- All Year Round | Wednesdays and Sundays.
- Live English-speaking guide.
- Note: Tours may depart with a bilingual Russian/English speaking guide.
schedule Departure Time:
- 08:30 (Arrive For 08:15).
place Departure Points:
- 44 Kote Abkhazi Street.
- 1/3 Pushkin Street, Freedom Square.
- 24 Shota Rustaveli Avenue.
- Approximately 13 Hours.
- Attraction Entry Fees.
About The Kutaisi Day Tour:
Your journey beings with a scenic drive to Kutaisi via the majestic valleys, rivers and villages of central Georgia. Located 150 miles west of Tbilisi on the banks of the River Rioni, Kutaisi is a city whose history unfurls into a rich tapestry of myth and legend. The 'old capital' as it's commonly known, has served as a key political centre in the Caucasus for thousands of years. In ancient times it was the capital of the Kingdom of Colchis, a place best known for its association with the story of Jason and the Argonauts.
Here, Jason was issued with three seemingly impossible tasks by King Aeëtes in exchange for the Golden Fleece, which he eventually completed with the aid of the king's daughter, Medea (and a dash of divine intervention). As you drive through Kutaisi your guide will paint a fascinating picture of the city's history and point out its main landmarks.
Continuing along Gelati road you'll soon arrive at the first stop on the tour - Motsameta Monastery. Perched on a verdant hillside overlooking Kutaisi, this beautiful Byzantine-style church was constructed in the 11th century by King Bagrat III. Its peaceful seclusion and storied history lend the building a fantastical air, like something from the pages of a fairy tale. Both the name and location apparently derive from the martyrdom of David and Konstantin Mkheidze, two 8th century prices who refused to convert to Islam when coerced by Arab invaders.
After exploring Motsameta you'll move onto another remarkable religious site just a short distance up the Tskaltsitela River. Gelati Monastery is a UNESCO-listed church complex founded in the 12th century by King David IV of Georgia. At this time Christianity dominated the region, and Gelati was one of its principle centres of learning. Scholars from across Europe and the Byzantine Empire flocked to its grand library to study everything from theology and philosophy to science and mathematics.
Today Gelati Monastery is considered the focal point of Georgia's Golden Age. It still serves as a functioning church with a rich epistemological and cultural legacy. During your visit you'll be free to roam and admire the beautiful architecture, frescoes and artefacts.
On the last leg of the tour you'll visit Sataplia Nature Reserve. Its forest walking trails are dotted with dinosaur sculptures, a reference to the ancient footprints that were discovered here in the early 20th century. Following the trail you'll arrive at a conservation centre set up to preserve the footprints and educate visitors about the site's prehistory.
Sataplia Reserve is also famous for its spectacular cave system, which you can explore via a series of illuminated walkways. The cavern is over 300 meters long and features stunning rock formations enhanced by a coloured lighting system. Before returning to Tbilisi head up to the glass-bottomed platform atop the hill for an incredible panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.