Kutaisi – Vani
Kutaisi was a capital of ancient kingdom of Colchis. Today Kutaisi is a mountainous, buried in verdure town in Imereti Region (West Georgia) situated on the
banks of the picturesque Rioni
River. There are
lots of ancient historical monuments, one of them is Bagrat Cathedral (XI
century) – the ruins of the cathedral are spectacular.
In 10 kilometers
from Kutaisi, in
a lush green hills is located Gelati Monastery
founded during the reign of David IV Agmashenebeli (the Builder) in 1106. Gelati
used to be a royal church and theological academy. The frescos of XII century
are well preserved in the church.
ancient settlement dated back to the boundaries of BC and AD - was one of the
main towns of the Kingdom Egrisi (Colchis).
During archaeological excavations having been performed since 1947 were
discovered the settlements of the old city of Vani, the ceramic fragments of
VII-VI centuries BC, rich cemeteries, silver, bronze and clay dishes.
Day 1: Drive
from Tbilisi to
Kutaisi (Imereti Region, West
to Bagrat Cathedral (XI century), Gelati Monastery (XII century). Overnight at a
Departure to Vani. Visit to Vani archeological sites. Return to Tbilisi.
- Family hotel accommodation