Full day tour
If you drive around only ten kilometers from the bustling Batumi, you can be in a unique, pristine places untouched by civilization. Mountains, subtropical forests and the sea, unique protected area of Georgia – Adjara Mountain. In this border area for a long time we were not allowed outsiders. Nature felt mistress of these places. We will not violate her rights, but only see what wonders lie in the Ajarian Mountains.
Sarpi. Statue of St. Andrew
On the border with Turkey, it is the village of Sarpi. Rather boundary is located in the town, dividing it into two parts, the Georgian and Turkish. Once these lands belonged to Georgia, then Turkey were seized, and only in the twentieth century established the modern state border. 300 years of Ottoman reign could not leave its mark. But the Turks could not be completely deleted from the memory of people the Christian past. Today, on the way to Sarpi in a picturesque corner you can see a monument to one of the most venerated in the Eastern Church of St. Andrew, whose fate led him to the shores of the Black Sea to preach Christianity.
In the days of Roman rule it was called Apsaros. A five-meter-long fortress wall kilometer protected northern outpost of the empire from enemies. Along the perimeter walls are 22 towers. 18 of them we can see today. The city can be accessed from the four sides. Under the protection of the walls flowed peaceful life, not worse than the capital. Locals enjoy the arts actors and charioteers competitions at the racetrack.
However, the Romans were in these parts only newcomers. Today, archaeologists can confidently say that the first settlements on the site of Gonio fortress having at least one and a half thousand years BC. Tradition Apsaros associated with the legendary Colchis, a country – ancestor of Georgia. According to the locals here the king of Colchis buried his son Apsyrtus, who fell at the hands of half-sister Medea.
Another legend claims that the Gonio became the resting place of the Apostle Matthew. Science has not yet confirmed, but nor denied the story.
Waterfall Mahuntseti. Church Zvare
From the fortress we go into the mountains. All of the above along the turbulent river Adjaristskali. Unique natural landscape hitherto not disturbed by the presence of a person, except a small ancient villages, but the stone bridges of the twelfth century, thrown over the rushing mountain streams. We look at the small ancient church Zvare built by unknown masters on the ledge of a cliff overlooking the Adjaristskali. And we see the natural monument – Waterfall Mahuntseti. Jets Mahuntseti fall from a height of 20 meters, leaving in the air the smallest water dust, shimmering in the sun. Waterfall rushing into a natural bowl in which it was customary to take medicinal baths in ancient times. But today there are hardly daredevils, ready to jump into the icy water.
Adjarian Wine House. The village of Vaio
Oh and if you dare, then our next stop will be to you can be very useful. Not far from the waterfall is Keda village, famous small but unique winery. There do special ajara wine from the grape variety “Chkhaveri”. Wine is you can not try it at home. For export, it is not, and is solely for yourself, exclusively and in small quantities. If you find yourself in Adjara in the season, you can not just try this wonderful drink, but also to participate directly in its manufacture and serves Adjarian cuisine.
The most interesting thing we have left for you in the end. We will go to the mountain village of Vaio in home winemaker Lado. The hospitable house Lado you can eat, try his homemade wine, and see how they live and have lived for generations Ajarian simple peasants. A hostess will show you how to cook Ajarian khachapuri – a traditional dish of Adjara, and if you wish, you can participate in the process themselves.
Return to Batumi.
Children under 6 years – FREE
For children from 6 to 12 years – 50% discount
English speaking guide;
All entrance tickets
Excursion and degustation in privat Georgian winery;
Georgian SIM card with 4G/3G internet;
Soft drinks in the bus;
Start the tour at 11-00, 18-00 return to Tbilisi
Lunch: average bill of 20 gel (Georgian cuisine master class is included in the lunch price).
Wine degustation in Ajara winehousr (at the request)