Western Capital

KUTAISI & AROUND

Kutaisi is the second largest city in Georgia (population 250 000). Is situated in western part of Georgia on the banks of Rioni River. It’s an ancient city and based on historical and mythological sources it counts 3500 years. The first mentions of the city are made in ancient Greek legend about Argonauts in which Kutaisi was referred as “Aia” and river Rioni “Fazis”. Rioni was the river along which Argonauts reached Kutaisi from the black Sea. The same rout was repeated in 1984 by Tim Severin who reached Kutaisi by boat.

From 8th century Kutaisi became capital of western Georgia. Now its central city of Imereti region.

Kutaisi is very beautiful city and there are many cultural and touristic highlights worth visiting.


Route Details (One Way)

Total Length: 356km; 6.5 hours without traffic. 

And here is the link for directions on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/Q2HuxSe2m4x


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.

In 1692, Bagrati was devastated in an explosion by Ottoman troops who had invaded the Kingdom of Imereti. The incident caused the cupola and ceiling to collapse. Conservation and restoration works, as well as archaeological studies at the Cathedral began in the 1950s. In 1994 Bagrati Cathedral, together with the Gelati Monastery, was included in UNESCO's World Heritage Site list as a single entity. In 2001, ownership of the cathedral was transferred from the Georgian state to the Georgian Orthodox Church. It is presently of limited use for religious services, but attracts many pilgrims and tourists. It is also frequently used as a symbol of the city of Kutaisi, being one of its main tourist attractions.

A distinct landmark in the scenery of central Kutaisi, the cathedral rests on the Ukimerioni Hill.

In 1692, Bagrati was devastated in an explosion by Ottoman troops who had invaded the Kingdom of Imereti. The incident caused the cupola and ceiling to collapse. Conservation and restoration works, as well as archaeological studies at the Cathedral began in the 1950s. In 1994 Bagrati Cathedral, together with the Gelati Monastery, was included in UNESCO's World Heritage Site list as a single entity. In 2001, ownership of the cathedral was transferred from the Georgian state to the Georgian Orthodox Church. It is presently of limited use for religious services, but attracts many pilgrims and tourists. It is also frequently used as a symbol of the city of Kutaisi, being one of its main tourist attractions.


Gelati Monastery

Gelati is 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. Historically, Gelati was one of the main cultural and intellectual centers in Georgia. 

It had an Academy which employed some of the most celebrated Georgian scientists, theologians and philosophers, many of whom had previously been active at various orthodox monasteries abroad. The Gelati Monastery has preserved a great number of murals and manuscripts dating back to the 12th to 17th centuries.








Outside Kutaisi you should visit:


Prometheus Cave

Discovered in Imereti region in 1984, Prometheus Cave is one of Georgia’s natural wonders providing visitors with examples of stalactites, stalagmites, curtains, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls, underground rivers, and lakes.

The 1060 meter walking route through the cave was renovated in the summer of 2012 and visitors can also enjoy a 280 meter boat tour on an underground river (seasonal - depending on water levels).

The entrance to Prometheus Cave is from the Visitor Centre, located in village Kumistavi (Tskaltubo Municipality).


Working Hours: 10:00 - 17:00, every day except Mondays, all year round.

Entrance fee: Adult - 7 GEL; Student – 3, 5 GEL.

Ticket price includes guide service.

Guide service is in Georgian, English, Russian and German languages.

Additional services: VIP service - 1-10 persons – 100 GEL added ticket price; 11-20 persons – 200 GEL added ticket price. Civil marriage signing ceremony - 100 GEL; Boat service - 10 Gel; Audio guide - 7 GEL

Conference hall (50 persons) - 100 GEL.

Getting there: From Kutaisi its 20 km (30 min) drive.

Minibus from Didube bus terminal to Kutaisi leaves every day - 10 GEL, 3 hr;

Minibus from Kutaisi central bus terminal, Tskaltubo overpass and adjacent area of Red bridge to Tskaltubo leave every day, several times a day - 1 GEL, 30 min.

Contact info: Lika Kapanadze, Visitor Service Specialist

Tel: 577 10 14 17;  

E-mail: likakapanadze2014@gmail.com


Sataplia Nature Reserve

Sataplia Managed Reserve is located in Tskaltubo municipality, Imereti region, where the footprints of Herbivorous and Raptor dinosaurs of different epochs are found. Sataplia dinosaurs are called “Satapliazaurus” and are different from European dinosaurs.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’.

