Kutaisi city tour & Imereti Karst Caves

Kutaisi city tour & Imereti Karst Caves

Category: Excursions from Batumi
Tour type: Under request
Duration: 1 day
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Arrival: Batumi International Airport
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Duration: full day

Tour type: daily excursion

Itinerary: Batumi - Kutaisi - Batumi  

 

«To Kolkhida for Golden fleece»
Sightseeing tour around Kutaisi

Kutaisi was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis.  It is widely believed by historians that when Apollonius Rhodius was writing about Jason and the Argonauts and their legendary journey to Colchis, Kutaisi/Aia was the final destination of the Argonauts and the residence of King Aeëtes. Nowadays, it is cozy and quiet city, with fascinating atmosphere and monuments of historic architecture, ancient monasteries, temples and richest archaeological museums and other sites under the protection of UNESCO. The rich history of the city allowed to become one of the most controversial places today.

We will try to introduce you to the most interesting sights, not only within the city, but also in the surrounding area.

Departure from Batumi early in the morning.
Kutaisi main highlights: Karst caves «Sataplia» or «Prometheus», Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery

Sataplia Cave is famous for fine speleothems and the nearby dinosaur footprints. The cave tour enters the through-cave on one hillside, crosses the hill underground and returns on the surface where the dinosaur footprints can be seen. The name Sataplia is based on the Georgian word tapli (honey), the place was well known for its bees and the locals came here to colect honey.

Prometheus Cave. The cave’s history goes back to the Greek myth of Promethus chained inthe Caucasus and the Argonauts’ voyage to Colchis for the Golden Fleece. Consequently, this cave expresses the most mysterious and wonderful world of the Argonauts and Prometheus, after whom the cave was named. Upon finishing the journey, the management provides a boat for leaving the cave. You float and move slowly for 300 meters with accompanied music and beautifully illuminated stalagmites in the background.

Lunch in Kutaisi restaurant. Traditional imeretian supra.
Arrival to Batumi in the evening. 

 

 


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