Abkhazia is located in the north-western corner of Georgia with the Black Sea to the south-west and the Caucasus mountains and Russia to the north-east. After the Georgian-Russian war in 2008, Moscow recognized the region as an independent state. Following this, Georgia declared Abkhazia “occupied” by Russia. Most recently, Abkhazia has become closer and closer to Russia shown when Moscow signed a five-year agreement in 2009 with Abkhazia to take formal control of its frontiers with Georgia proper. In 2014, Russia and the breakaway Georgian region signed a “strategic partnership” agreement, angering Tbilisi, which accused Moscow of seeking to annex Abkhazia.
2019 Price: 5 travelers $3500 per person
*For more or fewer than 5 people rates available upon request.
Single Supplement: $370
- English speaking guide;
- English speaking local guides
- Transportation (Merсedes Sprinter, all-road-cars, AN2 airplane or MI-8 helicopter);
- Accommodation (2 nights at rural hotels, 5 nights at 4* hotels, 1 night at 3* hotel);
- Meals (B, L, D + water and wine-tasting);
- All domestic air tickets, permits and Abkhazian visa.
Price Does Not Include:
- Airfare (unless otherwise arranged)
- Departure and custom fees
- Gratuities and individual daily expenses
- Additional beverages
- Travel insurance
- Trip cancellation
- Medical and luggage insurance are recommended for coverage against all unforeseen circumstances
Day 1. (Sat):Flight from USA to Sochi
Flight from Boston or New York to Sochi (Russia) by Turkish Airways. After a long layover in Istanbul (approximate 9 hours), you fly to Sochi.
Day 2. (Sun):Arrival in Sochi
Upon your arrival at the international airport of Sochi, you will be met by your guide. Transfer to your “Russian Seasons” 4*hotel for rest till noon time. In afternoon you will explore central Sochi with local guide till late evening. Return to your hotel.
Day 3. (Mon): Sochi – Gagra – Auadkhara
This day you will cross the border and visit Old Gagra, the resort on the Black See shore established by the Russian Empire at the beginning of the 20th century. Explore abandoned villas and the modern resort. Have lunch at a restaurant built in 1902.After lunch transfer to mountains to visit Ritsa lake and Stalin’s summer house. Proceed to Auadkhara mountain resort. Dinner and overnight in huts with shower and toilet.
Day 4. (Tue): Auadkhara – Pskhu
Drive to Pskhu village, the most remote village of Abkhazia. It is inhabited by Russians, who come here before the Russian revolution.
If the tourists are physically in good shape, we will make a light hiking or horse-back riding to “7 lakes” area (approximately 3 hours).
After returning to Pskhu we will go to Rikza hamlet to have dinner with the members of a family. Overnight in Pskhu village at a 2* hotel (modern, but very basic, 5 rooms for 2-3 people each).
Day 5. (Wed): Pskhu – Sukhum
Free time to explore the village and meet with locals. You will fly to Sukhum, capital city of Abkhazia, either with AN2 aircraft or MI-8 helicopter (depending on the size of the group).
Lunch in a nice place on the way to the town.
After checking in the hotel you will have some time for leisure and wi-fi after rural days.
Walk in the historical part of Sukhum. Dinner at a fish restaurant. Overnight at “Leon” 4* hotel.
Day 6. (Thu) Sukhum
We will dedicate the whole day to the sightseeing of the town of Sukhum visiting the Botanical Garden, National Museum and a stroll at the center of the town. Lunch at one of the best traditional restaurants.
After lunch you will meet and have coffee with local history and culture experts and visit souvenir shops. Then you will have a wine tasting in the nursery of aboriginal grape varieties, which belongs to the biggest winery of the country.
Dinner with local musicians. Overnight in “Leon” 4* hotel.
Day 7. (Fri) Eastern Abkhazia
Optional: visit central market of Sukhum before breakfast.
You will have late breakfast in Ochamchira and will meet with the priest of local pagan religion. Then visit the church, built in the 10th century near Bedia village and drive to Tkuarchal, the ghost town, which was an industrial center of Abkhazia in Soviet times. You will meet residents of the town and visit local museum.
After that we will drive to Arasadzykh village to have lunch with local family.
After a long traditional feast you will visit another 10th century church in Mokva village and relax in the thermal springs of Kyndyg village. Return back to Sukhum for overnight at “Leon” 4* hotel.
Day 8. (Sat) New Athos + Vinogradniki Akvafona – Adler
Today we’ll visit the most touristic place of Abkhazia – New Athos. That is a small town 30 minutes away from Sukhum. Here you will visit the ruins of the first capital of Abkhazian kingdom, the huge New Athos karst cave, the New Athos monastery and other interesting places.
In the evening you will drive to Old Gagra and have farewell dinner in the best restaurant of the country with traditional Abkhazian dancing. Cross the border and have a few hours rest at a 3* hotel near the airport.
Day 9. (Sun): Departure.
Fly back home after a long layover in Istanbul.