2 day – KUTAISI – GORI – UPLISTSIKHE – 125 $
2 day tour in the oldest capital of Georgia, Kutaisi where the oldest kingdom of Kolkheti was situated and from which Argonauts stole Golden Fleece. On the way to Kutaisi visit the Museum of Ioseb Stalin, leader of Soviet Union in the city of Gori and see Uplistsikhe, city cut in rocks (in Georgian it means the Fortress of God). In Kutaisi you will see UNESCO heritage monuments Gelati Academy (XII century) and Bagrati Temple (XI century). Gelati Academy is one of the most important cultural centers in the history of Georgia and temple where great kings of Georgia are buried. Bagrati Temple was built during the reign of first king of Georgia, Bagrat III, that’s why it carries his name. It is one of the most important church monuments in Georgia. In Kutaisi, Sataplia the wonderful colored grottoes where archaeologists have found the trace of dinosaur. The infrastructure of the grotto gives us possibility to observe this unique natural monument of primary beauty. During the tour period you may get acquainted with the medical relaxation resort Tskaltubo who has lots of visitors from many countries of the world every year. The modern standard hotel and relaxation complex with natural medical water baths function in Tskaltubo.
Best period for this trip: from JANUARY till DECEMBER.
PER PERSON PRICE – from 125 $
Additional price for Single room accommodation is – 26 $
0-4 years – Free
5-6 years – 50 % deduction
7-9 years – 30 % deduction
10 years and over – Adult price
- Professional guide service
- Accommodation at the Guesthouse in Kutaisi
- Catering: 1 breakfast
- 1 bottle mineral water per person per day
- All local taxes
- Personal expenses
SIGHTS TO VISIT
Stalin’s house-museum, Uplistskhe – 1st millennium BC, Kutaisi city, Gelati Academy and Monastery – 12th c. Bagrati Cathedral – 11th c. Tskaltubo and Stalin’s Bathhouse, Sataplia karst caves, Sataplia national reserve
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
From Tbilisi to the west we use main highway. First place to visit is Gori and we will visit House Museum of Ioseb Stalin, leader of Soviet Union, where personal things of leader are kept. After this we will go to Uplistsikhe (Fortress of God) and will see the city cut in rock. Here the oldest settlement was located on which the handwritings were dated back to II century. City was important commercial area which connected Byzantium, China and India. Lunch at local territory. On the way to Kutaisi we will pass Rikoti pass where we will have chance to visit market of handmade clay vessel. Finally we will visit the oldest city Kutaisi which on the basis of archaeological sources was the capital of the oldest Kingdom of Kolkheti. We will visit city. Supper and night stay in Kutaisi.
After supper we will go to Kutaisi, farmer’s market where you may buy locally produced fruit and vegetable, sweets and very delicious Imeretian cheese. We will continue our way visiting Gelati Academy and Monastery Complex (VI and XII century monuments). Complex is included in the list of UNESCO world heritage. For long time Gelati Monastery was one of the main cultural and intellectual centers. Complex is included in the Academy. Further we will visit Bagrati Temple (XI century) which is also included in the list of UNESCO heritage. Cathedral stands on the mountain and looks over the city of Kutaisi. This temple was built during the reign of First King of Georgia, Bagrat III and carries his name. After dinner we will visit famous medical resort Tskaltubo where the natural temperature of mineral waters is 33-35 degrees. We will see the mineral water bath which is often visited by noblemen and political public men, including Ioseb Stalin, leader of Soviet Union. We will go to visit Sataplia karstic grottoes and will take a walk in Sataplia Preserve. Here in this place the trace of dinosaurs has been found. We will visit museum on site. Sataplia Grotto is 900 m long and colored lights create most wonderful visual effects in caves. In the end of the tour we will return back to Tbilisi.
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