Duration: 14-15 hours
Route: Batumi – Kutaisi city – Prometheus Cave – Kulashi Village
Tour type: private or group excursion / by bus
Kutaisi was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis. 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.
Sightseeing tour around Kutaisi includes visits to the following sites:
Kutaisi city center
Lunch at the restaurant
Bagrati Cathedral is a jewel of medieval architecture built in the eleventh century. One of the biggest religious sites in the country. The cathedral was commissioned by King Bagrat III and still carries his name today. Gelati Monastery, situated near Bagrati, was built in 1106 by King David IV, also known as David the Builder in Georgian history. The Monastery also features the burial site of the king. Gelati used to be one of the earliest educational institutions; it had an academy on premises. Since 1994, both Bagrati and Gelati are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites as a single entity. Prometheus Cave. The cave’s history goes back to the Greek myth of Prometheus chained in the Caucasus and the Argonauts’ voyage to Colchis for the Golden Fleece. You have also possibility to float on boats through the cave. Kulashi is a small town located at Colchis lowland, 5 km away from Samtredia. It was first mentioned in historical sources in the 16th century. There was a Feudal Castle of Miqeladzes family in the village. For many years it has been home to one of the biggest Georgian Jewish communities. Nowadays, in the town, complex of three synagogues (one from the 18th century and two from the 20th century) and an old Jewish cemetery are retained.
There is also a Museum of Georgian – Jewish friendship where you can admire the rich collection of photos and memorabilia depicting everyday life of Kulashi Diaspora, the menorah, photos of rabbis, books and manuscripts in Hebrew, right next to Georgian flags, typical Georgian drinking horns for wine and inscriptions in the Georgian language.
Traditional lunch at the local restaurant. Arrival to Batumi in the evening.