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 After the Argonauts
 
The legend of the Argonauts says that the Argonauts went to the rich kingdom of Colchis, to get the "Golden Fleece." At the entrance to the city, they saw the royal palace with high towers and wide gates. Jason and his companions were admiring this beauty and wealth. Jason was able to get the golden fleece with the help of queen Medea, who loved him, but he was forced to kill the brother of queen Medea.
On this tour you will visit the great kingdom of Colchis, the highlands of Svaneti and Uznet and will learn how does a legend of the Golden Fleece is related with reality.
 
Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Uplistsikhe – Kutaisi – Zugdidi – Mestia – Ushguli – Poti – Batumi – Tbilisi (8 days, 7 nights)

After the Argonauts
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1 day: Tbilisi
Arrival to Tbilisi. Meeting with the representatives of the agency. Hotel accommodation. Excursion in the capital of Georgia.    
The capital of Georgia is unique. It is located on the several mountain hills, on which "creep" the old blocks. Tbilisi - is a beautiful river Kura with its picturesque rocky shores, that flows across the whole city. "Old Town" - is the historic center of Tbilisi, that is located at the root of Mtatsminda (Holy Mount) mountain. Almost all of the buildings of the Old Town are historical and cultural sites, this part of the city is round - the - clock full of life, here walk alone or in groups tourists, meet lovers near the Clock Tower. This amuzing Tower appeared here recently, built by the Puppet Theatre director Rezo Gabriadze. Here artists exhibit their paintings, artisans offer numerous souvenirs. Basically there are 2-3-storey houses, built of brick and stone, and of particular Tbilisi architecture, distinguished by narrow streets, galleries and carved wooden balconies.
Tbilisi is one of the rare places in the world, where can peacefully exist in the Old Town orthodox church, catholic cathedra, synagogue and mosque.
During the excursion, visit of: Mechetian Church ( V c.), Narikala fortress ( IV c.), Sioni Cathedral ( VI-VII c.), Anchiskhati Basilica of St Mary, the oldest surviving church, Synaxis of Saint Truinity of the temple complex of Tsminda Sameba -  the main Cathedral of Georgian Orthodox Church. Walk at the Shota Rustaveli avenue. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel in Tbilisi.

  
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2 day: Tbilisi - Mtskheta - Uplistsikhe - Kutaisi
Breakfast.  Excursion in the ancient capital of Georgia Mtskheta - the town-museum, included to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Visit of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (1010-1029), at the bottom of which is buried one of the major Christian relics Lords chiton, as well as the burial place of many of the Georgian kings. Here is also the part of life-giving pillar. Visit of Samtavro monastery, where year round grow, flower and fruit blackberry bush, near of which in the IV century lived and preached St. Nino- enlightener, the first preacher of Christianity in Georgia. Woderworking icon of Iberian Mother of God, woderworking icon of St. Nino, grave of St. Tsar Merian and Tsarina Nani, hallows of St. Abibos Nekresky, St. Shio Mhvimskoho are placed inside. Visit of the ancient temple - monastery Jvari (VI c.). On the way to Kutaisi the excursion in Uplistsykhe- the ancient cave city that for centuries was in the process of building and included more than 700 caves and buildings including wineries, bakeries, antique theater, reception hall of Queen Tamara, preserved to this day. Hotel accommodation in Kutaisi. Dinner. Overnight.

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3 day: Kutaisi
Breakfast. Excursion in Kutaisi - the city that has has more than 3 thousand years. Visit of the monastery and academy Gelati (XII c.), established by the great georgian tsar David IV the Builder, that is included to the UNESCO Heritage Site List. Overlook of Bagrati Cathedral (XI c.) and "monastery of wish fulfillment" Metsameta monastery. Then, we get acquainted with the archaeological excavations of the city of Vani. In this area were found the remains of a rich powerful ancient town Colchis. In the evening the excursion in the karst cave  of Prometheus, where by the legend he gave the fire to people and because of that he was enchained to the rock. Dinner. Overnight.

