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Svaneti

 Country: Georgia

 Population: 23,000

 Area: 5,776.4 km2

A visit to Svaneti is one of Europe’s last great adventures. The highest peaks of the Greater Caucasus tower at over 4000m, without a single ski-lift, luxury hotel or advertising hoarding to be seen. What you’ll find instead is excitement, breath-taking views, pristine mountains, deep gorges, gushing rivers… and roads which are definitely not for the nervous driver!

Svaneti is a landscape of high snow-capped peaks, forested hills and spectacular valleys. Winding roads lead to hidden villages dotted with medieval watchtowers. There is something about the region that makes you feel as if time has stood still. The people of Svaneti are a race apart – the pace of life is different there, they have their own language and traditions, their own architectural styles, and for them ancient customs is still very much a part of everyday life.

Upper Svaneti is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

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