Welcome to Adjara


Though Adjara’s beaches are mostly stony, the semitropical climate is beautiful and the scenery gorgeous, with lush hills rising behind the coast, and peaks topping 3000m inland.

Under Ottoman control from the 16th century to 1878, most of Adjara’s inhabitants were converted to Islam, but today Muslims comprise only about 30% of the population. Adjara has retained its Soviet-era status as an autonomous republic within Georgia: until 2004 its pro-Russian president, Aslan Abashidze, ran an authoritarian, corrupt regime backed by his own militia, but a standoff between Abashidze and President Saakashvili ended with Abashidze departing for exile in Moscow.


Top experiences in Adjara

Adjara activities

$220 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Batumi sea 2 day tour from Tbilisi

Day 1: Tbilisi – BatumiTransfer in Batumi from Tbilisi to check into your accommodation in Batumi (its will be 3 or 4 star hotel in Batumi). Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and take a guided city tour to discover the city of Batumi. Visit the Italian-inspired Colonnades of Batumi. The elegant, white Greek-style colonnades were initially built as an entrance to the beach, but as the shore-line retreated, they now remain as decorative piece of architecture. Take a walk around the Europe Square, and see the famed Monument of Medea with the Golden Fleece. Continue towards The Wonderpark, which is situated and designed on the seafront boulevard of Batumi. Batumi Boulevard, a historic promenade stretched along the coast of the Black Sea. It is the perfect place to enjoy a walk, bike ride or just relax and see the popular attractions such as the Monument Ali and Nino, the Georgian Alphabet Tower, Batumi Panoramic Ferris wheel, and Batumi lighthouse. After the tour drive back to your hotel in Batumi. Day 2: Around  BatumiAfter breakfast, see Batumi Botanical Garden, located 10 km far from the city center. The lower, upper and seaside parks are located on the main route of the garden. Currently, the garden consists of nine floral sectors, those of Caucasian humid subtropics, East Asia, New Zealand, South America, the Himalayas, Mexico, Australia, and of the Mediterranean. The garden collection comprises 2.037 Taxonomic units of ligneous plants, including 104 of Caucasian origin. The rests are the representatives of the other phytogeographic flora. One of the must-visit attractions is Makhuntseti waterfall which is remote from Batumi to 30 km .This is one of the highest waterfalls in Ajara – a real pride of local residents. You can get to the waterfall from Batumi by any minibus that goes in the direction of Keda village. The road will take about 30 minutes and then you will need to get off at the central highway. By the way, getting off at the right place, you will see two pointers, one to the waterfall and the other to the famous stone bridge, built during the reign of Queen Tamar. This is another attraction of the area. On the way to Makhuntseti, you will hear a pleasant noise of the approaching water. And in a few minutes, there will be an incredible sight. The water falls from the height of 20 meters, breaking on the rocks and dividing into a plurality of splashes. In summer those who wish can swim in the waterfall bowl. They say that the water here rejuvenates. Nearby operates the cafe offering Georgian dishes. In one of the historical and picturesque regions of Georgia, in Adjara mountains, in the midst of unique nature, you will find the multi-functional Adjarian Wine House, surrounded by vineyards, having Georgian restaurant, wine factory, enotheque, wine cellar with Qvevri and wine degustation.

$200 Outdoor Activities

KORULDI LAKES HIKING

Koruldi lakes are located near Mestia on the way leading to Ushba plateau. This is one of the most challenging hiking trails starting and ending in Mestia. Trek starts in Mestia neighborhood Lagami, if you live in other place guide will pick you up from your guesthouse. It is recommended to take lunchboxes from your guesthouse for that trek to enjoy picnic in nature,For Kuruldi lakes horse ride tour is also available.Trail starts at altitude 1400 meters above the sea level, from Mestia itself. First part of trek is until viewpoint which is located on mount Tshkhakezagari at altitude 2239 meters. This is heaviest part of hike. At viewpoint travelers will have time to rest and continue to Koruldi lakes, located on altitude 2740 meters. From this point trail continues through alpine valley and is lighter. From lakes travelers will see wonderful views to the famous Ushba and Tetnuldi mountains.In case of horse ridding tour horses can approach lakes.Return to Mestia same way or from viewpoint decent to Lanchvali district.

$310 Outdoor Activities

SVANETI TREK MESTIA USHGULI 4 DAYS

Itinerary of Classical Trekking in Svaneti: Day 1 Arrival in Mestia by car or by plain from Tbilisi. You can order individual transfer for additional fee. After check in guesthouse travelers will enjoy walking around Mestia to get familarized with Svaneti. Tour will include visit Margiani’s ancient living complex and history museum of Svaneti. Finalize trek preparations with guide and enjoy dinner in the guesthouse.Day 2 Trekking starts. Trekking from Mestia to Jabeshi. Sleep in Jabeshi guesthouse or camp there. Total distance 12 km. Time needed 6-7 hours. Trail starts at elevation 1500 m above the sea level, maximum elevation is 1900 m and ends at 1650 m.Day 3 Trekking from Jabeshi to Adishi. Sleep in guesthouse or camping. Trail leads from the valley Mulakhura to Adishischala. Trail starts at altitude 1656 m, maximal altitude is 2540 m and ends at elevation 2100m. Walking time around 6 hours.Day 4 Trekking from Adishi to Iprali village in Kala community. Sleep in guesthouse or camping. Starting at altitude 2100, maximal elevation at Ckhutnieri path is 2700 m. Trail ends at elevation 1900 m.Day 5 Drive from Iprali to Ushguli. Walk in Ushguli hike to Shkhara glacier. Return to Mestia by car. check in guesthouse.Day 6 Flight or drive to Tbilisi.Best season for Svaneti trek: From May to October.

