From our HQ in Tbilisi we head straight up North. Kazbegi is situated right in the middle of the Higher Caucasus mountain range. Before we get closer to Kazbegi we pass the windy roads of the Sabaduri forest. The roads out here are ideal for getting used to the motorcycle quickly.

The twisty road leads us around the snowcapped mountains, on top of the passes and through the valleys. A heavenly ride. Next up: The steep serpentine up to the Gergeti Holy Trinity Church. This 14th century church is surrounded by mountains, most notably by the mighty Mt. Kazbeg.

Before heading to our accommodation there are some optional dirt tracks to discover. Put up some dust towards abandoned villages and/or ancient fortresses!

Distance Covered: 280 KM

Riding hours: 5

Average speed: 55 KM/H

Highest point: 2500 M

 

After a delicious breakfast we will offer a few optional gravel rides in this spectacular region. After the morning fun we move Southwards. From Kazbegi we ride back over the famous Georgian Military Highway. We proceed towards Gori with a secondary road connecting Mtskheta with Gori. Gori has not been able to shake of the thick Soviet sauce it is drenched in. Not much mentionable happens in Gori were it not for the fact that one of the most infamous Georgians was born here: Joseph Stalin. For those interested we will pay a visit to the museum later on. The museum aims to give an unusual account of Stalin’s life as the leader of the Soviet Union.  We dine at a local restaurant with delicious local delicacies.

Distance covered: 250 KM + KM’s from morning trips.

Riding hours: 3.5 – 5.5

Average speed: 55 KM/H

Highest point: 2400 M

 

It is time for Georgia’s spectacular North again. Racha: A mystical region that often is left undiscovered by many foreign tourists. Racha has been compared to Switzerland cause of its serene calmness, abundant lakes and the impressive mountains surrounding the area. We spent the night at Temuri’s guesthouse. He builds and makes almost everything you see at his guesthouse himself, this includes the skinned bear and wolf skins. His wife will prepare the most delicious specialties from Racha for us. In the garden local ham is freshly smoked, chacha is distilled and bread is being baked in the stone over. On most nights there is also live traditional Georgian music being played in the gorgeous garden. This is Georgian hospitality at its best.

Distance Covered: 200 KM

Riding hours: 4

Average speed: 50 KM/H

Highest point: 1600 M

 

We start the day by exploring Western Racha. The curvy roads through this green mountainous region are a Valhalla to ride through. Beautiful views are interchanged by beautiful gorges and views over the greater Caucasus. Afterwards we ride through Imereti and enter Guria. The latter is the smallest region of the country but home to a lot of natural beauty and legends alike. With quiet windy road we ride towards Ozurgeti. From here the famous Gomismta, a small village situated high in the mountains, is close by. Because of the proximity of Gomismta to the sea there is permanent cloud hanging down below from where we ride. The beautiful ‘’museum like’’ guesthouse where we spent the night also produces its very own vines next to the backyard. Naturally we can try some of these.

Distance Covered: 250 KM

Riding hours: 4.5

Average speed: 55 KM/H

Highest point: 2200 M

 

We ride further into historic lands of the Colchis empire. Closer and closer to the Black sea the air around rider and motorcycle quickly becomes moister in the subtropical climate. We soon ride into Ajara. A region with historically both Orthodox Georgians as well as Islamic Georgians peacefully living together. Leaving the main roads for what it is we come across the Petra fortress. A historic Roman build settlement that functioned as the Easter most point of the empire. 

Closer to Ajara’s capital Batumi we can take a refreshing dive into the Black Sea. Depending on the wishes of the group we spent the night in either the hectic seaside party-town of Batumi or in the more remote villages of the nearby mountains.

Distance Covered: 100 KM

Riding hours: 2.5

Average speed: 40 KM/H

Highest point: 900 M

 

We are leaving the Greater Caucasus mountain range behind us, today it is time to triumph the Lesser Caucasus mountain range. Don’t let the name fool you. The alpine zones and its proximity to the Sea make for an astonishing mix.  The green lush almost Jungle-like nature from the lower lands quickly makes way for the higher lands and alpine zone around Khulo. From Ajara we take a small mountain pass end enter Samtskhe-Javakheti. The region is not only famous for its cliffs and natural beauty, it is famed for its numerous cultural and historical treasures as well. The region can be soon as the cultural birthplace of current day Georgia.

One of these cultural sights is the Vardzia cave complex. A monastery that was secretly build in the 12th century behind a rock that offered protection from invaders. After an earthquake the rock and thereby the complex’s cover tumbled down.

Distance Covered: 200 KM

Riding hours: 5.5

Average speed: 35 KM/H

Highest point: 2200 M

 

Today we take the small road connecting Georgia’s East and West.. The road we ride used to be a section of the historic Silk Road that crossed these lands. During the trip surroundings change quickly, every 20 kilometers it might appear as if you are in another country. With these beautiful scenes and its many curves, we head towards Tbilisi. Closer to Tbilisi the road towards the Didgori Battle Memorial is certainly one to not forget. Brand new tarmac crossing natural beauty that is simply made for motorcycle riding. The memorial itself was built in remembrance of the Georgian-Seljuk wars. Georgia, being outnumbered, defeated the Seljuk Turks which ignited one of Georgia’s most prosperous eras.

Coming from the mountains behind Tbilisi we enter the city with some great viewpoints and the sun falling down over the city.

Distance Covered: 240 KM

Riding hours: 4.5

Average speed: 55 KM/H

Highest point: 1100 M

 

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