the trail of Colchis
In the nearest few days you will travel, in the era of dinosaurs and myth. Find the legendary Colchis domain. While traveling through Samegrelo immediately feel each step of the Argonauts, will find the vast valleys which Jason plowed in one day by order of King Aeetes. Will see the place where Medea and Jason fell in love with each other, will see the ancient river - Phase, which ran the legendary " Argo ". Also will visit the "golden city " Vani - one of the richest cities of the ancient world - where nowadays a lot of unique gold objects were found during archaeological excavations.
Places to visit:
Old Tbilisi – historical part of the city, covers suburbs which till 1936 were called “Tiflis”. Old Tbilisi covers following suburbs: Abanotubani – Kharpukhi (Old Seidabad), Kala, Isan-Avlabari, Sololaki, Mtatsminda, Vere, Ortachala, Chugureti, Didube, Nadzaladevi. Most sights are concentrated in Old Tbilisi, and therefore, the main tourist attraction center. Since 2007, Old Tbilisi is candidate of being included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Metekhi - The historic district on a high cliff overlooking on the banks of the Kura River. This area is particularly sacred for Georgians, because here was tortured for Christianity saint of Tbilisi - St. Abo Tbileli. Here were also tortured one hundred thousand people for faith, there is no other fact in the history of torturing so many people in one day for religion.
Narikhala - one of the most beautiful district of Old Tbilisi where are built fortresses of different era. The exact date and time of the prison building is unknown. However, its main prison already existed in the seventh century, and was called envy fortress. Archaeologists find remains of the city's ancient walls even today, throughout the prison complex.
Abanotubani - This is the place where, according to legend, was established Tbilisi. There's lots of sulfuric medical baths, but Colorful bath, still stands out for its beauty and Asian elegance. District is distinguished by its multi-ethnic. The architecture is unique this site is paradise for painters with its variety of colors and beautiful landscapes.
Gelati Monastery - Georgian architectural ensemble of the most important medieval center. It was established in 1106 under the leadership of David the builder. Is included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. David IV the greatest king of Georgian history is buried here. Derbent gate is stored here, which was brought by David the king from the coast of the Caspian Sea , after the seizure of Derbent Khanate.
Bagrati Temple – was built by the order of the Bagrat III in 1003, with the status of the main cathedral, of Saint Mary's name. Medieval church occupies a special place in the hearts of the people because it was built by King Bagrat, in honor of Georgia’s union.
Sataplia - here you will mostly encounter, Colchis forest endemic species. However, its charms are Satapliya system of caves and the footprints of dinosaurs, where the preserve of the museum is around it, where you meet a lot of different kinds "of dinosaurs."
Vani - one of the richest ancient cities of Colchis kingdom. Local gold-making craftsmanship was famous in the world. Their works require the most difficult techniques even now, not only the era. Nowadays, the Vani is still being excavated, so do not be surprised if your will be a witness of the discovery of world importance.
Nokalakevi - the most beautiful and powerful capital of Egirsis. According to one legend, the son of the sun god heliosis, Aeetes was born , the royal palace was erected here and started Kolkhetis richest soil - water management. The importance of this castle is demonstrated by that historically, Greeks , Byzantines and Persians fought to conquer it. They called this castle Archeopolis, but he was still known with the Georgian –Tsikhegoji (Goji-castle).
Dadiani Palace – among numerous Palaces of Dadians that are scattered in different parts of the country this palace is really wonderful. It fascinates visitors with its exquisite architecture from the very beginning. Nowadays, the palace is turned into museum where are kept valuable and rare exhibits, among which the most notable is the robe of the Virgin Mary . Here you will see the mask of Napoleon Bonaparte, which is made in Paris , etc.
Garden of Dadiani Palace – with order of Catherine Chavchavadze was set up the most beautiful and unique garden. For this reason was invited the greatest artists and decorator of that time Josefa Babi from Treycity.
Day 1: Arrival in Tbilisi International Airport/ transfer to the hotel / overnight in Tbilisi /
Day 2: Kutaisi / Vani / overnight in Kutaisi /
Day 3: Sataplia / Cave of Prometheus / overnight in Kutaisi /
Day 4: Nakalakevi / Zugdidi tour / overnight in Zugdidi /
Day 5: Tbilisi night tour /overnight in Tbilisi /
Day 6: Tbilisi tour/ Free time /overnight in Tbilisi /
Day 7: Transfer to the airport /
Note: Price depends on accommodation type and persons quantity.