5 days/4 nights
Tour date: check in every Monday and Friday
Batumi – Mountain Adjara – Imeretia – Batumi
Day 1. Meeting at Batumi airport.
Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2. Excursion Mountain Adjara .
Breakfast. At the very border with Turkey is the village of Sarpi. Rather, the border is located in the village, dividing it into two parts, Georgian and Turkish. Once these lands belonged to Georgia, then they were captured by Turkey, and only in the twentieth century was the modern state border established. 300 years of the Ottoman rule could not but leave their mark. But the Turks failed to completely erase the Christian past from the memory of people. Today on the way to Sarpi in a picturesque corner you can see a monument of one of the most revered in the eastern churches of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called, whose lot led him to the shores of the Black Sea to preach Christianity. During the reign of Rome, this place was called Apsaros. The five-meter long fortress wall, long in kilometer, protected the northern outpost of the empire from enemies. On the perimeter of the wall were located 22 towers. 18 of them we can see today. The city could be reached from four sides. Under the reliable protection of the walls, peaceful life flowed, no worse than the capital’s. Local residents enjoyed the art of actors and racing charioteers at the racetrack.
However, the Romans were only aliens in this region. Today, archeologists can say with certainty that the first settlements on the site of the Gonio-Apsarossa fortress arose at least fifteen hundred years before our era. Traditions connect Apsaros with the legendary Colchis, the country that is the progenitor of Georgia. According to the local people, it was here that the king of Colchis Eet buried his son Apsirt, who fell by the hand of his half-sister Medea.
Another legend claims that Gonio became the site of the repose of the apostle Matthew. Science has not yet confirmed, but has not refuted this story. From the fortress we go to the mountains. All higher along the turbulent Adzhariczkali river. The unique natural landscape has not been disturbed until now by the presence of man, except that small ancient villages, and stone bridges of the 12th century Tamara Tsarina, thrown through the rapid mountain streams. Next we will see a natural monument – Mahuntseti waterfall. The Mahuntseti streams fall from a height of 20 meters, leaving in the air the smallest water dust, shimmering in the rays of the sun. The waterfall rushes into the natural bowl, in which it was customary to take medicinal baths back in ancient times. But it is unlikely that today there will be brave men ready to jump into the icy water. Visit to the Ajarian wine house, where they will tell us and taste the unique wine of this region – Chhaveri.
Day 3. Excursion in Imeretia.
Breakfast. The capital of the Imeretian kingdom – Kutaisi, the second largest city of Georgia after the capital. One of the main attractions of Kutaisi is the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, or as it is traditionally called by the people, the temple of Bagrat. The history of the cathedral is largely the history of Georgia itself. This is one of the oldest temples in the country. It was built in the XI century by King Bagrat III. Here the most famous Georgian ruler of antiquity, David the Builder, was crowned. A powerful building is erected on the mountain, the cathedral is visible from anywhere in the city. Our next stop is the Gelati Monastery. It was founded by David the Builder. The first church of the monastery became a gift to God for the victory over the Turks and annexation of the Kakhetian kingdom. In his will the king ordered to bury himself and his descendants in Gelati, thereby establishing a special status for the monastery. David IV personally led the monastic life, established the internal routine. At the monastery the Gelat Academy was opened, in which the most famous scientists of the time taught and worked. A few kilometers from the Gelati Monastery, at the edge of a picturesque canyon, along the bottom of which runs a swift mountain stream, there is a monastery of the Holy Martyrs David and Constantine (Mozzamet Monastery). The monastery arose on the site of a church destroyed by the Arabs. Local residents buried their princes, David and Constantine, who were killed by the conquerors. A couple of centuries later, a new church was erected on the burial site of the holy martyrs and a monastic complex was founded. Having dined in a cozy Imereti restaurant dishes of local cuisine and having tasted the Imeretian sunny wine ((for additional charge), we will move on. According to legend, it is in the vicinity of Kutaisi that there is a mountain to which the ancient Greek gods chained the titan of Prometheus. Recently opened to visit the cave Kumistavi is just opposite the very mountain. Underground rivers, natural underground palaces, falling on the stalagmites flickering light – the fascinating beauty of the history of the Earth itself.
Day 4. Free day in Batumi.
Free day in Batumi. Rest on the sea.
Day 5. Transfer to airport.
Breakfast. Transfer to airport.
• Hotel 3* – $290
• Hotel 4* – $435
• Hotel 5* – $575
• Hotel 3* – $375
• Hotel 4* – $655
• Hotel 5* – $895
• All entrance tickets
• English-speaking guide
• Degustation wines in Mountain Adjara
• Good mood!
- Early check-in / late check-out to and from the hotel
- Lunches and dinners (average bill: $11 lunch, dinner $16)
- Additional excursion program
Hotel 3 * – $30
Hotel 4 * – $70
Hotel 5 * – $100
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