Attractions

Top Choice Monastery in Gelati

Gelati Monastery

Georgians have always had a talent for choosing beautiful locations for their churches and this famous monastery complex, on a wooded hillside 8km northeast of Kutaisi, is an outstanding example. Gelati was a cultur…
Top Choice Cathedral in Kutaisi

Bagrati Cathedral

From the Jachvis Khidi (Chain Bridge), you can walk up cobbled streets to the stately Bagrati Cathedral on Ukimerioni Hill. The cathedral was built in 1003 by Bagrat III, with a tall drum and pointed dome resting on…
Top Choice Market in Kutaisi

Market

Kutaisi's indoor produce market is one of the largest, liveliest and most colourful in Georgia, full of cheese, walnuts, spices, herbs, fruit, vegetables, meat, churchkhela (strings of walnuts coated in grape-juice …
Archaeological Site in Around Kutaisi

Vani

The ancient city site, 40km southwest of Kutaisi, was one of the main centres of ancient Colchis, flourishing from the 8th to 1st centuries BC. Some speculate that it could have been the city of King Aeëtes, where J…
Nature Reserve in Around Kutaisi

Sataplia Nature Reserve

The star features of the 3.3-sq-km reserve, 9km northwest of Kutaisi, are a couple of dozen 120-million-year-old, fossilised dinosaur footprints (well displayed in a protective building), and an attractively lit 300…
Canyon in Around Kutaisi

Okatse Canyon

An exciting 700m-long walkway, new in 2014, projects from the edge of this 100m-deep canyon and culminates in a viewing platform that hangs right out over the middle. It's a 2km hike from the visitors centre near Ze…
Monastery in Around Kutaisi

Motsameta Monastery

Little Motsameta sits on a spectacular clifftop promontory above a bend of the Tskhaltsitela River, 5km from Kutaisi, 1.8km off the Gelati road. The river’s name, ‘Red Water’, derives from an 8th-century Arab massac…
Cave in Around Kutaisi

Prometheus Cave

This 1.4km-long cave at Kumistavi, 20km northwest of Kutaisi, is a succession of six large chambers followed by a 400m-long underground lake. Sections are truly impressive, and the guided visits along a well-made co…
Museum in Zugdidi

Dadiani Museum

The castle-like palace of the Dadiani family (old lords of Samegrelo), at the north end of Zviad Gamsakhurdia, is now a museum. As well as interesting 19th-century paintings of the Caucasus region and a fine collect…
Fortress in Zugdidi

Nokalakevi

Some 60km from Zugdidi via Senaki, Nokalakevi is a picturesque and historic ancient Colchian royal town and fortress. A tunnel leads down to the Tekhura River from the grassy grounds, and admission includes an inter…