1 day in Kutaisi tour program
Kutaisi is the legislative capital of Georgia, and its third largest city. Situated 221 kilometres (137 miles) west of Tbilisi, it is the capital of the western region of Imereti. Kutaisi is located along both banks of the Rioni River. The city lies at an elevation of 125–300 metres (410–984 feet) above sea level. Kutaisi is surrounded by deciduous forests to the northeast and the northwest. The low-lying outskirts of the city have a largely agricultural landscape. It was the capital of Georgia before Tbilisi. In 2011 Mikheil Saakashvili, the president of Georgia, signed a constitutional amendment relocating the parliament to Kutaisi.
Tour starts at 8:00 am, driver and guide meets with the tourists at their hotel. Today’s tour includes the following places:
- Kutaisi Central Park
- Gora Park (with cableway)
- Prometheus Cave
- Sataplia Cave
- Gelati Monastery
- Bagrati Cathedral
- Motsameta Monastery
This is a full-day tour. Tour ends at around 6-7 pm and transfer back to Tbilisi.
Nearby places (optional with extra cost):
- Kutaisi Ethnographical Museum
- Vani Archeological Museum
- All transfers on private basis during the tour starting from airport
- Professional tour guide service (speaks English and Russian)
- 1 bottle water per person
- All applicable taxes
- Flight tickets
- Meals except described
- Travel insurance
Note: Children under age of 6 are free of charge, from 6-15 years 30% of the price.
Small information about the places we visit:
- Kutaisi Central Park- Kutaisi Central Park is located in the heart of the city. There you can see nice fountains and feel pleasant breath coming down from the hills. The park is meeting place for youth coming from the university and for older people, gathered to share some old stories. Here you can feel the pulse of the city.
- Gora Park– Gora Park is located on the hill above the city. The park can be reached by car or funicular (cable cars). While going up opens beautiful views of the city. In the park are attractions for children.
- Prometheus Cave- Discovered in Imereti region in 1984, Prometheus Cave is one of Georgia’s natural wonders providing visitors with breathtaking examples of stalactites, stalagmites, curtains, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls, underground rivers, and lakes. Walking route for tourists is 1060m. The cave itself is very breathtaking with its specious architectural halls, which are 16 of them and each one is distinct by scales andunsurpassed shape.
- Sataplia Cave-Established in 1935 to protect the Sataplia Cave and dinosaur footprints found in the area, this visitor attraction recently benefited from a very attractive refurbishment of its Sataplia Cave visitor center. Sataplia Cave is named after Sataplia Mountain, which gained its name from the local tradition of collecting honey from the bees that inhabit the mountain’s southern slope. Sataplia means ‘place of honey’. A Conservation Center and Museum have been constructed, together with glass walkways, viewing points, a cafeteria and other visitor amenities.
- Gelati Monastery-A medieval monastic complex near Kutaisi, in the Imereti region of western Georgia. A masterpiece of the Georgian Golden Age, Gelati was founded in 1106 by King David IV of Georgia and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Gelati Monastery is unique for its mosaics and wall paintings. Gelati was a center of science and education. Acamedy established inside walls of Gelati Complex, was one of the most important centers of culture in ancient Georgia. Gelati Monastery precinct is enclosed by a stone wall, now entered from the east but originally through the south porch, which houses the tomb of its founder, David the Builder.
- Bagrati Cathedral– The Cathedral of the Dormition, or the Kutaisi Cathedral, more commonly known as Bagrati Cathedral , is an 11th-century cathedral in the city of Kutaisi, the Imereti region of Georgia. A masterpiece of the medieval Georgian architecture, the cathedral suffered heavy damage throughout centuries and was reconstructed to its present state through a gradual process starting in the 1950s, with major conservation works concluding in 2012. A distinct landmark in the scenery of central Kutaisi, the cathedral rests on the Ukimerioni Hill.
- Motsameta Monastery-It is a small and very beautiful monastery with round turrets crowned with peaked tent-shaped domes. The monastery is standing above the rough Rioni river and is buried in coastal vegetation. According to the legend the monastery was constructed on the place where Muslim aggressors executed David and Konstantin Mkheidze, Georgian princes, who refused to accept Islam. In a small monastery hall on an eminence there is a big rectangular ark with the hallows of the pious princes canonized by Georgian Church. Motsameta attracts crowds of tourists with an ancient superstition: if one crawls three times under the ark and makes a wish while touching the hallows, the princes David and Konstantin will grant it. The King Bagrat III reconstructed the church in the 10th The building was reconstructed again in the 19th century.
- Kutaisi Ethnographical Museum- Kutaisi State Historical Museum is a museum in Kutaisi, Georgia. A major museum, it is also considered to be one of the most important scientific-research institutions in Georgia with its extensive research library and laboratory. The museum contains more than 16,0000 exhibits, displaying the archaeological, numismatic, paleographical, ethnographical and spiritual heritage of Georgia.
- Vani Archeological Museum- Vanimuseum was founded in 1985 by Academician Otar Lordkipanidze during the international symposium. The museum (more than 4.000 items) houses the archaeology collection excavated in Vani since 1985. The Gold Fund was opened at the museum in 1987, after the discovery of the rich burial. In the Gold Fund are kept unique samples of goldsmith work from Vani The permanent exhibition of the museum displays cultural development of the site from VI c. up to I c. B.C. (bronze sculptures, fragments of them, gold, silver, bronze objects, samples of coins, etc.).