You have a wonderful opportunity to visit Kutaisi, one of the oldest city in Georgia. It was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis. There is a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) with a well-defined on-shore/monsoonal flow (characteristic of the Colchis Plain) during the Autumn and Winter months. Kutaisi is surrounded bydeciduousforests to the northeast and the northwest.
YOU WILL VISIT:
v The antique city of Vani (7th-1st centuries BC) is situated along the Imereti plain on the bank of the river Sulori (left tributory of the river Rioni). During the antique epoch Vani turned into one of the most important towns of the Colchian kingdom and reached its acme in the 3rd – 1st centuries BC. In the 3rd century BC Vani turned into a temple city. As a result of the excavations defensive wall, gateway complex, buildings, round sanctuary, seven stepped altar, dwelling and cultic buildings were revealed.
v Gelati Monastery - The Gelati Monastery, whose main buildings were erected between the 12th and 17th centuries, is a well-preserved complex, with wonderful mosaics and wall paintings. The cathedral and monastery represent the flowering of medieval architecture in Georgia. It is UNESCO World heritage site.
v Sataplia Cave- Sataplia is located at the Imereti Caves Protected Area, which is located 10km north of Kutaisi. It was created in 2007 on the base of the Sataplia State Nature Reserve. The center is the extinct volcano Mt. Sataplia (494m asl). Sataplia Cave is famous for fine speleothems and the nearby dinosaur footprints.