A one-day archaeological tour in Kutaisi will tell you about the distant past of Imereti. You will visit the ruins of the Geguti Palace, which was once the summer residence of the Georgian kings. The power of the stone walls could not resist the time, and today the castle has turned into ruins, but it still amazes with its scale. In the afternoon, you will go to the settlement of Vani, which reminds you of the ancient history of Georgia and its connection with Ancient Greece. You will also visit the Vanya Museum, which contains the most interesting artifacts from the settlement.
Kutaisi – Geguti – Vani – Kutaisi
We will meet you at your hotel to start archaeological tour. At first, we will look at enlarged replicas of golden statues found at Vani. Later today we will see some original statues at the museum. We will then reach Geguti to visit a medieval palace of Georgian Kings. The Palace, which had been built during centuries, has original architectural solution and several construction layers. Used as a summer residence, at came to decay in 18-19 centuries. Our tour will then bring us to Vani, a settlement which served as the religious center of Colchis Kingdom from the 16th -1st centuries BC. The recently renovated Vani archaeological museum showcases ancient gold, bronze and ceramic artifacts from the famed Colchis Kingdom. Close to the museum there is small archaeological site, which we surely will visit before coming back to Kutaisi.
*We are happy to offer you dinner in Kutaisi home restaurant where you can sample traditional Imereti cuisine accompanied with local wine. Due to limited table availability, we recommend booking the dinner in advance.
- All transfers as per itinerary;
- English speaking guide;
- Mineral water;
- Entrance fees to the museums, mausoleums and other sights.