Arrival - Kutaisi
Kutaisi - Gelati - Borjomi - Vardzia
Vardzia - Poka - Paravani Lake - Tsalka - Tbilisi
Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Gori - Uplistsikhe - Kutaisi
Kutaisi - Martvili - Mestia
Mestia - Adishi - Ushguli
Ushguli - Mestia
Mestia - Zugdidi - Batumi
Batumi – Gonio - Shuakhevi - Batumi
Kutaisi - Departure
Arrival in Kutaisi. Kutaisi is the second largest and the most important city in Georgia - in the West part of the country. Here is one of three international airports of Georgia, mostly low cost airlines operate in Kutaisi airport. Transfer to the hotel.
Visit the city and its UNESCO sites: Gelati monastery, which is the illustration of the Georgian culture since X C until the XVIII C, the masterpiece of the Golden Age of medieval Georgia, the center of science and education during that period. After we visit recently renovated Bagrati cathedral – the symbol of the city, dated back to the X century.
We depart to Borjomi, remarkable with its natural mineral springs, visit Borjomi park, take taste to Borjomi sour springs.
Arrive in Vardzia.
Departure for Vardzia Cave Town, located in Javakheti region at the left bank of Mtkvari river. The monastery complex caved in a rock, is XII-XIII CC Georgian picturesque monument, high mountains and rock cliffs, special kind of architecture. We visit this site which still requires a good physical shape - the multi-storey caves are connected by narrow tunnels, carved into the rocks.
Return back to Tbilisi via Tsalka, on the way visit Poka monastery located on the edge of the alpine lake Paravani.
Arrive in Tbilisi in the evening.
Discover the capital of Georgia – Tbilisi, explore its old district with cobbled streets and traditional houses with wooden balconies, at the bank of Mtkvari river. We visit the landmarks of the city: Metekhi church and its plateau which unfolds a superb view of the old city, Narikala Fortress - the ancient symbol of the city, the district of baths (Abanotubani) known for its Sulphur hot springs.
In the afternoon we visit the National Museum and its collections of “golden treasure” from the ancient period. At the end of our day we visit Dry Bridge - place which attracts visitors with its flea market, here you can find everything with a minimum price: furniture, crockery, medals, caps of the Soviet army, antiques and paintings.
Departure for Mtskheta – an old capital of Iberia kingdom, visit Jvari (Cross) monastery perched on a hill and overlooking the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral ("Life-giving column") dated back to the 11tcentury. Shopping of Georgian national handmade souvenirs. Possibility of buying national handcrafted souvenirs.
Departure for Gori – soviet city and the central part of Georgia, the hometown of J. Stalin, where you can visit the house-museum of Stalin and its armored car.
Arrive in Kutaisi.
In the morning departure to Martvili, Samegrelo region. Visit Martvili canyon which used to be a bath place of Dadiani family, enjoy the scenary, its waterfalls and take a boat trip in river with deep green color.
Option: visit to an archaeological site - Nokalakevi (III BC), which shows the ancient culture of the kholkhid, or / and visit the Monastery of Martvili (VII-X ss), significant for its beautiful frescoes.
Continue to Mestia, Svaneti, mountain region, via Zugdidi. 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.
Sightseeing of Mestia: Ethnographical museum with its extraordinary treasure, famous Svanetian towers, picturesque landscapes and architectural treasures.
Difficult road goes to the Upper Svaneti. On the way visit the village Adishi and a small church in the village decorated with the mural painting characteristic of this region. Then we continue our road to Ushguli, one of the two highest villages in Europe and recognized by UNESCO, with very authentic Svanetian towers.
We visit Ushguli, one of the highest villages in Europe and the UNESCO site, with beautiful defense towers.
Hiking (3 h easy hike). Ushgouli is located at the foot of one of the highest peaks in the Caucasus, Shkhara (5068 m). Visit to the Lamaria church.
Return to Mestia.
In the morning departure from Mestia to Zugdidi. Visit Dadiani Palaces to see the exhibition of Georgian cultural heritage connected to the emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte, Tagiloni treasure materials and the memorial relics of Dadiani dynasty.
Continue to Batumi. On the way visit Batumi Botanical Garden, located on the beautiful coastal hills.
Short city tour of Batumi - the 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.
Visit an archaeological site - Gonio Fortress with its museum, and then a short hiking up the mountains to visit the Makhuntseti waterfall and the ancient stone bridge.
Return back to Kutaisi.
Transfer to the airport, departure.