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4 day: Kutaisi - Zugdidi - Mestia
Breakfast. Arrival to Zugdidi. The treasure of Zugdidi is graceful patrimonial palace of Dadiani princes, with great park. At the present time, it is a museum with uncommon historical collection, icluding the death mask of Napoleon Bonaparte. The oldest aristocratic family of Dadiani princes is known for its relations with Napoleon Bonaparte. In Vlakherna church, in Zugdidi, is kept one of the most precious Christian relics - Cincture of the Virgin Mary - christian relic, that belonged to Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. Arrival to Mestia - is center and cultural heart of Svaneti. The region is famous for its local traditions and breathtaking scenery. Pliny (I c.) wrote that in the Caucasus mountains used to live recalcitrant Svans who skillfully mined gold and were known for their golden runes. Than we can enjoy the fantastic views of four waterfalls and three mountain peaks of the Caucasus - Ushba, Mather, Shhelda. Excurion in Mestia. Visit of the historic- ethnographical museum, medieval church and fortification districts of Mestia, that are in a number of World Heritage List by UNESCO. Hotel accommodation in Mestia. Dinner. Overnight.

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5 day: Mestia - Ushguli - Poti - Batumi
Breakfast. Arrival to Batumi. Acquaintance with Poti - a port city, located on the Black Sea coast. At the beginning of the VI c. this city was a Greek colony and was called Phasis. According to the Greek myth about the Argonauts, this city was the place of destination of the Argonauts in their searches of the Golden Fleece. Walk in the Colchis National Forest, upon the request - a boat trip along the Rioni river (where the Argonauts swam to reach Kutayi (Kutaisi)) and Paliastomi Lake (the largest water reservoir in Georgia, 547 km). In the lake archaeologists have found part of the settlement, inhabited at least since the II. BC to VIII. BC. Hotel accommodation in Batumi. Dinner. Overnight.

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6 day: Batumi 
Breakfast. Excursion in the city. Batumi - is a "Georgian Singapore", the most famous Black Sea resort of Georgia, with the population of 120 000 people. A visiting card of Batumi is a popular place of residents and visitors of the city, - it is Batumi Piazza, built in 2009. In 2010, a new, 7 meters high, moving sculpture of Love became the adornment of the city. The statue is a figure of a woman and a man. They seek to each other, in 8-10 minutes they move in a original and beautiful way towards each other and eventually merge as one. Excursion in Batumi: animated fountains (laser show), worldknown dolphinarium, Argonauts square with Medea statu. Optional excursion to Gonio Apsar fortress - the oldest fortress in Georgia, on the board with Turkey. The fortress was built in I-II century AD, and served as citadel of Roman at first, and then of the Byzantine Empire. Total length of fortress is 900 m, walls height - 5 m, the height of each of the eighteen towers is 7 m.Optional, excursion in the Botanic Garden, that has more than 5 thousand exotic plants, icluding roses garden, with 1200 sorts of roses. Walk along the boulevard. Dinner. Overnight in Batumi.

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7 day: Batumi - Tbilisi
Breakfast. Arrival to Tbilisi. Walk along the city, souvenirs buying. Free time.
Closing dinner with national dances and songs. Overnight.
 
8 day: Tbilisi  
Breakfast. Transfert to the airport for your flight to back home.

Tour price in Euro p/p:
20+1
25+1
30+1
Surcharge for single occupancy
517
494
470
148
 
The price includes:
- Accommodation in 3* hotels: 2 nights in Tbilisi, 2 nights in Kutaisi, 2 nights in Batumi, 1 night in Mestia;
standard double rooms;
- HB: 7 breakfast and 7 dinners, including closing dinner with songs and dances;
- Transport services according to the program;
- English speaking guide according to the program;
- Entrance fees;
- One gratis for TL in single room.

The price does not include:
- Optional tours and degustation;
- Lunches;
- Services not listed above;
- Personal expenses.
 
 
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