Mysteries of Colchis Kingdom

Mysteries of Colchis Kingdom

Category: Short Programs Cultural-Historical Tours
Tour type: Under request
Duration: 5 days
Cities for visit:
Arrival: Kutaisi International Airport
Departure: Kutaisi International Airport


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Kutaisi was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis.  It is widely believed by historians that when Apollonius of Rhodes 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 historical monuments  under the protection of UNESCO.

Itinerary: Kutaisi - Tskaltubo - Martvili - Chiatura - Kutaisi

Tour Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

Arrival: Kutaisi International Airport
Departure: Kutaisi International Airport

 

Day one

Sightseeing tour around Kutaisi
Arrival in Kutaisi International Airport. Meet and transfer to the hotel.
Highlights of the day:
Bagrati Cathedral  -  The construction of Bagrati Cathedral, named after Bagrat III, the first king of united Georgia, started at the end of the 10th century and was completed in the early years of the XI century. Although partly destroyed by the Turks in 1691, its ruins still lie in the centre of Kutaisi.
Gelati Monastery - Gelati Monastery is of special importance for its architecture, its mosaics, its wall paintings and its enamel and metal work. Gelati Academy, established in the monastery, was one of the most important education centres of Georgia. 
Motsameta Church – The foundation and erection of Motsameta church is connected with two brothers David and Konsntine Mkheidze, who sacrificed their lives to Georgia in the battle against Arabs. This little monastery has very beautiful views over the gorge of the river Tskhastsitela. To make your dearest wish come true, simply crawl three times under the tomb of two martyrs. Locals say that it never fails! 
Sataplia Caves  – one of the biggest caves in Georgia still preserving the footprints of dinosaurs. The name derives from “Tapli” (“honey” in Georgian), because the place was full of bees and locals used to collect honey.
Free time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Kutaisi. 

Day two 

Prometheus Cave
After breakfast departure to Tskaltubo. Visiting Prometheus Cave – one of the richest caves in Europe, characterized by the variety of underground rivers and beautiful landscapes. Total length of the cave is 15 555 m. Here you will have a chance to take a boat trip and enjoy beautiful surroundings. Tskaltubo – famous Georgian Spa Resort distinguished with unique warm mineral spring waters (natural temperature 33-35 degrees). Geguti Castle – the ruins of medieval Geguti Palace complex occupy the area of over 2000 m2 along Rioni River. The importance of the ruins of the palace is emphasized by its largely secular nature as most of the surviving monuments of medieval Georgian architecture are churches and monasteries. Vani  - one of the ancient settlements in Georgia assumed to be the centre of a political-administrative unit of the kingdom of Colchis. The museum’s collection is very rich with gold-works, bronze sculptures and their fragments dating between VIII-I centuries BC.
Back to Kutaisi. Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi hotel. 

Day three 
Martvili - Nokalakevi - Salkhino
After breakfast departure to Martvili – beautiful place famous with its historical monuments. Martvili Monastery  - beautiful monastic complex upon the hill, Martvili Canyons  - greatest place with beautiful nature and amazing views,  Visiting Nokalakevi Fortification or “Archeopolis” – also known as Tsikhegoji, Salkhino Palace – royal summer residence with wine cellar built in 1782.
Lunch on the open air. 
Back to Kutaisi. Overnight at the hotel.

Day four

Katskhi Pillar in Chiatura
After breakfast departure to Chiatura. Katskhi Monastery - a medieval monastery located in the village of Katskhi. The church building is noted for a hexagonal design and rich ornamentation.  
Katskhi Pillar – a natural limestone monolith located at the village of Katskhi. It is approximately 40 metres high. The rock, with visible church ruins on its top surface of around 150 m2, has been venerated by locals as the Pillar of Life, symbolizing the True Cross and has become surrounded by legends. P.S. Women are not allowed to climb to the top.
Departure back to Kutaisi. Free time. 
In the evening we are invite you for a farewell dinner in one of the best restaurants of the city.
Overnight in Kutaisi.

Day five

Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Kutaisi international airport. 
See you soon in Georgia! 

SPECIAL NOTE: Dear guests, in case you are thinking of prolonging this tour (or your stay in Kutaisi, either we can change the route for the orth day), you can visit Okatse canyon: it is a cascade of three-step waterfalls falling from the eastern cliff of the Askhi limestone massif, located in the valley of the River Satsiskvilo. The height of the first waterfall is 25 meters whilst the height of the second one is 70 meters. After the stream joins the River Satsiskvilo, it creates a third, 35 meter-high step of the cascade. Okatse Canyon includes a path hanging on a cliff, a footpath, an orangery by an Italian designer and the Dadiani swimming place.


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