Easy pedestrian tourist routes are convenient for family travel and provide an opportunity to visit the conservation building of dinosaur footprints, exhibition hall, unique karst caves, Colchic Forest and the wild bee habitat area. A beautiful view of Imereti region overlooks from the glass panoramic construction.

Sataplia Cave is 900 m long, 10 m high and 12 m wide and contains dramatically lit stalactites and stalagmites.

Imereti Caves Protected Areas Administration and Visitor Center is located in Tskaltubo municipality, village Banoja.


Working hours: 10:00 - 17:00, every day except Mondays. All year round. Due to visitors' safety walking on panoramic view is not allowed in rainy and snowy weather.

Entrance fee: Adult - 6 GEL; Student - 3GEL; Children under 6 - free entrance.  

Ticket price includes guide service.

Guide service is in Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Additional services: VIP service -1-10 persons – 100 GEL plus ticket price; 11-20 persons – 200 GEL plus ticket price. Civil marriage signing ceremony: 100 Gel

Getting there: From Kutaisi to Sataplia 7 km (30 min). Minibus from Didube bus terminal to Kutaisi leaves every day - 10 GEL, 3 hr;

Mini bus N 45 leaves every day except Tuesday from Kutaisi Central Agricultural Market to Sataplia (1 GEL, 50 - 40 min.)

Contact info: Lasha Kikvidze, Visitor Service Specialist

Tel: 595 08 60 59;
E-mail: lashakikvidze888@gmail.com


Tskaltubo Resort

The health resort Tskaltubo is famous for its mineral springs of warm Radon waters (natural temperature 33 -35 degrees). Since the 1940s the resort has been very popular throughout the Soviet Union for its healing properties. This unique water can cure the following:

- Cardiovascular System disease

- Locomotor System disorder

- Nervous System disorder

- Gynecological disorders

- Skin & endocrine diseases

- Disturbance of metabolism and others

Resort offers wide range of water procedures as well as physiotherapy and massage. Qualified doctors prescribe individualized treatment for each visitor.

For more information please visit their official page, or contact directly.


Tskaltubo Spa Resort

http://sanatoriumi.ge/

Rustaveli ave. 23, Tskaltubo, Georgia

Tel:  +995-436-221417 / +995-599-091610

E-mail: reception@tskaltubosparesort.ge / reservation@tskaltubosparesort.ge / info@ghs.ge


Resort Sairme

The health resort Sairme is located in the south of Kutaisi, 950 meters above the sea level and administratively belongs to the Bagdati municipality. This place has the unique location, healing springs, ecologically clean environment and beautiful nature. It is located in the mountainous area of subtropical zone.

During several decades it has been seen as a major resort zone, but to reach an acceptable level of infrastructure for tourists in Sairme is available just from 2011.

There is a very well equipped spa center, and it offers sanitation procedures of any kind.

Guests also have the opportunity to use the polyclinic, located on the territory of the hotel, therapeutic, cardiology, urological services are available in the clinic. The clinic is equipped with modern laboratory and ultrasound.

Mineral Waters

Balneological resort Sairme’s mineral and thermal springs’ medicinal qualities were already well known in the 19th century. The springs flow as several little springs on the territory of the resort. They are different from one another by their chemical composition and medicinal treatment qualities. After the conducted chemical analysis the springs were each given a specific number. The uniqueness and medicinal treatment capabilities of each spring was precisely defined.

Benefits of springs:

Pump room  1: Urinary calculus disease (treatment of chronic kidney disease, salt diathesis, as well as prophylactic treatment)

Pump room  2: Bile-pebble diseases (chronic cholecystitis, chronic hepatitis, not aggravated form, as well as for prophylactic purposes)

Pump room  3: Disturbance of metabolism (diabetes, salt diathesis, arthritis, osteochondritis)

Pump room  4: Gastrointestinal diseases (peptic ulcer, disease, increased or decreased acidity, colitis)

Thermal Baths

The thermal spring comes from the depth of 1500 meters and its temperature is 43 degrees. The thermal baths are used to treat the following diseases:

- Bone-joint system illnesses (Arthritis, arthrosis, osteochondrosis)

- Neurological system illnesses (Neurosis, neural-circular dystonia, blood circulation problems)

- Sugar diabetes (non-insulin dependent)

- Dermatology (Skin allergic illnesses, psoriasis)

- Stomach-intestinal illnesses (colitis, allergies,)-(colon cleansing/therapy is conducted)

- Chronic Urinary-genital system illnesses (non acute forms, cystitis, prostatitis and etc.)

For more information please visit their official page, or contact directly:

Resort Sairme

http://sairme.com.ge/

Phone: (+995 32) 240 45 45

E-mail: info@sairme.com.ge