Our Best of Georgia self-guided motorcycle tour takes you on a real adventure, just on Europe’s doorstep.
Welcome to Georgia! Picking up your bike in the morning, you will make your way out of the traffic of Tiblisi and start your journey. First up you will ride to Kakheti, Georgia’s most famous wine region. Sinuous roads take you up to the most amazing points to overlook the Kakhetian vineyards the region is so famous for. The curvy and windy roads then take you on to Telav, the capital of Kekheti. Our suggested lunch stop will give you a vista of the steppe, with the imposing Caucasian mountain range behind it. After Telavi you’ll ride on to Sighnaghi, a cute town in which life seems to surround itself with wine. At your accommodation, home-made wine is ready, as well as all the Kakhetian specialities.
From Kakheti in the east you are then going to start making your way north, with Kazbegi is the next destination. A mountainous region with peaks up to 5000 m high. Views on this ride are just stunning. Mountain passes go up and down as they take you from corner to corner, a true Walhalla for any motorcycle enthusiast! In the afternoon particularly you will get to ride some gravel roads and take in the Gergeti Trinity church, one of the most famous images of Georgia. Your accommodation for the evening offers some great views.
Before you head off properly in the morning you will have a chance to ride some great gravel roads, before getting back on the pavement and making your way to Gori, the hometown of the former leader of the USSR, Joseph Stalin. After riding through the mountains landscapes change quickly, the natural diversity the country is known for. You’ll take a small road to Gori to avoid the highway, the road is filled with beautiful colours of roadside flowers and views of endless hills and mountains. In Gori it’s worth paying a visit to the museum that attempts to document Joseph Stalin’s life.
Today you will enjoy a ride to the peaceful region of Racha. The whole region is quite undiscovered by tourists which makes it a great experience to ride through. If there are tourists it will mostly be Georgians that know exactly the beauty that the region has to offer. Stereotypes say that people from Racha are known for their calmness and to always take it easy. You will spend the night in Oni, in a family guesthouse unlike any other. Make your own Chacha, Georgian flatbread and more.
From Oni you will head for Samagrelo, a culturally distinct region of Svaneti, with its own language and a delicious cuisine. From the most spectacular mountain roads with a calming scenery
and little traffic you will ride into the lower lands of Migrelia. You will then ride through Martvili, famous for its caves and canyons, where you have the chance to canoe down on, before riding into Kutaisi to visit Prometheur caves (biggest cave complex in Europe).
Today you will get to ride one of the most spectacular roads in the whole Caucasus, a newly made road in a region that has been culturally separated for centuries. Svaneti still feels like a different world. Even the Soviets could never fully exert their influence in this region due to its remoteness. This has also meant that the people of this region were able to keep their customs and pagan traditions intact. On the road, old watchtowers will pop-up. Svan families own these towers and in the old days they were used to settle disputes, which in practice meant shooting from one tower to the other. It’s a place to be in awe and the stories about the Svan customs are impressive. One of the Georgian customs the Svans also hold is the love for amazing food. You spend the night at a guesthouse run by a local family.
Spend the day exploring the spectacular Svaneti region, home to the mighty Caucasus mountains. If you feel like some more riding, there is plenty to explore locally both on the bike and on foot. Almost everywhere there is a dusty path taking you up to the most beautiful viewing points.
Retracing your steps in the morning, you’ll take the mountain roads of Svaneti back down to Kutaisi. The second biggest and legislative city of Georgia. A very pleasant and relaxed city.
Finish up your Georgian adventure with a ride though Baghdati and Zestafoni, before making your way back through Gori and finish in Tiblisi. On the way you can visit the centuries old Jvari monestary which has a view down on the old capital of Georgia, Mtskheta. Arriving back in town, why not toast your ride in the only real biker bar in town!
Itinerary may change without further notice due to weather, road or any other condition that the operator or its guides feel will jeopardise the safety of the group.
Price includes bike hire, route and reservations only (all accommodation to be paid for locally)
Depending on the exchange rate, the total price of all guesthouses, hotels and meal plan costs around £250/€300 per person. For single occupancy the total cost is around £340/€400.