Gelati Monastery - UNESCO heritage site and cultural monument of national importance of Georgia
and one of the most beautiful caves in Georgia
UNESCO heritage site and cultural monument of national importance of Georgia and one of the most beautiful caves in Georgia
- Take-off from Kutaisi at approximately 10.30 a.m.
- Gelati Monastery
- Motsameta Monastery
- Prometheus Cave
- Return to Kutaisi around 3 p.m.
We start the tour in Kutaisi. We will pick you up from the airport/hotel and start the tour.
Our first destination will be the unique 12th century Gelati complex. A large dose of history is waiting for us. Gelati complex is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There is a tomb of the famous David IV the Builder, one of the greatest rulers of Georgia and Caucasus, who founded this complex. According to legends, the king himself took part in its construction.
Motsameta monastery complex
A dynamically operating academy was located here. One of the first established in the Middle Ages. Academy was one of the most important cultural centers in Georgia. Beautiful frescos and manuscripts dated from XII to XVII century were saved in the monastery.
Then we will drive to the monastery complex of Motsameta. Its foundation is defined as the 8th / 11th century. It was built in honor of two brothers David and Constantine, who organized a rebellion against the attacking Arabs in Georgia. After the rebellion failed, they were captured. They refused to convert to Islam and were tortured to death. Their bodies were thrown into the river, which turned red from blood. The river was named Tskhaltsitela (red water) after this event. Later, the Orthodox Church declared them saints.
The next destination of our trip will be Prometheus Cave. Here we will see impressive stalactites, stalagmites and fossilized water curtains. As many as 1,060 meters of the cave are open to the public. On site, an English-speaking guide will show you around its fascinating corridors. Return to Kutaisi around 3pm.
- In monasteries it is obligatory to wear proper clothing - a headscarf for ladies, covered legs, men - long pants. In most monasteries scarves are available on site.
- For accommodation in Kutaisi, we invite you to our family guesthouse -. Kutaisi Hostel.
- Transfer according to the program with a professional driver
- Fuel for the whole route
Price not included:
- Food and beverage
- Entrance tickets to the Prometheus Cave - 23 GEL
If you are interested in this tour write to us and book your individual deadline!