Discover Megrelian food and traditions, nature and culture, wild landscapes and modern city in a two full day tour in Samegrelo.
Tour starts at 07:30 AM, In few hours we reach Martvili Canyon. Activity includes boat ride and walking along the riverbank to watch waterfalls. Sightseeing takes about 1 hour. Next site on our list is at Matrvili monastery. It is located on the hill and nice views of surrounding mountains and valleys are really breathtaking. After 60 minutes we head to another destination, Bagrati Cathedral in Kutaisi, after what we will have food and wine degustation in local restaurant, you will have chance to try Georgian traditional food and wine from this part of Georgia! After wonderful dinner you will overnight in very comfortable and cozy hotel.
Second day starts with traditional Georgian breakfast, full of natural products and soft drinks, after what we will drive in Zugdidi to visit Dadiani Palace, Georgian national museum. Where you have chance to meet traditions, history, culture and past. Exhibition lasts for 70 minutes and contains guiding, history and stories. On our back way to tbilisi we have one more site to visit, Nokalakevi Forretress. Enjoying with this historical place, old walls, tunnels and ruins of buildings. Before we will arrive in Tbilisi, one more time you will have to enjoy with Georgian traditional food and drinks! After what our Short, but full of memories, journey ends!
• Departure from Tbilisi at 8:00 AM
It is a historic province in the western part of Georgia, formerly also known as Odishi. it is primarily inhabited by the Megrelians, a subgroup of Georgians. In ancient times Samegrelo was a major part of the kingdom of Colchis (9th-6th centuries BC) and its successor Egrisi (4th century BC-6th century AD). In the 11th-15th centuries, Samegrelo was a part of the United Kingdom of Georgia. From the 16th century to 1857, the independent Principality of Samegrelo was under the rule of the House of Dadiani. Samegrelo is bordered by the secessionist region of Abkhazia to the north-west, Svaneti to the north, Imereti to the east, Guria to the south and the Black Sea to the west. Administratively, the historic province of Samegrelo is incorporated joined with the northern part of the neighboring mountainous province of Svaneti to form the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, the capital of which is Samegrelo’s main city, Zugdidi.As it is the case with most Black Sea coastal areas of Georgia, Samegrelo’s climate is subtropical with frequent rains. The coastal areas have many marshlands despite the Soviet Georgian authorities’ efforts to dry them up. These marshlands contain many rare birds and animals not found in other parts of the country. For this reason, substantial part of the territories is protected by the Georgian law as part of the Colchetian Nature Reserve.
• Martvili Canyon
Martvili is located in Samegrelo region of Western Georgia, 280km from Tbilisi. On its highest hill there is a Monastery. The site upon the hill where the monastery stands today was used in ancient times as a pagan cultural center and was a sacred site. There once stood an ancient and enormous oak tree that was worshipped as an idol of fertility and prosperity. A church was originally constructed in the late 7th century upon the roots of the old oak tree and was named in honor of Saint Andrew who preached Christianity and converted the pagans across the Samegrelo region. The main Martvili-Chkondidi Cathedral was reconstructed in the 10th century after invasions that destroyed the prior church. Preserved in the church are frescoes of the 14th to 17th centuries. Martvili canyons used to be a bath place for Dadiani family. Now people visit it to enjoy the scenery, its waterfalls and take a boat trip in the river with deep green color. New visitors Centre was built in Martvili in summer 2016th.
• Bagrati Cathedral
The Bagrati Cathedral is frequently used as the symbol of the city of Kutaisi. It was built during the reign of King Bagrat III (hence the name) in the 11th-century but was severely devastated in 1692 during the Ottoman invasion. The Bagrati Cathedral sits on a hill just above Kutaisi and offers a magnificent view of the city. It was Unesco World Heritage Site listed in 1994.
• Dadiani Palace
It is a Georgian national museum located in Zugdidi, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, Georgia. The Dadiani Palaces History and Architecture Museum is considered to be one of the most eminent palaces in Caucasus. The first exhibition, of archaeological excavations of the ancient city of Nakalakevi was prepared by Megrelian prince David Dadiani and took place in 1840. Three palaces form the modern museum complex, parts of which are also Blachernae Virgin Church and Zugdidi Botanical Garden. The Dadiani Palaces History and Architecture Museum houses some exhibits of natural cultural heritage of Georgia – Tagiloni treasure materials, Mother of God holy vesture, the icon of queen Bordokhan – mother of queen Tamar of Georgia, manuscripts from 13th – 14th centuries, miniatures, memorial relics of Dadiani dynasty, and objects connected to emperor of France Napoleon Bonaparte – brought to the palace by the husband of David Dadiani’s daughter, prince Achille Murat, grandson of Napoleon’s sister, Carolina. The palace was fully transformed into a museum on May 1, 1921.
Nokalakevi Prison was known to Byzantine historians as Archaeopolis and Tsikhegoji to the neighbouring Georgian chronicles. The fortress is located 15 km from the modern town of Senaki on the Martvili road, and would have commanded an important crossing point of the river Tekhuri, at the junction with a strategic route that still winds through the neighbouring hills to Chkhorotsqu in central Samegrelo. Nokalakevi-Archaeopolis played a part in the major wars fought between the Byzantines and Sasanians in the South Caucasus during the sixth century AD. It was one of the key fortresses guarding Lazika (modern Mingrelia) from Sasanian, Persian and Iberian (East Georgian/Kartlian) attack. During the war of AD 540-562, the Persians’ failure to take Nokalakevi-Archaeopolis from the Byzantines and the Laz eventually cost them control of Lazika.
The early Byzantine defensive fortifications of Nokalakevi-Archaeopolis take advantage of the site’s position within a loop of the river Tekhuri, which has carved a gorge through the local limestone to the west of the fortress. The steep and rugged terrain to the north of the site made the citadel established there almost unassailable. A wall connected this ‘upper town’ to the ‘lower town’ below, where excavations have revealed stone buildings of the fourth to sixth century AD. Beneath these late Roman period layers there is evidence of several earlier phases of occupation and abandonment, from the eighth to second centuries BC.
Price includes accommodation in a cozy hotel in the center of Tbilisi. All rooms are air conditioned and have a TV, Free WiFi, desk, 24 Hour Reception, Heating, Hairdryer, Wake-up Service, Tasty Breakfast, Comfortable Bed, Private Bathroom and etc. Transportation is included as well, type and capacity of transportation depends on the number of tourists. Our drivers are experienced and professionals. Wish you comfortable stay and safe trip. Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Tour Guiding
- Professional Driver
- Comfortable transport
- Hotel Pick-Up
- Hotel Drop-off
- Hotel with Breakfast
- Daily lunch in local restaurant
- All Entry Ticket Fees
- Bottle of Water
- Welcome Package
No, Tbilisi hotels are not included in the trip.
Yes, we may provide you with additional hotel booking for this trip.
No, camping stuff are not required in this trip.
No, hiking stuff are not required in this trip.
No, pets are not allowed in this trip.
We suggest that you bring along with you anti mosquito cream.
We recommend to bring comfortable shoes.
We suggest that you bring along with you Sun burn cream.
Yes, price includes breakfast in the hotel.
Only degustation of Wine is included.
Yes, of course. He/she has a number of years of driving experience.
Please check cancelation policy or contact us for more information.
In case of questions, please contact your tour manager.
Yes, we provide lunch boxes and soft drinks/water.
Yes of course. He/she has a number of years of experience.