension to our tours. Upon request we can take care of transport and connections between the two segments of a trip combination and guarantee you a smooth transfer from one tour to the next. Please see below for a list of possible combinations for this trip. Flexibility is our motto and an exception to the rule is always possible. This means that this short trip may be also offered as a standalone tour if the demand is high enough. Please see our F.A.Q. or contact us for further details.


WHERE THE HECK AM I TRAVELLING TO?  

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POSSIBLE TOUR COMBINATIONS FOR THIS ITINERARY INCLUDE

Southern Caucasus and/or Grand Chechen Tour