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Country of Golden Fleece
9 days / 8 nights
Georgia is a country of Golden Fleece. Strabo (I BC) in his stories mentions that Svans, who are famous for their braveness and strength, controlled the area above Dioskuria (Sokhumi). Svans are famous for their golden fleece. In Svaneti rivers bring down gold which is mainly collected by hoppers and hairy leathers. Lots of streams bring down invisible sand with gold. People living around put leathers in the stream to precipitate some gold. Ayety’s golden Fleece was one of them.


Day 1: TBILISI
Arrive in Georgia - land of Golden Fleece. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 2: TBILISI
City tour of Tbilisi: Metekhi Church, delight with unforgettable panoramic views over the river Mtkvari and the main attractions of Tbilisi old district, Narikala Fortress - the ancient symbol of the city, Sioni built in 6th-7th CC, synagogue, the only remaining mosque in Tbilisi, etc. Visit Abanotubani sulfur baths. Visitors will walk to the pedestrian street Sharden. Visit Museum of Art. Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 3: TBILISI / MTSKETA / KUTAISI
Departure for Mtskheta - an old capital of Iberia kingdom, visit Jvari (Cross) perched on a hill and overlooking the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral ("Life-giving column") - 11th. Shopping of Georgian national handmade souvenirs. Departure to the West part of Georgia, Kutaisi. According to the poem of Apollonius Rhodes, Kutaisi was the city of King Aeetes, father of Medea. Visit Kutaisi State Museum. Overnight in Kutaisi.

Day 4: KUTAISI / ZUGDIDI / SVANETI
Visit renovated Bagrati Cathedral - symbol of the city. Visit Gelati Monastery Complex - recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Visit Dadiani Palaces and History Museum in Zugdidi - see exhibits of Georgian cultural heritage connected to emperor of France Napoleon Bonaparte, Tagiloni treasure materials and memorial relics of Dadiani dynasty. On the way of Svaneti visit church of Latali. Overnight in Mestia.

Day 5: MESTIA
Sightseeing of Mestia: Ethnographical museum, famous Svanetian towers, picturesque landscapes and architectural treasures. Svaneti is one of significant areas of the myth of Argonauts, here used to get the gold with lamb leather. Situated on the southern slopes of the central Greater Caucasus, Surrounded by 3,000-5,000 meter peaks. Walk on foot in beautiful nature. Overnight in Mestia.

Day 6: MESTIA / POTI / BATUMI
On the way of Batumi visit Poti - main port of Georgia, was known as Phasisi, place where Jason and the Argonauts entered in Georgia, sailing up the Rioni River for Golden Fleece. Overnight in Batumi.

Day 7: BATUMI
City tour of Batumi - seaside city on the Black Sea coast, with attractive European and Asian architecture, churches, cobbled streets, active night and day life, especially during the summer months. Visit the Achara Art & Ethnographical Museum and Gonio Fortress that is home to the grave of the Apostle Matthew Overnight in Batumi.

Day 8: BATUMI / NOKALAKEVI / TBILISI
On the way of Tbilisi visit Nokalakevi -archeological site - also known as Archaeopolis (ancient town). Overnight in Tbilisi.

Day 9: TBILISI
Transfer to airport, departure.


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