Sun and Beach

Sun and Beach

go west

They say you have not truly seen Georgia if you have not traveled to the western part. This trip will take to places filled with lush forests, fascinating mountains and historical sites. Explore the second largest city of Georgia, – Batumi, one of the oldest settlements and its surroundings with our experienced guide, get to know to local cuisine and unique perks that seaside can offer.

 

Day 1

Depart from hotel after breakfast.

Drive to Mtskheta, which is a part of cultural heritage of UNESCO. Mtskheta was once a capital of the Kingdom of Kartli and it is considered a second Jerusalem, as a holy relic, – Christ’s mantle is kept here, in the Cathedral of Svetitskhoveli. Visit the Jvari monastery, one of the oldest surviving churches in Georgia, with stunning overview on the city. Afterwards travel to Kutaisi, the legislative capital of Georgia, and its 3rd most populous city.

Overnight in Kutaisi.

Day 2

Kutaisi was the capital of Georgian Kingdom until 11th century, and from 15th century, became the capital of the Imeretian Kingdom. In 2012 Parliament was moved to Kutaisi. The trip will take you to explore the city, The Cathedral of the Dormition, or the Kutaisi Cathedral, more commonly known as Bagrati Cathedral and  medieval monastic complex of Gelati, UNESCO heritages. We will also visit Prometheus cave near the city.

Overnight in Kutaisi.

Day 3

Through Zugdidi drive you up to Mestia, one of the oldest towns in Svaneti region of Georgia. Mestia is settled by svans, a unique ethnic group of Georgians. Get to know to their old culture and traditions. Svaneti is also famous with its original and authentic architecture, whole region is full of Svanetian Towers that used to play an important economic and defensive role in the history of Svaneti. There are still dozens of the towers – Middle Ages stone houses with fire watchtowers; and churches. In the evening visit Mestia Ethnographic museum, original svan house “Machubi”, and “Koshki” tower.

Overnight in Mestia.

Day 4

After the breakfast drive to Ushguli village, rivalling the title of the highest standing settlement in Europe with Juta. Ushguli architectural complex is a valuable historical monument listed in the World heritage of UNESCO for its exclusiveness.

Visit Lamaria Church complex with impressive 12th century wall frescos. Locals believe that Queen Tamar was buried under this church. Enjoy picturesque view of the Mount Shkhara. Return to Mestia to enjoy delicious dinner made of Svan traditional dishes.

Overnight in Mestia.

Day 5

After breakfast, check-out from hotel and head to Zugdidi. Visit Dadiani palace, which is considered to be one of the most eminent palaces in Caucasus. Drive to Batumi, passing by subtropical landscapes. On your way to Batumi, visit Botanical Garden and Gonio Fortress. Have a short city tour.

Overnight in Batumi.

Day 6

Departure after breakfast. You will head to Green Lake, located on the opposite side of the Goderdzi pass. This extraordinary lake is surrounded by majestic mountains. Water of the lake is clean and quite cold, as it comes from underground springs, the water is drinkable, but don’t risk it during rainy season. On the way to lake you will visit Makhunceti Waterfall and Arch Bridge of Queen Tamar, dating back to 12th century and enjoy the picturesque views of green mountains. Walking distance is approx. 8 km, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and apply sunscreen.

Overnight in Batumi.

Day 7

Free day in Batumi.

Day 8

Return to Tbilisi. On your way visit Gori and Museum of Stalin.

Overnight in Tbilisi and/or departure.

Batumi Tour #3

Situated in the south-west of Georgia on the Black Sea coast, town Batumi and its surroundings is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The ever-changing colors of the sea wash against a subtropical coastline of palm trees and tea plantations backed by forested hills. The natural beauty of this region is matched by the fascinating history of a region that spent three centuries under Turkish rule and is still home to a population of Georgian Muslims and yet has maintained its Georgian language and culture throughout.

Batumi is the largest city in the region and Georgia’s main port. Its graceful white architecture and subtropical vegetation make it unique among Georgian cities and a magnet for foreign visitors and Georgians alike.

Visit Gonio fortress

First of all we will take our way to Gonio fortress (1st AD) which was well-known first as a Roman-Byzantine settlement . But later it used to change its rulers from the Turkish to the Georgians. Its history is closely bound with the myth about the Argonauts.

Visit Botanical Gardens

Then we head to the Botanical Gardens. The latter was founded in 1912 and nowadays displays approximately 5000 species of plants distributed in 9 geographical zones.

walking tour in the city centre

At the end of the excursion we will take a walk in the along  central boulevard of the city.