$423.97 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-day Private Tour to Svaneti Highlands from Batumi

Day 1: Batumi-Zugdidi-Mestia After breakfast at the hotel your driver and guide will meet you at the lobby and you’ll start the journey to the north – Svaneti region. Svaneti is notable for its picturesque landscape, untouched nature and defensive towers scattered all over Upper Svaneti which are unique to the region. En route you’ll stop in Zugdidi take a guided tour in Dadiani Palaces Historical and Architectural Museum. Continue your way and pass through Enguri dam and stop to enjoy beautiful views on Enguri reservoir. Arrive in Mestia – the center of Svaneti region. The town contains a number of medieval monuments. Today you’ll visit Svan tower-museum of Margiani family from 12th c. The existence of these defensive towers is explained by the need of protection from invaders and natural disasters. Check-in at your hotel in Mestia, have dinner and relax. Overnight: 3* hotel in Mestia Day 2: Mestia-Ushguli-Mestia After breakfast at the hotel explore the Svaneti region. Start a 4x4 adventure on ground roads to Ushguli village – the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe. The whole village with its defensive fortifications is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Upon arrival explore Ushguli and its fortifications and then take a short walk towards Shkhara Glacier - the highest of peaks in Georgia. In the evening, get back to Mestia town for dinner and overnight at the hotel. Overnight: 3* hotel in Mestia Day 3: Mestia After breakfast at the hotel explore Mestia and its surroundings. Start your tour with a visit to Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography. The Museum's collections include important archeological and ethnographic materials and a rich collection of Georgian manuscripts. Drive to small villages to explore several churches decorated with medieval frescos and murals and then back to Mestia. Ride up to Hatsvali ski station by aerial tramway to enjoy panoramic views over the mountains and the Ushba glacier. Get back to Mestia for dinner and overnight at the hotel. Overnight: 3* hotel in Mestia Day 4: Mestia - Batumi After breakfast at the hotel leave Mestia for Batumi. Arrive in Batumi and before you end the tour enjoy a walk in Batumi Botanical Gardens – a beautiful and calm place for you to relax after a bit of a tiring journey. In the evening the guide and driver will drop you off at your place of stay in Batumi.Note: Svaneti museum photo is the courtesy of the National Museum of Georgia

$386.28 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Private Tour to Kutaisi Sights and Vardzia Caves from Batumi

Day 1: Batumi – KutaisiAfter breakfast at the hotel your driver and guide will meet you at the lobby and you’ll start your journey to Kutaisi city. Your first stop is Gelati Monastery and Academy – a UNESCO site dating back to 12th century. The monastery has preserved large number of murals and manuscripts from 12th-17th centuries. Have excursion at Gelati and then drive to Prometheus caves located in Kumistavi village, near Kutaisi. The cave has several halls and is notable for its landscape diversity. After visiting Prometheus caves, you will drive back to Kutaisi and visit Bagrati Cathedral, another UNESCO World Heritage site, dating back to 11th century. Bagrati stands on the hill and overlooks the Kutaisi city. Drive down to Kutaisi and check-in at the hotel and prepare for a dinner in one of the restaurants serving Imeretian food.Overnight: 3-star hotel Kutaisi Day 2: Kutaisi – Borjomi – BakurianiAfter breakfast leave Kutaisi for Javakheti region and arrive in Borjomi town, notable for its mineral springs. The artesian springs are fed by waters coming from glaciers and they rise to the surface without pumping. Here you can taste Borjomi mineral water strait from the springs. Take a 1.5 hours walk through Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park using one of the trails designed for the travelers. In the evening drive to Bakuriani ski-resort located at an elevation of 1700 meters above sea level and surrounded by spruce forest. Check-in at the hotel, take a rest and have dinner.Overnight: 3-star hotel in BakurianiDay 3: Bakuriani - Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia – Bakuriani After breakfast at the hotel drive to Akhaltsikhe town to visit Rabati Fortress and Museum. The museum presents major part of the cultural heritage of Javakheti region, such as old manuscripts, archaeological exhibits, and etc. Rabati also includes a castle, a mosque and ruins of Islamic school. Continue your way and drive along Mtkvari River to arrive in Vardzia – a cave city dating back to 12th-13th cc. During its rise in the 12th c. the cave city contained 3000 apartments, throne room and a large church with bell tower. Explore the cave city and drive back to Bakuriani for a dinner and overnight.Overnight: 3-star hotel in BakurianiDay 4: Bakuriani - Batumi After breakfast start your journey back to Batumi. Upon arrival take a walk along Batumi Boulevard and have small but informative city tour. End you tour with a farewell dinner at one of the restaurant serving traditional food of Adjarian people. After dinner the guide and driver will drop you off at your place of stay in Batumi.

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