Tour in Kutaisi

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1 Day

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Tskaltubo-Sataplia-Kutaisi

1) Kutaisi is one of the oldest cities in the world, rich with history, architecture, historical and natural monuments. For this reason, it is visited by many foreign and local visitors.  Kutaisi is one of the oldest cities in Georgia. Archaeological sites discovered in the territory of Imereti proves that in this part of the world, people started living in the lower Paleolithic period. Here is confirmed the existence of Colchic culture from XV-XIII centuries BC. On the hills on the right bank of the river Rioni is preserved the trace of the settlement of the VIII-VII century BC. In the 6th century, Kutaisi was the capital city of Egrisi. By the end of the VIII century, it was already the capital of the United Kingdom of Egrisi and Abkhazia. The importance of the city in the X century is increasing. Here in 978 was the throne of the United Kingdom of Georgia. King was the Bagrat III. He set up the beautiful Bagrati Cathedral in Kutaisi as a symbol of the unity of the country. Kutaisi remained the capital of United Georgia for 124 years. In 1089 begins the reign of King David the Builder. In 1122, he liberated Tbilisi from foreign invaders, and the royal throne was moved there. From this time Kutaisi is no longer a capital of Georgia. During the time of David the builder a unique architectural monument Gelati Cathedral was founded near the city and was established a high school academy. Despite the fact of the concession to the country's capital city, Kutaisi has never lost its place in the history of Georgia. Kutaisi is the 5th oldest city in the world.

 

2) Tskaltubo – the city in Georgia, Tskaltubo municipality administrative center. Located in Imereti, on the banks of Tskaltubotskali River, at 120 m above sea level. It was declared as a city in 1953. It is known as a balneological resort. It is 7 km away from Kutaisi and 250 km from Tbilisi.

 

3) Sataplia Managed Reserve is located in Imereti, in the territory of Tskaltubo municipality's villages Gumbra, Banoja and khomuli, on the hill of Sataplia 500 meters above the sea level. It was founded in 1935. Reserve itself has a complex structure and contains geologic, paleontological, speleological, zoological and botanical monuments. Sataplia Managed Reserve is part of the Imereti Protected Areas and its infrastructure includes Visitor Center, Dinosaur Footprint Conservation Building, Exhibition Hall,Glass Panorama view, Cafes, Souvenir Shops, well-organized Caves and Marked Trails. Visitors can visit the dinosaur footprints, Sataplia karst cave with a length of 900 meters, a height of 10 meters, a width of 12 meters, rock trail, Colchic forest, and panoramic views. World Sataplia means "honey place". The name originated from the Sataplia Mountain, which derives its name from the bees living in the mountains and the ancient tradition of collecting honey.

 

Tour Route: Tbilisi>Kutaisi city>Tskaltubo>Sataplia Caves>Tbilisi

 

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