Food And Wine
Imereti is best known for its spicy, delicious food, its crisp white wine and the friendliness of its inhabitants. It is literally impossible to travel to Imereti without being welcome into somebody’s home to share a delicious Georgian Supra (feast) to be fed, toasted and generally treated like visiting royalty.
Wild canyons, roaring waterfalls and spectacular caves make this region impossible for any adventure seeking tourists to miss. In many of the caves you can find underground lakes and even original dinosaur footprints, preserved untouched for millions of years.
Kutaisi, Imereti’s main city, is Georgia’s second largest city after Tbilisi. The elegant, tree lined streets of the 19th century houses stretching down to rhe banks of the Rioni River.
The Ubisa Monastery is one of the most important examples of Georgian monument paintings. The complex consists of a basilica, a tower and the ruins of the monastery buildings.
Gelati Monastery Complex
The complex includes the main cathedral of the Virgin, the church if Saint George a belfry and the academy building. In 1510 the Monastery was set on fire by Turkish invaders, but it was quickly repaired and re-built. To commemorate the re-opening, a group portrait of rulers was painted which includes an image of David Aghmashenebeli.
Bagrati Cathedral proudly watches over Kutaisi and Rioni River. The cathedral, is regarded as a masterpiece in the history of medieval Georgian architecture.
Geguti is a ruined Georgian medieval royal palace. The Geguti palace is frequently featured in Georgian annals as the beloved place of rest of Georgian royalty.
The name of the Motsameta Church ( meaning “the place of martyrs”) is tied of two noble brothers of Argveti, David and Constantine Mkheidze, who organised a revolt against the Arabs. The revolt was unsuccessful and the Arabs captured both brothers, proposing forgiveness if the brothers converted to Islam. The brothers refused and were tortured, their bodies thrown down the cliff into the river, known as Tskaltsitela (“The Red Water”) ever since. The bodies of David and Constantine were buried on a nearby hill and the church declared both of them saints. Later, during the 11th century, King Bagrat IV built a temple over their graves.
Mghvime Monastery Complex
Mghvime Monastery is located in the village of the same name.The monastery is a partly carved into the side of a cliff and is difficult to access.
Vani, is situated in West Georgia and used to be one of the most important cities of Old Kolkheti, and royal residence of the Kolkhetian Kingdom.
The two churches found here are some of the earliest surviving churches in the world, and are an incredible monument to Christianity, located in a spectacular setting. The are built at the top of a 40 metre high cliff, which can only be reached by climbing a metal ladder.
Prometheus cave is one of the most beautiful and interesting caves of Europe, rich with various stalagmites and stalactites. It is characterized by the variety of underground rivers and picturesque landscapes. Tourists can follow a 1200m path within the cave.
Sataplia Karst Cave
Sataplia karst cave (600m long) is located near Kutaisi, in Tskhaltubo municipality.
The resort of Tskhaltubo is located in the western part of Georgia, and is famous for its unique thermal mineral waters. The natural temperature of the water is 33-35 C.
Sairme attracts numerous guests due to the well-known medical properties of its mineral and thermal waters.
Between Khakhuri and Kharagauli on the northern edge of the National Park, deeply hidden in the subtropical forests, lies the health resort of Nunisi. This resort is famous for its mineral waret springs, however the church of the virgin built in the end of the 6th century is too charming not to visit. There is a Spa hotel in Nunisi and a camp site at the resort.
The Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park
The Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is one of the largest in Europe – it covers more than 76.000 hectares of native forest and sub-alpine and alpine meadows.
Sataplia’s Strict Nature
Sataplia’s mountainous landscape is almost fully covered by the Colchis Forest. Apart from the bee colonies found here, there are numerous caves including the famous Sataplia cave. This cave has been carved out by a stream over 30 million years and over 200 dinesaur footprints have been discovered here.
Ajameti Protected Area
The Ajameti Reserve is located in the Baghdati municipality and consists of three districts almost entirely covered with virgin forest.