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Northwestern Georgia : Svaneti : Mestia
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Mestia is a city in Upper Svaneti, Georgia. It's the regional capital.

Get in

By plane

A new airport in Mestia has recently opened, and flights between Mestia and Tbilisi are now available 5 times a week for 75 lari each way. Reserve tickets at least a week in advance.

In the summer time a plane flown by the Georgian military will give you a ride between Kutaisi and Mestia. The plane will only work on "perfect" days. This is a very fun experience! The cost is free to the locals, or ~$15USD for foreigners. It will take off from a grassy field in Mestia, and land in Kutasi in less then an hour! This will cut off about 6-8 hours of travel time to the capital! The plane flies on Saturdays and leaves Kutasi at 9. The pilot's name is Leri - 877-199-689.

By train

From Tbilisi to Zugdidi by night train, then take mini bus "marshutka" from Zugdidi train station to Mestia. Ticket price 15 Gel. Duration 3-4 hours.

By bus

Tbilisi - Mestia mini bus "marshutka" goes every day from "Vagzali" bus station. Number of seats 16, price of ticket 30 Gel per person. Departure time : 5:00 am. Duration 10-11 hours (depends on the weather conditions).

By car

New highway from Zugdidi to Mestia has been opened and the trip became safe and comfortable with public or private transport. (Drive off-road cars with high attention if you are not an experienced driver).

Get around


The Svaneti Historical-Ethnographic Museum, which has one of the oldest New Testament manuscripts in Georgian on display.

House and Museum of the world-famous alpinist Mikhail Hergiani.


Hiking, supported by the Mountain Tourist Centre of Svaneti, Pereulok Stalina No. 7, 200 m from the main square in Mestia.

Mestia is also the embarkation point for a trip to Ushguli, the highest altitude inhabited point in Europe. There is another small Ethnographic Museum there, containing 12th century religious artwork.


Beautiful works of Folk art can be bought at the Mountain Tourist Centre.



Lots of interesting mineral water. And of course, as anywhere in Georgia, marvellous Georgian wine and Raki!


  • Nest Hostel Mestia, Kakhiani st. 16, +995 595 41 44 43 +995 555 52 55 77 (), [1]. Centrally located with balcony overlooking river mountains and 'Svan' towers holding the sky over Mestia. Friendly, English speaking and very helpful staff. €9-11.
  • Hotel "Mestia", Zurab Devdariani, 577721211, 590721211.
  • Muradi Chartolani's Guesthouse, Ushba St. 2, +995 55 56 19 74 (). Guesthouse with TV, garden. $10-20.
  • Nino Ratiani's Guesthouse, 1 Queen Tamari Street Akhalsheni, +995 99 18 35 55 +995 90 52 78 18 (), [2]. Guesthouse with private and single rooms, internet, hot water and wonderful Georgian meals. Six bedrooms total. Putting up a tent may be possible for 5GEL per person. Warm and friendly owners that speak English. Additional services and airport pick ups, meal requests, cooking lessons, etc. can be arranged. $20-25 per person (including three meals).
  • Nino Tstulukiani's Guesthouse, Guladi Japarise Street no 8, +595 58 98 39 (). Nice family run guesthouse with spacious rooms, shared sitting room and bathroom with hot water. The owner is an excellent cook. Currently (summer 2011) the family is building a hotel, located next to the guesthouse. GEL 30 per person (includes dinner and breakfast).

Several people rent rooms in their houses as well:

  • House of Elguji Jorjoliani
  • House of Ketevan Gabliani (Tel. +599-56-93-58)
  • House of Malkhaza Argviliani (Tel. +599-25-90-80)
  • House of Irma Khergiani (Tel. +598-97-72-38)
  • Shalva Kvitsiani's Ushba Homestay, (Village Becho), 599 73 95 21, [3]. Guesthouse with with private rooms, hot water and meals in picturesque village Becho. Convenient for a trek or climbing expedition to Ushba.



As of August 2011, massive construction works are in progress at Mestia. Therefore the place might not look so scenic.

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